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Musk Tesla Twitter•
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been selling Tesla shares recently. According to four new SEC filings , Musk sold about 4.4 million TSLA shares for roughly $4 billion on Tuesday and Wednesday, the CNBC reported . The move comes as Musk prepares to take ownership of Twitter, which recently agreed to Musk's $44 billion takeover bid at $54.20 per share. Tweet may have been deleted Some of his fans reacted n

Midnight, 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m.: these times are ingrained in Queeny Song’s mind. For over a week in April, the 24-year-old Shanghai resident had to get her phone out at these five points every day to refresh a different grocery delivery app in hopes of grabbing a hard-to-get delivery slot. During Shanghai’s ongoing month-long lockdown, these online grocery apps have been a lifeline f

It was last year that we covered the $11.2M fundraise for Sienna Network , the ‘privacy decentralized’ startup. The network is built on the Secret Network, which allows asset holders to switch to privacy-oriented tokens. Privacy-based financial blockchain projects are crucial if “DeFi” is to work properly, otherwise normal financial transactions – which are normally private in the traditional fin

Engadget / 12min
Apple announced back in February that it's introducing changes that would make AirTags easier to find after several stories of bad actors using the tracker to stalk people came out. One of the upcoming changes it promised is adjusting the sound AirTags emit to be as loud as possible to make them "more easily findable." Now, as MacRumors reports, the tech giant has started rolling out that capabil

Elon Musk has invested heavily in China, where officials are willing to influence or punish companies that cross political red lines.

Mashable / 29min
You know The Little Mermaid . I know The Little Mermaid . We all know The Little Mermaid . But do you know what it looks like when you add in parkour battles in a postapocalyptic Tokyo? From Attack on Titan director Tetsuro Araki and Japanese animation studio Wit Studio comes Netflix's latest sublime anime , Bubble , which puts a more dazzling spin on the disaster-caused apocalypse genre and blen

Mashable / 29min
Just because Elon says it doesn't mean it's true. Elon Musk is the "genius" co-founder of Tesla, according to his bio on the company website. Except he isn't a founder at all , joining well after Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning created Tesla in 2003. Musk's fans may admire him for building SpaceX, a space exploration company, however, that company's success was made possible through billions

Mashable / 29min
One of the most pervasive, damaging ideas that exists about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people is that their sexual orientation or gender identity is a perversion. In recent years, that stereotype faded in pop culture and politics as large swaths of the public embraced progress toward equality like the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage as well as high-profil

Mashable / 29min
Rather than making excuses as to why you can’t hit the gym after work hours, turn your house into a home gym you can access whenever you have some time throughout the day. You might even want to gift some of these for any fitness-loving moms out there for Mother's Day . There’s no need to pay exorbitant membership fees when you can easily sign up for an online fitness program that’s cheaper and m

Mashable / 29min
TL;DR: As of April 29, you can get a lifetime freelancer plan for Brizy Next-Gen WordPress Website Builder for just $69, which is down 76% from its usual $299. Even if you grew up in the AIM or Tumblr age , the bits of HTML and CSS you acquired probably aren’t enough to build an entire website from scratch. If you have the capacity to learn how to code on your own time, by all means — it’s a wort

Mashable / 29min
TL;DR: As of April 29, you can get the Hachiko Perfect Posture Training System for $52.99. It usually costs $60, so you're getting 11% off. While the exact percentage is debatable , most experts agree that more than half of all communication is non-verbal. That means you’re giving off first impressions mostly based on your body language. If you go into a conversation slouched over, you may appear

Mashable / 29min
TL;DR: As of April 29, you can get this Bamboo Comfort Luxury 6-Piece Sheet Set for just $32.86 instead of its regular $119 — that's a discount of 72%. Getting a good night’s sleep is becoming more and more difficult, thanks to too much screen time, an obscured work-life balance , and all of the other crazy stuff going on in the world occupying our minds. The least you can do for your mental and

Mashable / 29min
Can you smell that? The scent of blossoms blooming and popcorn being buttered is a sure sign that summer movie season is upon us. This summer, movie theaters will brandish an array of outrageous action movies, stirring indies, wacky comedies, spooky horror stories, and rock-fueled romps. Yet even streaming has highlights ahead. We've scoured the release schedules to bring you the very best of wha

NRI Twitter Account India•
Mashable / 29min
If you disabled your Instagram account, you'll be happy to know it's not gone for good. You can still re-enable your account and have everything as it was when you deactivated it. Even better news? Reactivation is a one-step process: Log in. Seriously. 1. Just go to Instagram (on the app or on desktop) and log in just as you would normally. Simply log in to your Instagram account to reactivate it

Christina Ricci has been a beloved star since she was a child, but her character on Showtime's hit series Yellowjackets — the deliciously unhinged Misty Fucking Quigley — has launched her back into a well-deserved spotlight. Appearing on The Tonight Show to promote her new horror movie Monstrous , Ricci told host Jimmy Fallon that she couldn't get enough of the frenzied online theorizing about wh

Google Search Results•
You can now ask Google to remove your personal contact information, such as your physical and email addresses, as well as your phone number, from Search. The tech giant already takes request for the removal of identifiable info in cases of doxxing or if the details posted in public could be used for financial fraud. It's now expanding that policy to cover the aforementioned details, along with co

Humans are not static creatures. Living is a process of discovery — of the world, of each other, and of yourself. As such, the name a person is given at birth isn't always the name they wish to carry to death. There are countless reasons why someone may choose to change their name, including marriage, affirmation of their gender identity, or simple dislike of the name they currently hold. Fortuna

Revlon One Hair•
A good hair styling tool is one that's basically insurance for consistently decent, if not excellent, hair days. A great hair styling tool can do that while epitomizing the low effort, high reward lifestyle. With that in mind, there are two things you need to know about your reviewer up top: One, the ends of my hair are dead and dry and in need of cutting like you wouldn't believe. Two, I have ne

Airbnb Employees Work•
Some companies have started requiring their employees to come into the office a few times a week now that most people have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Airbnb isn't one them. Company CEO Brian Chesky has informed employees in a letter that they have the option to work remotely forever. A "small number of roles" will be required to work in the office, but the majority of Airbnb employees don'

Musk Tesla Twitter•
It comes as the electric car maker's chief executive moves ahead with his $44bn takeover of Twitter.

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Tykr Stock Screener is on sale for £75.80, saving you 89% on list price. Buying stocks isn’t as complicated as it seems for outsiders, but it does require some basic education and individual research. You shouldn’t just pick stocks for your portfolio based on what a TikTok video said. Selecting stocks requires careful consideration, which is where the right stock

Tesla has made a name for itself with sleek, modern EVs. One of its most interesting features is Autopilot, a system that offers autonomous features.

Electric cars are the next big thing, but the industry still has some problems to work out. One of the biggest issues involves the charging infrastructure.

If you're having trouble loading websites, viewing content, or something else entirely, fixing the problem may be as simple as clearing Firefox's cache.

A few weeks ago there was a serious incident onboard an Air France Boeing 777, where the pilots claimed that the flight controls weren’t working correctly. This was understandably classified as a serious incident, so a thorough investigation is being performed. So far the findings aren’t what you might have expected. The basics of an Air France 777’s scary go around On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Air

Tesla Musk Twitter•
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold around 4.4 million shares of the company on Tuesday, according to regulatory filings published on Thursday. Musk, via Aaron Beckman, his power of attorney, filed a total of five Form 4s with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to cover all 138 individual transactions. The value of the sales in the filings disclosed is so far is around $4 billion, per TechCrunch ca

Huawei has introduced its latest foldable smartphone, the Mate Xs 2. Unlike most foldables, this model has a screen that faces the outside of the device.

Wordle Today April 29•
Happy Friday, Wordle rs! Our favorite word guessing game has magically refreshed itself and is awaiting your finest five-letter words. What could today's answer be? We've come up with a few hints and tips to help you along if you get stuck. If you prefer to just find out the solution, you can scroll to the bottom of this article for April 29's Wordle answer. But if you prefer to work through it y

Airbnb Live Work Remotely•
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Airbnb is going all in on the “live anywhere, work anywhere” philosophy that much of the business world has been forced to adopt, committing to full-time remote work for most employees and a handful of perks like 90 days of international work/travel. It’s a strong, simple policy that so few large companies have had the guts to match. In an email to employees posted to the company blog (or was it

Microsoft is the latest company to add a free VPN feature to its web browser, though it will include a pretty big limitation once it rolls out to everyone.

A popular criticism of NFTs is that they are just static JPEG files. Technically, they are not, of course. They are pieces of code on a blockchain, which means that they can be programmed to have various qualities. The NFTs that go on sale on marketplaces such as OpenSea are already programmed with instructions on the royalties to be provided to the owner, for instance. But what if they could be

23Gizmodo / 9h
Early footage from 2023's Transformers: Rise of the Beasts , Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 just screened at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and we’re here to tell you all about it. Read more...

Amazon Loss Rivian•
What a difference a year can make. Roughly one year after pandemic-fueled buying spree pushed Amazon profits to new highs , the retail giant’s growth has now stalled to its slowest rate in more than two decades. The company reported $116.4 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of just 7 percent from last year. That stands in stark contrast to the 44 percent jump it saw this

Glorang , a Seoul-based edtech startup that offers after-school classes and extracurricular activities via online for students between the ages of 3 and 18, said Friday it has raised a $10 million Series A funding co-led by Korea Investment Partners and Murex Partners, along with Japan’s Pksha Capital. The new funding, which brings its total raised to $18 million, values Glorang at around $40 mil

China Baidu Beijing•
Beijing is paving the way for driverless robotaxis. China’s capital city granted permits to auto startup and Chinese internet giant Baidu to offer self-driving car services to the general public, both companies announced today. Both operations will start out small — Baidu’s fleet will consist of 10 cars and will run four cars, reported CNBC. Eventually both companies plan to expan

Norse Atlantic Airways is launching new transatlantic flight services this summer, offering some fantastic deals linking Oslo, Norway, with four U.S. cities. The airline will be filling the discount-carrier gap left when Norwegian Airlines left the long-haul market after its 2020 bankruptcy. Quick-to-react travelers looking to make some discount summer plans should act soon to grab these “limited


How a product recall is disrupting one start-up's plans to dominate the electric scooter market.

Amazon Rivian Loss•
At the same time Apple warned that its sales could be hit by up to $8bn in the coming months.

Thirty million new users have joined in the last year, says Twitter, as it prepares for new ownership.

Hawaii Congressman Kai Kahele rarely visits Washington DC. He hasn’t cast an in-person vote since January. Kahele, who took Tulsi Gabbard’s seat in the House of Representatives, is busy flying around his home state as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. Now word is he's leaving Congress... to run for Governor. Continue reading ...

200+Gizmodo / 10h
With the news that a live-action adaptation of the classic ‘80s anime series Robotech has found a (fourth) director , it might be time to go back and revisit the beloved cartoon—or check it out for the very first time. Not only does it stand the test of time, it also holds an important place in the history of American… Read more...

Global warming is a loaded term that can mean different things depending on who you ask. One popular myth about the issue shows how confused many remain.

“Oh, Mexico It sounds so simple I just got to go The sun’s so hot I forgot to go home Guess I’ll have to go now” James Taylor has written many great lyrics in his career, but that bit in his classic “Mexico” is pinpoint perfect. There are many great destinations to visit in Mexico , and Puerto Vallarta is right at the top of the list. Its year-round tropical climate makes it an ideal spot for fis

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PT, subscribe here . It’s Thursday, April 28, 2022, and Haje’s blood pressure is slowly returning to what passes for normal after raging about Social Security numbers for a few minutes . Look, it’s hard to get used to the quirks and foibles of a new country, OK? Nobody tell him about ho

The U.S. Postal Service won’t give up gas without a fight, and now it’s getting one. Read more...

princess-of-purple-prose : [Audio transcript: A collection of audio clips of Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale mispronouncing state names, especially “Michigan” as “Mitchigan.” He also says “Ah-luh-buh-muh” for “Alabama,” “Or-ee-gone” for “Oregon,” “Pennsyl-vah-nia” for “Pennsylvania,” and “Oh-ee-oh” for “Ohio.” “Michigan” is often the worst of the mispronunciations, sometimes barely resembling th

21Gizmodo / 11h
Science-Fantasy isn’t a new genre, per se, but it is one that is starting to get some clearer definitions within publishing, making it a buzzy place to read. Combining tropes and conventions of both science-fiction and fantasy , magic and time-space travel often go hand in hand. There are often unexplainable forces are… Read more...

Acura has announced the price and availability for its 2023 Integra, teasing consumers with a 6-speed manual transmission and liftback design.

Apple 2022 March quarter•
Enlarge / Adding the M1 chip to the iPad Air didn't move the needle much for the iPad lineup's revenue this quarter. (credit: Samuel Axon ) Apple reported its earnings for Q2 2022 to investors on Thursday. Once again, the company beat analyst expectations and posted massive revenues and profits across most of its product lines. The only category that saw a drop in year-over-year revenue was the i

If analysts were looking to Wyndham for any signs of inflation driving away budget travelers, Paris-based Accor is the hotel industry’s test to see how much the war in Ukraine is affecting the European hotel business ahead of summer. The company behind brands like Sofitel, Fairmont, Raffles and Novotel is Europe’s largest hotel conglomerate. Accor’s chief financial officer downplayed any impact R

Apple Services 825M•
Amid a record-breaking fiscal second quarter , Apple also delivered record-breaking services revenue up 17% year over year to reach $19.8 billion. The category — which includes businesses like the App Store, Apple TV+, Apple Music, cloud services and others — also grew to reach 825 million paid subscriptions on Apple’s platform. This figure is up more than 165 million in the last 12 months alone,

Another country has made bitcoin an official currency, raising new concerns about everything from volatility to crypto's impact on the environment.

US Hepatitis Wisconsin•
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Barcroft ) Health officials in Wisconsin are investigating what could be the first child death in the US—and the second worldwide—linked to a growing international outbreak of unexplained liver inflammation, aka hepatitis, in children. In a health alert Wednesday , Wisconsin health officials said they are investigating four cases of unexplained hepatitis in children that

If you’re one of the millions of students applying for student aid every year, then chances are Facebook—and Facebook’s parent company Meta—know about it. Read more...

Netflix Lays Tudum•
Netflix assembled an impressive roster of writers and editors for its fan site project, Tudum, which launched in early December of 2021. Today, a significant portion of those new hires have been sent packing for reasons unknown. A swath of the site's former staff announced their departures today on Twitter, with former Vice culture writer Josh Terry claiming "laid off my team," suggesting the cut

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A new glimpse of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has dropped, perhaps by accident. Although we’ve already seen plenty of the movie, this new 10-second trailer still has something new to show us. Read more...

Amazon released its Q1 earnings today, and there were a lot of ups and downs, and one frequently used word was “decreased,” specifically in reference to their income and cash flow. Read more...

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and card details. The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express have established themselves as the cards to have if you’re interested in luxury travel benefits. With an overlapping rewards structure and similar benefits, it’s logical to question which of the two is the

Apple earnings today found the company busting all sorts of records for hardware sales. In a release, the firm notes that it hit March quarter revenue records for iPhone, Mac and the combined Wearables, Home and Accessories category, which includes all sorts of products like Apple Watch and Airpods. iPhones sales jumped 5% year over year for the quarter, to $50.6 billion. That news comes as the c

Bitcoin mining is often criticized as an imperfect process due to its energy expenditure, but major firms in the industry are trying to maximize efficiency and sustainability while seeking regulatory clarity. In a dimly lit room at the FTX and SALT’s Crypto Bahamas event, some of the largest crypto miners in the world took the stage to discuss the future of the nascent but growing industry in the

As climate change permanently alters our environment, the world is increasingly opening up to new viruses—with potentially deadly consequences for us humans. A study published Thursday in Nature finds that as climate change is forcing animals to move habitats, they will increasingly come into contact with humans, and… Read more...

One Elon Musk Twitter•
300+Futurism / 12h
Looks like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, possible new king of Twitter , really has it out for one of the company’s top lawyers. He’s insulted her online twice in as many days — even though the purchase contract for his buyout of the social media platform says he’s technically not allowed to disparage Twitter . The billionaire CEO seems to particularly have it out for Vijaya Gadde, a chief legal officer at

36Gizmodo / 12h
Netflix’s blog Tudum, an onomatopoeia meant to resemble the sound made when the app starts, is now sounding more like ta-“doom” after the streaming giant suddenly laid off its blog staff Thursday afternoon. Read more...

Lizzo T. S. B. Awards•
Like it or not, the metaverse is becoming an increasingly popular music venue — including, apparently, for ceremonies. As Hollywood Reporter explains , Logitech has revealed what it says is the first music awards show in the metaverse. The second annual Song Breaker Awards will take place in Roblox on April 30th at 1PM Eastern, with pop star Lizzo making her virtual performance debut. Social medi

The Toyota Prius is the best-known "green" car on the market, but potential buyers are held back by one big question: how much does a new battery cost?

MIT Paper Loudspeaker•
If you’re into cars, you may have heard of vinyl wrapping, which can change the appearance of a car. Engineers from MIT have taken a similarly thin material and created a skinny film that can turn pretty much any surface into a speaker. According to its inventors, it can create high-quality audio with minimal power consumption. To achieve these properties, the researchers created a fabrication te

The Russia-Ukraine war is far from the first time DJI has has come under fire for policy decisions . But the Shenzhen-based drone giant is trying its best to stay away from any implication that it might be taking sides in the on-going conflict. Following calls to halt sales in Russian, the firm issued a statement titled “DJI Reassesses Sales Compliance Efforts In Light Of Current Hostilities,” wh

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with details on new, loosened entry requirements. After much speculation, Greece has confirmed it will be lifting its entry restrictions this weekend, just in time for warmer weather. The rule changes mean that as of May 1, travelers will be able to visit the popular holiday destination without needing to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recovery c

Do you have a cabinet in your bathroom or kitchen somewhere that’s full of medications you don’t use? Those antibiotics you should have finished but didn’t, those painkillers that they gave you way too many of after your surgery, maybe some long-expired vitamins? It’s probably time to get rid of them, and we have some… Read more...

30Wired / 12h
The retailer's annual sale has some good discounts, but they're slated to expire tonight.

Earlier this month I covered a memo from American Airlines to its flight attendants threatening to fire them if they aren’t near the airport when called to work a flight while on reserve. It turns out, according to the flight attendants union at the airline, that they've already terminated 50 cabin crew over this. Continue reading ...

Besides the cable, you may find wireless keyboards don’t provide nearly as much value as their wired counterparts. Let’s find out why and discuss why you might benefit more from using a wired gaming keyboard. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Dog Breed Behavior•
Enlarge / In the case of the samoyed, selection for physical characteristics produced a dog that sure looks happy. (credit: Zhao Hui ) Many dog breeds are purely about appearance—think poodles and the Pekingese. But plenty of other breeds are devoted to specific tasks, like racing greyhounds. For many of these tasks, physical appearance isn't enough: behavior also matters. Things like herding by

27Gizmodo / 12h
Orbital Assembly Corporation announced plans to develop a space business park, complete with artificial gravity, that’s designed to accommodate 28 guests in five modules built around a rotating gravity ring. Read more...

Apple Q2 March iPhone•
All eyes are on Apple today, after a tumultuous series of earnings reports dropped this week. Google parent company Alphabet missed revenue expectations , while Meta (formerly Facebook) recorded a higher profit than expected this quarter. Apple just released its results and the company has performed respectably in its second quarter of the fiscal year 2022. This was its best March quarter yet, wi

300+SlashGear / 12h
Now that the James Webb Space Telescope is fully focused, it's important exploration, research, and discovery work can begin in earnest.

Amazon Loss Sales Costs•
Amazon benefited from the coronavirus pandemic as people flocked to online shopping. Now, shoppers’ behavior has shifted.

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The Book of Boba Fett might be well and truly in the landspeeder’s rear-view mirror now, as the galaxy far, far away turns its eyes towards the impending arrival of Obi-Wan Kenobi . But Boba Fett has proven before that you can’t keep a good bounty hunter turned crime lord down, and now he’s already staked a claim on… Read more...

Netflix Layoffs Tudum•
Netflix laid off a contingent of its editorial staff just five months after launching its in-house publication Tudum. Netflix declined to share further details, but said that the Tudum is not being shut down. At least eight writers have tweeted that they were laid off, including an editorial manager. “Our fan website Tudum is an important priority for the company,” a Netflix spokesperson said in

Moon Knight Marc Episode•
Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, May Calamawy and the directors of 'Moon Knight' take us through all the backstory before Episode 5.

Enlarge A cryptocurrency platform was recently on the receiving end of one of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attacks ever after threat actors bombarded it with 15.3 million requests, content delivery network Cloudflare said. DDoS attacks can be measured in several ways, including by the volume of data, the number of packets, or the number of requests sent each second. The current recor

100+SlashGear / 12h
These are the vehicles that will replace the NASA Astrovan from Airstream. They're not quite the original, but they may one day be just as classic.

Apple's App Library feature is a relatively new addition to the iPhone, and not everyone is familiar with how it works. Fortunately, it's very simple to use