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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Facebook starts wide rollout of its redesigned Messenger app, which it first announced at F8 last May with limited availability in October   —  The update started its long rollout in October last year  —  Facebook Messenger's redesign, which was first announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference last May, is finally here.
Jan 18, 2019, 3:10 PMIn context
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Verizon says its spam and robocall protection service, previously available as a $3 add-on, will be free to all subscribers starting in March   —  Verizon announced this week that it will offer free spam and robocall protection to its subscribers starting in March.
Jan 18, 2019, 11:45 AMIn context
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Michigan now allows digital license plates, joining California and Arizona, but the plates, which are made by just one contractor, remain expensive at $499+   —  But they cost a lot  —  Digital license plates are now allowed in Michigan thanks to a new state law.
Jan 18, 2019, 10:30 AMIn context
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Mastercard says its updated policy to end automatic billing after free trials is only for physical products, not digital services   —  A misleading blog post is currently being updated  —  Ever sign up for a free trial, only to get slapped with a monthly fee when you forget to cancel in time?
Jan 17, 2019, 3:32 PMIn context
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Facebook says it will ask its employees to take down their reviews of Portal devices on Amazon after three employees were caught leaving 5-star reviews   —  Whoops  —  Facebook's Portal smart displays have had an uphill battle, trying to convince people to willingly give …
Jan 17, 2019, 2:22 PMIn context
James Vincent / The Verge:
Jeff Bezos announces re:MARS, a public extension of the invite-only MARS conference focused on forward-looking tech, taking place in Las Vegas on June 4 to 7   —  The event is an extension of Amazon's semi-secret MARS conference, but will include plenty of self-promotion
Jan 17, 2019, 12:00 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Houseparty says the popular mobile game Heads Up will now be available inside its app with “packs” of words costing $0.99 or more   —  Building an ad-free social network through shared experiences  —  Houseparty, the group video chat that has carved out a niche among a segment …
Jan 17, 2019, 11:15 AMIn context
Stefan Etienne / The Verge:
Mastercard updates policy to end automatic billing after free trials, will require merchants to request user authorization for recurring subscriptions   —  Plus, merchants will be required to send you monthly updates  —  Mastercard announced a new policy today for merchants who retain …
Jan 17, 2019, 4:05 AMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is planning to decouple Windows search and Cortana in the next major Windows 10 update, expected in April, so typed queries will be handled separately   —  Windows search is now free to get more powerful  —  Microsoft is making some big changes to Cortana in Windows 10.
Jan 16, 2019, 1:40 PMIn context
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube updates its policies, says it prohibits harmful and dangerous challenges and pranks following stunts like the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges   —  YouTube to creators: don't  —  YouTube has a new message for creators looking to participate in dangerous or potentially harmful stunts …
Jan 15, 2019, 6:35 PMIn context

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