Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders

Two decades ago, witnesses at Microsoft’s landmark antitrust trial claimed the company had threatened to violently murder software. One said Microsoft had ordered Apple to abandon QuickTime by “knifing the baby.” Another recalled a threat to “cut off Netscape’s air supply” and metaphorically asphyxiate the browser company into submission. Microsoft denied both quotes. But as the trial progressed, a team of filmmakers took the next logical step: what if Microsoft was literally murdering software programmers? Thus Antitrust was born — a convoluted thriller that, looking back, is both cynically conspiratorial and surprisingly optimistic about the future of Big Tech. Spoilers for Antitrust ahead. Antitrust, released in 2001, is an extremely…… Read More

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Why The Wild Angels is the perfect film to stream this week

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. What to watch The Wild Angels, a 1966 film directed by Roger Corman, stars Peter Fonda as Heavenly Blues, the leader of a California biker gang called The Angels. It’s the first of dozens of biker movies, many made by the B-movie powerhouse AIP, that packed in thrill-seeking… Read More

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A top Deutsche Bank shareholder is reportedly going to unload its $10 billion stake (DB)

One of the top shareholders in Deutsche Bank is reportedly planning to sell its entire stake in the lender. Chinese conglomerate HNA is reportedly selling the stake in Germany’s largest lender as part of an effort to refocus on its core business after several years of investing heavily in overseas businesses. The move comes as Deutsche Bank undergoes a major restructuring under new CEO Christian Sewing. You can track Deutsche Bank’s share price at Markets Insider. One of Deutsche Bank’s largest shareholders is reportedy planning to unload the entirety of its stake in the bank, which is believed to be worth in the region of $10 billion. Reports from both… Read More

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The guy who used to head up Google China says he knows the key to the company’s success if it were to return — and it’s not search (GOOG, GOOGL)

Kai-Fu Lee, a longtime technology exec and the former president of Google China, has helped US companies such as Microsoft and Google operate in China for years. As for a possible return to China by Google, he said the search business there is too mature and Google should just give up on it there. He said the situation with Waymo, however, is a different story… If we’re talking exclusively about Google’s financial interests, then management’s decision to pull out of China in 2010 was clearly a mistake, and Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google’s operations in China, begrudgingly acknowledges that. “Had they stayed and continued to operate legally they… Read More

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Shannon Purser weighs in on her ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ co-star Noah Centineo’s newfound fame

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.” Netflix’s rom-com revival carries on with a new movie, “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” putting “Stranger Things” breakout star Shannon Purser in the leading role. She shares the spotlight in the movie with Noah Centineo, who has exploded in popularity since his role as Peter Kavinsky Netflix’s movie “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” “It’s so weird to watch him become the Internet’s boyfriend,” Purser told INSIDER. “But he’s wonderful. He’s really as kind and friendly and charming as he seems to be.” In “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” Purser’s titular character finds herself accidentally (and then purposefully) catfishing a… Read More

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Tesla’s chief accountant quits after one month on the job (TSLA)

Tesla’s chief accountant resigned on September 4, the company said Friday, after just one month on the job. The executive said intense focus on the company led him to “reconsider” his future, but he has no qualms about Tesla or its financial reporting. HR chief Gaby Toledano also departed Tesla Friday, according to unverified reports. Tesla shares sank more than 5% in early trading. Follow Tesla’s stock price in real time here. Tesla sank more than 7% in early trading Friday, to $260 per share, after the electric-car maker revealed that its chief accountant, Dave Morton, resigned on September 4. “Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of… Read More

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The 25 most liberal colleges in America

Niche ranked the most liberal colleges in America as part of its annual series of college rankings. Most of the top 25 are on the West Coast and in the Northeast. Many small liberal arts schools make appearances on the list. As part of its annual series of school rankings, Niche ranked hundreds of American colleges on a scale from most liberal to most conservative. It might not come as a surprise that the most liberal colleges in the United States are mostly on the West Coast and in the Northeast and include many small liberal arts schools. Niche based its rankings on surveys from students at each school, and… Read More

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Spider-Man on PS4 remixes comic book lore for a fresh superhero story

Marvel’s Spider-Man is out today on the PlayStation 4, and in addition to the high-flying, web-slinging action, developer Insomniac Games is putting some big emphasis on the story. The game offers a slightly new spin on the classic hero, one that takes a lot of established comic lore and mixes it up in fresh and interesting ways. Warning: mild spoilers below for Spider-Man for the PS4 Much like the most recent Spider-Man films, the PS4 game makes the smart move to skip over Peter’s origin story entirely. It’s a safe bet that if you’re picking up a Spider-Man game in 2018, you probably already know the basics: Uncle Ben, radioactive… Read More

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