Rez Infinite is out for Android, but it’s Daydream only

Rez Infinite is a fantastic on-rails shooter that has recently released on Android for Daydream compatible devices. While it would have been great to see a regular release that could be played without the need for a Daydream VR headset, it’s still nice to see this game is getting some attention by releasing our platform.

For those of you who do happen to own a Daydream compatible device along with Google’s VR headset, you can expect a free trial to play through before you are asked to spend any money on the title.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD is out for the Nvidia SHIELD TV, and it’s still just as great as it ever was

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD is without a doubt my favorite Metal Gear title, so you can imagine how elated I was to see that Konami has finally released it for the Nvidia Shield TV. Currently, it’s on sale for $ 9.99 (regular $ 14.99) on the Google Play Store, but that’s only for a limited time.

Having only recently installed Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD my time with it hasn’t been at length, but I think it was enough to judge how well this port performs.

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Twitter says you can lose verified status for bad behavior — even if it’s off Twitter

Twitter wants to police its users both on and off the service.

Twitter has put itself in quite the predicament.

Here’s how it started: Twitter recently verified Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who helped organize the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, back in August.

Lots of people on Twitter got mad. They felt like Twitter, the company, was endorsing Kessler by verifying his account. Twitter promised to review its verification policies.

The result: Kessler, and a handful of other white nationalists, lost their blue checkmark verifications as part of the new rules, which state the company can remove a user’s verification badge if that person violates the company’s guidelines.

Crisis averted, right? Everyone happy that no more white supremacists are getting Twitter’s stamp of approval?

Well, not so fast. Included in the new verification guidelines was this: “Twitter reserves the right to remove verification at any time without notice. Reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter that include…”

That was behaviors both on and off Twitter.

With a single sentence, Twitter has saddled itself with an incredible burden. It not only plans to police its users while they’re using the service. Now it has to police them when they’re not on Twitter, too.

That’s an extremely tall order for any company. It’s unclear how Twitter will do this, or how active it will be in searching for violators.

But the wording was not accidental. Twitter is actually doubling down on the approach. On Friday, the company published new guidelines around violence and physical harm. Again, it promised to hold users accountable for their offline behavior.

“You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes,” Twitter wrote.

So if you’re part of a group that doesn’t follow Twitter’s guidelines off the service, you could now be punished by the company on the service.

This is a very a slipper slope. You probably won’t find many people upset that Twitter took away the verification badge of a white supremacist.

But Twitter has now signed up to serve as the judge and jury for all kinds of social issues and behaviors that may have nothing to do with its service. That’s a massive moral undertaking for a company with a long history of defending free speech, often at the expense of some of its users who might feel bullied or harassed.

Twitter is policing itself more aggressively than ever. The question now becomes whether or not the pendulum can swing too far the other way.

On top of it all, it’s clear now that a Twitter verification has more meaning than ever before. The Verge’s Casey Newton summed it up well this week: “Twitter has now made that endorsement explicit. A badge is now more than a marker of identity — it’s a badge of approval, as well.”


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Recode Daily: It’s suddenly sale season for digital media companies

Plus, this week it’s Comcast that wants to buy part of 21st Century Fox, Williams-Sonoma buys an AR startup for its shopping experiences, and wearable books.

It’s sale season for digital media companies: Univision is selling a minority stake in the Gawker Media sites it bought via bankruptcy auction last year. Univision wants to keep control of what is now called Fusion Media Group; it’s looking for up to $ 200 million for its sites, which include Deadspin, Gizmodo, and Jezebel, plus the Onion and Fusion TV. And Mashable, which has been for sale forever, is going to sell to Ziff Davis for $ 50 million; in 2016, investors thought it was worth $ 250 million. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Meanwhile Axios, the media company launched by former Politico leaders a year ago, has raised $ 20 million. The company had previously raised $ 10 million; plans to launch a paywall have been pushed back. But two other high-profile digital media companies — BuzzFeed and Vice — are on track to miss their revenue targets for this year, signaling turbulence in the online ad business. [Ben Mullin / Wall Street Journal]

Last week, we heard Disney was talking to 21st Century Fox about a Big Media Deal; this week, it’s Comcast and Fox. Comcast wants to buy parts of Rupert Murdoch’s international media empire — especially its Sky and Star businesses. But it will have to wait in line: The pending court fight ahead of the AT&T-Time Warner merger will make that deal the bellwether for all future media mergers. And Trump is still a factor.[Edmund Lee / Recode]

Elon Musk showed off Tesla’s new semi-truck. He says production will start in 2019. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Williams-Sonoma has developed a taste for augmented reality in its shopping experiences, and it’s buying an AR startup called Outwardfor $ 112 million in cash, It’s Williams-Sonoma company’s first technology acquisition since Laura Alber became CEO in 2010. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Many were skeptical — and even creeped out — when Amazon launched its Amazon Key service just last month. Now security researchers have already found a flaw in a critical safeguard of the service that lets Amazon delivery people into customers’ homes. A simple program from any computer could disable the internet-enabled camera that is supposed to monitor in-home deliveries, potentially enabling crooks access without being detected. [Andy Greenberg / Wired]

Apple’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion is leaving the company after six months in the position. Denise Young Smith, who was previously Apple’s worldwide head of human resources for three years, will be an executive in residence at Cornell starting in January; she will be replaced at Apple by Christie Smith, who spent 17 years as a principal at Deloitte. Apple released its latest diversity report earlier this month. [Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch]

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Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake is the only woman to lead a tech IPO this year.

Fewer than 8 percent of all U.S. IPOs this year were led by women.

Facebook will livestream 47 college basketball games this season.

Facebook is paying for the streams, which will only be available on Facebook.

The more tech in your job, the more money you make A wider range of jobs requires more tech savvy than ever.

Alibaba was selling counterfeit Brooklyn Nets gear even as its co-founder was buying a stake in the team.

Fake Nets apparel was readily available on the Taobao shopping site.

Will we ever stop using passwords?

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, 1Password’s Defender Against the Dark Arts (his real title!) answers your questions about security and password management.

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In case there’s not a cereal box nearby, you can always read your T-shirt.


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