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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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YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult China’s Communist Party

YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult China’s Communist Party

Filed under:These Chinese language phrases are removed within secondsYouTube is automatically deleting comments that contain certain Chinese-language phrases related to criticism of the country’s ruling Communist Party (CCP).Comments left under videos or in live streams that contain the words “共匪” (“communist bandit”) or “五毛” (“50-cent party”) are automatically deleted in around 15 seconds, though their English language translations and Romanized Pinyin equivalents are not.The term “共匪” is an that dates back to China’s Nationalist government, while “五毛,” (or “wu mao”) is a derogatory slang...

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Zoom has temporarily removed Giphy from its chat feature

Zoom has temporarily removed Giphy from its chat feature

Filed under:Zoom says it’ll be back after unspecified technical and security improvements are madeZoom has temporarily disabled the integration of GIF platform Giphy in its chat feature, the . “Once additional technical and security measures have been deployed, we will re-enable the feature.” Zoom didn’t offer any specifics beyond that on Giphy’s removal.The company mentioned the change as part of its latest list of security updates to the platform, which also includes limits on screen sharing, changes to muting and unmuting functions, and restrictions on logging in to meetings from...

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How SpaceX and NASA are launching astronauts into space during a pandemic

How SpaceX and NASA are launching astronauts into space during a pandemic

Filed under:There won’t be the usual crowds near the Kennedy Space CenterAhead of this week’s launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, NASA is working to keep the enduring threat of COVID-19 at bay during the historic launch. To protect its astronauts, ground crew, and potential visitors, NASA has adjusted their approach to this highly anticipated event. If successful, the launch will not only break the US’s nine-year drought of crewed launches to the ISS, but it will also make history as the first time a private spacecraft has carried people into orbit.“We’re taking extra precautions,”...

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Wikimedia is writing new policies to fight Wikipedia harassment

Wikimedia is writing new policies to fight Wikipedia harassment

Filed under:Trustees say it hasn’t done enough to stop abuseWikipedia plans to crack down on harassment and other “toxic” behavior with a new code of conduct. The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, which oversees Wikipedia among other projects, to adopt a more formal moderation process. The foundation will draft the details of that process by the end of 2020, and until then, it’s tasked with enforcing stopgap anti-harassment policies.“Harassment, toxic behavior, and incivility in the Wikimedia movement are contrary to our shared values and detrimental to our vision and mission,” said...

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Google Messages may finally be adding end-to-end encryption for RCS

Google Messages may finally be adding end-to-end encryption for RCS

Filed under:An analysis of an internal build shows the feature could be in the worksAn analysis of the latest update to Google Messages suggests it may be moving closer to having end-to-end encryption for RCS, according to (via ). Rich communication services, or RCS, is the successor to SMS messaging and does what most other texting services do, but without the end-to-end encryption that apps like Signal and iMessage have. Its widespread adoption has been a bit of a mess, but the major US cellular carriers announced late last year that they would .Google in 2018, and in November, announced...

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President Trump is reportedly considering creating a panel to examine bias online

President Trump is reportedly considering creating a panel to examine bias online

Filed under:The president and GOP have long complained that conservative views are censored on social mediaPresident Trump wants to create a panel that would look into complaints of bias against conservatives on social media and other online platforms, .What authority the panel would have, and under what department it would be based were not clear. But the Journal’s sources said the plans may include establishing a “White House-created commission” that would work in conjunction with agencies like the Federal Elections Commission and Federal Communications Commission to examine bias and...

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UK reportedly planning to phase out Huawei equipment from its 5G networks

UK reportedly planning to phase out Huawei equipment from its 5G networks

Filed under:Members of Parliament pushed for the Chinese telcom’s tech to be removed from UK networks by 2023After resisting pressure from the US for months, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is apparently preparing to phase out the use of Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G networks, . Citing national security concerns, members of the UK’s Conservative party have pushed for Huawei technology to be removed from the UK’s 5G infrastructure and the rest of its telecom network by 2023.The Trump administration has , and the president last May blocking US companies from buying foreign-made...

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NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

Filed under:Though there’s still more work to be doneAfter two days of intense reviews, NASA is giving its commercial partner SpaceX the thumbs-up to launch its first astronauts to space next week. There’s still more work to be done by both the agency and SpaceX, including another review on Monday, but officials decided there were no major issues standing in the way of the launch.“It was a good review, great discussion,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference. “I think everybody in the room was very clear that now’s the time to speak up if there are any...

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Microsoft Solitaire turns 30 years old today and still has 35 million monthly players

Microsoft Solitaire turns 30 years old today and still has 35 million monthly players

Filed under:Microsoft is attempting to set a new Solitaire record todayMicrosoft’s Solitaire game is turning 30 years old today. Microsoft is celebrating the occasion with a world record attempt of the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. 35 million people still play Solitaire monthly, , with more than 100 million hands played daily around the world.Microsoft Solitaire was originally included as part of Windows 3.0 back in 1990, designed specifically to teach users how to use a mouse. Grabbing virtual cards and dropping them in place taught the basics of drag-and-drop in...

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Samsung announces an outdoor 4K TV called the Terrace

Samsung announces an outdoor 4K TV called the Terrace

Filed under:It’s IP55 water and dust resistant and gets bright enough to be visible in direct sunlightIf you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .Samsung is a dominant force when it comes to TV market share in living rooms, and now, the company wants to extend that success to the outdoors. Today, Samsung is announcing , the latest TV in its “lifestyle” family that includes the Serif, Frame, and Sero. The Terrace is designed for outside viewing: it’s IP55 water and dust resistant, and the screen can crank up to a brightness of 2000 nits to help you see...

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Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code leaks online

Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code leaks online

Filed under:The source code includes parts of the original Xbox operating systemMicrosoft’s original Xbox console source code has leaked online, alongside code for a version of Windows NT 3.5. The Xbox source code includes the kernel for the operating system on the original console, a custom version of Windows 2000. We can confirm the leaked Xbox OS is genuine, and appeared online earlier this month. “We’re aware of these reports and are investigating,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.While the Xbox OS leak includes some build environments, the Xbox Development...

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Thomson Reuters faces pressure over ICE contracts

Thomson Reuters faces pressure over ICE contracts

Filed under:The media giant says its CLEAR software is only available to ‘authorized professional and government subscribers’A group of Thomson Reuters shareholders says the company’s technology databases are being used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “track and arrest immigrants on a massive scale,” potentially causing reputational damage to the company.“Companies are facing scrutiny for contracting with government agencies carrying out the Trump administration’s inhumane family separation and indefinite family detention policies at the US-Mexico border,” from the BC Government...

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New SD Express card spec is nearly four times faster than the current one

New SD Express card spec is nearly four times faster than the current one

Filed under:It promises transfer speeds of nearly four gigabytes per secondThe SD Association, the group that sets the standards for memory cards, for SD Express memory cards today that will allow the cards to transfer data at a rate of nearly four gigabytes per second, in large part thanks to commonly found in solid-state drives. That faster transfer rate could be useful as new technologies, like 8K video, create ever-larger files, which in turn require faster throughput if you want to transfer data in a timely manner.Specifically, the 8.0 specification allows for transfer speeds of up to...

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AT&T won’t remove fake 5G logo even after ad board says it’s misleading

AT&T won’t remove fake 5G logo even after ad board says it’s misleading

Filed under:The company says it will stop using the terminology only in its advertisingAT&T’s actual 5G network is rolling out to major parts of the US this year, but the company’s fake 5G network — which it calls “5G Evolution” and shortens to “5G E” when it appears in the corner of smartphones — has remained the subject of controversy for the last two years.Now, the carrier has decided that it will continue the charade even it cease using the misleading term as well as the phrase ”5G Evolution, The First Step to 5G,” according to . What’s AT&T’s argument? Well, according to the report,...

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Sphero, makers of Disney’s BB-8 toy, spins off new robotics startup for police and military clients

Sphero, makers of Disney’s BB-8 toy, spins off new robotics startup for police and military clients

Filed under:Company Six will make robots for ‘those who work in dangerous situations’Consumer robotics firm Sphero, best known for making remote-controlled and toys for Disney, announced today that it’s spun off a new company catering to the robotic needs of first responders, law enforcement, and military clients.Exactly what the new outfit, named Company Six (CO6), is building isn’t clear, but Sphero says it will be adapting technology developed within its former Public Safety Division.According to a press release, Company Six will be “applying the experience used to bring more than 4...

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Americans still don’t trust self-driving cars

Americans still don’t trust self-driving cars

Filed under:Nearly 3 in 4 Americans say autonomous vehicle technology “is not ready for primetime”Self-driving cars are having a really rough time gaining our trust.This is not a total shock considering autonomous vehicles remain theoretical and elusive for most people. The limited number of self-driving cars on the road today are mostly test vehicles that aren’t available to the riding public. Combine that with Americans’ very, shall we say, complicated feelings toward concepts like “freedom” and “control,” and you can see where this is going. Digging on technology in the streets, control...

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Joe Rogan’s podcast is becoming a Spotify exclusive

Joe Rogan’s podcast is becoming a Spotify exclusive

Filed under:A massive gain for the platformJoe Rogan, comedian and host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is taking his show to Spotify. The Joe Rogan Experience will soon become , meaning episodes’ full audio and video will only be available through the platform starting later this year. Up until now, Rogan’s show has never been available on Spotify, let alone exclusive to any platform.The show will become available on Spotify globally starting on September 1st, and it’ll become an exclusive sometime after that point. Listeners won’t have to pay to access the episodes, but...

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David Lynch’s video weather reports from his bunker are surprisingly soothing

David Lynch’s video weather reports from his bunker are surprisingly soothing

Filed under:The things I tell you will not be wrongIn short clips filmed in what looks like a home office / basement bunker, director David Lynch has been reporting the weather in Los Angeles and they’re... sort of soothing? The Twin Peaks co-creator has been posting the occasional videos to his YouTube channel since May 11th. Each one lasts about a minute, and he gets right to the point: the date, the current weather, and the temperature (in Fahrenheit and Celsius).“Here in LA, by golly, we’ve got rain, gray, and gloomy with a slight breeze,” Lynch says in today’s video, while glancing out...

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The FBI successfully broke into a gunman’s iPhone, but it’s still very angry at Apple

The FBI successfully broke into a gunman’s iPhone, but it’s still very angry at Apple

Filed under:Attorney General Barr says voters and Congress should make encryption decisions — not AppleAfter months of trying, the FBI successfully broke into iPhones belonging to the gunman responsible for a deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station in December 2019, and it . Investigators managed to do so without Apple’s help, but Attorney General William Barr and FBI director Christopher Wray both voiced strong frustration with the iPhone maker at a press conference on Monday morning.Both officials say that encryption on the gunman’s devices severely hampered the investigation....

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Facebook’s Giphy acquisition sounds antitrust alarms in Congress

Facebook’s Giphy acquisition sounds antitrust alarms in Congress

Filed under:Republicans and Democrats are skeptical of the dealA bipartisan group of senators are sounding the antitrust enforcement alarm Friday over Facebook’s newly announced acquisition of Giphy, a GIF-making and sharing website.On Friday, Facebook announced for the reported price of $400 million. Giphy is one of the largest GIF sites on the internet and social media and messaging services like Twitter, Tinder, Slack and iMessage already have Giphy integrated into their apps., Facebook said that half of Giphy’s traffic comes from Facebook apps and that the gif website would be rolled...

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How Amazon is growing its power during the pandemic

How Amazon is growing its power during the pandemic

Filed under:Rolling back worker raises, pushing Congress to protect it from lawsuits — and selling way more stuffThe Interface is a daily column and newsletter about the intersection of social media and democracy. Subscribe .There’s a lot of discussion going on right now about what will be forever changed by the pandemic. Over at Amazon, though, the company is promising that things are going back to normal.For one, the company said on Tuesday that delivery times — which have understandably stretched from days to weeks amid the huge logistical challenges posed by COVID-19 — were about to get...

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Facebook’s Giphy acquisition might have big implications for iMessage and Twitter

Facebook’s Giphy acquisition might have big implications for iMessage and Twitter

Filed under:Giphy is integrated into some of the internet’s most popular apps and servicesFacebook is , and that means how you send and receive GIFs on the internet could change forever. The service more than 700 million people see Giphy content every day, and many of those views come from some of the internet’s most popular apps— from Apple’s iMessage to TikTok and Twitter — most of which rely on Giphy’s API and archives to let users share and post GIFs.It’s likely that at least some of those services won’t want to have a Facebook-owned platform integrated with their products moving...

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Edison Mail rolls back update after iOS users reported they could see strangers’ emails

Edison Mail rolls back update after iOS users reported they could see strangers’ emails

Filed under:The company says the issue was caused by a bug, not a security breachEdison Mail has rolled back a software update that apparently let some users of its iOS app see emails from strangers’ accounts.Several Edison users contacted The Verge to report seeing the glitch after they applied the update, which was meant to allow users to sync data across devices. Reader Matthew Grzybowski said after the update he had more than 100 unread messages from the UK-based email account of a stranger. He didn’t have to enter any credentials to see the emails, Grzybowski added.Others on Twitter...

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A seventh Amazon employee dies of COVID-19 as the company refuses to say how many are sick

A seventh Amazon employee dies of COVID-19 as the company refuses to say how many are sick

Filed under:Workers say they aren’t being told of virus deaths at their facilitiesAn Amazon warehouse worker in Indianapolis, Indiana, has died of COVID-19, the company confirmed.The death brings the known total of COVID-19 deaths at Amazon warehouses to seven, but Amazon’s process for notifying workers makes the true number difficult to determine. Several workers at IND8 first learned of the death through rumors and say management began informing employees more widely only after being confronted.“They weren’t going to say anything if it wasn’t for people asking questions,” says a worker at...

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The US government is getting ready to sue Google for monopolizing online ads

The US government is getting ready to sue Google for monopolizing online ads

Filed under:‘We think Google has 7,000 data points on just about every human being alive’The Justice Department and a coalition of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust charges against Google in the coming months, according to . The reporting is consistent with earlier statements by Attorney General William Barr, who said he expected a decision to be made sometime this summer.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed the general timeline in a statement to the Journal, saying he would “hope to have the investigation wrapped up by fall,” although he would not commit to...

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