Google is giving users less reason to ever leave its sprawling walled garden

August 14, 2017

Image: mashable composite Google used to be about transporting you around the open web and connecting you with all the weird, wonderful stuff the internet has to offer. Not anymore. If it was up to Google, you’d never need to leave its growing internet real estate. It’s a scary proposition for just about everybody but Google. Between fast-loading AMP articles from major news brands hosted in its domain, full pages…

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Trump finally comments on white nationalist rally, violence in Charottesville

August 13, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock After hours of silence, President Donald Trump finally commented on the white nationalist rally and related violence happening in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017 SEE ALSO: A round of applause for student counter-protesters who stood up to…

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Racists have reappropriated the Detroit Red Wings logo, and the team is not happy

August 13, 2017

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Many Detroit Red Wings fans were confused to see their favorite team’s logo waving among swastikas, confederate flags, and other symbols of hate at a massive white supremacist gathering in Virginia on Saturday. One widely shared video shows a group of racists carrying homemade shields marked with the team’s insignia and chanting the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” as they poured into Charlottesville. SEE ALSO: Trump…

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Twitter is probably not gonna suspend Trump for those North Korea tweets

August 12, 2017

A president.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Welcome to Friday, where we’ve entered what feels like round 57 of “Is THIS finally what gets Twitter to ban Trump?” The answer is almost certainly no, to the point that I wish Vegas would put odds on this, because there are few things in this world more certain than that Twitter will not ban the president of the United States. SEE ALSO: Giant inflatable chicken with…

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Snap once again failed to impress

August 12, 2017

That Hot dog thoImage: mashable/chloe bryan Snapchat has had a bad few months. But its dancing hotdog is doing great, with 1.5 billion views. “Our dancing hotdog is most likely the worlds first augmented reality superstar,” said Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in the first five minutes of the company’s earnings call on Thursday. That’s about the last of the good news. Snap stock plummeted on Thursday after revealing that its…

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Snapchat may have taken a huge step toward upping your selfie game

August 12, 2017

Snap owns a foldable drone.Image: mashable Snap Inc. has a hardware division, but the only tech product you can buy is a pair of sunglasses. That could soon change. SEE ALSO: After Spectacles, Snapchat’s next big thing could be a foldable selfie drone Snapchat’s parent company has bought Zero Zero Robotics, which currently sells a selfie-taking drone called Hover Camera at Apple retail stores and online, according to two sources…

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Mark Zuckerberg texted Priscilla Chan in a panic before Facebook’s IPO

August 11, 2017

Stress.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock April 2012 was a stressful time for Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder, dealing with Facebook’s difficult IPO, texted his then-fiance Priscilla Chan in a panic, according to new court testimony. Everything here is going really badly. Our revenue projection has gone down so much we now think we might go public at less than $50bn if things continue,” Zuckberg texted Chan at the time, the Financial Times reported….

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Anthony Scaramucci is coming back, and if his recent tweets are a hint, it’s going to be a lituation

August 11, 2017

whyImage: michael REYNOLDS/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Wisdom has dictated that people “have to go away to come back,” but, ya know, Anthony Scaramucci recently told a New Yorker writer that he was not one to “suck my own cock,” so perhaps we should assume The Mooch is not one for norms. SEE ALSO: Anthony Scaramucci resigned and everyone is hahahahahahahahaha The former incoming White House communications director has teed up a few “please-accept-me-in-the-public-sphere”…

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Brands are accusing ad agencies of using illegal tricks to bilk them out of money

August 11, 2017

Agencies are being accused of rigging the system against their clients.Image: amc/screenshot Ad agencies are using smoke-and-mirror tricks to drive up production costs on their clients’ dime, according to a new report from an advertiser trade group. The Association of National Advertisers, which reps big brands like Procter & Gamble, General Motors, and Walmart, found that advertising giants have been known to route lucrative contracts for production and post-production work…

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Walmart dropped $18 million on ads to help repair its brand image

August 11, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Walmart dropped $18 million on ads to boast about how much its doing to buy American products and train its workforce, according to a report from The New York Times. The ads are meant to help repair Walmart’s reputation, particularly around how it treats its massive workforce. The company has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism over its low pay while raking in billions in…

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Facebook’s original shows will debut tomorrow

August 10, 2017

Image: mashable Updated Aug. 9, 2017, at 6:17 p.m. PDT with additional show details. Updated Aug. 9, 2017, at 4:23 p.m. PDT with more information from Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has been preaching video as our future for the last couple years. On Thursday, he’s launching the next big step in the company’s quest to dominate every last second of your waking life. Facebook is set to debut original shows made…

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Netflix CEO let Peter Thiel know damn well what he thought of Donald Trump

August 10, 2017

The battle of the Valley Titans: Reed Hastings, left, and Peter Thiel, right.Image: Mashable composite: Left,  Masatoshi Okauchi/REX/Shutterstock; Right,  Jim Lo Scalzo/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Remember those heady days of August 2016, just a year ago before the Trump presidency had us genuinely wondering how to prepare for a nuclear attack? SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg says ‘diversity’ is why Peter Thiel should remain on Facebook’s board That happened to be when Silicon Valley…

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Tech companies talk tough but don’t mention Trump where it counts

August 10, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Tech companies that have been taking a stand against Donald Trump in the press are silent where it countstheir earnings reports. Almost no major tech companies have mentioned President Donald Trump in their quarterly earnings reports as posing a risk to their businesses. Google, Facebook, Apple, and the rest might talk a big game about immigration and net neutrality, but when it comes to communicating risks to shareholders,…

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Foursquare’s Swarm updates to be your life-logging app

August 10, 2017

Oh the places you'll go.Image: foursquare screenshot Foursquare was once believed to be the next big social app. On storefronts, business owners featured a Foursquare logo, next to Facebook and Twitter. People flocked to it to learn what their friends were up to. SEE ALSO: Foursquare is now working behind-the-scenes with Asia’s biggest social networks But no longer. That’s not Foursquare’s main game anymore. Facebook, now valued at nearly $500…

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Is ‘female health’ inclusive enough? Apps try to figure out the most accessible language

August 9, 2017

Period apps are starting to figure out what language to use.Image: bob al-greene/mashable Last month, the startup Clue tried an experiment. “Help us evolve language around gender and menstrual health,” the period-tracking app’s account tweeted. “We’re testing ‘fem@le health’ instead of ‘female health’ to be more inclusive of our whole audience: women and people with cycles. Thoughts?” “I want us to find language that works and I want us to…

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Apple is finally on Instagram

August 8, 2017

One of @Apple's inaugural posts is a narrated photo gallery from user Jeryl T.Image: apple Apple is getting a bit more social. The notoriously social media-shy tech giant just launched a new Instagram account to showcase some of the best photos taken with the iPhone. Like Apple’s long-running “Shot on iPhone” campaign, @Apple will exclusively feature curated and credited photos from iPhone users all over the world. The company says…

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The right wing has a new favorite conspiracy

July 31, 2017

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz attends a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Image: andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock The far right will not rest until they’ve pinned a conspiracy on the folks at the Democratic National Committee, but they’re having a hard time coming up with what that conspiracy is supposed to be. It’s only been weeks since folks from random trolls to Fox News promoted the idea that former DNC staffer Seth…

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Learn how to program with Python and transform your career

July 31, 2017

Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you dream of earning big bucks as a programmer, youll need a broad knowledge of popular programming languages. Most experts would agree that Python is a great place to start. Why? Python has been a mainstay in web development for more than two decades, and a working knowledge of it…

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All the best things on the internet are terrible at making money

July 30, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Andrey_Popov At some point, the internet became a get-rich-quick scheme. There’s a simple formula to it: Smart people with good ideas receive millions of dollars to build something. If that something generates billions of dollars, it is a success. If it does not, it is a failure. Such “failures” include: Twitter, Soundcloud, Vine, Reddit. At varying times, each of these companies had the hallmarks of “success”millions of…

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Reince Priebus resigned and of course Trump announced it on Twitter

July 30, 2017

Sad!Image: LO SCALZO/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The Trump White House, much like life, is a bizarre circus of surreal nightmares and crushed dreams. President Donald Trump re-emphasized this with a series of late afternoon tweets on Friday, with which he announced Reince Priebus was out as his chief of staff. These were the bombshell missives: …and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a…

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Check out Trump’s drawing of, uh, whatever that thing is

July 29, 2017

The face of an artist.Image: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images You may have thought nothing in the world could ever be as mind-bendingly confusing as Donald Trump’s tweets, but have you seen the dude’s artwork? There’s abstract and then there’s “what the hell is that?” We regret to inform America that Trump’s hand-drawn masterpiece of (supposedly) the New York City skyline is most definitely the latter. Nevertheless, after 11 bids, the U.S….

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PayPal opens itself to an additional 100 million Chinese shoppers

July 28, 2017

Image: Jeff Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock As Chinese consumers continue to spend more money online, one of China’s biggest tech companies wants to profit from their spending on overseas websites. Baidu, which runs China’s biggest search engine, has partnered with PayPal, to allow its users to shop on overseas sites with funds from their Baidu Wallet. SEE ALSO: China’s answer to PayPal is coming to the rest of Asia With the tie-up, this…

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Trump bars transgender people from military, calls them a \

July 28, 2017

On Wednesday morning President Trump fired off a bombshell of a tweet, leaving the world in suspense for a few painful moments as he prepped for an announcement. Trump explained after consulting with his “Generals and military experts” the United States Government “would not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” ….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our…

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If you’ve ever dreamed of working in finance, this online course could help

July 24, 2017

Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Its hard to land a good job on Wall Street. You have to dress smart, act super confident, and watch the movie Wall Street over and over again. You also have to know so much about finance that itll make your head spin. Fortunately, the Wall Street Training Course Bundle will…

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Bad ads, coming to a Snapchat near you

July 23, 2017

Image: snapchat screenshot Two minutes. That’s all the time it takes to make a Snapchat ad with the company’s new tool released this week. It used to take months, and for good reason. One of the beauties of advertising on Snapchat, since its debut in early 2015, has been a high bar for quality because the formatmobile, vertical, 10 secondswas so new and the ad itself was so expensive. Now,…

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Snapchat is staffing up in cybersecurity as it damn well should

July 23, 2017

Image: mashable Snapchat cares about securitywhether it’s keeping CEO Evan Spiegel’s yacht adventures private or its software free from vulnerabilities. They, of course, would also not like to see any of their code ripped off by competitors such as Facebook. Bloomberg connected some dots in a story Friday, highlighting moves that Snap Inc. has made in taking cybersecurity more seriously. SEE ALSO: A flood of (bad) advertising is coming for…

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