New York just gave Democrats another way to get Trump’s tax returns. Will they act?

New York just gave Democrats another way to get Trump’s tax returns. Will they act?

Democrats aren’t jumping at the chance to get Trump’s New York taxes. New York is doing its best to make it possible for Congress to get its hands on President Donald Trump’s state tax returns. Will it work? That’s an open question. It’s not even clear House Democrats are going to ask for them, let alone how it would play out in the courts if they did. On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed…

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Net neutrality was repealed a year ago. What’s happened since?

Net neutrality was repealed a year ago. What’s happened since?

It’s been a year since net neutrality was repealed. Gigi Sohn, a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law and Policy, chats with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about what’s happened since by explaining the ripple effect of harmful policy decisions and more. Below is a lightly edited excerpt of Sohn explaining three things that have happened since repealing net neutrality that clearly demonstrate what the FCC did is terrible for consumers, competition and…

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Zoom to fix major Mac webcam security flaw today with emergency patch

Zoom to fix major Mac webcam security flaw today with emergency patch

Video conferencing provider Zoom is pushing out an emergency patch later today to address the zero-day vulnerability for Mac users that could potentially expose a live webcam feed to an attacker. The fix, detailed in the latest update to Zoom’s blog post on the vulnerability, will “remove the local web server entirely, once the Zoom client has been updated,” to take away the ability for a malicious third party to automatically activate webcams using a…

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Microsoft might crush Slack like Facebook crushed Snapchat

Microsoft might crush Slack like Facebook crushed Snapchat

Microsoft Teams isn’t better than Slack, but it is freer. Tech workers’ favorite communications tool, Slack, is losing ground to its biggest rival, Microsoft Teams, which has copied its way into popularity. In other words, Slack has the same problem as Snapchat, which has suffered from its bigger rival Facebook’s relentless appropriation. Slack’s market share among the world’s largest companies is mostly flat, adoption rates are declining, and a bigger portion of these companies indicate…

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YouTube is making it much easier for creators to deal with copyright claims

YouTube is making it much easier for creators to deal with copyright claims

YouTube is updating the way it handles manual copyright claims with changes that should make them much less of a headache for video creators. Owners of copyrighted content — like a record label or a movie studio — will now have to say exactly where in a video their copyrighted material appears, which they didn’t have to do in the past when manually reporting infringement. That’ll allow creators to easily verify whether or not a…

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Apex Legends’ ranked mode will be the key to keeping it alive

Apex Legends’ ranked mode will be the key to keeping it alive

Apex Legends is one week into its second season, which features a drastically changed map, a new character to master, and a pleasantly revamped battle pass with much-needed new rewards. But the most pivotal addition to the battle royale game is its ranked mode. Split into six tiers, this new mode will likely be the lifeblood of Apex Legends going forward, keeping it engaging for competitive players and carving out a community of top-tier streamers…

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Etsy sellers aren’t happy with the platform pushing them to offer free shipping

Etsy sellers aren’t happy with the platform pushing them to offer free shipping

Etsy announced today that it will begin prioritizing items and shops that offer free shipping, and sellers aren’t thrilled. Starting July 30th, Etsy will give priority placement in US search results for items that ship free and for shops that guarantee US buyers free shipping on orders of $35 or more. An email sent to sellers by the company’s CEO advises them to include the cost of shipping in their retail prices, a change that…

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