YouTube CEO warns EU ‘meme ban’ threatens the open internet


YouTube is sounding the alarms at the highest level over new controversial copyright legislation in the EU.

In a new blog post updating YouTube creators on the company’s priorities for the remainder of the year, CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. 

While there are a number of problematic parts to this new legislation, such as Article 11 — which the EFF described as akin to a “link tax,” requiring…

Sarah Silverman said she let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, with consent


Sarah Silverman used to let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, she told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday.

While C.K. has been somewhat eviscerated for doing the same thing to other women, as per a New York Times story last year which he later admitted to, Silverman said she let the comic masturbate in her presence consensually when they were in the early part of their careers.

“Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to regret…

Hear a brand new song from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in latest trailer


There’s a dolphin in the bath and a brand new song in the latest trailer for Mary Poppins Returns.

As everyone’s favourite magical, singing nanny, Emily Blunt takes the lead in a new original track for the Disney sequel, called “Can You Imagine That?” and teased in a clip released Monday. 

Directed by Rob Marshall, the film features all new original songs by Broadway stalwarts Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and a musical score by Shaiman.

The teaser also appears to feature a few…

Here’s why you should make your bed every morning


This is You Won’t Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team.

Making my bed was the one chore I hated the most, but I’ve learned that it’s one of the best tools to tackle my depression. 

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to leave the house until I made my bed. My mother would inevitably catch me at the front door, one shoe on, and ask whether or not my bed was made. When I mumbled out a reluctant “no,” she would march me…

Mars might hold enough oxygen under its surface for life


We’ve long thought about the unlikely possibility of life on Mars, but it’s under the planet’s surface where those chances look stronger.

A new study published in Nature suggests that the salty water which subsists under Mars’ surface could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of life which flourished on Earth billions of years ago.

While there are traces of ice deep under the planet’s surface, the sheer…

This impression of Björk singing ‘Rock-A-Bye Baby’ is almost too perfect


Ariana Grande may be the champion of musical impressions but Saturday Night Live‘s Melissa Villaseñor gave her a run for her money on Monday night.

Jimmy Fallon challenged Villaseñor to a game of musical impressions, from Post Malone singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” to Gwen Stefani thrashing out “Three Blind Mice.”

But it’s Villaseñor’s impression of Icelandic queen Björk singing “Rock-A-Bye Baby” that really nailed it.  Read more…

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HTC’s blockchain phone is here, and it has a special way of keeping your cryptocoins safe


It’s an important day for HTC. 

The company’s Android smartphones, once touted as among the best around (they’re still pretty good), haven’t been selling very well in recent years. But HTC is reinventing itself with a new device, that fully jumps onto the hottest trend in technology: the blockchain. 

Starting today, HTC is accepting pre-orders for the Exodus 1, an “early access” version of the previously announced Exodus device. 

Twitter briefly locked Elon Musk’s account but it’s back now, thank heavens


Call it a modern tragedy: For a very short period of time, we were apparently deprived of Elon Musk’s tweets.

According to the man himself, Twitter thought Musk got hacked and locked his account. 

Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2018

“Haha,” tweeteth Musk casually, like it’s no big deal. Well it is a big deal, Elon. It is to us. 

This cool device helps you shoot professional-looking action videos on your phone


Are you shooting a kick-ass action movie, or do you just want to make videos of your puppy’s hilarious antics without the picture getting all shaky? You need to get yourself something like the Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal, currently on sale for $109.99.

The Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal is specially designed to keep your phone’s camera stable while you’re moving around. So whether you’re chasing an actor in a dune buggy while they launch over an exploding volcano or recording your puppy chase a…

8 of the best wireless keyboards to keep your desk neat and tidy


If you are still tangled up in wires at your home or office, it’s time to cut the cord. Those unsightly wires are a nuisance and an eyesore. Wireless technology is the new norm. Consider your basic computer setup. You can opt to go wireless with your monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset, and even printer. 

Here we focus on the best wireless keyboard options. Not only is a wireless keyboard a great way to clear up your tangled web of wires, but it can also be used for typing on a…