Apple Spent $84,000 on Twitter Ads the Same Day Elon Tweeted It ‘Mostly Stopped’ Advertising There, New Data Shows

Photo: XanderSt (Shutterstock)On Monday, Elon Musk picked a public fight with Apple, accusing the company of freezing its advertising on Twitter and wondering aloud if the alleged pause was because “they hate free speech in America.” In fact, Apple spent $84,615 on Twitter ads that very same day, according to data from Pathmatics, a digital

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The Last of Us Character Posters Introduce the Show’s Post-Apocalyptic Ensemble

Screenshot: HBO MaxIf there’s a genre that won’t die, it’s survivors doing their best (and sometimes their worst) amid a zombie apocalypse. Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us PlayStation games offer a particularly compelling take on the story—which is why the series is soon making the jump to HBO Max. Today, we’ve got close-up looks at the main characters

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Texas Company Wins $57 Million From NASA to Develop Lunar Construction Tech

An illustration of the construction of a lunar outpost with astronauts on the surface of the Moon.Illustration: ICONTexas-based ICON has been assigned the pivotal task of developing the means for NASA to build critical infrastructure on the Moon to further its Artemis ambitions. NASA awarded ICON a hefty $57.2 million contract to research and develop construction

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‘Gap’ in App Store Rules Endanger Reproductive Data, Top Law Enforcement Chiefs Say

View of the Apple Store on Rosenstrasse in Munich.Photo: Frank Hoermann/Sven Simon (AP)Attorneys general in nine states and the District of Columbia are urging Apple this week to introduce new App Store requirements designed to safeguard sensitive health data linked to reproductive care.In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the dozen chief law enforcement

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Elon Musk Tweets Defense of Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man in Ferguson, Missouri

Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of Michael Brown at the hands of police.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images)Elon Musk tweeted a defense of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown—an unarmed Black man in Ferguson, Missouri back in 2014—early Wednesday

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See an Exclusive Clip From Good Night Oppy, a New Doc About the Mars Rover That Defied the Odds

An artist’s conception of the Opportunity rover on Mars.Illustration: Courtesy of Prime VideoOften, the public only turns its gaze to space missions during the spectacular moments: launches and landings, mostly. But Mars rovers maintain a special place in our hearts, as they toil millions of miles from home, sending us updates and images over the

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Missing Employees, a Billion-Dollar Loan, and Emoji Payments: The 9 Most Batshit Revelations From FTX’s Bankruptcy Filing

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images)Once upon a time, the cryptocurrency exchange FTX was a jewel of the web3 world. Now, in the span of a week, its reputation has transformed from shooting star to sinking ship. After admitting to mismanaging large amounts of customer money, the exchange’s founder and CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried (also known by

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Watch This Horror Short in the Darkest Room Possible

In Bangladesh, two sisters hurry home one afternoon. At first, nothing seems unusual as they bicker in typical sibling fashion (“Come quick, or you’re dead!”) and go about their routine. But as writer-director Nuhash Humayun’s horror short Moshari continues, it becomes clear that something is wrong in their world. Apocalyptically wrong.“Moshari” translates to “mosquito net,”

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FTX Says It May Have Been ‘Hacked,’ as $600 Million in Crypto is Mysteriously Drained Overnight

Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP (Getty Images)Hundreds of millions of dollars in funds were mysteriously siphoned out of the collapsing crypto exchange FTX on Friday, in what company executives have referred to as a potential hacking incident.Already a company in a spectacular state of financial and reputational free fall, the once well-respected and heavily promoted

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Twitter Brings Back ‘Official’ Verified Badge Because Elon Musk Has No Idea What He’s Doing

Image: AI art created by DALL-ETwitter has reintroduced the “Official” gray verification badge for high-profile accounts like brands and celebrities, according to the Twitter Support account. The Official badge was first introduced on Wednesday, only to see new CEO Elon Musk get rid of the badge the very same day. But by late Thursday, the

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25 Years Later, Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum Is Finally a World Champion

Image: The Pokémon CompanyHe’s wanted to be the very best for a very long time, but perpetual kid/two-and-a-half-decade-long professional Pokémon battler Ash Ketchum is, at long last, an official Pokémon world champion.The news, revealed by the Pokémon Company this morning, comes as the conclusion of the latest episode of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys aired in Japan

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First Sentence Ever Found in Ancient Alphabet, and It’s About Beard Lice

Canaanite lettering on an ancient ivory comb found in Israel.Photo: Dafna Gazit, Israel Antiquities AuthorityArchaeologists in Israel say they have found the first-known written sentence in Canaanite, an alphabet used by the long-ago inhabitants of the region and until now lost to time.The sentence—comprising 17 Canaanite characters, totaling seven words—was incised on an ivory comb

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Musk’s California Hyperloop Prototype Will Become a Parking Lot

The city council confirmed to Bloomberg that the former tunnel will become parking spots. Image: Robyn Beck-Pool (Getty Images)Elon Musk’s hyperloop—the sci-fi-esque subway of the future that definitely will not flood—is apparently hitting a speed bump. The Hyperloop’s inaugural tunnel, a prototype built in Hawthorne, California, has been torn down and will be replaced with

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WhatsApp Revamps Group Chats with New Communities Feature

Screenshot: WhatsAppWhatsApp revamped its group chat functionality today with the rollout of a new featured called “Communities.” Communities lets users bring together multiple different group chats in a single hub, and includes a number of upgrades, including polls and 32-person video chats.01:25Randall Park’s Favorite SuperheroesMonday 5:02PM“Today we’re launching Communities on WhatsApp,” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of

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Rihanna Releases Music Video For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Soundtrack

Screenshot: Marvel StudiosIt’s finally happening, a new Rihanna single after a long drought. And no we’re not dancing, the global icon has provided an emotional ballad for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack. Thanks Marvel Studios and Disney.“Lift Me Up” is the leading single from the film’s soundtrack inspired by the extraordinary life and legacy

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InSight Records Major Martian Meteorite Impacts, Along With Potential Magma

NASA’s InSight lander, a mission devoted to unlocking the secrets of the Martian interior, likely has just a few months left before its dust-covered solar panels stop being able to provide sufficient power. But the faltering lander’s instruments continue their work advancing our understanding of volcanology and seismology on the Red Planet.Three papers published today—two

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JPMorgan Hires Former Exec From Celsius Despite Crypto Company’s Implosion

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, arrives for the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled Annual Oversight of the Nations Largest Banks on September 22, 2022. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc (Getty Images)JPMorgan Chase has hired former Celsius executive Aaron Iovine to be the executive director of digital assets regulatory policy, according

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We’re Publishing the Facebook Papers. Here’s How Meta Became the Internet’s Biggest Hub of Covid-19 Misinformation.

This piece is part of Gizmodo’s ongoing effort to make the Facebook Papers available to the public. See the full directory of documents here.Meta didn’t choose to become a global distributor of medicinal snake oil and dangerous health advice. But it did decide it could tolerate it.From the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, Facebook understood

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Kanye West Says He’s Buying Parler Because ‘Conservative Opinions Are Considered Controversial’

After having his antisemitic content deleted on Instagram and Twitter, Ye appears to be looking for a place where anything goes.Illustration: Jody Serrano / Gizmodo / Roy Rochlin / Getty ImagesKanye West says he’s buying Parler, the right-wing social media app that bills itself as an “uncancelable free speech platform” and known for its lax

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Researchers Race to Preserve Centuries-Old Carvings on Australian Boab Trees

After two years of fieldwork, a group of researchers and First Nations Australians have announced the discovery of centuries-old carvings on 12 boab trees in Australia’s Tanami Desert.Carvings on boabs were first reported in the mid-19th century, but they weren’t investigated thoroughly until a century later. The carvings depict snake figures believed by the team

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Adult Performers File Allegedly Leaked Offshore Bank Records in OnlyFans-Meta Bribery Suit

Photo: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx | Florian Gaertner (AP)A group of adult entertainers suing Meta say they were leaked new evidence of bribery—bank records that detail wire transfers from OnlyFans executives to offshore accounts for Meta executives.A group of adult entertainers is suing Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta, alleging the social media company’s higher-ups accepted bribes

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Advertisers Flee Twitter After Ads Appear Near Accounts Promoting Child Sex Abuse Content

Twitter reportedly has a child porn problem that surpasses its ability to take down accounts advertising child sexual abuse content.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Reports have shown Twitter has struggled to deal with a rash of accounts peddling child sex abuse material on its platform, and now advertisers have declared they don’t want their ads to

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Disney Parks Icon Figment Starring in Movie From Seth Rogen and Detective Pikachu Scribes

Image: Disney ParksWalt Disney World’s original dark ride Journey Into Imagination is a cult Epcot staple—and its star, Figment the purple dragon, is now getting the big screen treatment. Deadline reports that producer Seth Rogen and Detective Pikachu writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit are developing the film at Disney based on the attraction.What’s curious is

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Meta’s Toxic Algorithm ‘Substantially Contributed’ to Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar: Amnesty International

Hundreds of Rohingya people crossing Bangladesh’s border as they flee from Buchidong at Myanmar after crossing the Nuf River Shah Porir Dwip Island near Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on September 07, 2017.Photo: STR (AP)A new report from Amnesty International this week dives deeply into the Facebook-fueled atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslim minority by

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Incel Communities Are Reportedly Engaged in a ‘Brothers-in-Arms’ War Against Women

Photo: Aonprom Photo (Shutterstock)Self-described involuntary celibates lurking in the community’s largest forum are escalating their violent rhetoric according to a new report released by the Center for Countering Digital Hate. The report found terms and keywords associated with acts of mass violence on the forum shot up 59% over the past year while approval of

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23-Year-Old ‘Crypto King’ Has Luxury Cars Seized After $35 Million of Investor Money Vanishes

23-year-old ‘Crypto King’ Aiden Pleterski as he appeared in a paid article on the far-right website The Daily Caller, purchased in December 2021.Screenshot: Daily CallerFive luxury cars, including two BMWs, two McLarens, and a Lamborghini, have been seized from 23-year-old Aiden Pleterski, the self-described “crypto king” of Canada, during bankruptcy proceedings according to a new

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Watch Live as Russia Launches the Next ISS Crew—Including a U.S. Astronaut—to Space

The Soyuz rocket awaits launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan.Photo: NASA/Bill IngallsThe International Space Station is gearing up to host a new crew. NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, along with Roscosmos astronauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, are launching on board a Soyuz MS-22 crew ship on Wednesday to spend six months on

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How Universal’s E.T. Adventure Ride Still Captures the Magic of the Movie

Image: Universal Studios Parks and ResortsThere’s a timelessness to Steven Spielberg’s E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial—which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year—that can’t be denied. It encompasses movie magic on a level that transcends the screen through its music and its story of a friendship between a boy and an alien that defies the odds. It’s

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RadioShack’s Twitter Wasn’t Hacked, It’s Just a Crypto Shill Now

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)This week, the Twitter account for RadioShack went from just weird to totally apeshit. In short order, the company’s entire feed became a veritable trove of NSFW material, including musings about vibrators, “big tittes” (misspelling theirs), and tweets trolling celebrities and other corporate accounts. Remarks ranged from “sometimes i just feel

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The Minions Sequel is Taking the Box Office By Storm, Prepare Yourselves

Image: Illumination EntertainmentIllumination’s Minions—those goggle-wearing, babbling yellow monstrosities—have very clearly outgrown the Despicable Me franchise they first appeared in all the way back in 2010. Beyond their titular spinoff movie releasing in 2015 and earned $1.16 billion at the box office, the creatures have become a cultural fixture unto themselves, for better and for worse.

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Apple Debuts ‘Lockdown Mode’ to Protect iPhone Users From Mercenary Spyware Attacks

Screenshot: Lucas Ropek/AppleApple announced a new security feature Wednesday designed to protect iPhone users from invasive spyware attacks. Dubbed “Lockdown Mode,” the feature promises to “harden” the security posture of your device, drawing a digital moat around its perimeter to protect against infiltration.Apple calls Lockdown the “the first major capability of its kind.” It will

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The Unhealthiest Dog Breeds

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock)Dogs have been humanity’s stalwart companions for tens of thousands of years. Unfortunately, not every dog is as genetically healthy as they deserve to be, thanks largely to our meddling influence. Over the past few centuries, human-guided breeding has split dogs into hundreds of distinct breeds, based on specifically desired physical characteristics. And

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The Agency Responsible for Securing the U.S.’s Toxic Nuclear Waste Has Its Work Cut Out For It

Photo: Lou Benoist (Getty Images)Scattershot budgets, lack of coordination, stalling research and development, and rapid worker turnover are threatening the Department of Energy’s ability to sufficiently store and secure the nation’s ever-growing trash bin of toxic nuclear waste.Those were some of the top concerns outlined today by experts and lawmakers during a congressional hearing probing

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