Andrew Liptak

The Verge

@andrewliptak

  • Currently serves as the weekend editor for The Verge.
  • Graduated with a degree in history from Norwich University in 2007
  • Enjoys writing about military history, planets, and science fiction.
Arizona State University released a free sci-fi anthology about the future of solar power

Mar 17

Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination just released a free anthology of science fiction stories called The Weight of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures, which imagines the future of solar power.

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The Internet Archive is working to preserve public Google+ posts before it shuts down

Mar 17

Google is set to begin deleting data from its beleaguered social network, Google+ in April, but before that happens, the Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam say that they are working to preserve public posts on the platform before they vanish forever.

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WhatsApp co-founder urges users to delete their Facebook accounts — again

Mar 17

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton appeared as a speaker at a class at Stanford University earlier this week, where he spoke about the decision to sell the company to Facebook, and urged students to delete their Facebook accounts.

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Facebook says that it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand mass shooting

Mar 17

In the first 24 hours after the deadly mass shooting in New Zealand, Facebook says that it has removed 1.5 million videos that were uploaded of the attack, and has blocked 1.2 million “at upload.”

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Spotify vs. Apple: the latest updates

Mar 17

On Wednesday, March 13th, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple’s business practices, saying that it used unfair tactics to suppress its competitors, something that it has alleged for several years.

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The response to the deadly mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand

Mar 16

Following a deadly mass shooting at a pair of mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, tech companies and platforms have worked to blunt the spread of an attack that seemed as though it was designed to go viral.

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Valve takes down user tributes memorializing the New Zealand shooting suspect

Mar 16

Valve has removed more than 100 tributes to the alleged shooter behind the deadly attack on Christchurch, New Zealand from Steam profiles, according to a report from Kotaku. In the days after the attack, it found that numerous users updated their profiles to …

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Spotify responds to Apple, calling it a ‘monopolist’

Mar 16

The tit-for-tat war of words between Spotify and Apple continued today, with the former calling the latter a “monopolist,” and that it’s response to the lawsuit was “entirely in line with our expectations.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to National Geographic after sexual misconduct allegations

Mar 16

National Geographic has completed its investigation reports of sexual misconduct by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and will resume plans to air two shows that he is involved with, Star Talk and Cosmos: Possible Worlds.

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American Gods will get a third season and a new showrunner

Mar 16

The second season of American Gods just premiered on Starz this past week, and fans can breath easy: the network has renewed the series for a third season, and has brought on Hemlock Grove and Walking Dead producer Charles Eglee to serve as showrunner.

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Valve says it will investigate Steam review bombing campaigns and hide bad-faith scores

Mar 15

Valve says it’s taking a new approach to user reviews on its gaming marketplace Steam, after attempting and largely failing to solve the problem of so-called review bombing that taints its consumer recommendation system.

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11 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out for the rest of March

Mar 15

The later half of March brings a military science fiction novel from Kameron Hurley, the latest installment of The Expanse from James S.A. Corey, as well as nine other science fiction and fantasy novels.

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Marvel hires Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the MCU’s first Asian-led film

Mar 13

Marvel has brought on director Destin Daniel Cretton to helm a film about kung fu master and superhero Shang-Chi. It will be the first Asian-led superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Cretton is known for directing 2013’s Short Term 12 and…

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Fiction app Serial Box is now available on Android

Mar 13

Since its launch, fiction startup Serial Box has existed as a desktop and iOS app. Yesterday, the company rolled out a long-awaited Android app, bringing its growing library of stories to a new platform. The company recently announced a new partnership with M…

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The NYPD is using a new pattern recognition system to help solve crimes

Mar 10

The New York City Police Department is using a new software system called Patternizer, which helps officers search through “hundreds of thousands” of case files, according to a new report. The system was rolled out in 2016, and only recently disclosed.

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Apple is giving users a 10 percent when they add money to their account

Mar 10

Apple is giving users some extra cash when they transfer money to their Apple ID account, as spotted byMacRumors. Through March 14th, users who transfer money from their debit or credit cart to their account will get a 10 percent bonus credit.

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Palmer Luckey’s company earned a contract for the Pentagon’s Project Maven AI program

Mar 10

Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industries has won a contract on the Pentagon’s controversial AI program, Project Maven, reports The Intercept. Since founding the company in 2017, Luckey has focused on the defense industry, building advanced systems that could be us…

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Public Official A charts Rod Blagojevich’s spectacular fall from grace

Mar 10

Nearly a decade ago, the FBI arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges. It was the beginning of the end for Blagojevich, who was eventually put on trial twice before going to jail. A new podcast from WBEZ Chicago charts Blagojevich’s ri…

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SXSW 2019: all the news, panels, and activations

Mar 9

This year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival has kicked off in Austin, Texas. It’s a big, 10-day event runs the gamut with everything from talks about tech, film premieres, music, and more across a vast schedule of panels, unveilings, and activations.

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Google patent shows possible controller design for its game streaming service

Mar 9

Earlier this year, word broke that Google is exploring a game streaming service powered by Chromecast, and a newly-discovered patent shows off what could be the controller that service would rely on.

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