The Verge - All Posts 2020-08-03T18:39:53-04:00 2020-08-03T18:39:53-04:00 2020-08-03T18:39:53-04:00 FAA shares new steps for Boeing to return 737 Max to the skies <img alt="Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis Continues, As The Airline Manufacturer Aims To Get The Planes Back In Air Before End Of Year" src="" /> <small>Photo by Gary He/Getty Images</small> <p id="UgI6K1">The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a “preliminary summary” of its 18-month review of the Boeing 737 Max program, and with it, has detailed the remaining steps the company will likely need to take in order to allow the plane back into the air. Among the changes the agency is asking for is new software for the plane’s flight control computer and displays, a revised manual and enhanced training for flight crew, and new maintenance procedures. A few key issues remain unfinished, though, like finalizing a new pilot training process. </p> <p id="DTpaTM">The FAA laid out the changes both in <a href="#">the 96-page summary</a> and in <a href="#">a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on Monday</a>. The public will have 45 days to comment on the latter before the agency...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Sean O'Kane 2020-08-03T18:21:35-04:00 2020-08-03T18:21:35-04:00 Ubisoft reportedly fires one of its most influential execs following allegations of sexual harassment <img alt="" src="" /> <small>Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge</small> <p id="tPrP7x">One of Ubisoft’s most influential executives has been fired after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against him, <a href="#">reports <em>Business Insider</em></a>. Ubisoft confirmed to <em>The Verge</em> that the executive, Tommy François, departed the company, but declined to comment on the nature of his departure. </p> <p id="q5GHZI">François was formerly Ubisoft’s vice president of editorial and creative services, a role that gave him oversight over the development of many of the studio’s largest franchises. A separate <a href="#"><em>Business Insider</em> report</a> detailed some of François actions, which included commenting on how his female colleagues looked, massaging people without asking, and, on one occasion, telling his colleagues he had spent the previous evening...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jay Peters 2020-08-03T18:01:36-04:00 2020-08-03T18:01:36-04:00 President Trump withdraws FCC renomination after 5G controversy <img alt="President Trump Meets With US Tech Workers And Signs Executive Order On Hiring American" src="" /> <small>Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images</small> <p id="dDkll2">President Trump has withdrawn the nomination of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, a six-year FCC veteran who was expected by many to be renewed for a third term, as <a href="#">first reported by <em>Reuters</em></a>. The withdrawal comes less than a week after Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) <a href="#">placed a hold</a> on the nomination over concerns about O’Rielly’s position on a recently approved terrestrial 5G network.</p> <p id="CLXPkh">The conflict centers over a controversial 5G network recently approved by the commission. The proposed network would operate on the L-band spectrum traditionally utilized by radar and GPS, operated by Ligado Networks as a low-power terrestrial system. In its proposal, Ligado pledged to report its base stations and operating parameters <a href="#">to avoid any interference with...</a></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Russell Brandom 2020-08-03T17:40:50-04:00 2020-08-03T17:40:50-04:00 Twitter faces $250 million FTC fine for misusing emails and phone numbers <img alt="" src="" /> <small>Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge</small> <p id="5Tkb9U">Twitter said that the Federal Trade Commission may soon fine it up to $250 million for improper use of users’ phone numbers and email addresses. The potential fines would come for violations of Twitter’s <a href="#">2011 agreement</a> with the FTC to no longer mislead consumers about how it protects their personal information.</p> <p id="CzU4zc">Between 2013 and 2019, Twitter used phone numbers and email addresses provided “for safety and security purposes” to help target ads. Twitter <a href="">disclosed the practice</a> back in October, saying that it was done “inadvertently” and called it “an error.” The FTC evidently believes that Twitter misled consumers by not disclosing that their data may have been used in this way.</p> <p id="ZghkBf">Twitter says that the commission sent a draft complaint on July...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jacob Kastrenakes 2020-08-03T17:30:50-04:00 2020-08-03T17:30:50-04:00 The Department of Justice is reviewing TurboTax maker Intuit’s $7.1 billion purchase of its free competitor <img alt="TurboTax 2018" src="" /> <small>Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for TurboTax</small> <p id="0ku76B"><a href="">Intuit’s $7.1 billion purchase of Credit Karma</a> earlier this year is now subjected to review by the US Department of Justice. The department is concerned about possible antitrust issues if Intuit — owner of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint — is allowed to take over a former rival that offered free tax preparation tools that were directly in competition with Intuit’s own offering, <a href="#">according to a report from <em>ProPublica</em></a>.</p> <p id="YYQTzb">In a memo obtained by <em>ProPublica</em>, the DOJ’s lawyers are apparently concerned about “the influence that Intuit’s purchase of Credit Karma will have on consumer tax preparation platforms and [the] software market.” Currently, the DOJ has requested Intuit and Credit Karma provide more information before it rules on whether to...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Chaim Gartenberg 2020-08-03T17:19:31-04:00 2020-08-03T17:19:31-04:00 Prosecutors are investigating Amazon’s treatment of third-party sellers <img alt="" src="" /> <small>Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge</small> <p id="ipcS9e">The New York and California attorneys general, along with the Federal Trade Commission, plan to investigate Amazon’s online Marketplace platform, <a href="#"><em>Bloomberg News</em> reported</a> on Monday. The agencies are going to interview witnesses jointly on conference calls over the next few weeks, in what <em>Bloomberg</em> suggests may be the beginnings of a formal antitrust enforcement action following <a href="">last week’s landmark Big Tech antitrust hearing</a>.</p> <p id="bTU3qM">The news comes after <a href="">intense questioning</a> over Amazon’s Marketplace practices during the hearing. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) asked CEO Jeff Bezos whether its actions toward Marketplace sellers was a pattern of behavior. She played testimony from a third-party bookseller who believed Amazon had blocked their store,...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Kim Lyons 2020-08-03T16:21:49-04:00 2020-08-03T16:21:49-04:00 This is how Xbox games are getting touch controls for xCloud <img alt="" src="" /> <p id="YD8OvD">Microsoft is preparing to launch its xCloud game streaming service as <a href="">part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate</a> next month, and we’re now starting to get some more details on how touch controls will work with the service. Microsoft initially <a href="">detailed touch controls</a> last year, but the company has now been working with Xbox Game Studios developers like The Coalition and Ninja Theory to bring these controls to Xbox games.</p> <p id="MekxeZ">During a Microsoft Game Stack stream today, Jarret Bradley, senior gameplay producer at The Coalition, showed off how touch controls will work with <em>Gears 5</em>. The Coalition has built custom layouts for anything you can do in the game, including buttons for aiming, shooting, reloading, and controls for driving vehicles.</p> <div id="sRguK0"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%;"></div></div> <p id="zDBd7F">The team has...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Tom Warren 2020-08-03T16:17:56-04:00 2020-08-03T16:17:56-04:00 How to use Google One to back up your Android phone <img alt="Google One logo" src="" /> <small>Image: Google</small> <p id="a7CX8e">Backing up your Android phone is always smart — and backing it up to the cloud makes it easy to reload your data even if your phone is lost, stolen, or broken. And now you can back up some of that data to <a href="">Google’s cloud storage service, Google One</a>, even if you aren’t on one of the company’s paid plans, which start at $1.99 for 100GB of storage. If you’ve got a personal Google account (<em>not</em> a G Suite account), you can get up to 15GB of storage for backing up your mobile data (although that can vary somewhat, depending on what other services / accounts you have). </p> <h2 id="BBEvG1">Back up data with Android</h2> <p id="1Fa98l">Of course, you don’t need Google One to back up your app data, call history, contacts, settings, or SMS messages. You could already do that easily using...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Barbara Krasnoff 2020-08-03T15:35:17-04:00 2020-08-03T15:35:17-04:00 Google’s live-captioning feature will soon work with voice and video calls on Pixel phones <img alt="" src="" /> <small>Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge</small> <p id="a2xWD1">Android’s real-time captions feature, Live Caption, is gaining the ability to work with voice and video calls, Google <a href="#">announced on Monday</a>. Previously, Live Caption only worked with media that played on your phone, like a YouTube video, but this new functionality means you’ll soon be able to have a phone call with someone and get captions of what they’re saying as they say it.</p> <p id="MiWuLl">If you want to see Live Caption with calls in action, check out my colleague Dieter Bohn’s video he posted <a href="#">to Twitter</a> using the feature on the <a href="">newly announced Pixel 4A</a>. Google says the feature will be rolling out to the Pixel 2, 3, 3A, and 4 as well.</p> <div id="PJA6LB"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here is my bad pandemic hair and also a demo of Google's Live Caption feature working with a phone call on the new...</p> </blockquote> </div> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jay Peters 2020-08-03T15:14:31-04:00 2020-08-03T15:14:31-04:00 Trump threatens that TikTok will ‘close down’ on September 15th unless an American company buys it <img alt="" src="" /> <small>Based on wallpaper by Michael Gillett (<a class="ql-link" href="#" target="_blank">Wallpaper Hub</a>)</small> <p id="sixudN">President Donald Trump claims that TikTok will “be out of business in the United States” on September 15th if its Chinese parent company ByteDance doesn’t sell it and provide the US Treasury Department with “a lot of money,” backing off an earlier claim that he planned to “ban” the app over the weekend. <a href="#">This follows reports</a> that <a href="">Microsoft negotiated a 45-day window</a> to acquire the company, something <a href="">it confirmed yesterday</a> in a blog post.</p> <p id="L71sZj"><a href="#">Trump announced the news</a> at the White House today and elaborated on how he believes Microsoft or another “big,” “secure,” and “very American” company should buy TikTok. He argued that it should buy the entirety of the company from ByteDance — not just its operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Adi Robertson