Although I still find some articles on The Verge interesting, I think their content's quality decreased greatly and got very clickbaity within last year. Any suggestions for other news sites about design, technology, internet culture?
Agreed, Topolsky really made a huge difference. I really miss On The Verge.
Ars and Wired are current favourites at the moment. FastCoDesign just went a bit weird for me either each headline started to feel like a personal insult or was just a lazy listicle ("Five Habits of Creative People", gah!).
Design (specifically branding) wise, I've always enjoyed http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/
Looking on the fringes I would suggest Dezeen. Whilst having a more architectural slant there are parallels and they cover a lot of product design (real, tangible products that is) which in itself is interesting.