SoundCloud is stuffed. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $US70 ($92) million in debt funding — basically a loan from various investors — in order to stay in business.
After a series of closed-door meetings, rejected promises, and thinly veiled threats from President Donald Trump, Republicans finally pulled the American Health Care Act before taking a vote on Friday. This was met with laughter by many, and a few tears by others. But the best reaction came from #GOPDnD, which ended up having the Dungeons & Dragons game of their lives.
Australia's first dog-sharing website has made having a part-time pooch possible with the launch of a free borrowing feature which connects the "desperate and dog-less" with dog owners to "dog share."
Those longing for puppy love can get their pet-fix by providing walks or dog sitting for time-poor dog owners in their local area. No money exchanges hands, simply the companionship of a new best friend.
Yesterday, I wrote a short post about Google's Top Stories module. If you were in the US and googled "great barrier reef" on Wednesday, you'd be presented with a Breitbart article filled with ravings about how climate change isn't real, featured at the very top in the site's highlighted "Top Stories" box. When I went to the company's press team to see what was up, they assured me it was perfectly normal for an article written by a noted climate change denier to get pinned to the top of Google's results.
The web can be a lot of fun, but it's also a pretty dangerous place to venture out into — with phishing sites, drive-by downloads and other nasties lurking around every corner. If you're browsing on Firefox or Chrome you should give your browser some extra muscle for keeping you safe online by installing one or more of these security-focused add-ons.
Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin America brand sometime in 2019. The Seattle-based airline bought Virgin America last year for $US2.6 ($3) billion with the hope of expanding beyond the Pacific Northwest. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin America, apparently cried when he heard the news. Why? Well, it means he'll be losing money.
Last week, the McDonald's Twitter account got into a bit of trouble when it sent a tweet to President Trump calling him a "disgusting excuse for a president". We still don't know what happened (McDonald's said its account was "compromised") but Fortune magazine noted that it wasn't the first time that McDonald's had been aggressive against a sitting president.
Coral reef experts and climate scientists agree that due to rising temperatures, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is pretty much screwed. But when you search Google US for "Great Barrier Reef", that's not all that you'll find. Instead, at the very top of the page in the Top Stories module, you'll see a Breitbart article dismissing the damage done to the famed coral reef that sounds like it was written by a university student Republican who hasn't slept in 72 hours.
Since it debuted nearly a year ago, Facebook Live has been rife with content moderation problems. The latest in a long line of horrific examples comes from Chicago, where the Associated Press reports that a missing 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by up to six people while about 40 people watched the stream.
It's come to our attention that Martin Shkreli, the dagger-faced pharma bro who won't leave the world alone, is buying up domains for the names of journalists who have written about him. He even targeted Gizmodo writers. Let's make sure this doesn't happen to you.
Propagandists ramming verifiably false information into the eyeballs of credulous internet users — now dubbed "fake news" — is one of the most daunting, complicated issues facing social platforms today. Even the richest, most powerful tech companies with the brightest talent pools have yet to deploy anything resembling a solution. The great equaliser of the internet age is everyone's ability to broadcast their thoughts, but is it even possible to keep out those who would intentionally mislead?
Details are still emerging about an attack carried out near the UK's Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. As officials try to determine the identity of a suspect who was shot by police, a 4chan thread from less than 24 hours earlier appears to announce the location of the attack that has claimed four lives so far.
Next Monday, Qantas's first plane with in-flight Wi-Fi and internet access will take to the skies. We'll be onboard, live-blogging away and running Gizmodo from 40,000 feet.
And so could you!
UPDATE: Entires are now closed! You can see who won here.
(The being onboard bit, that is, not the running Gizmodo bit. We wouldn't do that to you.)
Today the mobile version of Gab.ai — the invite-only free(ish) speech social network that has become the de facto home for many of the alt-right ecelebrities banned from Twitter — was not approved for placement on Apple's App Store. CEO Andrew Torba isn't taking it well.