YouTube briefly took down FCC chairman Ajit Pai

The internet’s most hated man, Ajit Pai, was taken down from YouTube for seven hours after a copyright complaint from the record label Mad Decent. Earlier this week, The Daily Caller posted a video of the FCC chairman dismissing concerns over net neutrality by while dancing around in a Santa suit to “Harlem Shake” and swinging a lightsaber. The flippant tone he took to the hot button issue of net neutrality was unpopular, and as of writing, the video currently stands at 7k likes to 169k dislikes.

Baauer, the DJ who created the track that accompanies the Harlem Shake meme, was “appalled” to be associated in any way with the repeal of net neutrality, and even tweeted that he was going to take action to “stop this loser” (presumably…

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Author: Sarah Jeong

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The CDC has been prohibited from using 7 words in documentation for next year’s budget

The Washington Post reports that the Trump Administration has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words in official documents used for next year’s budget.

The agency was informed of the prohibition at a meeting on Thursday by those who oversee its budget. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” The Post says that policy analysts were provided with some alternatives to use: instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested wording was “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” In some cases, the agency was not provided with alternative wording.

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Author: Andrew Liptak

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Everything coming to Netflix in January

The new year is just around the corner, and that means a whole new slate of movies and TV shows to watch on your streaming service of choice will soon be on their way. Netflix will be kicking the new year off in a big way, and it comes down to four words: Tim Burton’s original Batman.

Okay, that might not be a huge slam dunk for everyone else, but I’m certainly excited about it. The service will also be adding a wide selection of new original movies, like Mike Flanagan’s thriller Before I Wake (January 5th), the Jack Black indie comedy The Polka King (January 12th), and A Futile and Stupid Gesture, the Will Forte comedy about the origins of National Lampoon (arriving on January 26th, shortly after its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film…

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Author: Bryan Bishop

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All the features I’m still getting used to on the iPhone X

Since the week before Thanksgiving, I’ve been using the iPhone X. Prior to that, I was using the iPhone 8 Plus, which Apple loaned me. During the busy fall reviews season, I also used the Google Pixel 2 and briefly used the Essential smartphone.

But this article isn’t a round up of these new phones or a direct comparison of all four. It’s about the iPhone X.

Some of my fellow Verge writers determined that iPhone X is “easily the best smartphone ever made.” There are a lot of things to love about the iPhone X, including its ridiculously long battery life, excellent camera (front-facing Portrait mode!), and just how fast the thing is. I can see why my co-workers found true smartphone love. I haven’t yet.

Nearly a month later, I’m still…

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Author: Lauren Goode

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New trailers: Ready Player One, Annihilation, and more

I haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet (I’m going Saturday night!), but I’m excited to catch it this weekend. That’s not something I would have expected two years ago: I’ve never been a big Star Wars fan, but The Force Awakens is such a perfect start to the new trilogy that it was able to change that.

What I love about The Force Awakens (and what I suspect longtime Star Wars fans dislike about it) is that it treats Star Wars as myth in order to usher a new generation into that world. The movie is built on the idea that you’ve heard about but never bought into Star Wars, and it sweeps you along with a surprising amount of humor and some wonderfully earnest characters. The very first scene in The Force Awakens even goes out of its way to make…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Sennheiser holiday sale, Amazon devices discounts, and more of the best tech deals

Christmas is nine days away, which makes this weekend the perfect time for last minute holiday shopping, either for yourself or loved ones. There’s a lot of great tech on sale that make excellent gifts including the Google Home Mini and Kindle Paperwhite. For more gift ideas, check out The Verge’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

Highlights include discounts on Amazon devices, matching most Black Friday and Cyber Monday pricing, and Sennheiser’s holiday sale offering $100 off the HD1 over ear, HD1 wireless, and the PXC 550 wireless headphones.

Amazon devices

  • Last call: Echo Plus for $119.99 (usually $149.99)
  • Last call: Cloud Cam for $89.99 (usually $119.99)
  • Last call: Tap for $79.99 (usually $129.99)
  • Last call: Kindle for $59.99 (usually…

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Author: Chloe Reznikov

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A century after Arthur C. Clarke’s birth, science fiction is still following his lead

At some point, most science fiction readers come across the “Big Three” authors from its so-called Golden Age: Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke. Over the course of his lifetime, Clarke witnessed the birth of the space age, and helped push science fiction from a nascent literary movement into a modern vision for humanity’s future with grounded, realistic stories that drew on science and technology—themes that are more relevant than ever today, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

When Clarke began writing science fiction in the late 1930s, the genre was on the cusp of a major transformation. Up to that point, science fiction stories appeared in cheap pulp magazines, and were often sensational tales featuring…

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Author: Andrew Liptak

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