Tuesday's top tech news: Elon squares off against Apple - The Verge

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Oh Elon. It was pretty obvious something was up when Twitter’s new CEO tweeted out of the blue that “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter,” and asked whether “they hate free speech in America?” Following a question from my colleague Jake Kastrenakes, Musk confirmed that the iPhone maker was threatening Twitter’s presence in the App Store and/or making moderation demands. Welcome to hell, Elon.
Away from the chaos at Twitter there was more bad news in the crypto sector with the news that finance firm BlockFi has filed for bankruptcy amidst the continued FTX fallout, while crypto exchange Kraken has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines over possible Iran sanction violations. Thank god we’ve got another trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie to look forward to later today.
For now, here’s a silly tweet:
Nov 30, 2022, 8:49 PM UTCAriel Shapiro
More music is being streamed than ever before, and platforms are clamoring for listeners’ attention with end-of-year stats.
Nov 30, 2022, 1:32 AM UTCRichard Lawler
We asked folks here at The Verge about what old electronics they have lying around, and some (or all) of the answers might surprise you.
When was the last time you saw a Moviola?
Nov 29, 2022, 10:09 PM UTCAsh Parrish
Hear Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach and Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong in the Mario movie’s second trailer.
Nov 29, 2022, 10:07 PM UTCJay Peters
Amazon’s new AWS service for massive simulations lets you place a whole lot of digital people in virtual spaces.
Nov 29, 2022, 9:49 PM UTCUmar Shakir
Sometimes a broken thing should be replaced, but sometimes it’d be nicer to just repair it.
Nov 29, 2022, 9:44 PM UTCSean Hollister
Massive 240Hz OLED and QD-OLED screens are on the way
Nov 29, 2022, 9:40 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Now that the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Plus are freely available, and we’ve already seen hints about the Pixel 8, it’s time to get rumors going for the next budget Pixel smartphone.
Amazingly, this hardware hasn’t been found in a bar or on Facebook Marketplace yet, but typically reliable source @OnLeaks (you can see his previous Pixel 7 leak here) has produced rendered still images and videos of what the Pixel 7A might look like,
Nov 29, 2022, 9:36 PM UTCAntonio G. Di Benedetto
The shopping holiday may be officially over, but lots of deals are quietly lingering. If you were late to the party, there are still notable discounts to be had on smart home tech, wireless earbuds, smartwatches, and more.
Nov 29, 2022, 9:34 PM UTCAsh Parrish
We’re getting new maps, a new hero, a new game event, and lots of new skins, including a mythic Junker Queen skin that is incredibly sexy.
Nov 29, 2022, 9:00 PM UTCEmma Roth
It’s a lose-lose situation. While some streamers are losing money by paying to get content on their platforms, others are losing money by distributing it on their own platforms. The result? Price hikes.
Nov 29, 2022, 8:36 PM UTCRichard Lawler
We’ve all heard The Voice (it’s just Chris Pratt, sounding like he usually does), but now we’ll see a little more of The Super Mario Bros. Movie when its second trailer debuts at 2PM PT / 5PM ET.
Nov 29, 2022, 8:21 PM UTCRichard Lawler
9to5Google reports that Google is testing a “full” experience for using Gmail and Google Calendar on WearOS, which could work more like Outlook for Wear OS or the Apple Watch Mail app.
Given recent developments, the apps seem to be a likely bet for a company suddenly refocused on competing both in the office software suite and wearable device categories.
[9to5Google]
Nov 29, 2022, 8:11 PM UTCGeorgina Torbet
The spacecraft reached a point 268,563 miles away from Earth, farther than any other human-rated spacecraft has traveled.
Nov 29, 2022, 7:42 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Polygon has a breakdown of Overwatch 2 changes coming December 6th along with the shapeshifting new tank Ramattra.
tl;dr — Sojourn’s getting a sniper nerf, Blizzard World is back in the rotation, and logging in before the end of S1 unlocks either all three new characters for Overwatch 1 players, or two of the three new heroes new players.
But if you’re waiting for Zeus Junker Queen, that’s coming as part of an Olympus LTM available from January 5th until January 19th.
Nov 29, 2022, 7:38 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
Ironically, the first trailer for Netflix’s That ‘90s Show feels tailor-made for Gen Z.
Nov 29, 2022, 6:58 PM UTCRichard Lawler
As The Block points out, the fall of FTX has also caused a collapse in the now-defunct Serum DeFi exchange, a project backed by FTX, Alameda Research, and the Solana Foundation.
Update authority for its code was held by insiders at FTX, which has left developers unable to address known security risks.
Now the project is promoting a community fork called OpenBook, and says the future of its SRM token — which once had a market cap of over $1 billion but is now down to around $60 million — is “uncertain.”
Nov 29, 2022, 6:55 PM UTCJay Peters
If you want a trackball that doesn’t clutter your desk with a wire, Kensington’s SlimBlade Pro could be the one for you.
Nov 29, 2022, 5:47 PM UTCMonica Chin
The Spotify-using masses are gearing up for the release of Spotify Wrapped, and Apple Music finally has a (not very good, but still existent, which is something) answer. You can get your Apple Music Replay stats right now — here’s how to do it.
Nov 29, 2022, 5:27 PM UTCJustine Calma
Rolls-Royce and easyJet partnered up to test whether hydrogen-powered planes can one day clean up aviation’s pollution.
Nov 29, 2022, 4:00 PM UTCNilay Patel
Has sound quality taken a back seat to convenience?
Nov 29, 2022, 3:00 PM UTCJon Porter
It will also be available in the main YouTube app for the first time. Your move, Spotify.
Nov 29, 2022, 2:51 PM UTCEmma Roth
The platform will no longer label or remove posts that contain covid misinformation.
Nov 29, 2022, 2:37 PM UTCJon Porter
The 2007 first-person puzzler is getting an RTX facelift.
Nov 29, 2022, 2:25 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
FIFA’s decision to use connected ball technology during this year’s World Cup is making it difficult for Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to claim a goal during yesterday’s match with Uruguay. He says his head touched the ball before it went in, but Adidas says the ball showed no contact.
Nov 29, 2022, 2:14 PM UTCAndrew Webster
Today Nintendo Switch Sports — basically a spiritual successor to Wii Sports — is getting a big update, which includes the long-awaited addition of golf. Just be sure to hold on to those Joy-Con controllers firmly before swinging. For more on the game, check out our original review.
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