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105 Days Ago   Significant spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Up until Avengers: Endgame, hero death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was rarely permanent. Agent Phil Coulson died in The Avengers, and was resurrected for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

107 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 4, “The Last of the Starks.” Season 8 of Game of Thrones has had a lot to live up to.

108 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 4, “The Last of the Starks.” In the lull after the giant ice-zombie battle of the Game of Thrones episode “The Long Night,” Jon Snow makes a significant decision.

112 Days Ago   May is as good a month as any to dive into new fandoms. If you’re not already caught up with Game of Thrones, it’s still possible to block out the spoilers and binge all eight seasons before the finale airs on May 19th.

112 Days Ago   Significant spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 3, “The Long Night,” and for Avengers: Endgame. Heading into last weekend, we were expecting a lot of big, meaningful pop-culture deaths.

113 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 3, “The Long Night.” When Arya stabs the Night King at the 11th hour in the Game of Thrones episode “The Long Night,” it was a shocking relief for the high tension of seeing most of the show’s fan-favorite cast overwhelmed by the sheer mass of undead.

114 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 3, “The Long Night.” As Game of Thrones moves into the second half of its final season, we’re in the endgame — not just for the remaining contenders for the Iron Throne, but also for the behind-the-scenes string-pullers with their own grandiose plans for the fate of Westeros.

115 Days Ago   Back in March, we heard that a New Jersey drama club was adapting Alien as a high school production. Now there’s a recording of the production making the rounds that shows the play straight through, including their take on the Space Jockey, the Chestburster, the Xenomorph, and a guy playing Harry Dean Stanton in an accurate Hawaiian T-shirt.

115 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 3, “The Long Night.” As we head into the second half of the final season of Game of Thrones, our heroes have braved one of two large wars that have been set up over the course of the series.

116 Days Ago   Spring is in the air, and with the new season comes an updated selection of Netflix shows that are trying to turn reboots of the same old stories into fresher, more diverse stories.

118 Days Ago   Google is banning a popular Chinese developer from its Google Play Store and systematically removing dozens of its apps after BuzzFeed and security researchers discovered that the developer was committing ad fraud and abusing user permissions.

118 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” In Game of Thrones’ season 8 premiere, Yara Greyjoy tells her brother Theon that she’s planning to sail for the Iron Islands to reclaim their home and to carve out a space where Daenerys Targaryen’s army can go if the stand against the Night King fails.

118 Days Ago   Amazon revealed today that it’s working to offer free one-day shipping as the default for Amazon Prime customers, instead of the free two-day Prime shipping primarily offered today.

119 Days Ago   Amazon wants to continue its dominance over e-commerce, but it can only grow so much. In its first quarter earnings posted today, Amazon revealed record-high profit, more than double what investors predicted, and revenue was in line with Wall Street expectations, at $59.7 billion.

119 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the second episode of Game of Thrones’ final season, is crammed with fireside chats and cold reunions, including one between Arya Stark and two men she traveled with in earlier seasons: the Hound and Beric Dondarrion.

119 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen has been a fearsome queen-in-the-making since the end of the show’s first season, but her Westerosi allies are only recently starting to realize it.

119 Days Ago   Lyft is offering discounted trips to the grocery store in 15 cities across the US and Canada to people who are living in food deserts. People living in these areas have limited options for fresh produce and are often forced to choose between healthy, overly expensive options and cheap and easy junk food.

120 Days Ago   Apple is being accused of using facial recognition software in its Apple Stores to arrest the wrong person for theft — a New York student who’s now suing Apple for $1 billion.

121 Days Ago   Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested today that for the average person to have their data privacy protected, technology needs to be regulated by the government. “We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working,” Cook said at the Time 100 Summit today in New York where The Verge was in attendance.

121 Days Ago   Every year, the Webby Awards honor the best of the internet. From games to podcasts to videos to influencers, the awards cover a wide range of internet content — including The Verge.

122 Days Ago   Microsoft employees have put forward a petition in defense of a trending GitHub repository they believe could be under threat of Chinese censorship. The repository, called 996.ICU, was established in late March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork.

122 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Reunions have been a major feature of the final season of Game of Thrones as the main characters gather for an epic battle against the undead.

122 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Tormund Giantsbane, Game of Thrones’ resident comic relief character, has a weird idea about what counts as a pickup line.

123 Days Ago   Saved emails, Geocities pages, an emulation of Windows 98. These are all parts of the deleted web — the web that can’t be easily accessed anymore.

125 Days Ago   German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad dramatizing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

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