Westworld Returns and Nothing Is as It Seems Except for All the Corpses

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” If you want to plant a sapling of liberty, I suppose the best thing to water it with is with blood, too. It’s a good thing Westworld is currently soaked in it.

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Source: Gizmodo – Westworld Returns and Nothing Is as It Seems Except for All the Corpses

South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

The southern border of North Korea just got way less cheerful—or obnoxious. That’s because the South Korea military has turned off its dozens of giant speakers aimed at the totalitarian state. Until Monday morning, the speakers had been blasting K-pop and uplifting news that is censored in North Korea.

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Source: Gizmodo – South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

YouTuber Who Trained a Pug to Do 'Nazi Salute' Has Been Fined

Last month, Scottish YouTube comedian Mark Meechan was found guilty of a hate crime after posting a video of his girlfriend’s pug Buddha raising its paw to the words “Sieg Heil.” Though Meechan argued that the motivation behind the anti-Semitic video was simply to prank his girlfriend, he has been fined £800—or about…

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Source: Gizmodo – YouTuber Who Trained a Pug to Do ‘Nazi Salute’ Has Been Fined

Yes, It's Already Time for Some Really Wild Star Wars: Episode IX Rumors

Chris Evans sets up where Steve Rogers’ head is at going into Avengers: Infinity War. Jamie Lee Curtis talks about “retelling” a classic for the new Halloween. Ron Howard teases a fellow Howard’s appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, you’ll be waiting a while for Netflix’s Witcher show, and… a new Doom movie…

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Source: Gizmodo – Yes, It’s Already Time for Some Really Wild Star Wars: Episode IX Rumors

Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 750 million chickens we kill in the U.S. every month, for instance. In an ideal world, no one would ever get mauled by a bear, or contract rabies from a feral squirrel. But…

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Source: Gizmodo – Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

7 Chromecast Apps and Games You Aren't Using But Should Be

The Chromecast—that’s a dongle for getting movies and shows and maybe a bit of music up on your big screen, right? Well, yes, but there’s much more you can do with your Chromecast. All kinds of apps and games can benefit from the extra screen space—not just Plex and Netflix.

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Source: Gizmodo – 7 Chromecast Apps and Games You Aren’t Using But Should Be

Tanzania Orders Bloggers to Pay $920 Fee to Register with the Government, Risk Jail for 'Obscene' Content

Tanzania issued a warning over the weekend that all online media creators, including everything from online radio providers to bloggers, have just two weeks to register with the government. Registration and license fees add up to about $920, roughly what the average Tanzanian earns in an entire year.

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Source: Gizmodo – Tanzania Orders Bloggers to Pay 0 Fee to Register with the Government, Risk Jail for ‘Obscene’ Content

Westworld Returns, Amazon's Food Stamp Problem, and DOJ Porn: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This world is not what it seems. Lurking beneath the sloppy mess and noise of our interconnected world lies something deeper, something secret—a maze of everlasting mysteries one can only hope to solve in this lifetime. Either that or it’s all just really, really dumb. If only we had a sign…

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Source: Gizmodo – Westworld Returns, Amazon’s Food Stamp Problem, and DOJ Porn: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

FTC: Phone Scammers Are Impersonating Chinese Consulate Staff, Have Made Off With Millions

Mankind, in their arrogance, once thought they had conquered their immortal enemy: The scam robocall. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to laziness by cell phone carriers, they’ve been back with a vengeance in recent years. Internet-powered robocalling systems are making it cheaper and easier than ever to launch…

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Source: Gizmodo – FTC: Phone Scammers Are Impersonating Chinese Consulate Staff, Have Made Off With Millions

Ewan McGregor and Christina Aguilera's Zoe Will Be Coming Later This Year Via Amazon

Zoe, a trippy scifi romance starring Ewan McGregor and Christina Aguilera, will be picked up by Amazon for distribution later this year after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Source: Gizmodo – Ewan McGregor and Christina Aguilera’s Zoe Will Be Coming Later This Year Via Amazon

Eventbrite's Bonkers 10,000 Word User Agreement Allows It to Film, Own Copyright From Any Event

Eventbrite is one of the largest event hosting platforms on the planet. It’s been used to plan millions of events in more than 180 countries. As it turns out, unbeknownst to the thousands of event creators and millions of attendees, the company has maintained the right to show up at any event, film it, and own the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Eventbrite’s Bonkers 10,000 Word User Agreement Allows It to Film, Own Copyright From Any Event

Report: Facebook Is Fueling Violence in Sri Lanka, and Did Basically Nothing to Stop It

Facebook has been taking a lot of heat for myriad controversies in the US, including its jaw-dropping data privacy screwups and allegations it is maybe wrecking democracy by helping fuel online echo chambers. But as skeptical as many stateside are getting of Mark Zuckerberg and crew, the company’s role doing damage in…

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Source: Gizmodo – Report: Facebook Is Fueling Violence in Sri Lanka, and Did Basically Nothing to Stop It

Diet Soda Might Still Contribute to Diabetes, Rat Study Suggests

For as long as artificial sweeteners have existed, people have been warned about their supposed health risks such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. But while these claims are routinely debunked as nothing more than junk science, some research—including a new study presented this week at the annual Experimental Biology…

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Source: Gizmodo – Diet Soda Might Still Contribute to Diabetes, Rat Study Suggests

Universal FanCon Postponed Due to 'Financial Deficit', Organizers Reportedly Working to Refund Ticketholders

Universal FanCon, which was initially scheduled for next Friday, April 27th, in Baltimore, Maryland, is “postponed indefinitely,” according to a statement released by its organizers a day after initial rumors of the convention’s postponement hit the internet due to an e-mail sent via one of the convention’s planned…

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Source: Gizmodo – Universal FanCon Postponed Due to ‘Financial Deficit’, Organizers Reportedly Working to Refund Ticketholders

Only 'Verified' Buyers Can Review James Comey's Book on Amazon, Much to the Dismay of Trump Supporters

Reviewers hoping to share their thoughts on former FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty
will have to have the conversation somewhere other than Amazon. The
massive online retailer is limiting the ability to post reviews to those
who purchased the book directly through its platform.

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Source: Gizmodo – Only ‘Verified’ Buyers Can Review James Comey’s Book on Amazon, Much to the Dismay of Trump Supporters

Despite Denials, Turns Out Scott Pruitt Did Meet With the Lobbyist Who Gave Him a Sweetheart Rental Deal

Scott Pruitt, the increasingly scandal-mired, climate change-denying chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, met personally at the agency’s headquarters with a lobbyist who later gave him a sweetheart deal on an apartment, despite denials to the contrary.

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Source: Gizmodo – Despite Denials, Turns Out Scott Pruitt Did Meet With the Lobbyist Who Gave Him a Sweetheart Rental Deal

Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Thandie Newton Returns to the Wild, Wild Westworld

Westworld returns to HBO tonight, and having previewed the premiere, I gotta tell you: Brace yourselves, because this season is destined to be even more of a doozy than the last. (Calm down; that’s the extent of my spoiling.)

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Source: Gizmodo – Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Thandie Newton Returns to the Wild, Wild Westworld

Clean Your Driveway, Porch, and More With This GreenWorks Pressure Washer Discount

You might not have an immediate need for a pressure washer, but if you own a home, it’s a useful thing to stash in the back or your garage. For a limited time, Amazon’s marked down a popular GreenWorks washer down to $91 today, a match for the best price we’ve seen this year. Just be sure to get yours before this deal…

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Source: Gizmodo – Clean Your Driveway, Porch, and More With This GreenWorks Pressure Washer Discount