YouTube CEO apologizes for channel verification mess (updated)

“While trying to make improvements, we missed the mark,” she wrote on Twitter. “As I write this, we’re working to address your concerns & we’ll have more updates soon.” To our creators & users–I’m sorry for the frustration & hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification. While trying to make improvements, we…

Climate Activism Is Feminism In a Dying World

In the absence of clear, concise, and unified action from elected officials around the world to fight the climate crisis, it’s the utmost bullshit that teenagers, children, and other students have had to step in and rise up. The nihilism driving this lack of interest (or, in cases like the Trump administration, abject mendacity) goes…

Walmart Bans e-Cigs, Continues to Sell Things That Definitely Kill People

Photo: Getty Images At Walmart, you can buy alcohol, guns, and regular old tobacco. But as of today, you won’t find the mega-retailer stocking e-cigarettes on its shelves. “Given the growing federal, state, and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart…

Apple’s new iPhones can better manage your battery as it ages

This new framework, which Apple specifically says is different from the feature in older phones, uses a combination of hardware and software to avoid performance hits as iPhone batteries age. “While performance impacts are reduced as much as possible, battery aging might still eventually lead to noticeable, possibly temporary, effects,” says the support document. Apple…

Worse Than Previously Reported: The Facebook Story

Photo: Samuel Corum (Getty) The most powerful tool in Facebook’s considerable arsenal isn’t its incalculable trove of user data or yearly revenue that exceeds the GDP of more than a few sovereign nations—it’s the platform’s ability to spread out any PR disaster over months or years so that all but the most dogged beat reporters…

RIP to a Real One: Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down Last Reactor

Photo: Getty The last reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania—the site of the worst nuclear plant meltdowns in the U.S.—is officially dead as of Friday. Plant operator Exelon Corp. announced the closure was coming back in May, and now the day has finally come. The plant’s closure comes some 40 years after Unit 2…

Twitter bans thousands of state-backed accounts spreading misinformation

This is part of Twitter’s ongoing effort to sweep state-backed misinformation accounts from the platform. In June, Twitter removed nearly 4,800 accounts with ties to the Iranian government, and in August it banned nearly 1,000 accounts managed by the Chinese state and aimed at Hong Kong protests. In addition to targeting state-backed misinformation, Twitter recently…

FBI Served Secret Subpoenas to a Video Game Developer, Antivirus Maker, and More

The FBI logo outside the Atlanta field office on February 1, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Jessica McGowan / Getty The names of more than 120 companies secretly served FBI subpoenas for their customers’ personal data were revealed on Friday, including a slew of U.S. banks, cellphone providers, and a leading antivirus software maker. Known as…

Porsche welcomes challenge from Tesla as it adapts to the EV world

The CEO concedes that the car purchasing decision, especially around Porsche is irrational and emotional. “It’s not necessarily wanting and having to do everything you can do with a car. But knowing you could, it’s something that gets people to engage with our brand,” Zellmer said. In other words, you might not take your Taycan…

Try to Hate the iPhone 11 Pro

Photo: Raul Marrero (Gizmodo) The iPhone 11 Pro is a beautiful phone. There I said it! The matte glass back is elegant. The OLED display is slightly brighter than I expected, which is clever. The trypophobia-inducing camera bump is sleeker than it looks in photos, and the ability to zoom in and out is pretty…