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10 iconic ‘British’ brands that aren’t even British anymore



With the news that the Yanks have been messing with our Cadbury Creme Eggs, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at other iconic British brands now in foreign hands

In a totally non-UKIP way, we’ve drawn up a list of 10 food and drink products familiar to UK shoppers, dating from as far back as 1778 but now owned by Johnny Foreigner

Have a read through our shopping list of British brands now owned overseas. Have we…

Where and how Mashable’s community is traveling in 2015



For everyone who made a resolution to travel more in the new year, there’s no better time to start planning than now.

Take a trip” is a popular resolution, so as millions of people plan their next trips, we wanted to know how Mashable‘s community will travel in 2015.

A total of 1,358 respondents in more than 40 countries took part in the survey, conducted with SurveyMonkey.

About 90% of respondents in our travel survey said…

Carl Djerassi, father of the birth control pill, dies at 91



SAN FRANCISCO — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

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China tightens grip on the Internet, but it didn’t block all the tools to get around censorship



In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what’s popularly known as the “Great Firewall of China.”

Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked…

Google Now updated with support for third-party apps on Android



Google’s Android app just got a lot smarter.

Google Now will be updated with support for 40 third-party apps, the company revealed Friday.

Google Now, launched in 2012, provides personalized search results — in the form of “cards” — automatically based on a user’s previous actions. For example, as you leave work the app may surface a Google Now card alerting you to an accident on your way home and provide an alternate route via Google…

The enormous Fitbit Surge is a runner’s best friend



When the Fitbit Surge was unveiled late last year, the popular fitness tracking company wanted everyone to know that it was not a smartwatch. In fact, Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said at the time that smartwatches in general “lack a purpose in life.”

Instead, Fitbit is labeling its newly-available Surge a “superwatch” because it blends smartwatch capabilities with the traditional (and advanced) ingredients that go into a fitness tracker. It’s designed for serious runners, like if…

‘Community’ star’s documentary spotlights female tech pioneer



Gillian Jacobs might be best known for her inspiring laughs on NBC’s Community, but for the past few months the actress has been zig-zagging across the west coast to find out more about female computer science pioneer Grace Hopper for a new documentary

The result? Jacobs far from Britta’d it.

Released this week, The Queen of Code, which is part of FiveThirtyEight’s “Signals” series, explores the accomplishments and…

RIP Bonne Bell: Lip Smacker manufacturer set to close



It’s the end of an era.

Bonne Belle, the cosmetics company behind the iconic Lip Smacker flavored lip gloss, is slated to close its factory and lay off the vast majority of its employees.

Mawkins International, a California-based cosmetics company, which owns brands like Wet N Wild and Physicians Formula, is acquiring Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker, the two companies announced.

As a result, Bonne Bell will soon be “permanently…

Gamify your discontent with Mashable’s Super Bowl bingo cards



The Super Bowl routinely draws more than 100 million viewers, but the average NFL game only gets around 20 million.

A quick back-of-the-envelope calculation reveals that some 80% of Super Bowl viewers are merely casual football fans or maybe not fans at all. If you find yourself in this rather large boat on Sunday, take heartMashable is offering a game that’s far superior to anything Seattle and New England can offer


Key & Peele’s Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch parody just won the Super Bowl



Seattle Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch are true media darlings (read: terrible at press)

Sherman hasn’t stopped talking, basically ever, and Lynch can barely get a word out, so Comedy Central’s Key & Peele imagined what would happen if the duo held a press conference — not about the Super Bowl, but about Oscar snubs, naturally.

It would be all biscuits and gravy

A side note: “Sherman” makes some very valid points about Selma.