LiveLeak, the internet’s font of gore and violence, has shut down

Video site LiveLeak, best known for hosting gruesome footage that mainstream rivals wouldn’t touch, has shut down after fifteen years in operation. In its place is “ItemFix,” a site that bans users from uploading media containing “excessive violence or gory content.” In a blog post, LiveLeak founder Hayden Hewitt did not give an explicit reason for the site’s closure, saying only that: “The world has changed a lot over these last few years, the Internet alongside it, and we as people.” In a video posted on his YouTube channel Trigger…

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Twitter updates offensive tweet warnings, accepts that you like to swear at your friends

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter is updating its “be nice, think twice” system that prompts users to reconsider when they’re about to tweet a “potentially harmful or offensive” reply. The upgraded feature is now better at spotting “strong language,” claims Twitter; is more aware of vocabulary that has been “reclaimed by underrepresented communities” and is used in non-harmful ways; and also now takes into account your relationship with the person you’re messaging. In other words, if you’re tweeting at a mutual who you interact with regularly, Twitter…

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Facebook’s Nextdoor-clone Neighborhoods is coming soon to four US cities

Facebook, which never saw a social network it couldn’t copy, says its Nextdoor-clone Neighborhoods is now available across Canada and is coming soon to four US cities. According to CNET, the US locations being targeted are Charlotte, North Carolina; San Diego, California; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Newark, New Jersey. Like Nextdoor, Neighborhoods is all about corralling geographically-defined groups of users into a single space to discuss local goings-on. Facebook says users should be able to get to know neighbors, ask for recommendations for the best coffee shops or locksmiths, and…

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It’s not just you: Reddit is down

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Reddit is currently experiencing some issues, according to its status page and Downdetector, which currently has more than 45,000 users reporting problems connecting to its homepage and subreddits. Shortly after 2PM ET, staff here at The Verge were also unable to load the site, with some getting a blank homepage and others experiencing slow loading times and getting kicked off of pages. According to its status page, Reddit is currently investigating the issue. We’ve reached out to Reddit for information and will update…

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Twitter is buying Scroll, the subscription service that removes ads from news sites

Image: Scroll Twitter’s acquisition spree continues today with Scroll, a $5-a-month subscription service that removes ads from participating news sites (including The Verge). Twitter is working on building out a new kind of subscription plan that will include Scroll, the recently acquired Revue newsletter service, and other homegrown Twitter services. In a blog post announcing the deal, Scroll CEO Tony Haile says that one reason he sold his company is because “Twitter’s ambitions are larger than people suspect.” The Scroll service is an ingenious hack that uses third-party cookies or…

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Basecamp implodes as employees flee company, including senior staff

After a controversial blog post where CEO Jason Fried outlined Basecamp’s new philosophy that prohibited, among other things, “societal and political discussions” on internal forums, company co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson said the company would offer generous severance packages to anyone who disagreed with the new stance. On Friday, it appears a large number of Basecamp employees are taking Hansson up on his offer: according to Verge contributing editor Casey Newton, roughly a third of the company’s 57 employees accepted buyouts today. Not long after Fried’s blog post went public —…

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Dashlane’s new $3.99 password manager plan is cheaper but might not beat free

Image: Dashlane Dashlane has introduced a new $3.99 per month Essentials plan for its password manager that offers some of the most popular features from its $6.49 per month Premium plan at a more affordable price. But the lower price comes with a catch — you might not be able to access your passwords on as many devices as you’d like. Like Dashlane’s Premium plans, the new Essentials offers unlimited passwords, the ability to generate new passwords on the fly, autofill, and access to Dashlane’s Secure Notes feature for storing…

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EU adopts controversial law forcing one-hour takedowns of terrorist content

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The European Parliament has formally adopted a law requiring internet companies to “remove or disable access to flagged terrorist content” within one hour after being notified by national authorities. Once issued, such takedown notices will apply across the EU, with countries able to levy financial penalties against firms that refuse to comply. The legislation will come into force 12 months after it is published in the EU’s official journal, a standard step for all EU law. It will then have to be adopted…

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Vivaldi is updating its browsers to block annoying cookie pop-ups

Image: Vivaldi Vivaldi announced today that it’s updating the desktop and Android versions of its Vivaldi browser with the ability to block annoying cookie preference pop-ups. Thanks to the passage of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you’ve probably had to click through at least one dialog box asking if you’d like to manage how a site tracks you. Vivaldi’s new update lets you avoid those notifications — with some major caveats — while theoretically still keeping you safe from tracking. Vivaldi’s logic for the new feature, affectionately…

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