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YouTube CEO apologizes over verification removal, admits they ‘missed the mark’

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has just apologized to the creator community over the company’s decision to revoke verification statuses, leaving many creators without the important badge.

Walmart says it will stop selling e-cigarettes

Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes because of “regulatory complexity and uncertainty” surrounding the products. CNBC reported on an internal company memo about the change, and Walmart confirmed the news in a statement to The Verge.

Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps from 400 developers over improper data use

Facebook today announced that it has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps as part of an ongoing investigation into improper data use on the part of third-party developers. The investigation is part of a broader effort the company embarked on last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, which involved a political consulting firm purchasing data on tens of millions of Facebook users that had been collected, packaged, and sold by the maker of a quiz mobile app.

The industry’s magic bullet for robocalls is currently useless on an iPhone

Robocalls are a scourge, but cellular networks have finally started fighting them with a pair of technologies called STIR and SHAKEN, which work to verify that a call is coming from a real phone number and not a spoofed robocall or spammer.

Byton founder says he quit because of Chinese government interference

Carsten Breitfeld, a founder and former CEO of EV startup Byton, says he left the company earlier this year because the Chinese government exerted too much influence after an investment from the country’s oldest state-owned automaker, First Auto Works (FAW). He said that while the deal with FAW lent the credibility he sought for Byton and increased access to suppliers, those benefits came with oversight and interference.

Why Is Climate Skpeticism More Common Among Right-wing Conservatives? | Opinion

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change.

The Galaxy Fold is still extremely fragile, and Samsung knows it

The updated Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally making its way into the world after a months-long delay by Samsung to shore up its hardware when it became apparent from review units (including The Verge’s) that the foldable phone was too fragile. Unfortunately, it seems that the “fixed” version of the Fold is still extremely fragile. And based on a new video Samsung released begging owners to treat their new phones with a “special level of care,” Samsung knows it. A new durability test from popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything proves it.

Verge readers can save up to $140 on a refurbished Google Pixel 3A

Google’s Pixel 3A and 3A XL are already a great value if you’re looking to spend less than $500 on a phone without sacrificing on camera quality (few phones meet that tough criteria). But today, Verge readers can save $100 on a refurbished Google Pixel 3A (64GB, any color), bringing the price down to an even more digestible $299.99.