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Two years later, Pokémon Go finally has some competition

After the game’s breakout success, big-name follow-ups are here<p>The summer of 2016 was filled with sunshine and pokéballs. Two years ago, Niantic unleashed <i>Pokémon Go</i> on the world, and parks and city streets were filled with people who were trying to catch a Squirtle or Pikachu. And while the fervor …

Pokémon

Mobile-gaming titans keep ripping off indies

The word "casual" has long been flung out as an insult on video-game forums and social media. It's deployed to belittle the interests of people who enjoy more relaxing experiences than gritty shooters, strategy-rich online games or time-sucking RPGs. Unsurprisingly, it's most often hurled at anyone …

App Store

AT&T’s Troubling Plan to Change HBO

The telecom giant, which just acquired Time Warner, is seeking to drastically change the premium-cable channel in order to compete with the likes of Netflix.<p>This past February, HBO added the most U.S. subscribers in its history, boosting its user base by 11 percent (the company has some 142 million …

TV

Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting

#PlaneBae is just the most recent example of an obnoxious trend.<p>Last week, the Twitter user Rosey Blair and her boyfriend, Houston Hardaway, made headlines for their viral live commentary on the supposed “meet-cute” between the two strangers sitting in front of them on a plane ride from New York to …

Social Media

Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer

When your job is to constantly share your life, even your worst moments are an opportunity to please your audience.<p>A strange creature stalks Los Angeles, hunting for content. He is pale and tall, as skinny as a folded-up tripod. His right hand holds a camera on a stick, which he waves like an …

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Guess How Much Money Virginia Paid The Bachelorette to Film There

In one of the least exciting <i>Bachelorette</i> episodes in recent memory, Becca Kufrin corralled her merry gang of gentlemen suitors for a week of, uh, …

Los Angeles

Two Strangers Met on a Plane—and the Internet Ruined It

Nothing in American culture—not even delight, not even coincidence, not even love—is safe from the gravitational forces of commodification.<p>Have you heard about #PlaneBae? The story that went viral on Twitter over the Fourth of July holiday, and was featured as one of those feel-good segments on the</i> …

In-flight Entertainment

The Death of the Public Square

Today’s most powerful companies are enemies of free expression.<p>What is God? When the question first rattled my adolescent mind, I took it to my mom and dad, and received wildly divergent answers. I cracked the beige-in-every-way set of World Book encyclopedias in our attic. And after poking around …

Coca-Cola

How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update

“Local Twitter” is a booming network of basic, young suburbanites across the country.<p>A decade ago, if you were a bored teen looking to post about suburban life, relationship problems, Starbucks, or fleeting thoughts like, “The holidays are approaching and being single sucksssss lol,” you might turn …

Social Media

Sources: Google Is Planning A Game Platform That Could Take On Xbox And PlayStation

Over the past few months, the wildest rumors in video game industry circles haven’t involved the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Two. The most interesting …

Call of Duty

Pokemon Go creator will sell its AR tech to spawn games like Harry Potter

It's the real world — plus.<p>Michael Jones, Niantic

Pokémon

Forced Labor Is the Backbone of the World’s Electronics Industry

Poor people around the world are streaming into Malaysia in search of factory work. Once they arrive, they often find only hardship.<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia bills itself as “heaven for foreign companies.” Since the 1970s, the Southeast Asian nation has drawn 5,000 foreign firms from more …

Asia

Xbox's Mike Nichols: 'We have gone beyond the notion of console generations'

After an action-packed E3, Microsoft announced it is working on the next generation of Xbox console, as well as a host of new game studio acquisitions and titles including Halo Infinite and Gears of War 5.<p>After the press conference, The Telegraph spoke to Xbox's head of marketing Mike Nichols about …

Xbox

The A.V. Club’s favorite games of 2018 so far

Let’s face it: It was pretty much impossible for the games of 2018 to live up to the games of 2017. Like 2007, 1998, and 1993 before it, that’s a …

Dragon Ball

The top 10 video games of 2018 (so far)

We're halfway through the year 2018 and there have already been a handful of huge gaming hits that have dominated our lives for dozens (and dozens …

Retrogaming

These 22 sketches make complicated financial concepts simple enough to fit on a napkin

Tina Hay doesn't think in numbers.<p>In 2002, enrolled in a finance class while pursuing her MBA from Harvard Business School, she realized that her classmates who came from the world of banking and consulting were acing the coursework without a problem, while she struggled to master the concepts …

Personal Finance

The AT&T–Time Warner Merger Is Already What the Government Feared

It’s been quite a week for AT&T. One of the largest providers of wireless, internet, and cable TV in America, it closed an $85.4 billion deal last …

Net Neutrality

Bethesda sues Warner Bros, calls its Westworld game ‘blatant rip-off’ of Fallout Shelter

Lawsuit alleges recently released Westworld game infringes Bethesda’s copyright<p>Bethesda Softworks is suing Warner Bros. and <i>Fallout Shelter</i> co-developer Behaviour Interactive over the recently released <i>Westworld</i>, alleging that the mobile game based on HBO’s TV series is a “blatant rip-off” of <i>Fallout</i></i> …

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Nintendo and Microsoft team up to promote cross-play, while Sony remains silent

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Gaming

Will a New Supreme Court Decision Change Online Shopping?

The Court just ruled that a state can collect taxes from a retailer that doesn’t have a physical presence in the state. Here’s what that means.<p>As consumers shop more and more online, they’ve often stumbled across a delightful fact: Many online purchases are tax-free. This can mean consumers save a …

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What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America

The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.<p>Here are some of the things I heard about in my neighborhood over the past year: A thunderstorm downed a tree, blocking a central road; a shadowy agent called “the night …

Social Media

'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved

<b>A committee of MEPs has voted to accept major changes to European copyright law, which experts say could change the nature of the internet.</b><p>They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an end to memes, remixes and other user-generated content.<p>Article 11, requiring …

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Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Rules of the Internet

Xi Jinping wants to wrest control of global cyber governance from the market economies of the west.<p>It’s never been a worse time to be a Chinese telecom company in America. This evening, the Senate is set to vote on whether to restore a ban on U.S. company sales to prominent Chinese telecom player …

China

Trump has turned words into weapons. And he's winning the linguistic war | George P Lakoff and Gil Duran

Reporting, and therefore repeating, Trump’s tweets just gives him more power<p>Donald Trump has been a salesman for nearly half a century. He is now selling himself, his worldview and his self-serving views of the law and the truth. His principal tools are language and the media. By faithfully …

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At E3, video gaming's bigots have lost

Dave Lee<p><b>Four years ago a row hit the games industry like an atomic bomb.</b><p>The treatment of women, within both the industry and the games themselves, was being scrutinised like never before. And, as journalists predicted that “gamers are over”, an angry, and at times vicious, movement emerged: …

Feminism

This Olive Garden commercial script introducing lasagna wings is just too good

Writer and comedian Keaton Patti tweeted on Wednesday that he forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of Olive Garden commercials and then asked it to …

18 New Music Books to Read This Summer

Whether you’re lounging in a beach chair, perched under a tree, or taking refuge next to a blasting air conditioner, the summer months offer many opportunities to sit back and read for hours on end. In that spirit, here are some of our favorite recent or soon-to-be-released music books, ranging …

Books

Apple's Airpods Are an Omen

The company’s slick, wireless earbuds work great, but they foreshadow startling changes to the social fabric.<p>The moment I put the Apple AirPods in my ears, I feel like I’ve already dropped them in the toilet. They are so small and slippery. The mere act of removing these precious, wireless ear buds …

Tech Trends

People Are Changing the Way They Use Social Media

Posts are getting less personal—and privacy breaches like Cambridge Analytica could be partly to blame, an Atlantic survey finds<p><i>Connection</i> is the watchword.<p>That’s what Facebook is about, if you haven’t heard. “My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people,” CEO Mark …

How Alexandra Bell Is Disrupting Racism in Journalism

The artist and journalist Alexandra Bell has long been a scrutinizing reader of news media. As a young child, in Chicago, she relished receiving copies of the historically black newspaper the Chicago <i>Defender,</i> which she often read from front to back alongside her mother. Its explicit political …