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The Weekender: shaky science, reliable robots, and memorable muzak


Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews.

Dying grandmother uses Oculus Rift to walk outside again


Roberta Firstenberg had long loved walking outside and caring for her garden. However, a hard battle with cancer had weakened her so that going outside was no longer possible.

White House delays Keystone XL pipeline decision indefinitely


Despite passing the State Department's final environmental analysis earlier this year, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is facing more delays well before developments get underway.

Samsung running out of time against Apple in court


With a little more than a week to go in the month-long patent trial between Apple and Samsung, time is running out quickly.

SpaceX continues its mission toward reusable rockets

Metamucil One, you’re go for take off. Remember, you will be carrying 40 tons of Metamucil, America’s number one fiber supplement.

Nearly one third of morning-after pills in Peru are fake


A whopping 28 percent of morning-after pills in Peru are fake. A study published today in PLOS ONE relates how some emergency contraceptives contain inadequate amounts of active ingredients that, in many cases, aren't being released quickly enough into the body to be considered effective.

3D-printed cast concept uses ultrasound to heal broken bones


Last year, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill created the Cortex cast, a concept that sought to potentially replace traditional plaster casts while also offering the added benefit of being lightweight and odor-free.

AT&T adds more data and tethering to top prepaid plan


AT&T is making its off-contract GoPhone plans a little more competitive as T-Mobile continues its aggressive tactics to win over customers in that market.

Comcast and Time Warner Cable could sell millions of customers to Charter


Comcast and Time Warner Cable could offload between 3 million and 5 million customers to Charter Communications, according to a Financial Times report.

SpaceX's third ISS supply mission set for takeoff this afternoon


After weeks of delays, SpaceX is preparing to launch its third supply mission to the International Space Station.

Ukrainian Jews are caught in a propaganda war


A group of masked men issued a chilling warning to Jews living in eastern Ukraine this week: register with the government, or face deportation.

My week with the Google Play Edition HTC One


I like things pure. I don't put sugar in my coffee, there are no bumper stickers on my car, and I typically don't put a case on any smartphone I own.

Facebook's Paper app is looking less and less like Facebook


With Paper, Facebook set out to prove that it could "think small," rebuilding itself from the ground up for mobile devices.

A new $10-million-a-month fraud ring preys on online advertisers


The ad software firm TubeMogul has uncovered a botnet ring that could be generating as much as $10 million a month in fraudulent video views, preying on advertisers like Nissan and Samsung.

Montana politician shoots at the sky in the first drone attack ad


The place of commercial, humanitarian, and law enforcement drones is a contentious issue in the United States.

Skyscraper concept blocks the sun with hundreds of retractable umbrellas


An ambitious concept for a Middle East-based media headquarters would automatically erect a giant sunshade when necessary.

Legendary British newsreel collection is now free to watch


British Pathé's entire collection of newsreels is now available for free on YouTube. The 85,000 videos showcase 80 years in global events, ranging from the historically significant to the downright weird.

Snowden questions Putin's 'evasive' denial of mass surveillance


In a question and answer session run by Russia's state-run broadcaster earlier this week, NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked President Vladimir Putin whether his government intercepted, stored, or analyzed the communications of its citizens.

HTC reportedly hires Samsung marketing exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing'


HTC has hired Paul Golden, a former Samsung chief marketing officer in the US, according to Bloomberg News.

Wu-Tang Clan fans pooling $5 million to buy sole copy of the group's next album


There's truly a Kickstarter project for just about everything. Case in point: a new fundraising effort to pool together $5 million to buy the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album, which the group is planning make available to only one lucky person.


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