Day: May 28, 2021

  • Apple delays Podcasts subscriptions to June

    Apple delays Podcasts subscriptions to June

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple is delaying the launch of its upcoming Podcasts subscriptions until June, the company announced in an email sent to creators Friday (via 9to5Mac). The service was previously set to launch this month. Apple’s Podcasts subscriptions will allow people to subscribe to participating podcasts to get extra perks […]

  • Venmo leaked Joe Biden’s friends, but you can now keep yours a secret

    Venmo leaked Joe Biden’s friends, but you can now keep yours a secret

    Image: Venmo Venmo has added new privacy controls for friend lists following a jaw-dropping incident where BuzzFeed News was able to track down President Joe Biden’s Venmo account because of the app’s leaky privacy protocols. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered earlier on Friday that Venmo was working on the new controls. “We’re consistently evolving […]

  • Just over a week after relaunching verification, Twitter is pausing verification

    Just over a week after relaunching verification, Twitter is pausing verification

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter relaunched its verification program last week, allowing anyone to apply for a blue check mark, but the company is pausing accepting new applications because of the volume of applications it has already received. “We’re rolling in verification requests,” the company said in a tweet. “So we gotta […]

  • UK police surprised to learn energy-intensive weed farm is actually a Bitcoin mine

    UK police surprised to learn energy-intensive weed farm is actually a Bitcoin mine

    Image: West Midlands Police Police in the United Kingdom raided an industrial unit outside Birmingham under suspicion it was housing an indoor marijuana growing operation, CNBC reported. They were surprised to discover instead an extensive Bitcoin mining setup which was illegally siphoning electricity from a mains supply. Prior to the raid, police observed multiple people […]

  • WhatsApp reverses course, now won’t limit functionality if you don’t accept its new privacy policy

    WhatsApp reverses course, now won’t limit functionality if you don’t accept its new privacy policy

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Earlier this month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said that users would lose functionality over time if they didn’t accept its new privacy policy by May 15th. In a reversal, Facebook now says that plan has changed, and users who don’t accept the updated policy actually won’t see limited functionality (via […]

  • Twitter could be working on Facebook-style reactions

    Twitter could be working on Facebook-style reactions

    Illustration by Alex Castro Twitter could be adding some new emojis to augment its formerly star-shaped, currently heart-shaped Like button, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The assets Wong found — which have been reliable predictions of future features in the past — show “cheer,” “hmm,” “sad,” and “haha” emoji reactions, though some currently […]

  • Ladies and gentlemen, the weekendgelion

    Ladies and gentlemen, the weekendgelion

    Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images You have reached a significant moment, perhaps not in history, or even in the grand scheme of your life’s long arc toward love and fulfillment, but a significant moment nonetheless. Do I need to spell it out for you? It’s 5PM. On a Friday. Heading into […]

  • Why on Earth did Amazon spend $8 billion on a zombie studio?

    Why on Earth did Amazon spend $8 billion on a zombie studio?

    In this photo illustration, screens display the old and new logos of MGM Studios. | Photo by Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Amazon just dumped an $8 billion-plus chunk of change on MGM, a studio best known for James Bond and its logo of a roaring lion. The acquisition offers an opportunity for […]

  • Social media companies, here are some free theme park ideas to comply with Florida’s deplatforming law

    Social media companies, here are some free theme park ideas to comply with Florida’s deplatforming law

    Illustration by William Joel / The Verge The Verge is deeply invested in doing service journalism; we report on companies’ misdeeds, we review expensive products to tell you whether they’re worth your hard-earned money, and speak to industry leaders to get their insights on the issues affecting their companies and their customers. It is in […]

  • Elizabeth Holmes’ lawyers want to know how often jurors blog

    Elizabeth Holmes’ lawyers want to know how often jurors blog

    Photo by Nhat V. Meyer/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images The lawyers of Elizabeth Holmes, ex-CEO of disgraced blood testing startup Theranos, have 112 questions for prospective jurors at Holmes’ fraud trial — including how often they check social media and whether they subscribe to Netflix. As The Wall Street Journal reported, Holmes’ attorneys […]

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