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The Tor network is bracing for a possible attack

Russell Brandom December 22, 2014 04:19 pm15 minutes ago 1

On Friday, a post on the Tor Project's blog sent out an alarming message: "The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days." More than 2 million...

"The chassis of the servers was opened..."

The Oatmeal got to ride in Google's self-driving car

Jacob Kastrenakes December 22, 2014 03:30 pm1 hour ago 6

This is what happens when Matthew Inman, the cartoonist behind The Oatmeal, gets to ride in Google's self-driving car: some crazy illustrations, and some interesting first impressions.

Inman says the cars "are throttled to act like nervous student drivers."

Halo Nightfall star Mike Colter will play Luke Cage on Netflix

Kwame Opam December 22, 2014 04:05 pm32 minutes ago 3

Marvel has just cast its newest superhero lead on Netflix. Halo: Nightfall star Mike Colter is now set to play Luke Cage in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, opposite Krysten Ritter in the title role.


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The Everything Book: reading in the age of Amazon

Casey Newton December 17, 2014 10:15 am12.17.2014 71

Chris Green holds an envelope. At least, it looks like an envelope. In reality, it's a piece of office copy paper that's been cut and folded into the shape of a Kindle Voyage, the latest in Amazon's...

Amazon won the book war. What happens next?

Art house theaters petition Sony to let them show The Interview

Bryan Bishop December 22, 2014 02:20 pm2 hours ago 14

Sony Pictures has been blaming theater chains for its decision to cancel the release of The Interview, but US independent movie theaters are making that a difficult argument to sell.

Theaters are ready and Sony has no excuse

Comcast hands out 'priority assistance' cards to Washington power players

Micah Singleton December 22, 2014 02:15 pm2 hours ago 9

The controversial Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger hinges on regulatory approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice, both of which are based in Washington, DC. It will come as no surprise that...

Web freedom groups criticize state attorney general for Goliath action

Russell Brandom December 22, 2014 02:00 pm2 hours ago 4

The same groups that brought down SOPA seem to be turning their attention to the recent Goliath news. On the heels of Google's lawsuit against the Mississippi attorney general, a coalition of 13 advocacy...

"SOPA was a bad idea at the federal level, and any SOPA revival on a state level is an equally bad idea." An open letter to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood

This stunning fanart shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

Kwame Opam December 22, 2014 01:55 pm3 hours ago 6

We know that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange in 2016, but it'll likely be some time before we see him in classic Strange attire. That doesn't mean Marvel and co. can't whet our appetites in...

"Strange but not a stranger." Talking Heads

England will sequence the genomes of 100,000 humans to tackle cancer and rare diseases

Arielle Duhaime-Ross December 22, 2014 01:41 pm3 hours ago 4

England's National Health Service announced today that it would build 11 new Genomic Medicine Centers as part of the country's new 100,000 Genomes Project — an effort that aims to sequence the genomes of...

"Embracing genomics will position us at the forefront of science." Bruce Koegh, NHS England's national medical director,

See the first 'complete prototype' of Google's self-driving car

Jacob Kastrenakes December 22, 2014 01:19 pm3 hours ago 20

Google has finished building the first complete prototype of its self-driving car. This latest prototype is said to have all of the parts that a self-driving car needs in order to hit the road, whereas the...

Now with headlights!

You can now buy HP's Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen

Chris Welch December 22, 2014 01:15 pm3 hours ago 15

We've said that the mediocre screen on HP's Chromebook 14 "kills the whole appeal of an otherwise solid Chromebook," and it seems HP may have come to the same realization. Recently, HP introduced the...

HP is addressing its Chromebook's glaring weakness

Why do so many airports have rocking chairs?

Josh Dzieza December 22, 2014 01:10 pm3 hours ago 5

I first noticed the rocking chairs a few years ago while flying out of Seattle. It seemed like a quirky touch not out of character at an airport with an abundance of art and whose drinking fountains play...

It all started with a photography exhibit about porches

This drone porn isn't real, it's just really creepy

Ben Popper December 22, 2014 01:06 pm4 hours ago 17

As a journalist I get hundreds of pitches a day for various products and services. A few weeks ago I received one that stood out.

"Turns out a drone pilot managed to stumble onto a couple getting hot-and-heavy." Mike Williams, public relations, Pornhub

An Indonesian beetle just joined the list of animals named after David Attenborough

Arielle Duhaime-Ross December 22, 2014 12:44 pm4 hours ago 3

It's becoming increasingly clear that Sir David Attenborough's name will live on long after we're all dead. And that's not just because of the broadcaster's enormous contributions to wildlife television...

Attenborough also has his own goblin spider

North Korea's internet is having serious problems

Russell Brandom December 22, 2014 11:41 am5 hours ago 63

North Korea is having serious connectivity issues this morning, North Korea Tech reports. The country has extremely limited web infrastructure to begin with, but reports from Dyn indicate the country's...

"I wouldn’t be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently." Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research

Hackers are blackmailing a South Korean nuclear plant

Russell Brandom December 22, 2014 11:15 am5 hours ago 13

Today, workers at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power got some alarming news. The agency that operates South Korea's nuclear power plants had suffered a data breach, and hackers were leaking the data onto the...

"There is no risk whatsoever." South Korea's Deputy Energy Minister

The best video games of 2014

Verge Staff December 16, 2014 09:56 am12.16.2014 116

When it comes to video games, much of this year has been overshadowed by Gamergate; the movement has hovered over the industry like a dark, ugly cloud, dominating the discussion about games and the people...

From colorful roads to dark dungeons

Watch the styles of your favorite directors recreated with stock footage

Emily Yoshida December 22, 2014 10:59 am6 hours ago 2

One of these days I would like to commission a visual history of men's hands passing through wheat, and the last stop would be the Terrence Malick segment of this pretty impressive Shutterstock-compiled...

The age of pre-fab cinema approaches

Drake owns the BlackBerry Classic. BlackBerry's comeback is complete

Kwame Opam December 22, 2014 10:52 am6 hours ago 34

The BlackBerry Classic was never going to appeal to everyone. It's strictly for the diehards, the Inbox Zero-chasers and the enterprise elite most comfortable with a design language that matured in the...

"Guess whose it is?" Drake

Why is it so difficult to eat real food in the 21st century?

Vlad Savov December 22, 2014 10:30 am6 hours ago 110

My great-grandmother lived to be over 100 years old. Never leaving her rural Bulgarian surroundings, she might have been one of the last people on the planet who wouldn’t be able to tell you who Ronald...

Once the weird and alien alternative, industrialized food is now the norm

NASA scientists propose sending humans to the skies of Venus

Elizabeth Lopatto December 22, 2014 10:21 am6 hours ago 17

Venus might be closer to Earth, but that doesn't make it easier to explore than Mars. For starters, the surface of Venus has the pressure of 92 of Earth's atmospheres, to say nothing of the temperatures...

"It’s a chance to do a practice run, if you will, of going to Mars." Chris Jones, NASA Langley Research Center

You can buy Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9 tablet for $299 today only

Chris Welch December 22, 2014 09:57 am7 hours ago 3

You'll need to choose an expedited shipping method if you're planning to put it under the Christmas tree, but for today only you can purchase Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet for 30 percent off. The...

Not bad, Amazon, not bad

UPS will ship 34 million packages today

Russell Brandom December 22, 2014 09:16 am7 hours ago 20

Today, UPS estimates it will deliver 34 million packages — the most the company has ever shipped in a single day. It's a huge undertaking and, as The Wall Street Journal reports, weathering the storm has...

Keeping up with the juggernaut growth of online retail

Leaked CIA documents show how to beat airport security like a spy

James Vincent December 22, 2014 07:34 am9 hours ago 28

WikiLeaks has published a pair of internal CIA documents briefing undercover agents on how to dupe security at airports. The two documents — both classified as "Secret/NOFORN" meaning not to be shared with...

Spies like us

Facebook caves to Russian censorship, blocks page supporting Putin critic

Amar Toor December 22, 2014 06:04 am10 hours ago 49

Facebook has blocked a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent opposition leader in Russia, apparently at the request of Vladimir Putin's government. The page was created on Friday to organize...

Russia says protest page called for "unauthorized mass event"

The internet decides that The Interview is a perfect movie

Vlad Savov December 22, 2014 04:07 am12 hours ago 57

Sometimes, a movie's notoriety can transcend its actual content and make it a culturally significant milestone all by its lonesome. No movie this year (or maybe even this decade) has been as notorious as...

And you thought Russian judges were biased

Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store

Rich McCormick December 21, 2014 08:37 pm20 hours ago 189

Microsoft has removed a host of third-party Snapchat alternatives from its Windows Phone store after the photo messaging service indicated that it would start cracking down on unofficial apps in a bid to...

oh snap

Cadillac will let you replace your rearview mirror with a video feed in 2016

Dante D'Orazio December 21, 2014 05:14 pm23 hours ago 16

In 2016, a rearview mirror with a video display built in will be a standard option on the Cadillac CT6, the carmaker's upcoming flagship sedan. With the wide-angle video feed enabled, the "mirror" will...

LCD switches back to a mirror with press of a button

New Final Fantasy XV trailer shows off more crazy and weird road trip action

Dante D'Orazio December 21, 2014 03:41 pm12.21.2014 42

We've got to be honest: We don't really know much about the plot of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, but we're irresistibly drawn to the idea of a road trip movie in a fantasy world. There's just nothing...

Final Fantasy: road trip!

SNL's Serial spoof gets to the bottom of Santa Claus' secrets

Dante D'Orazio December 21, 2014 01:31 pm12.21.2014 12

It's official: Saturday Night Live has spoofed a podcast, and, of course, it's none other than the hugely popular Serial. Fortunately, the skit is up there with some of the finest work to come out of this...

"Yo, regular people just can't make a reindeer fly, know what I'm saying?" "Chris"

Fox News and Fox Business go dark on Dish as negotiations stall

Dante D'Orazio December 21, 2014 12:37 pm12.21.2014 30

Dish customers are in the midst of another channel blackout — hardly an unusual occurrence for the feisty satellite TV provider. This time it's Fox News Channel and Fox Business that are missing from your...

Third time this year Dish channels have gone offline due to a contract dispute

China criticizes US and Sony Pictures, says The Interview is 'nothing to be proud of'

Dante D'Orazio December 21, 2014 11:23 am12.21.2014 180

China has given its first hint of its stance on the Sony Pictures hack and The Interview, and Americans will likely be displeased. An editorial in The Global Times, a paper run by the state's Communist...

"The vicious mocking of Kim is only a result of senseless cultural arrogance." State-run paper

Watch Dr. Evil mock Sony Pictures and North Korea on SNL

Kwame Opam December 21, 2014 10:35 am12.21.2014 24

Of course SNL had to get a few digs in at the Sony hacks this week, and Mike Myers returned as Dr. Evil himself to do the digging. During the show's cold open, the old Austin Powers villain said that Sony,...

"Kim's not with it. He still watches 'laserdiscs.'" Dr. Evil
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