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This iPhone 6 'leak' video is hilarious and perfect

I'll be honest: this video hits kind of close to home. Especially because I saw the headline "Is this the new iPhone 6?" and clicked on it like a maniac, and then I sat for two minutes and twenty seconds (not including the pre-roll ad) and watched every single second of Doldo411 telling me about...

Investors reportedly buying into Snapchat at $10 billion valuation

It may have seemed strange when Snapchat turned down Facebook's reported $3 billion buyout offer last year, but here's the reason why: the startup is now raising money at a valuation of nearly $10 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Back in May, the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins reportedly committed to investing up to $20 million in Snapchat at this high valuation. At least...

Apple reportedly working on 12.9-inch iPad for early next year

Apple is developing a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display that it plans to begin manufacturing early next year, according to Bloomberg. It's not stated when the larger iPad will actually be released, but reports have swirled around the development of an iPad at this size for about a year now, so it's quite possible that it's finally headed toward a launch. Apple's existing iPads, the Air and the mini, have 9.7- and 7.9-inch displays. At 12.9 inches, this purported iPad would be closer in size to a laptop, like the MacBook Air.

That would make this larger iPad a particularly large tablet, but the idea of it fits right in with what Apple's been planning: it's said to be releasing two larger iPhones next month — a clear response to consumers' increasing interest in devices with larger screens. So far, tablets with larger displays haven't gained all that much traction, but Apple likely doesn't want to be caught unprepared once again — as it did with smartphones — and start losing...

But first, bigger iPhones

AT&T Mobility names Glenn Lurie as its new CEO

AT&T Mobility has a new CEO: Glenn Lurie has been promoted to lead the second-largest US carrier. He takes the place of Ralph de la Vega, who served as chief executive since 2007 and is now tasked with overseeing AT&T's newly formed Mobile and Business Solutions Group. Essentially, de la Vega now sits between Lurie and AT&T's main boss, Randall Stephenson. As CEO of the mobility unit, Lurie...

Ralph de la Vega is being promoted

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This year's Burning Man is being livestreamed right now

Have you been noticing a lot of vacation auto-responders this week? That's because everyone you're trying to email is at Burning Man, the arts-and-crafts-and-drugs festival set in the middle of the Nevada desert. Luckily, you don't have to feel too left out: this year, organizers are streaming the whole show live on the internet. You can see the Man, looming enormously over the flat dusty plain known as the playa, and the Burners, bustling around Black Rock City on tandem bikes and art cars. Be sure to tune in on Saturday, August 30th, at 9PM PT, when they actually burn the Man.

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The Flash is a horrible runner in this new poster

The CW today revealed the latest poster for the upcoming The Flash series. Here, Barry Allen taps into the Speed Force to create his iconic symbol. It's a solid poster. But The Verge writers sat down and dug a little deeper into what's happening here.

Adi Robertson: The interesting thing about TV is that it's subverted film's blue / orange filter. Although maybe Gotham will bring it back, based on the posters.

Ross Miller: So... is he dashing then turning sharply and going backwards diagonally, then turning sharply back around... OR is he like backpedaling / strafing to make curves?

TC Sottek: Yeah pretty inefficient tbh.


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Detours starts tomorrow! The second season of our show that tackles big American problems and those using big solutions to solve them. We kick off in Boston, visiting MIT where they are rethinking the future of food. It's an ambitious project, the kind we like best. Stay tuned every Wednesday for the next eight weeks for a new episode!

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This photo of a car crash kept showing up in Google's image results today

Google's image search tool experienced a bizarre problem this morning: users around the globe reported that they were seeing images of a car accident appear alongside results for innocuous search terms like "puppies" and "kittens." The same image was showing up everywhere, and no one was really sure why. The first few photo results for any...

California's smartphone kill switch bill has been signed into law

A bill that requires all smartphones manufactured after July 1st, 2015 to include anti-theft measures if sold in the state of California was signed into law today. California governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, which was introduced back in February, and finally cleared the State assembly two weeks ago. Its aim is to make phones a less attractive target for thieves by requiring built-in tools that let consumers remotely lock, wipe, and disable the devices.

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