The Weekender: printing brains and building robots

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we’ll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again.

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Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s apocalypse novel ‘Good Omens’ is being adapted into a BBC Radio drama

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The end of the world is coming soon…to radio. The BBC announced today that it has begun production on an audio drama adaptation of Good Omens, the hit 1990 comedic fantasy novel about the apocalypse from celebrated authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Both authors are onboard to help develop the miniseries, which has already begun recording in a secret location in London, for a scheduled airing on BBC Radio 4 sometime in December. It will span five half-hour-long episodes and one hour-long finale.

Dirk Maggis is directing, a natural choice given he was also the director of the BBC’s well-received radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere last year. The BBC also released a full voice cast list for Good Omens today, noting that…

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Apple Dominating Shipping Capacity Out Of China With New iPhones

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Apple-iphone-621-1 According to several sources, Apple has already begun flexing its supply chain muscles by shipping so many units of upcoming devices from its manufacturing facilities to sales outlets that it is causing delays for other manufacturers. Apple shipments via major concerns like FedEx and UPS are said to be ‘incredibly high’ for the holiday quarter, pointing to a massive number of… Read More

Catering Startup Cater2.me Says It Has Served 5M Meals

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cater2 me It’s been more than two years since I last wrote about Cater2.me, a service that connects local food vendors with companies in need of catering. Sounds like the startup has been busy since then — co-founder Zach Yungst told me that it has now served 5 million meals total, and that it’s launching in four new cities, bringing the total to 10. Cater2.me’s goal is to deliver… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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TC-weekly-roundup1 On the eve of Disrupt, we reflect on the top stories from 8/30-9/5. Here are the 11 best stories from the past week. We announced the full agenda for Disrupt SF. We also put together a massive gallery of speakers attending the event. We’re kicking off Disrupt with the Hackathon on Saturday. A bunch of celebrity nude pictures (including Jennifer Lawrence) surfaced this week after… Read More

TC Cribs: Lending Club’s Hole-In-One San Francisco HQ

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O92A0824lc Welcome to another episode of Cribs, the TechCrunch TV series that gets nosy and tours the inside of tech companies’ offices. This time, we headed over to Lending Club, the startup that’s built an online marketplace for financial lending. Lending Club is a company that straddles the worlds of tech and banking, and that duality is pretty apparent when you go inside their San… Read More

Hands On With The Moto 360, The First Round Smart Watch

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moto-360-charging As we approach Peak Smart Watch at the Apple event next week, manufacturers are racing to offer product to those who might not want to bow down to Cupertino in the coming months. The latest contender is the Moto 360, a steel and leather beauty that launched today alongside the new Motorola X. Although I’ve been duly impressed by the Samsung Gear series, you will immediately that the… Read More

Yahoo Acquires, Shuts Down Luminate, An Interactive Image Platform

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Yahoo Inc. offices, housing its Search Marketing Group, are pictured in Burbank Another acquisition today from Yahoo to beef up its advertising and media business. It is buying Luminate, a startup founded by LiveOps, Netscape and Yahoo alums that has created a platform for interactive, tagged images — or, as we have called it in the past, an AdSense for images.
Terms of the deal, which was announced on Luminate’s homepage, have not been disclosed. Read More

CrunchWeek: Samsung’s Gadgets, iCloud Hacks, And Sarah Goes To Burning Man

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Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 3.01.47 PM Happy pre-Disrupt Friday, everyone, I hope you are well rested for next week’s fun. Today on CrunchWeek Sarah Buhr, Jordan Crook, and myself sat around the white table to dig into the biggest stories of the week: Samsung’s raft of new hardware, the issues with cloud security and iCloud itself, and, of course, Sarah’s recent expedition to the desert. Read More

It’s Time For VCs To Run To Their Bubble Bunkers

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running Techstars, one of the most prominent accelerators in the world, announced yesterday that it was introducing what it called “an equity back guarantee.” The idea is that founders who join the program can ask for their equity to be returned (or a percentage of it) shortly after their Techstars batch ends if they feel that the accelerator didn’t provide them with sufficient… Read More

Google Starts Selling Glass ‘Explorer Edition’ On The Play Devices Store

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Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 4.51.03 PM Google is selling the Glass Explorer Edition on its Play devices store, still for $1,500, with your choice of a free frame or sunglass shade in the mix. The Glass model listed is still very much Google’s experimental product, but the descriptions in the listing make it sound more like falling into the category of an “Explorer” is now more about how many extreme sports… Read More

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