YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now available in India

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now available in India

Google has announced that YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium, and YouTube Premium have all launched in India. The services join Google Play Music and Google Play Movies, which arrived in India in 2017. India consumes a tremendous amount of music on YouTube already. A Nielsen report from 2018 says YouTube is the country’s top source for streaming music, and Indian music label T-Series just surpassed YouTube star PewDiePie as the most subscribed channel on the…

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The first full trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin had so many hurdles to overcome

The first full trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin had so many hurdles to overcome

It’s a much more high-stakes piece of marketing than you might expect. Until now, the teaser trailers for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, out May 24, have been greeted by audiences with a lot of wincing and a side of curiosity. The first teaser, which debuted in October, contained a lot of pomp but very few glimpses of the verisimilitude (and copious CGI magic) we’ve come to expect from Disney’s live-action spectacles so far (see:…

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IBM didn’t inform people when it used their Flickr photos for facial recognition training

IBM didn’t inform people when it used their Flickr photos for facial recognition training

IBM took nearly a million photos from Flickr, used them to figure out how to train facial recognition training programs, and shared them with outside researchers. But as NBC points out, the people photographed on Flickr didn’t consent to having their photos used to develop facial recognition systems — and might easily not have, considering those systems could eventually be used to surveil and recognize them. While the photographers may have gotten permission to take…

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Elon Musk’s high-speed tunnel project in Las Vegas clears its first hurdle

Elon Musk’s high-speed tunnel project in Las Vegas clears its first hurdle

Elon Musk’s plan to build express-route tunnels in Las Vegas received its first approval Tuesday, after the board of directors for the city’s Convention and Visitors Authority voted in favor of Musk’s Boring Company for a new people-mover project. The plan involves digging a loop of underground tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. The loop would just encompass the convention center, but could be expanded to include other points…

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The Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and controversy, explained

The Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and controversy, explained

A new Boeing model has crashed twice in five months. The whole world is on edge. The second deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max model airplane within months of the first has put flyers around the world on edge. Multiple countries have grounded the planes as a result, though the United States has, thus far, refrained. Here’s what happened: On Sunday, March 10, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya,…

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T-Mobile CEO challenged by lawmakers over Trump hotel stays

T-Mobile CEO challenged by lawmakers over Trump hotel stays

At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was questioned by lawmakers over the company’s spending at the Trump hotel in Washington, DC, focusing specifically on hotel stays that occurred after its merger plans with Sprint were announced last spring. Democratic lawmakers like Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Hank Johnson (D-GA) pressed Legere on whether the company was pining for favorability from the Trump administration in order to receive approval for the…

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Google Chrome’s dark mode is now available on Mac and PC

Google Chrome’s dark mode is now available on Mac and PC

Chrome 73 has officially rolled out to all users today, bringing with it several new improvements, including the long-awaited dark mode for both Windows and macOS. Dark mode was first announced for Chrome last month, but today’s release has made it official. It works pretty much as you’d expect: if dark mode is enabled on your computer (see here for macOS and here for Windows 10), Chrome will automatically theme itself appropriately to match, in…

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Rolando, one of the first flagship iOS games, is getting a new remastered edition

Rolando, one of the first flagship iOS games, is getting a new remastered edition

The early days of the iOS App Store was a Wild West of content, but one of the biggest and best games around back then was Rolando, a puzzle platformer that was specifically built around the iPhone’s (still novel at the time) touchscreen and accelerometer technology. The original game hasn’t been available for years, having been lost to the ravages of time (and iOS updates), but developer HandCircus has announced today that it’ll be bringing…

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Twitter’s new beta app offers threaded replies, and it’s fine

Twitter’s new beta app offers threaded replies, and it’s fine

In October, The Verge reported on new conversational features Twitter was testing in an effort to promote friendlier interactions on the often hostile site. Some of those features are now becoming more widely available — but only within twttr, a new public beta app that the company is using to test new features with the wider public. The Verge got access to twttr on Tuesday, and spent the past few hours reading and posting replies…

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The Vergecast discusses breaking up Facebook, Google, and Amazon at SXSW

The Vergecast discusses breaking up Facebook, Google, and Amazon at SXSW

How would we break up the world’s most powerful companies? Live from SXSW, The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton, and Ashley Carman discuss just how one might split up tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. You can listen to their discussion in its entirety on The Vergecast right now. Below is a lightly edited excerpt from this interview about the complications of breaking up a giant company like Google. Nilay Patel:…

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