Google to shut down spam backdoor for political campaigns

/ Google launched the program to address bias concerns from Republican fundraisers last month. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google plans to end a controversial pilot program that allows political groups to bypass Gmail’s spam filters later this month, as first reported by The Washington Post Tuesday. Google launched the program last September […]

Google is being sued by the US government and eight states over online advertising

/ The Department of Justice’s latest complaint targets Google’s grip on the digital advertising market. Illustration: The Verge Google’s facing a lawsuit from the US Department of Justice and eight states over its alleged monopoly on the digital advertising market. The agency accuses the company of abusing “monopoly power” at the disadvantage of websites and […]

Blizzard’s most recent union election is off

/ According to workers at Proletariat, its CEO engaged in behavior that made a ‘free and fair election impossible.’ Image: Proletariat In a surprising and deeply ironic twist, the workers at Activision Blizzard-owned Proletariat have canceled their union election. A statement from the Communication Workers of America confirmed the news saying that Proletariat CEO Seth […]

Strava will add high-res 3D maps for outdoor activities

/ Strava acquired mapping platform Fatmap to power the feature, continuing its strategy of acquiring smaller fitness startups to add extra value to its platform. This is what Fatmap’s 3D outdoor maps on Strava could look like.Image: Strava Strava routes are about to get three-dimensional. The popular fitness social network announced today that it’s acquired […]

We are now 90 seconds to our doom

/ This is the closest humanity has ever been to its own annihilation, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dr. Leonard Rieser, chairman of the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moves the hand of the Doomsday Clock back to 17 minutes before midnight at offices near the University of Chicago […]

You cannot destroy these headphones

Headphones/ Tech / They’re industrial. They’re German. You can throw these closed-back headphones at a brick wall. They will probably outlive you. A little “industrial for some people’s tastes”, but to me these German Maestros are perfect.Photo by Christopher Person / The Verge I hate buying something cheap. There is nothing worse than that sinking […]

How to use Clear Calling on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro

/ Google’s Clear Calling feature is now available to Pixel 7 and 7 Pro owners — and it’s really good. Turn it on with a few simple steps, and you’re on your way to better call audio. Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge When Google announced its new  Pixel 7 and 7 Pro smartphones, […]

Amazon launches a $5 subscription for prescription drugs

/ The RxPass subscription is exclusive to Prime members and includes generic medications for over 80 common health conditions. The flat monthly $5 fee for RxPass doesn’t increase even if users need multiple prescription medications each month.Image: Amazon Amazon is launching RxPass in the US, a new drug subscription exclusive to Prime members that charges […]