posted about 3 hours ago on the verge
Some time on Monday, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger appear to have snapped. Tensions between the Instagram founders and their parent company had been simmering for months. But tensions are the default state at any company that has been acquired, and Systrom and Krieger had navigated those waters ably for six years. High-level corporate executive departures generally — and Facebook departures in particular — are stage-managed to minimize drama. A replacement leader is identified and named internally. A public-relations plan is developed and put into action. An anodyne blog post announces the news. At Facebook, the executive’s departure is accompanied by well wishes, posted as status updates from Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and... Continue reading…

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posted about 5 hours ago on the verge
Microsoft is following Nintendo with its very own Fortnite console bundle that comes with a 1TB white Xbox One S, some free in-game currency, and a full-game download of Epic Games’ battle royale hit. (Of course, the game is free for everyone, but Microsoft is still touting the game download as a bundle perk.) The more rewarding aspects of the bundle, however, are the exclusive skin, pickaxe, and glider. It’s called the Eon skin, and it comes with a Epic Aurora glider, and Rare Resonator pickaxe. Visually, it makes you look like a giant humanoid Xbox controller pretty much. Or a silver Master Chief, if you’re being a bit more generous. The whole bundle goes for $299.99, so a solid deal for a 1TB Xbox One S. Since Samsung tied its Galaxy... Continue reading…

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posted about 6 hours ago on the verge
Microsoft is enabling keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One. Select Xbox testers will be able to trial this new support in the coming weeks, and Microsoft is teaming up with Razer so Xbox One users can purchase hardware that taps into the company’s Chroma lighting effects. Most wired and wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on the Xbox One, and it will be up to developers to support this in games. “Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games,” explains Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience.” This fair experience of... Continue reading…

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posted about 7 hours ago on the verge
Sony’s next PS4 Pro bundle lassos in Red Dead Redemption 2 for no additional cost, offering the game alongside the 1TB, 4K-ready console and a DualShock 4 controller for $399 when it releases on October 26th. This gives you some big savings, and eliminates the need to preorder the game ahead of release. There’s nothing special or custom about the console hardware itself, however. This bundle is available for preorder now through Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and GameStop, though at this point, none of these retailers actually promise delivery on release date. Amazon doesn’t rule it out, but Walmart says that orders will be delivered on or before Tuesday, October 30th. Preordering through Best Buy guarantees availability on release day, but... Continue reading…

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posted about 7 hours ago on the verge
The first episode of Shane Dawson’s new documentary series, “The Mind of Jake Paul,” has arrived, and it asks a very important question: Is Jake Paul a sociopath? The series has miles to go on proving or disproving that point, but it’s hardly shying away from it. Dawson is a longtime YouTuber whose work as of late has focused on fellow creators. Most recently, he profiled beauty vlogger Jeffree Star. Before that, he released a deep dive into where TanaCon went wrong. Leading up to his eight-part series about Paul, many wondered if Dawson would work to humanize Paul for a redemption story, or nail him to the wall. As Dawson says early in this first episode, however, not every video can be him sitting down with someone crying. “This, I... Continue reading…

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Qualcomm says that Apple has been stealing its wireless technology for several years in order to eventually rid itself of the need to rely on Qualcomm components. Apple is alleged to have given Qualcomm’s code to Intel, in order to boost Intel’s modem speeds, which are known to be slower. The claims come in the latest update to Qualcomm and Apple’s blockbuster legal battle, which started close to two years ago with Apple claiming that Qualcomm was abusing its position as the dominant supplier of smartphone modems to demand unreasonable fees. But now Qualcomm is trying to spin the suit back in Apple’s face, and it claims to have good evidence. Having entered the lawsuit’s discovery phase, Qualcomm says it’s been able to view documents... Continue reading…

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Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger abruptly announced their departure last night after a New York Times report cited tensions between the duo and Instagram’s parent company Facebook as the reason for their exit. Bloomberg has since corroborated those rising disagreements between Systrom, Krieger, and Mark Zuckerberg as the key factor that drove them away. And today Recode published its own report that includes specific decisions that created animosity between the two teams and damaged morale at Instagram. The photo-sharing platform’s promised autonomy seems to be wearing down. When you consider the enormous piece of Facebook’s bottom line that Instagram represents, perhaps this was inevitable. But Systrom and Krieger... Continue reading…

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posted about 8 hours ago on the verge
Developer Telltale Games, maker of the popular episodic narrative games The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, is still dealing with the aftermath of an effective studio closure last Friday that saw around 250 employees, or 90 percent of its workforce, laid off without severance. Now, the studio says it’s shopping around the final season of The Walking Dead to third-party partners in hopes of appeasing fans eager for a conclusion to the saga that began in 2012 as an original spinoff of the graphic novel and TV show. The second episode of the fourth and final season is due out this week, but Telltale has neither the finances nor developer team, it seems, to finish the season’s remaining two episodes without outside help. Other projects... Continue reading…

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posted about 9 hours ago on the verge
After giving the app a fresh coat of paint and a new dark mode in recent weeks, Google is now adding some helpful features to Android Messages. In a blog post today, the company showed off a more powerful search experience that users will start seeing this week, which will let them find specific content types (images, videos, etc.) spanning all conversations or on an individual-chat basis. So you’ll be able to tap on someone’s name and scroll down a sleek list of messages, media, and even locations that you and the other person have exchanged. This is the sort of useful organization and decluttering that’s pretty common in other messaging apps, but for those who find themselves using SMS often, it’s nice to see Google making things a... Continue reading…

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Google will resume accepting cryptocurrency-related online advertising after previously banning such ads earlier this year, according to a report from CNBC today. Lifting the ban will allow regulated crypto exchanges to purchase ads through Google’s platform in the US and Japan starting next month. The original ban was announced in March, amid a wave of high-profile initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other crypto activity that made it difficult to distinguish between over-hyped or outright fraudulent ventures and legitimate ones. Google still plans to reject ads for ICOs, which are loosely regulated fundraising efforts, and ads for crypto wallets and trading advice, reports CNBC. It’s unclear why Google is lifting its ban now, but it... Continue reading…

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posted about 10 hours ago on the verge
Dolby Atmos support has arrived on the Apple TV 4K, joining the ranks of other streaming boxes like the Roku Ultra, Amazon Fire TV, and even a few game consoles, like the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Combined with the existing Dolby Vision HDR support, this makes the Apple TV 4K the only set-top box to “light up all of the lights” and have a deep catalog of content to go with it. But you won’t be able to use the multi-directional audio standard or improved picture quality features on tvOS 12 without the proper equipment. Assuming that you already own the Apple TV 4K (the non-4K model doesn’t support Atmos), you’ll want to get set up with a Atmos-ready soundbar and a 4K HDR television. The sky is truly the limit in terms of how much this... Continue reading…

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posted about 11 hours ago on the verge
A three-judge panel ruled in favor of Uber in a long-standing lawsuit that could have a profound impact on the future of ride-sharing and the gig economy. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision Tuesday reversing the class certification order in the case of O’Connor v. Uber, in which Uber drivers argued they should be categorized as employees rather than independent contractors. The judges nullified the decision on the ground that Uber’s arbitration clause prohibits class actions. “We have, unfortunately, been long expecting this” “We have, unfortunately, been long expecting this,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney representing Uber drivers in O’Connor. She cited the Ninth Circuit’s previous ruling against Uber... Continue reading…

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posted about 11 hours ago on the verge
Cody Wilson has resigned as CEO of Defense Distributed in the wake of recent sexual assault charges, the company announced in a press conference today in Austin. Paloma Heindorff will serve as the new CEO of the firearm company going forward, having previously served as director of development. “It was his own decision and we support him in it,” Heindorff said. “Going forward, he has no role in the company.” She declined to comment on the charges against Wilson, but described internal morale as “resilient.” Defense Distributed is in the middle of an extended legal battle over its digital distribution of blueprints for 3D-printable firearms. Multiple state prosecutors have moved to block the blueprints from being uploaded, and the case... Continue reading…

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posted about 11 hours ago on the verge
As the mirrorless camera battle reaches a turning point, three entrants are teaming up to help their cameras stand out. Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma announced today that they’ll all use the same lens mount format for full-frame and APS-C cameras, allowing lenses purchased for one company’s cameras to work on each other’s cameras. That’s a huge benefit for two reasons: it makes their cameras more appealing to photographers who won’t find themselves locked into a single company’s lens ecosystem and it’ll help to expand the lens selections that are available for their cameras, rather than each company trying to build out their own exclusive lens lineup. Junichiro Kitagawa, Panasonic’s international marketing chief, called it a “win, win, and... Continue reading…

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A trademark application filed in the US suggests that Led Zeppelin is about to launch its own streaming service called The Led Zeppelin Experience, reports LedZepNews. According to the application, the service will have a large emphasis on live music, but it will also feature “non-downloadable pre-recorded music.” The news follows a cryptic tease from the band’s guitarist Jimmy Page last year that 2018 (the band’s 50th anniversary) would see the release of a “Led Zeppelin product” as well as “all manner of surprises.” Jason Bonham, son of the band’s original drummer John Bonham, has confirmed that the remaining members “have plans” for The Led Zeppelin Experience name after he was forced to change the name of his band (which was also... Continue reading…

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posted about 12 hours ago on the verge
Fujifilm has just taken the wraps off of the new GFX-50R medium format camera, but that’s not the only thing it has coming for fans of big digital sensors. The company has also announced that next year it will release another GFX model with a whopping 100-megapixel sensor. In addition, this yet-to-be-named camera will have in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a notable achievement for a medium format camera. Fujifilm hasn’t provided many details on the camera, though it is expected to cost around $10,000 when it’s released sometime next year. In addition to the IBIS feature, which provides image stabilization to any lens mounted to the camera, this new model will be able to shoot 4K video. IBIS and 4K video are notable advancements for a... Continue reading…

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posted about 12 hours ago on the verge
This robotic Rubik’s Cube is the product of a Japanese creator who’s documented many of his creative projects on his YouTube channel, Human Controller. Yes, it has a custom 3D-printed core attached to servo motors that are programmed to solve the cube, which is all laid out in this process post here. But when he puts the Rubik’s Cube onto the table to run free and solve itself, it really looks like a super nerdy poltergeist is doing his best to impress his seventh grade crush. As much as I want to believe this is the work of a really smart ghost, the self-solving Rubik’s Cube is a project that’s been years in the making. The cube, which is now the same dimensions as a standard Rubik’s Cube, originally started off much bigger (seen here... Continue reading…

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This afternoon, Europe will launch its 100th Ariane 5 rocket, a historic achievement for the nearly 20-year-old vehicle design. Launching from Europe’s South American spaceport in French Guiana, the Ariane 5 will put a pair of communications satellites into a high orbit above Earth. And if all goes well, it will mark the 300th overall flight for the three-vehicle family of Arianespace, the launch provider overseen by the European Space Agency. First introduced in 1996, the Ariane 5 has been the premier heavy-lift vehicle of Arianespace, launching numerous large communications satellites, as well as space observatories and cargo vehicles to the International Space Station. The rocket is also responsible for launching Europe’s Rosetta... Continue reading…

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Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project has been controversial since it first rolled out in 2015. AMP is an open-source standard for a specialized type of webpage that offers a huge speed boost to sites that use it, and those pages load instantly from search engines like Google and (now) Bing. But AMP has many critics who have spent years contending that Google is using AMP to take over the web. In particular, Google shows AMP results in a news carousel at the top of its mobile search results, creating a huge incentive for news organizations — including The Verge and Vox Media — to use AMP. For the past three years, AMP has been led by Google’s Malte Ubl, who was the project’s final decision-maker. That’s changing now, though: Google... Continue reading…

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posted about 13 hours ago on the verge
Uber is overhauling its disaster response procedures so it doesn’t get caught flat-footed during major events like a hurricane or terrorist attack. In the past, Uber’s response to disasters was largely piecemeal, relying on local teams to make all the decisions about capping surge pricing or suspending service. Now, the ride-hail company’s new Global Security Center, based outside of Washington, DC, will hand down all decisions to those regional teams, with the hopes of creating a more efficient, consistent process during disasters. This is a direct outgrowth of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s overarching mission to rehabilitate the company’s reputation on safety. In recent months, he’s tackled issues such as rider and driver safety, s... Continue reading…

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posted about 13 hours ago on the verge
Twitter has released a new moderation policy explicitly banning dehumanizing speech. In a post on Tuesday morning, Twitter executives Del Harvey and Vijaya Gadde described the proposed rule as part of an ongoing effort to promote healthy conversations on Twitter and limit real-world harms stemming from discourse on the platform. “Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalizing serious violence,” the post reads. Once the new change is in effect, a new clause will be added to the Twitter Rules: “You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm.” The policy then defines dehumanization: Dehumanization: Language that... Continue reading…

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posted about 13 hours ago on the verge
In March of last year, Stephen Colbert stepped out onto the Late Show stage and kicked off a monologue over the twinkle of a keyboard. “Hey, I’ve got a quick question for you guys, if you don’t mind me asking,” he said to the audience. “Anybody here use the internet?” The audience cheered. “Might want to knock that off,” he deadpanned. Congress had just voted to allow internet service providers to sell the browser histories of consumers, a move that was greeted by an overwhelming backlash online. No one in the United States wanted that, Colbert said — except, he suggested, a Republican representative from Tennessee Marsha Blackburn. He showed a clip where the lawmaker argued the change would, in fact, improve privacy. He quipped that... Continue reading…

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posted about 13 hours ago on the verge
Diamonds, we’re told, are a girl’s best friend. They’re rare, they’re valuable, they’re unique. So what happens now that we can make artificial ones that are just as good as the real thing? The Verge science team goes inside the artificial diamonds industry: how they’re made, how the artificial diamonds compare to the real thing, and what it means for the jewelry industry now that man-made diamonds are flooding the market. We talk to experts Wuyi Wang and Tom Moses at the Gemological Institute of America, and visit the showroom at Brilliant Earth, a jeweler that sells both natural and synthetic gems. There are billions of dollars backing both kinds of diamonds, but the stones are pretty much the same. How will companies (and consumers)... Continue reading…

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posted about 13 hours ago on the verge
Ahead of the US midterm elections, Snapchat is using its app to encourage users to register to vote. The functionality will be available to everyone over the age of 18 in the US, who’ll receive a voter registration link from the app. Clicking it will launch a Snapchat-branded TurboVote mobile site where users can register. As well as generating an in-app alert, Snapchat will also send a Team Snapchat message (a feature commonly used to celebrate national holidays) to the 80 percent of its US users who are of voting age, as well as launching a filter to promote National Voter Registration Day. Relevant news stories will also be linked directly to the registration page, which can be accessed by swiping up. Less than one fifth of young... Continue reading…

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