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The Verge’s decade-old flagship podcast will also expand to two episodes a week Brooke Minters has joined The Verge as editorial director for audio, overseeing its podcast operation, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel today announced. In her new role, Minters will develop The Verge’s audio slate, launching new shows and

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Napster joins Limewire and Winamp by jumping on the web3 bandwagon

Famed music piracy platform Napster has been bought by a consortium of companies that plan to "bring the iconic music brand to web3." It’s the latest example of business types mining defunct-brands for lingering name recognition through web3 waffle. They say you can’t keep a good brand down. More accurately, you can’t stop it being opportunistically mined by business types for lingering name-recognition and nostalgia. Case in point: the pioneering peer-to-peer music-sharing-and-piracy

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Sonos joins Matter but hasn’t committed to supporting the new standard

Sonos recently joined the Connectivity Standards Alliance, the coalition that’s developing the universal Matter standard meant to bring simplicity and universal interoperability to the smart home. A huge reason behind Sonos’ success is the company’s adaptability. Whenever a new audio streaming service comes along — and as the industry evolves and pushes new formats like lossless and Dolby Atmos spatial audio — Sonos is always right

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Ariel Shapiro Joins The Verge as Lead Reporter for Hot Pod

Shapiro begins her role on April 25th. In the coming months, she’ll be joined at Hot Pod by an additional reporter. The Verge today announced Ariel Shapiro is joining the site as the lead reporter for Hot Pod, the preeminent publication covering the podcasting industry. Beginning her role on April 25th, Shapiro will write Hot Pod’s paid and free newsletters.

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Google joins Samsung in working with iFixit on a self-repair program

Google has partnered with DIY repair specialists iFixit to offer spare parts for its devices. Pixel smartphone parts like batteries, displays, and cameras, will be available to purchase in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Europe. Google has become the latest manufacturer to partner with DIY repair specialists iFixit to offer spare parts for its devices, the search giant announced today. It’s a deal that should make it far easier for the average customer to get parts to

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Vergecast: Elon Musk joins Twitter’s board, OnePlus 10 Pro review, and this week’s TVs and monitors

Our podcast covers Elon Musk buying stock in Twitter, our review of the OnePlus 10 Pro, and the arrival of QD-OLED monitors and TVs. Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where we discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories. This week on The Vergecast, Verge managing editor Alex Cranz takes the reins

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A 14-inch convertible joins MSI’s business laptop lineup

MSI has updated a number of the models in its Summit Series to Intel’s 12th-Gen processors. The series includes a new Summit E14 Flip Evo model. MSI has made a number of updates to the Summit Series, its line of high-end business laptops. The Summit E14 Evo, Summit E13 Flip Evo, Summit E16 Flip Evo, and Summit E16 Flip (which is similar to the Filp Evo with a higher-resolution screen and

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E-bike maker Cowboy joins the exclusive $100 million club

Cowboy will use the $80 million investment to focus on electric bike development, on-demand services like Cowboy Care, expanding fitness features in its app, and improving "customer delight." Brussels-based electric bike maker Cowboy now has an additional $80 million in funding to help fuel its expansion into the US and beyond. The company has raised over $120 million since its founding in 2017, putting it on track to “reach over

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Second Life joins the metaverse discussion with the return of its founder — and some key patents

Second Life has been running a virtual world for nearly two decades. Now it’s welcoming back founder Philip Rosedale as a strategic advisor, as new metaverse projects suddenly crowd the space. Throughout months of metaverse hype, with all the new names and virtual real estate speculation, I can’t count how many times I’ve thought, “Didn’t Second Life already do that?” Apparently, the people behind Second Life agree and are

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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