The Senate’s Section 230 Clown Show, Trump’s Twitter Password, and Impending Doom

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, pictured here calling into a Senate Commerce Committee hearing while wearing System of a Down’s beards.Photo: Greg Nash/Pool (Getty Images) HellfeedHellfeedHellfeed is your bimonthly resource for news on the current heading of the social media garbage barge. It’s heeeereeeee: the 2020 elections are just four days away, which means the next…

Google Meet starts rolling out custom backgrounds to web users

We knew custom backgrounds were coming to Google Meet, but now they’re finally here for everyone. Google has started rolling out the feature to the majority of its customers. At the moment, custom backgrounds are available on Chrome OS, as well as Windows and Mac — provided you access Meet through Chrome. To take advantage…

The Mandalorian Season 2 Started With Its Most Epic Episode Yet

Cantinas are always good for information, especially on Tatooine.Photo: Lucasfilm Season two of The Mandalorian began with an episode that was everything we expected and more. A few pieces of rumored casting were confirmed, some long-time questions were answered, and episode writer-director Jon Favreau gave fans a story straight from an old-school Hollywood Western with…

The 10 Best Deals of October 30, 2020

Gif: Juliana Clark Best Deals of the DayBest Deals of the DayThe best deals from around the web, updated daily. Friday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals It’s October 30, and we at Kinja Deals are here to bring you the greatest hits from our top 10 deals of the day posts. Prep for your Halloween…

People Think They’re Seeing Murder Hornets Everywhere Now

A pest biologist from the Washington State Department of Agriculture holds a dead Asian giant hornet on July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington.Photo: Karen Ducey (Getty Images) Last week—in what might somehow qualify as good news for 2020—bug scientists in Washington State reported discovering and then destroying the first known Asian giant hornet nest in…

Modified drones help scientists better predict volcanic eruptions

That data allowed the team to calculate the ratio of sulfur and carbon dioxide the volcano was venting, which they say is critical to determining how likely an eruption is to occur since it helps volcanologists determine the source of a volcano’s magma. Moreover, the Above team says the data they gathered will also help…

Don’t get your hopes up for the first facemask with built-in earbuds

What’s also confusing are the faux buttons on the front of the mask. There are icons for “+,” “-” and Play, and though they look like they’re built into the fabric, they’re actually more like iron-on patches that don’t do anything. You have to make sure the headphone’s controller in the mask’s pocket lines up…

Why is My iPhone Harassing Me About a Missing Update?

Screenshot: David Murphy Tech 911Tech 911Do you have a tech question keeping you up at night? We’d love to answer it! Email david.murphy@lifehacker.com with “Tech 911” in the subject line. As many Lifehacker readers know by now, I love a good operating system beta. Risking life on the wild side in return for early access…

I Have Unresolved Feelings About Kim Kardashian’s Holo-Dad

Screenshot: Twitter Undead TechUndead TechTechnology is constantly changing and sometimes things are left behind. This week we look at tech that’s dying and tech that, for some reason, refuses to. I do not keep up with the Kardashians. I know they exist. I know they’re rich and have a reality TV show. I know they…

Ubisoft pulls post about PS4 games not working on PS5, cites ‘inaccuracies’ (updated)

Microsoft confirmed this week that every non-Kinect title that works on Xbox One will run on Xbox Series X and Series S when those consoles arrive. Meanwhile, Ubisoft says Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Riders Republic and Hyper Scape have full cross-progression support. When you play one of those games on one platform, you’ll…