The Verge

  • !Bongs for kids, profits for companies? Scholar Emily Dufton on the past and future of marijuana activism
    The 2016 election seemed like a tipping point for marijuana legalization. Almost 60 percent of Americans support legalizing the drug, and voters in California — the state with the largest economy — decided to approve recreational weed, effectivel…
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  • !This Instagram Story ad with a fake hair in it is sort of disturbing
    Instagram Stories are fantastic. We all love watching short movies about every person we’ve ever met or cared about, all day, in the middle of anything. But because there’s almost nothing left that doesn’t involve money in a loud, tacky way, th…
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  • !Google just launched three new photography apps
    Google just announced three new photography applications: Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). The releases are part of a new “appsperiments” program that Google just launched.The new program was in…
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  • !Trump wants NASA to send astronauts to the Moon — but how exactly?
    President Donald Trump is officially directing NASA to send astronauts back to the Moon, as a pit stop to eventually send people to Mars. The move is part of a new order, Space Policy Directive-1, which Trump signed today during a very brief ceremony…
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  • !Cortana now supports Google Calendar
    Microsoft is now allowing its Cortana digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. The software giant has added a new Gmail connection to Cortana, which will enable the digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. If you’re a Windows 10 u…
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  • !The Visa innovation chief who was fired had a history of affairs with subordinates
    But it’s still unclear if those incidents played a part in his dismissal. Years before top Visa exec Jim McCarthy was fired for “violating Visa policy,” he had affairs with two women at the company who worked for him in his division, four peopl…
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  • !Google is sending more traffic than Facebook to publishers — again
    Facebook sent 25 percent less traffic to publishers this year, while Google increased its traffic by 17 percent, according to Google used to be the main source of referral traffic for web publishers. Then Facebook eclipsed it.And now, Goog…
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  • !Apple has bought Shazam, the music recognition app
    Somewhat unusual for Apple: They’re acknowledging the $400 million deal in public. That Apple-Shazam deal we told you about Friday? It’s official now. Apple says so.Here is the standard language Apple uses to acknowledge that yes, it has bought…
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  • !Recode Daily: Bitcoin officially meets Wall Street
    Plus, the day-to-day life of Trump in the White House, the last of the long-distance drivers, and the Word of the Year is ... After a manic run-up last week, bitcoin trading officially began on Wall Street last night, giving speculators a chance to b…
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  • !Verizon will pay more than $1.5 billion to stream NFL games
    The wireless carrier is making a big bet on its pro football deal — but it will no longer have exclusive mobile rights. Fundamental question for the media business: Just how much are big-time sports rights worth these days?Here’s Verizon’s ans…
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Ars Technica




  • !Airbnb might actually make virtual reality useful
    Airbnb thinks virtual reality could one day help you plan, and survive, your vacation. As tacky as that sounds, this could actually be a really good use of VR. SEE ALSO: 2 Airbnb hosts could be fined up to $148,000 for illegally renting out their…
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  • !Dia & Co is the body positive subscription box you've been waiting for
    Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.Cute clothes for curvy women can be hard to find — most mainstream stores have a tiny section in the back where they keep sizes 12 and up, where…
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  • !There is a dead phone epidemic. Solve it with this battery pack that's $80 off
    Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.Do you ever find yourself stranded with an empty battery after a long night out? It's the worst, especially if you just need to order a Lyft to get…
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  • !Can self-driving cars even honk their own horns?
    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will likely change the way we get around forever, but the AI that controls them might not be able to tell other cars on the road when they're driving like assholes. At least not at first. SEE ALSO: This interactive map s…
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  • !Now Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, and Serena Williams can be the angel on your Christmas tree
    Nothing says decorating the Christmas tree like honoring your favorite female figures. And you know they deserve to be at the top of that tannenbaum. Women To Look Up To created tree toppers of powerful women from politics, pop culture, and busin…
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  • !Here's A Cheap And Easy Way To Give Your Old Car A USB Plug That Actually Looks Good
    You can buy a USB adapter for your car’s 12 volt cig lighter plug for a couple bucks. But if you spend just a tiny bit more time and money, you can have a charging port that looks clean enough to have come from the factory.Read more...
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  • !Keep Your AirPods in Your Ears With This Hack 
    Apple’s one-size-fits-all AirPods design may work for most people, but if you have particularly large ears you may be struggling to keep your wireless earbuds secure. Don’t worry, you’re not alone—and one Apple fan found a clever way to fix t…
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  • !How to Use Imgur Snacks, the App's New Stories-Style Feature
    Snapchat may have invented the Stories format, but it didn’t take long for the rest of the internet to steal the idea. Now even Imgur, the meme haven originally created as an image-hosting service for Reddit, is offering its own take on Stories wit…
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  • !Good GIFs of the Holidays on Fire, From the Government
    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission put out its annual reminder that holiday decorations can turn your home into a deathtrap. So as we’ve told you before, remember to water your Christmas tree, don’t leave open flames unattended, and check…
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  • !Boost Your Emotional Vocabulary With These Precise Terms From Around the World
    There are more words out there to describe how you feel besides sad, mad, and glad—in fact, there’s a whole world of words that can describe your emotions in incredibly specific ways.Read more...
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The Next Web

  • !How personalized data is quickly improving customer experiences
    If “the customer is always right” is the golden rule of customer service, then “treat each customer as an individual” should be the golden rule for brand marketing. Every consumer wants to feel as though the brands they support view them as a…
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  • !The Force is strong with the Google Pixel’s new AR Stickers
    Remember Google’s AR Stickers? Months after they were first announced as a headlining feature on the Pixel 2, they’re finally rolling out to the public – including an exclusive set of Star Wars stickers. They work pretty much like you expect: y…
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  • !Play PUBG on Xbox One a day early with this clever trick
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the megapopular arena multiplayer game, is coming out on Xbox One in various regions tomorrow. If you don’t already have the game in your region, there is a way around the restrictions. According to VG247, yo…
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  • !Comcast continues to inject its own code into websites you visit
    Comcast believes it’s acceptable to inject hundreds of lines of code into any web page you visit if it thinks you’re in need of a hardware upgrade. And even if you don’t need an upgrade, you’re wrong. A user recently took to the company’s…
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  • !Facebook is testing ‘private comments’ to save you from idiots
    Facebook is experimenting with privacy settings that apply to individual comments. This means that you could write a reply to a thread, but only pre-approved individuals can see it. Here’s what it looks like: Clicking the padlock icon brings up the…
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