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The Verge is an American technology news website operated by Vox Media, publishing news, feature stories, guidebooks, product reviews, and podcasts. The website uses Chorus, Vox Media's proprietary multimedia publishing platform. In 2013, Nilay Patel was named editor-in-chief and Dieter Bohn executive editor; Helen Havlak was named editorial director in 2017. The site launched on November 1, 2011. The Verge won five Webby Awards for the year 2012 including awards for Best Writing (Editorial), Best Podcast for The Vergecast, Best Visual Design, Best Consumer Electronics Site, and Best Mobile News App.Source
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Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×The scams appear to be part of a widespread hacking operation affecting multiple accountsThe Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most...

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Twitter has shut off the ability for some people to tweet after massive hack

Twitter has shut off the ability for some people to tweet after massive hack

Filed under:Twitter seems to be trying to contain the hackTwitter has the ability for some accounts to send new tweets following a on the social media website, which has seen numerous popular accounts — including Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and others — tweet out a bitcoin scam.While Twitter hasn’t confirmed how the block works, it appears to only apply to accounts that have been verified by Twitter. Unverified accounts seem to still be able to tweet normally, and verified accounts appear to be able to retweet existing tweets. It’s unclear how broadly Twitter has...

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Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

Filed under:The scams appear to be part of a widespread hacking operation affecting multiple accountsThe Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creator quite a bit of money.We don’t know how it’s happened or even to what extent Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The hack appears to have subsided, but new scam tweets were posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after...

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15 states will follow California’s push to electrify trucks and buses

15 states will follow California’s push to electrify trucks and buses

Filed under:A big step forward in reducing harmful emissions from diesel enginesFifteen states and Washington, DC have announced that they will follow California’s lead in switching all heavy-duty trucks, vans, and buses over to running on electricity, in what could be one of the most significant efforts to reduce harmful diesel engine pollution in the United States. It could also be a big development in the fight for environmental justice because emissions from diesel-powered commercial vehicles .The states that signed the agreement along with Washington, DC are: California, Connecticut,...

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Oppo announces 125W tech that charges phones in 20 minutes

Oppo announces 125W tech that charges phones in 20 minutes

Filed under:And the world’s fastest wireless chargingOppo has long been a leader in engineering fast-charging solutions — it developed the tech behind the Dash Charge system used in OnePlus phones, for example, and has achieved even faster results in many of its own devices. Today, the company is taking a further step forward with the announcement of a 125W system that it claims is the most advanced in the industry.The headline figures of the system are that it can charge a 4,000mAh phone battery in 20 minutes and up to 41 percent in 5 minutes. If accurate, this would beat Oppo’s own record...

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New Joe Biden plan sees millions of jobs in aggressive climate action

New Joe Biden plan sees millions of jobs in aggressive climate action

Filed under:Biden’s plan aims to eliminate carbon pollution from the power sector by 2035On Wednesday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed a revamped climate and energy plan that raises spending, expands efforts to address racial disparities, and sets an earlier deadline for cutting greenhouse gases.Biden’s plan aims to eliminate carbon pollution from the power sector by 2035. Biden had to reaching a 100 percent “clean energy economy” by 2050. The plan comes with a $2 trillion price tag over four years, higher than his previous ten-year $1.7 trillion plan. Forty...

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White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection

White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection

Filed under:The Department of Heath and Human Services may collect the data in a central databaseThe Trump administration is now ordering hospitals to send coronavirus patient data to a database in Washington, DC as part of a new initiative that may bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a published on Tuesday. As outlined in a (HHS), hospitals are being ordered to send data directly to the administration, effective tomorrow, a move that has alarmed some within the CDC, according to The Times.The database that will collect and store the information is...

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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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Google is reportedly facing a new antitrust probe from California

Google is reportedly facing a new antitrust probe from California

Filed under:Along with existing state and federal investigationsCalifornia has reportedly opened its own antitrust investigation into Google, , which would mean the search giant is now facing antitrust probes from every state in the US bar one. It is not known which aspect of the company California’s attorney general is investigating, but recent scrutiny has focused on its acquisitions, and its dominance and conduct in the ad tech market and search markets.The probe would be just the latest antitrust investigation faced by Google. Last September, attorneys general from 50 states and...

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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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Japanese app Tuna Scope uses AI to grade the quality of fish

Japanese app Tuna Scope uses AI to grade the quality of fish

Filed under:The app assesses characteristics like fat content and colorA Japanese chain of sushi restaurants is using an AI-powered app to assess the quality of tuna — a key step in the preparation of sushi that traditionally requires years of training from experienced human buyers. But can it really replace a human’s fish sense?The app, named , was developed by Japanese advertising firm Dentsu Inc. It uses machine learning algorithms trained on thousands of images of the cross-sections of tuna tails, a cut of the meat that can reveal much about a fish’s constitution.The app was trained on...

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YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe

YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe

Filed under:New accusations from members of YouTube’s beauty communityMakeup retailer Morphe has parted with YouTuber Jeffree Star, after weeks of public acrimony in the YouTube beauty community. Star has been accused of using , as well as manipulating other and .“Today we’ve made the decision to cease all commercial activity related to Jeffree Star and affiliated products,” a tweet from . As of right now, Star’s products remain on the site, but a tweet from the Morphe account says that will change in “the coming weeks,” without giving a specific date. Star’s relationship with Morphe was...

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The world is finally coming around to Starship Troopers

The world is finally coming around to Starship Troopers

Filed under:The sci-fi satire arrived too early, and we’re hearing what it said 23 years too lateThe Verge is a place where you can consider the future. So are movies. In Yesterday’s Future, we revisit a movie about the future and consider the things it tells us about today, tomorrow, and yesterday.The movie: Starship Troopers (1997)The future: Two hundred years from now, Earth is governed by the United Citizen Federation, a new world order where people are defined as either citizens or civilians. To be a citizen, you must enlist in the UCF marines, which will earn you the respect of your...

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Amazon says it will not ban TikTok from employee phones

Amazon says it will not ban TikTok from employee phones

Filed under:The company confirms that an email was sent out in error earlier todayAmazon says that it will not ask employees to remove popular social video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices, despite sending an email calling for workers to delete the app earlier on Friday.As first on Friday, Amazon asked employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, citing security risks. An Amazon spokesperson told The Verge on Friday that the email was “sent in error.”“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” the Amazon spokesperson said. “There is no change to...

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Rivian raises $2.5 billion ahead of launch of electric pickup and SUV

Rivian raises $2.5 billion ahead of launch of electric pickup and SUV

Filed under:The EV startup has raised $5.35 billion since the beginning of 2019EV startup Rivian has raised $2.5 billion, bringing its total funding to date to around $6 billion ahead of the launch of its all-electric pickup truck and SUV in early 2021. $5.35 billion of that has come in the last year and a half alone, with Rivian scooping up big investments from .The comes from Soros Fund Management LLC, Coatue (a hedge fund), Fidelity Management and Research Company, and investment firm Baron Capital Group. Amazon and another previous investor, BlackRock, also participated in the funding...

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Spotify, Pinterest, Tinder, and other iOS apps were crashing again due to a Facebook issue

Spotify, Pinterest, Tinder, and other iOS apps were crashing again due to a Facebook issue

Filed under:The issue has now been resolved and apps are working once moreA number of popular apps and services including Spotify, Pinterest, and Tinder were inaccessible today on iOS devices due to a now-resolved issue involving Facebook log-ins.There were on social media of apps crashing whenever launched on iPhones and iPads, and corresponding outage spikes on .The cause of the outages seems to have been Facebook’s software development kit, or SDK, which many apps use to manage user logins. Users don’t have to be using Facebook to log into an app for this to affect their software (they...

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Facebook bans Roger Stone after linking him to fake accounts

Facebook bans Roger Stone after linking him to fake accounts

Filed under:Stone is expected to go to prison next monthOn Wednesday, Facebook announced that it had belonging to Roger Stone, a friend and confidant of President Donald Trump, after having linked them to fake accounts and pages that were active throughout the 2016 election.The announcement came as part of Facebook’s release of on disinformation on the platform. The company connected Stone’s Facebook and Instagram accounts with a US-based disinformation network that also had ties to the Proud Boys far-right organization, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The Proud Boys was founded...

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TikTok took down 49 million videos for content violations in just six months last year

TikTok took down 49 million videos for content violations in just six months last year

Filed under:TikTok’s second transparency report offers more details on video removalsTikTok took down more than 49 million videos from users across the globe during the second half of 2019, the company revealed in .The videos represented less than 1 percent of all videos uploaded to TikTok during that time period. TikTok says they were pulled for violations of either the app’s community guidelines or terms of service. In December, the company says a quarter of content removals were for “adult nudity and sexual activities.” Another quarter of the videos were removed for “depicting harmful,...

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Quibi reportedly lost 90 percent of early users after their free trials expired

Quibi reportedly lost 90 percent of early users after their free trials expired

Filed under:The struggling streaming video platform has a not-so-great conversion rateStreaming service Quibi only managed to convert a little under 10 percent of its early wave of users into paying subscribers, says mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower. According to the firm’s new report on Quibi’s early growth, the short-form video platform signed up about 910,000 users in its first few days back in April. Of those users, only about 72,000 stuck around after the three-month free trial, indicating the app had about an 8 percent conversion rate.That’s not too bad. But compare it to the...

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 Plus is its most powerful mobile chip, designed for gaming

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 Plus is its most powerful mobile chip, designed for gaming

Filed under:10 percent more power than the original Snapdragon 865Qualcomm has announced a refreshed version of its called the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which is designed to boost performance by almost 10 percent for gaming and AI applications.There are three key improvements of the Snapdragon 865 Plus from the stock standard 865:It’s a similar refresh to last year’s , which offered improvements to CPU and GPU performance for gaming compared to the regular 855. It also means that Qualcomm isn’t using the midyear refresh to add the most anticipated upgrade to the Snapdragon 865: integrating the...

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Apple promises to support Thunderbolt on its new ARM Macs

Apple promises to support Thunderbolt on its new ARM Macs

Filed under:Apple silicon will still work with Intel’s port standardApple is moving away from Intel’s chipsets in favor of its — but the company is promising that it’ll still support Intel’s Thunderbolt USB-C connectivity standard on new Apple silicon computers, despite the lack of Intel processors.“Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon,” commented an Apple spokesperson, in a...

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Fraunhofer’s new H.266 codec promises to cut the cost of streaming 4K video in half

Fraunhofer’s new H.266 codec promises to cut the cost of streaming 4K video in half

Filed under:The German codec creator says VVC is a more efficient successor to HEVCThe Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the electrical engineering and computer science division of the esteemed German research organization, , a new video codec standard that promises to bring around 50 percent efficiency gains in streaming video compression.The codec’s full name is H.266/Versatile Video Coding, as Fraunhofer says it’s designed to be a successor to the industry-standard H.264/Advanced Video Coding (AVC) and H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) formats that combined make up about 90...

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House budget bill denies major increases for NASA to fund ambitious Moon program

House budget bill denies major increases for NASA to fund ambitious Moon program

Filed under:Coming up nearly $3 billion shortHouse appropriators , potentially jeopardizing the agency’s plans of sending astronauts back to the Moon by 2024.Today, the House Appropriations Committee , detailing the budgets for all commerce, justice, and science agencies in the US. The bill would give NASA a total budget of $22.63 billion for next year, the same amount the agency received for 2020. However, it’s nearly $3 billion less than the $25.2 billion the Trump administration called for in the president’s budget request — a hefty amount intended to fund an ambitious lunar return.NASA...

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Quibi is flailing because no one at Quibi understands what Quibi is

Quibi is flailing because no one at Quibi understands what Quibi is

Filed under:So how can anyone else?After 90 days, Quibi’s free trial period has come to an end. Now, executives at the company have their biggest hurdle yet: getting people to willingly pay $5 or $8 a month for a service that most critics argue lacks exciting shows and flopped on launch.Quibi, a , is supposed to live in between Netflix and TikTok. Its shows are under 10 minutes each and meant to offer a bite-sized way to watch TV. But so far, people haven’t been very interested. notes that, by July, only 1.5 million actually signed up for the app, and less than half of those users are...

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