Republicans and Democrats are fighting over who loves Uber more

You may not recognize the name David Plouffe offhand, but as President Obama's former campaign manager, he was instrumental in winning control of the White House twice in the 2008 and 2012 elections, respectively. As of last week, Plouffe, a longtime Democratic Party operative, aligned himself...

Rubble Bucket Challenge aims to raise awareness about Gaza

As the rest of the world continues to dump buckets of cold water over their heads in support of ALS research, some Palestinians have created their own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Known as the Rubble Bucket Challenge, the campaign invites social media users to douse themselves in sand, gravel, and other materials from buildings that...

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.

The bill to kill

New York man wins $125,000 settlement after being arrested for photographing police

A man who claims to have been arrested and strip-searched after photographing New York City police has reached a $125,000 settlement with the New York Police Department (NYPD).

As the New York Daily News reports, 45-year-old Dick George told a Brooklyn federal court that in 2012, he witnessed NYPD officers conduct a stop-and-frisk operation on three young African-Americans. George photographed the encounter on his cellphone while sitting in...

Verge Hack Week 2014

These six lawsuits shaped the internet

When AOL executive Ryan Block went public with a recorded a customer service call in which a Comcast representative refused, for the better part of 20 minutes, to cancel Block’s service, the recording went viral not because it was an anomaly, but because the rep’s sales tactics were familiar: most of us have been at the receiving end of a Comcast sales call we didn’t ask for. And, if you're been following Adrianne Jeffries' "Comcast...

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