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Listen to an excerpt from John Scalzi’s next book, The Consuming Fire

Listen to an excerpt from John Scalzi’s next book, The Consuming Fire

In John Scalzi’s space opera novel The Collapsing Empire, he introduced a world where a vast, planetary empire grew throughout the galaxy by way of the Flow, a faster-than-light network that allows for interstellar trade. At the end of that book, the network was beginning to collapse, setting up a perilous situation for the next…
The case for and against deleting your tweets

The case for and against deleting your tweets

Why’d You Push That Button is back for season 3, and our first episode is a relatively serious one. Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I catch up on our summers and then dive into everyone’s favorite social media platform: Twitter. We need to discuss tweets. Are they worth deleting, or should we preserve our limited-character history?…
Gritty became a leftist meme because Philly loves a righteous hooligan

Gritty became a leftist meme because Philly loves a righteous hooligan

As one of the oldest cities in America, Philadelphia is an ancestral home of this country’s political culture. Throughout its tumultuous history — from a site of revolutionary anger in the earliest days of this country to the proud, post-manufacturing metropolis it is today — you can find the story of the United States, writ…
A neuroscientist explains the limits and possibilities of using technology to read our thoughts

A neuroscientist explains the limits and possibilities of using technology to read our thoughts

In 2007, The New York Times published an op-ed titled “This is Your Brain on Politics.” The authors imaged the brains of swing voters and, using that information, interpreted what the voters were feeling about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. “As I read this piece,” writes Russell Poldrack, “my blood began to boil.”…
MoviePass’ parent company being investigated over fraud concerns

MoviePass’ parent company being investigated over fraud concerns

The New York attorney general’s office is launching an investigation into MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson, over allegedly misleading investors. A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Verge that an investigation is underway. The news was first reported by CNBC. The investigation is set to determine “whether the company misled the investment…
A hyperloop in Missouri? A new study says its feasible

A hyperloop in Missouri? A new study says its feasible

Is a hyperloop in the US feasible? Skeptics doubt whether the futuristic transportation system can ever become a reality, but a new study supported by Virgin Hyperloop One finds many possible benefits of a high-speed route between St. Louis and Kansas City. A coalition of Missouri business leaders and government agencies joined with the Los…
Facebook is deleting timeline posts that users cross-published from Twitter

Facebook is deleting timeline posts that users cross-published from Twitter

Update August 29th, 2:21AM ET: Cross-posted Tweets on Facebook have been been restored. “A Twitter admin requested their app be deleted, which resulted in content that people had cross-posted from Twitter to Facebook also being temporarily removed from people’s profiles,” Facebook said in a statement to The Verge. “However, we have since restored the past…
How to opt out of Yahoo Mail’s invasive data scanning

How to opt out of Yahoo Mail’s invasive data scanning

Today, the Wall Street Journal reported Yahoo Mail is still scanning users’ emails for data to sell to advertisers. Yahoo’s owner, Oath, is reportedly in talks with advertisers to provide a service that would scan over 200 million Yahoo Mail inboxes for insights on whether users are frequent fliers, self-employed, and other qualities gleaned from…
Fancy watching England vs Sweden? Fans can fly from London to Samara for World Cup tie

Fancy watching England vs Sweden? Fans can fly from London to Samara for World...

Fancy watching England face Sweden? Fans can fly from London to Samara (via Istanbul) for £1,100... but there are NO official tickets on sale yet and you'll need a FAN ID or visa to enter Russia Thousands of England fans will have woken up on Wednesday morning with one question on their minds: how do…
How should we regulate facial recognition?

How should we regulate facial recognition?

Facial recognition is everywhere — airports, police stations, and built into the largest cloud platforms in the world — with few federal rules to govern how it’s used. That’s been true for years, but a string of embarrassing stories in recent months has driven home exactly how dangerous the technology can be in the wrong…