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  • Uber Accused Of Espionage, Bribery, Hacking, And More In Bombshell Letter December 15, 2017
    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Money Sharma / AFP / Getty Images The judge in the $1.9 billion civil suit between Waymo and Uber released the letter of a disgruntled former employee on Friday, laying bare a number of explosive allegations against the ride-hailing company that include corporate espionage, unlawful surveillance, illegal wiretapping, bribery of […]
  • 35 Times Privacy Was A Lie In 2017 December 15, 2017
    The hacks, data breaches, uncanny smart devices, panoptical social media, and government surveillance that happened in a single year. Yay!! This happens in a lot of little ways: feeling more comfortable letting a smart device into our home, giving more access to information about ourselves to social media platforms (or discovering to our shock how […]
  • The FCC Chief Appeared In A Net Neutrality Video That Includes A Woman Who Pushed The Pizzagate Conspiracy Theory December 14, 2017
    Pai campaigned to repeal the Obama-era policy on net neutrality, which prevents internet service providers from controlling the speed at which some websites load.Repealing net neutrality — which the FCC voted to do on Thursday — is widely seen as good for corporations and bad for consumers, who could be asked to pay for higher […]
  • Facebook Is Testing Multiple Account Logins December 14, 2017
    Samir Mezrahi Facebook is testing a feature that would give its users the ability to easily switch between accounts on the same computer.The test, which prompts users to add an account and tells them, "You'll be logged out first. Then someone else can log into their account," was confirmed to BuzzFeed News by a Facebook […]
  • The FCC Just Voted To Allow Your Internet Company To Charge You More For Netflix And Facebook December 14, 2017
    A woman protests the repeal of net neutrality outside the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, DC, on Dec. 13. Alex Edelman / AFP / Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era regulations protecting net neutrality — rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing websites or charging premiums for "fast lanes" […]
  • The iMac Pro Is Here, And It Is Not For Sending Email To Your Aunt December 14, 2017
    Apple Who needs a $5,000 iMac?That's a question consumers will get to decide starting today, as Apple releases the first ever iMac — the iconic all-in-one personal computer — with a "Pro" in the name, designating higher specs aimed at demanding professional applications and, of course, a higher price.And it's a question Apple started to […]
  • The Latest "Unicorn" Genetically Engineers Everything From Perfume To Food December 14, 2017
    An employee at Ginkgo Bioworks's newest building, Bioworks3. Courtesy / Ginkgo Bioworks Ginkgo Bioworks, the biotech startup that’s genetically engineering microbes to make everything from fragrances to food, is ramping up production with a round of capital that values it at more than $1 billion.The Boston company announced Thursday that it has raised the eye-popping […]
  • Patreon Is Scrapping Planned Fee Changes After Users Flipped Out December 13, 2017
    Mizina / Getty Images Just days after the crowdfunding site Patreon’s announcement of upcoming changes to its credit card processing fees — which was widely lambasted by the artists, animators, podcasters, and creators who earn money on the platform — the company said today it is abandoning the new plan.“We messed up,” Patreon CEO Jack […]
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  • My Not Too Fast, Not Too Furious Ride In A Self-Driving Uber December 12, 2017
    PITTSBURGH — It’s about 10 minutes into my ride in one of Uber’s mostly autonomous vehicles, and I’m starting to feel a little carsick. The car suddenly hits the brakes — hard — and the audio equipment I’m using for this story goes flying off the seat.“I don’t know if you saw, but a motorcycle […]

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  • They Thought This Was A Comet. Now They Believe It Could Possibly Be An Alien Probe. December 18, 2017
    On October 19, the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS1 telescope detected what scientists first thought was a comet, then later reclassified as an asteroid. But the space object named 1I/2017 U1, or 'Oumuamua, wasn't just any asteroid. Based on its strange shape, speed and trajectory as it passed by, scientists were able to determine something incredible. […]
  • They Thought This Was A Comet. Now They Believe It Could Possibly Be An Alien Probe. December 18, 2017
    On October 19, the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS1 telescope detected what scientists first thought was a comet, then later reclassified as an asteroid. But the space object named 1I/2017 U1, or 'Oumuamua, wasn't just any asteroid. Based on its strange shape, speed and trajectory as it passed by, scientists were able to determine something incredible. […]
  • This Optical Illusion Will Definitely Trick You, And Scientists Still Aren't Sure Why December 18, 2017
    Optical illusions are neat specifically because they trick our highly organized brains into seeing something that isn't there. It's a good way to train yourself to think outside of the box and to not believe everything that looks or sounds good at the time. It's also pretty cool to figure out how an illusion works. […]
  • This Optical Illusion Will Definitely Trick You, And Scientists Still Aren't Sure Why December 18, 2017
    Optical illusions are neat specifically because they trick our highly organized brains into seeing something that isn't there. It's a good way to train yourself to think outside of the box and to not believe everything that looks or sounds good at the time. It's also pretty cool to figure out how an illusion works. […]
  • This Was Going To Be A Super Cute Mom-Baby Selfie...Until It Wasn't December 17, 2017
    As many moms and dads would be happy to tell you, parenting isn't always pretty. Sure, kids are cute and all, but they're much more difficult (and infinitely messier) than those adorable photos on social media would have non-parents believe. Just ask this poor mom, whose attempt at trying to record a cute mommy-baby kiss […]
  • This Was Going To Be A Super Cute Mom-Baby Selfie...Until It Wasn't December 17, 2017
    As many moms and dads would be happy to tell you, parenting isn't always pretty. Sure, kids are cute and all, but they're much more difficult (and infinitely messier) than those adorable photos on social media would have non-parents believe. Just ask this poor mom, whose attempt at trying to record a cute mommy-baby kiss […]
  • They Were Unloading The Cargo Jet In The Air When They Looked And Saw Something Nuts December 17, 2017
    When you're dropping cargo from the sky, it's probably best to look around and make sure you're not hitting anything you're not supposed to. Then again, I've never dropped anything from the sky, so what do I know?Recently, a cargo jet was flying over Syria, dropping much-needed supplies. As soon as the five containers flew […]
  • They Were Unloading The Cargo Jet In The Air When They Looked And Saw Something Nuts December 17, 2017
    When you're dropping cargo from the sky, it's probably best to look around and make sure you're not hitting anything you're not supposed to. Then again, I've never dropped anything from the sky, so what do I know?Recently, a cargo jet was flying over Syria, dropping much-needed supplies. As soon as the five containers flew […]
  • She Thought She Was Pranking Her Boyfriend. He Came Back At Her With Something Awful December 17, 2017
    Some YouTubers make their entire livelihood by doing pranks on others. Pranks have the perfect video formula, after all. There's a set-up, execution, the big reveal, and all the emotions surrounding a prank, and capturing it on film can be compelling. Slaiman and his girlfriend, Kate, often pull pranks on each other in videos on […]
  • She Thought She Was Pranking Her Boyfriend. He Came Back At Her With Something Awful December 17, 2017
    Some YouTubers make their entire livelihood by doing pranks on others. Pranks have the perfect video formula, after all. There's a set-up, execution, the big reveal, and all the emotions surrounding a prank, and capturing it on film can be compelling. Slaiman and his girlfriend, Kate, often pull pranks on each other in videos on […]
  • Tragic Video Will Make You Take A Hard Look At Your Contribution To Global Warming December 17, 2017
    Despite the alarming number of people who have denied climate change, including the U.S. president, there's plenty of evidence to prove not only that it's happening, but that we're the ones causing it. Global temperatures are rising, shrinking ice sheets, making glaciers retreat, and taking away animals' natural habitats. National geographic photographer Paul Nicklen became […]
  • Tragic Video Will Make You Take A Hard Look At Your Contribution To Global Warming December 17, 2017
    Despite the alarming number of people who have denied climate change, including the U.S. president, there's plenty of evidence to prove not only that it's happening, but that we're the ones causing it. Global temperatures are rising, shrinking ice sheets, making glaciers retreat, and taking away animals' natural habitats. National geographic photographer Paul Nicklen became […]
  • 23 Funny, Punny Photos Show That Maybe Not All Humans Are Awful And Stupid December 17, 2017
    If there's one thing that can show you who you really are, it's probably puns. We all know people who get ridiculously annoyed at puns, roll their eyes and move on, chuckle to themselves, or start a pun war when confronted with a great play on words. Personally, I think they're pretty fun, and it's […]
  • 23 Funny, Punny Photos Show That Maybe Not All Humans Are Awful And Stupid December 17, 2017
    If there's one thing that can show you who you really are, it's probably puns. We all know people who get ridiculously annoyed at puns, roll their eyes and move on, chuckle to themselves, or start a pun war when confronted with a great play on words. Personally, I think they're pretty fun, and it's […]
  • Dad Figures Out The Best Way To Get His Little Girl To Walk. He Is A Genius. December 17, 2017
    As a parent there comes a point where you realize that sometimes it takes a little bribery to get your children to do something. Whether it's the promise of a toy after getting straight A's or an ice cream date after cleaning your room, bribes seem to be go-to for parents to get through the […]
  • Dad Figures Out The Best Way To Get His Little Girl To Walk. He Is A Genius. December 17, 2017
    As a parent there comes a point where you realize that sometimes it takes a little bribery to get your children to do something. Whether it's the promise of a toy after getting straight A's or an ice cream date after cleaning your room, bribes seem to be go-to for parents to get through the […]
  • Iconic Victoria's Secret Model Sends Powerful Yet Confusing Message On Instagram December 17, 2017
    Brazilian model and actress Adriana Lima is best known for her iconic role as a Victoria's Secret Angel. In fact, she's their longest-running model, having been with the brand for the past 18 years. This year, she was even named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel." Working for the lingerie company since 1999, Lima is […]
  • Iconic Victoria's Secret Model Sends Powerful Yet Confusing Message On Instagram December 17, 2017
    Brazilian model and actress Adriana Lima is best known for her iconic role as a Victoria's Secret Angel. In fact, she's their longest-running model, having been with the brand for the past 18 years. This year, she was even named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel." Working for the lingerie company since 1999, Lima is […]
  • Most Kids Have Big, Lofty Goals, But This Cutie's Goal Made The Whole Country Smile December 16, 2017
    Four-year-old Caleb Green is a little boy from Chicago who absolutely loves to read. He says his favorites are about the Ninja Turtles and, of course, dogs. He enjoys delving into books so much, in fact, that he recently decided to set an admirable goal for himself: reading 100 books in just one day. When […]
  • Most Kids Have Big, Lofty Goals, But This Cutie's Goal Made The Whole Country Smile December 16, 2017
    Four-year-old Caleb Green is a little boy from Chicago who absolutely loves to read. He says his favorites are about the Ninja Turtles and, of course, dogs. He enjoys delving into books so much, in fact, that he recently decided to set an admirable goal for himself: reading 100 books in just one day. When […]

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  • Soccer star criticised for posting blackface photo of himself December 18, 2017
    Another day, another case of blackface. French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has been criticised for posting a photo of himself in full blackface online for an "'80s party" online on Sunday. SEE ALSO: This was the year we turned on social media Dressed as what appears to be a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, complete with […]
  • Finally, we can party: Australia's first same-sex marriages just happened December 18, 2017
    Although marriage equality is now legal in Australia, most LGBTQ couples need to wait until Jan. 9 before they can do so. Amy Laker and Lauren Price jumped the gun by being one of the first same sex couples to be married in the country, with the pair getting hitched in Sydney on Saturday. SEE […]
  • People are timing songs perfectly for New Year's Eve midnight on Twitter December 18, 2017
    Perfectly timing your New Year's Eve midnight song is an art that requires intense track analysis (if you're that obsessive over it). Luckily, Twitter's doing it for you.   SEE ALSO: Here's the most frivolous things people would die on a hill for Folks are tweeting the perfect time to play a song in order […]
  • Rose McGowan slams women planning to protest Golden Globes by wearing all black December 17, 2017
    Rose McGowan is not interested in your symbolic protests, Hollywood. On Saturday, McGowan turned her attention to Meryl Streep and others who reportedly support a rising push for female actors to attend the upcoming Golden Globes awards show clad in all black. The gesture is intended as a protest of the sexual misconduct that's run […]
  • Microsoft surprises a thoughtful 9-year-old who gave up his Xbox to help the homeless December 17, 2017
    In early December, 9-year-old Mikah Frye decided that instead of getting an Xbox One for Christmas, he'd rather use that $300 to donate blankets to the homeless. Microsoft caught wind of Frye's generosity, Fox 8 reported Saturday, and decided to set up a surprise for him: a limited edition Minecraft-themed Xbox One X from none […]
  • Google's taking another big step to stop the spread of fake news December 17, 2017
    The internet is filled with too many fake news websites — not the ones Donald Trump keeps falsely accusing, but real sources of provably false information — and Google's taking another step to stop this garbage from misleading people. The tech giant is now blocking websites from showing up in search results on Google News […]
  • Wearing Uggs into this airline's lounge is apparently a huge no-no December 17, 2017
    Every editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism. Putting aside how basic wearing Uggs makes you look, people love the boots because they're warm and comfy. But did you know the fleece-lined boots will  alsoprevent you from entering […]
  • Hollywood power players team up to fight sexual misconduct, led by Anita Hill December 17, 2017
    A collection of some of the most powerful people in Hollywood have formed a commission to address issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, naming Anita Hill as its lead. SEE ALSO: Matt Damon attempts to speak about sexual harassment and shows he STILL doesn't get it After the past few months […]
  • How the White House press conference became 2017's must-see TV December 17, 2017
    On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Trump administration began not with a gentle dose of diplomacy but with a red-faced tirade delivered by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, lambasting the media over reports of low attendance at the previous day's inauguration festivities. At the time, Spicer's tantrum felt unprecedented, a press secretary shoved out to defend […]
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 might be announced in February December 17, 2017
    Ready or not, Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming. The Korean electronics giant's next flagship Android phone might be announced in February, according to a report from Bloomberg. SEE ALSO: Samsung is making a 512GB chip to give smartphones an insane amount of storage There were murmurs that Samsung would switch things up this year and […]

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