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Vergecast: the Selfish Ledger, YouTube Premium, and gadget updates

Vergecast: the Selfish Ledger, YouTube Premium, and gadget updates


The Vergecast rundown

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The Vergecast trio comes together this week to discuss an internal Google video that was obtained by The Verge titled “the Selfish Ledger.” That topic takes up a good chunk of the show, but there’s a lot more after that.

Nilay, Paul, and Dieter jump into other Google-related topics, like what’s happening to YouTube Red, Google Duplex theories, and a list of gadget news.

They were able to fit in Paul’s weekly segment he does every week “Don’t block my chain,” so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all.

04:04 - Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

19:02 - Apple Watch behavioral science

19:47 - Google Duplex demo, or say whether the calls were edited

23:56 - Google Chrome is removing the secure indicator from HTTPS sites in September

28:12 - Entire Nest ecosystem of smart home devices goes offline

30:16 - YouTube Music and YouTube Premium announced as YouTube Red replacement

39:28 - OnePlus 6 announced with a glass back and a notched 6.3-inch display

41:42 - The RED Hydrogen One is coming to AT&T and Verizon this summer

44:16 - Onkyo’s receivers will work with Sonos, thanks to upcoming June firmware update

46:33 - A new Wi-Fi standard could let different mesh routers work together

48:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Don’t block my chain

52:46 - Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is designed for an office of the future

53:29 - Microsoft reportedly working on $400 Surface tablets to compete with the iPad

53:44 - The desktop belongs to Electron

1:01:38 - Uber CEO: our future won’t just be cars

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well here you go. Season 2 of Why’d You Push That Button hosted by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman just released the season finale! You can subscribe anywhere, including on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and our plain ol’ RSS feed. Also, get caught up on season 1 if you missed out.

Stay tuned for a brand-new show called Converge with Casey Newton on May 23rd! You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, via RSS feed, or wherever you get your podcasts. Check out the trailer at the beginning of this episode.