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The Weekender: cloning cats, revisiting replicants, and shutting down a startup

The Weekender: cloning cats, revisiting replicants, and shutting down a startup

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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.

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    Xbox, watch TV: inside Microsoft's audacious plan to take over the living room

    The Xbox 360 has been slowly taking over the living room, but now Microsoft is going all in with the Xbox One. We took a deep dive into the new system with some of Xbox’s top team members to see where the One is trying to take gaming and TV.

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    Where cats glow green: weird feline science in New Orleans

    Creating a glowing green cat isn’t the only thing the ACRES research center in New Orleans is working on. Using cloning, it’s been working to save endangered species of cats for extinction — but overcoming cloning’s inefficiencies isn’t easy.

  • Review

    iPad Air review

    The iPad has been the tablet to beat for years, and now Apple’s making it even better. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster — but has Apple figured out what to do with all that power yet?

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    Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business

    It takes more than a great product to build a great business. We spent some time with Everpix as the team prepared to announce its shutdown, seeing what they learned from the photo service's two years of work.

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    We play with the Steam Machine, Valve's game console of the future

    Valve is trying to turn the PC into a game console just like the Xbox or PlayStation. It’s an ambitious project that will launch next year, but we got to play with an early version. Here’s what it’s like to use Valve’s new style of game console.

  • Review

    ‘Thor: The Dark World’ review: Marvel keeps its hot streak alive

    The first Thor was a rare miss in Marvel’s growing collection of superhero movie hits, but its sequel manages to turn things around. The Dark World may revel in its comic book roots, but that’s exactly what fans will love.

  • Review

    Nexus 5 review

    Google new flagship smartphone is a powerhouse that only costs $350 off contract. It’s perfect for showing off the latest version of Android, but has Google paid as much attention to hardware as it has to software? Be sure to check out our review of Android 4.4 KitKat too.

  • Report

    More than a replicant: 'Moments Lost' revisits 'Blade Runner' through music

    A group of musicians, illustrators, and writers are looking to create an ambitious and expansive concept album inspired by Blade Runner. In their vision, the album wouldn’t just have songs, but a complete story and illustration to go along with every single track as well.

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    PayPal who? Dwolla is the most daring digital payment startup you've never heard of

    Dwolla isn’t just trying to streamline digital payments, it’s inventing an entirely new system to make them happen. So far you can use Dwolla to pay over 25,000 different parties — from merchants to government agencies — but now it may finally be getting simple enough for the average consumer to use.

  • Review

    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review (8.9-inch)

    The largest of Amazon’s new tablets isn’t short for power, and it’s one of the least expensive large tablets out there. But Amazon still wants the experience to be all about, well, Amazon, and that might not be enough versatility for a tablet anymore.

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Rihanna’s headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Apple Music’s set to sponsor the Halftime Show next February, and it’s starting out strong with a performance from Rihanna. I honestly can’t remember which company sponsored the Halftime Show before Pepsi, so it’ll be nice to see how Apple handles the show for Super Bowl LVII.


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Starlink is growing.

The Elon Musk-owned satellite internet service, which covers all seven continents including Antarctica, has now made over 1 million user terminals. Musk has big plans for the service, which he hopes to expand to cruise ships, planes, and even school buses.

Musk recently said he’ll sidestep sanctions to activate the service in Iran, where the government put restrictions on communications due to mass protests. He followed through on his promise to bring Starlink to Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion, so we’ll have to wait and see if he manages to bring the service to Iran as well.


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Emma RothSep 25
We might not get another Apple event this year.

While Apple was initially expected to hold an event to launch its rumored M2-equipped Macs and iPads in October, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts Apple will announce its new devices in a series of press releases, website updates, and media briefings instead.

I know that it probably takes a lot of work to put these polished events together, but if Apple does pass on it this year, I will kind of miss vibing to the livestream’s music and seeing all the new products get presented.


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Emma RothSep 24
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.