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The Weekender: picking presents, filming football, and fleeing flash sales

The best of the week gone by

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again. You can follow along below, or keep up to date on Flipboard.

  • Feature

    Any given Sunday: inside the chaos and spectacle of the NFL on Fox

    It takes just as much planning, teamwork, and practice to broadcast a football game as it does to play one. We went behind the scenes with Fox's star crew of broadcasters to see the incredible work that goes into every single game.

  • Feature

    The Verge Holiday Gift Guide 2013

    Not sure what to get someone for the holidays? Open up our beautiful gift guide for well over 100 suggestions of the coolest things you can find for the kitchen, living room, the office, and any place else you might go.

  • Review

    ‘Oldboy’ review: stop me if you’ve heard this one before

    Can Spike Lee translate a cult classic Korean film? Not perfectly, but there's still a lot to like: Lee imbues Oldboy with his signature style without losing some of the film's wildest traits.

  • Report

    Sex pixels: what 4K means for porn

    It's said that porn companies decided the war between VHS and Betamax, and that they may have even had a say in Blu-ray and 3D too. So what will porn have to say about the ultra-high resolution 4K format, and will the industry be jumping over to it any time soon?

  • Review

    Sony SmartWatch 2 review

    Smartwatches may still be nerdy, but they're getting a whole lot better. Sony's latest is among the most stylish yet, and it takes some big steps forward from its predecessor.

  • Report

    Demolition Man: why does Fab's CEO keep building big companies that suddenly implode?

    Fab just can't stop changing: it's been a gay social network, a flash sales site, and a straight commerce site — and now it's starting to fall apart. But for those who know how things went at Fab CEO Jason Golberg's last company, this pattern isn't such a surprise.

  • Report

    How do you design a chair for the iPad age?

    Steelcase makes one of the best office chairs around, and now it's created a new one specifically for the modern worker: one who hunches over their laptop, slouches back to read a tablet, and leans in all kinds of weird ways to swipe at their cellphone.

  • Report

    From alpha to ‘Betas’: how Amazon is rethinking the way television is made

    Can viewer response and demographic data come together to build a great TV show? Amazon is hoping that it can, and we caught up with some of the names behind those efforts to see just how it's going, and whether it'll really help to create a good show.

  • Review

    Sony PS Vita TV review: when game console met set-top box

    Sony is making a play for the living room with a tiny, inexpensive box that's both PlayStation and media player. Is this the perfect pairing, or are games and streaming movies still too much for one $99 box to handle?

  • Report

    Pyramid power: Herbalife's questionable business practices don't faze Wall Street

    Despite one investor's big bet on Herbalife being unveiled as a pyramid scheme, the FTC has yet to take action. Now Herbalife's stock price is soaring, and Wall Street seems to think it may be in the clear — at least for a little while.