UK plans to make the sharing of non-consensual deepfake porn illegal

/ The offense is to be introduced into the long-awaited Online Safety Bill, which was delayed because of UK political chaos, but will be reintroduced to Parliament next month. Graphic by James Bareham / The Verge The UK government says it plans to make the sharing of non-consensual pornographic deepfakes illegal, with offenders facing “potential […]

Twitter will start manually verifying accounts next week.

/ Blue check marks for people, Gold for companies, and Grey for companies. Elon’s answer to Twitter verification hell is to go back to manually authenticating accounts. Oh, and making the tick a different color.Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Elon Musk says that Twitter’s check mark program could return on Friday, December 2nd, […]

Elon Musk just decided to bring the worst people on the internet back to Twitter

/ A holiday curse from Twitter’s new CEO. Photo by James Wakibia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter CEO Elon Musk has decided to offer “general amnesty” to suspended accounts — a gentler way of saying that he’s decided to welcome back some of the site’s worst and most toxic people. It’s the second major moderation […]

TikTok turned a “dabloon” cat meme into a semi-functioning economy

/ TikTok users have turned a cat meme into an immersive roleplay experience — creating and then crashing a fictional economy within 72 hours. A new TikTok trend has transformed a cat meme into an expansive roleplaying system. It only took three days to tank its fictional economy.Image: Jess Weatherbed / The verge You’re walking […]

TikTok turned a “dabloon” cat meme into a semi-functioning economy

/ TikTok users have turned a cat meme into an immersive roleplay experience — creating and then crashing a fictional economy within 72 hours. A new TikTok trend has transformed a cat meme into an expansive roleplaying system. It only took three days to tank its fictional economy.Image: Jess Weatherbed / The verge You’re walking […]

JWST peers into the atmosphere of an exoplanet bombarded by stellar radiation

/ Humanity’s latest space telescope is giving us a clearer picture of planets far outside our solar system. An artist’s illustration of WASP 39-b.Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI) This week, astronomers announced that they’d found evidence of chemical reactions in the atmosphere of an exoplanet 700 light years away from Earth. Researchers using […]

The best Black Friday deals that make for great gifts

/ Now that Black Friday has nearly arrived, we’re seeing some terrific deals on presents your giftee will love, including LG’s C2 OLED, the Sonos Roam SL, the Kindle Paperwhite, Apple’s new AirPods Pro, and more. You can save hundreds on LG’s C2 OLED, which is currently on sale in numerous size configurations.Photo by Chris […]

One of the best Star Wars games in years is free on Epic right now

/ Space dogfighting game Star Wars: Squadrons is available for the low price of ‘free’ for one week.  This could be you. For free.Image: EA / Motive Studios If you haven’t sampled the delights of Star Wars: Squadrons, the space dogfighting game from EA’s Motive Studio, you might be interested to know it’s available free […]

People are definitely eating pokémon in Scarlet and Violet

/ The newest Pokémon games feature a few moments that definitely make it seem like people are eating certain new pocket monsters. A pokémon trainer enjoying a sandwich while a Miraidon stares at the food, demanding a piece.Image: Nintendo For years, Pokémon fans have wondered whether the franchise’s lack of regular animals meant that humans […]

The best Black Friday deals on smart home tech

/ Grab some great prices on smart speakers, smart displays, and Wi-Fi routers that will work with Matter, plus stellar deals on top robot vacs, video doorbells, and more. Some of the top-of-the-line robot vacuums are seeing their first big price cuts this holiday shopping season.Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy ‘Tis the season to find […]