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Rapper Bobby Shmurda's arrest has an odd, crazy connection to Silicon Valley

The ballad of Brooklyn-bred rapper Bobby Shmurda is a surreal tale of meteoric rise turned upside-down, nearly as fast as it started. One smash-mouth hit, one viral dance craze, and a newly-inked record deal were all whipped away by a prison sentence for drug and gun charges. That alone is wild ...

25,000 cheaters have already been banned from popular streaming game 'Playerunknown's Battlegrounds'

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has had a bit of a cheater problem, but it appears that the developer is taking care of it. PUBG developer Bluehole announced yesterday that more than 25,000 players have been banned for using cheats since the game launched in beta in March. That's right , the game ...

Experts found fecal bacteria in Starbucks drinks and the internet is going crazy

A BBC Watchdog investigation uncovered significant traces of fecal bacteria in ice from three popular British coffee shops , Costa Coffee, Starbucks, and Caffe Nero.

This facial recognition technology could help stop online child trafficking

Emily Kennedy spent her undergrad years reading child sex-trafficking ads. She wanted to understand their ticks: Why was this ad formatted that way? Why did the same ads often have different phone numbers? Kennedy knew that this kind of analysis could unravel at least a portion of sex-trafficking ...

Kid immediately regrets trying to cut his own hair

"I'm going to cut my own hair." Anyone who has ever muttered those words and followed through with cutting their own hair has a pretty good chance of regretting it. This little man went in pretty confidently on his own haircut, likely because he gives his dad a simple cut every week to keep things ...

Google Photos is making sharing pictures with friends even easier

On Wednesday, Google announced several updates to the Photos app that will make sharing selfies, your trip to Machu Picchu, and that ridiculous sign you saw on the way to work even easier. SEE ALSO: How to post Google Photos' awesome animations to Instagram These features were first announced at ...

Lin Manuel-Miranda's new charity challenge has inspired celebrities to sing some 'Hamilton' hits

A new challenge from Lin Manuel-Miranda was meant to inspire Hamilton covers from the people of the world. And a lot of celebrities wanted to jump on the bandwagon. SEE ALSO: Riz Ahmed, K'naan and more star in a new music video from 'The Hamilton Mixtape' On Monday, Miranda launched a Prizeo ...

Watch out Google Earth, Apple Maps has a hidden VR-like 'flyover' mode

You're soon going to have a new reason to use Apple Maps. Apple is adding a new feature to its mapping app that lets you go on 3D "flyover" tours of cities around the world. Though not technically VR, the feature is reminiscent of Google Earth VR and raises fresh questions about Apple's plans for ...

Here's a way Facebook is actually fighting fake news

Facebook is cutting down on misinformation, AKA fake news,shared on the world's largest social network. SEE ALSO: In search of Facebook's conscience A new tweak to its API will prevent Facebook users from changing the headline, description, and image that is shared when posting a link, Facebook ...

Amazing tropical resort in 'Minecraft' makes us wish we were digital cube people

Minecraft players come up with some pretty creative creations, but this one in particular makes us wish we could live inside Minecraft, even just for a week or two. SEE ALSO: Someone spent 2 years painstakingly replicating China's Forbidden City in 'Minecraft' Redditor FamilyCraft shared their own ...

These aren't stuffed animals, they're chiffon cakes

The master behind these light and fluffy chiffon cakes is Susanne Ng. It began from baking cakes for her kids' playdates. Ng has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and makes all her cake from scratch. She visualizes each part of the cake as she spoons in her ingredients. Her epic creations take a day ...

Genius programmer hacks Mark Hamill's online game to make him face Darth Vader

If you follow actor Mark Hamill's entertainingly quirky Twitter feed , and really, if you clicked on this story, you probably are , you may have seen him tweeting Tuesday about an unusual game of online Yahtzee involving Darth Vader. The game Hamill was playing appeared to have randomly matched the ...

The iPhone 8 rumored to have super fast charging

When the highly anticipated iPhone 8 finally drops later this year, it'll be tough to get Apple fanatics to put their devices down , until their batteries eventually die, that is. There is some good news for power users, though: powering up the iPhone 8 might just be the fastest, most seamless ...

Watch with glee as Piers Morgan gets absolutely owned by co-host Susanna Reid

Women around the world find Piers Morgan deeply annoying, which means it's always nice to see one of them say it to his face. And so we extend our thanks to Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid. SEE ALSO: Amber Rose and Piers Morgan go toe-to-toe about feminism and NSFW photos On Wednesday ...

xHamster's new sex doll is based on what its biggest users want in a woman

Porn platform xHamster has announced that it's created its own sex doll. Yay? This is the first time a porn site has made a sex doll based on the preferences of their most active users. Their staffers compiled a list of traits, and the company partnered with iDoll to make this mystical creature. Her ...

'Broad City' star Abbi Jacobson's new podcast will make you feel less dumb about art

Comedy writer and actor Abbi Jacobson doesn't only play the art-obsessed Abbi Abrams on her Comedy Central TV show Broad City. In real life she studied art in college and is an illustrator, so it makes sense that she's hosting a podcast about modern and contemporary art. SEE ALSO: 'Broad City' will ...

Earthling police officer pulls over an alien riding shotgun in a real WTF moment

Sometimes, traffic stops can be out of this world. Police in Alpharetta, Georgia stopped a car containing a rather otherworldly passenger on Sunday. The confused officer was quick to document the sighting and put it on Facebook, in case it was beamed back up to its mothership Apparently the driver ...

Samsung Bixby is promising, but Siri has nothing to worry about

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Emilia Clarke just shared a big 'Game of Thrones' hint

In some ways, Game of Thrones has just been six years of waiting to see if and when the other characters will meet Daenerys. In a departure from the books, she joined up with Tyrion Lannister in Season 5, and we may get an even bigger meeting in Season 7. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, ...

Ted Cruz poses with his lookalike, and the internet is ded RIP

One Ted Cruz is a lot to handle. Two Ted Cruzes standing next to each other wearing matching World Series rings is the stuff of nightmares. Everyone naively assumed this scenario was something we'd never have to deal with, but thanks to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and the magic of faceswap, we ...

Congrats to the Portland Trail Blazers, who just won sports Twitter

As far as NBA trades go, this one was a snoozer. But the way the Portland Trail Blazers played it on Twitter was downright brilliant. Portland traded guard Tim Quarterman and his 1.9 points per game to the Houston Rockets for "cash considerations" in a move announced Wednesday. Now, pro sports ...

The NotPetya ransomware may not actually be ransomware at all , it could be something worse

Is ransomware still ransomware if its goal is purely to destroy? This is less if-a-tree-falls hypothetical and more sobering reality for the untold number of people across the globe whose computer systems have been infected with the NotPetya ransomware. That's because the latest digital scourge to ...

Notorious crow single-handedly shuts down mail delivery in neighborhood

And now for some very Canadian news: Mail delivery has been halted in certain areas of Vancouver because a "well-known crow" attacked a mailman. SEE ALSO: Buy this house and you'll live in 2 countries at once Canuck the crow, who is identifiable to locals because of a red tag on its ankle, has been ...

NASA finds signs of ancient 'Niagara Falls' of lava on Mars

Sure, NASA has found signs of ancient water on Mars multiple times over the years, but now it's time to talk about something that's significantly more badass: molten Martian lava. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken photos of a part of the red planet that once played host to huge ...

NASCAR just shared a recipe for deep-fried Coke, and our minds are blown

Does it make one a Coastal Elite™️ if deep-fried Coca-Cola is a new concept to them? Well, NASCAR is here to ensure everyone hears the gospel of deep-fried Coca-Cola . Here's the recipe in written form, if you haven't yet made the pivot to video. 3 eggs 2 cups of Coca-Cola 1/4 cup of ...

Lost dogs finally reunite with family because they smelled sausage

Miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo were lost for four days in Cumbria, England until the smell of sizzling sausages brought them back, Caters reports. Image: Jim Davis/Caters NewsLiz and Graham Hampson were distressed when their fuzzy furbabies went missing on June 16, so they went all out to get ...

Travelers into the U.S. just dodged an expanded electronics ban , for now

We've been waiting for the electronics ban to expand beyond flights coming to the U.S. from the Middle East and parts of Africa, but on Wednesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security made it sound like some new security procedures are all we should expect , at least, for the moment. SEE ALSO: ...

Dude tries showing off a fish he caught and fails miserably

If you're going to brag, maybe do it a little farther away from the water. A fisherman showing off a huge carp he just caught in Brno, Czech Republic was quickly embarrassed after the large fish slipped away, right back into the water nearby. Better luck next time, bro. More about Funny, Viral ...

Rob Lowe says he had an encounter with Bigfoot and we don't believe him

The trailer for Rob Lowe's new reality TV series, The Lowe Files, finally dropped, and it's exactly the quality you can expect from an A&E docuseries about searching for paranormal activity. Lowe is joined by sons Matthew and John Owen, and the three explore the country in search of things that go ...

'Game of Thrones' comes to Comic-Con,as a musical

HBO's Game of Thrones is usually filled with blood and gore, but at Comic-Con in San Diego, it'll be packed with jokes and musical numbers. SEE ALSO: Here's how they make the 'Game of Thrones' music so spine-tinglingly epic Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire includes 12 original ...

A civil rights organization is suing Uber for not having wheelchair-accessible cars

Another lawsuit was filed against Uber today. This time, the Equal Rights Center, a civil rights organization in Washington, D.C., filed suit against the ride-sharing company for not having wheelchair-accessible cars, according to a news release. The lawsuit says that "Uber has designed and ...

Google is experimenting with a cube-shaped virtual reality advertising format

Google is showcasing its first ever cube-shaped advertisement. The new virtual reality ad format is a three-dimensional shape that will open a video player when tapped or gazed at for a few seconds. It's not an official product at this point, but rather a mock-up of what a simple non-intrusive ad ...

Pregnant dog gets the perfect Anthropologie-style maternity shoot

For far too long, dog mamas have been denied the right to produce their own maternity shoots, on the flimsy conceptual ground that they "don't understand what they are." That time is slowly ending, one doggie photo shoot at a time. SEE ALSO: Get the perfect photo of your dog every single time with ...

A man's bold, unadvised tattoo proposal thankfully went very right

If there are two things in life that are sure to last forever it's tattoos and love...right? A couple from Colorado got engaged in a very, um, lasting way. Tattoo artist, Vinny Capaldo-Smith, proposed to his girlfriend, Brooke Wodark, by asking her to tattoo his leg. Brooke, though nervous to give ...

Wonder Woman and Captain America join the Academy

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This LEGO-style 3D tape is your childhood dream come true

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Yes, it finally happened. The makers of Toy Block Tape turned our wildest dreams into an office supply miracle. This one-of-kind roll of textured tape lets you transform any surface into a 3D ...

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An ancient 'skull cult' might've carved up bones to shame their enemies

An ancient "skull cult" might've existed thousands of years ago in present-day Turkey. Three deeply carved skulls found at the Göbekli Tepe archaeological site suggest that humans disfigured the bones as part of a ritual, perhaps to venerate the dead or absorb the powers of fallen enemies, a team ...

How the U.S. can defend its elections from cyberattacks

Amid the cybersecurity whirlwind that has been May and June,when the world got its first taste of what widespread ransomware attacks are capable of and the continued wave of attacks that is still unfolding globally ,the public's attention has yet again been pulled away from the news most relevant to ...

Sorry dog, playing on top of a bale of hay will never end well

Fun loving pooch, Athena, was having the time of her life playing with this giant bale of hay like a good farm doggo. She was getting in all the itching that a bale of hay has to offer.However, Athena's fun was quickly cut short with a failed attempt at rolling over on top of the bale. The look on ...

Ditto doll is looking damn good in its new purple wig

You might know Ditto the Pokémon as the little purple blob who can transform into anything in its memory, but did you know that it's also a fashion QUEEN? Hear me out. It's not exactly a popular opinion, but artist Savannah discovered the purple wonder's talent when a colorful doll wig just ...

This laptop bag will charge all your devices

The 'LAER' is the laptop bag techies have been thirsty for for years. It charges all of your devices at once, so you can stay connected and stop stressing about that 10% battery alert.

Zombie Galaxy Note 7s are coming to South Korea, because nothing ever dies

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the smartphone equivalent of a daytime soap opera character: just when you think it's died dramatically in a fire and been stricken from the storyline, it pops up again. The South Korean company announced its plans to sell the retooled phones in its native country and ...

This Instagram account teaches you the LGBTQ history you never learned in school

Queer history doesn't exist in high school textbooks. It's hidden in fading library books, dusty archives, and oral histories forgotten with time. But one Instagram account is bringing important LGBTQ moments out of the shadows. @lgbt_history meticulously documents the queer community's past, ...

The sideways moving magical elevators from 'Harry Potter' could soon become a reality

It's been 160 years since the first cable elevator was invented and it has come to define how we build any high-rise building. A German company is looking to change that with their multi-directional elevator system that uses magnetic levitation and linear motors to allow sideways movement and ...

YouTube debuts inspiring Pride Month video to highlight queer creators

YouTube launched its fifth-annual Pride campaign this week with a new video highlighting queer creators. When users go to YouTube's Spotlight page, they'll see the featured video titled "#ProudToBe: Celebrate Brave Voices this Pride." The video celebrates people within the LGBTQ community striving ...

For about 10 minutes, people thought Amazon was going to buy FedEx

When FedEx stopped trading its stock for a few minutes on Wednesday, eyebrows immediately raised. Company stock and stop trading for a variety of reasons, but one big reason immediately came to mind,FedEx had been acquired. And not just acquired by anyone. What if it was Amazon. adding another piece ...

We only have 3 years left to turn the corner on global warming

The next three years will effectively decide the fate of our planet's climate. This is the stark message of a new commentary in the journal Nature by several high-profile climate scientists and policy makers. The paper provides detailed sector by sector goals for electric vehicles, power plants, ...

Can changing jobs really make you happier?

There's an element of risk tied to everything you do in life: walking your dog, driving, eating sushi , even stepping outside your front door carries some minuscule chance of danger. It's with decisions made at work that the risk factor is harder to identify, keeping us from making big, and ...

This app wants to help you speed through your reading list

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. How's that summer reading list coming along? Being well-read is a huge time commitment, and you're not alone if the prospect of reading through a stack of books makes you want to give up and see ...