Tesla worker tests positive for COVID-19 after New York factory reopens

A Tesla employee has tested positive for COVID-19 at the company’s solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York, according to an employee at the factory who spoke to The Verge on the condition of anonymity. It’s the fourth known Tesla employee to test positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus but the first since the company reopened its US factories in May. One employee from Panasonic, which shares space with Tesla at its New York and Nevada factories, also tested positive back in March before the shutdowns. Tesla quietly reopened the New York facility on May 19th after the state gave the region the green light, according to… Read More

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Zoom saw a huge increase in subscribers — and revenue — thanks to the pandemic

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Zoom had a blockbuster quarter as its app became the hottest videoconferencing service of the pandemic. In an earnings report today, Zoom reported making $328 million in revenue during its February–April quarter. That’s up far more than double from the same time last year, when it made $122 million, and it comes in well above the $200 million that Zoom expected it would make when it issued guidance just a few months ago. Zoom doesn’t say exactly how many people used its software over the past few months, but the company claims it added an “unprecedented number of free participants,” including more than… Read More

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The Last of Us Pt. 2 hands-on: You can’t pet the dog—but you can expect terror

Ahead of our June 12 review of The Last of Us Pt. 2, Naughty Dog has given us the green light to describe a small portion of the PlayStation 4 game. The content in question is a 1.5-hour mission that takes place roughly 12 hours into the full campaign. For many games, this would be an inconsequential way to set fans’ expectations of what’s to come. Think of a Halo game, where the shooty-shoot in a later mission is representative of the whole game. Standard game-preview stuff, you might say. In The Last of Us Pt. 2, Vita does not necessarily mean “life.” [credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Naughty Dog… Read More

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Trump’s Twitter order violates the First Amendment, new lawsuit claims

Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies faced its first legal challenge Tuesday, claiming that Trump violated the companies’ rights to free speech. In its lawsuit, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) called Trump’s order “retaliatory” because it specifically attacked Twitter for using its First Amendment right to comment and moderate the president’s tweets. By attacking Twitter, the organization claimed that Trump’s order could discourage other platforms from exercising their free speech rights to moderate the president’s posts out of fear of retaliation from the federal government. “The Executive Order is designed to deter social media services from fighting misinformation, voter suppression,…… Read More

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How to easily install the Android 11 developer preview

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge You can try out the Android 11 developer preview software right now if you have a Pixel 2 or later, but it’s understandable if the idea of flashing your device to install the OS is intimidating. It can be a tricky process, and the steps differ slightly depending on what phone you have and what kind of computer you’re going to use to download the software. But now that process has been streamlined by Google. Google recently released the Android Flash Tool, a web application that handles most of the steps of flashing for you. There are a few steps that you’ll need… Read More

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