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Italian watchdog tells TikTok to block users whose ages can’t be verified

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Italy’s data privacy authority has ordered video sharing app TikTok to temporarily block the accounts of any users whose ages can’t be confirmed, Reuters reported. The order comes after the death of a 10-year-old girl in Palermo, whose parents told authorities their daughter was participating in a “blackout...

Tiger and the need to complicate the world we grew up in

Image: HBO The year is kicking off with what’s becoming a loose tradition: a documentary about a renowned ‘90s athlete that aims to shade in a more complete picture. This time around, it’s Tiger, a two-part HBO Sports documentary about golf superstar Tiger Woods. Like The Last Dance, which chronicled Michael Jordan’s final season with the...

Facebook says ‘configuration change’ caused some users to be logged out unexpectedly

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook says some users were logged out of their accounts unexpectedly Friday due to a “configuration change,” and the issue has been fixed as of Saturday morning. “On January 22, a configuration change caused some people to be logged out of their Facebook accounts. We investigated the issue and...

A year into coronavirus, we’re still counting the dead

Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images A year ago this week, The Verge published our first story about the virus. It was January 21. The first case had arrived in the US. We’d only heard of about 300 cases reported in China and six deaths. We still knew there was a chance it could get bad. “It’s bringing back SARS flashbacks for me,”...

Super Bowl 2021 won’t stream in 4K, but these TV deals are still worth it

Image: Vizio In news that’s likely to be devastating to people who are looking for any and all reasons to upgrade their TV, CBS announced that Super Bowl LV won’t be broadcast in 4K HDR. The decision was made because of complications caused by the pandemic. This likely isn’t going over too well with all of the TV manufacturers that use the...

Radio and TV host Larry King dies at 87

Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Longtime TV and radio host Larry King died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87. Ora Media, which King co-founded in 2012, confirmed the news in a tweet to the @KingsThings Twitter account. A cause of death was not immediately available Saturday,...

Parkinson’s meds are hard to grab, so TikTok users crowdsourced a solution

Brian Alldridge’s pill bottle design. | Image: Brian Alldridge Stitching together a pill bottle prototype Continue reading…

Microsoft backtracks on Xbox Live Gold price hike

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft has reversed its controversial Xbox Live price increase. The company announced a price hike on Friday that would have doubled the cost of a yearly subscription to the service, which is required to play games online on Xbox consoles, to $120 for many users. Now, though, Microsoft says the price...

SpaceX is sparring with a Texas oil company to drill for natural gas

SpaceX is locked in a legal fight with a Texas oil company for a plot of land it wants to use to drill for natural gas, according to public records. The 806-acre site in southern Texas sits near SpaceX’s Starship facilities, a sprawling testing ground for its methane-fueled Raptor rocket engine. Tim George, an attorney for the SpaceX subsidiary fighting...

Cyberpunk 2077’s first big patch is out now, and it’s packed with bug fixes

Image: CD Projekt Red Cyberpunk 2077’s first big update is available now, and it’s packed with bug fixes for the notoriously buggy game. In a tweet, developer CD Projekt Red also said that the update “lays the groundwork” for future patches. Patch 1.1 is out on PC, consoles and Stadia!In this update, which lays the groundwork for the...

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