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NLRB officer says Amazon violated US labor law

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge An initial assessment from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recommended workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama hold a new election to determine whether to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The recommendation comes from the hearing officer...

There’s now a subscription service for college textbooks

Pearson Pearson, the largest publisher of college textbooks in the US, has announced Pearson Plus, a new subscription service for digital textbooks. The Pearson Plus app, available in both mobile and desktop form, will be available on US college campuses this fall and is expected to roll out globally in the future. There are two subscription...

Vizio’s free streaming service WatchFree Plus gets a new look and more channels

Vizio’s free streaming service WatchFree Plus. | Image: Vizio Vizio has revamped its WatchFree streaming experience, given it a brand new look, and tacked a “plus” on the end of its service’s title. (Because if a streaming service doesn’t include the symbol, does it even really count?) With the update announced today, the service formerly...

Facebook is requiring all US employees to wear masks in offices

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook announced on Monday that all employees will be required to wear masks when offices reopen. The policy goes into effect on August 3rd and will remain in place until further notice. The company confirmed last week that it’s requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all employees returning to work at...

Microsoft is ready to rent Windows 365 cloud PCs for as little as $20 per month

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Today Microsoft opened availability for Windows 365, the cloud PC setup that lets businesses stream Windows 10 or Windows 11 via a web browser. As described earlier this spring, it’s one way for businesses to support hybrid and remote work, with an instant-on PC experience that can work across different...

The pandemic is over in Pokémon Go for players from New Zealand and the US

James Bareham / The Verge Niantic reverted some of the pandemic-era changes made to Pokémon Go in the US and New Zealand on Sunday, including reducing the distance you need to be from the physical real-world locations of Pokéstops and Gyms to interact with them. The company announced the changes in June and has decided to move forward with...

Twitch’s new ads are way less disruptive

One type of the new Twitch ads looks like a banner ad. | Image: Twitch Twitch is experimenting with a new type of ad format for streamers that appears to be much less disruptive than the pre- and mid-roll ads that take over an entire stream. The new ads, called Stream Display Ads, instead show up under or around somebody’s stream but don’t...

Twitter adds third-party signup with Apple or Google

Twitter has introduced third-party login support, letting users create accounts and log in to the social network with their Apple or Google accounts (via 9to5Mac). Twitter also allows you to link your existing account with an Apple or Google one, as long as the emails are the same. The feature reportedly showed up in the Twitter beta last month, but...

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series will premiere in September 2022

The first image from Amazon’s yet-untitled Lord of the Rings series. | Image: Amazon Studios One of Amazon’s most anticipated originals to date, a yet-unnamed Lord of the Rings original series, will officially debut on Prime Video on Friday, September 2nd, 2022. Along with a premiere date, Amazon Studios released an official first image...

The shadow of the chip shortage is looming over tech’s big quarter

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Tech earnings this quarter were, to the surprise of no one, high. But amid the record-settling revenues, the looming specter of the global semiconductor shortage was the fly in the ointment. While virtually none of the major tech companies sounded too concerned on their calls, component shortages were...

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