Uber’s Christmas gift to New York taxis is a $2 booking fee

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Uber is putting the screws to New York taxis, and it’s announcing the move with a Christmas Eve news dump. This morning, New York City Uber users received an email saying that anyone hailing a yellow cab through Uber’s service will have to pay a $2 surcharge.

New York users have the option of hailing a yellow cab using Uber’s app, or hailing one of Uber’s black cars. This summer, Uber cut fares on its UberX black cars by 20 percent and touted the fact that they’re now cheaper than yellow cabs. (Bloomberg found Uber to be very slightly cheaper.) Now the company is further undercutting the New York taxi industry, not by lowering fares again, but by hiking the price of hailing a cab through its app. Considering how convenient hailing…

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The very best of Verge Video in 2014

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In case you didn’t already know, The Verge’s video team is the best in the business. In any business. They are the business. They work incredibly hard and do incredible work — honestly, their only problem is that they make too many great videos even for our staff to be able to catch everything, much though we try.

So, as we wrap up 2014, we asked our video team to collect their favorite things we did this year. What follows is a weird, wild, adventurous mix of stories, from simple hands-on tips to powerful trips into the past and future of magic. You won’t want to miss a moment.

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NFL strikes a deal with Facebook to share video highlights

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The NFL has agreed to a deal with Facebook to allow video clips of NFL games and content on the social network, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NFL will begin posting highlights and fantasy football content to Facebook on Tuesday.

Getting the rights to NFL content isn’t easy — the league has shied away from openly sharing video clips on social media. There is no official NFL YouTube page, and all of its mobile video goes through its NFL Mobile app which is only available on Verizon. This is the second major partnership the NFL has struck with a social network, after making a deal with Twitter last year to tweet game highlights and analysis featured on NFL.com.

Facebook is trying to become an even bigger player in online video…

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What movies to see (and skip) in theatres on Christmas Day

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After the presents have been unwrapped and the pie eaten (and eaten … and eaten …) everyone knows it’s time to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas — working off your wine-drunk while checking out the latest and greatest in contemporary cinema. Lucky for us, we’ll have plenty to choose from — a bunch of new movies arrive in theaters on the 25th of December. The Verge staff has seen (most of) them, and we are quite prepared to advise you in your yuletide entertainment choices that don’t involve The Interview.

SELMA (NY AND LA ONLY)

Who to see it with: Every single person at your Christmas dinner you can manage to drag away from Night At The Museum

Holiday spirit threat level: Twenty-eight “amen”s

Emily Yoshida: There’s no way…

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Sony will release The Interview online today at 1PM ET: $6 to rent, $15 to own

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Not one hour after we heard YouTube had “tentatively agreed” to offer The Interview as a rental, Sony Pictures has confirmed the film will be available online starting today at 1PM ET. It’ll be offered through YouTube Movies, Google Play, Xbox Videos, and a dedicated website SeeTheInterview.com.

The film will cost $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to own an HD copy. Notably absent from the list: Apple’s iTunes, which reportedly said no despite White House involvement, and Sony’s own PlayStation Network.

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Sony Offers ‘The Interview’ Online For Rent Or Purchase Starting Today At 1 PM ET

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.11.17 PM Sony will be providing ‘The Interview’ online today for rental ($6) or purchase ($15) in a surprise move. Those looking to get it can head to SeeTheInterview.com, and the movie is set to go live starting today at 10 AM PT, or 1 PM ET. Sony is offering it in HD quality via Google Play, YouTube Movies, and Microsoft’s Xbox Video, as well as at its own website. “[W]e… Read More

Why you’re so busy

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The Economist’s feature on time-poverty is an absolute must-read, explaining the multi-factorial nature of the modern time crunch, which combines the equivalence of time and money (leading to leisure hours that are as crammed as possible in order to maximize their value), the precarity of the American workplace (meaning that affluent workers work longer hours), and the pace of electronically mediated communications (which makes any kind of refractory pause feel like a wasteful and dull eternity).

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Sony will reportedly offer The Interview online via Google Play, YouTube rental, and its own website

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Not only will The Interview be available in select theaters this Christmas, it’ll also be available for everyone online. First reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter and now corroborated by multiple outlets, YouTube has “tentatively agreed” to make it available as a rental. Sony is additionally in talks with other streaming outlets, so it wouldn’t be exclusive (according to Recode, that list includes Google Play store and Sony’s own website).

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Uber Adds A $2 Booking Fee To UberT Rides In NYC

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uber Uber has added a $2 booking fee to uberT rides in NYC, which is charged through the app to your credit card on file, despite the fact that uberT rides still require users to pay their driver the metered fare separately in the city and boroughs. Uber says the fee is being added “on behalf of yellow and boro taxi drivers who utilize the platform,” and then goes on to remind Uber… Read More

Facebook Challenges YouTube Channels With New Features For Pages

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FaceTube Twitter’s not the only one Facebook is battling for control of news and content distribution. With Pages getting quieted down in the feed, Facebook wants to make its home for businesses less like a newspaper that come to you and more like TV channels you turn on. That’s why it’s YouTube that’s getting flattered by the social network with a new design for the Video… Read More

Amazon starts its post-Christmas sale before Christmas

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Much like it did with its Black Friday deals, Amazon is posting its after-Christmas sales early. Some of them end as early as tonight or tomorrow, but many others will run all the way up until January 1st. Over that span the online retailer promises daily discounts and clearance prices, so each day will bring new deals. The full Year End Sales site is available here and features discounts up to 70-percent off things like clothing and sports gear, and up to 85-percent off popular ebooks. We’ve broken out some choice electronics deals below. And remember, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, some orders placed today could delivered as early as the day after Christmas.

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Sony reportedly asked the White House for help getting The Interview on iTunes

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If Sony Pictures today announces an online distribution option for The Interview (which seems to be the case) it won’t be through Apple — and it definitely won’t be for lack of trying. According to sources speaking to The New York Times, Sony had “asked the White House for help in lining up a single technology partner — Apple, which operates iTunes.” But Apple reportedly was not interested — “at least not on a speedy time table.”

While Apple saying no isn’t all that surprising, what’s interesting is that the White House itself was asked to help broker the deal.President Obama on Friday said Sony had “made a mistake” in not releasing The Interview, a movie where Seth Rogen and James Franco are asked to kill North Korean leader Kim…

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DirecTV signs deal to offer access to Disney and ESPN streaming video

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Under a new deal, DirecTV can give subscribers online access to Disney and ESPN programming. Earlier this week, Disney announced that it had signed a multi-year deal with DirecTV, renewing its right to broadcast the Disney Channel, ABC Family, ESPN, and several other channels, including eight local ABC stations. The deal also adds content to DirecTV Everywhere, the satellite company’s online video catalog. All of Disney’s “Watch” streaming options — including WatchESPN, Watch Disney Channel, Watch ABC Family, and Watch ABC — will be available to DirecTV subscribers in early 2015 via the company’s mobile apps and website.

DirecTV rolled out access to streaming video on demand over the course of 2012, alongside a growing industry-wide…

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SilverStone Raven RV05 Case Review

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Today we are having a look at the Raven RV05, an atypical Midi-ATX case from SilverStone with a rotated motherboard tray and a unique visual appearance. It is the fifth and by far the smallest version of the Raven series cases, with SilverStone boasting that it is "a glimpse into the future of enthusiast PC cases". While we can’t foretell the future, we can see what the present holds for the Raven RV05. Read on for the full review.

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