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Vergecast: Sundar testifies, a hole-punch display, and Verizon’s future

Vergecast: Sundar testifies, a hole-punch display, and Verizon’s future


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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter devote half the show to discussing what happened when CEO of Google Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Congress thinks Google has a bias problem — does it?

The second half of the show is dedicated to gadgets! Both Samsung and Huawei revealed a phone with a “hole-punch” display so the crew theorize what’s coming in 2019 for the smartphone world.

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Elizabeth Lopatto’s “This week in Elon” — so listen to this whole dang show; you’ll get all you need before the year ends.

1:30 - All the news from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee

27:28 - “This week in Elon” with Elizabeth Lopatto

32:57 - Samsung angers hypebeasts by partnering with fake Supreme brand in China

35:49 - Samsung’s A8s is its first phone with an Infinity-O hole-punch display

37:48 - Huawei’s Nova 4 with hole-punch display set to launch this month

38:13 - Vivo’s new Nex has a second display and ‘Lunar Ring’ on the back

41:41 - The Galaxy S10 could be Samsung’s last flagship with a headphone jack

44:00 - The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition has more RAM and faster charging

44:16 - LG Watch W7 review

45:46 - Paul’s weekly segment “Don’t brick the jacket

48:57 - New Verizon execs say old Verizon execs made a $5 billion mistake betting on AOL and Yahoo

If you want more Vergecast, you’re in luck. Every Tuesday, Nilay interviews a different tech figure in the world. This week, Nilay is joined by Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni to discuss her recent reporting on Foxconn and the company’s subsequent tensions and dealings with the people of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. You can check that out right in The Vergecast feed.

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Weekly tech roundup and interviews with major figures from the tech world.