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Follow live: Astros hope Verlander can help even series

Both teams' bats heated up in the first inning, highlighted by Alex Bregman's two-run homer.

Mashable

Amanda Yeo

'Adventure Time' is returning for 4 huge mega-episodes and oh my glob

Adventure time, come on grab your friends again! Streaming service HBO Max has announced four new hour-long Adventure Time specials, a year after the 10-season cartoon's mathematical series finale.

Adventure Time: Distant Lands will be set after the finale, which saw the end of the Great Gum War, the adventures of Jake and Finn, and the sexual tension between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. 

Like Adventure Time, Adventure Time: Distant Lands will be produced by Cartoon Network Studios,...

Mashable

Karissa Bell

You can’t lurk on Instagram anymore unless you’re logged in

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Instagram lurkers.

First, Instagram removed its infamous "following" tab, which let you surreptitiously keep track of what posts your friends were liking. Now, the company will no longer let you view more than a handful of photos on public profiles if you're not logged in. 

Prior to the update, which was implemented in the last few weeks, anyone could browse public-facing profiles on Instagram via a browser without logging into the service. Now, after...

CNN.com - Top Stories

Lawmaker gives play-by-play of chaos inside room

House Intelligence Committee member Joaquin Castro describes the chaotic scene inside a closed-door deposition after nearly two-dozen House Republicans stormed the room.

The Verge

Jay Peters

Microsoft said the Surface Laptop 3 would be easy to open — and it actually is

Image: iFixit

Earlier this month, Surface boss Panos Panay showed how you’d be able to get into the Surface Laptop 3 just by lifting off the top plate — and it turns out, it’s pretty much as easy as Panay made it seem, according to iFixit’s Surface Laptop 3 teardown.

Previous Surface Laptops weren’t easy to open up at all. You had to forcibly pry off the keyboard and top cover assembly to get to the internals — iFixit used a knife on the Surface Laptop — and when you...

The Verge

Sean Hollister

Chromebooks will more easily sideload Android apps with Chrome OS 80

Chromebooks are able to run Android apps, but mostly just ones from the Google Play Store — if you wanted to install something that’s not officially sanctioned, you’d generally need to flip your device into a far less secure Developer Mode and/or beam it over from a tethered phone. That won’t be the case with Chrome OS 80, though — that release will add a native sideloading option for Android app APKs, according to Google.

Just ask AboutChromebooks’ Kevin Tofel, who spotted the...

NYT > Home Page

Peter Baker, Lara Jakes, Julian E. Barnes, Sharon LaFraniere and Edward Wong

Trump’s War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him

The impeachment inquiry is in some ways the culmination of a battle between the president and the government institutions he distrusted and disparaged.

NYT > Home Page

Noah Weiland

The Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What Happened Today

After a number of days dominated by the findings of the Democratic-led investigation, Wednesday brought an unconventional Republican response.

BuzzFeed - Latest

Trump Said He’s Building A Wall In Colorado, And No One Knows What He’s Talking About

"We're building a beautiful wall — a big one that really works."

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BuzzFeed - Latest

The Woman In The Blue Dress In This Incredible Photo Actually Works For One Of Trump’s Biggest Supporters

“At least I look OK,” Charli Huddleston, a staffer for Rep. Jim Jordan, told BuzzFeed News after the photo went viral on #Resistance Twitter.

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BuzzFeed - Latest

37 Products That Really And Truly Make Great Gifts

Gift-giving just got a whole lot easier.

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ESPN.com

MLB looking into longtime umpire Drake's tweet

Major League Baseball is aware of longtime umpire Rob Drake's politicized tweet and is looking into it.

ESPN.com

Hinch: Springer made 'honest mistake' on double

Although George Springer defended how he ran out an eighth-inning double in Game 1 of the World Series, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Wednesday that the two discussed the play, and he thinks Springer made an "honest mistake" in not reaching third.

CNN.com - Top Stories

Ukrainian President and advisers discussed pressure from Trump

Two weeks before taking office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team discussed the pressure they were already feeling from the Trump administration and President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to publicly launch investigations that would benefit the US leader, according to a source familiar with discussions at the meeting.

Mashable

Morgan Sung

YouTuber who let his followers redecorate his room finally does a room tour

Michael Reeves, the YouTuber who built a bot to let his Twitter followers pick bedroom decor, finally showed off his newly designed room.

Reeves put out a call for suggestions earlier this month. When followers replied to his tweet with Amazon links, the bot found the most-liked replies, automatically purchased it, and delivered it to Reeves' new home. As long as the item was under $25, the bot would continue to buy the most-liked Amazon links every 15 minutes for 24 hours. 

"There are a...

The Verge

Nick Statt

Google accused of spying with new tool that flags large employee meetings

Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge

Google employees have accused their employer of creating a surveillance tool disguised as a calendar extension designed to monitor gatherings of more than 100 people, a signal that those employees may be planning protests or discussing union organizing. Google parent company Alphabet “categorically” denies the accusation.

The accusation, outlined in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News, claims severe unethical conduct from high-ranking Google...

The Verge

Jay Peters

AT&T claims a weeks-long voicemail outage will be fixed with a single device update, but that doesn’t make sense

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

AT&T has been experiencing a weeks-long voicemail outage affecting customers across the country. But it’s hard to tell exactly what’s causing the outage, or how long until it will be fixed — and AT&T is saying conflicting things about what’s going on.

Here’s what the company told us, when we asked:

“A recent software update to some devices may be affecting our customers’ voicemail. We are working with the device manufacturer to issue a...

The Verge

Nick Statt

Fortnite’s black hole event broke Twitch and Twitter viewing records

Image: Epic Games

It’s been just over a week since Fortnite came back online following a two-day, black hole-induced hiatus. But the event, which ushered in the game’s eleventh season and its all-new redesigned map, was one of the biggest singular online gaming events to date — with more than 7 million concurrent viewers across Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.

Epic Games tells The Verge that the black hole event, officially called “The End,” amassed record-breaking viewership on...

The Verge

Andrew J. Hawkins

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ feature may get early-access release by the end of 2019

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Tesla may grant certain customers early access to a “feature complete” version of the company’s “full self-driving” (FSD) capabilities by the end of 2019, Elon Musk said in a call with investors Wednesday. Musk said that this wasn’t “for sure” — but that he thinks Tesla is on track for the release.

It’s a kind of limited beta test, so there won’t be a bunch of Tesla vehicles driving around autonomously by the end of the year....

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