The TikTok ‘blackout challenge’ has now allegedly killed seven kids

TikTok is facing multiple lawsuits from parents who say their children died of strangulation attempting the “blackout challenge,” after the app showed them videos of other people trying it. One suit filed against the company in June alleges that at least seven specific children died last year while attempting the challenge, which the complaint says […]

GameStop is laying off staff and has fired its CFO

GameStop has been on a wild ride ever since it reached meme stock status, and the company has recently been dabbling in Web3 technologies like NFTs and crypto. More recently, it’s also been laying off employees without much explanation. On Thursday, GameStop internally announced an unspecified number of layoffs — reportedly including some from the […]

Web3 projects have lost more than $2 billion to hacks this year

In the first six months of 2022, Web3 projects have lost more than $2 billion to hacks and exploits — more than all of 2021 combined. That’s according to research from blockchain auditing and security company CertiK, which on Thursday released its quarterly Web3 security report covering Q2 of this year. The report paints a […]

It’s looking more like Elon Musk could bail on buying Twitter

The Washington Post reports that Elon Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy Twitter is “in peril,” based on three anonymous sources who told the paper that the billionaire’s camp has “stopped engaging in certain discussions around funding” for the agreement. Musk isn’t going it alone in his attempt to buy Twitter, with others like Larry […]

Snap hires the head of US Secret Service

Secret Service Director James Murray is retiring from his post for a new position as Snap’s chief security officer at the end of the month, Snap confirmed to The Verge on Thursday. Murray’s private sector move was first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday, shortly after the longtime protective service official’s departure from government […]

Netflix is reportedly financing Johnny Depp’s next movie about France’s King Louis XV

Netflix is reportedly co-producing and plans to stream Johnny Depp’s first film following the actor’s bitter defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard for describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in an op-ed. Bloomberg reports that Netflix is footing some of the bill for French actress / director Maiwenn Le Besco’s La […]

Waymo autonomous vehicle attacked by an “erratic” pedestrian in Arizona

An “erratic” pedestrian attacked a Waymo autonomous vehicle late Tuesday evening in Tempe, Arizona, smashing the windshield and injuring the safety driver, the company said. It was the latest incident of people in Arizona attacking Waymo vehicles — and occasionally their safety drivers — as the company ramps up its commercial service in the state. […]

Bungie is charging $284 just to ship your $185 Nerf Gjallarhorn to Canada

Did you save up a couple hundred bucks for the foam-firing Nerf version of Destiny’s legendary Gjallarhorn rocket launcher that went on preorder today? Hope you don’t live in Canada — because buyers are reporting they’re being asked for more than twice the price just to get it shipped to their door. The company says […]