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Saudi Arabia reportedly groomed Twitter employee to spy on user accounts

On Saturday, The New York Times published a report detailing Saudi Arabia’s efforts to combat dissent on platforms like Twitter, such as slain US journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was subjected to intense and personal attacks online before his death. As part of those efforts, the kingdom’s reportedly worked to groom a Twitter employee to spy on user accounts.

According to the Times, western intelligence officials contacted the social media company, saying that the Saudi government was “grooming” one of its employees, Ali Alzabarah, “to spy on the accounts of dissidents and others.” Alzabarah worked at Twitter beginning in 2013 as an engineer with access to user accounts, and was convinced by Saudi intelligence officials to look into…

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Silent Night, Bloody Night is the perfect streaming slasher for Halloween fans

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each week, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

Silent Night, Bloody Night, a 1972 gothic horror picture splattered with gore. Though it takes place at Christmas, don’t mix this one up with the controversial Silent Night, Deadly Night, which outraged parents’ groups in 1984 with its depiction of a killer Santa. Here, the holiday setting is meant mainly to evoke wholesome small-town…

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PlayStation Vue is now integrated with Apple’s TV app

PlayStation Vue has integrated with Apple’s TV app, allowing users to view on-demand content and live sports right in the TV app on iOS and tvOS, Sony announced this week. Vue is the first pay-TV provider to be featured in the TV app, which already features content from nearly every major streaming service and cable channel except for Netflix.

The TV app makes it easy to view all of the content you have access to in one place, and it will tell you where you can find a show or movie that you’ve searched for, and recommend content based on the services you have access to and your tastes. Sony says content from its “nationally available channels” and live sports from both national and regional channels will be available in the TV app.

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9 new trailers you should watch this week

So I finally made it back to theaters to go see First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic from La La Land director Damien Chazelle. Like my colleague Bryan Bishop wrote, I think the film gets a little stuffed up by Armstrong’s stoicism, preventing us from getting too close to him. But that being said, the reason the film stands out at all is because of the way it tries so hard to dive into his character.

Everyone knows the events of the moon landing, at least generally enough. So instead of worrying about telling that beats of the story in excruciating, inspiring detail, the film gets to hone in on what Armstrong and others around him — his wife, his kids, his colleagues — are all feeling as this daring journey rockets along.

It makes the…

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Hackers accessed records of 75,000 people in government health insurance system breach

Hackers breached a government healthcare system earlier this week, compromising the personal data for 75,000 individuals, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (via TechCrunch). The data was taken through a system used by insurance agents and brokers.

The CMS says that on October 13th, it detected “anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges, or FFE’s Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers,” a system used by agents and brokers to help people applying for health insurance. CMS says that “approximately 75,000 individuals’ files were accessed,” and that after the breach was verified on the 16th, it took steps to secure the system.

The center says that it shut down the Direct Enrollment system…

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It’s your last chance to get a free copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 in the latest PS4 Pro bundle

The busy product launch season is beginning to wind down, though we’re still expecting big news for both the iPad and Mac lineup out of Apple’s October 30th event in Brooklyn. In terms of what’s next, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will present an opportunity to buy a lot of this year’s best tech at a rare discount. We’re not there quite yet, but there are a few deals that are worth checking out in the meantime.

Not without its share of prerelease controversy, Red Dead Redemption 2 will release next Friday, October 26th, and if you haven’t yet purchased a console to play it on, this is your last chance to buy the PS4 Pro bundle that includes the game for free.

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Tesla stopped promoting the ‘Full Self-Driving’ option for its cars

Tesla has pulled a long-standing promise of a “Full Self-Driving” option for its cars from the order page on the company’s website.

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, said on Twitter that the option will be temporarily available “off menu,” much like Animal Style fries at an In-N-Out burger joint. It will quickly leave the secret menu, though, and won’t come back until the company is ready to roll it out. The Full Self-Driving option was “causing too much confusion” for customers to justify keeping it front and center, he said. The company declined to comment.

Three years ago, Musk claimed that Tesla’s vehicles would be ready and able to completely drive themselves without any…

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Android’s new multitasking is terrible and should be changed back

<em>Android Pie’s multitasking menu on the Google Pixel 3 XL.</em>

I’ve been using the Google Pixel 3 XL since its launch two weeks ago, and I wholeheartedly agree with our review’s conclusion that the Pixel 3 offers the best Android experience right now. But there’s one aspect of that Android experience that I can’t abide, and no, it’s not the gargantuan notch. It’s the appallingly bad new multitasking system, which is mandatory on this year’s Pixel generation, foregoing the option of the old familiar Android button trio as we had with the Pixel 2 on the same Android 9 Pie OS.

On its surface, Google’s new approach to switching between apps looks a whole lot like the one Apple introduced with the iPhone X. It relies on swipes and shares two of the same fundamental gestures: one swipe up from the bottom…

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Netflix has canceled Marvel’s Luke Cage

Just a week after it announced that Iron Fist wouldn’t return for a third season, Marvel has revealed that another of its Netflix shows won’t continue: Luke Cage. The series aired its second season earlier this summer.

Marvel and Netflix confirmed to Deadline that the show “will not return for a third season.” The cancelation comes as a surprise, as it was widely expected to be renewed for an additional season. Unlike Iron Fist, which Marvel indicated might continue on in some form, this reads as a definitive end for the series. It’s a shame, because Luke Cage has consistently been held up as one of the better shows in the franchise, while Iron Fist was widely panned.

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Bavaria’s space program shot to viral fame — but it may be in trouble

Markus Söder, the prime minister of Bavaria, a southeastern state in Germany, has been wildly ridiculed about the announcement of his new space program, Bavaria One. But the plan is not that outlandish.

Söder launched himself to international attention through his attempts to create Bavaria One. When the politician from the Christian Social Union (CSU) party announced his “Mission Future,” many Germans thought it was a joke. But Söder caught worldwide attention with a tweet in October: a photo that shows him speaking with a Star Trek-inspired emblem of his face displayed behind him, captioned “Bavaria One.”

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Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp

Today, three shorter items to carry us into the weekend.

One, Facebook has hired a new head of global policy and communications to replace Elliot Schrage. It’s Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom. Clegg is a former European Commission trade negotiator, where he played a role in punishing tech companies for anticompetitive behavior — most notably Google, which received a $5 billion fine for issues involving Android. With Facebook currently in the crosshairs of European regulators over a wide range of issues, Clegg brings a perspective and a clout that the company has previously lacked.

British people have a proud tradition of loathing their elected leaders, and they eagerly traded zingers about Clegg on…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/20/18002056/nick-clegg-facebook-whatsapp-brazil-election

Super Deluxe gets shut down by Turner, again

Super Deluxe

Super Deluxe, Turner Broadcasting’s home for wonderfully weird and wacky comedy, is shutting down. Deadline reports that Turner Media decided to axe the internet-turned-TV comedy hub 12 years after the company was first acquired. Super Deluxe helped start the careers of some of today’s best comedians, including Maria Bamford and Tim Heidecker.

This isn’t the first time Turner has shut down Super Deluxe. After launching in 2006, Super Deluxe was rolled into Adult Swim in 2008. Turner decided to bring it back as a standalone network about three years ago, with a focus on creating longer-form TV series.

Super Deluxe co-founder Shahruz Shaukat confirmed the news on Twitter earlier today, adding in a follow-up tweet that the team had known…

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Google is using software to make the Pixel 3’s screen corners even rounder

Google is extending its design atheistic that favors subtle, rounded corners even further by manually adjusting the Pixel 3’s screen corners during start up, as first spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user earlier today. Material Theme, an updated version of the company’s software design philosophy, is the driving force behind the Gmail and Chrome redesigns of late, and you’ll notice it most prevalently in the new Chrome tab design that eschews rough and pronounced corners for software, rounded ones.

Google isn’t going so far as to turn the edges of the Pixel 3 display into Chrome tabs, but it is using a subtle software trick to “shrink” the radius of each corner of the display to produce more rounded corners. The radii change means that…

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How to view your notification history on Android

If you’ve used Android for quite some time, it’s likely you’ve mistakenly swiped away a notification or two for one reason or another. Maybe you’re swiping in a hurry like my colleague Dieter Bohn, or you accidentally cleared everything in the notification drawer without meaning to, or maybe you just wonder where all your notifications go, and if there’s a historical list of them, after you’ve dismissed them.

But don’t worry, as you can find everything from missed messages, emails, app updates, and even system messages in the stock Notification Log option. You can also use Unnotification on any Android 8.0+ phone to bring back your last dismissed notification. Both methods are lifesavers if you’ve missed an urgent message from work or…

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