Category: Daily news

Category: Daily news

Why is SMS texting a mess? Fixing it is harder than you think.

On November 7, 2019, more than 168,000 people woke up to find that text messages they thought they’d sent on Valentine’s Day in fact were only just delivered overnight, nine months later. The snafu became a nightmare scenario for many.

Blair Hickman, Vox’s director of audience, was one of those people. On this episode of the Reset podcast, Hickman tells host Arielle Duhaime-Ross how she found out her February text had only just arrived to her now-ex’s phone at 3 am the night before.

So Thursday morning, I was out walking my dog and I got a text from

10 lessons for Disney, Apple, and all the new streaming companies trying to take down Netflix

The streaming wars — the battle among giant companies that want your eyeballs and credit cards for their subscription services — are officially underway.

Earlier this month, Apple launched its Apple TV+ service. Today, Disney launches Disney+. In April, former CEO of DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg and former CEO of eBay Meg Whitman will release Quibi, with the revamped HBO Max coming from AT&T a month later and NBCUniversal’s Peacock launching later that quarter. They join Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu (which Disney took control of earlier this year), CBS’s All Access, and Viacom’s PlutoTV, among others. Who else will join? …

Vox Sentences: The bad E in e-cigarettes

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A “very strong culprit” in the vaping illnesses

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scrutinizing vitamin E oil in THC vape products for potential links to the ongoing wave of vaping-related illnesses. [NBC News / Erika Edwards]
  • Officials claim that their investigation reveals strong evidence that the Vitamin E acetate added to some THC vaping liquids, often black market

Trump’s big veterans health care plan has hit a snag

The problem of narrow networks has hindered President Trump’s signature veterans health care program.

The New York Times’s Jennifer Steinhauer had a great story last week on this unexpected hitch for the Mission Act, which Trump regularly touts at his rallies as a major accomplishment for his administration. It appears the news of the problems with implementing the new law was met with great shock by Capitol Hill staff and lawmakers, who may now need to allocate tens of millions more dollars to fix the problem.

The Mission Act was, at its core, pretty simple: Veterans who had to travel …

Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.

This piece was originally published in November 2018.


The US power grid is, by some estimates, the largest machine in the world, a continent-spanning wonder of the modern age. And despite its occasional well-publicized failures, it is remarkably reliable, delivering energy to almost every American, almost every second of every day.

This is an especially remarkable accomplishment given that, until very recently, almost none of that power could be stored. It all has to be generated, sent over miles of wires, and delivered to end users at the exact second they need it, in a perfectly synchronized dance.

Given …

Watchmen expands ever further in an episode that introduces even more new characters

There’s all over the place, and then there’s Watchmen’s fourth episode, “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own,” which is all over the place. That’s probably a compliment coming from me (Vox critic at large Emily VanDerWerff), but the first time I watched this episode, I definitely wondered if the show had any idea where it was going, especially after the relatively contained and controlled narrative of episode three.

“If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own” doesn’t just start with something out of the ordinary — it starts with yet another new, incredibly …

House Democrats deny Republicans’ request for whistleblower testimony

House Democrats have flatly denied Republicans’ request to call the anonymous whistleblower to testify during upcoming public impeachment inquiry hearings, and have indicated they’re unlikely to approve several others Republicans are hoping to hear from.

President Donald Trump has responded to this denial by labeling Democrat and House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, one of the inquiry’s leaders, as “corrupt.”

House Republicans requested Saturday that several people, including Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower, testify before select committees as a part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Saturday evening, Schiff responded to that …

Bolivian president Evo Morales resigns following mass protests

Bolivian President Evo Morales has stepped down hours after agreeing to call new elections, the New York Times reports.

The plan to hold new elections stemmed from a damning report from the Organization of American States (OAS) released Sunday that found “clear manipulations” of the voting process during the country’s October 20 elections.

Morales has faced mounting pressure in recent weeks after squeezing out an electoral victory after 24 hours of silence from electoral officials on election night. Questions over how Morales went from facing a runoff before that period of silence to winning the election outright caused leading opposition …

Democrats aren’t sure Bloomberg should run for president. A new poll suggests voters aren’t either.

Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering entering the Democratic presidential primary, and though he has not yet declared his candidacy, he has not received a warm welcome to the race from current candidates, particularly those concerned another billionaire, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, may have tried to recruit Bloomberg to the race.

Bloomberg hasn’t formally announced he’s running, but he filed paperwork to run in the Alabama primary on Friday. One of Bloomberg’s advisors tweeted Bloomberg is considering a run because he’s “increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned” to beat …

Bolivia’s president promises new election after mass protests and report on electoral fraud

Bolivian President Evo Morales has agreed to stand for election again after a damning report from the Organization of American States (OAS) released Sunday found “clear manipulations” of the voting process during the country’s October 20 elections.

Morales has faced mounting pressure in recent weeks after squeaking out an electoral victory after 24 hours of silence from electoral officials on election night. Questions over how Morales went from facing a runoff before that period of silence to winning the election outright caused leading opposition groups to allege election fraud and demonstrations to unfold in the streets. At least three people …