Members of Facebook’s ‘Crypto Mafia’ Reportedly Getting Cold Feet About Libra Currency

At least two of the 28 entities that have signed on for Facebook’s planned Libra currency are now getting nervous about the project, according to a new report from the Financial Times. And Facebook is just as worried about being the only company currently with its “neck out,” as regulators push back against the plan to create a new digital currency from thin air. Read More >>

Swastika Ride Shut Down at German Amusement Park After Going Viral on Social Media

A new ride at a German amusement park recently raised quite a few eyebrows on social media for its bizarre design. Now the ride, called the Adlerflug or “Eagle’s Flight,” will reportedly be shut down after so many people pointed out the obvious: The ride looks like two giant swastikas. Read More >>

Chinese Official Ironically Says State Media Shouldn’t Be Restricted on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook and Twitter are blocked in mainland China by the country’s censors, but that hasn’t stopped Chinese state media from using those same social media platforms to spread propaganda about the protests in Hong Kong. And Chinese officials are not happy that both Twitter and Facebook have started to crack down on government-run accounts for spreading disinformation. Read More >>

Make Jordan Peterson Say Anything You Want With This Spooky Audio Generator

People are really freaking out about deepfake videos, the technology that can make people say things they never actually said. But what about deepfake audio? Audio spoofing has gotten very good, and there’s no better example than this website which lets you say anything you want in the voice of self-help guru and Canadian professor Jordan B. Peterson. Read More >>

Cathay Pacific CEO Resigns, Airline Releases Cryptic Statement About Hong Kong

Rupert Hogg, the CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, has resigned following conflict between the Hong Kong-based airline and the Chinese government in Beijing. The new CEO will be Augustus Tang Kin-wing, according to the South China Morning Post, and the airline released a bizarre statement about the future. Read More >>

Huawei Plans to Triple R&D Staff in Russia by 2025 According to Russian State Media

Huawei plans to triple its research and development (R&D) staff in Russia within the next six years, according to a new report from Russian state media outlet Sputnik. The Chinese tech giant, which is currently the largest telecom company in the world, will reportedly hire about 500 new staff by the end of the year and 1,000 more personnel after that. Read More >>

US Congress Subpoenas 8Chan Owner to Testify About Website’s Connections to White Supremacist Violence

8Chan has become an incredibly popular place for violent white supremacists to post their manifestos before a mass shooting. Now Democrats in America's Congress want to hear from 8Chan’s owner, Jim Watkins, and has issued a subpoena for him to testify on Capitol Hill on 5 September. Read More >>

Terrorist Who Allegedly Killed 51 People in New Zealand Gets Letter Published to 4Chan From Jail

The white supremacist accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, currently has no access to internet, TV, newspapers, and radio. Yet he’s still able to get his hateful ideology out into the world, all thanks to extremists on 4Chan and lax rules about letter writing in New Zealand prisons. Read More >>

Eighth Busiest Airport in the World Shuts Down For Second Day Over Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport has been shut down for the second time in two days after pro-democracy protests disrupted normal operations. The airport, which handles 75 million passengers a year, is the eighth busiest in the world and a major international hub in Asia. Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam warned that Hong risked sliding into “an abyss.” Read More >>

Over 10,000 Guns Handed Over in New Zealand Buyback Programme After Livestreamed Christchurch Attack

The people of New Zealand have handed over at least 10,242 firearms since 13 July, the start of a nationwide buyback program in the wake of a terrorist attack in March that killed 51 people and injured dozens more, according to a new report from CNN. The alleged white supremacist terrorist livestreamed his attacks on two Christchurch mosques, leading to calls for tighter gun laws and better policing of extremist content on social media in New Zealand and around the world. Read More >>

Hong Kong Cancels All Flights as Thousands of Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy Airport

Hong Kong International Airport has cancelled flights for the day after 6 PM local time as pro-democracy protests in the city rage on for the tenth consecutive week. Incoming flights will be allowed to land, but outgoing flights for the night have been halted and it’s not clear when air travel might resume. Read More >>

Cloudflare Drops 8Chan, Initiating New Ineffective Ritual That Follows Mass Violence

Following a mass shooting in the US state of Texas on Saturday that left at least 20 people dead and dozens more injured, an anonymous forum at the centre of the tragedy, 8chan, is no longer protected by the website security firm Cloudflare. The company’s abandonment of 8chan leaves the online shitbox vulnerable to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that could render the site unusable. Read More >>

These Robot Burlesque Dancers Were a Less Advertised Part of the 1939 New York World’s Fair

The New York World’s Fair of 1939-40 is perhaps best known for its optimistic look at the future, with demonstrations of early television and the Futurama ride that showed regular people a glimpse of tomorrow. But there are some lesser known exhibits from the Fair that might surprise people who only think of the past as being filled with prudes. Read More >>

The History Channel is Digging Up John Dillinger’s Body But Nobody Really Knows Why

The History Channel has received a permit to dig up the body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger from his grave at a cemetery in Indiana, USA. Why? Nobody really knows yet. Read More >>

Jeff Bezos Cashes in £1.5 Billion of Amazon Stock, Will Keep £1.2 Billion After Taxes

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest person, has cashed in $1.8 billion (£1.5 billion) worth of Amazon shares, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission submitted last night. Bezos will keep an estimated $1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) from the sale after taxes, based on calculations by Forbes magazine. Read More >>