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EU hits Google with $1.69bn fine for abusing online ads market

European Union regulators have fined Google $1.69bn for blocking rival online search advertisers, hitting the US-based tech giant with a third penalty in two years. The punishment on Wednesday brought Google's total tab with the bloc $9.31bn, which amounts to far less than the maximum fine of 10 percent of the company's annual turnover.  In the latest ruling,…

New Zealand’s silver fern redrawn as Muslims praying gets plenty of...

Pat Campbell's reimagined Silver Fern has gathered plenty of plaudits.Image: The Canberra Times/Pat CampbellBy Johnny Lieu2019-03-20 07:04:58 UTC In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack, a reimagined version of a famous New Zealand symbol has garnered plenty of online attention. Australian cartoonist Pat Campbell, who works for newspaper The Canberra Times, drew an illustration…

Police urge people to stop sharing that Christchurch shooter video online

Police have asked for a live streamed video of a shooting to not be shared.Image: PETE MARSDEN/AFP/Getty ImageSBy Johnny Lieu2019-03-15 06:02:48 UTC In a clear act of terror, multiple people have died after gunmen opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. New Zealand Police said four suspects are in custody, and that…

Out-of-context Twitter accounts keep your favorite shows alive online

The joy of Parks and Recreation will never leave me, not even in the dark corners of Twitter. It’s a strange yet reaffirming thought for me and the other 166,000 people who follow the "out of context parks" account. As its name suggests, the account takes scenes from the beloved NBC comedy and posts them…

Is enough being done to stop misinformation online?

"Fake news" is a common cry from US President Donald Trump to discredit news stories critical of him. The description also highlights one of the biggest challenges on the internet: how to stop the spread of misinformation online. Social media companies are under increasing pressure to act. YouTube is trialling alerts in India to flag…

How can men be effective allies online?

More men need to speak up about online harassment against women.Image: vicky leta / mashableBy Victoria Rodriguez2019-03-08 12:00:00 UTC This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet.  Log off. Make your account private. Block them. These are a few of the strategies women are…

Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan...

Anyone engaging in abusive online behaviour will be blocked or even reported to the police.Image: Samir Hussein/WireImagePool/Samir HusseinBy Rachel Thompson2019-03-05 12:08:07 UTC In an unprecedented move, the Royal Family has introduced a set of social media rules in order to create a "safe environment".  Under the new rules, users posting abusive comments will be blocked…

How to watch the 2019 Oscars online without cable or even...

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. By Leah StodartMashable Deals2019-02-24 10:00:00 UTC Got plans Sunday night? We'll give you some: The 2019 Oscars are on. (That heads up was just for casual watchers, guys — we know film buffs have had this date etched…

Sex robots are a hot trend for online porn

The future is here: sex robots are becoming more popular, especially in online porn searches.Image: Jordi Perez Donat / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesBy Marcus Gilmer2019-02-22 18:42:49 UTC We may not have flying cars but sex robots are definitely a thing that exist and they're becoming increasingly popular, even in porn searches.…

How to watch the 2019 Golden Globes online (or without a...

Want to watch this year's Golden Globe Awards but not sure how since you're too cheap to pony up for cable? Have no fear. There are many ways to watch the Golden Globes this year without a cable subscription — or hell, even without a TV! Awards season officially kicks off with the 76th Annual…
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