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The Weekender: selling space, suggesting stories, and saving cinemas

The Weekender: selling space, suggesting stories, and saving cinemas


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.

  • Report

    Sunset on the domes: how Silicon Valley is losing its futuristic past

    Some of the most iconic buildings in Silicon Valley have disappeared in recent years, and activists and nostalgics alike are hoping to stop the trend. Their latest target: a trio of futuristic-looking movie theaters that could be turned to rubble without government intervention.

  • Report

    Mad Men in space: the ads that sold NASA's golden age

    Support for NASA's moon program didn't come from nowhere: back in the 1960s, NASA carefully crafted the image of its astronauts and technology, building it all into something grand and heroic. Now, Mars One is trying to do the same in order to send someone to Mars — but with an updated strategy designed for the 21st century.

  • Review

    Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet review: One Sony, two devices

    Sony makes some of the best smartphone and tablet hardware around, and now it's set out to make its top devices even better with some small design tweaks and under-the-hood changes. The Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet look great, but can either stand out in a market already filled with compelling devices?

  • Report

    Cellphones ignite a 'reading revolution' in poor countries

    Illiteracy rates still remain high in many developing countries, but the proliferation of mobile devices could do a lot to change that. By bringing a digital library of books into countries where they were once hard to come by, people are starting to both read and comprehend more and more.

  • Preview

    'Watch Dogs' adds real guilt to fake killing

    Have you ever felt bad about killing someone in a video game? Probably not, but get ready for it to start happening: Watch Dogs turns Grand Theft Auto-style gameplay into a moral minefield as players make their way through a spooky world of constant surveillance.

  • Report

    Lytro changed photography. Now can it get anyone to care?

    Back in 2012, Lytro created a brand new type of camera, one that you never had to worry about focusing because you could choose your subject even after it was taken. That camera felt more like a toy though, but now Lytro is back, having turned its incredible tech into a high-tech DSLR to start winning over the pros.

  • Review

    Roku Streaming Stick review: TV everywhere

    Roku's Streaming Stick is one of the simplest set-top boxes out there: a tiny attachment that hides behind your TV and lets you access hundreds of sources of content. Roku has always made some of the best streaming solutions out there, but is the basic Streaming Stick enough keep up with the likes of Google's Chromecast or Amazon's new Fire TV?

  • Report

    You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait

    You've probably seen those obnoxious boxes lurking beneath news articles that are filled with images of popular actors, attractive women, and outrageous headlines. Turns out, some companies are making big money on them — but they could soon start clickbaiting themselves into oblivion.

  • Feature

    High as balls: live from the Cannabis Cup

    As the US moves closer and closer to weed legalization, the growing and accessory industries are starting to heat up. We visited the 2014 Medical Cannabis Cup just of outside LA to see what the future of getting high is starting to look like.

  • Photo Essay

    Something strange in the neighborhood: 'Ghostbusters' fan art invades New York City

    Ghostbusters turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, a legion of fans descended on a New York City art gallery last weekend to see an eclectic selection of gorgeous fan art made about the film. We dropped by the gallery to speak with fans and see the amazing works on show.