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Super Deluxe gets shut down by Turner, again

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Super Deluxe, Turner Broadcasting’s home for wonderfully weird and wacky comedy, is shutting down. Deadline reports that Turner Media decided to axe the internet-turned-TV comedy hub 12 years after the company was first acquired. Super Deluxe helped start the careers of some of today’s best comedians, including Maria Bamford and Tim Heidecker.

This isn’t the first time Turner has shut down Super Deluxe. After launching in 2006, Super Deluxe was rolled into Adult Swim in 2008. Turner decided to bring it back as a standalone network about three years ago, with a focus on creating longer-form TV series.

Super Deluxe co-founder Shahruz Shaukat confirmed the news on Twitter earlier today, adding in a follow-up tweet that the team had known...

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Google is using software to make the Pixel 3’s screen corners even r

Google is extending its design atheistic that favors subtle, rounded corners even further by manually adjusting the Pixel 3’s screen corners during start up, as first spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user earlier today. Material Theme, an updated version of the company’s software design philosophy, is the driving force behind the Gmail and Chrome redesigns of late, and you’ll notice it most prevalently in the new Chrome tab design that eschews rough and pronounced corners for softer, rounded ones.

Google isn’t going so far as to turn the edges of the Pixel 3 display into Chrome tab replicas, but it is using a subtle software trick to “shrink” the radius of each corner of the display to produce more rounded corners. The radii change means...

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How to view your notification history on Android

If you’ve used Android for quite some time, it’s likely you’ve mistakenly swiped away a notification or two for one reason or another. Maybe you’re swiping in a hurry like my colleague Dieter Bohn, or you accidentally cleared everything in the notification drawer without meaning to, or maybe you just wonder where all your notifications go, and if there’s a historical list of them, after you’ve dismissed them.

But don’t worry, as you can find everything from missed messages, emails, app updates, and even system messages in the stock Notification Log option. You can also use Unnotification on any Android 8.0+ phone to bring back your last dismissed notification. Both methods are lifesavers if you’ve missed an urgent message from work or...

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Facebook introduces ‘Hunt for False News’ series in attempt to be

Misinformation masquerading as news that spreads via Facebook isn’t a recently developed problem for the company, but a new series is trying to open up about what the team at Facebook is doing.

Antonia Woodford, product manager at Facebook, published the first “Hunt for False News” blog post today, examining three false stories that circulated on the site before they were debunked. Two of the stories were caught by Facebook and third-party fact-checkers, but the last story was completely missed. The point of the series is to be more transparent with users about how stories circulate on Facebook, especially in the wake of fake news around election periods being a continuous talking point.

Each story Woodford addresses in the blog post...

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Verizon temporarily unlocks all Pixel 3 phones after complaints

Verizon will allow all of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones to immediately be used on different carriers, a spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge by email. When the phone went on sale yesterday, buyers noticed that the Pixel 3 was locked to Verizon’s network until it was activated. Once activated with a Verizon SIM, the device would be unlocked overnight for use with other carriers.

But now Verizon is lifting the lock fully and immediately — but maybe only temporarily. “At launch, there was an update related to an automatic overnight unlock on Pixel 3s, which also showed up on phones sold in Best Buy stores,” the spokesperson said. “We have temporarily removed it from Pixel 3 and are assessing where it will be implemented in the...

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The Pixel 3 removes the ability to unlock your phone with your voice

Google has quietly removed the Unlock with Voice Match function from its latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, as first reported by Piunikaweb. The feature, which was previously available on the past two Pixel devices, allowed for users to unlock their phones’ Assistant features with an, “OK Google” command. Google confirmed that the feature is no longer available on its support page, where it explains: “On Pixel 3 phones, you can’t unlock your phone by saying ‘Ok Google.’ Instead, you can use the Google Assistant on your lock screen.”

This is a pretty big functionality to lose for any Pixel owners who were expecting to see the feature carried over to the Pixel 3. With the previous Pixel phones, users could make calls, send messages, and...

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The latest bizarre Simpsons meme is about downloading songs on Limewir

The glory days of The Simpsons, which recently began its 30th season, have been over for multiple decades. But that hasn’t stopped the show from inspiring some viral memes in recent years that wrap its mid-90s humor in the contemporary, often bizarre visual language of modern internet humor.

While the most famous remains the endless iterations on the now-famous 1996 ”Steamed Hams” dinner scene, the latest Simpsons meme might be the strangest yet. It revolves around two very retro concepts: The Simpsons (back when it was good), and using the now-defunct, mid-aughts peer-to-peer filesharing service Limewire.

In this spirit of many of the best memes, the Simpsons / Limewire combo is not only non-sequitur but oddly specific, focusing on...

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Russian woman charged with managing budget for US election interferenc

The Department of Justice has unsealed a criminal complaint against a Russian national who allegedly attempted to interfere with US elections. Originally dated to late September, it accuses a St. Petersburg-based woman named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of acting as the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an expansive political influence operation that’s been mentioned in earlier indictments. This follows the indictment of several other Russian figures who allegedly conspired to manipulate the election.

According to the criminal complaint, Khusyaynova managed the budget of Project Lakhta, funded by the companies Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering — both of which were mentioned in earlier indictments. The total...

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The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia

Some of the world’s most ambitious transportation projects are currently propped up by billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, an authoritarian regime that is facing new scrutiny following its alleged role in the brutal killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Billions more have come from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, the Japanese tech conglomerate’s $100 billion investment arm, of which Saudi Arabia has contributed $45 billion.

A few of these companies, and some of their executives, have made nominal moves to distance themselves from Saudi Arabia in recent days, like pulling out of the country’s upcoming Future Investment Initiative conference. Others, like Lucid Motors, an electric car startup that just received a much-needed $1...

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