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In a world first, a US veteran now has a new penis and scrotum

After 14 hours of surgery, a veteran of the US Armed Forces has a new, transplanted penis and scrotum. The world’s most comprehensive penis transplant yet took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the end of March, the hospital announced today — and so far, it looks like a success. The unnamed patient is walking around and should be able to leave the hospital this week.

This is the fourth successful penis transplant in the world so far, Richard Redett, clinical director of the Johns Hopkins genitourinary transplant program, said in a news briefing today. But it’s the first time doctors have transplanted such a large area of the body — including part of the lower abdomen, the entire penis, and the scrotum — from a deceased donor. The...

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Leak shows every side of LG’s G7 ThinQ

LG is just a week away from announcing its next flagship phone, the G7 ThinQ, but chances are, we’ve going to know every last thing about it before then thanks to a nonstop flow of leaks. A new image of the phone was posted to Twitter today by VentureBeat reporter and frequent phone leaker Evan Blass, showing every single side of the upcoming phone. There have been plenty of G7 leaks already, but this one leaves us nothing left to guess at — at least when it comes to the phone’s design.

Previously, G7 leaks showed that the phone would come in five colors, have the ability to hide its notch by blacking out the top of the screen, and include an extra button the left side. Last week, CNET reported that the button would be used to activate...

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Another new YouTube policy is prompting multi-channel networks to drop

The ‘Know Your Customer’ policy is yet another blow to midrange and small-time YouTubers’ ad revenue

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Alibaba, Baidu, and other Chinese tech companies post men-only job lis

Silicon Valley isn’t the only tech hub guilty of widespread gender discrimination. Major Chinese tech companies like Huawei, Alibaba, and Tencent discriminate against women in their online job listings, a new report from Human Rights Watch found today. Some job postings directly state they are for men only, while others specify that women must have attractive appearances and even be a certain height.

Online job discrimination on the basis of gender is particularly stinging for women in China, as applying online is generally the first step towards securing a position, similar to how it is in the US. When recruiters specifically list men on their list of qualifications, women are shut out of the application process before they can even get...

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Google is bleeding cash trying to take on Amazon in the smart home

Google parent company Alphabet reported first quarter earnings for 2018 today, beating Wall Street estimates on sales and profit thanks in large part to its mammoth search advertising machine that continues to grow year after year. But one interesting highlight from the earnings announcement was just how much money the company’s smart home company Nest earns in revenue and reports in losses.

Because Nest was rolled back into Google proper earlier this year, Alphabet recast its quarterly earnings figures for 2017 to account for the fact that Nest revenues and losses would be moved from the “Other Bets” section of Alphabet’s business to the standard Google revenue line item. Comparing the differences in quarterly revenues and operating...

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Asus launches a new midrange phone in India to compete with Xiaomi

Asus has announced a new midrange phone aimed at the Indian market and priced to appeal over the likes of competitors like Samsung and a host of Chinese brands, namely Xiaomi, which recently launched the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The company says it chose features and specs for its new ZenFone Max Pro M1 based on results from a survey of over 2,000 Indian customers, according to Engadget. We’ve reached out to Asus for more information about what that survey entailed.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro share a lot of similar features, including a six-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screen, a midtier Snapdragon 636 processor, and facial recognition, but the ZenFone has a few advantages over the Redmi. It has a slightly larger 5,000mAh...

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Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time mashes up two Nintendo classics into o

One YouTuber and game mod maker by the name of Kaze Emanuar, a notable Nintendo ROM hacker, has created something truly special: a mashup of two of Nintendo’s most beloved classics, Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The game, which was released last month, was featured today in a lengthy profile of Emanuar on Engadget. The article highlights the time and effort the mod maker put into his custom Mario-Zelda fusion. Essentially, Emanuar rebuilt all of Ocarina of Time within the Super Mario 64 engine, letting players traverse the land of Hyrule as Mario using all the same pristine jumping and platforming skills of Nintendo’s signature plumber.

It’s not an exact re-creation. Emanuar, a German citizen who worked on the...

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Why failing to recycle electronics leaves gold mines untapped

There’s 80 times as much gold in one ton of cellphones as there is in a gold mine, says Federico Magalini, an expert on electronic waste. That means there’s enormous potential for recycling — and yet, most of us keep our old electronics at home.

Lately, there’s been a lot of interest in old electronics. Last week, Apple debuted Daisy, a robot that disassembles old iPhones to recycle the materials inside. Reuters covered a South Korean factory that specializes in retrieving precious metals from car batteries. And in a recent paper published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers argued that recovering materials from discarded electronics — often called “urban mining” — makes more financial sense than mining for...

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Today is World Book Day — here’s what we’re reading

Today is World Book Day, a day designated by UNESCO to celebrate reading, from books and authors to bookstores and libraries. To mark the occasion, we wanted to see what the larger group of Verge staffers have stacked on their nightstands, tucked away in their bags, or stored on their Kindles.

Here’s what some of the Verge staff are currently reading:

Image: Del Rey / Penguin Random House

Tasha Robinson: I’m just diving into Only Human, the third book in Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files series, which starts with parts of a giant, ancient, ultra-high-tech mecha-being discovered all over the world. Chaim talked to Neuvel last year about this series, and for anyone looking for a primer, that interview is a good intro to...

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The director of Marrowbone on why horror is the perfect genre

When The Orphanage came out in 2007, screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez almost instantly became an important figure to watch in the horror world. Guillermo del Toro, known for supporting ambitious, young Spanish and Mexican genre filmmakers, produced The Orphanage, and its combination of heavy atmosphere, potent scares, and heartbreaking drama made it one of the most memorable horror movies of the past 15 years. It also began a collaboration between Sánchez and director J.A. Bayona that continued with the 2012 disaster drama The Impossible.

With Marrowbone, which is now available on digital platforms and in a limited US theatrical release, Sánchez has made the move to directing, and the results are equally memorable. It’s a chilling, intense...

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