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Verge 09/26/2020 16:12
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Back in June, authorities in Massachusetts announced they were in connection with the strange harassment campaign of a couple who ran an e-commerce newsletter. The six had sent the couple, Ina and David Steiner, online threats and abuse, and mailed a bizarre collection of items including live insects and a bloody pig face mask, all for the newsletter’s negative coverage of eBay, office. David Streitfeld of spoke with one of the six people charged, Veronica Zea, who said she plans to plead guilty— the charges include conspiring to commit cyberstalking and tamper with witnesses. If you thought the initial story was weird, buckle up, because this...
Verge 09/26/2020 14:10
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Google said in unlimited-length meetings in its Google Meet video chat platform for all users until September 30th, and it looks like the company is sticking with that timeline. After September 30th, free versions of Meet will be limited to meetings no longer than 60 minutes. “We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email Friday. “If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.”Under the extension, anyone with a Google account could create free meetings with up to 100 people, and with no time limit. Also going away September 30th are and G Suite for Education customers,...
Verge 09/26/2020 13:16
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. The US Commerce Department has added China’s largest chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), to its entity list, after it determined there an "unacceptable risk" that equipment SMIC received could be used for military purposes,. The move blocks US computer chip companies from exporting technology to SMIC without an export license.
Verge 09/26/2020 10:00
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. I’m dwelling on numbers because this week, the US officially counted 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. Words like “grim milestone” just don’t seem adequate in the face of that toll. Numbers are valuable. Case counts help scientists track the infection’s spread. Death tolls help policy makers figure out where things are going right — or horribly wrong. They’re utilitarian. They can also hit like a derailed train. Since I started this column two months ago, more than 345,470 people have died of COVID-19 around the world. 57,993 of those deaths were in the US. That’s 345,470 people, each with families and friends and coworkers and enemies and cats and dogs and people who just saw them on the street while walking
Verge 09/26/2020 08:22
In February, Chinese electric vehicle company Polestar called the Precept that featured a stunning design along with an interior chock-full of sustainable material. But as with most concepts, it wasn’t clear whether the Precept would ever be a real car. Today, Polestar sweeps away that uncertainty by announcing that the seductive sedan will indeed be going into production. Polestar started out as the performance sub-brand of Volvo and now has emerged as one of the more interesting Chinese EV companies on the market. The company, which is jointly owned by Volvo and Volvo’s parent company Geely, recently started delivering the Polestar 2, its electric sedan with native Android Automotive, to customers in...
Verge 09/26/2020 08:00
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge. Samsung’s fantastic Galaxy Buds Live, lovingly referred to as “Galaxy Beans” due to their shape, if you’re an Amazon Prime member. This brings the cost from $170 down to $135 (just make sure you’re signed in with your Prime account on Woot). If you aren’t a Prime member, you can still get a great deal. It’s $25 off, so $145 at checkout. These sale prices will last until later tonight, unless it sells out before then. My colleagues Chris Welch and Becca Farsace spent quality time with the Galaxy Buds Live, and you can check out the video review above or the . What stands out in this model, compared to the cheaper Galaxy Buds Plus and other models, is their unconventional design, lengthy battery life...
Verge 09/25/2020 22:00
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. The Justice Department filed its opposition Friday to against the Trump administration’s looming ban of the app, and the agency pulled no punches. The DOJ says blocking the the ban would “infringe on the President’s authority to block business-to-business economic transactions with a foreign entity in the midst of a declared national-security emergency.”The DOJ also alleges that the CEO of TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, is a “mouthpiece” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and is “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging.”
Verge 09/25/2020 20:19
Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge. Last week, Amazon informed customers who had pre-ordered the PS5 that they get their consoles on launch day, and now, Amazon has started to tell people that pre-ordered the Xbox Series X that they might not get that console right when it’s out, either, according to reports shared Friday evening. "We’re contacting you about your order of Xbox Series X to let you know in advance that you may not receive this item on the day it is released due to high demand," Amazon’s notice reportedly reads. Amazon has sent an email giving advance warning that Xbox Series X preorders may not arrive on launch day due to high demand The email is similar to PS5’s (and similar high demand items in the past).
Verge 09/25/2020 19:51
Microsoft created a secret Windows XP theme that made the operating system look more like a Mac. A recent has revealed Microsoft’s early work on the operating system and some unreleased themes the company created during its early XP development back in 2000. One is labeled “Candy” and includes a design that closely resembles Apple’s Aqua interface that was first introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2000. Although the theme is incomplete, the Windows XP Start button and various buttons and UI elements are clearly themed to match Apple’s Aqua. Microsoft never released its Aqua theme for Windows XP, and we understand it was used in early source code for the OS. Windows developers appear to have used...
Verge 09/25/2020 18:37
Image: Amazon. Amazon announced we had to move our recording from Thursday to Friday. That’s what the bulk of this week’s show is about. Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert discuss all the important announcements from Amazon’s fall hardware event this week — a for your home, a , , a , new , and . The Vergecast crew examines the of these devices, the in the smart home, and which products they think people will actually use. They even made some time to briefly discuss reviews for , , and watch — the episode is longer than...
Verge 09/25/2020 16:23
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. The European Commission is appealing a July court judgment in the ongoing saga of Apple’s taxes in Ireland. Buckle in, this one gets a bit complicated. And it’s likely to drag on for some time. In July, the by the European Commission. In that ruling, the commission had determined that Ireland gave Apple a “sweetheart deal” that let the iPhone maker pay significantly lower taxes than other businesses. “Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies — this is illegal under EU state aid rules,” EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said in 2016. The commission ordered Apple to pay €13 billion . Ireland and Apple both disputed...
Verge 09/25/2020 16:09
Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment. Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but this time, he’ll be taking on a starring role in a new Nick Fury TV series for Disney Plus. Details are slim on the project — reported by both Variety and Deadline — which is still in the early stages and has yet to be formally ordered to series.
Verge 09/25/2020 14:41
Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge. Google is banning advertisers from running ads related to the election after Election Day. In an email to advertisers, the company said the change is due to the “unprecedented” number of votes that will be counted after November 3rd, as . While the winner of the US presidential election is often announced on election night, this year the process is expected to take longer as more people are voting by mail due to the pandemic. That window could give the political campaigns of Donald Trump or Joe Biden a chance to run ads prematurely claiming victory and spreading confusion about the results. To limit misinformation about the outcome of the vote, Facebook recently announced that...
Verge 09/25/2020 14:31
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple finally acquiesced to a longtime request from customers: the company introduced an option to change your default apps for browsing the web and handling email. But many other categories of apps — messages, music, calendar, etc. — remain stuck on Apple’s built-in software. Facebook isn’t too pleased about that. , Facebook is making a more forceful push to convince the iPhone maker to let people choose their own preferred messaging app. “We feel people should be able to choose different messaging apps and the default on their phone,” Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s head of Messenger, told The Information . “Generally, everything is moving this direction anyway.” According to
Verge 09/25/2020 14:20
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Google parent company Alphabet has settled a shareholder lawsuit over its handling of sexual misconduct. The company has , including a $310 million fund for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. This resolves a complaint that was , following that Google offered multimillion-dollar exit packages to executives who were credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment, including former Android head Andy Rubin. earlier today. “This settlement is likely to have lasting, long-term success in bringing about major, transformative changes at Alphabet,” the shareholders’ attorney said in a statement to CNBC . The statement praises the...
Verge 09/25/2020 14:08
Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge. Microsoft is about to release a big Xbox app update for iOS that includes the ability to stream Xbox One games to an iPhone. A new Xbox app will arrive in the App Store soon that includes a remote play feature, which lets Xbox One console owners stream their games to an iPhone. Remote play is different to Microsoft’s xCloud service, which streams games directly from servers instead of your own Xbox One console. This Xbox remote play feature will only connect to your own Xbox console, not to xCloud. It’s similar to feature that’s also available on Android and iOS. Microsoft’s new Xbox app for iPhone lets you stream Xbox games to an iPhone It’s coming soon, and here’s how it works. More information here:
Verge 09/25/2020 13:24
Illustration by Ana Kova. Most medical algorithms were developed using information from people treated in Massachusetts, California, or New York, according to a . Those three states dominate patient data — and 34 other states were simply not represented at all, according to the research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The narrow geographic distribution of the data used for these algorithms may be an unrecognized bias, the study authors argue. The algorithms that the researchers were looking at are designed to make medical decisions based on patient data. When researchers build an algorithm that they want to guide patient diagnosis — like to examine a chest X-ray and decide if it has signs of pneumonia.
Verge 09/25/2020 13:00
Depending on what you’ve read about electric truck company Nikola, its founder Trevor Milton is either the new Elon Musk or the next Elizabeth Holmes. The company, once lauded as ushering in a new clean energy era for the trucking industry, now faces accusations of deception and outright fraud. On Sunday, Milton , over allegations that he’d wildly overstated the company’s technological capabilities. The claims by the short-selling firm Hindenburg Research. Its authors allege Nikola’s “proprietary technology” was really cobbled-together parts from other companies. A video of a Nikola truck rolling down a hill was staged, the report says. According to Hindenburg, the company “had the...

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