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Lyft riders can soon hit a 911 button in the app during emergencies

For when things aren't so cheery, there'll be an emergency button in the Lyft app.Image: lyft Almost a year after Uber introduced a 911 button for passengers, its main competitor Lyft is finally doing the same. Last fall Lyft added an emergency assistance feature to the driver app, but passengers still needed to call  911 or Lyft’s 24-7 response line if they had a problem. Now, in the “coming weeks,” riders will see a button in the […]

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Big Tech takes a major stand against Alex Jones

Uh oh, your favorite YouTube channels might start implementing non-skippable ads.Image: YOUTUBE You might soon be seeing less of that “skip ad” button over on YouTube. In a video titled Want to earn more money from ad revenue?, posted on the platform’s official Creator Insider channel, YouTube announced a big change for its YouTube Partners.  Any channel that can monetize its videos will soon be able to implement non-skippable ads. Previously, as mentioned in the video, only […]

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Elon Musk has some advice about charging your Tesla battery

Uber's self-driving cars still aren't reliable.Image: jOSH EDELSON/  AFP / Getty Images Uber’s self-driving cars still aren’t very reliable, apparently. Business Insider reports that Uber’s self-driving tech is still far behind competitors like Waymo. The report, which cites interviews with employees in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), compares the self-driving cars project to a “science experiment,” and says that the cars “perform reliably only on limited well-mapped routes, and aren’t making much progress on handling more.” That […]

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Amazon Kindle (2019) review: A totally OK e-reader for under $100

For $90, the new 2019 Amazon Kindle does the job, but the $130 Kindle Paperwhite is the better e-reader.Image: zlata ivleva / mashable Amazon Kindle (2019) $89.99 The Good Thin and light • Less than $100 • Front-lit display • Supports Bluetooth headphones for audiobooks ⚡ Mashable Score 3.0 📘Learning Curve 4.0 💵 Bang for the Buck 3.0 The new Kindle is pure plastic. Image: zlata ivleva / mashable

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Congress to bar the IRS from ever offering free tax-filing software

Progress, but there's a catch.Image: Getty Images The House of Representatives passed a bill that should make for-profit tax-filing companies very happy.  The Taxpayer First Act is a piece of legislation that makes changes to how the IRS functions, including better infrastructure for customer service and appeals. It has bipartisan support, and is the first legislative effort to improve the functioning of the IRS in 20 years. SEE ALSO: Facebook and Google head back to Congress for […]

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches first paid mission and lands all three boosters

New York (CNN Business)SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful vehicle flying today, just launched its first-ever mission for a paying customer. It was also the first time SpaceX managed to land all three rocket boosters after launch. During Falcon Heavy’s widely watched debut flight in February 2018, in which it launched CEO Elon Musk’s own Tesla Roadster into orbit, only the two side boosters were recovered. Why Falcon Heavy matters This rocket is by far the […]

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Shoppers get drunk, go online, and spend money on Amazon

So many Amazon packages.Image: Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images Amazon is already more than dominant in the online shopping space, but add a shot or three of tequila and that Amazon Prime free two-day shipping looks even more appealing. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior after imbibing and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. If […]

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MoviePass co-founder announces harebrained facial-recognition scheme

CONSUME.Image: Spencer Whalen / getty Whatever you do, don’t look away.  Stacey Spikes, the co-founder of the ongoing psychological experiment known as MoviePass, has a new offer he’s sure you can’t refuse: absolutely free movie tickets.  All he needs from you in exchange is whatever shred of self respect you’ve somehow managed to hold onto as you shuffle through this modern hellscape.  Announced via Kickstarter, Spike’s new movie-related scheme comes across as even more harebrained than its […]

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The truth about incognito mode (and how it can save you money)

Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox web browser, has launched a new private file-sharing service called Firefox Send.Image: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Mozilla’s latest service might make you feel like a secret spy. The nonprofit behind the popular open-source Firefox web browser has launched its new encrypted self-destructing file-sharing platform, Firefox Send. Mozilla’s latest offering has been in beta since 2017. It officially launched on Tuesday. Firefox Send allows users to send up to 1GB of files for […]

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