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Saturday's Best Deals: Anker PowerPort Strip, Aged & Ore Drinkware, Razer DeathAdder, and More

A huge toy Gold Box, The Claw multi-tool, magazine subscriptions, and a $50 Instant Pot lead of Saturday’s best deals from around the web.

Away Warns Employees Not to 'Like' or 'Fave' Article Detailing Execs' Psycho Behavior

If we’ve learned nothing else this year, it’s that behind every breezy inspirational lifestyle brand advertising vast sunny horizons lurks a demon tyrant draining the sweat and blood of Millennial urbanites slaving day and night in the miserable dungeons of Slack.

Jury Rules You Can Call Elon Musk a Pedo Guy

It took a federal jury in Los Angeles less than an hour to throw out a $190 million defamation case against Elon Musk. Calling someone a “pedo guy” to an audience of millions of Twitter followers isn’t an accusation, the jury decided, because words are tricky little devils that can mean a lot of things and slinging…

I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs—and they’ve got the receipts to prove it.

Reducing Air Pollution Saves Lives in Just Weeks, Report Finds

Cleaner air can go a long way in saving lives, according to a new report out Friday. It found that policies and laws aimed at curbing emissions are often linked to reductions in hospitalizations, premature births, and deaths in just a few weeks after their enactment.

Samsung Reportedly Has Some Major Camera Upgrades Planned for the Galaxy S11

Almost a year ago, Samsung acquired mobile camera developer Corephotonics, and now, if reports are true, Samsung might finally be ready to add some of the company’s fancy new photography tech on the upcoming Galaxy S11.

The President Has Toilet Problems

President Donald J. Trump is having some toilet trouble—extremely normal toilet trouble that happens to all of us on a regular basis. Like how we sometimes have to flush 10-15 times before it all goes down, and that is totally due to wacko liberals demanding environmentally friendly toilets.

Piglets Born With Monkey Cells Are a World First

Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ahead as researchers work toward the goal of growing human organs inside other animals.

A Song Just for You

A phantom visited my voicemail this week— three minutes and fifteen seconds of hold music for a conversation no one initiated. Now I’m sharing it with you.

Why Won’t Steam Approve These Games Supporting Hong Kong Protestors?

Last year Valve proclaimed that it would allow virtually any game on its Steam service, so long as the game wasn’t illegal or “straight up trolling”—but activist-minded developers who have made games about the Hong Kong protests have realized that, perhaps, there are other ways to get barred from the gaming platform.

FCC Finds Wireless Carriers Wildly Overstate Coverage, Gives Them More Money Anyway

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission, the ghoulish specter of a disemboweled regulatory body, for a fleeting moment appeared before a House oversight committee as shadow of its former self. It produced: a report! The result of a year-long investigation, FCC field agents exposed mobile carriers’ sham…

Turns Out a Wild Geoengineering Plan to Refreeze Arctic Sea Ice Isn't the Best Idea

As the world spins closer to climate catastrophe, fringe ideas are inching toward the mainstream. Geoengineering is among the topics that were once verboten but are now finding traction. And that includes some pretty out-there ideas, including ones focused on saving polar ice by pumping massive amounts of seawater…

Star Wars' Kathleen Kennedy on the Long Road to Ending the Skywalkers' Story

Before Star Wars belonged to Disney, it belonged to Kathleen Kennedy. George Lucas himself picked the legendary producer to run his beloved namesake, Lucasfilm, before Mickey Mouse swooped in and bought it all up. And at that time the plan was always this: A new trilogy of films, which ends later this month in Star…

'Hypocrites': Teens Roast UN Climate Talks, Take Over the Streets

It’s Friday, so you know what that means: The teens are striking from school and hitting the streets. This time, however, the stakes feel a little bit higher as world leaders gather in Madrid, for an international climate conference where they’re supposed to be strengthening the Paris Agreement. And youth from around…

Invasive Mice Seen Attacking Adult Albatrosses on Breeding Colony for the First Time

The United Kingdom’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has recorded the first known instance of invasive mice preying on the adult albatrosses, according to a press release.

TikTok to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging It Collected and Exposed Children's Data

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a proposed class action alleging that the app Musical.ly violated children’s privacy laws by collecting their data and operating the app “in a reckless and unlawful manner for commercial gain.”

The Ghostbusters Sequel's Title and First Official Photos Are Delightfully Haunting

We knew that Jason Reitman’s upcoming Ghostbusters sequel would continue the story of a world profoundly changed after ghosts descended upon New York City, and an ancient god breached an interdimensional portal with the intention of destroying humanity. But some newly released information about the film makes it seem…

Social Media Companies Aren’t Even Close to Fixing Their Bot Problem, Report Finds

Researchers with the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence released a report this week showing that—shocker!—it remains as easy as ever to buy followers and engagement on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Your Feet Will Thank You When You Buy a Pair of These Adidas Slides

For something everyone loves, sandal slides don’t get much respect.

Crisis on Infinite Earths for Infinite Dummies

There are three types of people in this weird world of ours: people who are losing their minds with excitement for the Arrowverse’s imminent Crisis on Infinite Earths; people who are interested in DC’s epic, live-action superhero crossover event but don’t know enough about all the comics and continuity to understand…

Bernie Sanders Has a $150 Billion 'Internet For All' Plan

Modern life is increasingly impossible to live without the internet but according to the FCC, more than 31 percent of Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband connections. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants to change that, releasing a lengthy $150 billion ‘High-speed Internet For All’…

Give Your Kids The Gift of Coding For Christmas With These $30 Frozen and Star Wars Kits

Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit | $30 | Amazon

Australia's Terrifying Bushfires Are Turning New Zealand Glaciers Pink

For weeks now, Australia has been dealing with severe bushfires. They’ve engulfed the country’s largest city in smoke, threatening air quality throughout New South Wales and destroying key koala habitat. In New South Wales alone, more than 100 bush and grassfires were burning as of Friday.

How Do You Justify a $180 Smart Mug

An average mug costs between $5 and $10, while a nice travel mug goes for around $20, or maybe a little more if you’re feeling fancy. So how on earth does a company justify a smart mug that costs a whopping $180?

Bullets That Killed President Kennedy to Be Released as 3D Scans

Have you been hankering to see the bullets that killed President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on that fateful day in 1963? Researchers sometimes ask the U.S. National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) if they can see the bullets, but the government doesn’t like to give people access given their fragility. That’s…

Study of So-Called 'Abortion Reversal' Stopped Early After Women Went to ER With Serious Bleeding

New research out Thursday starkly highlights the dangers of so-called “abortion reversals,” an unproven practice condemned by most medical experts. Scientists were forced to prematurely end a trial of pregnant women testing out the procedure after three volunteers experienced severe hemorrhaging that sent them to the…

A Neural Network Powers This Lego-Built Brick Sorter That Can Recognize Every Piece Ever Made

Lego becomes more and more enjoyable as your collection grows, until the point when your morass of plastic bricks becomes so overwhelming that it’s impossible to find the piece you’re looking for. At that point, you need to develop a sorting system, or do what Daniel West did, and use a bunch of your Lego to build a…

Friday's Best Deals: Rick and Morty, Strategy Board Games, OneBlade, and More

Seasons 1-3 of Rick and Morty, a Strategy Board Game Gold Box, and a Philips Norelco OneBlade Trimmer and Shaver lead off Friday’s best deals from around the web.

Polar Bears Have Invaded A Russian Town—Again

Over the past few days, 56 hungry polar bears have wandered into Ryrkaypiy, a village in far north Russia, forcing locals to cancel their New Year’s celebrations.

Updates From Disney's Honey I Shrunk the Kids Reboot, and More

Venom 2 adds to its cast. Robert Longstreet talks returning to the grown-up Lonnie for Halloween Kills. We’ll finally see some more of Wonder Woman 1984 soon. Get another look at HBO’s take on King’s Outsider. Plus, new footage from The Rise of Skywalker, and Jon Favreau teases Baby Yoda reveals to come on The…

Is My Google One Storage Plan Ripping Me Off?

Is Google ripping everyone off with its Google One cloud-storage service? I confess, this isn’t something I’ve thought about much, but a Lifehacker reader recently sent a letter to our tech-advice column asking this very question.

Get 18 Peanut Butter CLIF Bars For Only $14 Before Your Next Workout

CLIF Bar Energy Bars - Crunchy Peanut Butter, 18 Count | $14 | Amazon

Shave Big On Philips' OneBlade, While Supplies Last

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The Latest Mandalorian Had Maybe a Little Too Much Fan Service for Its Own Good

Oh, so you thought Baby Yoda, jet-pack wearing Mandalorians, beskar, and camtonos made The Mandalorian a geeky, self-referential entry into the Star Wars canon? You haven’t seen anything yet.

Uber Safety Study Finds More Than 3,000 Reports of Sexual Assaults in U.S. Rides Last Year

In addition to recent news of its bizarre issue with segregating bathrooms, Uber has long struggled with keeping its passengers safe, though we only now know the extent of the problem (in the U.S., at least) courtesy of the company’s first study on unsafe incidents involving the ridesharing service. Read more...

Amazon Customers Buy Nintendo Switch, Get Sent Condoms, Tambourines & Electric Toothbrushes Instead

There are reports coming out of the UK that at least a dozen people who bought a Nintendo Switch as part of Amazon’s Black Friday sales did not get sent a Nintendo Switch. Instead, they’ve received everything from air freshener to photopolymer resin instead. Read more...

We Have Dramatically Underestimated Our Exposure to Nasty Plastic Chemical BPA, Study Finds

Our BPA problem might be even worse than we think, according to a new study out Thursday. Researchers say they’ve devised a new test to measure levels of the common industrial chemical in our bodies—levels that might be far higher than tests endorsed by the U.S. government and others suggest they are. Read more...

You've Gotta Be Shitting Me, Uber

Uber, a company helmed by claybrained dopes, is often in the business of explaining why things aren’t what they are. For instance, if you merely ignore all the taxis it puts on the road, Uber is a technology company. And if you squint hard and run your head gently through a woodchipper, its drivers do look a lot more… Read more...

Members of Cybercrime Group Evil Corp Indicted for $100 Million In Heists and No One Can Touch Them

The governments of the U.S. and the UK on Thursday announced the unsealing of indictments against two Russian members of a major cybercriminal operation called Evil Corp. Read more...

Patent Hints the Apple Watch May Track Parkinson's Disease Someday

It’s no secret Apple’s got designs on the Apple Watch being some sort of medical device. It introduced ECG capability on the Series 4, which was also FDA cleared, and then with the Series 5, Apple announced it was launching a series of medical studies for hearing, reproductive health, and mobility and heart health.… Read more...

Most States Have Cut Environmental Agencies' Budgets at the Worst Possible Time

In the past decade, Congress and the White House cut the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) funding for science and pollution regulation by 16 percent (if you adjust for inflation) and cut 2,699 positions. Those cuts were fueled by the idea that environmental protection should be states’ responsibility,… Read more...

Apple Explains What's Going On With Its Big Location Services Mystery

Well, well, well. After failing to address a KrebsOnSecurity report that a location icon appeared in the status bar of an iPhone 11 even after all individual location and service settings have been disabled—giving the appearance that the device was sharing location data without a user’s consent—Apple has finally… Read more...

New Qualcomm Chip Could Make 5G MR a Very Cool Reality

Following yesterday’s look at the Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm is wrapping up its annual three-day tech summit by announcing a few other new Snapdragon chips: one for mixed reality and a couple for laptops. Read more...

Get a Weighted Blanket For Every Family Member This Year For Christmas

White Fox Pattern Kids Weighted Blanket, 5 Pounds | $30 | Amazon Read more...

New Images Show Asteroid Bennu Spewing Bits of Itself Into Space

Images taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft are helping scientists to understand why small particles are occasionally flying off the surface of Bennu, a nearly spherical asteroid that resembles a spinning top. Read more...

Deforestation Is a Death Sentence for Tropical Forest Animals

The wildlife who rely on tropical rainforests may be more screwed than we thought. A new study has found that tropical forest species are six times more sensitive to forest fragmentation than species in temperate ecosystems. Read more...

Razer CEO Berated And Threatened His Staff, Former Employees Say

Min-Liang Tan was “officially pissed off,” he wrote in an email to members of Razer’s marketing team in February of 2014. The gaming hardware company hadn’t made the business website Fast Company’s 2014 list of “Most Innovative Companies,” and in his email, part of an exchange obtained by Kotaku, Tan asked of his… Read more...

This Was the Decade That Spoiler Culture Changed Everything

Spoiler alert: We all love spoilers. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we all want them, of course—there are as many people who fervently avoid details about upcoming stories as there are people who hunt them down to learn beforehand. But as the 2010s come to a close, the way we talk about spoilers with each other… Read more...

Enjoy Galt's Gulch, Assholes

It’s finally happening: Our self-proclaimed betters are leaving for that big Libertopia in the sky, or under the sea, or in space, or whatever. Read more...

Even Sex Toy Makers Think Watchmen's Big Blue Dildo Is 'Extreme'

In the third episode of HBO’s Watchmen series, Laurie Blake aka Silk Spectre pulls out a gigantic electric blue dildo. It’s an obvious sight gag—her ex is a blue man who can control his size, right down to the most intimate level. That said, it does raise some questions. Like, how would the “Electromagnetic Lithium… Read more...