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Bad News Folks, Google Hangouts Will Start to Phase Out in October Bad News Folks, Google Hangouts Will Start to Phase Out in October

Google Hangouts loyalists, I regret to inform you that the news about your beloved communication tool is not great.

Facebook Announces New Policies Aimed at Axing Pages and Groups Peddling Fake News Facebook Announces New Policies Aimed at Axing Pages and Groups Peddling Fake News

Long after it became painfully clear that Facebook was being manipulated as a tool to undermine democracy and cause harm, the social media company still struggles to keep its platform free of the kind of garbage specially engineered to effectively warp reality—even as recently as this month. And previous systems it’s…

GoFundMe Set Up for Fyre Festival Victim Raises More Than $150,000 in Days GoFundMe Set Up for Fyre Festival Victim Raises More Than $150,000 in Days

A pair of dueling Fyre Festival documentaries—one on Hulu and one on Netflix—are giving viewers a better idea of how a festival-turned-shitshow managed to so badly botch its spectacular promise of being one of the greatest events the world had ever known. While countless people were burned by the scam, Maryann Rolle’s…

You May Finally Be Able to Mute Artists You Don't Want to Hear on Spotify You May Finally Be Able to Mute Artists You Don't Want to Hear on Spotify

Don’t want to hear an artist in Spotify playlists or radio? You may soon be able to block them.

WhatsApp Puts New Limit on Message-Forwarding in Effort to Curb Misinformation WhatsApp Puts New Limit on Message-Forwarding in Effort to Curb Misinformation

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned chat service, has announced that it will cap the number of messages that can be forwarded at once at five, Reuters reported Monday. The move is WhatsApp’s latest effort to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its app.

Airbnb Spying, a Monster Breach, and Intravenous Semen Injection: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Airbnb Spying, a Monster Breach, and Intravenous Semen Injection: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Friends, I have some good news and some bad news. That bad news, if you missed our PSA last week, is that a colossal breach exposed nearly 773 million emails and more than 21 million passwords. This is not ideal, I know. And if you have not already, this is as good an opportunity as any to overhaul your personal…

Sheryl Sandberg Reiterates Yet Again That Facebook Has a Lot of Work to Do Sheryl Sandberg Reiterates Yet Again That Facebook Has a Lot of Work to Do

Last year was not great for Facebook’s embattled chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg—particularly after it was revealed that she personally requested information on vocal Facebook critic George Soros after he publicly deemed the company a “menace.” But Soros conspiracy ordeal notwithstanding, the company she’s…

GoFundMe Kicks Off Campaign to Help Government Workers Affected by Trump's Shutdown GoFundMe Kicks Off Campaign to Help Government Workers Affected by Trump's Shutdown

Faced with impossible circumstances forced by the longest shutdown in U.S. history, hundreds of government workers have turned to GoFundMe to help pay for things like medicine and groceries. Now, GoFundMe has initiated its own relief fund to help ease the burden for workers without pay.

Airbnb Discussed Potential Deal to Acquire Hotel Tonight: Report Airbnb Discussed Potential Deal to Acquire Hotel Tonight: Report

With reported ambitions for growth ahead of a possible IPO, Airbnb may have discussed a deal to buy travel bookings service Hotel Tonight, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

E-Cigs Like Juul Face 'Existential Threat' Over Teen Smoking, FDA Says E-Cigs Like Juul Face 'Existential Threat' Over Teen Smoking, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing to increase pressure on tobacco and e-cigarette makers to take significant measures to keep their products out of the hands of teens, with the agency indicating that Juul in particular needs to make good on its commitments to doing so. Now, FDA Commissioner Scott…

Massive Ice Disk in Maine Stops Spinning, Is Somehow Rescued by Paddleboarder Massive Ice Disk in Maine Stops Spinning, Is Somehow Rescued by Paddleboarder

You may have recently read about that colossal spinning ice disk that recently turned up in Maine—the one that appeared larger than a neighboring multi-level parking structure? It stopped spinning.

Multiple Executives Reportedly Out at Snap Following Shake-Up Over Alleged Affair Multiple Executives Reportedly Out at Snap Following Shake-Up Over Alleged Affair

Snap has reportedly ousted multiple high-ranking employees after an investigation into an alleged scandal involving its now former head of global security Francis Racioppi, the Wall Street Journal’s Maureen Farrell reported Friday.

Netflix Says It Won't Pull Controversial Footage of Actual Deadly Incident From Bird Box Netflix Says It Won't Pull Controversial Footage of Actual Deadly Incident From Bird Box

After streaming giant Netflix came under fire for including footage of a real-life, deadly incident that occurred in Canada in its breakout monster movie Bird Box, the company said Thursday it will not pull that imagery from the film.

Facebook's AR Glasses May Be Getting Closer to Becoming a Reality Facebook's AR Glasses May Be Getting Closer to Becoming a Reality

Facebook is reportedly dumping resources into developing nifty new augmented reality hardware—but don’t put money on seeing its products anytime super soon.

ACLU Is Suing the Federal Government for Information About Social Media Surveillance Practices ACLU Is Suing the Federal Government for Information About Social Media Surveillance Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against the federal government on Thursday over its social media surveillance practices, specifically relating to the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policy known as “extreme vetting.”

Netflix Criticized for Using Actual Footage of Deadly Event in Travelers and Possibly Bird Box Netflix Criticized for Using Actual Footage of Deadly Event in Travelers and Possibly Bird Box

It has not been an especially great week for Netflix or its polarizing monster flick Bird Box, which has spawned one of the most idiotic so-called “challenges” to surface in this cursed timeline we’re trapped in. In yet another public relations headache for the company, Netflix is now looking into whether actual…

Most Facebook Users Still Unclear About How the Hell Targeted Ads Work: Pew Survey Most Facebook Users Still Unclear About How the Hell Targeted Ads Work: Pew Survey

There are plenty of very good reasons Facebook users should be extremely skeptical of the information the social media platform collects about them following years of data and privacy scandals. But even as the company continues to push its “transparency” narrative, many of its users still do not understand how their…

Imagine Walking Into This Wall of Spiders and Never Sleep Again Imagine Walking Into This Wall of Spiders and Never Sleep Again

You know what’s more terrifying than spiders creeping into your home in the middle of the night? Spiders in the freaking skies, man.

Lime Reportedly Pulls Glitchy E-Scooters in Switzerland Following Abrupt Braking, Injuries Lime Reportedly Pulls Glitchy E-Scooters in Switzerland Following Abrupt Braking, Injuries

E-scooters can be crazy dangerous even if they’re functioning properly, but especially if they experience glitches or design flaws that can put riders at risk. In Switzerland, an alleged Lime glitch has reportedly left electric scooter riders with serious injuries.

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