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Vergecast: Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, E3 coverage, and post net neutrality

Vergecast: Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, E3 coverage, and post net neutrality


A special (long) episode

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We’ve got a special episode of The Vergecast this week. There’s so much. In addition to our classic Nilay, Dieter, and Paul trio, we’ve added a few things.

To give you the best coverage of E3, culture editor Laura Hudson gives us a quick rundown of the news from the expo to start off the show, including Fortnite’s cross-platform problem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s controversial HitRecord plan, and Microsoft’s commitment to original games.

In the second half of the show, Nilay sits down with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. The company just came out with the Beam, and Patrick discusses what’s new for Sonos (Google Assistant? Atmos? Siri?) as well as how it imagines its products being used.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other classic Vergecastsome gadget talk, Paul’s weekly segment (you know, “How big is the Moon?”), and some deep dives into net neutrality, antitrust law, and Comcast’s $65 million bid on 21st Century Fox.

This podcast, which comes in at about an hour and 45 minutes of dialogue, is all you really need in order to understand this week of news — and more!

Let us know what you think of these additional segments in the show. We’re looking to add more corespondents and interviews, so your feedback is appreciated!

02:06 - Laura Hudson’s E3 roundup

07:13 - Sony issues weak response to Fortnite cross-play controversy on PS4 and Switch

11:26 - Microsoft is getting ready for the next Xbox vs. PlayStation console war

16:33 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defending a controversial plan to crowdsource Beyond Good and Evil 2 art

25:01 - Interview with CEO of Sonos Patrick Spence

1:02:49 - Paul’s weekly segment “How big is the Moon?

1:06:28 - I picked up a Boring Company Not-A-Flamethrower, and it’s mine now

1:07:04 - The Boring Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big

1:11:18 - HTC U12 Plus review: fixing what didn’t need to be broken

1:12:54 - Samsung upgrades the Chromebook Plus with a second camera and new processor

1:13:44 - Eero promises not to brick routers if you don’t pay a subscription

1:17:47 - Net neutrality is dead — what now?

1:19:48 - Comcast makes $65 billion offer to steal 21st Century Fox away from Disney

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 released the season finale! We’re in talks about season 3, so you can subscribe to get ready. Find it anywhere you listen to The Vergecast, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, or our plain ol’ RSS feed.

Also, check out our new show Converge with Casey Newton now! This week, Casey interviewed the CEO of Pocket. You can also subscribe to that show on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, via RSS feed, or wherever you get your podcasts.