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Ofo is being sued by Chinese bike manufacture for $10 million in unpaid bills

Ofo is being sued by Chinese bike manufacture for $10 million in unpaid bills

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Chinese bike-share company Ofo is being sued by manufacturer Shanghai Phoenix Bicycles over “unpaid bills” that total nearly $10 million, according to the Financial Times. It’s the latest in a series of setbacks for the company this year, and shows some of the problems that the on-demand bike companies are facing around the world. According […]

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Finding silence online is difficult, but the pursuit is worthwhile

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In My Year of Rest and Relaxation, the latest novel from the ferociously talented writer Otessa Moshfegh, the protagonist sets out to sleep through an entire year to get far enough away from her life so that she might have a chance at rebirth. “Mine was a quest for a new spirit,” Moshfegh’s unnamed narrator […]

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Microsoft is redesigning Skype once again and killing its Snapchat-like feature

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I’ve lost count on the number of times Microsoft has redesigned Skype, but it’s happening again. The software maker has been tweaking Skype for years, and last year it introduced a radical design that included a Snapchat-like Highlights feature. Microsoft is now removing the Highlights feature, and simplifying Skype once again. “Calling became harder to […]

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Genre fiction is recognized with this year’s alternative Nobel prize for literature

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Earlier this year, the Swedish academy announced that it would not issue a prize for literature. The announcement prompted a flurry of handwringing within the literary community, and the creation of an alternative award to ensure that a literary prize would still be issued in 2018. Today, the organization behind the alternative award announced that […]

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GoPro’s Hero 7 camera has leaked via a store display

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GoPro’s next camera appears to have leaked via a store display. Imgur user Austin Mittelstadt posted a series of images that show off the company’s Hero 7 camera, which is expected to be announced later this month. The camera appears to come in three colors: white, silver, and black. The display also shows off some […]

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Texas and New York City are slashing inmate phone call rates

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For years, inmate advocates have argued that the cost of a phone call from a prison or jail is onerously high, and inmates’ families are footing the bill. While the FCC, under the Obama administration, moved to broadly cap rates, the Trump-era agency declined to defend the caps in court, where they were struck down. […]

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UE’s Boom app on Android stopped supporting Amazon Alexa in its latest update

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UE Boom’s latest app update removes its compatibility with Amazon Alexa. They put out a joint statement to The Verge explaining they’re focusing on their core product. The new version no longer supports alarms or Amazon Alexa, according to the update notes on Google Play. The company explained that they introduced the update to the […]

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Huawei adds new colors to the P20 Pro plus leather back options for China

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Remember how I told you Huawei’s excellent P20 Pro was a phone that would frustrate Americans with its absence from their market? Well, this week at IFA, that device became even more aggravating, as Huawei introduced four new variants: two new color options and two real-leather backs that look and feel lovely. Firstly, the colors: […]

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10 new trailers you should watch this week

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I’d wanted to watch The Beatles’ movie Help! for some time after having seen clips of its slapstick and absurdist humor in, I think, a film class years ago. I finally got around to it the other weekend, and the film’s comedy really is quite often surprisingly timeless and fun in its silliness. But there’s […]

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9 science fiction and fantasy books coming out this September you should add to your reading list

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We’re going to start doing something a little different with our monthly book list here on The Verge: we’re shifting this column from a monthly schedule to a bi-weekly one. Each list will be a bit shorter and hopefully, a bit less daunting than a longer list. Speaking of shorter and less daunting, I packed […]

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