MacBook Air head-to-head: original versus AirJet.
Peter Desantis, general manager of AWS EC2, announced during a re:Invent keynote that the new chip helps figure out how to correct errors — like flipping a binary code from a 1 to a 0 — that occasionally pop up when working with quantum computing queries. If quantum computing errors are mitigated, it could pave the way for more usable quantum computing, Desantis said.
“We are still in the very early stages, but this chip represents an important step in error correction for quantum computing.”
We don’t plan on updating any more of our Cyber Monday coverage tonight, though, you do have a few more hours to net some savings before most deals expire. Luckily, there are still plenty of terrific picks available.
Now, here’s hoping Amazon doesn’t throw another Prime Day event on our calendar three weeks from now.
We have big ideas for the future of The Verge — and lot of them involve expanding our business into more subscription offerings like Command Line and Hot Pod. We’re going to take it slow, and we want to make sure we hear from our audience as clearly as possible, so if you’ve got a moment, please take our little survey! We are not going to paywall the entire site, I promise — but there are lots of other ideas floating around, and we’d like to narrow them down.
That’s according to reporting from The Wall Street Journal that says the ultra fast fashion giant could IPO in 2024.
Last week I wrote about Shein’s quest to rebrand and shake some of the criticisms of the company — its labor practices, supply chain, and overall secrecy — in the lead up to a potential public offering. It has... not gone very well so far.
We’ve gotten to the part of Epic’s expert economist testimony where Bernheim is arguing that Google profits from monopoly power. His first big point: Google is making five times more from app downloads than it did in 2015.
78 cents per app download in 2021, he says — compared to 61 cents in 2020, 46 cents in 2019, 35 cents in 2018, 26 cents in 2017, 19 cents in 2016, and 15 cents in 2015.
Bloomberg reports that Reddit is “holding talks with potential investors” about an IPO that could take place as early as the first quarter of next year.
The company filed a confidential S-1 with the SEC in late 2021 but hasn’t actually gone public yet. When I asked CEO Steve Huffman in June of this year about an IPO, he said that “it’s something we’d like to do someday.”
With the upcoming 2024 presidential election, the release of quite a few hallucination-prone bots, and lots of talk about deepfakes, this choice feels spot on. Our prediction here at The Verge copy desk was for something similar: “Barbie,” whose titular film offered its own variation on the theme of what it means to be real.
Residents of New York, Florida, California, and Texas, among others, can now lease a Rivian R1T under the company brand new leasing program. The final price needs to be at least $95,800, monthly fees start at $899 for certain configurations, and $6,794 is due at signing. And there’s a lot more to consider if you go this financing route.
This could be a good option for someone who spec’d out a version of the R1T that exceeds the $80,000 price cap for the federal EV tax credit. Turns out leasing is a great way to get around all the restrictions!
If you’ve ever poked around the world of high-end audio, you’ve come across Roon — it’s basically a very fancy riff on the classic iTunes app that can stream to all sorts of fancy devices. Well, it just got bought out by Harman, the parent company of JBL, Harmon Kardon, Infinity, and others. (Harman itself was bought by Samsung in 2016 as part of a bet on connected cars, which, well, sure.)
Along with this forum post, a press release says Roon will not become a proprietary hell app:
Aligned with its ‘work with all’ strategy, HARMAN is committed to growing Roon’s open device ecosystem which includes collaborating with more than 160 other audio brands, delivering audio to more than 1000 high-performance devices.
People who can afford to pay for a high-end music service that works with their high-end music gear love change so we’ll see how this goes!
Last week, Changpeng Zhao agreed to step down as CEO of the massive cryptocurrency exchange Binance — part of a plea deal with the DOJ for breaking anti-money-laundering laws.
However, one remaining disagreement has been where he will spend his time while awaiting sentencing for the felony charges. Despite agreeing to a $175 million bond, prosecutors consider him a flight risk and wanted to keep him in the US. That question isn’t fully answered, but Reuters reports a judge ruled CZ is staying the US for now while the court considers it, instead of being allowed to return to the UAE.
Earlier this month, Plex officially introduced its new Discover Together feature, which shares what you’ve been watching, discussing, or rating with friends on the service and vice versa.
Since the feature is enabled by default, 404 Media points out some users were caught off guard by the “discover together” emails they found in their inbox, with one user saying: “I wonder how many people just had their week’s porn selections emailed to their Plex friends. I just got an email about a friend’s watching habits which he definitely didn’t want to share.”
But in a new WandaVision behind-the-scenes feature reel which also includes some new Darkhold Diaries production footage), Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness appears to be back to her old seld, and messing with the kind of magic that tends to get people roped into big crossover events.
Instead of relying on hard drives, thin clients like the cube offload most computing power to the cloud and can connect virtual desktops remotely. AWS’ Melissa Stein said the company wants to provide a low-cost option for clients in high employee turnover spaces, like call centers, to provide access to enterprise applications.
“We looked for options and found that the hardware we used for the Amazon Fire TV Cube provided all the resources customers needed to access their cloud-based virtual desktops. So, we built an entirely new software stack for that device, and since we didn’t have to design and build new hardware, we’re passing those savings along to customers.”
The AWS thin clients will cost $195, or $280 bundled with a hub to connect a second monitor, with a monthly $6 management and maintenance fee.
Amazon’s free Fire TV Channels service is adding more sports content to its mix today: highlights from the NBA, Big Ten, SEC, and Big 12 are now available, as well as Fox Sports’ 24/7 linear channel. and shows from the Locked On Podcast Network. The service already had content from Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, NBC Sports, and others.
Two things about this:
1. The great re-bundling of TV just keeps accelerating, and sports is really leading the way, and
2. Amazon announced this in a post on Medium, which... what?
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Today on the (emergency) Vergecast: what in the world is happening at OpenAI.
Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto VI, and the fate of AAA games
Today on The Vergecast: what Apple really means when it talks about RCS.
Today on The Vergecast: Spotify’s audio bundle and Disney’s cable bundle.
Volvo CEO Jim Rowan thinks dropping Apple CarPlay is a mistake
It’s still very early days, but the California Privacy Protection Agency just released a set of draft rules that would greatly restrict how companies use consumer data in AI. If adopted, businesses will be required to tell customers how their personal data is being in AI — as well as give them the ability to opt out.
The extension, available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, essentially serves as a series of shortcuts for accessing Microsoft 365 apps, documents, and files. It’s also seemingly quite popular: the extension has more than 6 million users on Chrome and more than 4 million users on Edge.
Microsoft will retire the extension on January 15th, 2024, according to a support document. I’ve asked Microsoft if it can detail more about the decision.
Sennheiser’s lauded IE 600 wired earbuds are down to $499 for Cyber Monday. Yes, that’s objectively a lot of money. But they normally run 700 bucks and are widely considered one of the best sounding pairs of earbuds on the market today. Here’s a detailed video review on them. No gimmicks. Just pristine audio.
If you take care of these buds, they’ll last many, many years to come. No need to worry about deteriorating battery life when you’re plugged in the old fashioned way — with a USB-C dongle nowadays, I guess.
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As far as Cyber Monday deals go, you can’t beat free (although some argue that the best deal available is a full-price offer), and you can get this 2015 entry from the Assassin’s Creed series directly from Ubisoft for $0 until the promotion ends on December 6th.
Without spending any more money, you can also flip through some concept art from the game in this gallery below (the full art book will cost you) or read Andrew Webster’s review calling the game “everything that’s great and terrible about the series.”
The two dating companies paused advertising on the platform after The Wall Street Journal found their ads appearing next to explicit and child-sexualizing content in Reels feeds.
The WSJ got this information by setting up test accounts that followed young gymnasts, cheerleaders, and influencers. When looking through Reels, the outlet discovered that Instagram surfaced “served jarring doses of salacious content to those test accounts, including risqué footage of children as well as overtly sexual adult videos” alongside ads for major brands, including Match, Bumble, Disney, and Walmart.
We’re back in the courtroom in San Francisco, and we’re going to be hearing from more experts today — we’ve been told accountants and economists will arrive to (presumably) argue why Google does or doesn’t deserve its full app store fee.
We’ll start with accountants, and Judge Donato says he wants things to run smoothly and quickly. “This is the week to wrap up the facts,” says the judge. “We’re going to drive the wagon over the pass and reach the promised land.”
Food, fine dwarven food straight from Orzammar!
At the moment, “less than ten” outfits will only be available in experiences rated Teen “because of their obvious fear or violence elements,” Epic says. A bigger change for age-gated outfits will be implemented starting with the game’s v28.00 update that launches on December 3rd — one day after the forthcoming “Big Bang” event.
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Verge pal Taylor Lorenz shared this Game Theory video about over-optimized content on YouTube leading to what MatPat calls the “era of excess” on the platform. Her prediction? A new creator will break out by becoming the “anti-MrBeast” and defying this trend. You can argue it’s already happening on TikTok — and the video itself is a fascinating deep dive into creators gaming a platform’s algorithmic incentives.
Yukinobu Tatsu’s sci-fi / action / romance manga Dandadan tells the story of two teens who are dead certain that ghosts and/or aliens are probably real.
The manga has only been publishing for a couple of years, but Science Saru’s upcoming adaptation looks like it’s going to be pretty damn slick when it drops in 2024.
Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast studio was once an industry darling, but has been gutted by three rounds of layoffs in the past year. Mia Lobel, former head of content at Pushkin, published a Substack post today that details the business decisions that pushed producers to make more shows than they could sustain and chase growth at all costs.
What if we really have already found every criminal who runs a cryptocurrency exchange?
Now that Binance reached a $4 billion settlement with the DOJ and ditched its CEO Changpeng Zhao, Coinbase head Brian Armstrong said to CNBC in an interview, “The enforcement action against Binance, that’s allowing us to kind of turn the page on that and hopefully close that chapter of history.”
Coinbase is also being sued by the SEC for allegedly selling unregistered securities, by the way.
Still need a gift for your tech-obsessed loved one? Just want to grab something special for yourself? Look no further than The Verge merch store. Today is the final day of our big Black Friday weekend sale. Take 30 percent off shirts and hats, 20 percent off tote bags, 40 percent off ceramic mugs, and so much more!