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Steve Dent

Visa warns that hackers are scraping card details at gas pumps

Cybercrime groups are actively exploiting a weakness in gas station point-of-sale (POS) networks to steal credit card data, Visa has revealed. The company's fraud disruption teams are investigating several incidents in which a hacking group known as...


Jess Joho

The words and phrases that defined the decade

We shape language as much as it shapes us. And it's constantly evolving.

The top 10 words and phrases that defined this past decade aren’t all necessarily new, but they did gain mainstream popularity, relevance, and acceptance between 2010-2019. To crown these winning terms, we consulted with a swath of experts, including internet linguist and author of Because Internet, Gretchen McCulloch; Ponoma College sociolinguist Nicole Holliday, as well as Dictionary.com's lexicographer Heather...


Sam Haysom

Ryan Reynolds explains that shocking Spice Girls moment in '6 Underground'

Ever since he collaborated with Celine Dion for the music in Deadpool, it's been clear that Ryan Reynolds is a big fan of legendary pop singers.

Which makes one particular scene in his new Netflix movie, 6 Underground, all the more shocking.

In a nutshell, there's a moment during a car chase where Dave Franco's character, 6, turns the radio on – and the Spice Girls' song "Wannabe" starts blasting out. Rather than embracing this moment, though, as we all know he should have, Reynolds'...

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Vince Beiser

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

Jared Johns found out too late that swapping messages with the pretty girl from a dating site would mean serious trouble. If only he had known who she really was.


Matt Novak

Erdogan Threatens to Shut Down U.S. Military Base in Turkey Believed to Hold 50 Nuclear Bombs

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to close down two U.S. military bases in Turkey if sanctions against the country are approved by President Donald Trump. One of the U.S. bases, known as Incirlik, is believed to house roughly 50 nuclear bombs.


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Jon Porter

Go read this AMD vs Intel comparison of the Surface Laptop 3

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

With the recent launch of an Intel-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for businesses, we now have the rare opportunity to directly compare it to an almost identical laptop with a consumer-oriented AMD chipset. That’s exactly what AnandTech has done with a new analysis that pits two 15-inch Surface 3 laptops against one another — one featuring an AMD Ryzen 7 3780U and an enterprise-focused device with an Intel Core i7-1065G7.

What the results...


Manish Singh

Licious raises $30M to grow its meat and seafood e-commerce platform in India

Licious, a Bangalore-based startup that sells fresh meat and seafood online, has secured $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in the nation.

The new financing round, dubbed Series E, for the four-year-old startup was led by Singapore-based Vertex Growth Fund, it said Monday. Existing investors 3one4 Capital, Bertelsmann India Investments, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, and Sistema Asia Fund also participated in the round.

The Series E pushes...


Veronika Kero

This cool gadget is the perfect gift for golfers, and it just went on sale

TL;DR: Take out the guessing from golf with the GoGolf GPS Accurate Rangefinder for $80.99, a 15% savings. 

If you like the idea of spending Saturdays out on a golf course, while enjoying all of the benefits that come with it (light beer, argyle socks, driving a golf cart, etc.), then you need to check out the GoGolf GPS Accurate Rangefinder.

Like all golfing accessories, it's not going to automatically improve your handicap, but it does give you some extra tools that'll help you out when...


Veronika Kero

This $50 styling tool is a brush and hair dryer in one

TL;DR: Dry and style your hair at the same time with the 2-in-1 Volumizer Hot Hair Brush for $49.99, a 75% savings. 

Ok, so hair care might be the last thing on your mind with all the shopping mania and holiday madness. But just a reminder that holiday parties are looming, and you probably want to look your best for the inevitable photos. 

We know you still have names to check off your list, but you deserve a little something to boost your spirits, too. And what better way than giving...


Steve Dent

Former NASA engineer thwarts porch pirates again with 'Glitter Bomb 2.0'

YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober is at it again with the Glitter Bomb 2.0 designed to give porch pirates some stinky karmic justice. After experiencing a package theft last year, Rober decided to exact revenge by creating the original gli...


Stan Schroeder

Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' is finally in 4K, and it's a feast for your festive eyes

So many old, legendary music videos actually look like total crap, simply because you can't find them in decent quality, on YouTube or anywhere else. 

But that no longer stands true for one of the most iconic songs of the 80's, Wham!'s Last Christmas. 

Sony Music Entertainment has remastered the original music video (via The Verge), released in 1984, and made it available on YouTube in 4K resolution.

Now, you may have seen such remasters before and you may be skeptical because they're...


Rita Liao

China Roundup: GitHub’s China ambitions and WeWork rival’s big hopes

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are looking at how WeWork’s largest rival in China — UCommune — is pulling ahead with its initial public offering and GitHub’s potential big move in China.

GitHub turns to China

The world’s largest source code repository host GitHub is mulling to open a Chinese subsidiary, the company’s CEO told...


Amanda Yeo

After widespread backlash, Hallmark will bring back the lesbian wedding ad

Earlier this week, the Hallmark Channel pulled four ads for wedding website Zola because they featured a same-sex couple, bending to pressure from conservative group One Million Moms. Now it seems Hallmark is bending back the other way, pledging to reinstate the blushing brides after widespread backlash.

A Hallmark Channel spokesperson initially told the New York Times the ads' removal was due to a company policy "not to air overt public displays of affection in our sponsored advertisement,...


Jon Fingas

Google pauses Chrome update for Android after reports of app data loss

Chrome updates are normally good things, but some Android users have good reason to complain about the latest release. Google has paused the rollout for Chrome 79 on Android after reports of the update 'wiping' data from third-party apps that use th...


Adam Rosenberg

'Watchmen' just capped off a perfect season. Where do we go from here?

Goo goo g'joob, Watchmen fans.

HBO's first – and perhaps only! – season of Watchmen is now officially over and wow, what an ending. Jon Osterman, the being known as Doctor Manhattan, is dead? Maybe? Or is that Angela Abar's job now? It's more certain in the case of Lady Trieu, crushed beneath the weight of her own technological marvel (let's just call it hubris), like the true daughter of Ozymandias that she is. Er, was.

Meanwhile, the actual Ozy, Adrian Veidt himself, is on his way to...


Jon Fingas

Google Maps helps you find EV chargers that work with your car

Google Maps can help you find available EV charging stations, but that doesn't mean they're stations you can use -- and that might be a problem if you show up at the wrong station with a low battery. Thankfully, Google might help you avoid that slip-...


Jon Fingas

RCS messaging is now available to all Android users in the US

After years of delays and very limited rollouts, next-generation texting is finally available to all Android users in the US. Android Messages product manager Sanaz Ahari has confirmed that the American RCS rollout completed on December 9th, or a fe...


Amanda Yeo

YouTuber David Dobrik gives away thousands of dollars in heartwarming Christmas spree

YouTuber David Dobrik took it upon himself to play Santa for a few fortunate strangers this Christmas, randomly distributing thousands of dollars in a surprise giving spree.

While the vlogger's video uploaded Dec. 14 opens with a surprisingly violent Christmas skit, the holiday spirit truly shows its face when fellow YouTuber Erin Gilfoy confesses she found "the one" via dating app Bumble. 

Still driving, Dobrik immediately calls up "the guy who controls the budget at Bumble" and says...


Alyse Stanley

Ring Camera Hacks, Viral Fakes, and Decade Highlights: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

December always goes by too fast in my opinion. One moment, it’s the first and I have all the time in the world to scope out Christmas presents, and the next moment I’m in a mad dash to slap a bow and some wrapping paper on whatever last-minute gift I managed to grab that morning as I rush out the door to…


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