Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we'll bring you important articles from the previous weeks' original reports, features, and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again.

  • Feature

    Inside Hangouts, Google's big fix for its messaging mess

    Google has had maybe half a dozen messaging tools over the years — many of which are still in use — but none has ever become "the one." We sat down with the team behind Hangouts to talk about the company’s effort to pull all of those services together, the need to move away from an open platform, and out what took so long.