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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets.

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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets.

    Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter / The future of the blockchain / FTC is suing to block Nvidia’s purchase of Arm

    Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter / The future of the blockchain / FTC is suing to block Nvidia’s purchase of Arm

    Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn chat with Alex Heath and Casey Newton about Jack Dorsey stepping down as CEO of Twitter and what's going in the world of crypto.
    Managing editor Alex Cranz stops by to share news that the FTC is suing to block Nvidia's $40 billion purchase of Arm.

    Stories referenced:

    Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

    Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal replaces Jack Dorsey as CEO


    Jack steps back 

    An introduction to Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s new CEO

    Big tech’s first generation of founders starts to step aside

    As tech founders resign, Congress loses its favorite targets

    Jack Dorsey’s Square is changing its name to Block

    The leader of Facebook’s stalled cryptocurrency project is leaving the company

    Macy’s is auctioning off Thanksgiving Day Parade NFTs, including this creepy elf

    Almost buying a copy of the Constitution is easy, but giving the money back is hard

    ConstitutionDAO will shut down after losing bid for Constitution

    Is the music industry’s future on the blockchain?


    US banking regulators are looking to clarify crypto rules in 2022 

    The FTC is suing to block Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of Arm

    Qualcomm is updating its Snapdragon branding to try and simplify its chip names

    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is here to power the Android flagships of 2022

    Qualcomm’s new always-on smartphone camera is a privacy nightmare

    Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is its latest attempt to hit a Windows on Arm home run

    Microsoft’s Qualcomm exclusivity deal for Windows on Arm reportedly ending soon

    Qualcomm’s new G3x platform could usher in a new wave of Nintendo Switch-alikes

    Razer’s Qualcomm-powered handheld console leaks

    Meta ordered to sell Giphy by UK regulator

    Barnes & Noble announces new Nook GlowLight 4, says it cares for real this time

    Alex's tablet

    Tile is selling its Bluetooth tracking business to Life360 for $205 million

    Elizabeth Holmes admits that she was CEO of Theranos, the company she founded


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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Eero CEO Nick Weaver on 5G, Thread, and the future of the smart home

    Eero CEO Nick Weaver on 5G, Thread, and the future of the smart home

    Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn interview CEO of Eero Nick Weaver live at On The Verge in New York City.
    The discussion includes how the Ring Alarm Pro came together, Eero supporting Thread and Matter, integration of 5G, and what's next for the smart home.
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    • 37 min
    Apple will make repair manuals and parts available to public / Russia blows up a satellite / Biden signs infrastructure package

    Apple will make repair manuals and parts available to public / Russia blows up a satellite / Biden signs infrastructure package

    Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn chat with policy reporter Makena Kelly about Pres. Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package and what it will do to improve broadband access in the US.
    Senior science reporter Loren Grush joins the show to talk about Russia destroying one of its own satellites with a ground-based missile.
    Managing editor Alex Cranz stops by to chat about Apple opening up iPhones and Macs to DIY repairs.
    Stories referenced:

    Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure package into law

    Biden’s FCC is still deadlocked, and net neutrality hangs in the balance

    Biden’s pick for FDA chief works at Google

    Russia blows up a satellite, creating a dangerous debris cloud in space

    NASA delays ambitious human lunar landing to 2025

    NASA’s Moon landing will likely be delayed ‘several years’ beyond 2024, auditors say

    Blue Origin loses lawsuit against federal government over NASA’s human lunar lander contracts

    SpaceX’s Starlink reveals new smaller, rectangular user dish to connect to satellites

    Apple will sell you iPhone parts to fix your own phone at home

    The shareholder fight that forced Apple’s hand on repair rights

    Apple reportedly wants to launch a self-driving EV in 2025 with a custom chip

    The Balmuda Phone is a compact Android phone from a high-end toaster company

    Meta’s sci-fi haptic glove prototype lets you feel VR objects using air pockets

    Sonos finally adds DTS audio support to its home theater lineup

    Hyundai’s restomod Grandeur is the perfect EV for a supervillain

    Google explains the tradeoffs that led to Pixel 6’s slow charging complaints

    A look under the hood of the most successful streaming service on the planet

    Meta goes into lockdown


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Let's Chat about RCS

    Let's Chat about RCS

    The Verge's Dieter Bohn dives into the messy past and uncertain future of Rich Communication Services, or RCS, a new texting standard that Google had been pushing for Android users.
    Guests include:

    Sanaz Ahari, Senior Director of Communications Products at Google

    Ron Amadeo, reviews editor at Ars Technica


    Relevant links:

    RCS: What it is and why you might want it

    AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard

    A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps

    Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

    SVP of Android offers open invitation to help Apple put RCS texting on the iPhone


    Produced by Andru Marino, Liam James, and Dieter Bohn
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    • 36 min
    EV startup Rivian goes public / Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options / Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE

    EV startup Rivian goes public / Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options / Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE

    The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Sean O'Kane discuss electric vehicle startup Rivian becoming a publicly traded company after executing one of the biggest initial public offerings in history.
    The crew also cover multiple stories about Apple from this week, Microsoft's Windows 11 SE release, and a new Surface Laptop for schools.
    Further reading:

    Rivian goes public in one of the biggest IPOs ever

    Rivian’s mega IPO is a good test of the meme stock craze

    Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options for App Store by December 9th, denying stay

    Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchase, rules judge in Epic v. Apple

    Apple backs off of breaking Face ID after DIY iPhone 13 screen replacements

    Tim Cook says he owns cryptocurrency

    Apple hires Tesla’s former Autopilot software director

    Johnson & Johnson’s CEO joins Apple’s board

    iPhone 13 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: what 2,000 photos tell us

    Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE, a new Chrome OS competitor

    Microsoft’s new $249 Surface Laptop SE is its first true Chromebook competitor

    Microsoft partners with Meta to integrate Teams into its Facebook-like Workplace


    Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features failing due to an expired certificate 

    Updating The Verge’s background policy


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    What’s next for USB-C

    What’s next for USB-C

    The Verge's Dieter Bohn dedicates this week's Tuesday episode to the fractious history and fraught future of USB-C.
    Guests include:

    CTO of ASTC Rod Whitby, who has worked with USB-C standards since its infancy


    Verge senior reporter Chaim Gartenberg, who explains the many variations of USB-C cables

    Ken Pillonel, a hacker in Switzerland who figured out how to replace his iPhone's lightning port with USB-C


    Relevant links:

    USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard

    You can now, technically, build your own USB-C iPhone

    EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones


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    • 1 hr 1 min

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