To be evil or not to be evil — that is the question, Google.
It seems after years of the tech company's commitment to its low-key creepy-sounding mantra, "Don't Be Evil," Google has removed the phrase from its Code of Conduct.
So I guess that means evil is totally chill now?? Cool. Very cool and not at all concerning, right?
On Friday, Gizmodo noted that "Don't Be Evil," which has been part of Google's Code of Conduct since 2000, was recently removed in either April or May, as shown by the Wayback Machine.Tech, Google, Wayback Machine, Big Tech Companies, and Code Of Conduct
The United States Geological Survey released stunning new footage on Saturday showing the lava pouring from a fissure created by activity around Kilauea, an active volcano in Hawaii that exploded Thursday morning.
The footage, which was filmed just before 8:00 a.m. Hawaii local time shows a powerful lava flow tearing its way across the island, dangerously close to multiple structures.
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According to the USGS, the flow is advancing southeast, and it originated from a line of low fountains, which can be seen in the background of the clip.
A status report from the USGS states that the rate of lava eruption in the lower east rift zone increased on Friday and continued overnight. As of Saturday morning, the flow remained "very active" and was moving at speeds of up to 300 yards per hour. Read more...More about Science, Volcano, Hawaii, Lava, and Science
Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is under investigation by French authorities for alleged rape.
The accusation comes from a formal complaint lodged by an unnamed 27-year-old French actress. A report from French media outlet Europe 1 (h/t The Hollywood Reporter) notes that the two have known each other for a number of years.
The complaint, which was brought forward on Friday morning, states that Besson added something to the accuser's tea during a meeting at Le Bristol, a Paris hotel. It goes on to state that she fell unconscious after drinking the beverage, and she awoke to the director "touching and penetrating her" (THR's words). Read more...More about Entertainment, Film, Rape, Luc Besson, and Time S Up
Asia Argento closed out her 2018 Cannes Film Festival experience with a powerful speech about Harvey Weinstein.
On Saturday, while on-stage presenting with director Ava DuVernay at the festival's closing ceremony, Argento spoke of her past Cannes experiences, telling the audience that Weinstein — who's been hit with accusations of sexual harassment and assault from more than a dozen women, including Argento — had previously raped her there.
"In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes," Argento bravely said into the microphone. "I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground. I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again. He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes." Read more...More about Entertainment, Celebrities, Sexual Harassment, Rape, and Cannes Film Festival
Starbucks issued a new policy on Saturday: Patrons no longer need to make a purchase to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms.
According to the Associated Press, Starbucks executives have claimed the old policies were "loose and ambiguous," which left the decision on whether or not people could use the bathroom or sit in the stores up to managers and employees.
Now, the company is telling its employees to consider every person entering the store a customer “regardless of whether they make a purchase.”
The new policy comes just weeks after two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12. The men hadn't ordered anything yet, because they were waiting for a friend to arrive. Read more...More about Starbucks, Social Good, Racism, Coffee, and Social Good
This may be hard to believe, but Meghan Markle —Duchess of Sussex and newly-married wife of Prince Harry — was once just a young tourist sitting on the railing in front of Buckingham Palace.
What happened? Well, a blind date, a love story, and a record-setting amount of glowing the hell UP.
For those of you who need some refreshing on the term, Mashable's MJ Franklin defines the act of "Glowing Up" as "when you re-do your whole damn life for the better." With that said, who, may I ask, has glown up better than Meghan Markle? Read more...More about Celebrities, Prince Harry, Web Culture, Royal Wedding, and Meghan Markle
You know what a Royal Wedding means? Royal memes.
Prince Harry and Megan Markle wed on Saturday, drawing attention from across the globe. And when all eyes are drawn to a single event, there will be memes. Oh, there will be memes.Memes, Royal Wedding 2018, Culture, and Web Culture
This post is part of Mashable's You're Old Week. Break through the haze of nostalgia with us and see what holds up, what disappoints, and what got better with time.
Korean dramas will always make me nostalgic for childhood New Year's gatherings.
I grew up with a very large, very loud family. On New Year's Day, anywhere from 40 to 60 members of that family ("clan," as my mother calls it) would pile into my parents' house for traditional Korean celebrations. I'd wake up to the sound of relatives pouring in through the front door and bustling through the kitchen, preparing a culturally blended brunch: bagels, coffee, and tteokguk, a savory soup made with beef broth and rice cakes. My grandfather would lead a family worship service and then the clan would resume eating. From japchae, a glass noodle and vegetable dish, to galbijjim, a sort of beef stew, to platters of Korean barbeque, eating was an all day affair, punctuated by passing around some cousin's baby and watching TV together. Read more...More about Korean Drama, Tv Shows, You Re Old Week, Entertainment, and Web Culture
The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived. No, not the Royal Wedding... a dance battle between Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry.
The This Is Us actor and Atlanta/Lobby Hero star (who's also had a phenomenal cameo on This Is Us) both stopped by The Tonight Show to bust some moves with Jimmy Fallon.
This video has it all: SKB losing control of his butt, Jimmy showing This Is Us fans how to dance while crying, and Brian Tyree Henry getting... uh, Dad Turnt™.
Enjoy, everyone! Read more...More about Video, Television, Culture, Dance, and Jimmy Fallon
Look out world, Coca-Cola is introducing beverages to Bluetooth.
On Friday, the company announced its brand new soda machine, the Coca-Cola Freestyle 9100, which will utilize Bluetooth connectivity to allow users connect via the Freestyle mobile app.
Remember how Coca-Cola Freestyle brought its innovative touch screen soda machines — stocked with close to 200 drink options — to eateries, college campuses, and other beverage-loving establishments in 2009? Well, things have really taken off since then.
According to the company, "more than 50,000 Coca-Cola Freestyle units pour 14 million drinks per day" around the world, so they figured it was time to take the innovation to the next level. Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Culture, Food And Drink, and Innovations
Today in unnecessary, power-grabbing, and possibly evil actions by large American corporations, the toy company Hasbro has trademarked the smell of children's fingernails Play-Doh.
The company announced the news on Friday, stating that the trademark is now officially recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered trademark of the brand.
But how does one trademark a smell? Well, first of all, you must describe it. And send it off to the office for an official government smell test by an examiner.
"Hasbro formally describes [the trademarked scent] as a unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough," the statement reads. Read more...More about Toys, Hasbro, Play Doh, Culture, and Kids
Sure, people attended and tuned into the Royal Wedding to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but while they were there they really fell in love with Bishop Michael Curry.
The Chicago bishop, whom Markle reportedly invited to speak at the ceremony, dropped serious knowledge about the power of love, ignited sparks of passion with a very long talk about fire, and even quoted Dr. Martin Luther King.
He became the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in 2015, as BBC notes, and boy did he steal the show.
The people of England — many of whom were likely not accustomed to Bishop Curry's contagious energy that's common in places of worship in the United States — and those watching around the world, were loving his sermon. Read more...More about Uk, Culture, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Bishop
It seemed like the entire world tuned in on Saturday to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
While all eyes were on the happy couple, ears were dazzled when 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason took the stage to perform for the wedding's guests.
Those watching the grand celebration from home jumped to social media to express their newfound love for Kanneh-Mason's playing.
The one and only best thing about that wedding was this kid’s performance. I’ve not seen a cellist with such grace and beauty and feeling! Sheku Kanneh-Mason stole the show...stole my heart#yeaimcheesylikethat #sheku @ShekuKM pic.twitter.com/LPDy6KmcwTMusic, Royal Wedding 2018, Sheku Kanneh Mason, Culture, and Web Culture
The Royal Wedding day was all about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Donald Trump, of course.
As massive crowds showed up to celebrate the couple's big day, many couldn't help but notice that more people seemed to crowding the streets of the post-wedding carriage procession through Windsor than were present at Donald Trump's 2017 Inauguration.
Trump's inaugural crowd size has been a running joke on the internet ever since former Press Secretary Sean Spicer dubbed Trump's turnout "The largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe." Read more...More about Culture, Donald Trump, Jk Rowling, Inauguration, and Prince Harry
It's official, then: Meghan Markle, speaker of Standard American English, is now wed to Prince Harry, speaker of what he might call Grandma's English.
And if the experience of expat Americans in the U.K. or Brits in America (like this writer) is any guide, the happy couple have years of fun ahead of them. Literally years in which one of them will utter some word or turn of phrase the other has never heard before.
They will take turns on this. There will be misunderstandings, amused laughter, the shaking of heads, every single day of the marriage. It is almost impossible for a British-American couple to be bored; they need only ever start talking. Read more...More about American, British, English, Prince Harry, and Royal Wedding
If you're one of the early risers in the U.S. who set their alarm for the royal wedding, count American hero Leslie Jones as company.
The Saturday Night Live favourite and Ghostbusters star, who is also known for her hilarious Twitter commentary during such events as the 2018 Winter Olympics and Season 7, episode 2 of Game of Thrones, rose at an ungodly hour for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Her Twitter commentary on the royal event broadcast worldwide from Windsor Castle is, as always, the best thing you'll read all day. Read more...More about Twitter, Leslie Jones, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Royal Wedding 2018
Ariana Grande is always squinting. She squints in interviews. She squints in late night segments. She squints whenever she needs to look at something.
Sometimes she wears glasses, and yet she still squints.
Ariana, what's going on?
When Ariana appeared on The Tonight Show in 2015, she squinted up a storm during a "Wheel of Musical Impressions" game with Jimmy Fallon. In fact, she was squinting so much that her eyes were just... closed.
Were the lights too bright? Was the game overwhelming? Was the screen she was looking at actually a Rorschach test? Read more...More about Late Night, Jimmy Fallon, Ariana Grande, Culture, and Movies Tv Shows
Love was all around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they got hitched at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
And, the very sight of this royal pair had not just the nation, but the entire world oooh-ing and aah-ing as they brushed away tears.
As they stood side-by-side at the altar, they looked the picture of love. Prince Harry whispered "I'm so lucky".
I think it's safe to say: get yourself someone who looks at you the way Harry look at Meghan (and vice versa).
The look of love.
Image: Getty Images Read more...More about Uk, Prince Harry, Royal Wedding, Meghan Markle, and Culture
It was a sight that made many of us audibly gasp and shed a little tear.
The sight of Meghan Markle walking down the aisle of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, wearing the dress that we simply couldn't wait to catch sight of.
Meghan's dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy, according to Kensington Palace.
Many were trying to steal a glimpse of her dress as she travelled by car to the chapel. Read more...More about Uk, Fashion, Prince Harry, Royal Wedding, and Meghan Markle
As I've gotten older, I've definitely caught myself saying, "I beg your pardon" and "Sorry, what?" more often. I tend to avoid loud bars and I sometimes find large gatherings difficult since the din can become overwhelming. Read more...More about Reviews, Wireless Earbuds, Wireless Headphones, Wireless Earphones, and Tech
Your addiction to bean bag toss — or "cornhole," as it's often called — doesn't need to be relegated to backyards or sandy beaches. You can now take this game of tossing bean bags into a small hole wherever you go.
A company called Scienz created the Mini Bean Bag Toss to play in the comfort of your home, at your desk at work, or even in the backseat of the car during a long road trip.
Significantly smaller than the cornhole you know and love, this game rests nicely on any flat surface, making it possible to fling bean bags from your kitchen counter or couch. Each platform comes with a strong but mighty launcher that can catapult your bean bags up to four feet away. The set also comes with cribbage pegs to keep track of the score, which will come in handy if you're absentmindedly playing during a Game of Thrones marathon. Read more...More about Games, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, and Cornhole
It was always going to be a wedding like no other. But, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day is shaping up to be a royal wedding like no other.
Notably absent from the usual guest lists are heads of states and politicians. In their stead, Meghan and Harry have chosen to send their invites to celebrity A-listers. Like, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, George and Amal Clooney, Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and many more.
Here are some of the celebs who showed up for the happy couple's nuptials at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Read more...More about Uk, Royal Family, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Culture
This post is part of Mashable's You're Old Week. Break through the haze of nostalgia with us and see what holds up, what disappoints, and what got better with time.
Asylums for the psychotic emerged in the 1800s, when it was deemed immoral to simply throw insane people into jails. And among the most serious afflictions in these wards was nostalgia.
"It was once a medical disease that could end fatally," Edward Shorter, a professor of the history of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Toronto, said in an interview.
Today, nostalgia certainly isn't viewed as anything even approximating mental illness. It's thought of as an emotion, a mild, wistful longing for the past that is, in fact, good for you. But in the 1800s, among halls of the hysterical, delusional, and unintelligible, there were those suffering from a homesickness so extreme, it drove them mad. Read more...More about Science, Nostalgia, Mental Illness, Psychology, and Psychiatry
Digital marketers have their work cut out for them these days. With the onslaught of content flowing in and out of everyone's news feeds, it has become increasingly hard to capture the attention of users. Marketers need to find a way to make their content stand out amongst earth-shattering TV cancellation (and resurrection) news, royal wedding updates, and adorable puppy videos. And they need to do it fast.
They're expected to explore non-traditional marketing methods and pin down surefire tactics to grow their user base at exponential rates. This is the essence of growth hacking. It revolves around coming up with a sustainable marketing game plan that looks drastically different than traditional marketing. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, Growth Hacking, and Business
All eyes are on the royal bride and groom today, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get ready to walk down the aisle.
And, it wouldn't be a day of celebration without a Google Doodle to mark the occasion.
If you venture to Google's homepage on this special day, you'll spot this truly beautiful illustration by San Fransisco-based artist and animator Vrinda V Zaveri.
"Today’s Doodle depicts the newlyweds waving to well-wishers, who have gathered to join in the celebrations along the Long Walk," reads a Google Doodle blog, describing the illustration. Read more...More about Watercooler, Uk, Google Doodle, Prince Harry, and Royal Wedding
OK, deep breaths everyone. Deep, deep breaths. This is not a drill.
Oprah Winfrey — a.k.a. queen of the whole damn world— just rocked up at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. And, yes, nothing in life will ever measure up to this moment.
As guests begin to arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, one or two familiar faces could be spotted among the throng of attendees.
Idris Elba and Oprah Winfrey arrived at the same time.Prince Harry, Royal Wedding, Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle, and Royal Wedding 2018
Pittsburgh was hit with heavy rain on Wednesday night, causing severe flooding on a local highway.
Unlike typical rainfall in the area, the thunderstorm didn't just pass through. Instead, it stayed over the city, dumping half an inch of rain over Pittsburgh every hour.
The storm gave us one bright spot during the downpour: this video of a dumpster jauntily floating down the river that used to be Route 51. Local news anchor Ken Rice captured it on the move on Wednesday night. Read more...Not all Twitter users had fond memories of their past relationships — and this floating dumpster reminded them of that. More about Twitter, Meme, Culture, and Web Culture
Following the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left ten victims dead, Netflix announced that it would cancel the 13 Reasons Why Season 2 premiere event set to take place later that day in Los Angeles on Friday, May 13.
In a statement, the company wrote, "Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence. In light of today's tragedy, we are cancelling the 13 Reasons Why S2 premiere event tonight."
On Twitter, many of the show's actors also expressed statements of solidarity. Read more...More about Entertainment, Netflix, Suicide, School Shooting, and 13 Reasons Why
Another season of Gotham has come and gone, and after the Season 4 finale, “No Man’s Land,” the question of when Bruce Wayne will finally become Batman seems to finally have a clear answer: soon, or else.
The events of “No Man’s Land” necessitate the appearance of the long-awaited Dark Knight in a way that no finale has done before, by essentially transforming the entire premise of Gotham from a cheeky bat-prequel to...the plot of every single game in the Batman: Arkham video game series. No, really, Gotham is a video game now.Gotham Finale, Gotham Batman, Gotham Arkham Knight, Gotham Villains, and Entertainment
The wildly popular game Fortnite is one step closer to complete domination.
Fortnite is coming to Android, Epic Games announced Friday, and it's expected to arrive sometime this summer if everything goes according to plan.
Fortnite is free to play and has attracted millions of players thanks to its competitive Battle Royale modeFortnite first came to iOS in April after its initial release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac in the summer of 2017.
The game, which has cross-platform multiplayer, is slightly different on mobile platforms than it is on consoles and computers, giving players extra things like visual indicators for noise to level the playing field. Read more...More about Android, Fortnite, Fortnite Battle Royale, Entertainment, and Gaming