• Facebook loses bid to block a potentially major change to EU data sharing
    by Ian Carlos Campbell on May 14, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeIreland’s High Court has dismissed Facebook’s bid to block a European Union privacy regulation — created by the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) — that could interrupt the flow of data from the EU to the US, The Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook first appealed the order in part because it claimed the Commission and the EU’s other privacy regulators were moving too quickly and hadn’t given the company appropriate time to respond. Facebook also told The Verge the IDPC’s privacy order “would have damaging consequences for the European economy.” Irish officials clearly didn’t share the same concerns. The IDPC originally created the new privacy order because Facebook and other international companies often store EU residents’ data... Continue reading…

  • LiveLeak, the internet’s font of gore and violence, has shut down
    by James Vincent on May 7, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Video site LiveLeak, best known for hosting gruesome footage that mainstream rivals wouldn’t touch, has shut down after fifteen years in operation. In its place is “ItemFix,” a site that bans users from uploading media containing “excessive violence or gory content.” In a blog post, LiveLeak founder Hayden Hewitt did not give an explicit reason for the site’s closure, saying only that: “The world has changed a lot over these last few years, the Internet alongside it, and we as people.” In a video posted on his YouTube channel Trigger Warning, Hewitt offered no further details, but said that maintaining LiveLeak had become a struggle, and that he and his team “just didn’t have it in us to carry on fighting.” “Everything’s different now,... Continue reading…

  • Why the bad iPhone web app experience keeps coming up in Epic v. Apple
    by Dieter Bohn on May 6, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Safari just doesn’t support key features — and Safari’s the only option Continue reading…

  • Twitter updates offensive tweet warnings, accepts that you like to swear at your friends
    by James Vincent on May 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeTwitter is updating its “be nice, think twice” system that prompts users to reconsider when they’re about to tweet a “potentially harmful or offensive” reply. The upgraded feature is now better at spotting “strong language,” claims Twitter; is more aware of vocabulary that has been “reclaimed by underrepresented communities” and is used in non-harmful ways; and also now takes into account your relationship with the person you’re messaging. In other words, if you’re tweeting at a mutual who you interact with regularly, Twitter will assume “there’s a higher likelihood [you] have a better understanding of preferred tone of communication” and not show you a prompt. So, you can call your friend a **** or a ****-**** or even a ****-******* son... Continue reading…

  • Facebook’s Nextdoor-clone Neighborhoods is coming soon to four US cities
    by James Vincent on May 5, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Facebook, which never saw a social network it couldn’t copy, says its Nextdoor-clone Neighborhoods is now available across Canada and is coming soon to four US cities. According to CNET, the US locations being targeted are Charlotte, North Carolina; San Diego, California; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Newark, New Jersey. Like Nextdoor, Neighborhoods is all about corralling geographically-defined groups of users into a single space to discuss local goings-on. Facebook says users should be able to get to know neighbors, ask for recommendations for the best coffee shops or locksmiths, and organize local events. Users can also create splinter groups specific to their interests. “You can find vibrant local Facebook groups about your area, or... Continue reading…

  • Reddit seems to be back after an almost hour-long outage
    by Mitchell Clark on May 4, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeReddit had a bit of a blip on Tuesday afternoon, going down for almost an hour. According to Reddit’s status page, the issues started around 1:56PM ET. At 2:17PM ET, Downdetector reports spiked, with around 45,000 users reporting problems connecting to its homepage and subreddits. Staff here at The Verge were also unable to load the site, with some getting a blank homepage and others experiencing slow loading times and getting kicked off of pages. The status page now indicates that Reddit has implemented a fix and is monitoring the results. While the status page still shows that there’s a partial outage, we were all able to successfully load and browse the site. Downdetector reports are also dropping, indicating that more... Continue reading…

  • Twitter is buying Scroll, the subscription service that removes ads from news sites
    by Dieter Bohn on May 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Image: ScrollTwitter’s acquisition spree continues today with Scroll, a $5-a-month subscription service that removes ads from participating news sites (including The Verge). Twitter is working on building out a new kind of subscription plan that will include Scroll, the recently acquired Revue newsletter service, and other homegrown Twitter services. In a blog post announcing the deal, Scroll CEO Tony Haile says that one reason he sold his company is because “Twitter’s ambitions are larger than people suspect.” The Scroll service is an ingenious hack that uses third-party cookies or browser extensions to tell websites to not serve ads to you. It’s not quite an ad-blocker per se but instead sends a portion of your subscription fee to the participating... Continue reading…

  • Basecamp implodes as employees flee company, including senior staff
    by Kim Lyons on April 30, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    After a controversial blog post in which CEO Jason Fried outlined Basecamp’s new philosophy that prohibited, among other things, “societal and political discussions” on internal forums, company co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson said the company would offer generous severance packages to anyone who disagreed with the new stance. On Friday, it appears a large number of Basecamp employees are taking Hansson up on his offer: according to The Verge contributing editor Casey Newton’s sources, roughly a third of the company’s 57 employees accepted buyouts today. As of Friday afternoon, 18 people had tweeted they were planning to leave. Not long after Fried’s Monday blog post went public — and was revised several times amid public backlash... Continue reading…

  • Dashlane’s new $3.99 password manager plan is cheaper but might not beat free
    by Ian Carlos Campbell on April 29, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Image: DashlaneDashlane has introduced a new $3.99 per month ($2.99 per month when charged yearly) Essentials plan for its password manager that offers some of the most popular features from its $6.49 per month Premium plan at a more affordable price. But the lower price comes with a catch — you might not be able to access your passwords on as many devices as you’d like. Like Dashlane’s Premium plans, the new Essentials offers unlimited passwords, the ability to generate new passwords on the fly, autofill, and access to Dashlane’s Secure Notes feature for storing private text. You won’t have access to Premium features like dark web monitoring, Dashlane’s VPN, or, crucially, support for more than two devices. That means you’ll have to pick where you... Continue reading…

  • EU adopts controversial law forcing one-hour takedowns of terrorist content
    by James Vincent on April 29, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeThe European Parliament has formally adopted a law requiring internet companies to “remove or disable access to flagged terrorist content” within one hour after being notified by national authorities. Once issued, such takedown notices will apply across the EU, with countries able to levy financial penalties against firms that refuse to comply. The legislation will come into force 12 months after it is published in the EU’s official journal, a standard step for all EU law. It will then have to be adopted by each member state. The legislation has been under discussion in the EU for years. It was first proposed in 2018 at a time when terrorist attacks by groups like ISIS were peaking across the continent and lawmakers were worried about... Continue reading…