NSO Group’s Spyware Reportedly Used in Attempted and Successful Phone Hacks of Journalists and Activists

A list of more than 50,000 phone numbers and a subsequent investigation has led a consortium of 17 news organizations to believe that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to attempt or successfully carry out hacks on the phones of journalists, human rights activists, and more.

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Source: Gizmodo – NSO Group’s Spyware Reportedly Used in Attempted and Successful Phone Hacks of Journalists and Activists

Neutron Stars Have Mountains That Are Less Than a Millimeter Tall

A team of astrophysicists recently used new models of neutron stars to map the mountains—tiny raised areas—on the stars’ otherwise perfectly spherical structures. They found that the greatest deviations were still extraordinarily small due to the intense gravitational pull, clocking in at less than a millimeter tall.

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Source: Gizmodo – Neutron Stars Have Mountains That Are Less Than a Millimeter Tall

You Can No Longer Say ‘I Do’ on Zoom in New York

A virtual avenue for marriage that sprung up during the pandemic in the state of New York is no more. As of late last month, Zoom weddings are no longer legal. That means if you want to get married, you have to do so in person in the presence of someone authorized to perform the ceremony.

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Source: Gizmodo – You Can No Longer Say ‘I Do’ on Zoom in New York

Mark Hamill Discusses His Role in Masters of the Universe: Revelations

Hamill has also made a name for himself in the voice-over community, most notably lending his voice to the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Per his recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Star Wars actor chatted about voicing Skeletor in Kevin Smith’s animated series Masters of the

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Source: Gizmodo – Mark Hamill Discusses His Role in Masters of the Universe: Revelations

Google Maps Provided Users With a ‘Potentially Fatal’ Hiking Trail on This Mountain

A few years ago, instead of leading my best friend and I through a lovely and picturesque Spanish mountain trail, Google Maps took us to an isolated field with some cows. While I learned then not trust the internet when it comes to nature, it appears that an increasing number of visitors to the Scottish mountain Ben…

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Source: Gizmodo – Google Maps Provided Users With a ‘Potentially Fatal’ Hiking Trail on This Mountain

Amazon Complains to Apple About Fakespot Review App, Gets It Kicked Off the App Store

Amazon has gotten Fakespot, a popular service on the web that works to identify fake reviews on the e-commerce platform, kicked off the Apple App Store. The incident has pitted two of the biggest giants in the tech industry against a small company, and Fakespot is crying foul.

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Source: Gizmodo – Amazon Complains to Apple About Fakespot Review App, Gets It Kicked Off the App Store

New Ultra City Smiths Trailer Has Hit the Internet!

The new trailer for Ultra City Smiths has hit the internet! The half-hour series was created by Steve Conrad (Patriot), who also serves as showrunner. Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken) will act as one of the show’s many producers.

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Source: Gizmodo – New Ultra City Smiths Trailer Has Hit the Internet!

Feds: California Men Discussed 'Terrorist' Attacks on Twitter and Facebook, Other Targets

Two California men have been indicted in connection with an apparent plot to attack the state’s Democratic Party headquarters, located in Sacramento, the Justice Department said Friday. The men also discussed attacks at other locations throughout the state that they “associated with Democrats,” including the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Feds: California Men Discussed ‘Terrorist’ Attacks on Twitter and Facebook, Other Targets

Olds, Now You Can Look Up 'Yeet' in the Dictionary Instead of Asking the Youth

While I have not considered myself part of the Youth for quite a few years now, I did not yet feel like I was an Old—until today, when I found out that Dictionary.com had added the word “yeet” to its repertoire. Even Microsoft Word doesn’t know what “yeet” means, as it keeps correcting it to “yet” and drawing an angry…

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Source: Gizmodo – Olds, Now You Can Look Up ‘Yeet’ in the Dictionary Instead of Asking the Youth

Walking Dead Lawsuit Ends in $200 Million Settlement

Frank Darabont, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind The Shawshank Redemption, was a key figure in bringing The Walking Dead to AMC way back in 2010. A few years later though, the showrunner and executive producer realized he wasn’t be compensated properly for his stake in the show, and a lawsuit was filed.

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Source: Gizmodo – Walking Dead Lawsuit Ends in 0 Million Settlement

Schmigadoon Is a Musical Reality That Wants to Trap You

Between WandaVision and Kevin Can F*ck Himself, shows revolving around warped pocket realities have been having quite the moment in 2021. It seems like a moment that Apple TV+’s new musical series Schmigadoon—from co-creators Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and director Barry Sonnenfeld—very much wants to be a part of.

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Source: Gizmodo – Schmigadoon Is a Musical Reality That Wants to Trap You

Journal Retracts Flawed Study That Claimed to Show Face Masks Harm Kids

A recent paper that suggested masks may be dangerous for kids to wear has now been retracted. It’s the second pandemic-related study written by the lead author to be pulled from publication in less than a month, following the retraction of another paper claiming to show that covid-19 vaccines would kill almost as many…

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Source: Gizmodo – Journal Retracts Flawed Study That Claimed to Show Face Masks Harm Kids

Galactus Hungers for Your Wallet, and More Giant-Sized Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s regular roundup of all things good, plastic, and—this week, at least—very, very large. Yes, that’s right, we’ve got the first details on Hasbro’s next Marvel Legends crowdfunder project, plus Boba Fett on his new throne, Lego Camper Vans, McFarlane’s intriguing new Disney line, and…

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Source: Gizmodo – Galactus Hungers for Your Wallet, and More Giant-Sized Toys of the Week

This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended

If you want most of the companionship that comes with a dog with less of the work, cats are great. They sleep most of the time, and a lot of the rest they’re inclined to spend by themselves. Walks are purely an optional affectation for the feline-obsessed, as is outdoor time (which many pet experts don’t recommend).…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended