Microsoft ends Xbox backward compatibility, but Project Scarlett will run Xbox One games

Microsoft ends Xbox backward compatibility, but Project Scarlett will run Xbox One games

Microsoft is winding down new additions to its Xbox backward compatibility catalog. After adding more than 600 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to the list, the team is now focusing on Microsoft’s next-generation Project Scarlett console. “We have now shifted our focus to help make the games you love playing on Xbox One compatible with future Xbox hardware,” says Jason Ronald, partner director of the Xbox platform. “After this week, we have no plans…

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Here are a few ways corporations can stick up for people who aren’t shareholders

Here are a few ways corporations can stick up for people who aren’t shareholders

Eric Ries, the head of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, wants companies to think more broadly. Eric Ries is building a new stock exchange. But he’s also trying to build a new way for corporations to think about who they ultimately serve. Public corporations serve their shareholders, but Ries — the founder of a new idea called the Long-Term Stock Exchange — thinks that’s a limited purview for a company in 2019. Customers could be a…

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WarnerMedia greenlights Dune TV series with director Denis Villeneuve

WarnerMedia greenlights Dune TV series with director Denis Villeneuve

WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service has given the go-ahead to produce a series based on Frank Herbert’s Dune novels, according to a report in Variety. The series, Dune: The Sisterhood, “is told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their…

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AMD’s Radeon 5700 XT wants to put a dent in the world like the dent in its chassis

AMD’s Radeon 5700 XT wants to put a dent in the world like the dent in its chassis

I’ve got good news and bad news about AMD’s new graphics cards — the Radeon 5700 and 5700 XT. If you’re an AMD fan hoping that this will be the moment in history when the company finally pulls ahead of Nvidia with a high-end video card — like it may be doing against Intel with desktop CPUs — this isn’t that moment. Despite its new Navi architecture, which offers 1.25x the performance per clock and…

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YouTube CEO apologizes to LGBTQ community after outcry

YouTube CEO apologizes to LGBTQ community after outcry

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is apologizing to the LGBTQ community in the wake of the company’s failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder’s channel. (Disclosure: Vox is a publication of Vox Media, which also owns The Verge.) Wojcicki’s comments come after Vox host Carlos Maza tweeted a video compilation of Crowder making homophobic comments about Maza, including calling him a “lispy queer.” YouTube responded via Twitter about the situation, saying that,…

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“Your line needs to be moved”: Vox takes on YouTube over its policies on harassment

“Your line needs to be moved”: Vox takes on YouTube over its policies on harassment

A conservative commentator has been harassing a Vox journalist for a long time. YouTube still isn’t sure what to do about it. It’s a moment of reckoning for Big Tech. YouTube’s is coming thanks, in no small part, to Vox. Vox journalist Carlos Maza’s decision to speak out about harassment he’s been facing for years on YouTube has resulted in a highly publicized battle between the two media companies and broadened the public debate about…

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Apple refreshes Beats Solo3 colors, leaves internals unchanged

Apple refreshes Beats Solo3 colors, leaves internals unchanged

Apple has a new summer collection of Beats Solo3 variants, but you shouldn’t worry about them obviating your existing Solo3 pair as these are all merely new colors, not new tech. That being said, the foursome of fresh color combinations might be Apple’s best to date, with summery and expressive red and yellow options alongside more subtle white and navy blue models. Calling this the Club Collection, Apple rightly calls these designs bold and vivid,…

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License plate photos compromised after Customs contractor breach

License plate photos compromised after Customs contractor breach

A contractor for US Customs and Border Protection has been breached, leaking photos and other sensitive data, the agency announced on Monday. Initially described as “traveler photos,” many of the images seem to be pictures of traveler license plates, likely taken from cars at an automotive port of entry. Customs has not named the contractor involved in the breach, but a Washington Post article noted that the announcement included a Word document with the name…

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The 9 biggest announcements from Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference

The 9 biggest announcements from Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference

Ubisoft’s E3 keynote had it all: dogs, roller derby, and a mockumentary about game development. While there were plenty of expected and familiar faces, like Watch Dogs Legion and a tense-looking new Rainbow Six, the publisher also detailed a new TV show from the creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a Netflix movie, and even a PC subscription service. If you missed the event live, here are all the biggest announcements. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey…

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Infowars settles Pepe the Frog copyright lawsuit for $15,000

Infowars settles Pepe the Frog copyright lawsuit for $15,000

Infowars will pay the creator of Pepe the Frog $15,000 to settle a lawsuit over the use of the cartoon. The case dates back to last year, when the artist Matt Furie sued the website for selling a poster that included right-wing figures like Donald Trump and Infowars founder Alex Jones, as well as Pepe, which has been co-opted as a symbol of the alt-right. Furie accused the site of infringing on his copyright, and…

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