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Richard Lawler

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Richard Lawler joined The Verge as Senior News Editor in 2021 after several years covering news at Engadget. He's been a tech blogger since before the word was invented, and will never log off.

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Google is reportedly Reddit’s $60 million per year AI content licensing customer.

Charging for data access was a flash point for last year’s protests, with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman telling The Verge, “...data licensing is a new potential business for us.”

Now, with Reddit’s IPO launch close at hand, Reuters is putting a name on rumors of an AI company that’s paying Reddit for training data, in a deal that could be a model for similar arrangements, citing three sources who say the company is Google.


Get your first look at Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion on Wednesday morning.

It’s been almost a year since FromSoftware announced it was working on DLC for the 2022 hit Elden Ring, and now we have a date and time for the first Shadow of the Erdtree gameplay reveal trailer: February 21st, 10 AM ET / 7AM PT / 4PM CET.

The 3-minute presentation will be available on YouTube with subtitles in your preferred language.


Image with the Shadow of the Erdtree trailer reveal date and time.
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X restores Yulia Navalnaya’s?account after briefly suspending it.

Yulia accused Vladimir Putin of killing her husband, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and vowed to continue her husband’s fight against Putin’s “crazy regime.” Then, on Tuesday morning, her X account was abruptly suspended for a short time.

A message from the @Support account followed up saying, “Our platform’s defense mechanism against manipulation and spam mistakenly flagged @yulia_navalnaya as violating our rules. We unsuspended the account as soon as we became aware of the error, and will be updating the defense.”


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Vision Pro decision time.

While many people are excitedly entering Apple’s spatial computing future, some Vision Pro early adopters have already packed the devices up and sent them back for a refund. Reasons we’ve heard include eye fatigue, few useful apps available so far, and a lack of window / workspace persistence.

If you bought one on day one, the return window is closing now, so let us know if you’re deciding to keep your headset and why.


Here’s our first real look at the NBA’s LED basketball court for All-Star Weekend 2024.

After showing off a rendering, the NBA has now posted a clip of the ASB Lumiflex court?installed in Lucas Oil Stadium for the Celebrity Game, 3-point shootout, and Dunk Contest that can show real-time stats, animations, and more.

For an idea of how it looks during games and how the LED panels under laminated glass are installed, check out this German video of the court being used for regular-season Bundesliga play.


Apple recommends some Arcade games for Vision Pro owners.

Assuming you’re going to keep your Vision Pro headset for a while, Apple has highlighted some of the spatial games already available that are optimized for its headset’s eye, hand, and voice controls.

They include What the Golf, Super Fruit Ninja, Synth Riders, and Lego Builder’s Journey (shown below), as well as some upcoming titles, like Alto’s Odyssey: The Lost City, Gibbon: Beyond the Trees, and Spire Blast.


Animated image showing the augmented reality Lego game on Vision Pro, with two Lego figurine characters building a bridge on a desk.
Lego Builder’s Journey
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Is OpenAI the next challenger trying to take on Google Search?

A source for The Information says OpenAI is working on web search (partially powered by Bing) that would more directly compete with Google. It’s unclear if it would be standalone, or a part of ChatGPT.

This comes one year after Microsoft CEO (and OpenAI backer) Satya Nadella targeted Google by adding Copilot AI tools to Bing, saying on Decoder, “I want people to know that we made them dance.”

Between Google’s Bard / Gemini, Copilot, and newcomers like Perplexity, the dance floor is filling up quickly.


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The Final Fantasy VII Rebirth demo is getting a graphics update.

After the FFVII Rebirth demo arrived last week, some players complained of “early PS3” era textures while playing in its default 1440p performance mode instead of the higher quality Graphics mode.

Now Square Enix says that a planned “part two” update adding a Junon episode area to the demo on February 21st will also bring improved graphics for performance mode, which will be included in the retail game when it’s released on the 29th.


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AI expert Andrej Karpathy confirms he’s left OpenAI.

As first reported by The Information, which says he’d been working on an AI assistant. Karpathy’s exit comes a year after rejoining OpenAI, where he was a founding member, with stops at Apple and Tesla in between.

Karpathy’s path has taken him from Google’s If I Had Glass competition to obtaining a Vision Pro, and tonight, he tweeted, “My immediate plan is to work on my personal projects and see what happens.”


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