Senior Features Editor Laura June writes in with additional info about The Verge rates:
"Our range of payment runs from around 35 cents a word to a dollar or more per word, depending on several factors. These are base word rates which can be boosted by things like research time, original photography, etc. For longer pieces, we’ve also paid flat rates of up to several thousand dollars."
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Report: $.25/word for features.