Adi Robertson

The Verge

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  • 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?
You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life

Dec 12

The OrCam MyMe is a wearable facial recognition camera that identifies people in real time and quantifies your interactions with other people. It launched on Kickstarter today.

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Google’s CEO had to remind Congress that Google doesn’t make iPhones

Dec 11

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain a notification on his granddaughter’s iPhone — drawing a bemused response from Pichai.

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Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling ‘idiot’ turns up pictures of Trump

Dec 11

In a hearing about search engine bias, Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained to the House Judiciary Committee why a Google search for “idiot” returns pictures of President Donald Trump.

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MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years

Dec 11

The new MakerBot Method is a $6,499 printer aimed at hardware designers, and an upgrade to the 3D printing company’s earlier Replicators — set for release next year.

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How a telescope forum feud ended with prison time

Dec 10

California telescope enthusiast David Chesley Goodyear was sentenced to 26 months in prison for a DDoS attack on an astronomy forum.

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The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased

Dec 6

As Google CEO Sundar Pichai prepares to testify before Congress, the debate over search engine bias is fueled by a decade-long legal dispute.

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Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned

Dec 5

Crowdfunding platform Patreon banned the far-right commentator for his association with hate groups, after he attempted to fund a comeback tour.

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Mark Zuckerberg personally approved cutting off Vine’s friend-finding feature

Dec 5

Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook staff to “go for it” and block Vine’s access to friend-finding features, according to documents released today.

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The Secret Service wants to test facial recognition around the White House

Dec 4

The Department of Homeland Security plans a limited test of facial recognition on employee volunteers around the White House over the next year.

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Hackers reportedly breached Republican campaign committee emails during 2018 elections

Dec 4

Hackers reportedly surveilled four senior NRCC aides’ email accounts for “several months” during the 2018 midterm election cycle.

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The best Blade Runner anime would have nothing to do with Blade Runner

Dec 2

It’s time for an adaptation of The Bladerunner, the ‘70s dystopian novel that inspired Blade Runner’s title.

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Over 400 Google employees sign letter opposing censored Chinese search app

Nov 28

An open letter asking Google to cancel its rumored Project Dragonfly search app for China has gotten 400 signatures, after being posted yesterday.

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Two Iranian men charged with the ransomware attack that took down Atlanta

Nov 28

The Justice Department charged two men with creating the SamSam ransomware virus and targeting hospitals and city infrastructure for $6 million in ransom.

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Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam

Nov 27

The Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people, primarily Russians, who ran the Methbot advertising fraud ring through server farms and botnets.

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Twitter has banned misgendering or ‘deadnaming’ transgender people

Nov 27

Twitter’s hateful content policy prohibits misgendering or “deadnaming” transgender people, alongside other harassment and abuse tactics.

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Google employees push to cancel Chinese search engine in new letter

Nov 27

Google employees have published an open letter protesting Project Dragonfly, a censorship- and surveillance-friendly search app for the Chinese market.

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Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Nov 24

Furby fever, the ISS, and other science and technology stories drawn from the archives of November 1998.

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Google is patenting a pair of motorized VR roller skates

Nov 20

A Google patent covers motorized, treadmill-like shoes for virtual and augmented reality, letting users walk infinitely, even in small spaces.

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Half-Life turns 20 today, and it feels more original than ever

Nov 19

Half-Life, the groundbreaking first-person shooter released 20 years ago, is a reminder of a more elegant style of first-person shooter.

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Facebook removed a lot of spam, violence, and fake accounts this year

Nov 15

Facebook has released its latest transparency report, with upticks in government requests for data, violent content takedowns, and spam removal. It’s also releasing the first numbers for bullying and child nudity takedowns.

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A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

Nov 15

Facebook has filed a patent that would make it easier to target whole families with ads by analyzing the photos they post, using machine learning and cross-referencing it with other device and post data.

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Human rights groups want Facebook to offer ‘due process’ for takedowns

Nov 14

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and over 70 other groups have asked Mark Zuckerberg to adopt a clearer “due process” system for content takedowns.

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eBay and Airbnb will end mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims

Nov 12

eBay and Airbnb will both allow sexual harassment victims to take their cases to court, rather than requiring private arbitration, in the wake of similar changes at Google and Facebook.

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Comcast should be investigated for antitrust violations, say small cable companies

Nov 12

The American Cable Association asked the Department of Justice to investigate alleged anti-competitive behavior by Comcast-NBCUniversal, and Trump is tweeting about it.

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YouTube VR launches today for the Oculus Go

Nov 12

YouTube is launching its once Daydream-exclusive virtual reality app on the Oculus Go mobile VR headset today, after announcing its plans in September.

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Facebook is ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment complaints

Nov 9

Facebook is ending the controversial practice of mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims, following protests over such policies at Google, which ended them earlier this week.

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HTC’s China-exclusive Vive Focus VR headset is now launching worldwide

Nov 8

The $599 HTC Vive Focus is an all-in-one virtual reality headset with inside-out tracking. After launching in China, it’s now expanding to the US and other countries, aimed at business customers.

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Google announces new sexual assault and harassment rules after mass protest

Nov 8

Google is changing its sexual assault and harassment policies and committing to more diverse hiring after massive employee protests over its handling of sexual misconduct.

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The man behind a spree of gaming network cyberattacks has pleaded guilty

Nov 7

Austin Thompson — a member of the DerpTrolling group that temporarily took down Sony, Blizzard, and other companies’ gaming networks in 2013 — has pleaded guilty to orchestrating denial-of-service attacks.

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Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and more

Nov 5

Far-right-friendly social network Gab is back online after GoDaddy, Stripe, PayPal, and others banned it for hosting the profile of an alleged anti-Semitic mass shooter.

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Remembering Grim Fandango: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Nov 3

Adventure game Grim Fandango’s 20th anniversary — and five other science, technology, and culture stories from this week in 1998.

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Trump is embracing amoral villainy (and making HBO mad) with a Game of Thrones tweet

Nov 2

Trump promoted new sanctions against Iran by tweeting “Sanctions are Coming,” a reference to the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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Google organizers call for new harassment policies amid mass walkout

Nov 1

Google employees across the world are protesting sexual assault and harassment with mass walkouts, demanding a better reporting process, more legal options, and a greater commitment to diversity.

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Lenovo is now licensing Sony’s patents for its PlayStation VR copycat headset

Oct 30

Sony has officially licensed its PlayStation VR headset design to Lenovo for the Mirage Solo, a similar-looking headset based on Google’s Daydream platform.

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Texas voting machines are switching votes — but it’s bad design, not hacking

Oct 30

A design quirk in Hart eSlate voting machines is accidentally causing some users to select the wrong candidates. The Secretary of State has chalked it up to “user error,” but worries that it’s sparking conspiracy theories.

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Donald Trump uses Twitter’s earnings to make more claims of ‘total bias’

Oct 26

Donald Trump has baselessly claimed that Twitter is suppressing his follower count because of political bias, after Twitter announced a subscriber loss in yesterday’s earnings report.

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A new Oculus feature lets you record an abusive VR user’s behavior and report them

Oct 24

Oculus is rolling out new updates that include a platform-wide abuse reporting system. It’s live on the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go, and it will arrive on Oculus Rift.

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Donald Trump’s lawyer asks Supreme Court to hear a case that could weaken web platforms’ legal protections

Oct 24

Charles Harder, a lawyer who has represented Donald Trump, Hulk Hogan, and others, is reviving an attempt to make Yelp liable for defamatory reviews.

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Oculus is dropping movie rentals from the Rift because it’s ‘used primarily for gaming’

Oct 23

Rift-based Oculus Video users will be refunded for purchased films and have until November 20th to watch their movies. The option is still available on other Oculus headsets.

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Logan Paul’s new movie is the zombified husk of a YA dystopian thriller

Oct 23

The Thinning: New World Order is a Logan Paul comeback tour vehicle dragged down by a premise that its filmmakers seem to find alternately boring and confusing.

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Former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is leaving Facebook

Oct 22

Brendan Iribe, who helmed Facebook-owned VR company Oculus until 2016 before moving to lead its PC VR division, is leaving the company for unclear reasons.

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Russian woman charged with managing budget for US election interference plot

Oct 19

The Department of Justice has unsealed a criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, allegedly the chief accountant for “troll farm” operation Project Lakhta.

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How to use Instagram like an appropriation artist

Oct 18

Renowned appropriation artist Richard Prince’s legal filings, the latest in a years-long copyright battle, argue that printing a social media screenshot is art. They can also make you an Instagram master.

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Microsoft executive allegedly tried to embezzle $1.5 million and stole employees’ Super Bowl tickets

Oct 18

Microsoft’s former sports marketing director Jeff Tran was indicted for wire fraud after allegedly filing nearly $1.5 million in false invoices and reselling NFL tickets that were meant for employees.

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James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court

Oct 17

The former Google engineer, who was fired for circulating an anti-diversity memo last year, has agreed to arbitration while the attempt at a class action suit goes forward with different plaintiffs.

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VR company Sixense is refunding Kickstarter backers for its endlessly delayed STEM controllers

Oct 16

Sixense is refunding $600,000 from its 2013 STEM Kickstarter campaign and abandoning plans for a consumer controller, instead focusing on higher-end products for business customers.

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Former VR film company Jaunt is giving up on VR to focus on augmented reality

Oct 15

Virtual reality video company Jaunt is shifting its focus to augmented reality, winding down VR services, and laying off a “significant portion” of its staff.

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Google is delaying a change that will break old web games — again

Oct 15

Google has delayed a Chrome update that breaks audio on many web games until December, but developers are still frustrated with how it’s handled the process.

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Facebook will let you post ‘3D photos’ in your News Feed

Oct 11

Facebook will let users post and view depth-enhanced 3D photos in their News Feed and VR headsets, delivering a feature it announced earlier this year.

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Man in the High Castle’s protagonists are helpless in the most Philip K. Dick ways

Oct 11

Amazon Studios’ original series has departed from the story told in the Philip K. Dick novel it started out adapting. But in pushing its protagonists to carry out what seems like a futile, empty rebellion, the creators still seem to be honoring his favorite t…

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Magic Leap is shipping across (most of) the US

Oct 10

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition mixed reality headset is now shipping across the contiguous United States, still at a price of $2,295.

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Men are from cyberspace: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Oct 6

Five stories from this week 20 years ago, including cyber dating, Y2K, and one of the worst new TV shows of 1998.

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5 big questions after VR’s big week at Oculus Connect

Oct 2

Oculus announced the Oculus Quest virtual reality headset, which will be released next year for $399. What does it mean for the future of VR?

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California just became the first state with an Internet of Things cybersecurity law

Sep 28

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-327, a bill requiring “smart” Internet of Things devices to include security measures.

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Oculus promises it hasn’t forgotten the Gear VR

Sep 27

Oculus mostly ignored the Gear VR at its 2018 Connect conference, but executive Nate Mitchell says the phone-based virtual reality headset is “still a priority.”

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Oculus Quest put us in an ‘arena-scale’ Wild West shootout, and it was great

Sep 27

A first look at the Oculus Quest, Oculus’ new $399 VR headset, which features a fully wireless, self-contained design and will ship in spring of 2019.

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YouTube is finally coming to all Oculus mobile VR headsets

Sep 26

Oculus has announced that YouTube VR is coming to its Oculus Go headset “soon,” following a launch on the Gear VR headset earlier this year, and filling a notable gap in its video ecosystem.

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Oculus Quest is a new, $399 standalone VR headset shipping next year

Sep 26

Oculus’ next headset is the Oculus Quest: a $399 standalone virtual reality headset that’s launching in the spring of 2019, following up on its Oculus Rift and Oculus Go devices.

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With Linux’s founder stepping back, will the community change its culture?

Sep 21

Linux’s founder Linus Torvalds has apologized for years of verbally abusive emails, and Linux has instituted a new code of conduct. But will it actually work?

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Walmart is putting 17,000 VR headsets in its US stores for training

Sep 20

Walmart will send Oculus Go virtual reality headsets to every US branch of its stores, using a total of over 17,000 headsets to train employees, expanding an earlier program.

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Valve is going to start moderating its Steam game discussion boards

Sep 20

Valve’s Steam platform moderators will start responding to flagged posts on its game discussion boards, instead of leaving the task mostly to individual developers.

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The anti-Google documentary “The Creepy Line” is a conspiratorial new playbook for right-wing tech backlash

Sep 19

The Creepy Line is a documentary about Google and Facebook that spins criticism about privacy and echo chambers into a conspiracy about anti-conservative censorship.

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3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson charged with sexually assaulting underage girl

Sep 19

Cody Wilson, whose company Defense Distributed sells files for 3D-printable firearms, has had an arrest affidavit filed for sexually assaulting an underage girl he met online.

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Google’s prototype Chinese search engine reportedly links searches to phone numbers

Sep 14

Google’s controversial Dragonfly search engine prototype, reportedly designed to let it reenter the heavily censored Chinese search market, reportedly links users’ searches to their mobile phone numbers.

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A.Human is a sci-fi fashion show about changing your body instead of your clothes

Sep 13

A.Human is an Instagram-friendly art installation about a future where body modification is the next big fashion trend, directed by marketing executive and Kardashian family friend Simon Huck.

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Reddit has banned the QAnon conspiracy subreddit r/GreatAwakening

Sep 12

Reddit has banned the primary home of QAnon, a conspiracy theory involving coded messages from an anonymous government official, for inciting harassment.

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Happy birthday, Google: this week in tech, 20 years ago - The Verge

Sep 8

The Verge Happy birthday, Google: this week in tech, 20 years ago The Verge One of 1998's biggest tech stories was the massive antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. It's Monopoly Week on The Verge, so I wrote a bit about that lawsuit's place in the '90s legal …

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Facebook is turning Jurassic World dinosaurs into augmented reality stickers

Sep 7

Facebook is tying new augmented reality experiences to physical copies of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, viewable through Facebook mobile apps.

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Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders

Sep 7

The paranoid but optimistic 2001 thriller imagined a world where a software company kills for code and open source will save us all.

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How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants

Sep 6

The antitrust battles of the 1990s laid a foundation not only for the rise of modern tech platforms like Google, but for the way we think about regulating these platforms — or have neglected to do so.

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The 7 biggest moments from today’s social media hearings

Sep 5

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared before Congress at a series of hearings Wednesday in Washington, DC

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Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS’ bill to tax Amazon for underpaying workers

Sep 5

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna have introduced a Senate bill called the “Stop BEZOS Act” that would tax companies like Amazon and Walmart for the cost of employees’ food stamps and other public assistance benefits.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch is telling the FTC to investigate Google after Trump’s ‘bias’ attacks

Aug 30

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate potential anti-competitive effects in Google’s search and digital advertising practices.

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Trump claims he’s losing social media followers because of Google, Facebook, and Twitter censorship

Aug 29

President Donald Trump has once again accused Google, Facebook, and Twitter of vaguely defined censorship that “may not be legal,” but said “we’re just going to see” whether the platforms should be regulated.

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Trump keeps threatening tech companies, but he’s terrible at following through

Aug 29

The Trump administration has gone up against tech companies with harsh immigration limits and erratic trade policy. But his recent tirade against Google’s search results is a less-than-credible threat.

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Amazon accuses Sen. Bernie Sanders of misrepresenting worker pay, tells workers to send him positive stories

Aug 29

Amazon claims Sen. Bernie Sanders has made “misleading statements about pay and benefits” at the company, and it says it’s encouraging employees to contact Sanders with their positive experiences.

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Trump says Google, Twitter, and Facebook are on ‘troubled territory’ and ‘better be careful’

Aug 28

President Donald Trump has made more veiled threats toward Google and other web platforms. He tweeted this morning that Google had “rigged” its search results to suppress positive news about him.

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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey says Magic Leap’s headset is terrible

Aug 27

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has called the new Magic Leap One mixed reality headset “less of a functional developer kit and more of a flashy hype vehicle,” providing some of the most damning criticism of the device so far.

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iFixit’s Magic Leap teardown features super precise engineering and tiny projectors

Aug 23

iFixit has published a teardown of the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a $2,295 mixed reality headset that was released this August 2018.

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Former Facebook security chief says it’s ‘too late’ to protect 2018 elections

Aug 22

Facebook’s recently departed security chief Alex Stamos says US government inaction has made the upcoming midterm elections vulnerable to hacking and online manipulation campaigns.

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We Happy Few is a creepy, fascinating game that gets lost in its own ambition

Aug 10

We Happy Few launches on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and it offers up a unique dystopia to explore, saddled by frustrating survival gameplay.

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The rise and fall of Project V13, the online Fallout game that never was

Aug 9

Before Fallout 76, Project V13 was going to put the world of Fallout online. Instead, the game sparked a three-year legal battle between two publishers. Here’s what it might have looked like.

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I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential

Aug 8

We tried the $2,295 Magic Leap One Creator Edition, the debut product from mixed reality startup Magic Leap — and found an ambitious vision facing serious technological challenges.

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The Magic Leap One mixed reality headset is shipping today for $2,295

Aug 8

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition, the first mixed reality headset from startup Magic Leap, is shipping today in “select areas” in the United States for $2,295.

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Satellite rescue mission: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Aug 4

Robot wars, the Siri of the ‘90s, a satellite rescue mission, and other vintage science and tech stories from the week of August 4th, 1998.

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Google Chrome is officially launching on Daydream VR headsets

Jul 30

Google is officially adding the Chrome browser to its Daydream virtual reality platform so users of the phone-based Daydream View headset or the standalone Lenovo Mirage Solo can access Chrome from their home screens.

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Sen. Mark Warner floats major tech company regulations that don’t include breakups

Jul 30

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a frequent critic of big tech companies’ behavior, has been floating a list of options for regulating web platforms.

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A million Facebook users watched a video that blurs the line between bad satire and ‘fake news’

Jul 24

A conservative web channel spliced together a “satirical” fake interview with New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but on Facebook, it looked like the real thing.

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James Bridle on why technology is creating a new dark age

Jul 16

Artist and writer James Bridle’s book New Dark Age contends that an overload of information has hurt our ability to understand the world. It’s being released in the US on July 17th.

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Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Jul 14

Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, a Windows disaster in the Navy, and other stories from July 14th, 1998.

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This week in tech, 20 years ago

Jul 13

A collection of stories — big and small — that science and technology enthusiasts might have checked out two decades ago, and that can help inform the ways we think about news today.

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Why yesterday’s AT&T and Time Warner merger appeal matters — and why it’s a long shot

Jul 13

The Department of Justice appealed the recent merger of AT&T and Time Warner in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. It’s a signal that regulators will keep fighting huge vertical mergers, but it’s also an uphill battle.

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India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination

Jul 11

India’s Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that were proposed last year. They ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet data, with some exceptions.

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Magic Leap is shipping its first headset this summer

Jul 11

Magic Leap’s first “spatial computing” mixed reality headset, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, is shipping this summer. The company announced the news in a livestream, narrowing down a previous statement that it would ship this year.

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AT&T will support Magic Leap’s augmented reality glasses, once they actually exist

Jul 11

AT&T will exclusively provide mobile data service for Magic Leap’s augmented reality glasses, which are set for a limited release later this year.

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YouTube is fighting conspiracy theories with ‘authoritative’ context and outside links

Jul 9

YouTube is adding “authoritative” context to search results about conspiracy-prone topics like the Moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing, as well as putting $25 million toward news outlets producing videos, as part of its ongoing Google News Initiative.

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Crypto.com, the multimillion-dollar cryptography domain whose owner refused to sell, has been sold

Jul 6

The valuable domain name Crypto.com, whose owner Matt Blaze has steadfastly refused to sell to cryptocurrency companies, has been bought by cryptocurrency company Monaco.

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Yelp can’t be forced to take down libelous reviews, court rules

Jul 3

California’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Yelp in the defamation case Hassell v. Bird, declaring that the platform couldn’t be forced to take down falsely negative reviews.

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The EFF, the Internet Archive, and human rights groups have sued to stop FOSTA

Jun 29

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued to invalidate internet censorship law FOSTA, arguing that its broad scope violates the First Amendment.

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Five newspaper staff killed by man who sued them for covering his online threats and harassment

Jun 29

A man who stalked a woman through Facebook, then spent years harassing the journalists who covered his case, shot and killed several employees of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Oculus Medium now lets you send VR art to your VR home

Jun 28

Oculus is updating its Medium VR sculpting app to include new art tool features, Vulkan support, and direct exports to Oculus Home.

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Red Hen restaurants around the world are getting blamed for kicking out Sarah Sanders

Jun 26

The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia has faced a backlash after kicking out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But many critics are simply going after any business with “Red Hen” in the name.

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Oculus’ VR television hub launches today on Oculus Go

Jun 25

Oculus is officially launching its Oculus Go VR video hub called Oculus TV, which will have access to services like Pluto TV, Facebook Video, Netflix, and Showtime.

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Valve is shipping new ‘Knuckles’ VR controllers to developers with a Portal-themed demo

Jun 22

Valve is shipping a new version of its experimental SteamVR “Knuckles” controllers, which developers can test with a Portal-themed playground.

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Westworld’s free Alexa game is like a radio drama crossed with a quiz show

Jun 20

Westworld: The Maze is a short game for Amazon Alexa devices, putting players in the shoes of a newly awakened host.

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Microsoft says it’s no longer planning VR support on Xbox

Jun 20

Microsoft says it has no Xbox-specific plans for virtual or mixed reality, reversing an earlier commitment to putting VR on its gaming console.

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What happens if Apple loses its Supreme Court App Store antitrust appeal?

Jun 20

The Supreme Court will rule on a long-running case accusing Apple’s iOS App Store of breaking antitrust law. Here’s what that means.

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Sex workers are rallying around a congressional candidate who’s pledged to fight FOSTA

Jun 19

Congressional candidate Suraj Patel has made repealing the FOSTA-SESTA internet legislation a key campaign issue, thanks to a push from the sex worker community.

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The Supreme Court will hear an iOS App Store antitrust lawsuit

Jun 18

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Apple’s appeal in Apple vs. Pepper, an antitrust lawsuit concerning App Store fees.

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Cybermom on the run: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Jun 16

The first live streamed birth, an angry FTC report, and other stories that science and technology fans might have checked out the week of June 16th, 1998.

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White nationalist Jared Taylor can sue Twitter for banning him, judge rules

Jun 15

Jared Taylor, founder of white nationalist publication American Renaissance, can proceed with a lawsuit against Twitter for banning his accounts.

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Trump’s 2020 campaign is reportedly using former Cambridge Analytica employees to target voters

Jun 15

Data analysis company Data Propria, led by a former Cambridge Analytica strategist, is reportedly working on President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

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What will Disney and Comcast own if they buy Fox?

Jun 15

Earlier this week, Comcast made a $65 million offer to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, attempting to derail a Disney-Fox acquisition that was announced last year. Here’s what both of those deals could look like.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defending a controversial plan to crowdsource Beyond Good and Evil 2 art

Jun 14

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has defended a plan to crowdsource art and music for Ubisoft‘s highly anticipated game Beyond Good and Evil 2, which critics say encourages artists to work without pay.

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Here’s how companies have flouted net neutrality before and what made them stop

Jun 11

The FCC is repealing net neutrality rules today. Here’s how companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have flouted earlier net neutrality policies and what made them stop.

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The 5 biggest announcements from EA’s E3 2018 keynote

Jun 9

An ‘Anthem’ release date, new ‘Battlefront II’ content, and a battle royale mode for ‘Battlefield V’ were all part of E3 2018’s first keynote.

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Former revenge porn mogul Craig Brittain sues Twitter in absurdist censorship complaint

Jun 7

Craig Brittain, a former revenge porn site operator and current Republican Senate candidate, has filed a bizarre lawsuit against Twitter after his accounts were banned.

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I tried the wristband that lets you control computers with your brain

Jun 6

Neurotechnology startup CTRL-Labs hopes to create the first mass-market brain-computer interface using an electrode-studded wristband. We got an early taste of how it works.

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The Void is opening nine new VR centers in Austin, Philadelphia, and other US cities

Jun 6

The Void, known for VR experiences based on Ghostbusters and Star Wars, is opening nine new locations in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Hollywood; Minneapolis; New York City; Philadelphia; Santa Monica; and Washington, DC.

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NBC’s new VR thriller Reverie is a schmaltzy take on techno-dystopia

May 30

NBC’s Reverie is an ultra-mainstream version of Black Mirror, a pretty but bland new way to stoke fears about technology

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Holograms, campfire horror stories, and OK Go: the best VR and AR from the Tribeca Film Festival

May 27

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City featured nearly three dozen virtual and augmented reality experiences. Here’s our favorite stuff.

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European lawmakers asked Mark Zuckerberg why they shouldn’t break up Facebook

May 22

European Parliament members asked Mark Zuckerberg whether Facebook was a monopoly that potentially needed breaking up, echoing concerns voiced in the United States.

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How to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s European Parliament meeting today

May 22

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament to answer privacy and data collection questions ahead of the GDPR rollout.

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HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 turns a warning about media into a tirade against tech trends

May 19

Ray Bradbury’s original novel villainized passive media. François Truffaut’s 1966 film adaptation targeted stability and ennui. HBO’s new version has an entirely new target. In this comparison, we consider the differing villains of all three versions, and how…

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How to watch today’s Senate net neutrality vote

May 16

The Senate is about to vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to restore the 2015 FCC net neutrality rules, and you can watch the debate live.

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Google is delaying a Chrome audio update that broke countless web games

May 15

Google is partially rolling back a recent Chrome change that blocked autoplaying audio, after web developers complained that it had broken countless games and apps.

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Ecuador reportedly spent $5 million protecting — and spying on — Julian Assange

May 15

Ecuador’s intelligence program reportedly spent millions of dollars to watch WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has stayed in the country’s UK embassy since 2012.

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This week in tech, 20 years ago

May 12

Stephen Glass, the iMac, and other science and technology stories from the week of May 12th, 1998.

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Reddit, Tumblr, and other sites are adding ‘red alerts’ to support a net neutrality vote in Congress

May 9

Reddit, Pornhub, Tumblr, and other companies are supporting an upcoming net neutrality vote with a new publicity campaign. The Red Alert for Net Neutrality project is organized by activist groups Demand Progress, Free Press Action Fund, and Fight for the Futu…

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Microsoft Layout lets HoloLens users design a floor plan with holographic furniture

May 7

At the 2018 Build developer conference, Microsoft demonstrated a shared room-scale holographic design system based on its Windows Mixed Reality technology.

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GoDaddy pulled white nationalist Richard Spencer’s ‘alt-right’ site offline

May 4

Domain registrar GoDaddy has taken down white nationalist Richard Spencer’s site Altright.com, saying the site crossed a line in promoting violence.

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Lenovo’s Mirage Solo is an innovative VR headset, but most people shouldn’t buy it

May 4

It’s more theoretically useful than fun to use.

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The Star Wars AR headset now lets you have lightsaber duels with friends

May 4

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is getting a free update called “Lightsaber Versus Mode,” that adds local multiplayer to the previously single-player game.

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YouTube has 1.8 billion logged-in viewers each month

May 3

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says that 1.8 billion registered users are watching videos on the platform each month, not counting anyone who’s watching without an account.

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Amazon tells Signal’s creators to stop using anti-censorship tool

May 1

The team behind secure messaging app Signal says Amazon has threatened to drop the app if it doesn’t stop using an anti-censorship practice known as domain-fronting.

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Oculus TV will let you stream ESPN, Showtime, and more in VR

May 1

Oculus wants people to watch TV in their VR headsets, and later this month, it’s launching a dedicated “Oculus TV” app with partners like Showtime, Netflix, and ESPN.

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The $199 Oculus Go mobile headset launches today

May 1

The Oculus Go, a self-contained VR headset that offers mobile virtual reality without a smartphone, is going on sale today for $199.

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Oculus Go review: mobile VR, minus the phone - The Verge

May 1

The Verge Oculus Go review: mobile VR, minus the phone The Verge For the past few years, consumer virtual reality headsets have mostly come in two flavors: tethered headsets that connect to a computer or console, and mobile ones that are powered by a smartpho…

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Congress’ social media censorship hearing was a complete disaster

Apr 26

The hearing, featuring vloggers Diamond and Silk, was not just bland or tedious. It was depressingly, almost deliriously bad: full of bad arguments, bizarre tangents, and a lot of shouting.

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The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t quite get modern American misogyny

Apr 26

Rather than reflecting modern political realities, Gilead is a dystopia written in the 1980s for the age of the Moral Majority.

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Today, Congress investigates whether social media hates conservatives

Apr 26

The House Judiciary Committee will hear arguments about whether Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other big tech companies are discriminating against conservatives.

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General Magic is a nostalgic film about the ‘90s startup that imagined the smartphone

Apr 22

General Magic is sometimes credited with trying to invent the iPhone in the 1990s. A new documentary offers a detailed, affectionate look at its brief rise and sudden fall.

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This week in tech, 20 years ago

Apr 21

Five stories — big and small — that science and tech enthusiasts might have checked out the week of April 21st, 1998.

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Democratic National Committee sues Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Trump campaign over 2016 hack

Apr 20

The Democratic National Committee has accused the Russian Federation, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks, Guccifer 2.0, and others of engineering a conspiracy to leak damaging hacked data.

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Oculus is adding a ‘privacy center’ to meet EU data collection rules

Apr 19

Oculus is complying with the EU’s new data protection rules with more detailed policies and a “privacy center” where users can check the data Oculus has collected about them. The Facebook-owned virtual reality company announced the news, but its updates will …

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OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to save the world. Where is it now?

Apr 16

The $100 OLPC laptop was supposed to revolutionize education and close the digital divide. But in just a few years it was recognized as a failure, a symbol of tech industry hubris, a one-size-fits-all American solution to complex global problems.

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Backpage CEO cuts plea deal and agrees to help keep the site offline

Apr 13

Carl Ferrer, co-founder of the adult classified ads site Backpage, has pleaded guilty to money laundering and facilitating prostitution.

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Republican lawmakers keep grilling Mark Zuckerberg about ‘censoring’ two conservative vloggers

Apr 11

Multiple legislators have asked Mark Zuckerberg about Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, who complained that Facebook was limiting the reach of their videos.

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Trump signs anti-trafficking law that weakens online free speech protections

Apr 11

President Donald Trump has signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), a bill that aims to fight sex trafficking by reducing legal protections for online platforms.

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Mark Zuckerberg says he didn’t fire Palmer Luckey out of anti-conservative bias

Apr 10

Mark Zuckerberg told Sen. Ted Cruz that Facebook’s hiring and firing decisions weren’t based on politics, including the departure of Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey.

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Backpage founders charged with money laundering and aiding prostitution

Apr 9

Michael Lacey, James Larkin, and five other people involved with Backpage.com have been charged with money laundering and facilitating prostitution.

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How much VR user data is Oculus giving to Facebook?

Apr 9

Amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is facing hard questions about how it handles user information, but most of the discussion has focused on the social network itself. Facebook owns plenty of other apps and services — including the Oculus virtual …

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Wednesday Congressional hearing testimony is now online

Apr 9

Mark Zuckerberg’s opening testimony for Wednesday’s House of Representatives hearing has been posted online.

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Leap Motion designed a $100 augmented reality headset with super-powerful hand tracking

Apr 9

Gesture interface company Leap Motion is announcing an open-source augmented reality headset design with built-in hand tracking, which it says could be manufactured for $100.

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Far Cry 5 wasn’t a game for the Trump era, but it tried to be one anyway

Apr 6

Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 is a shooter celebrating small-town America, buried in political buzzwords. Players are fighting a gun-hoarding cult whose imagery evokes separatist militias and fundamentalist Christianity.

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Twitter says it did everything it could to fight YouTube shooting hoaxes

Apr 5

Twitter defended its handling of misinformation that spread after the recent shooting at YouTube’s headquarters.

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Facebook is putting augmented reality experiences on Ready Player One posters

Apr 5

Facebook’s augmented reality target tracking system lets developers tie AR experiences to specific images. Facebook users can check out simple, animated experiences on posters from Ready Player One and A Wrinkle In Time.

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Mark Zuckerberg wants to democratize Facebook — here’s what happened when he tried

Apr 5

Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be more accountable to users. But the site’s last attempt at direct democracy, in 2009, went nowhere.

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Trolls and conspiracy theorists are making the YouTube shooter a free speech martyr

Apr 4

After a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, many people are talking about the platform’s policies — but some are actually blaming it for provoking the shooter.

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Everything we know so far about the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters

Apr 4

Shooter identified as 39-year-old woman with a grudge against YouTube.

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Facebook suspends 273 accounts and pages linked to Russian misinformation agency

Apr 3

Facebook says it’s suspended 70 Facebook accounts, 138 Facebook pages, and 65 Instagram accounts controlled by the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency.

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There’s a new version of Firefox for virtual reality

Apr 3

Mozilla has announced a new version of its Firefox browser for standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets, called Firefox Reality.

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Camera maker Lytro is shutting down, and former employees are going to Google

Mar 27

Light field camera maker Lytro — known for its experimental cameras and VR video rigs — is shutting down, with some employees moving to Google.

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I ruined my trip to Westworld by treating it like a video game

Mar 26

HBO took SXSW visitors to a replica of Westworld’s Old West town of Sweetwater, and gave them all personalized experiences among actors playing robots and their controllers. I followed the quest they gave me, but did I do it wrong?

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Malaysia proposes sweeping ‘fake news’ law, including fines and prison for offenders

Mar 26

The Malaysian law would punish “fake news” spreaders with up to 10 years in prison, and it could suppress reporting on a political scandal involving Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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This week in tech, 20 years ago

Mar 24

Teenage hackers, the men who sold Mars, and other science and tech stories from two decades ago.

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Silicon Valley’s VR experience looks ironically fun

Mar 23

Inside the Hacker Hostel re-creates Silicon Valley’s main set in virtual reality, with appearances by characters and hundreds of interactive objects.

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Puppet shows, zombie heads, and a unicorn costume: meet the weird controllers of Alt.Ctrl.GDC

Mar 23

Puppet shows, zombie heads, and unicorns were all featured at the 2018 Game Developers Conference showcase for alternative controllers.

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Oculus’ $199 Go headset feels pretty good so far

Mar 22

Oculus Go is a self-contained mobile headset that plays Gear VR games and is rumored to launch in May.

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Qualcomm’s new headset with eye tracking ships to developers later this year

Mar 21

Qualcomm’s headset includes inside-out tracking, Tobii eye tracking, and support for HTC’s Vive Wave platform.

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The White House is answering online petitions again, but does it still matter?

Mar 20

The Trump White House answered its very first We the People petitions last month, evading a question about Trump’s tax returns.

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Magic Leap opens ‘creator portal’ for augmented reality app developers

Mar 19

Magic Leap is releasing a software development kit for its upcoming augmented reality headset.

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HTC drops Vive to $499 and opens preorders for $799 headset-only Vive Pro

Mar 19

HTC opened preorders for a $799 headset-only Vive Pro, which will ship April 5th, and dropped the old Vive to $499.

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Hacker Adrian Lamo, known for hacking The New York Times and turning in Chelsea Manning, is dead

Mar 16

Lamo was known for hacking The New York Times Company’s network and turning in whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The circumstances of Lamo’s death are unknown, but a coroner in Sedgwick County, Kansas, reportedly confirmed the news.

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Chelsea Manning thinks we need to remake the internet

Mar 14

The whistleblower and Senate candidate talks about digital privacy, surveillance, and alternatives to Google and Facebook.

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Alt-Right: Age of Rage is a snapshot of one of 2017’s darkest moments

Mar 14

The director of The New Radical tracks the rise of the alt-right, how its face is changing, and how protestors combat it

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Chelsea Manning: ‘software developers should have a code of ethics’

Mar 13

At SXSW, Manning decried biased algorithms and mass data collection, and called for a software developer code of ethics.

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Bose’s augmented reality glasses use sound instead of sight

Mar 12

Audio company Bose offered demos of its prototype sound-based augmented reality glasses at SXSW. Bose AR devices combine data from embedded motion sensors with GPS information from your phone, which they connect with via Bluetooth.

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The Ready Player One tie-in games’ final boss is copyright law

Mar 11

Eight virtual reality experiences based on Ready Player One will premiere soon for the HTC Vive.

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A Quiet Place blends horror and drama in a silent world

Mar 11

John Krasinski’s high-concept horror film is about monsters who hear everything — and a family living in constant dread.

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Here’s all the games in Donald Trump’s ‘violence in video games’ supercut

Mar 9

Call of Duty, Fallout 4, Sniper Elite, and more round out the White House’s violent video game supercut.

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Are these Ready Player One posters supposed to be cool or cringeworthy?

Mar 6

Ready Player One’s nostalgic mash-up posters are self-insert fan fiction — but a few are surprisingly self-aware.

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How women helped build the internet, and why it matters

Mar 5

Author Claire L. Evans on her new book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet.

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Facebook says asking users about condoning pedophilia ‘was a mistake’

Mar 5

A Facebook moderation survey asked if adults should be able to ask for sexual pictures from young girls.

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Twitter is public, but it could offer a lot more privacy

Mar 2

Twitter wants to fix the public conversation. Giving users more control could be a good start.

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YouTube recruiter sues Google for allegedly refusing to hire white and Asian men

Mar 2

Former YouTube recruiter Arne Wilberg claims Google systematically favored “diverse” candidates.

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Magic Leap says its head of security tried to ‘extort millions of dollars’ with frivolous lawsuits

Mar 1

Magic Leap claims director of global security Todd Keil threatened frivolous whistleblower protection and age discrimination suits.

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YouTube says new moderators might have mistakenly purged right-wing channels

Feb 28

YouTube says moderators may have overzealously flagged videos from right-wing channels like Infowars.

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YouTube bans neo-Nazi channel after criticism over hate speech rules

Feb 28

YouTube has banned neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen, after initially deciding to leave the channels online.

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The Senate’s big fight over net neutrality officially starts today

Feb 27

A group of senators has formally moved to overturn the FCC’s 2017 net neutrality repeal rule.

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Google is bringing ARCore out of beta and launching Lens search on more phones

Feb 23

ARCore 1.0 launches today on Samsung, Pixel, OnePlus, LG, and Asus phones, and Lens visual search is coming to Google Photos and Assistant.

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Bad News makes you a fake news mogul to teach you their tricks

Feb 21

Bad News is a web game about learning how to spread digital misinformation through news and memes.

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Twitter bans bulk tweeting and duplicate accounts in bot crackdown

Feb 21

Twitter is announcing major limits on how users and apps can automate tweets, in order to combat spam and political propaganda bots.

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Twitter is being accused of censorship for reportedly purging bots

Feb 21

Twitter has seemingly suspended thousands of suspected bot accounts, and some conservatives are claiming it’s a deliberate political crackdown

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