Women Who Say Uber Drivers Raped Them Are Fighting to Have Their Lawsuit Heard by a Jury

Women who sued Uber on the assertion that the company’s policies failed to protect them and others from sexual misconduct want to have their case heard by a jury. But they say Uber’s terms of service have forced them into arbitration, meaning anyone who uses the app must settle disputes behind closed doors through a third party—not the courts, where proceedings would be public. Read More >>

Apple Products Actually Really Great for Kids, Apple Says

Apple would really like you to know that its products are the gateway to a happy family. On Thursday, the company launched a new page on its website dedicated to families. “You want to do what’s best for your family,” the page reads. “So do we,” it affirms. Read More >>

Wikipedia Had No Idea YouTube Was Going to Use It to Fact-Check Conspiracy Theories

On Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the company had a new strategy to deal with conspiracy theories on the platform: dropping a handy Wikipedia link beneath videos on highly contested topics. And it looks like Wikipedia learned about this curious strategy at the same time as everyone else. Read More >>

This AR Street Fighter II Lets You Brawl in the Real World

Augmented reality experiences are oftentimes a dud, and the really mind-melting ones require hardware that costs a shit-ton of money. But Abhishek Singh seems to have figured out a way to make AR both accessible and really fucking cool. His latest project brings the classic arcade game Street Fighter II to life as a multiplayer game people can play in the real world. Read More >>

Facebook, Which Is Totally ‘Not a Media Company,’ May Launch a Video News Channel

Just when you thought Facebook was getting out of the news business, it’s... getting into the news business—but with video! Read More >>

The University of Arizona Tracked Students’ ID Card Swipes to Predict Who Would Drop Out

At the University of Arizona, researchers tracked the swipes of its freshman students’ ID cards to predict which students were most likely to drop out. The university sees this surveillance of student behaviour as a way to lower its dropout rate. Read More >>

This Company Wants to Pay You Virtual Money to Watch Porn (and Hand Over Your Data)

A new cryptocurrency and porn platform is banking on you wanting to spank it in return for internet money. Read More >>

Jack Dorsey Wants to Change How Twitter Verifies Users

A blue tick on Twitter is seen by some as a status symbol, but as the platform becomes an increasingly hellish space to navigate—one proliferated with fake profiles and bots—CEO Jack Dorsey announced yesterday that the company intends to make verification available to all users. Read More >>

Apple Details Alarming Labour Issues In Latest Supply Chain Report

Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report on Wednesday, detailing the ways in which the company is trying to improve the state of its supply chain. It’s an important practice given Apple has come under fire in the not-so-distant past for its factory workers’ hellish working conditions. Read More >>

All the Ways Tech Companies Celebrated International Women’s Day, From ‘Sounds Neat’ to ‘Huh’

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, or (as brands have it circled on their calendars) The Day We Get To Show Off Our Feminist Bona Fides In The Form Of An Unconvincingly Earnest Publicity Stunt. Read More >>

Amazon Knows That Alexa Is Laughing At You 

The insidious nature of technology is often marked by silent consequences like addiction, surveillance, and online harassment. But one ghost in the machine has become chillingly audible: Alexa is laughing at you. People are reporting that Amazon’s Echo devices have mysteriously started cackling at random, and the company has confirmed it’s working on the problem. Read More >>

Holy Crap, That’s a Lot of Money for Some Ugly Goggles

On Wednesday, Magic Leap announced that it’s raised another $461 million (£332 million), bringing the VR company’s total funding to more than $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion)—without having released a single product. Read More >>

Lego Had a Bad Year Because It Made Too Many Darn Bricks

Kids and adults go nuts for those snappy plastic bricks, but it appears the limit for Lego does, in fact, exist. Lego’s annual sales dropped for the first time in 13 years because it had a surplus of stock, the brick maker announced today. Read More >>

Artists Protest Elite Art World With Unauthorised AR Gallery at the Museum of Modern Art

At this point, augmented reality has mostly been too gimmicky or too good to be true. But a group of internet artists just gave the technology what might be its coolest use case yet: a tool to stick it to the man. Read More >>

Why Is Facebook Surveying Users About Child Predators?

Facebook would very much like to know what you think about child grooming, according to screenshots of a survey posted by the Guardian’s Jonathan Haynes. It is illegal for an adult to request a sexually explicit photo from a minor, but that didn’t stop Facebook from asking at least one user how they felt about the social network policing such behaviour. Read More >>