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This artist sang with ghostly projections of herself for her latest music video

Dante D'Orazio December 20, 2014 05:23 pm30 minutes ago

Just when we thought we'd seen every kind of music video around, out comes this wonderfully-conceived video for Portuguese pop artist Emmy Curl's latest single, "Come Closer." The video is the product of...

No post-production here — just some impressive camerawork

US responds to North Korean demands, tells government to 'admit their culpability'

Dante D'Orazio December 20, 2014 04:25 pm1 hour ago 16

US officials today stood firmly by the FBI's conclusion that North Korea is responsible for the crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures that ultimately led to the cancellation of The Interview. After North...

"If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability..." National Security Council spokesperson

US reportedly asks China for help with North Korea over Sony hack

Ross Miller December 20, 2014 05:01 pm1 hour ago 6

While the US is dismissive of North Korea's proposed "joint investigation" into the Sony hack, according to a New York Times report, the Obama administration has reached out to China for help in "blocking...

Strange bedfellows

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Reddit announces it will give $5 million to its users in the form of 'Notes'

Dante D'Orazio December 20, 2014 03:34 pm2 hours ago 9

Reddit has revealed how it plans to distribute $5 million to its users. Kinda. In a blog post yesterday, the company unveiled "Reddit Notes," a sort of digital currency that represents a piece of equity in...

"It's something of value, like sugar or gold or bacon." Alexis Ohanian

Sony Pictures CEO: 'We have always had every desire' to release The Interview

Ross Miller December 19, 2014 03:50 pm12.19.2014 44

If you ask President Obama, Sony made a "mistake" by canceling The Interview's release — but that doesn't mean the movie is gone for good. CNN has just run a quick teaser of Fareed Zakaria's interview with...

"We have not backed down." Michael Lynton

Google+ can now 'Auto Enhance' your home videos to make them less crummy

Dante D'Orazio December 20, 2014 02:21 pm4 hours ago 6

Google+ may never pose a legitimate threat to Facebook, but the service has certainly found its niche. This week, the social network continued its quest to be your go-to home for photos and videos with a...


Hackers demand Sony remove all signs The Interview existed or more data will be released

Jacob Kastrenakes December 19, 2014 10:46 am12.19.2014 271

The hackers who attacked Sony Pictures are making more demands of the studio following their success in scrapping the release of The Interviewaccording to CNN. CNN reports that top Sony executives...

"We will ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble." Sony hackers

Listen to Madonna rap every illuminati buzzword in one of her six new songs

Ross Miller December 20, 2014 01:08 pm5 hours ago 21

Combating the full album leak, Madonna has released six new tracks from her upcoming Rebel Heart. That includes a song about Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and... did she just say "the Google of United States"?

Did she just say "the Google of United States"?

Obama: the US 'will respond' to the North Korean attack on Sony

Jacob Kastrenakes December 19, 2014 02:13 pm12.19.2014 172

President Obama says that the United States will respond to North Korea over its cyberattack on Sony Pictures. He declined to say what that response will be, saying only that it will be "proportional."...

"I wish [Sony] had spoken to me first." Obama

BlackBerry is working on Boeing's long-awaited self-destructing phone

Kwame Opam December 19, 2014 11:10 pm19 hours ago 12

Boeing's mysterious, self-destructing Black phone is getting help in the security department from none other than BlackBerry. During a conference call on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the...

This phone will self-destruct in five...

Mississippi's attorney general calls 'a time out' after Google sues him

Casey Newton December 19, 2014 08:15 pm22 hours ago 33

Hours after Google took legal action against him, Mississippi's attorney general is retreating. Jim Hood issued a statement late Friday saying he is "calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail."...

Noise and the Hood

Sony says it's not caving on The Interview, but all of its promotional sites are gone

Josh Lowensohn December 19, 2014 07:56 pm22 hours ago 33

Despite making overtures that it has not "caved," or "backed down," in the face of hacker threats, Sony Pictures appears to have been quietly pulling each and every online promotion for its movie, The...

It's like it never happened

More than 1 million credit cards may have been compromised in Staples hack

Josh Lowensohn December 19, 2014 07:04 pm23 hours ago 23

Staples says as many as 1.16 million customer credit cards may have been compromised as part of a malware attack on some of its point-of-sale systems earlier this year. Today the company released some of...

Make More Happen, indeed

Sony: No online service has 'stepped forward' to distribute The Interview

Ross Miller December 19, 2014 04:33 pm12.19.2014 83

A number of people — The Verge included — have called on Sony to release The Interview online, be it streaming à la Netflix / Hulu or for sale on a service like iTunes / Google Play. In an interview with C...

Comedians in Tanks Getting Controversy

Google bringing always-on voice commands to Chromebooks

Dan Seifert December 19, 2014 04:05 pm12.19.2014 36

You've been able to yell voice commands at Android smartphones and Android Wear smartwatches for some time now, but soon you'll be able to do the same to a Chromebook computer. A new feature available to...

OK Google, do my job for me

FCC proposes rule change that could kickstart internet TV

Jacob Kastrenakes December 19, 2014 04:00 pm12.19.2014 25

Internet TV may have just gotten the break it needed. The Federal Communications Commission officially proposed a rule change today that would give any company that wants to carry television shows the...

Here's how Apple gets to make its TV

From space to splashdown, you can now watch Orion's return to Earth firsthand

Sean O'Kane December 19, 2014 03:58 pm12.19.2014 8

NASA took the first major step in re-establishing its manned space program two weeks ago when the Orion spacecraft made its initial test flight. Today, the space agency released this 10-minute video that...

25 years of live Nine Inch Nails performances are available in one 527GB torrent

Nathan Ingraham December 19, 2014 03:20 pm12.19.2014 20

If you're a Nine Inch Nails fan and want to get your hands on nearly every bit of music Trent Reznor has ever performed, look no further: NIN fan site / archive Reflecting in the Chrome has just released a...

For completionists only

Everyone hates this anonymous cameraman — but why?

Russell Brandom December 19, 2014 03:13 pm12.19.2014 86

You're sitting outside a Starbucks when a man walks up to you carrying a video camera. He sits next to you, training his camera on your face, saying nothing. You ask why he's filming and he says, simply,...

You're sitting outside a Starbucks when a man walks up to you with a camera...

The podcast and the murder: why I soured on Serial

Ben Popper December 19, 2014 03:02 pm12.19.2014 31

Spoiler alert: This piece discusses many details of the series and its finale.

The world’s first blockbuster podcast, Serialreleased its final episode yesterday. You can be forgiven for missing it,...

"Anonymous sources who performed various feats of character assassination."

These Alien 35th anniversary posters are gorgeous and gruesome

Andrew Webster December 19, 2014 02:30 pm12.19.2014 13

Alien has seemingly been everywhere this year. We've seen blockbuster games dedicated to recreating the tension of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic, and fan projects that turn the late H.R. Giger's...

"It set the tone for virtually every sci-fi / space movie." Robert Bruno, artist

Tesla to start battery swap pilot program with Model S owners next week

Chris Ziegler December 19, 2014 02:11 pm12.19.2014 15

In a blog post, Tesla says that it'll finally start offering battery swaps for the Model S — a feature that was first demonstrated in mid-2013, designed as a quicker alternative to charging. The concept is...


Facebook releases a new app for covering your photos in stickers

Casey Newton December 19, 2014 02:04 pm12.19.2014 7

Facebook's cartoon stickers add a whimsical touch to the company's Messenger app, and now they're coming to photos. The company announced today a new app called Stickered that lets you add stickers to your...

Snow globe chat heads, people

Robot zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Andrew Webster December 19, 2014 01:52 pm12.19.2014

One of the biggest changes in the newest Call of Duty is the shift to the future, which lets you play with all kinds of cool gadgets and weapons — and now that futuristic technology is coming to the...

And so is John Malkovich

Watch Obama talk about North Korea's cyberattack on Sony

Jacob Kastrenakes December 19, 2014 01:45 pm12.19.2014 55

President Obama is about to begin a press conference where he is expected to discuss North Korea's cyberattack on Sony Pictures. It is not clear what, if any, actions the United States will take in...

It's not clear how the US will respond

Republicans looking to introduce net neutrality bill that avoids Title II

Nathan Ingraham December 19, 2014 01:24 pm12.19.2014 25

2014 has seen a widescale battle for net neutrality, with the government and massive corporations clashing over just what a free and open internet will look like in the years to come. Much of that...

A way to limit fast lanes without reprioritizing the internet as a utility

Price Check: Logitech's colorful speaker, Star Wars cookies, and interstellar gaming

Sean O'Kane December 19, 2014 01:07 pm12.19.2014 3

Welcome to Price Check, our weekly post dedicated to sorting through all the new products and deals that we find. We also get a ton of gadgets sent to our office, so consider this the best place for us to...

Stuff your stockings

Homeland Security chief calls Sony hack 'an attack on our freedom of expression'

Russell Brandom December 19, 2014 12:57 pm12.19.2014 13

On the heels of today's FBI statement officially naming North Korea as responsible for the hack on Sony Pictures, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson has put out a statement denouncing the attack and...

"An attack on our freedom of expression and way of life." Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security chief

Watch J.J. Abrams and crew say thanks from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Bryan Bishop December 19, 2014 12:55 pm12.19.2014 8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just under a year, and in this new video J.J. Abrams, the crew — and a wookie — give us our latest look at the sets and making of the production itself.

How do you say "thank you" in Shyriiwook?

What we learned from the most shared Facebook posts of 2014

Chris Plante December 19, 2014 12:46 pm12.19.2014 4

"Tyrese Gibson has A+ Facebook skills" is the immediate takeaway from this list of the 250 most shared Facebook posts of the year, shared with The Verge by social media analytics platform CrowdTangle.


2 Fast 2 Furious

What's next for Reddit's amateur Serial sleuths?

Michael Zelenko December 19, 2014 12:36 pm12.19.2014 12

Now that Serial season 1 is over, will Reddit detectives stay on Adnan's case?

Will the Reddit Serial devotees stay on the case, or will they dissolve into the ether of the web?

T-Mobile will pay at least $90 million to settle FTC cellphone 'cramming' lawsuit

Nathan Ingraham December 19, 2014 12:24 pm12.19.2014 3

T-Mobile has agreed to pay at least $90 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the wireless carrier of placing unwanted, third-party charges on its customers cell phone bills, a practice commonly...

It's time for T-Mobile to pay up

FBI officially names North Korea as culprit in Sony hack

Jacob Kastrenakes December 19, 2014 11:52 am12.19.2014 142

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that North Korea is behind the cyberattack on Sony last month that's led to the release of stolen emails and social security numbers and the cancellation of The...

"We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack." FBI
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