The Verge - All Posts 2014-04-18T03:53:53-04:00 2014-04-18T03:53:53-04:00 2014-04-18T03:53:53-04:00 Legendary British newsreel collection is now free to watch <img alt="" src="" /> <p>British Path&eacute;'s entire collection of newsreels is now&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">available for free on YouTube</a>. The 85,000 videos showcase 80 years in global events, ranging from the historically significant to the downright weird. The repository includes newsreels from the First and Second World Wars, footage of the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster and even a clip of a morbidly obese three-year old being tempted with chocolate.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Cassandra Khaw 2014-04-17T23:54:43-07:00 2014-04-17T23:54:43-07:00 Snowden questions Putin's 'evasive' denial of mass surveillance <img alt="" src="" /> <p>In a question and answer session run by Russia's state-run broadcaster earlier this week, NSA leaker&nbsp;<a href="">Edward Snowden asked President Vladimir Putin</a> whether his government intercepted, stored, or analyzed the communications of its citizens. Today, writing in <i>The Guardian</i>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Snowden says he's not satisfied with Putin's "evasive" answer.</a></p> <p>Snowden says Putin "denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter," when he was asked if a surveillance program was morally defensible. The ex-NSA contractor noted that the fact the president responded at all "appears to be the strongest denial of involvement in mass surveillance ever given by a Russian leader," but also drew parallels between Putin's defense and president Obama's&nbsp;<a href="">"...</a></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Rich McCormick 2014-04-18T01:58:27-04:00 2014-04-18T01:58:27-04:00 HTC reportedly hires Samsung marketing exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing' <img alt="" src="" /> <p>HTC has hired Paul Golden, a former Samsung chief marketing officer in the US,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg News</a>. Golden, whose LinkedIn page says he "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand," was at Samsung between 2008 and 2012, a time in which the Korean company rose to global prominence in the smartphone market. A lawyer for Samsung in the ongoing patent trial with Apple claimed its provocative "Next Big Thing" campaign <a href="">drove its rival "crazy"</a> after kicking off in 2011.</p> <p></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Sam Byford 2014-04-17T19:25:01-04:00 2014-04-17T19:25:01-04:00 Wu-Tang Clan fans pooling $5 million to buy sole copy of the group's next album <img alt="" src="" /> <p>There's truly a Kickstarter project for just about everything. Case in point: a new fundraising effort to pool together $5 million to buy the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album, which the group is planning make available to only one lucky person. Last month, Wu-Tang Clan member Robert "RZA" Digg described the album, called<i> The Wu &mdash; Once Upon a Time In Shaolin</i>, <a href="">as a true collectors item,</a> something equivalent to "having the scepter of an Egyptian king." The group's <a href="" target="_blank">already been offered $5 million for it,</a> putting it well out of the reach of normal humans. And that's not sitting well with two twenty-somethings from California and Utah, who <a href="" target="_blank">have taken to Kickstarter</a> to raise those funds collectively, then distribute the album to backers:</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Josh Lowensohn 2014-04-17T19:03:07-04:00 2014-04-17T19:03:07-04:00 Sony extends PS4's lead over Xbox One despite 'Titanfall' launch <img alt="" src="" /> <p><i><a href="" target="_blank">Titanfall</a> </i>was the best-selling game for the month of March, according to NPD, but it didn't help Microsoft take the lead in the latest console war. Today, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One has shipped <a href="" target="_blank">over five million units</a>, but yesterday Sony reported selling <a href="" target="_blank">seven million units</a> of the PlayStation 4. That's a sizable lead for Sony, especially considering that Sony says those consoles were actually sold to consumers, not just those sitting on retail shelves. (The PlayStation 4 is frequently sold out.)</p> <p>Still, it's important to note that neither company is losing this battle: both Sony and Microsoft's gaming machines are doing fantastically well. The Xbox One may not be the top seller, but Microsoft says it sold 311,000 consoles...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Sean Hollister 2014-04-17T23:22:15+01:00 2014-04-17T23:22:15+01:00 Facebook wants to help you find your friends, but do you want the help? <p>Beep. Beep beep. Beep beep beep. There is a Myspace user nearby. There is a Myspace user nearby. Wait, I'm sorry. It seems the user accidentally visited Myspace when he was actually looking for a site called MyFace which determines what two people&rsquo;s baby would look like. We will continue to track Myspace and alert you when someone finally logs on.</p> &lt;iframe src=&#39;; frameborder=&#39;0&#39; seamless=&#39;true&#39; marginwidth=&#39;0&#39; mozallowfullscreen=&#39;true&#39; webkitallowfullscreen=&#39;true&#39; name=&#39;43925-chorus-video-iframe&#39;&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; Verge Video 2014-04-17T18:08:12-04:00 2014-04-17T18:08:12-04:00 Crafts store Michaels confirms 3 million credit card numbers stolen in hack <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Back in January, arts and crafts retail giant Michaels announced that it was&nbsp;<a href="">investigating a potential security breach</a>, and now the company has confirmed that millions of credit cards may have been compromised by a cyberattack. The company says that the attack targeted its point-of-sale systems at a "varying number" of stores from May 8th, 2013 through January 27, 2014. Overall, some 2.6 million credit and debit cards may have been affected, which is about seven percent of cards used in its stores over that timeframe.</p> <p>The Michaels website has details on what specific stores were targeted and at what times they were vulnerable, so concerned customers can go and check to see if their credit card info was potentially hacked. While it...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Nathan Ingraham 2014-04-17T17:53:07-04:00 2014-04-17T17:53:07-04:00 Norway's latest reality show is about birds in a coffee shop <img alt="" src="" /> <p>What do you get when you build a bird house modeled after a coffee shop and stick a camera in front of it? The answer is NRK's <i>Piip Show</i>, a "reality show" that's unlike anything you've ever seen. The 24/7 online broadcast captures every moment as a variety of birds (and sometimes squirrels) stop for a breather and tussle over food that's regularly dropped into the feeder. The show's concept was originally dreamt up by photographer Magne Klann in 2003, but it's now more popular than ever thanks to Norwegian TV station NRK.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Chris Welch 2014-04-17T17:47:53-04:00 2014-04-17T17:47:53-04:00 Cyborg video glasses show emotion so you don't have to <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Emotional labor is a kind of work we often don't recognize as work: the need to appear friendly, deferential, or attentive at a job. Fast food restaurant Pret a Manger is famous (or infamous) for holding its employees to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">exacting friendliness standards</a>, and emotional labor's overall importance is becoming a more and more pressing question. It's frequently, for example, implicated when talking about the supposed American "crisis of masculinity" and the growth of the service sector: are some men, rarely asked to perform as much emotional labor as women, having difficulty adjusting to the new economy? And how much should companies be able to dictate employees' facial expressions and demeanor anyways? These are all complicated, highly...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Adi Robertson 2014-04-17T17:32:13-04:00 2014-04-17T17:32:13-04:00 How a striking New York skyscraper was secretly saved from collapse <img alt="" src="" /> <p>One of the tallest skyscrapers in New York doesn't look like it should be standing &mdash; and for a brief time, there was a chance that it wouldn't. 601 Lexington, formerly known as the Citigroup Center, stands on a pair of over 100-foot-high stilts that originally allowed it to be constructed around a church occupying the land. It's a striking and inventive design, but&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">as 99% Invisible reports</a>, it wasn't perfect: a year after its construction in 1977, engineers realized that just the right type of wind could make the entire building blow over, and there was a one in sixteen chance of that happening each year.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Head over to 99% Invisible</a> for details on how the building was repaired in secret, without anyone finding out about the potential...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jacob Kastrenakes