Call of Duty: Warzone pulls a Fortnite with the launch of its new map

After launching a little over a year ago, Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the most popular free-to-play titles right now, with 100 million people playing the battle royale shooter. Following a nuclear missile that destroyed the game’s map, the in-game city of Verdansk is back with a new map set in the year 1984, as seen in the announcement trailer above. This mirrors a similar move made by its competitor Fortnite, which destroyed its original map and replaced it with a new one in 2019. Despite the shape and layout remaining the same as its predecessor, players will notice changes to most locations along with a 1980s vibe… Read More

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Venture Out expands to help more people validate their startup ideas while still working at a day job

Venture Out leaders Sean Sternbach (left) and Ken Horenstein. (Venture Out Photo) Venture Out expands: The Seattle-based organization that aims to help tech workers leave companies and create their own startups has added a new program called Moonlighter Lab. What it does: The lab charges $1,499 for an 8-week program designed to validate startup ideas from people who are still working at full-time day jobs. Venture Out originally launched by offering its 12-week Venture Lab, which preps entrepreneurs for their startup fundraising journey in exchange for 4% equity. “Putting ourselves in the founders’ shoes, we realized it was not founder-friendly to exchange equity for participation in a lab where founders… Read More

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Facebook pivots from politics to ‘inspiration’

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook wants to inspire, apparently. The company announced changes to its News Feed today that are supposed to fill feeds with things users like, rather than the content that annoys them. At the end of March, Facebook began introducing filters to allow users to customize their feed, and now, the company is hoping to learn more about what users like and dislike, with what seems like a special focus on moving away from political content and toward “inspirational posts.” The company has been under intense scrutiny for helping fan the flames of political division in the US and even playing an outsized role… Read More

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Peloton treadmill accidents spark push to change product safety law

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Congressional Democrats have introduced a bill that would make it easier for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to warn people about unsafe products, by repealing part of a 49-year-old law that limits what information the agency can release publicly. The Sunshine in Product Safety Act (PDF) comes after reports that exercise machine company Peloton “obstructed CPSC’s investigation” into its Peloton Tread Plus treadmill, according to the members of Congress. The Tread Plus has been involved in some 39 accidents where children were injured, including one death. The CPSC “was unable to alert the public of the reported incidents related to children, pets,… Read More

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University of Minnesota banned from contributing to Linux kernel

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The University of Minnesota has been banned from contributing to the Linux kernel by one of its maintainers after researchers from the school apparently knowingly submitted code with security flaws. Earlier this year, two researchers from the university released a paper detailing how they had submitted known security vulnerabilities to the Linux kernel in order to show how potentially malicious code could get through the approval process. Now, after another student from the university submitted code that reportedly does nothing, kernel maintainer and Linux Foundation fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman has released a statement calling for all kernel maintainers to reject any code submissions from… Read More

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How to watch UFC 261: Welterweight champ Kamaru Usman faces Jorge Masvidal in a long-awaited rematch this Saturday

  Summary List Placement UFC PPV Event + One Year Membership (small) A rematch between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and fourth-ranked welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal will headline the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 24. UFC 261 will be held in front of a full crowd at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, with prelims starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. The main card pay-per-view is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN+. Usman defeated Masvidal by unanimous decision in July 2020 and successfully defended the belt against Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in February. Masvidal has earned a reputation as one of… Read More

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Snapchat now has more users on Android than iOS

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Snap has finally reaped the benefits of building a fully functional Android app. The company announced in its earnings report today that its user base mostly uses Android instead of iOS. That overall user base continues to grow, too. During the first quarter of 2021, Snapchat reached 280 million daily active users, an increase of 22 percent year over year. CEO Evan Spiegel called the moment Android users overtook iOS users a “critical milestone that reflects the long-term value of the investment we made to rebuild our Android application,” in his prepared remarks today. As a reminder, Snapchat originally launched only on iOS… Read More

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Comcast touts 4Gbps cable uploads in lab test, still limits users to 35Mbps

Enlarge / Picture of a Comcast router/modem gateway from the company’s website. (credit: Comcast) Comcast today offered the latest hint of a future in which its cable customers won’t be limited to 35Mbps upload speeds. Announcing a recent lab test, Comcast said its research team “deliver[ed] upstream and downstream throughputs of greater than 4Gbps” and that “future optimization” will allow “even greater capacity.” This was “the first-ever live lab test” of a Broadcom “system-on-chip (SOC) device that will pave the way for Comcast to deliver multigigabit upload and download speeds over its hybrid-fiber coaxial (HFC) network,” Comcast said. It won’t require installation of more cables because the “technology works using… Read More

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Twitch chat is getting threaded replies

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitch users will be able to make threaded replies in Twitch chat starting today, the popular streaming platform announced. Threaded replies could make it a lot easier to have side conversations within Twitch chats, which are sometimes chaotic waterfalls of text with no easy way to tell who might be talking to another. Twitch is calling the new feature Chat Replies. To start a threaded reply, just hover over a message, click the arrow that will appear, and then type your message. Chat Replies help you keep the conversation going, even when chat is going off. Try out new message threads, keyboard shortcuts… Read More

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Deepfake tech takes on satellite maps

While the concept of “deepfakes,” or AI-generated synthetic imagery, has been decried primarily in connection with involuntary depictions of people, the technology is dangerous (and interesting) in other ways as well. For instance, researchers have shown that it can be used to manipulate satellite imagery to produce real-looking — but totally fake — overhead maps of cities. The study, led by Bo Zhao from the University of Washington, is not intended to alarm anyone but rather to show the risks and opportunities involved in applying this rather infamous technology to cartography. In fact their approach has as much in common with “style transfer” techniques — redrawing images in an impressionistic,… Read More

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Study shows how dangerously simple it is to manipulate voters (and daters) with AI

A pair of researchers, Ujué Agudo and Helena Matute of Universidad de Deusto in Spain, recently published a fascinating study demonstrating how easy it is to influence humans with algorithms. Up front: The basic takeaway from the work is that people tend to do what the algorithm says. Whether they’re being influenced to vote for a specific candidate based on an algorithmic recommendation or being funneled toward the perfect date on an app, we’re dangerously easy to influence with basic psychology and rudimentary AI. The big deal: We like to think we’re agents of order making informed decisions in a somewhat… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Food tech startup SōRSE raises cash to further scale its science used in CBD-infused products

SoRSE VP of science Michael Flemmens, left, watches as scientist Emily Skrobecki works with a powder version of the company’s product in a container of water at the company’s offices in 2019. (GeekWire File Photo) New funding: Seattle-based SōRSE Technology has raised $2 million to further innovate and scale its water-soluble emulsion technology used to blend cannabinoids more seamlessly into beverages, food and topicals. The tech: Founded in 2016 by tech veteran Howard Lee, SōRSE has been riding the wave of interest around CBD- and THC-infused products. Its patent-pending technology is designed to improve quality, consistency and experience. SōRSE is not a cannabis company, it’s a food technology company that… Read More

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