Kim Lyons
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The Verge's Weekend Editor Kim Lyons is a Pittsburgh-based journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she was the first-ever digital news editor. She's a fan of coffee, hockey and startups, in that order. Ethics statement: Kim’s husband is currently employed by Whole Foods. She therefore doesn’t report on or edit stories about Whole Foods or its competitors.Source
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Microsoft says CEO Satya Nadella has talked to Trump about buying TikTok

Microsoft says CEO Satya Nadella has talked to Trump about buying TikTok

Filed under:Talks are expected to be completed by September 15thIn a blog post Sunday, it was “prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” following a conversation between its CEO Satya Nadella and President Trump. It’s the first time the company has the video sharing platform.“Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the blog post...

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Brazil Supreme Court orders Facebook to block accounts of several Bolsonaro allies

Brazil Supreme Court orders Facebook to block accounts of several Bolsonaro allies

Filed under:The 12 accounts are accused of spreading false information about Brazilian judgesFacebook has blocked the accounts of a dozen allies of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, . Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the 12 accounts blocked back in May, as they are under investigation for allegedly spreading false news about judges in the country. A Supreme Court judge said Friday that Facebook had not fully complied with that earlier order.A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge that the company had complied with the order, which it called “extreme” by “restricting the...

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ByteDance reportedly reaches deal to sell TikTok American operations

ByteDance reportedly reaches deal to sell TikTok American operations

Filed under:The Trump administration had threatened to ban the app for weeksTikTok parent company ByteDance has reportedly agreed to sell its American operations to prevent the Trump administration from banning it in the US, according to .It was not clear Saturday how the deal would involve Microsoft, or whether it would stave off a ban, but Reuters reported that Microsoft would be in charge of protecting US user data, and that the plan would allow another American company to take over TikTok in the US.The administration has threatened to ban the video-sharing app for several weeks;...

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Antitrust hearing with CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple rescheduled to Wednesday

Antitrust hearing with CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple rescheduled to Wednesday

Filed under:The hearing was moved to allow members of Congress to pay respects to the late Rep. John LewisA congressional hearing with the chief executives of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple has been rescheduled for noon Eastern time on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for Monday, the to allow members of Congress to pay respects to the late Rep. John Lewis, who died July 17th. Lewis will lie in state at the US Capitol next week.The House Judiciary Committee hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, and Sundar Pichai will focus on the various antitrust issues each CEO’s company...

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An Instagram bug showed a ‘camera on’ indicator for iOS 14 devices even when users weren’t taking photos

An Instagram bug showed a ‘camera on’ indicator for iOS 14 devices even when users weren’t taking photos

Filed under:The company says it’s fixing the issueIn the latest instance of iOS 14’s beta mode tattling on unexpected app behavior, some users reported that they were seeing the green “camera on” indicator while using Instagram when they were just scrolling through their feeds, not taking a photo or video.Casually browsing Instagram when suddenly the new iOS 14 camera/microphone indicator comes on. Then control panel ratted out the app behind it. This is going to change things. — KevDoy (@KevDoy)An Instagram spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that the behavior was a bug and that...

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Verizon adds broadband customers, but revenue dips amid slower device sales

Verizon adds broadband customers, but revenue dips amid slower device sales

Filed under:It says it expects customers in the Keep Americans Connected Pledge will keep their serviceVerizon added 173,000 postpaid phone customers and 287,000 postpaid smartphone customers in the second quarter, even as it lost 81,000 consumer Fios TV subscribers, the company reported Friday. But it saw a net gain of 10,000 consumer Fios broadband subscribers, even though it had to because of pandemic restrictions.The — waiving late fees and promising not to cut off service for customers who couldn’t pay during the pandemic — ended on June 30th, but Verizon CFO Matt Ellis said a third of...

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Twitter disables video in Trump retweet after Linkin Park files copyright complaint

Twitter disables video in Trump retweet after Linkin Park files copyright complaint

Filed under:The band said it had not authorized the use of its song “In the End” by the Trump campaignTwitter confirmed that it removed a campaign video President Trump had retweeted Saturday over a copyright complaint. The Linkin Park song “In the End” was featured in the background of the video, which included images of President Trump and excerpts from his inauguration speech.“Per our , we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by copyright owner or their authorized representative,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an email to The Verge on Sunday.The band tweeted Saturday that it...

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Disney has reportedly paused its spending on Facebook ads

Disney has reportedly paused its spending on Facebook ads

Filed under:Dozens of companies had already pledged to boycott Facebook ads in JulyDisney has significantly reduced its spending on Facebook and Instagram ads amid concerns about the social media platform’s enforcement of its content policies, . It joins a list of large companies that have as part of an effort to compel Facebook to change how it handles hate speech and misinformation on its platforms.The monthlong #StopHateforProfit boycott organized by a coalition of civil rights organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, Color of Change, and Sleeping Giants kicked off...

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GM is planning a full-size electric pickup truck

GM is planning a full-size electric pickup truck

Filed under:The automaker lists the forthcoming Chevrolet truck in its latest sustainability reportAccording to its , GM is planning a full-size electric Chevrolet pickup truck with 400 miles of range. The report the “Chevrolet BET Truck, which will be the brand’s first electric full-size pickup, offering 400+ miles of range on a single charge.”GM CEO Mary that an electric pickup was coming in late 2021, and most assumed she was referring to the , but it’s possible she was speaking about this unnamed Chevy pickup. When the automaker earlier this year, the company said it was targeting range...

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Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target, Unilever, Verizon: all the companies pulling ads from Facebook

Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target, Unilever, Verizon: all the companies pulling ads from Facebook

Filed under:What is #StopHateforProfit? Why Facebook? And will this have an effect?For the first time in its history, Facebook is facing an organized boycott from advertisers set to begin July 1st. It’s not from small companies, either — large corporations including Hershey, Honda, and Verizon have stopped their spending. Several companies joined the initiative after July 1st, including Sony Interactive Entertainment, the company that makes PlayStation July 2nd it would suspend ads on Facebook and Instagram through the end of the month.Companies from a variety of industries, including...

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Shoppers are suing over mandatory mask rules, but doctors don’t buy it

Shoppers are suing over mandatory mask rules, but doctors don’t buy it

Filed under:A Pittsburgh grocery chain is facing multiple lawsuits over its no-exceptions mask policyWith coronavirus cases spiking across the US, public health officials are urging the population to wear masks in all public areas, a simple measure that . But while 20 states now have some kind of mask requirement in place, the new rules have been difficult to enforce. and to enforce statewide mandates, and leaves enforcement up to businesses, which are often paralyzed by the bizarre politics of the issue.A minority of the population simply refuses to wear masks and often causes a scene when...

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CDC employees say the agency has a culture of "racial aggression"

CDC employees say the agency has a culture of "racial aggression"

Filed under:More than 1,000 CDC employees signed a letter saying racism at the agency was undermining its core missionEmployees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are calling for the federal agency to address what they say are “ongoing and recurring acts of racism and discrimination” against its Black employees, . More than 1,000 CDC employees signed a letter to director Robert Redfield describing a “pervasive and toxic culture of racial aggressions.”“In light of the recent calls for justice across this country and around the world, we, as dedicated public health...

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Tesla’s Model Y gets a $3,000 price cut

Tesla’s Model Y gets a $3,000 price cut

Filed under:The carmaker’s latest model is now priced just below $50,000Tesla has lowered the of its Model Y by $3,000, so its Long Range AWD will now cost $49,990, . The Model Y just , and earlier this month Tesla reported better-than-expected delivery numbers for all its vehicles in the second quarter, so the reason for the price cut isn’t totally clear. But it’s likely to help boost sales at a time when all carmakers are of the economic downturn., but the Model Y was not included in those reductions. It lowered the prices on the base models and Performance versions of the Model S and...

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Google, Facebook, and Twitter halt government data requests after new Hong Kong security law

Google, Facebook, and Twitter halt government data requests after new Hong Kong security law

Filed under:The companies are reviewing a new security law that gives China power to stifle dissentGoogle, Facebook, and Twitter are pausing the processing of data requests from the Hong Kong government as they review a new security law that went into effect on July 1st. Google put its pause into place as soon as the law took effect last Wednesday.“[W]hen the law took effect, we paused production on any new data requests from Hong Kong authorities,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email, “and we’ll continue to review the details of the new law,” the spokesperson said.Twitter also...

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Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

Filed under:It’s the latest app found copying clipboard info in a beta version of iOS 14Reddit says it’s releasing a fix for a piece of code that copied contents from users’ clipboards. Users in a beta version of iOS 14, which sends an alert when an app tries to copy clipboard information, reported receiving the alerts with each keystroke in Reddit’s iOS app.“We tracked this down to a codepath in the post composer that checks for URLs in the pasteboard and then suggests a post title based on the text contents of the URL,” a Reddit spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “We do not...

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UK government takes $500 million stake in space exploration firm OneWeb

UK government takes $500 million stake in space exploration firm OneWeb

Filed under:OneWeb filed for bankruptcy protection in the US in MarchAs part of a consortium that includes Indian telecom Bharti Global, the UK government will invest $500 million and take a “significant equity share” in space exploration firm OneWeb, it announced Friday. OneWeb, which has its headquarters in the UK, in the US in March, after it was unable to secure financing. Bharti Global also will invest $500 million as part of the deal.OneWeb is one of several companies working on an , using a combination of low-altitude satellites to beam internet connectivity to ground terminals on...

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Facebook and Instagram will remind people to wear face masks

Facebook and Instagram will remind people to wear face masks

Filed under:Soon, you’ll see a message at the top of the feed in both appsFacebook will add messaging to its News Feed and Instagram’s feed to encourage people to wear face masks, the company said on Thursday. An alert will appear at the top of News Feeds on Facebook that directs users to the COVID-19 Information Center, and they will have links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information. Instagram will include a similar prompt with CDC links.The company says the move is in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the US. On Wednesday, the US set a...

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Twitter engineers reportedly pushing to replace "master" and "slave" programming terms

Twitter engineers reportedly pushing to replace "master" and "slave" programming terms

Filed under:The effort joins a growing movement to replace insensitive language in programmingTwitter engineers have been working since January on an internal effort to replace problematic yet commonplace programming language like “master” and “slave,” . It’s part of a larger effort among open-source developers who have been working to remove references to slavery from the programming community.Microsoft-owned GitHub made a similar move last month when the company was replacing the term “master” with more neutral language. Regynald Augustin was one of the programmers who spearheaded the...

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Google to add background blur, captioning, and low-light mode to Meet video calls

Google to add background blur, captioning, and low-light mode to Meet video calls

Filed under:The company is playing a little catch-up with Zoom and Microsoft TeamsGoogle Meet is working on several new features that will match its competitors, including allowing users to add images or a blur effect to backgrounds on video calls, . As they can on rival videoconferencing platforms Zoom and Microsoft Teams, users will be able to either choose their own image or pick from several default options.Google confirmed to The Verge that in addition to background blur and background replacement images, real-time captioning, low-light mode, hand-raising, and a tile view of up to 49...

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India has banned TikTok, WeChat, and other China-based apps

India has banned TikTok, WeChat, and other China-based apps

The Indian government says the apps are ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India’. India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned TikTok, WeChat, and several dozen other China-based apps it views as “engaged in activities ... prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India,” according to a press release. A total of 59 apps are on the banned list. India is a huge market for TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. According to SensorTower data from April, 30 percent of TikTok’s 2 billion downloads came from India. Messaging app WeChat, owned...

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It Is What It Is: a fake app hyped on Twitter turned into a fundraiser for racial justice causes

It Is What It Is: a fake app hyped on Twitter turned into a fundraiser for racial justice causes

Filed under:“A meme that leveraged the relentless hype of exclusive apps and redirected it towards a critical social need.”An inside joke about a TikTok meme among a group of friends on Twitter grew into a minor social media mystery before morphing into a fundraiser for anti-racism causes. Yes, that might be the most 2020 sentence I’ve written to date.On Thursday, the eye-mouth-eye emoji meme started appearing in people’s Twitter handles and almost immediately, the buzz started about what it all meant, . On TikTok, the meme is usually used to express cringe or embarrassment. Soon an...

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Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile

Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile

Filed under:Users reported seeing the dark mode interface on iOSAfter launching a dark mode for its desktop interface, Facebook confirms it is testing a dark mode for its mobile apps as well. As first noted by , Facebook has made the dark mode available to a very small percentage of people globally, a spokesperson told The Verge in an email Sunday. The mobile version of the dark mode for desktop is “meant to cut down on glare,” particularly in low-light environments, the spokesperson said. There’s no timeline yet for when the dark mode will be available to all mobile users, however.Users...

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Amazon warehouse workers in Germany will strike Monday because of coronavirus infections

Amazon warehouse workers in Germany will strike Monday because of coronavirus infections

Filed under:The workers’ union says 30 to 40 colleagues have tested positive for COVID-19Amazon workers at six sites across Germany plan to strike Monday because dozens of staff members at its logistics centers have been infected with the coronavirus, . The union says the company is prioritizing profits over workers’ safety.Labor union Verdi says “at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected” with the virus, according to Reuters. The strike will last 48 hours and be conducted with the motto “good and healthy work.”Amazon warehouse workers in Germany have struck in recent years, over and .In...

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K-pop fans and TikTok teens say they reserved tickets for Trump’s Tulsa rally to leave seats empty

K-pop fans and TikTok teens say they reserved tickets for Trump’s Tulsa rally to leave seats empty

Filed under:The Bank of Oklahoma arena was only about half full for Saturday’s eventAs part of a coordinated effort, K-pop fans and teenage TikTok users scooped up tickets to President Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, potentially leaving at least hundreds of empty seats, . A tweet from June 11th urged people to use their phones to register for the free tickets. The K-pop fans shared the information and encouraged their followers to get tickets, and then not show up for the rally. The plan quickly caught on on TikTok, where people followed the K-pop fans’ lead.with leading part of the charge...

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Samsung Blu-ray players reportedly have stopped working but it’s not clear why

Samsung Blu-ray players reportedly have stopped working but it’s not clear why

Filed under:Users are reporting the devices are stuck in an endless boot loopSamsung Blu-ray players appear to be malfunctioning for hundreds of users, and no one is sure what the issue is, . Some users report their Blu-ray players get stuck in an endless reboot loop when they’re switched on, others reported hearing a buzzing noise as if the device is trying to read a disk, but in many cases there’s no disk in the machine.Some machines are shutting down soon after turning on, and still other their devices have become unresponsive to commands and pressing buttons. The issues don’t appear to...

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