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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.

Elon Musk's SpaceX Says It Is Laying Off 10 Percent of Its Workforce Elon Musk's SpaceX Says It Is Laying Off 10 Percent of Its Workforce

Just days after Elon Musk unveiled the first images of his aerospace company’s Starship test rocket, SpaceX has announced that it is slimming down its workforce by roughly 10 percent.

Saudi Teen Who Fled Family and Pleaded for Help on Twitter Granted Asylum in Canada Saudi Teen Who Fled Family and Pleaded for Help on Twitter Granted Asylum in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, the 18-year-old Saudi woman who escaped her family and pleaded for protection on social media, has been granted asylum in Canada.

Bird Issues 'Chilling' Legal Threat After Boing Boing Publishes Blog on E-Scooter Hack Bird Issues 'Chilling' Legal Threat After Boing Boing Publishes Blog on E-Scooter Hack

In early December, Boing Boing published a piece about an e-scooter “conversion kit,” a $30 hotwiring option for users who were, in theory, able purchase any number of Bird electric scooters collecting dust at city impound lots. This apparently didn’t sit well with Bird, which promptly issued a “notice of claimed…

Popular Dog-Walking App Wag Called Out for Vetting Process Over Alleged Animal Abuse Popular Dog-Walking App Wag Called Out for Vetting Process Over Alleged Animal Abuse

The so-called Uber of dog-walking apps, Wag, has found itself in the dog house after one of its walkers appeared to physically assault a dog under his care in security footage. The dog’s owners are now raising concerns over the vetting process behind the platform and others like it, Fox-affiliated KTVU reported…

Amazon's Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report Amazon's Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report

It shouldn’t be the case that inviting smart technology into our homes to safeguard against potential threats might instead lead to serious breaches of individual privacy, and yet reports of such violations of user trust are increasingly common. Now, Amazon’s Ring security cameras have come under fire for just that.

Juul Is Leaning Hard Into Its New 'Adult Education Campaign' Juul Is Leaning Hard Into Its New 'Adult Education Campaign'

Following increased pressure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Juul Labs is taking a notably different approach from its ad campaigns of yore—the ones accused of making its e-cigarette products widely appealing to kids. The company unveiled new TV spots this week as part of its “adult education campaign”…

Trump Officially Nominates Coal Shill Andrew Wheeler to Head the EPA Trump Officially Nominates Coal Shill Andrew Wheeler to Head the EPA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially nominated Andrew Wheeler—former coal lobbyist and man with little tact on social media—to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler, who has been serving as acting chief following the ouster of former EPA leader Scott Pruitt, could be confirmed to…

Homeless Man Connected to $400,000 Alleged GoFundMe Scam Arrested in Philadelphia Homeless Man Connected to $400,000 Alleged GoFundMe Scam Arrested in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Police Department said Wednesday that Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless man linked to an alleged GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, was arrested after he failed to appear in court in New Jersey the previous day.

Tech Comebacks, 'Bandersnatch' Endings, and Net Neutrality: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Tech Comebacks, 'Bandersnatch' Endings, and Net Neutrality: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Welcome to 2019! You made it. Despite the government shutdown and myriad other cursed baggage we’re still faced with—including the official death of net neutrality, for which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and self-affirmed shill released a gloating statement—there was actually some good news this week! For one, lots of…

National Park Service Plans to Use Visitor Fees to Keep Sites Operational Amid Shutdown Chaos National Park Service Plans to Use Visitor Fees to Keep Sites Operational Amid Shutdown Chaos

As the government shutdown moves into its third week with no foreseeable end in sight, national parks are devolving into utter chaos as reports describe heaping piles of garbage and unmanaged public toilets overflowing with human waste.

Apple Sure Is Riding a Very High Privacy Horse in Vegas Apple Sure Is Riding a Very High Privacy Horse in Vegas

With the Consumer Electronics Show just days away, a very curious billboard has surfaced in Las Vegas that prominently touts Apple’s privacy standards. Playing to city’s own infamous tagline, it reads: “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”

Goodbye George, the Last Known Hawaiian Land Snail of Its Species Goodbye George, the Last Known Hawaiian Land Snail of Its Species

Researchers this week bid farewell to a beloved land snail that was the last known survivor of his species Achatinella apexfulva.

Apple Addresses iPad Pro 'Bend' Drama With Support Page Outlining Manufacturing Process Apple Addresses iPad Pro 'Bend' Drama With Support Page Outlining Manufacturing Process

Reports of ever-so-slightly bent 2018 iPad Pros surfaced shortly after their release, with some users claiming that they’d received the product bent straight out of the box. In response to those reports, Apple claimed in December that the issue resulted from the cooling process involved with some of its components and…

Apple Phishing Scam Reportedly Looks Alarmingly Like the Real Deal Apple Phishing Scam Reportedly Looks Alarmingly Like the Real Deal

As phishing scams become increasingly sophisticated and better able to mirror the brands they’re impersonating, it can be difficult for an informed recipient to spot some of the telltale signs of fraud. A new report suggests scammers have found a way to manipulate even caller IDs to appear similar to that of Apple…

Juul's $13 Billion Deal With Marlboro Maker Isn't Sitting Well With the FDA Juul's $13 Billion Deal With Marlboro Maker Isn't Sitting Well With the FDA

Juul may be sitting pretty following its $12.8 billion deal with big tobacco giant Altria, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not amused.

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