4 winners and 3 losers from the second night of the July Democratic debates

Democratic presidential hopefuls on stage ahead of the second night of Democratic primary debate in Detroit, Michigan, on July 31, 2019. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images One big loser: the DNC. Round two, night two of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates featured a matchup between two candidates who openly clashed in June’s debate: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Before the proceedings even began, Biden leaned over to Harris and requested, “Go easy on me, kid.” Harris…

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Lyft pulls its electric bike fleet from San Francisco streets after some catch fire

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Lyft is pulling its pink electric bicycles from the streets of San Francisco, just two months after deploying them, because some of these bikes caught fire while in use. The bikes, officially labeled Lyft bikes and accessible under the newly rebranded Bay Wheels platform (formerly Ford GoBike), are one of the ride-hailing company’s new dockless mobility options, all operated by the Lyft-owned bikeshare company Motivate. Lyft previously pulled…

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Microsoft’s new Mac vs. PC ad gets a guy named ‘Mac Book’ to diss Apple

Apple and Microsoft have a storied history of duking it out on TV, often cleverly sniping at each other in a series of iconic Mac vs. PC ads. But Microsoft’s latest campaign is a rather low blow — it apparently found a guy named Mackenzie Book (Mac Book, get it?) to testify that the Surface Laptop 2 is a better buy than a MacBook. Imagine the audacity of combing the world for a single actor…

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Here comes Big Boy: a children’s story

After spending 50 years on display in a museum, the world’s largest steam engine is finally getting to stretch its wheels and blow the cobwebs out of its steam whistle for a journey across the Midwest. Big Boy, as the locomotive is known, is sparking delight in all the towns he visits. The Union Pacific Railroad restored the historic train engine to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. I have…

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How to watch part two of the 2020 Democratic debates tonight

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The race is on for who will be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Once again, 20 candidates are spending two nights trying to convince US Democrats that they are the right person to run against Donald Trump. This time, CNN is sponsoring the event, which is taking place at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Things were lively on the first night, as front-runners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren…

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You can save $25 on Apple’s second-generation AirPods until later tonight

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge AirPods, Apple’s truly wireless headphones, are $25 off of their regular $159.99 price at Rakuten until tonight at 11:59PM ET, July 31st. To get in on this deal, you’ll need to create a free Rakuten account, then paste HND24 in at checkout. These AirPods are Apple’s latest model and come in the standard, non-wireless charging case. If you’re looking for what sets these apart from the first-generation…

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Solar-sailing satellite proves it can use light to propel through space

LightSail 2’s solar sail, as seen from the spacecraft’s onboard camera | Image: The Planetary Society The Planetary Society’s experimental LightSail 2 spacecraft — designed to fly on light coming from the Sun — has lived up to its namesake. The nonprofit today announced that the satellite has successfully raised its orbit around Earth thanks to sunlight pushing on the vehicle’s large, reflective solar sail. It marks the first time a spacecraft in Earth’s orbit…

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FTC says ‘you will be disappointed’ if you choose $125 for Equifax payout

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Federal Trade Commission said today there’s been “overwhelming” interest in a settlement agreement with Equifax, and that consumers looking for a previously announced payout of up to $125 may be disappointed. FTC is tempering expectations The agency said this month that it had reached a $700 million agreement with the credit reporting agency over a massive breach of private data in 2017. As part of the settlement,…

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Hyperloop project in India inches closer to reality

There is no fully functional hyperloop in the world, but that could soon change, as officials in India have recently designated the ultra-fast, futuristic transportation system a “public infrastructure project” and will soon be taking bids on its construction. There are still many hurdles to overcome, such as certifying the hyperloop as safe for human passengers. But Virgin Hyperloop One, one of the handful of companies working to turn Elon Musk’s dream of supersonic travel…

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In Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious crew is basically the X-Men

Photo: Universal Pictures The Fast and the Furious series has undergone some profound changes since 2001 when the franchise launched with a film about LA car enthusiasts who fund their passion for illegal street races by boosting DVD players. (It was a different era.) The original film wasn’t exactly a low-key indie, but nothing about it suggested that it would eventually evolve into a globetrotting action franchise that pitted Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his…

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