State Senator backs off attempt to gut Illinois privacy law

On Thursday, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act was faced with a sudden and abrupt threat, with a new amendment introduced by State Senator Terry Link that would place severe limits on the bill’s power. Facebook, Google and Snapchat are all facing lawsuits for violating the act, and the proposal would have stopped those lawsuits …

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Amazon built a tool that puts Alexa in your browser

Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant is super useful in the Echo and lot of fun to use. But if you don’t have an Echo or can’t buy one because you’re outside of the US, it can be hard to appreciate Alexa’s skill set. In light of this, Amazon has created a …

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The PlayStation 4 is the most popular game console in the world

Sony’s just passed 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold since launch in November 2013.  Sony That makes PlayStation 4 the top-selling game console in the world at the moment, over Microsoft’s Xbox One (~21 million) and Nintendo’s Wii U (~13 million). About one-tenth of those owners are new owners, as of …

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Uber needs to stop nudging me into carpooling

I should’ve known it was too good to last. It started out slow, as the best relationships often do, but I quickly found myself needing him more and more. Whenever I reached out, he was there without questions or judgement — on late nights, when no one else showed up, …

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Reasons Sean O'Kane says I should watch the Indy 500

I don’t care for IndyCar racing. This is a bad thing for me to admit, because every time I’ve done it in the past, I’ve gotten some very angry emails and tweets from IndyCar fans. I don’t blame you, it’s good to defend your sport. One of those fans is …

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This is your next jam: Flume, The Strokes, and more

Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and you might’ve noticed a small change: we’re running on a Saturday! The shift one day forward comes with some slight tweaks to the jam selection process, but it’s nothing worth worrying about — if anything, …

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German billionaire could get windfall from stake in robot maker Kuka

REUTERS/PETE SWEENEY/FILE PHOTO German billionaire Friedhelm Loh stands to make a huge profit if industrial robot manufacturer Kuka (KU2G.DE) accepts a $5-billion takeover bid by Chinese home appliance producer Midea . But the media-shy entrepreneur has not said whether he will sell his 10-percent stake in Kuka under the offer, …

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