Adi Robertson

The Verge

@thedextriarchy

  • Currently Senior Reporter at The Verge.
  • Previously has worked for The Verge, Yahoo, CNBC, Recode.
  • Is arguably a cyborg because she has a rare-earth magnet in her hand, but it's a source for deep existential questioning and, like, ennui. What if being robot makes us more human?
Niantic is tweaking Pokémon Go to settle a lawsuit with angry homeowners

Feb 15

Augmented reality gaming company Niantic is settling a lawsuit with people whose houses were mobbed by Pokémon Go players, agreeing to remove points of interest more promptly and warn players to be courteous.

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The ‘Carlton dance’ couldn’t be copyrighted for a Fortnite lawsuit

Feb 15

The US Copyright Office has refused a request to register Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Carlton dance,” which is at the center of a lawsuit against the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K.

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Here’s how a ring of romance scammers tricked victims into falling in love

Feb 14

A cybersecurity report outlines the tactics of Scarlet Widow, an alleged romance scam ring operating out of Nigeria, after an FTC report called romance scams the most costly consumer fraud type in 2018.

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Harmonix’s new game Audica looks like Beat Saber with guns

Feb 13

Audica is a VR “rhythm shooter” from Rock Band studio Harmonix. It’s set for early release on March 7th on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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Musician deadmau5 deletes Twitch channel after being suspended for homophobic slur

Feb 13

Musician Joel “deadmau5” Zimmerman deleted his Twitch channel to support “freedom of expression” after being suspended for a homophobic slur.

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Wrestler Booker T is suing Activision for allegedly putting his alter ego in Black Ops 4

Feb 12

Wrestler Booker T. Huffman has accused Activision of basing its Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 character Prophet on his comic book character G.I. Bro.

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Epic claims it’s not really copying rapper 2 Milly’s dance in Fortnite

Feb 12

Epic Games defended itself in court against rapper 2 Milly, who accused it of unlawfully turning his “Milly Rock” dance into a Fortnite emote.

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If you bought Guitar Hero Live, Activision might refund your money

Feb 11

Publisher Activision is offering refunds to people who purchased Guitar Hero Live after December 1st, 2017, one year before it cut off access to 90 percent of the game’s songs.

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The best VR and AR of the Sundance Film Festival

Feb 7

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier section showcased Magic Leap experiences, virtual reality films, and other art based on emerging technology like VR and AR.

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HP is making a new VR headset with a super high resolution

Feb 6

HP is making a second generation of its Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality VR headset, using high-resolution displays and an ergonomic design that looks much like the Oculus Rift.

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Jawline poignantly explores the price of social media stardom

Feb 5

Liza Mandelup’s documentary film Jawline, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, turns the story of aspiring social media star Austyn Tester into a poignant exploration of digital fame.

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Paradise Hills is a gorgeous, confusing science fantasy

Feb 4

Paradise Hills, a surreal sci-fi allegory starring Milla Jovovich and Emma Roberts, is the light but stylish directorial debut of Spanish director Alice Waddington.

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Wake Word: A game about the ridiculous future of bad AI

Jan 31

In this dystopian text game, it’s your first day at Cadabra — the only company to survive the Disruption War. Can you leave your apartment before your AI assistant gets you fired, arrested, or killed?

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Netflix documentary The Great Hack turns the Cambridge Analytica scandal into high drama

Jan 30

The Great Hack is a character-focused look at the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, but it promotes drama at the expense of valuable context and nuance.

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I Am Mother is a slow, tense movie about how we love and fear AI

Jan 29

I Am Mother, directed by Grant Sputore and Hilary Swank, is a cliched but effective sci-fi thriller about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

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The god box: an oral history of Avatara

Jan 29

The fictional history of Summoner Studios and Avatara — the Facebook game protected by a tiny AI god.

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Instagram ‘troll’ charged with taunting and threatening the families of Parkland shooting victims

Jan 24

Brandon Fleury has been charged with using Instagram to impersonate the killer in last year’s attack on a school in Parkland, Florida, taunting the friends and family of students who died in the shooting.

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Facebook settles lawsuit over scammy ads with $3.9 million donation and a new reporting tool

Jan 23

British financial journalist Martin Lewis is dropping a lawsuit against Facebook over ads that falsely implied that he endorsed get-rich-quick cryptocurrency schemes, with Facebook promising a £3 million donation to an anti-scam initiative and a new UK-only a…

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Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over defamatory Yelp reviews

Jan 22

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an argument over whether Yelp has a legal responsibility to remove defamatory posts from its site, leaving an earlier ruling in Yelp’s favor intact.

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The FCC has reopened its device approval system during the government shutdown

Jan 18

The Federal Communications Commission is reopening its system for certifying devices for sale in the US, averting a potential delay in releasing phones or other electronics during the government shutdown.

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