The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia

The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia

Some of the world’s most ambitious transportation projects are currently propped up by billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, an authoritarian regime that is facing new scrutiny following its alleged role in the brutal killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Billions more have come from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, the Japanese tech conglomerate’s $100 billion investment arm, of which Saudi Arabia has contributed $45 billion. A few of these companies, and some of their executives,…

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Vergecast: Pixel 3 review, the new Palm phone, and Google antitrust violations

Vergecast: Pixel 3 review, the new Palm phone, and Google antitrust violations

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss the Pixel 3, tackling its new features, improved screen, and infamous notch. Then, Nilay covers the latest in antitrust news coming off the heels of the European Commission fining Google $5 billion for “illegally tying” Chrome and search apps to Android. Of course, Dieter also talks about the surprising response to Palm, a tiny phone that’s made to be less distracting than your smartphone. There’s…

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YouTube introduces mini-player for desktop browsers

YouTube introduces mini-player for desktop browsers

People who primarily watch YouTube videos via their computers can rejoice: in-browser mini-players are finally available for desktop users. Anyone who’s watched YouTube videos via the company’s mobile app will have already experienced the joys of mini-players. The tool, which rolled out earlier this month, allows people to continue playing a video they’re already watching while browsing for another one. Think of it like Facebook’s video player, which minimizes and moves to the side of…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chip report

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chip report

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook called on Bloomberg to retract its story alleging that Chinese spies compromised a company server through the use of malicious microchips. It’s the first time Cook has gone on the record to contest the allegations. “This did not happen. There’s no truth to this,” Cook said in the interview. The initial Bloomberg report alleged that Chinese spies were able to infiltrate critical tech infrastructure belonging…

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Jake Paul ‘doesn’t see a problem’ with how he markets merch to kids

Jake Paul ‘doesn’t see a problem’ with how he markets merch to kids

Jake Paul is one of YouTube’s most controversial creators for many reasons, from outrageous stunts and pranks to allegations of abuse and bullying from former collaborators. Just last month, his tactics for selling merch to children were called into question by a fellow creator. Speaking to Shane Dawson, however, Paul calls claims of manipulation ridiculous. “Honestly, I think it’s fucking stupid that people think that’s manipulative,” Paul says in Dawson’s latest video. “I don’t see…

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