Megan Farokhmanesh

The Verge

@megan_nicolett

  • Currently serves as a reporter at The Verge covering scene reporting, internet culture, and online communities.
  • Graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism
  • Previously was the deputy managing editor of Polygon.
YouTube’s community is up in arms about butts

Feb 11

The questions posed by the speed cleaning trend are tricky: quandaries that touch on the gray areas of YouTube’s policies and invoke questions about whose bodies are being policed. If adult women chose to upload videos that prominently feature their half-bare…

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Kingdom Hearts III’s smartphone turns its heroes into modern millennials

Feb 3

It’s been more than a decade since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, and since then in-game features have grown to mirror modern life. Photo modes have popped up in the most unlikely of places, whether players are making memories with their anime leather boys…

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The next frontier in hiring is AI-driven

Jan 30

Hiring professionals bring their own personal bias to the table in how they interpret and understand possible candidates. The tech isn’t infallible, but AI-driven systems promise to remove some of those prejudices.

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Logan Paul and KSI look to stop pirates of boxing rematch

Jan 3

YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul are working to protect their upcoming boxing rematch against pirated live streams after their initial fight was pirated by more than a million viewers.

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The year of deleted tweets

Dec 27

In 2018, the concept of Milkshake Ducking became far more convoluted. Now it’s not just about present problematic views, but holding people responsible for comments they’ve made previously, in some cases years ago. Call it Gunn’s Law: everyone has a past.

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Into the Spider-Verse Christmas album is real and streamable

Dec 24

Ranking the gags and meta-jokes in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Sisyphean task, but there is one undeniably good goof for Christmas: the holiday record teased in the film. Which is, it turns out, 100 percent real and available online right now.

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Aggretsuko’s holiday special nails the ups and downs of the perfect Instagram photo

Dec 24

Netflix released several holiday specials this year for its exclusive shows like Neo Yokio and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but it’s Aggretsuko that packs the sharpest punch. The 22-minute special offers excellent advice on how to capture the perfect Insta…

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Facebook’s New York privacy pop-up was small, weird, and filled with sugar

Dec 14

In an effort to win back user trust in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook launched a privacy-themed pop-up store in New York’s Bryant Park on Thursday.

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The Game Awards has made its peace with what it can and can’t do

Dec 7

Now in its fifth year, The Game Awards isn’t just the biggest show in games. It’s a mirror of the industry itself, flaws and all. “We’re here to celebrate games and the people in the industry, both who make games and also those who play them,” Keighley tells …

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Persona’s newest Dancing games are a perfect love letter to the series

Dec 4

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, a follow-up to Persona 4: Dancing All Night, are two halves of the same brief story. Each is told from the side of their respective cast, but both parties have been pulled into a dance conte…

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PewDiePie urges his fans to donate to charity as T-Series battle rages on

Dec 3

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg will soon be overthrown by Indian music production T-Series as the biggest channel on YouTube, but the controversial creator is using his current spotlight to give back. In a video posted today, Kjellberg announced that he’s curren…

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He’s not your man

Nov 30

This has been the week of the big cow (it’s actually a steer) and Mark Ruffalo begging the internet to help him find his lost bag (he did), but the joke that truly proves we’ve all lost our damn minds is surgery on a grape. The 2017 line has, like so many onl…

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Overwatch is still king of Tumblr, but self-generated fandom rules the rest

Nov 30

Every year, Tumblr analyzes tens of thousands of lines of data — posts, tags, searches, reblogs — to rank and reveal its top trends of the year. In 2018’s gaming category, that ranking looks slightly different than usual

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Grimes’ latest song insists that simulation is the future

Nov 29

Look, I don’t care how many famous people who make more money than me insist that our lives are a simulation. I just don’t buy it, and not even Grimes’ latest track can convince me otherwise. Maybe she’ll have more success turning you with her latest banger “…

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Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

Nov 28

Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to her wildly popular dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale in September 2019. Called The Testaments, the book is set 15 years after the conclusion of the original.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion is heading to Netflix

Nov 27

The beloved and deeply disturbing anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is heading to Netflix. All 26 episodes, as well as films The End of Evangelion & Evangelion: Death (True)2, will be available to stream in spring 2019.

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Amazon accidentally streamed an unreleased episode of Doctor Who

Nov 22

Amazon users who tuned into stream Doctor Who’s latest episode, “Kerblam!” experienced a little more time traveling than they bargained for. Rather than airing the correct episode, Amazon Prime Video apparently skipped ahead to “The Witchfinders,” an episode …

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The International Space Station is full of floppy disks

Nov 22

The International Space Station is apparently in need of a garage sale. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst discovered a treasure trove of floppy disks tucked away in one of the lockers on-board.

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Twitch is streaming a Pokémon marathon on Thanksgiving

Nov 21

Twitch is offering a break from holiday madness and too much family time with a Pokémon marathon that kicks off on Thanksgiving. The platform is airing the first five seasons of the animated show, starting at 1PM ET on November 22nd. The marathon will continu…

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YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet

Nov 20

A man in a blue checkered shirt sits at a table set with three things: a spoon, a pint of Ample Hills Creamery Peppermint Pattie ice cream, and a hefty burrito. Wordlessly, he tears the heaping burrito in two. He picks up one of the halves — roughly the size …

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