Major League Baseball takes a swing at the FCC's fast lane internet proposal

Do you know who's not a fan of the Federal Communication Commission's proposal to let internet service providers offer different speeds to online services? Major League Baseball. In a letter to the FCC last week, the league's digital group argued that the most recent open internet proposal could do more harm than good to consumers and upstart businesses, and likened the move to "rolling the...

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This is Hot Wheels' life-size 'Darth Vader Car'

A visit to the Hot Wheels booth at Comic Con's exhibition floor will give visitors a look at a life-size car that looks just like Darth Vader's iconic helmet. And is it ever strange. Hot Wheels went all out with the car, giving it all the Star Wars touches you could think of: Sith lightsaber-style exhaust pipes, Imperial insignias in the wheels, and even Vader's life support panel.

The Darth Vader Car is actually a modified Chevy Corvette C5, with the Darth helmet comprised of fiberglass that sits atop the car's frame. It comes complete with a 526-horsepower engine, and can reportedly hit a top speed of 150mph. It's not the most attractive car we've ever seen, but we can still sense the good in it.

The Force is strong with this one

HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement app

A lawsuit filed against Hewlett-Packard and Palm over a webOS app that would estimate the size of male genitals has been settled. Last February, rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker sued the companies, asking for $500,000 while claiming the third-party app called the Chubby Checker "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value." The app itself, which was first released in 2006, would...

What's the deal with 'Seinfeld' coming to Netflix?

Jerry Seinfeld has confirmed that he is in talks to bring his iconic comedy series Seinfeld to Netflix. Speaking in an AMA question and answer session on Reddit, the comedian replied "conversations are presently taking place" when asked if the hit show, created by Seinfeld himself and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David, would be brought to the streaming service. The show originally aired between 1989 and 1998, but maintains its grasp on pop culture: one man recently developed a virtual version of Jerry's on-screen apartment that fans could navigate using the Oculus Rift headset.

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Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics

Maybe Amazon's purchase of Comixology isn't the worst thing to ever happen after all. Comic book readers on iOS have been fuming over the loss of in-app purchases following the company's acquisition, but today during a panel at Comic Con, Comixology announced a new feature that users are certain to love: DRM-free backups. Customers can now download and store copies of books without being bothered by a DRM system that limits what they can do with content they rightfully own.

"For those out there who have not joined the comic reading community because of DRM, you have no excuse now," said co-founder John Roberts. Backups are available in...

Philips' light bulbs will bring 'Sharknado' into your living room

Finally there's a reason to invest in smart light bulbs. Syfy and Philips have announced that Sharknado 2: The Second One viewers will be treated to a custom light show designed to sync up with the film when it premieres on July 30th. It's all made possible with Syfy's "Sync" second-screen app, which listens for audio cues from the film and then sends lighting commands to the Philips Hue system. Beginning at 7PM, any Philips smart bulbs in...

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Ultratext is a dead-simple iOS app for creating GIFs and sending them via MMS and iMessage. It creates flashing neon messages, with the words you type blown up in all caps, accessorized with emoji...

Pesticide linked to three generations of genetic damage

No one's used the pesticide Methoxychlor for more than a decade — but according to a new study, it may be harming people for generations to come. A group of researchers at Washington State University have discovered new effects from the pesticide that reach into a subject's epigenome, affecting children and even grandchildren of the initial...

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Microsoft made a terrible parody of 'Sexy and I Know It' to promote Surface Pro 3 and OneNote

Despite being a major institution of the tech industry, Microsoft has always been willing to be fairly lighthearted and get a little goofy. That's for better or for worse, depending on how you take it. Microsoft has a long history of making silly videos that often fall on the more embarrassing side of goofy, and little to its concern. Microsoft may well know this, but its videos don't necessarily present the perfect image for the company or its products. Case in point: a new video from its...





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The Verge is live at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

It's finally here. Every year, some of the biggest names in Hollywood and geek culture converge on downtown San Diego to kick off Comic-Con International, the nexus for all things entertainment. The Verge is here to bring you all of it, from the major panel reveals in Hall H, the surprise appearances on the convention floor, and all the craziness that fans are sure to bring with them.

You might be here for The Avengers. Maybe you're dying to hear news about Jurassic World. Or maybe you just...


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