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The Vergecast: Amazon’s HQ2 backlash, Facebook’s everything backlash, and the Gigafactory

The Vergecast: Amazon’s HQ2 backlash, Facebook’s everything backlash, and the Gigafactory


With a bonus segment from the roof of the Gigafactory

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This week, Casey Newton joins The Vergecast to talk about Amazon’s HQ2 backlash and the backlash against Facebook’s... well, everything. But it’s not all dour: Paul and Dieter get into the joys of Night Sight on the Pixel, and Sean O’Kane hosts “This Week in Elon” from the roof of the Gigafactory.

If you like what Casey has to say even a little, I can’t recommend subscribing to his newsletter, The Interface, enough. It’s a daily look at the intersection of social media and democracy, and it’s become essential reading for anybody who is trying to figure that out.

Even though Nilay couldn’t be on the podcast this week, he was with us in spirit because we also discussed Cocktail Pods:

02:14 - Amazon HQ2: all of the news about its controversial search for a new headquarters

19:57 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Sean O’Kane

24:39 - Google Night Sight review

30:58 - Google says a fix is coming for disappearing text messages on Pixel 3

38:20- Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

51:25 - Mark Zuckerberg reportedly ordered all Facebook executives to use Android phones

55:06 - Paul’s weekly segment “Why not two?

57:38 - Keurig launches a cocktail-making pod machine

59:49 - Essential shows signs of life with launch of $149 headphone dongle

1:01:24 - Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home / Microsoft Surface Headphones review

1:03:05 - Casey’s new iPad

1:06:43 - Samsung’s Galaxy F foldable phone gets a price and release date in new report

Oh, one last thing! We are a finalist in the Discover Pods Awards, so, you know, we wouldn’t mind if you happened to vote for The Vergecast. We wouldn’t mind at all.

If you want more Vergecast, you’re in luck. Every Tuesday, Nilay interviews a different tech figure in the world. This week he sat down with StubHub’s Sukhinder Singh Cassidy to talk about getting diversity in tech boards, changing the ticketing business, and Google’s walkout. You can check that out right in The Vergecast feed.

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