• U.S. agencies ask FCC to rescind Ligado spectrum decision

    U.S. agencies ask FCC to rescind Ligado spectrum decision
    A group of U.S. agencies on Friday asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider its unanimous April 22 decision to allow Ligado Networks [MOSAV.UL] to deploy a low-power nationwide mobile broadband network, saying it could pose a threat to global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Go read this profile of Unicorn Riot, an indispensable witness to current protests

    Go read this profile of Unicorn Riot, an indispensable witness to current protests
    You can’t understand the protests through mainstream media alone.| Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images It’s impossible to properly understand the protests happening across America right now — either their original cause or their current character — without watching on-the-ground footage being shared by ordinary citizens and new media outfits. It was a bystander who originally captured the killing of George Floyd by law enforcement, and it’s videos
  • What other social networks can learn from Snapchat’s rebuke of Trump

    What other social networks can learn from Snapchat’s rebuke of Trump
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Sunday, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sent employees an unusually personal note reflecting on the events of the past several weeks. Many brands took the occasion of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police, and the global protests that have followed, to signal their solidarity with the black community and their allies. But few CEOs took the step, as Spiegel did, of reflecting on his own privilege — and then calling for reparations for black fol
  • Twitch removes TwitchCop emote ‘to prevent misuse’

    Twitch removes TwitchCop emote ‘to prevent misuse’
    Image: Twitch Live-streaming platform Twitch has removed an emote from its platform called “TwitchCop.” The emote shows a cartoon character in a nondescript police uniform blowing a whistle. A spokesperson for Twitch confirmed to The Verge that they’d removed the emote “to prevent misuse” but did not offer more detail.It can be assumed the removal is related to ongoing protests against police brutality and racism sparked by the killing of George Floyd by law enforc
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  • Google now highlights search results directly on webpages

    Google now highlights search results directly on webpages
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is trying to make it easier to find the information you’re looking for on external websites by highlighting relevant sections in yellow, SearchEngineLand reports. The functionality works with Google’s Featured Snippets — the standalone boxes that appear at the top of search results that attempt to give you answers without having to visit a website beyond Google.Clicking the snippet still takes you to the webpage that it pulled the
  • Signal announces new face-blurring tool for Android and iOS

    Signal announces new face-blurring tool for Android and iOS
    Signal’s new blur tool will automatically locate and blur faces.| Image: Signal Encrypted messaging app Signal has announced a new face-blurring tool that will be incorporated into the latest Android and iOS versions of the software.Users sharing pictures through the app will be able to quickly blur faces, adding another layer of privacy to pictures, though not necessarily hiding the subject’s identity completely.
    In a blog post announcing the update, Signal co-founder Moxie Marlins
  • Namco ports Pac-Man CE for the Xbox 360 to the NES for the Switch

    Namco ports Pac-Man CE for the Xbox 360 to the NES for the Switch
    Namco has a new range of Famicom (NES) games coming out for the Nintendo Switch this month, and it includes an unexpected bonus: a NES demake of Pac-Man Championship Edition, the incredibly good reimagining of Pac-Man released for the Xbox 360 in 2007.Pac-Man CE transformed Pac-Man from a plodding stage-based game into a fast-paced time attack where every round lasts five minutes and you’re racing to get the highest score possible. It was designed for widescreen TVs and featured pulsating
  • Fortnite’s next live event and season delayed again

    Fortnite’s next live event and season delayed again
    Image: Epic Games Epic Games has delayed Fortnite’s next in-game live event and the start of the game’s next season due to widespread outrage over the death of George Floyd and ongoing police brutality in response to protests around the country. The in-game live event, titled “The Device,” will now take place on June 15th. The next season, called Chapter 2 Season 3, will begin on June 17th.
    “We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members,
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  • Nintendo’s Donkey Kong statue was not actually stolen from its New York store

    Nintendo’s Donkey Kong statue was not actually stolen from its New York store
    Photo by Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge Fear not: a large Donkey Kong statue at Nintendo’s New York City store has not gone missing after the building was broken into on Monday evening.A now-viral tweet claimed looters removed a life-sized model of the fictional gorilla during demonstrations in Manhattan earlier this week. The tweet featured real images of the Nintendo retail location with police standing outside and broken storefront windows. But it also contained an image, suspected to
  • Zoom's End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only

    Zoom's End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only
    The video conferencing company says it wants to be able to work with law enforcement to catch bad actors on its platform.
  • Amazon warehouse workers sue over risk of COVID-19 infection

    Amazon warehouse workers sue over risk of COVID-19 infection
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A group of three Amazon warehouse employees who work out of the company’s New York fulfillment centers have filed a lawsuit alleging the company put them and their families at risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a report from Bloomberg. One plaintiff, Barbara Chandler, says she contracted the virus in March from a State Island warehouse, known as JFK8. Her cousin, who is also her roommate, later died after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the re
  • Dyson shares new photos and videos of its canceled electric SUV

    Dyson shares new photos and videos of its canceled electric SUV
    Images: Dyson Luxury vacuum magnate James Dyson has revealed new photos and a little more information about his company’s failed electric vehicle — a project into which he recently revealed he poured more than half a billion dollars of his own money.In a new blog post on his company’s website, Dyson shows off some of the first images and videos of the real prototype it made before the project was killed last October, as well as a few more computer renderings. He describes the
  • SpaceX launches latest batch of internet satellites, including one with a visor

    SpaceX launches latest batch of internet satellites, including one with a visor
    Update June 3rd, 9:43PM ET: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully took off at 9:25PM ET and deployed all 60 satellites into orbit. The rocket also landed on the company’s drone ship in the Atlantic following the launch, marking the fifth time this particular rocket has been recovered after a mission.
    Original story: Less than a week after sending its first astronauts into space, SpaceX is already preparing for another launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, though this flight will only carry
  • SpaceX is launching its latest batch of internet satellites, including one with a visor

    SpaceX is launching its latest batch of internet satellites, including one with a visor
    Less than a week after sending its first astronauts into space, SpaceX is already preparing for another launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, though this flight will only carry satellites to orbit. From the Florida coast, the company is slated to launch the latest batch of 60 internet-beaming satellites for its ever-growing Starlink constellation on Wednesday night.
    Once this mission takes off, SpaceX will have launched a little more than 480 of its Starlink satellites into orbit. That’s only a s
  • Former Facebook employees forcefully join the chorus against Mark Zuckerberg

    Former Facebook employees forcefully join the chorus against Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo by Tobias Hase / Picture Alliance via Getty Images Pressure is mounting from all directions on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his refusal to take action against posts from President Donald Trump. The latest salvo comes from 33 former employees who worked at the company during its early stages, including some who helped create Facebook’s original community guidelines. The open letter was first published by The New York Times; we have republished the letter in full below.
    While many
  • Paradox Interactive signs collective bargaining agreement with labor unions in Sweden

    Paradox Interactive signs collective bargaining agreement with labor unions in Sweden
    Game developer Paradox Interactive, known best for publishing countless PC strategy games, has signed a collective bargaining agreement with two Swedish unions, Unionen and Saco, with over 200 members combined between the two groups. The new agreement will provide Paradox employees within Sweden with a formal avenue for “influencing their pay, benefits, responsibilities, and more,” and it’s set to be finalized within the quarter.The agreement is only set to cover all of Paradox
  • California’s statehouse is considering a controversial facial recognition bill

    California’s statehouse is considering a controversial facial recognition bill
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge As protestors square off against police across the country, California is readying a bill that could expand the state’s use of facial recognition, including for law enforcement purposes.Introduced as Assembly Bill 2261, the bill would provide a framework by which companies and government agencies could legally engage in facial recognition, provided they give prior notice and obtain opt-in consent from users.The bill has been moving slowly through th
  • Some popular Reddit communities go private to protest the platform’s hate speech policies

    Some popular Reddit communities go private to protest the platform’s hate speech policies
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Some of Reddit’s most frequented and active subreddit communities are participating in a collective action this week to protest the platform’s hate speech policies and the current police brutality and racism crisis gripping the US.The decision follows harsh criticism from former CEO Ellen Pao, who said on Twitter earlier this week that the company “monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long.” She also said Reddit should have l
  • Ultimate Ears’ HyperBoom is my desert island Bluetooth speaker

    Ultimate Ears’ HyperBoom is my desert island Bluetooth speaker
    There’s no such thing as too much of something this goodContinue reading…
  • How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

    How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok
    Actually deleting your social media accounts is more complicated than it looks.
  • Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

    Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits
    A large, double-blind study examined 821 people who had been exposed to the virus. The drug was no better at stopping Covid-19 infection than a placebo.
  • Full rollout for contactless payments in NYC subways delayed until December

    Full rollout for contactless payments in NYC subways delayed until December
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge New York commuters will have to wait just a bit longer before they can use their smartphone or contactless credit card to pay for bus and subway trips throughout the city, The Wall Street Journal reports. The OMNY payment system is now expected to be completed for both subways and busses by December, instead of October.
    Officials at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended the installation of digital readers in late March due t
  • Space Force review: astonishingly bad show

    Space Force review: astonishingly bad show
    Aaron Epstein/Netflix On Wednesday, May 27th, Donald Trump got mad about a mild fact-check from Twitter. The president of the United States made false claims about voter fraud, and a note was appended to them suggesting that users “get the facts.” That evening, the president announced he would be signing an executive order pertaining to social media, beginning a nonsensical feud in which the apparatus of government contorts to accommodate the petty grievances of a man uninterested i
  • Zoom says free users won’t get end-to-end encryption so FBI and police can access calls

    Zoom says free users won’t get end-to-end encryption so FBI and police can access calls
    Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Video calling company Zoom confirmed this week that it won’t enable end-to-end encryption for free calls in part because it wants to give law enforcement access to these calls if necessary. “We think this feature should be a part of our offering” for professional customers, said Zoom CEO Eric Yuan in a meeting with investors Tuesday. “Free users — for sure we don’t want to give [them] that, because we also want to work toget
  • Google accounts now work with NFC, USB-C, and Lightning security keys on iOS

    Google accounts now work with NFC, USB-C, and Lightning security keys on iOS
    Image: Yubico Google account owners can finally take advantage of the recently added built-in support for physical security keys on iOS. It allows customers to use their USB-C, NFC, or Lightning security keys for an extra layer of security when signing into a Google account or using Google’s Advanced Protection program.Google had previously offered more limited support for security key options on iOS, like its Titan security key, which only worked over Bluetooth and had to be used in conj
  • Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros could have 5G

    Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros could have 5G
    Photo by Brennan King / The Verge Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros could have 5G, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem, according to Apple leaker L0vetodream on Twitter. If Apple does use that modem, the new iPad Pros could take advantage of both sub-6GHz 5G and the faster mmWave 5G.The new iPad Pros could also have Mini-LED displays, says L0vetodream. This isn’t the first we’ve heard that iPad Pros could be getting Mini-LED displays. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in D
  • AMC Theaters warns of ‘substantial doubt’ about future as pandemic fallout continues

    AMC Theaters warns of ‘substantial doubt’ about future as pandemic fallout continues
    Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images AMC Theaters is warning investors about its incredibly uncertain future as financial fallout from the pandemic continues, blatantly stating that “substantial doubt exists about our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time.”A new 8-K filing arrived ahead of AMC Theaters’ upcoming earnings call next week, and it wasted no time going over the disastrous situation the company has found itself in. The filing come
  • A rocket launch can’t unite us until the space world acknowledges our divisions

    A rocket launch can’t unite us until the space world acknowledges our divisions
    At 9:30AM ET on Tuesday, three American astronauts symbolically rang the Nasdaq opening bell from space — a celebration of SpaceX’s historic launch that sent astronauts into orbit three days prior. The short ceremony played out live on the Nasdaq’s giant screen in Times Square, with various NASA personnel clapping as one astronaut clanged a bell on the International Space Station.
    The video glowed over the same streets where, in the days and nights before, thousands of demonstr
  • 16 Health Workers Talk About Their Battles With the Pandemic

    16 Health Workers Talk About Their Battles With the Pandemic
    WIRED’s video team reached out to doctors, physician assistants, and paramedics, and asked them about their experiences treating Covid-19 patients.
  • Snap will stop promoting Trump’s account after concluding his tweets incited violence

    Snap will stop promoting Trump’s account after concluding his tweets incited violence
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge President Trump’s verified Snapchat account will no longer be promoted within the app after executives concluded that his tweets over the weekend promoted violence, the company said today. His account, RealDonaldTrump, will remain on the platform and continue to appear on search results. But he will no longer appear in the app’s Discover tab, which promotes news publishers, elected officials, celebrities, and influencers.
    “We are not cur