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Ello is the doomed utopia we can't stop building

theverge.com — One day this summer, I spent an afternoon with computing pioneer Jaron Lanier talking about virtual reality. Lanier is a leading critic of the internet's advertising-based business models, and when Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift came up, he pushed the company to look for alternative sources of revenue.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @hamburger: "Ello is the doomed utopia we can't stop building" theverge.com/e/6638768 while others are fawning, @caseynewton nails the real trend here

Sep 30, 2014

"Ello is the doomed utopia we can't stop building" theverge.com/e/6638768 while others are fawning, @caseynewton nails the real trend here

Sep 30, 2014

RT @CaseyNewton: If you like your takes cold and three days late, please read my piece on Ello theverge.com/e/6638768

Sep 30, 2014

Is William Faulkner tweeting for Verge now?... RT @verge: Ello is the doomed utopia we can't stop building theverge.com/e/6638768

Sep 30, 2014

"Ello is a dream of starting over — a blank slate where you can create the network that has so far eluded you” theverge.com/2014/9/30/6874… Doomed

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'Tetris' is somehow becoming a movie

theverge.com — This is not a drill. According to The Wall Street Journal , Threshold Entertainment - whose major credits include 1995's live action Mortal Kombat film and the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation - is teaming up with the Tetris Company to create a live action movie based on Tetris, the game, to premiere in live action theaters.
Sep 30, 2014

Well great Hollywood, what are we going to do now for parodies of your bizarre video game adaptations. theverge.com/2014/9/30/6872…

Sep 30, 2014

"This is not a drill.” A live action movie based on Tetris is in the works. theverge.com/2014/9/30/6872… by @ohnorosco @verge

Sep 30, 2014

"Brands are the new stars of Hollywood," says the guy behind a newly announced Tetris movie theverge.com/2014/9/30/6872… *vomit*

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This 'Tak3n' trailer is everything you wanted in 'Taken 3'

theverge.com — The extended trailer for Taken 3 - henceforth, Tak3n - is here. It literally does not matter what I write here, so here are the best Liam Neeson quotes from the trailer."Listen carefully, Kim. Something terrible has happened to your mom.
Sep 30, 2014

The greatest trailer lede of all time from @ohnorosco "It literally does not matter what I write here" theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873… #journalism

Sep 30, 2014

“It literally does not matter what I write here, so here are the best Liam Neeson quotes from the trailer” theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

Sep 30, 2014

“C’est ici que tout s’achève.” —> “Tak3n” just rolls off the tongue in French, doesn’t it? theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @JustinNXT: Sometimes you see something so beautiful all you can do is weep and give someone a compound fracture theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

Sep 30, 2014

how many people must Liam Neeson kill before they stop making Taken movies? theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

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Path Talk lets you text businesses instead of calling, and it actually works

theverge.com — "What if you could text message a store instead of calling them?" This is the stuff of a Silicon Valley fairytale - the promise of an app that's never actually going to work. But this one does. Path Talk, the first standalone app from Dave Morin's Path social networking enterprise, now lets you message businesses.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @davemorin: Path Talk lets you text businesses instead of calling, and it actually works, via @verge theverge.com/e/6637706

Sep 30, 2014

So many start-ups are trying to make it possible to never interact with a human being again. bit.ly/1uadvgm

Sep 30, 2014

now you can text mcdonalds to find out if the mcrib is back, or text chipotle to check on dat lunch line theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

Sep 30, 2014

“Our brains are on fire” is definitely my favorite quote from this piece about Path’s latest whatever theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

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Apple Watch debut in Paris attracts more fanboys than fashionistas

theverge.com — Colette was unsurprisingly busy by the time I arrived around noon. The front entrance was manned by black-suited bouncers - security's been tight ever since the boutique was robbed of $800,000 worth in watches earlier this year - and small crowds had gathered in front of the window displays, making life difficult for bag-toting tourists and lunch-breaking businessmen.
Sep 30, 2014

I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy to trudge through Collete in Paris. That overhyped store is ALWAYS a clusterfk: theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

Sep 30, 2014

Cool story from @verge showing how Apple is trying to get wealthy fashionitas to drool over Apple Watch.fancy shmancy bit.ly/1uze1pw

Sep 30, 2014

.@amartoo went to Paris to go look at the Apple Watch and got the "oonz-oonz of terrible dance music" instead: theverge.com/e/6637954

Sep 30, 2014

The courtship continues: Apple Watch debut in Paris attracted more fanboys than fashionistas theverge.com/e/6637954 pic.twitter.com/LcCV6mhuVA

Sep 30, 2014

RT @verge: The Apple Watch debut in Paris attracted more fanboys than fashionistas theverge.com/e/6637954 pic.twitter.com/KmkN1Xgevw

A closer look at Windows 10

theverge.com — Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 this morning, and the company is planning to distribute a Technical Preview of the new operating system tomorrow. At Microsoft's event today there were a number of machines running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and I got an opportunity to briefly explore the new OS.

Continuum will let Windows 10 seamlessly switch between touch and non-touch modes

theverge.com — During its big unveiling of the new Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft demonstrated a new featured called Continuum, which is designed to make it easy for users to switch between touch interfaces and non-touch environments.
Sep 30, 2014

Here's a video that shows how Windows 10 will switch between desktop and tablet modes: theverge.com/e/6638004

Sep 30, 2014

This is how Windows 10 works with touch interfaces — watch the video! theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @tomwarren: This is how Windows 10 will work with touch interfaces theverge.com/e/6638004

A five-Airbus formation flight is as beautiful and crazy as it sounds

theverge.com — It isn't often you see airliners flying in formation. There's a good reason for that, of course: they're too busy earning money for the airlines that own them to engage in any sort of photogenic tomfoolery. Occasionally, though, it all comes together.

I am woman, hear me Thor

theverge.com — The new Thor becomes a woman this week, and series writer Jason Aaron says she's here to stay For superheroes to stay alive, they have to change with the times. It's a dilemma the comics industry has struggled with for decades, here and there resisting and elsewhere confronting head on.

Should you be afraid of Facebook’s massive new ad network?

theverge.com — Facebook just launched a potentially massive new ad network called Atlas. According to a headline in The New York Times, Atlas "opens the gates" to Facebook's "vault of user data." It sounds like a PR disaster waiting to happen - the kind of thing that's going to startle local news.
Sep 30, 2014

i did a Voxy explainer thing on Facebook's new ad behemoth, Atlas, because it's so damn confusing theverge.com/2014/9/30/6874…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @verge: Should you be afraid of Facebook’s massive new ad network? theverge.com/e/6638826

Sep 30, 2014

ppl are saying that Fb's new ad network "opens the gates" to Facebook’s "vault of user data." Should you be afraid? theverge.com/e/6638826

First case of Ebola diagnosed in the US, CDC reports

theverge.com — The CDC has just confirmed that a case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the US for the first time. Developing...
Sep 30, 2014

Great, calm summary. RT @mslopatto Here's more information on the Texas Ebola patient theverge.com/2014/9/30/6875…

Sep 30, 2014

Don’t panic about Ebola in the US. What we need to worry about are the ppl who are dying from this in Africa. (re: theverge.com/2014/9/30/6875…)

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Microsoft is trying to predict the future, and so far it's succeeding

theverge.com — Back in June, Microsoft gave Windows Phone's personal assistant the ability to make predictions on World Cup games. It started off as a fun little novelty - the AI inside your phone is making a guess! - but it quickly became a lot more than that: the assistant, Cortana, was actually predicting the outcomes correctly.

A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital

theverge.com — There's not the same control [on antibiotic use in animals] as there is in people Approximately 80 percent of antibiotics are used on animals, not humans. "There's not the same control or restriction on their use as there is in people," says Stuart Levy, a microbiologist at Tufts University who has spoken out against the overuse of antibiotics for 30 years.
Sep 30, 2014

A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital theverge.com/e/6627850 via @verge

Sep 30, 2014

"What an idiotic species.” If Obama wants to curb antibiotic resistance, he needs to start with farms, not hospitals theverge.com/2014/9/30/6863…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @verge: A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital theverge.com/e/6627850 by @ArielleDRoss

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RT @verge: A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital theverge.com/e/6627850 by @ArielleDRoss

Sep 30, 2014

A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital theverge.com/e/6627850 via @verge

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