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Reddit sees red over proposed net neutrality changes

The "front page of the internet" has lit up in red, with sub-reddits devoted to everything from books to NASCAR all protesting net neutrality.<p>The FCC's chief has dubbed it a "failed" attempt at "micromanaging the internet." Digital civil liberties activists call it a principle that must be …

Net Neutrality

Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style 'streaks' feature

Another day, another Facebook ripoff of a Snapchat feature.<p>Ask teenagers how many 'streaks' they have going, and they'll know exactly what you're referring to. That's how many people they've been Snapchatting back and forth with for consecutive days.<p>It's actually addicting, they'll tell you. So …

Facebook

YouTube is finally removing child exploitation videos

YouTube is making major changes after a wave of press exposed disturbing content targeted to kids on the video platform.<p>The Google-owned company …

Buzzfeed

Facebook will now show you the Russian bots you unknowingly follow

Facebook is moving forward with helping people better understand how they may have been influenced by Russian propaganda profiles and pages across its properties. The social networking company announced on Wednesday that it plans on launching a portal where anyone can go to find out which pages and …

Internet Research Agency

Lyft is raising another $500 million

Ride-hail company Lyft is raising up to $500 million in additional funding, according to a share authorization document filed yesterday in Delaware. …

Venture Capital

Amazon workers at an Italy distribution hub are planning to strike on Black Friday

On one of the busiest shopping days of the year<p>Over 500 Amazon workers at the company’s main distribution hub in Italy are planning to go on strike on Black Friday, reports <i>Reuters</i>. Unions said the workers from Amazon’s Piacenza hub in northern Italy had agreed to strike for the first time after …

Amazon

UK watchdog tells ISPs to advertise ‘real’ broadband speeds

Broadband packages are notoriously difficult to untangle. Prices are obscured with introductory discounts and the speeds you get are nothing like what was advertised. It sucks, and the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) knows it. So today, the watchdog has announced new rules for broadband …

Internet

Incubator And Seed Fund MEST Expands To Lagos And Cape Town

MEST, one of the earliest tech incubators in Africa, has opened two new hubs in Lagos and Cape Town, with well-known start-up mentor Aaron Fu as the organisation’s new managing director.<p>Launched in 2008 in Accra, Ghana, MEST is part training program, part seed fund, part incubator and part hub. It …

Startups

Facebook may be working on a new shortcut to tag friends in comments

A hidden feature in Facebook suggests the social networking site is experimenting with a new way to tag friends in comments. Let’s recap: currently, to mention someone, you just need to type ‘@’ and then the person’s name.<p>But a new feature, which is buried deeply within the site, takes a different …

Facebook

Google will downrank Russian state news agencies

The extent to which fake news is propagating the internet has become increasingly clear in recent months. In October Facebook revealed some 3,000 politically-charged adverts had been placed in crucial swing states in the US, while Freedom House this month demonstrated that governments in no less …

Eric Schmidt

Scientists have used cells as a recording device for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used a cell to record what happens in the world around it. They were able to retrieve the information and read it …

Biology

Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $150,000 version with 500 miles of range. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 – or, if …

Car Tech

Nintendo Apologises for Animal Crossing Server Problems

Nintendo has addressed the server issues plaguing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.<p>Nintendo has apologized for the problems via an in-game message and is …

Gaming

‘Smart Battery’ feature added to Google Pixel devices to more accurately predict battery life

I think it’s safe to say that one of the most important things in a phone is battery life. You can have the best phone in the world, but that means nothing if it can’t last a day. To help you better predict how your battery will perform throughout the day, Google is adding a new ‘smart battery’ …

Batteries

Co-founder of unicorn InMobi is launching a bike-sharing startup in India

Over in India, there are a handful of startups working to get the country’s billion-person population on bikes. One of them is Yulu, co-founded by Amit Gupta, who formerly co-founded profitable, billion-dollar startup InMobi.<p>In the next three to four weeks, Yulu will launch its bike-sharing service …

Startups

How To Tell If The Thanksgiving Content In Your News Feed Is Authentic American Or Russian-Made

Be vigilant. Be ready. Read this guide. Don't be fooled.<p>Ah, Thanksgiving. A holiday we once enjoyed by letting our guard down, getting fat with relatives, and waiting for Uncle Bob to pass out before grabbing the remote and turning off the Cowboys game. That ideal version of Thanksgiving lasted …

Vladimir Putin

Ether just set a new all-time record above $400

The price ether, the digital token used on the ethereum blockchain set a new record high in trading today, at just under $415. It has been a good year for the cryptocurrency, which has appreciated by a cool 5,000% (or so) since January, when it was trading at $8. So far today, the cryptocurrency …

Cryptocurrency

Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: All the power in the world, but it’ll cost you

Powerful, versatile and portable – the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is one very impressive laptop<p>The Surface Book was an odd fish in a sea of 2-in-1 …

Laptops

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch) Review

Clean, innovative design; USB Type-C port; Brilliant display; Great stylus; Long battery life;<p>Expensive; No Thunderbolt 3; Transfer speeds slightly …

Laptops

Ethereum breaks the $400 barrier to hit an all-time high

Bitcoin is not the only cryptocurrency experiencing a healthy increase in price these days: Ethereum has suddenly surged past the $400 mark to hit an all-time high price value.<p>After months of fluctuating at around $320, the second biggest cryptocurrency by market share managed to surpass the $400 …

Cryptocurrency

Apple’s offices in South Korea raided on eve of iPhone X launch

Authorities in South Korea raided Apple’s offices in Seoul today, one day ahead of the launch of the iPhone X.<p>The exact reason for the raid isn’t apparent, although it reportedly concerns Apple’s business practices in the country. Nonetheless, it raises questions about whether the South Korean …

South Korea

Google Home can now directly control washers, dryers, vacuums, and dishwashers; also adds scene support

About a week ago, the smart home devices support page of Google Home was updated to add a host of new features that we hadn't heard about until then. …

Automation

The 20 best smartphones in the world

The gap between good and great smartphones is getting smaller and smaller, and ranking smartphones is becoming harder and harder.<p>There's a lot to consider here like specs, features, design, and price. Thankfully, most of these smartphones come with more than enough power, great designs, and are …

Phones

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact review: small but powerful

While most smartphone OEMs are creating standard and plus or XL sized versions of their smartphones, Sony believes there’s still a market for a small, compact flagship that doesn’t skimp out on the specs. But is there still a need for a small phone with flagship caliber specifications or have …

Phones

This invention kit is on sale and can turn almost anything into a touchpad or video game controller

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>Have you ever seen the experiment that uses an …

Super Mario

Google Alphabet's Schmidt: Here's why we can't keep fake news out of search results

Google's search algorithms have a problem ranking truthful information when two groups oppose each other.<p>Google has tried numerous ways to get ahead …

Google

ProtonMail bolts on an encrypted contacts manager and digital signing for contacts

Another neat addition to end-to-end encrypted email client ProtonMail: It’s added a zero-access encrypted contacts manager that also digitally signs the contact info you store in it.<p>The new features have been added to v3.12 of ProtonMail’s web client, with the Swiss-based startup saying it’s …

Encryption

Lyft Is Raising Another Huge Pile of Money for Its Battle With Uber

Uber rival Lyft is raising an additional $500 million in funding, according to a U.S. share authorization document filed in Delaware news website …

Uber

Peter Thiel might not be done with Gawker after all

Is Peter Thiel not yet done with Gawker?<p>When the billionaire Silicon Valley investor funded the lawsuit that bankrupted the media company, most assumed the drama would be forever laid to rest. But Thiel wants the opportunity to bid on Gawker’s remains, according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. On …

Peter Thiel

12 hidden tips and tricks every iPhone X owner needs to know

The iPhone X ushers in a new age of all display, notches, facial recognition, Animoji, and new gestures for controlling everything.<p>You may find …

iOS

AirPods are the key to romance in Apple’s holiday ad

The first big Apple ad of the holiday season is here just in time for Thanksgiving.<p>Apple published its holiday ad “Sway” to Youtube today. The whimsical ad features a winter holiday cityscape that transforms into something magical as a couple dance through it. Of course, they’re rocking AirPods and …

Stevie Wonder

Tesla's all-electric semi truck will start at $150,000

The entry model will have a 300 mile range, or for $180,000 you can get a version with a 500 mile range.<p>Tesla has quietly released the expected prices of its new all-electric semi truck on its website. Two options will be available, with the only difference between the tow being the range you can …

Electric Vehicles

5 great ways to edit video on your Chromebook

It's better (and easier) then you thought it was.<p>One of the biggest criticisms of a Chromebook is the lack of good programs for content creation. Any …

Videography

HMD Global brings budget-friendly Nokia 2 to India this Friday, priced ₹6,999

HMD Global has managed to successfully revitalize the Nokia brand with reliable, secure phones with an impressive price-performance ratio, and as far as the current range goes, they don’t come much more pocket-friendly than the Nokia 2.<p>The entry-level 5-inch device is already available in various …

Mobile Technology

Early Galaxy S9 leaks show Samsung can’t copy the iPhone fast enough

A report from a noteworthy insider said on Wednesday that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be nearly identical to their predecessors when it comes …

Samsung

YouTube will block ads against creepy videos targeted at children

• <b>Multiple reports show that there's a growing trend on YouTube for disturbing content featuring children — like showing them tied up or wearing revealing clothing.</b>• <b><br>Another trend involves showing cartoon characters that are popular with children doing weird and disturbing things — like Peppa Pig</b> …

Peppa Pig

Google's Pixel 2 delivers great photo results for those with accessibility issues

Blurred photos from shaky hands are a thing of the past.<p>With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, some of their features are making a huge difference in terms …

Pixel 2