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Facebook extends political ad ban another month as Trump refuses to concede, Nick Statt

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook on Wednesday announced an extension on its political advertising ban for at least another month, citing delays in election results due to COVID-19 and unprecedented rates of mail-in and absentee voting. The extension was announced in an update posted to its original blog post on the topic. “The temporary pause for ads …

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Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021, Dieter Bohn

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Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used. The change will happen on June 1st, 2021, and it comes with other Google Drive policy changes like counting Google Workspace documents and …

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Twitch apologizes to streamers for its mishandling of music copyright, Bijan Stephen

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Twitch published a blog post today with the relatively anodyne title “Music-Related Copyright Claims and Twitch.” What was in it, however, was anything but. The post explained exactly why streamers received that strange email notifying them that Twitch had deleted some of their clips and VODs, and it gave creators an update on what tools they can expect to see …

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BMW’s new electric scooter concept aims to be your perfect cyberpunk mount, Andrew J. Hawkins

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BMW is trying to reclaim its mantle as a leader in electric mobility. As part of a suite of announcements outlining the German automaker’s latest products, BMW revealed a bold new electric scooter concept: the Motorrad Definition CE 04. In true concept form, the company hasn’t released any specs, and it hasn’t said if or when it will turn into …

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Facebook removes election misinformation pages tied to Steve Bannon, Adi Robertson

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Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Facebook has removed a series of pages linked to former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. The pages were removed after nonprofit organization Avaaz flagged them as spreading — and artificially amplifying — election-related misinformation under the “Stop The Steal” tag. Facebook confirmed to The New York Times that it removed “several clusters of activity” late last …

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Simple Search is a browser extension that gives you Google circa 2010, Russell Brandom

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge For the last 10 years, Google has been building new widgets into its search results — and now, a group of journalists has built a browser extension to show you what search would look like without them. Built by The Markup, Simple Search strips out the information panels, shopping boxes, and search ads …

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Amazon’s Alexa will now guess what skills you want to use based on your questions, James Vincent

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Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Finding new ways to use Amazon’s Alexa has always been a bit of a pain. Amazon boasts that its AI assistant has more than 100,000 skills, but most are garbage and the useful ones are far from easy to discover. Today, though, Amazon announced it’s launched a new way to surface skills: by …

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Hurricanes are keeping more of their strength after moving ashore, Justine Calma

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NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provided a visible-light image of Tropical Storm Harvey on August 30th, 2017, at 7:30AM ET after it made landfall at 4AM CT just west of Cameron, Louisiana.  | Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group via Getty Images Hurricanes are taking longer to weaken after making landfall because of climate change, according to a new …