Jimmy Kimmel skewers Trump’s Fake News Awards with a little help from his dad


Donald Trump’s Fake News Awards didn’t exactly go to plan. In fact, it was a shitshow.

Jimmy Kimmel relished in the non-event that was Trump’s made up award show, meant to criticize news outlets that aren’t Fox & Friends, on his show Wednesday night.

One of Trump’s main regular targets is CNN, so Kimmel had anchor “Wolf Blitzer” (or rather, Kimmel’s own dad playing Blitzer) accepting the “Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Award.” It was a trophy of a child’s fist, giving a middle finger.

“First I want to thank our fake news writers, who tirelessly made up brilliant bullshit all year long. I want to thank our special effects team who made it look like the president threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans,” said “Blitzer.” Read more…

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The Winklevoss twins may have lost A LOT of money on Bitcoin


With Bitcoin crashing, some cryptocurrency HODLers are hurting. That might include the Winklevoss twins. 

Tyler and Cameron bought 120,000 bitcoins in late 2012 with money from the $65 million payout from their lawsuit against Facebook.

That’s more than $1.32 billion worth of bitcoin at Wednesday evening’s value of about $11,000 per bitcoin. That seems like a lot, but just two days ago a bitcoin was worth $14,000. 

Here’s the chart on Bitcoin since 2012. Up and up and up. 

Bitcoin's value since January 2012.

Bitcoin’s value since January 2012.

Image: coindesk

But then this week, it’s been down, down, down.  Read more…

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A Google bus was attacked outside of San Francisco, just like buses from Apple


Apple shuttles aren’t the only tech buses under attack

Google buses, which carry employees of the tech giant to and from its Mountain View headquarters, are in the spotlight today following an attack on one of the company’s chartered shuttles. 

California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel confirmed to Mashable that, in addition to four Apple buses, a shuttle bus chartered by Google was hit in some sort of attack that took place on Highway 280 outside of San Francisco. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. 

The incident went down on Tuesday. Much like with the attack on the Apple buses, which suffered broken windows, it is not clear what exactly was used by the perpetrator. Regardless, whether it was rocks, “rubber rounds” (as speculated by one Apple employee), or something else entirely, there is clearly real danger involved in breaking the windows of a bus while it’s full of passengers and driving on the highway.  Read more…

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This ridiculous electric SUV concept is over the top in every way


Chinese EV startup ‘BYTON‘ has an electric SUV concept in the works and it’s packed to the brim with unnecessary tech—including a massive 49-inch gesture-controlled dashboard display and a fitness tracker that keeps tabs on your heart rate, blood pressure, and weight. The SUV isn’t available for pre-order yet, but the startup plans to add some autonomous driving features in 2019. Read more…

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Instagram is testing another killer feature that could crush Snapchat even more


Instagram is not slowing down in 2018.

After Instagram crushed Snapchat — seriously, pounded the app into the ground — last year with its own disappearing Stories feature, the Facebook-owned app is now secretly testing a new “Type” feature that’ll let users share text-based clips instead of photos or videos.

The Next Web first spotted the feature back in December when it rolled out to a select group of private users in Japan, and now it appears Instagram is testing it on some users in Europe as well.

Mashable reached out Instagram and received the following statement from a company spokesperson: Read more…

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Kimbal Musk — Elon’s brother — is leading a $25 million mission to fix food in schools across the US

learning garden 2Courtesy of The Kitchen

For nearly a decade, Kimbal Musk — Elon’s brother — has been on a mission to bring fresh produce to cities across the United States. 

In 2011, Musk launched a nonprofit program, called Learning Gardens, in 300 public schools in American cities. Part-playground, part-outdoor classroom, the learning gardens serve as spaces where students learn about the science of growing fruits and veggies — and that they can taste great, too.

Now Musk is taking his nonprofit national and renaming it “Big Green.” In April, 100 schools in Detroit, Michigan will break ground on learning gardens. The Detroit project is backed by $5 million in funding from donors including Gordon Food Service, Pathways Foundation, and philanthropist Carole Ilitch.

Musk’s team also plans to expand Big Green to four other cities, including Colorado Springs, Colorado; Louisville, Kentucky; Long Beach, California; and San Antonio, Texas. The $25 million effort could see 100 more gardens built in each location by the end of 2020.

In an interview with Business Insider, Musk explained the genesis of the nonprofit’s new vision.

“As we started to grow, we realized we needed a name that talked to the importance of scale, the importance of reaching all kids of America,” he said.

“And then on the ‘green’ side, we wanted to teach kids about food, but also to pay homage to the fact that we’re getting them outside; we’re getting them connected to nature and to understand the way the Earth and climate works — and really give them an education beyond food. We didn’t want to pigeonhole ourselves in food. We do so much more than that.”

Learning Garden Fave ViewCourtesy of Kimbal Musk

In high school learning gardens, students have the option to run their own small food businesses. They grow their own produce, sell it to local restaurants and companies — as well as at farmer’s markets — and then keep their profits. (In Chicago, a Google cafeteria is a buyer.) On average, participating students make $400 a year, Musk said.

Big Green now also has a national board, which includes Valor Equity Partners founder Antonio Gracias, Planet Heritage cofounder Cindy Mercer, and Memphis Superintendent Dorsey Hopson. Since 2011, the initiative has received funding from mega-corporations like Wells Fargo, Walmart, and Chipotle, which Musk believes will help the nonprofit scale. He added that Big Green is open to working with independent or local businesses as well. 

Musk hopes that Big Green will help fix the way American kids eat. Since junk food is often inexpensive and “funneled to low-income communities,” he believes that inaccessible fresh produce is a socioeconomic and human rights issue.

“Kids today are totally disconnected from real food. The industrial food that we create is high-calorie, low in nutrients, doesn’t taste good, and shipped from thousands of miles away. And we’ve been creating a massive amount of obesity and diabetes,” he said.

“In some low-income communities, nearly 40% of kids will go into kindergarten [overweight or] obese. That’s just unforgivable. That’s not something they did to themselves — it’s something we did to them. It’s time that we realize that it’s a human right to understand what we are putting in our bodies.”

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TV channel Spike is no longer, so its social media manager had a field day


Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess.

TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom looks to general entertainment programming on the 34-year old basic cable network.

So, as the days become numbered, Spike’s social media presence has decided to well, not really care anymore. 

Viacom is killing off Spike TV & their social media person is having a fun type of meltdown

— Kate (@kate_m_C) January 17, 2018

We don’t know if this Twitter-led meltdown is all Viacom-approved (look, we’re sure it is), but it’s not everyday a TV channel ceases to exist for good. Read more…

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Anna Kendrick was confused for another Anna K. Oh, she noticed.


Anna Kendrick didn’t just welcome twins with Enrique Iglesias. But a news story using the wrong image has the Pitch Perfect star taking to Twitter with a hilarious thread about the mistake.

Yahoo News ran a story about the “Hero” singer reportedly sharing photos of his new babies with tennis star Anna Kournikova — but it used the wrong Anna K’s picture.

Kendrick called the error out on Twitter, with a wry post:

Dear Yahoo: how do I get to this timeline where I’ve slept with Enrique Iqlesias please and thank

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 17, 2018 Read more…

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The Bitcoin community reacts to crash


Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies crashed hard, and many people aren’t taking it well.  

Down from the near-$20,000 highs of early December, Bitcoin plummeted 25 percent on Tuesday to as low as $10,194. This hasn’t gone over so well with those who poured their life savings into cryptocurrency. 

Just how bad is it? Well, at the time of this writing, a post providing the phone number of the U.S. National Suicide Hotline sat at the top of the cryptocurrency Reddit

Image: reddit

Importantly, it’s not just Bitcoin that’s down. Everything from Ether, to Ripple, to Bitcoin Cash, to Litecoin is presently taking a bath. Read more…

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Apple forgot the greatest lesson of the MacBook Air


Ten years ago, Steve Jobs hopped on stage at Macworld 2008 and did another one of his seemingly impossible magic tricks: He undid the string on a manila envelope, pulled out the MacBook Air, and forever changed laptops forever.

On Monday, the MacBook Air turned 10 (time flies!), and while it’s incredible how much the thin, light and tapered computer has influenced all laptops, it also serves as a lesson on how Apple can make its family of MacBooks great again.

The MacBook Air wasn’t an instant hit at first. Sure, it was the thinnest and lightest laptop the world had ever seen, but it was ultimately such an underpowered machine that it was better to just buy a bigger, bulkier MacBook or MacBook Pro instead. Read more…

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Update your résumé this year by learning these tech and leadership skills


Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

It’s a new year, and that means another chance to reinvent yourself (or at least consider the idea). If you’ve been unhappy at work for a while now, maybe it’s time to start looking elsewhere. But are your skills like so 2010? 

Luckily, you don’t have to go back to school to make yourself relevant. Right now, you can learn the top in-demand skills with eduCBA Professional Training, which includes over 5,000 different courses. Typically, you’d have to pay upwards of $8,000 to take these online classes, but you can get the whole eduCBA Professional Training bundle right now for just $99. A 98% discount? Yes, please. Read more…

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How Startups Are Transforming Retail

Startups are changing how retail functions online and offline. From virtual reality to better payment systems, they are transforming the industry. Startups are bringing new and exciting changes to how you shop every day.

Robot Store Associates

Imagine walking into a store and being greeted by a smiling robot that is automatically restocking shelves and keeping track of merchandise. This imaginary scenario is not far from reality. With a gray body that resembles a pole or stick and two black eyes on a digital screen, Tally is a robotic store associate that can analyze shelves. This robot is able to see if items are running low or misplaced. In addition, Tally can check for pricing errors and alert staff before there is a scramble to buy all the mislabeled shampoo bottles for less than a dollar.

Easier Payment Systems

The days of struggling to write a check or fumbling with a credit card are quickly fading. Instead, startups are making it easier for shoppers to pay in convenient ways. They are offering virtual wallets and faster transactions. They are also giving customers more payment options and not restricting them to one method. For example, a point of sale software system allows shoppers to pay with credit cards, Android Pay and Apple Pay. This means no more eye rolls while you waste 10 minutes writing a check at the counter.

Virtual Reality Innovations

Startups know that virtual reality (VR) is the next phase, and it is infiltrating the retail industry. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger are already letting customers attend virtual fashion shows from the comfort of their homes. Other retailers are quickly catching up with both Ikea and Swarovski offering virtual reality shopping apps. You can already purchase virtual store software programs that allow you to visualize a shop’s layout and design. It is clear that VR is becoming accepted and will continue to grow. Soon, everyone will be able to order a new couch or lamp that blends perfectly with the rest of the room without leaving the house.

Customer Loyalty Programs

Most retailers understand the value of retaining happy customers and turning them into repeat shoppers. According to recent data, 79 percent of all consumers search for loyalty programs before buying something, and 74 percent admit to choosing a retailer based on their reward programs. Stores that offer incentives are winning and engaging with more customers.

Startups are also aware of the power of customer reward programs and are part of this trend. They are building customizable loyalty programs that are digital, so shoppers do not have to remember to use a card or coupon. In addition, they make it easier to track points and expiration dates automatically, which gives customer service a break. The days of carrying a dozen customer loyalty cards in your wallet are going away. Instead, you will be able to log into the programs with your phone or other device and instantly get rewards.

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THE MOBILE BANKING COMPETITIVE EDGE REPORT: How banks rank on offering the features consumers say are critical for choosing a bank

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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. This report is exclusively available to enterprise subscribers. Check to see if your company has access

Banks are going to new lengths to attract and retain customers with mobile features. 

In BI Intelligence’s Mobile Banking Competitive Edge study, 83% of respondents said they use mobile banking. And banks are investing in mobile banking capabilities at unprecedented levels: Bank of America tripled its 2015 mobile banking budget in 2016, and maintained it through 2017, for example. Cutting-edge banking services are “table-stakes to attract and retain customers,” according to Michelle Moore, Head of Digital at Bank of America.

BI Intelligence’s first Mobile Banking Competitive Edge Report identifies which mobile banking and emerging features are most important to consumers when choosing a bank. The study ranks the largest 15 banks and credit unions in the US by whether they offer the mobile features that customers say they care most about. The report helps channel strategists choose which features they should focus their attention on, and lets them see how they compare to rival banks in offering those features. 

This study uses exclusive data from the BI Insiders Panel (BIIP), an exclusive online community of 17,000 of our readers from all over the world. Designed to be a leading-edge indicator of what’s next in digital, BIIP members tend to be affluent, tech-savvy early adopters. This means that the BIIP community is an especially sensitive indicator of what consumers will buy and adopt, as well as what behaviors, devices, and platforms will be the winners in digital disruption. 

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Wells Fargo leads the pack. The bank offers in-demand mobile transfer capabilities, along with competitive features related to security and mobile wallets. USAA follows closely behind in second. Bank of America and Citi are tied for third, and Capital One rounds out the top five.
  • Mobile transfers are the most in-demand mobile features. Transfers are the most important category of features to consumers when choosing a bank, according to our study. The most in-demand feature in this study, instant transfers, is in this category. Transfers also include bill pay, international transfers, and peer-to-peer (P2P) payments.
  • Post-Equifax, consumer interest in security tools is high. Security and control was the second most popular category in the study. Gen Xers value several features in this category — such as setting travel notifications and mobile access to ATMs — more than millennials.
  • Interest in advanced mobile banking account access is poised to jump. The account access section, the third most popular in this study, includes features like biometrics and account aggregation. With Face ID giving customers a new way to log in to banking, interest in the group of features will likely rise.
  • In spite of lagging adoption, interest in mobile wallets is still healthy. This category weighs not only whether banks support provisioning their cards in each of the popular wallets, but if they offer their own bank-branded wallets. Our study shows consumers rank support of third-party wallets as much more important than banking solutions.
  • Conversational features have the lowest demand in the study. The voice- or chatbot-based banking tools in the category are desired by only a small fraction of consumers. Instead of using the features to attract new customers, banks are exploring offloading costly transitional conversations with live support staff to AI. 

 In full, the report:

  • Shows how 32 mobile features stack up according to how important consumers say they are for choosing a new bank.
  • Ranks the top 15 banks on whether they offer each of those features.
  • Analyzes how demographics effect demand for different mobile features.
  • Provides strategies for banks to best attract and retain customers with mobile features.

The full report is available to BI Intelligence enterprise clients. To learn more about this report, email Senior Account Executive Chris Roth ( BI Intelligence’s Mobile Banking Competitive Edge study includes: Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, Fifth Third, HSBC, Key Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, SunTrust, TD, US Bank, and USAA.


Saudi Arabia just lifted its cinema ban, and well, the first movie screened was an interesting choice


Saudi Arabia has just lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, and picked an, uh, interesting movie for the first screening.

Ready? The Emoji Movie. Yep.

The very first film hitting cinema screens in three and a half decades was 2017’s animated feature about a city populated by talking emojis. It’s currently sitting at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — although, granted, it has a 39 percent audience score. And it’s targeted at children.

But hey, let’s celebrate the fact that it was shown at all.

The conservative kingdom’s Ministry of Culture and Information agreed to issue licenses for cinemas on Dec. 11, 2017. According to Reuters, the country’s first permanent theatres could open as early as March 2018, and the authorities are sponsoring temporary cinemas for now — one, in Jeddah’s cultural hall, apparently has a popcorn machine. Films will be censored to adhere to the “moral values” of the kingdom — exactly what these censored films look like remains to be seen. Read more…

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Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook


Over 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in Denmark.

According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform’s private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and now, a total of 1,004 young people have been charged — and about 800 are male, reports Bloomberg. While the content was posted by someone within Denmark, it’s unclear if everyone accused of sharing it are from the country. Read more…

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