• Uber customer claims company won price-fixing suit because arbitrator was scared

    Uber customer claims company won price-fixing suit because arbitrator was scared
    An Uber customer on Friday asked a Manhattan federal judge to overturn an arbitration win for the company in a price-fixing case, arguing that the arbitrator only ruled in Uber's favor because he was scared.
  • Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz to step down

    Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz to step down
    Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired Rony Abovitz, the co-founder and CEO of lavishly funded augmented reality company Magic Leap, will step down from his position, reports Business Insider. Abovitz’s planned departure, which doesn’t yet have a concrete date, marks an unceremonious end to his tenure at the helm of Magic Leap, a once-buzzy startup that earned a high profile for how secretive it was early on about its technology and the eye-popping amounts of venture capital it r
  • A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development

    A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development
    Image: Paramount Pictures A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development, as first reported by Variety. It’s unclear when the film might be released, but Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler and screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller are all returning for the sequel.
    Fowler confirmed that he’ll be back to direct on Twitter.
    ROUND TWO WITH THE BLUE!! https://t.co/YTabuZy08C— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 28, 2020Sonic the Hedgehog was a hit for Paramount, earning
  • Twitter now lets you schedule tweets from its web app

    Twitter now lets you schedule tweets from its web app
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter says you can now schedule tweets right from the main web app. When composing a tweet, you should see a little calendar icon on the bottom row of icons at the bottom of the compose window. Click that and you can specify when you want your tweet to be sent.
    Twitter had originally said it was “experimenting” with the feature back in November, and if you didn’t have access to that experiment, you needed to use Tweetdeck or another th
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  • Elon Musk reaches first Tesla compensation award worth nearly $800 million

    Elon Musk reaches first Tesla compensation award worth nearly $800 million
    Xinhua/Ding Ting via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unlocked the first of 12 possible stock option awards from the massive compensation plan he signed in 2018, and it’s worth nearly $800 million. The company disclosed on Thursday that Musk now has the option to buy 1.69 million of its shares because Tesla eclipsed $20 billion in total revenue over the last four quarters and a market capitalization of more than $100 billion — the first in a series of tandem milestones Tesla mus
  • EA and the NFL extend exclusive partnership for Madden games until 2026

    EA and the NFL extend exclusive partnership for Madden games until 2026
    Image: Electronic Arts Electronic Arts and the National Football League have renewed the exclusivity contract that gives the game publisher exclusive rights to make so-called simulation football games, which is the classification used for photorealistic football games featuring licensed team names and real players.The contract now extends to May 2026, although financial terms of the deal, like past contracts between EA and the NFL, were not disclosed. The deal was voted on and approved on Thurs
  • Google and Microsoft worked together to improve spellcheck in Chrome and Edge

    Google and Microsoft worked together to improve spellcheck in Chrome and Edge
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google and Microsoft have worked together to improve the spellcheck experience in Chrome and Edge. The latest versions of Chrome and Edge are now powered by the built-in Windows Spellcheck feature rather than the previous Hunspell open source implementation. The switch means spellcheck within Chrome and Edge will now have better support for URLs, acronyms, email addresses, and an improved shared custom dictionary.
    “This feature was developed as a co
  • WarnerMedia yanks HBO Max’s ‘currently available’ titles list after discrepancies discovered

    WarnerMedia yanks HBO Max’s ‘currently available’ titles list after discrepancies discovered
    As part of HBO Max’s launch, WarnerMedia included a list of titles currently available to stream on day one, but after discrepancies were discovered between what WarnerMedia advertised and what was actually streaming, the company has pulled the list.The Dark Knight, 13 Going on 30, The Matrix, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are just some of the titles originally advertised on WarnerMedia’s website but aren’t actually on HBO Max. A spokesperson for the company told The
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  • DoorDash’s new Storefront feature will help restaurants set up their own websites

    DoorDash’s new Storefront feature will help restaurants set up their own websites
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge DoorDash on Thursday launched a new initiative called Storefront to help restaurants create websites and directly manage online pickup and delivery orders.As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced restaurants to pause their sit-down service, many have become increasingly reliant on delivery platforms like DoorDash, as well as competitors Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. These partnerships, of course, saddle restaurants with all kinds of commissions and fees,
  • How to stop FaceTime from resizing your call windows

    How to stop FaceTime from resizing your call windows
    Image: Apple During a group call, FaceTime automatically enlarges the window of whoever’s speaking. This means when you have four or more people on a call, the windows will resize, float, and bounce around during a group call. It can be distracting and confusing.
    If you’d rather keep all of your FaceTime windows static and the same size during a call, there is quick way to do that in the latest iOS and iPadOS versions, as well as the latest version of macOS.
    On iPhone
    These instruct
  • G Suite customers will soon be able to make Google Voice calls right from Gmail

    G Suite customers will soon be able to make Google Voice calls right from Gmail
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google will soon let G Suite customers with Google Voice licenses make Google Voice calls right from their Gmail inbox. The new feature seems like a handy way to make a Google Voice call without needing to jump to a second tab to do so.
    If the feature is rolled out to you, you’ll be able to access Google Voice from the toolbar on the right side of your inbox, which is where you might currently see icons for Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks. Here&rsq
  • Facebook will start verifying the identities of accounts that keep going viral

    Facebook will start verifying the identities of accounts that keep going viral
    Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Facebook will now require people behind individual profiles with “high reach” to verify their identity, the company announced today. Facebook hopes this will ensure users are seeing more authentic posts from people, instead of ones from bots or users concealing their identity. The change follows a similar move two years ago in which Facebook required viral page owners to disclose their identities and locations, following numerous accounts of
  • Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

    Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show
    The president has targeted Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms, but has little actual power over how they operate.
  • Donald Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies

    Donald Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies
    Photo by Doug MIlls-Pool / Getty Images President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday targeting tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google and the pivotal internet law that provides them broad legal immunity over content posted by their users.
    “We’re fed up with it,” Trump said in the Oval Office Thursday before signing the order, according to the Los Angeles Times.
    The official executive order has not been released, but a draft order circulated earlier t
  • Amazon.com was briefly down for many in the US

    Amazon.com was briefly down for many in the US
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon.com was down for many people in the US for a short while Thursday afternoon. A number of Verge staffers were unable to access the site, and countless user reports of an outage across the country poured in on Downdetector.
    It’s exceedingly rare for Amazon’s main e-commerce site to have an outage that was as extensive as today’s, but it’s not unprecedented for Amazon’s internet services to go down. In 2017, Amazon’
  • Amazon.com is down for many in the US

    Amazon.com is down for many in the US
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon.com appears to be down for many people in the US. A number of Verge staffers are unable to access the site, and there are countless user reports of an outage across the country pouring in on Downdetector.
    It’s not unprecedented for Amazon’s internet services to have an outage. In 2017, Amazon’s widely used cloud computing division, AWS, had an outage that took down many other services and websites that relied on it. But it is exce
  • Jabra rolls out customizable controls and a hearing test for Elite 75t earbuds

    Jabra rolls out customizable controls and a hearing test for Elite 75t earbuds
    Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Owners of the excellent Jabra Elite 75t (and Elite Active 75t) earbuds can now customize controls for the physical buttons on each earbud. With a new update to the company’s Sound Plus smartphone app available today, you can pick what you want a single, double, or triple press to do for each earbud.For example, I’ve now customized mine so that a double press of the right earbud button will skip forward a track and a double press on the left will go b
  • Netatmo made a new outdoor camera with a siren to scare off intruders

    Netatmo made a new outdoor camera with a siren to scare off intruders
    Image: Netatmo Netatmo has released an updated version of its outdoor security smart camera with a powerful alarm to scare off uninvited guests. The revised security camera remains mostly unchanged from Netatmo’s previous outdoor model. However, this version includes a built-in 105dB siren, meant to scare off any intruders. The siren can be manually activated by using the Netatmo app after you receive an alert that a person or vehicle has entered your property.Of course, not every person
  • If you want to buy a decommissioned nuclear reactor control panel, I’ve found one for you

    If you want to buy a decommissioned nuclear reactor control panel, I’ve found one for you
    Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images The internet is a magical place, somewhere where you can, for the right price, get anything you want. And if that something is a decommissioned nuclear reactor control panel — well, have I got some good news for you!Today, author Warren Ellis posted on his blog about an auction being held in England where one of the lots for sale was a decommissioned nuclear reactor control panel. Yes, this thing:
    If you’ve seen the hit mi
  • Google resumes Chrome’s more privacy-friendly SameSite cookie update

    Google resumes Chrome’s more privacy-friendly SameSite cookie update
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google announced on Thursday that it will bring its SameSite cookie update back starting July 14th, alongside the launch of Chrome 84. The update will roll out gradually to Chrome 80 and later versions.
    When Chrome 80 launched in February, Google started rolling out its SameSite update, which is intended to change how cookies are handled by the browser. In April, Google announced it would be rolling back that update in order to keep essential websites wor
  • How to watch The Simpsons in its original aspect ratio on Disney Plus

    How to watch The Simpsons in its original aspect ratio on Disney Plus
    As promised, Disney now gives subscribers of Disney Plus the option to watch over 19 seasons of The Simpsons in the show’s original 4:3 aspect ratio. When the subscription streaming service first launched, it only presented The Simpsons in a remastered, 16:9 aspect ratio — and this resulted in audiences missing out on some visual gags that were near the top or bottom of the frame.It didn’t take long for Disney to address viewer complaints by announcing it would give subscribers
  • Donald Trump’s executive order is ‘plainly illegal,’ says co-author of Section 230

    Donald Trump’s executive order is ‘plainly illegal,’ says co-author of Section 230
    Photo by Erin Schaff for The Verge Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is calling Donald Trump’s proposed executive order “plainly illegal” in a new statement on Thursday. The draft executive order would pare back platform liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a bill Wyden coauthored in 1996 with Sen. Chris Cox (R-CA).
    Under Section 230, internet companies have broad immunity from liability for the content created by their users. The draft order, announc
  • Jay Leno drives Tesla’s Cybertruck through Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnel

    Jay Leno drives Tesla’s Cybertruck through Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnel
    Elon Musk often brags about how he’s built up Tesla with “zero advertising spend.” But advertising is just one form of marketing, and the billionaire CEO sure knows how to market his companies. The latest example comes from a new episode of Jay Leno’s show on CNBC, where the former talk show host and notorious car collector visits SpaceX headquarters to drive a prototype of Tesla’s Cybertruck through the mile-long “test tunnel” Musk dug under Los Angeles
  • YouTube says China-linked comment deletions weren’t caused by outside parties

    YouTube says China-linked comment deletions weren’t caused by outside parties
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube sparked widespread speculation about its moderation policies this week after it admitted to accidentally deleting comments that contained phrases critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Today, the company told The Verge that the issue was not the result of outside interference — an explanation for the error floated by many.The phrases that triggered automatic deletion included “communist bandit” and “50-cent party,&r
  • Disney Plus now streams The Simpsons in its proper aspect ratio, but it wasn’t easy

    Disney Plus now streams The Simpsons in its proper aspect ratio, but it wasn’t easy
    Earlier seasons of The Simpsons are finally available to stream in its proper 4:3 aspect ratio, a task Disney Plus’ product team had to spend some time figuring out.Aspect ratios are a big deal in The Simpsons. Fox originally aired the show in 1989, and at the time used a 4:3 aspect ratio. The show, as any fan will explain, relies heavily on visual gags — an aspect of joke-telling that wouldn’t become an issue until near the end of 2009, about a third of the way through The Sim
  • ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy

    ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy
    Illustration by Alex Castro / Th The American Civil Liberties Union is suing controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI for violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), alleging the company illegally collected and stored data on Illinois citizens without their knowledge or consent and then sold access to its technology to law enforcement and private companies. The full complaint is available here.“Unbeknownst to the public, this company has offered up this m
  • YouTube’s new chapters feature is rolling out on desktop and mobile

    YouTube’s new chapters feature is rolling out on desktop and mobile
    On mobile, YouTube’s new chapters feature provides haptic feedback when you reach a new chapter | Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge YouTube is releasing its new video chapters feature today to all users on desktop, phones, and tablets. The chapters, which soft-launched in early April, make it easy to skip to precisely where you want to go in a video, like a book. It’s not rocket science. It helps me get exactly where I want to go, then it gets out of the way.On desktop, a video
  • Hulu is launching an official Watch Party feature

    Hulu is launching an official Watch Party feature
    Hulu Watch Party | Image: Hulu Hulu is starting to test a Watch Party feature that’ll allow subscribers to simultaneously watch a show or movie while hanging out in a group chat room.
    Watch parties have grown increasingly popular over the past couple of months as friends and family who are social distancing look for new ways to connect. The services that enabled those watch parties have tended to be third-party offerings, though. There isn’t a built-in way to stream Netflix or Disne
  • Fortnite delays its big end-of-season event by one week

    Fortnite delays its big end-of-season event by one week
    Image: Epic Games Fortnite’s upcoming end-of-season live event has been delayed by one week, Epic Games announced today. It will now take place on June 6th at 2PM ET.
    Epic began teasing the event, which it is calling “The Device,” last weekend. Ominous countdowns appeared in the game’s lobby and in a screen in the game’s battle pass menu. Mysterious hatches have also appeared in the water near the Agency building in the game, which sits on a central island on the m
  • FCC commissioner says Trump’s Section 230 plan ‘does not work’

    FCC commissioner says Trump’s Section 230 plan ‘does not work’
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images There’s a growing divide at the Federal Communications Commission over a proposed executive order by the Trump administration to regulate speech on social media platforms.In statements made Thursday, Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr took opposing sides over an executive order targeting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Democrat Rosenworcel said that the order “is not the answer” while Republican Carr suggest