Airbnb rolls out mandatory guest verification and anti-party tech

Tech/ Policy / New features coming to the short-term rental platform are aimed at protecting existing hosts and bolstering their numbers. Starting January 16th, Airbnb guests will need to verify their identities in order to book stays in its top 35 countries and regions.Image: Airbnb Airbnb is cracking down on parties booked through its service and […]

Elon Musk defends his title as “technoking” of Tesla, but not Twitter CEO

/ In testimony at a trial challenging his giant compensation package at Tesla, Musk said he does not want to be the CEO of any company and would eventually appoint a new chief executive at Twitter. Illustration by Laura Normand / The Verge Apparently, Elon Musk doesn’t want to be CEO of any company. Or […]

Evernote’s getting acquired by mobile developer Bending Spoons

/ The note-taking app has struggled to remain relevant in recent years, but now, an Italian software company is taking charge in a deal expected to close in 2023. Image: Evernote Evernote is getting a new owner. In an announcement on Wednesday, the note-taking app announced that it’s getting acquired by the Italian mobile developer […]

Giving a bat flowers might preempt a pandemic

/ In search of food, bats are roosting closer to agriculture. That raises the risk of viruses spilling over from animals to humans. A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) takes flight in an urban flying fox roost in Queensland, Australia.Image: Pat Jones Stressed, hungry bat populations are linked to growing cases of an emerging zoonotic […]

Ubisoft and Riot Games are working together to combat toxic chats

/ The two gaming giants are collaborating on a research project with a goal of using AI to detect disruptive behaviors. Promotional art for League of Legends.Image: Riot Games Ubisoft and Riot Games are teaming up on a new research project that’s intended to reduce toxic in-game chats. The new project, called “Zero Harm in […]

Here are the 9 best smart locks you can buy right now

Never get locked out again with a smart lock you can control from your phone, with your voice, or with just a touch of your finger Share this story Illustration: The Verge A smart lock is an easy solution to a lot of common problems. Locked yourself out? Forgot your cleaning service is coming today? […]

Amazon confirms cuts to hardware and services teams

Amazon/ Tech / Amazon’s SVP of devices and services informed employees on Wednesday that it will be cutting jobs from the division. “Some roles will no longer be required.”Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge Amazon is cutting jobs in its devices and services division, SVP Dave Limp said in an email to employees […]

Fire Emblem Engage’s story trailer introduces heroes old and new

/ The cast of Engage is looking to be the most colorful and interesting ensemble of Fire Emblem characters yet. Image: Nintendo After the disappointment of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, I could not be more excited to engage (heh) with the next installment in the Fire Emblem series. This morning, Nintendo revealed the newest […]