Alleged Tornado Cash developer arrested in Amsterdam

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Amsterdam for his suspected involvement in the development of Tornado Cash — a crypto mixer service that was banned earlier this month by the US Department of the Treasury for its role in laundering money from large-scale hacking operations, including those … Read more

Samsung heir pardoned for crimes, just like his father

Samsung Electronics’ Jay Y. Lee (left) receives presidential pardon. | Image: Getty Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong — known in the West as Jay Y. Lee — has won a presidential pardon by South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol, allowing the grandson of Samsung’s founder to resume leadership of the powerful conglomerate, Bloomberg reports. The pardon will … Read more

MultiVersus season 1 kicks off next week following delay

Shaggy in MultiVersus. | Image: Warner Bros. Games The first season of MultiVersus, Warner Bros.’ free-to-play take on a Super Smash Bros.-esque crossover fighter, will now begin on August 15th, developer Player First Games tweeted Thursday evening. The season had been scheduled to kick off on August 9th, but the studio announced last week that … Read more

You can turn Meta’s chatbot against Mark Zuckerberg

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Meta’s AI thinks CEO Mark Zuckerberg is as sketchy as you might — at least, if you ask the right questions at the right time. The BBC and other outlets like Insider have reported on their adventures stress-testing BlenderBot 3, the artificial intelligence chat tool Meta released last … Read more

Goku’s maybe getting a gun… in Fortnite

Image: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images In the endless cavalcade of Fortnite crossovers comes a new one that I’m actually surprised hasn’t happened sooner. Goku’s potentially coming, meaning a handful of beloved Dragon Ball characters are also about to get dropped off at Tilted Towers strapped with an AK and some slurp juice. … Read more

Heat pumps: what they do and why they’re hot now

A heat pump installed outside a house on February 8th, 2018, in Cardiff, Wales. | Image: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images The humble heat pump has finally found its moment in the spotlight. The appliance can potentially save you money on your energy bills, fight climate change, and reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian gas, proponents say. One … Read more

Gmail is now officially allowed to spam-proof politicians’ emails

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, the Federal Election Commission approved a new proposal from Google to keep campaign emails from being marked as spam. Google’s plan, first reported by Axios in June, would allow for candidates, political party committees, and leadership political action committees to apply for the program that would … Read more

How Nokia ringtones became the first viral earworms

Margaret Kimball / The Verge One of the internet’s better-known ringtone archivists was barely alive to witness the golden age of his biggest hobby. The 20-year-old Scottish musician, who prefers to be known by his online handle Fusoxide, got hooked through an Alcatel flip phone he had as a kid. “I love the sound of … Read more

The speakeasy economy of WeChat

Joyce Hu / The Verge For an app with over a billion users, WeChat doesn’t make a very strong first impression. When I opened up WeChat for the first time during freshman orientation at Indiana University (IU), I was amazed at how haphazard it was. The design looked outdated, drenched in a hideous shade of … Read more

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