Reddit is down for many as GME goes up

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Reddit’s status page currently shows a major outage, and many of The Verge’s staff are unable to load it. Loading the site results in a blank white page. The site seems to have gone down after GameStop stock shot up 100 percent in late hours of trading. One of Reddit’s most controversial communities, r/WallStreetBets, has championed the stock and was intensely active after the surge. At the moment, it’s unclear if the two are related, but the subreddit seemed to be getting a…

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A new browser extension blocks any websites that use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a day (or, more accurately, trying and failing to use), I’d say it drives home the point that it’s almost impossible to avoid these companies on the modern web, even if you try. Currently, the app has to…

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Elon Musk says Starlink internet speeds will double to 300 Mbps this year

Image: SpaceX Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-based internet provider, will double in speed “later this year”, according to a tweet by Elon Musk, posted as a reply to someone who had just received their Starlink beta kit (via CNET). The company currently promises speeds between 50 to 150 Mbps, and Musk specifically calls out a 300 Mbps goal in his tweet. While 300 Mbps isn’t unheard-of speed, it’s faster than many people currently have access to, especially in the low-to-medium population density areas that Musk talks about targeting in a second tweet.…

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Comcast is yet again delaying its data cap rollout to 12 states, this time until 2022

If you live in one of the last states where Comcast hasn’t rolled out its data caps, you’re getting another reprieve: the company has announced that it’s now pushing back the rollout to some time in 2022 (via Ars Technica). The 1.2TB data caps, which incur extra charges if users go over them, were originally slated to roll out in March but were then delayed until July. Comcast hasn’t said specifically when next year the rollout would occur. “We are providing them with more time to become familiar with the…

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NASA’s 360-degree Mars landing broadcast is now live from the best seat in the house

NASA is landing a rover on Mars today, February 18th, but if you’re looking for a different perspective than the traditional live stream, the space agency is currently streaming the scene from inside mission control — in an immersive 360 degrees. You can look around to watch people as they go about their work, but there are also big virtual screens displaying multiple other views, including NASA’s other live stream. It might be the best way to experience the landing because you’ll get it all simultaneously. At the time of…

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Zillow’s 3D Home app can now use AI to guess the size of your house

Image: Zillow Zillow’s 3D Home app can now generate home floor plans based on scans a user uploads, the company announced today. The new feature, powered by the company’s artificial intelligence technology, is available today in the Zillow 3D Home app and could prove useful for people looking to relocate during the pandemic — or just anyone fantasizing about living in a mansion in Nebraska. Zillow 3D Home was originally launched in 2019 as a way to offer customers a more immersive way to view listings on its site and…

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Microsoft Edge won’t show you notification requests other people don’t like

Image: Microsoft Microsoft is trying a new solution for the persistent “would you like to allow notifications from this website” requests that you see across the internet: crowdsourcing data on which ones people block and which ones they allow. According to a blog post today, Microsoft is calling this feature adaptive notification requests, and the company is rolling it out in Edge 88 after it received positive feedback from testers. For an example of how this works, say there’s a website that commonly asks for notifications, and nobody wants them.…

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Microsoft Edge is getting a Kids Mode to add ‘guardrails’ to browsing the web

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is updating its Edge browser with a Kids Mode that should make browsing safer and more customizable, in a kid-friendly way. The feature is not widely available, but it’s being rolled out to Edge Insiders in Microsoft’s Canary test channel, with the feature coming to the dev channel soon after. Kids Mode can be enabled by selecting it from the Profile picker in Microsoft Edge, not dissimilar from using a similar Kids profile in a streaming service. Browsing in Kids Mode enables…

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You shouldn’t have to publicly humiliate AT&T to get usable internet

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Earlier this month, Aaron Epstein spent $10,000 to buy an ad in The Wall Street Journal to tell AT&T’s CEO he wasn’t happy with his internet service — service that was limited to a paltry 3Mbps (via Ars Technica). Now, AT&T has him hooked up with a fiber connection, and he’s getting over 300 Mbps up and down. All it took was getting interviewed by Ars, the ad going viral on Twitter, and a Stephen Colbert mention. In his ad, the North Hollywood,…

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PSA: eBay might not let you sell items without a bank account starting Valentine’s Day

In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion, turning it into the way you’d buy and get paid for items you sell on the ginormous auction site. But the once-happy couple has been breaking up for years — and on Valentine’s Day, some sellers may no longer be able to sell items on eBay at all without connecting an old-school bank account instead. This morning, I received a final warning that I would need to add a bank account by February 14th or else “your ability to revise or relist…

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