What is Byte? How to Set Up an Account and Use the New 6-Second Video App Topping the Charts

Byte, the successor to viral hitmaker app Vine, shot to the top of the iOS chart over the weekend after its surprise launch delighted nostalgic short-form video fans.

Motorola on the Razr’s folding screen: ‘bumps and lumps are normal’

Today’s the day that the Motorola Razr is available for pre-sale for $1499, exclusively on Verizon. Motorola originally said that it should begin shipping on February 6th, but it looks like it’s already backed up to the 14th on Verizon. Alongside the pre-order launch, Motorola has posted a series of videos on its YouTube channel that are somewhere between brief ads and how-tos for the folding phone. And as you might have guessed from the headline, “Caring for razr” caught our eye.

The Liberation of Auschwitz Took Place 75 Years Ago. Today, America Is Witnessing the ‘Revival’ of Anti-Semitism

Ronald S. Lauder is helping around 100 Holocaust survivors travel to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau to mark the 75th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation.

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How Minneapolis made Prince

It’s been almost four years since Prince’s death, but fascination about the artist, the man and his mythology endures.

The unofficial Apple Archive is on death’s door once more

I hope you got your fill of the unofficial Apple Archive last week, because that expansive collection of over 15,000 classic Apple advertisements, internal training videos, and other eye-opening odds and ends from the Cupertino computer company’s history has now been ripped apart — late Friday, curator Sam Henri Gold received a veritable deluge of DMCA takedown notices originating from Apple’s lawyers, letting him know the vast majority of the videos he’d uploaded to Vimeo had been removed from the internet.

A brief history of black names, from Perlie to Latasha

Most people recognize that there are first names given almost exclusively by black Americans to their children, such as Jamal and Latasha.

How an experimental story about gender and warfare shook the sci-fi community

In early January, the influential science fiction and fantasy (SFF) magazine Clarkesworld published a story by an unknown author named Isabel Fall. The story was titled “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter,” which describes the premise: it’s about a woman who becomes a weapon of war. But it’s also the origin of a cruel copypasta used to harass trans people, an internet meme similar to the hyperbolic slur that if queer people were “allowed” to marry, we’d be marrying dogs next.

If the Romance Writers of America can implode over racism, no group is safe

Over the past month, Romance Writers of America, one of the country’s largest writing associations, with over 9,000 members, has erupted in a race-related scandal.

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Microsoft CEO says encryption backdoors are a ‘terrible idea’

As Apple squares off for another encryption fight, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offered mixed messages on the encryption question. In a Monday meeting with reporters in New York, Nadella reiterated the company’s opposition to encryption backdoors, but expressed tentative support for legal and technical solutions in the future.

Nancy Pelosi to send impeachment to Senate for historic trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps next week to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ending a three-week standoff but confronting the Senate with only the third trial in U.S. history to remove a chief executive.

Florida Man Tries to Avoid Arrest by Hiding Underwater in a Pond, Gets Caught When He Comes up for Air

A Florida man tried to evade arrest by hiding from police underwater in a pond—but was captured when he came up for air.

Facebook’s deepfakes ban has some obvious workarounds

We’re used to social networks waiting until the damage has already been done before announcing a cleanup effort. When it comes to the synthetic media known as “deepfakes,” they’ve been notably ahead of the curve. In November, Twitter announced a draft policy on deepfakes and began soliciting public input. And on Monday night, Facebook announced that it would ban certain manipulated photos and videos from the platform. Here’s the blog post from Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management:

What Is Type B Flu Virus? Symptoms of Influenza Strain Spreading Across U.S.

This flu season medics have been struck by the uptick of cases involving the type B flu virus, which has been predominating the season for the first time in 27 years.

Coyote Bites 5-Year-Old Boy’s Head Outside Chicago Museum, Attacks Another Man a Few Hours Later: ‘It’s Crazy’

A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized after a coyote bit him several times outside a museum in Chicago on Wednesday—hours before a man said he was attacked, too.

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Iran Reporters Quit State TV Amid Protests Over Ukraine Flight Shootdown

At least two reporters haven said they resigned from the official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) network, and a third former presenter offered an apology as the country was gripped by a nationwide furor over the shootdown of a passenger jet.

Congressman Questions Trump’s ‘Motives’ For Killing Iran’s Soleimani, Suggesting They’re Connected to Impeachment

Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi questioned Donald Trump's "motives" for ordering a controversial military drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, suggesting that the decision could have been linked to the president's impeachment.

Alabama is Responsible for LSU-Clemson National Championship, and More Like This in the Future

Alabama did not make the College Football Playoff this season. It's the only time in the six years of major college football playoffs the Crimson Tide did not make the final four. It doesn't mean their presence isn't felt, though.

Google 101: how to add more calendars to your Google Calendar app

One of the great advantages of using Google Calendar is that you see many different calendars on the same interface, and you can choose which one you want to see at any time.

Elizabeth Warren says Bernie Sanders sent volunteers ‘out to trash me’

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A nearly yearlong run of goodwill between two of the leading progressives in the 2020 presidential race, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, appears to be evaporating in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

David Andrews hopeful about a possible return in 2020 after missing the 2019 season

One of the conspicuous absences from the Patriots in the 2019 season was center David Andrews. At 27, Andrews should be in the prime of his NFL career, yet he didn’t play a down all season.

Astros fire manager AJ Hinch, general manager Jeff Luhnow

HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after the league levied one-year suspensions for their involvement with the organization’s sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Tessa Blanchard Wins Impact World Championship Amid Bullying Allegations

Tessa Blanchard defeated Sami Callihan to win the Impact World Championship at Sunday's Hard to Kill pay-per-view event, becoming the first woman in the promotion to do so. A story six months in the making, however, was overshadowed by controversy after allegations of racism and bullying against the 24-year-old erupted over the weekend.

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GM will spend $2.2 billion to build electric and autonomous vehicles at Detroit plant

Last week, GM-subsidiary Cruise unveiled the Origin, its first self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals. At the time, the company’s CEO Dan Ammann promised to reveal production details in the days to come. Well, today’s the day, with GM announcing plans to spend $2.2 billion to retrofit its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for the production of autonomous and electric vehicles.

Microsoft is helping Google improve Chrome’s tab management

Microsoft launched its new Edge Chromium-powered browser earlier this month on both macOS and Windows. The launch marked just over a year after the company announce its plans to work more closely with the Chromium project and Google engineers. The Verge got an exclusive look at Microsoft’s surprise decision to work with Google last year, and now we’re starting to see just how closely Microsoft and Google are collaborating with the introduction of Edge’s multi-tab management feature in Chromium.

Why cancer-spotting AI needs to be handled with care

These days, it might seem like algorithms are out-diagnosing doctors at every turn, identifying dangerous lesions and dodgy moles with the unerring consistency only a machine can muster. Just this month, Google generated a wave of headlines with a study showing that its AI systems can spot breast cancer in mammograms more accurately than doctors.

Underwater Archaeologists Discover Huge Shipwreck Dating Back Hundreds of Years and Destroyed WWII Bridge

Underwater archaeologists have discovered a huge, centuries-old shipwreck and a destroyed World War II bridge in a river in Poland.

The UK won’t implement EU’s controversial copyright directive after Brexit

The UK government won’t adopt the EU’s controversial copyright directive after it leaves the bloc on January 31st, though politicians say they still support the legislation’s “overall aims.”