Three Charged in the Single Worst Hack in Twitter’s History [Updated]

Photo: Leon Neal (Getty Images) Earlier this month a number of Twitter accounts belonging to prominent, highly-followed individuals like Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos were compromised, seemingly to defraud strangers out of bitcoin. Unfettered access to potentially sensitive information contained therein generated speculation: Was the cryptocurrency gambit a front…

Poacher Who Killed a Rare Gorilla Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

A Silverback male mountain gorilla sits in the dense jungle of Uganda’s Bwindi National ParkPhoto: Stuart Price (Getty Images) In Uganda, a man was just sentenced to prison for 11 years after he confessed to killing a rare silverback gorilla last month in a landmark decision for wildlife. Advertisement Felix Byamukama, a poacher from the…

Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021

Microsoft’s plan for Invoke speakers is likely to cause the most resentment. The company will push a firmware update to the smart device to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker. “The firmware update will be delivered automatically to devices connected to WiFi within six months of its release,” the company said.  As an olive branch…

Microsoft Is Reportedly Delaying the Dual-Screen Surface Neo

Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo While it seems like we’ll be seeing the Surface Duo very soon, it appears we’ll have to wait a lot longer for the Surface Neo. Microsoft originally planned for the Neo to launch during the 2020 holiday season, but has reportedly instead hit pause on the production of the dual-screen tablet. Advertisement…

HBO Is Safe on Fire TV—Kind Of

Image: HBO (AP) In an apparent final-hour agreement between WarnerMedia and Amazon, Fire TV users will be able to continue streaming HBO. Advertisement Let’s back up a bit because a couple of things happening simultaneously appeared to put Fire TV users at risk of losing HBO apps entirely. HBO Go is going away as of…

The X2 Cast Allegedly Almost Quit the Marvel Film Over Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer at the London premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse.Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas (Getty Images) Director Bryan Singer became a name in Hollywood after The Usual Suspects but shot to fame after taking on the X-Men franchise. Years later, and after years of rumors of Singer allegedly sexually abusing a number of young men, a damning Atlantic…

Netflix confirms it’s adding playback speed controls to its Android app

While director Judd Apatow and others were worried that variable playback can distort their art, Netflix VP Keela Robison says that it tried to be respectful of the creative community by capping fast-forward speeds to 1.5x. YouTube, in comparison, lets you double the speed of whatever you’re watching. Netflix’s variable playback settings also need to…

Trump admin will reportedly force ByteDance to sell TikTok

It looks like Donald Trump is about to make good on his promise to go after TikTok. The Trump administration will soon force ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, to sell the app to a U.S. owner, Bloomberg reports. And there’s already one tech giant reportedly eyeing the video app: Microsoft. Fox Business reporter…

Tampa teenager and two others arrested for Twitter Bitcoin hack

[embedded content] Clark was unnamed by the Department of Justice due to his juvenile status, but was outed by the WFLA affiliate in Tampa, Florida. Clark will be prosecuted in Hillsborough County instead. According to WFLA, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has filed 30 felony charges against the teen, which include one count of organized…

How Sperm ‘Swim’ May Be Nothing But an Optical Illusion

Gif: Polymaths Lab/Gizmodo An international group of scientists say their latest research will upturn one of the earliest scientific discoveries ever made about human sperm. In a new paper out Friday, they seem to show that sperm cells don’t propel themselves by simply flicking their tails back and forth, as is commonly believed. Rather, sperm…