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The Weekender: discovering doge, documenting drones, and digging into DNA

The Weekender: discovering doge, documenting drones, and digging into DNA


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

    Wow this is doge

    Meet the dog behind doge's most famous face, an eight-year-old Shiba named Kabosu that lives in Japan. Kabosu may be undeniably cute, but her path to fame — from an animal shelter, to a blog, to the internet at large — is quite the lucky one nonetheless.

  • Report

    The Year in Review: the biggest stories of 2013

    2013 was a wild ride. Come look back at the year's biggest stories with us, from the most important news, to the biggest letdowns, to the hottest new tech.

  • Report

    The lost secrets of webOS

    webOS could have had a gorgeous future. Take a look at the devices and designs that HP was hard at work on before its much-loved (but little-used) mobile OS was all but put to rest.

  • Report

    Is DNA analysis stuck in the past?

    Most DNA evidence collected from crime scenes gets neglected, but new lab techniques mean that could start to change. It might lead to more convictions and more exonerations, but first law enforcement will have to jump onboard.

  • Editorial

    Welcome to the Age of the Upgrade

    Modern technology is about far more than just yearly upgrades. As 2014 kicks off, Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky looks over our relationship with tech, writing that our constant demand for something newer and better has only caused us to dream bigger. Better yet: those dreams are becoming real.

  • Report

    Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin's constant price fluctuations have economists skeptical of its potential as a legitimate currency. But even this instability may be no match for Bitcoin's resiliency — so long as its users are willing to keep trading.

  • Interview

    'Unmanned' director Robert Greenwald on how America embraced drone warfare

    Robert Greenwald has made a series of documentaries about America's recent wars. His latest, Unmanned, focuses on the shift to drone warfare. We spoke with him about how drones have become acceptable, why the military chooses to use them, and whether we'll ever have a serious conversation about such machines' often-troubling usage.

  • Report

    The incandescent light bulb isn't dead

    Your favorite light bulbs aren't going away because of a so-called 'light bulb ban' — they're just getting a little bit more expensive up front. With an energy-conscious law in effect this year, consumers are going to have start making a choice: buy more expensive lightbulbs, or use up less energy.

  • Report

    Power play: why your electric bill may be changing soon

    Americans' electricity use is dropping, and it could mean big changes for what power companies do to make money. States like California have already taken the lead, incentivizing power companies to make their customers use less energy — rather than buy more.

  • Preview

    CES 2014: The Verge preview

    Each year, members of the consumer electronics industry converge in Las Vegas to show off everything that they've been working on. From 4K TVs to wearables to connected cars, it'll all be there. Here's what you can expect to see starting Monday (and here's where you'll find all the news).