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Vergecast: Foxconn confusion and black hole picture day

Vergecast: Foxconn confusion and black hole picture day


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We’ve got a good variety of coverage on this week’s Vergecast. Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller start the show by calling up Verge space reporter Loren Grush to discuss the news of the first image of a black hole and explain how it was taken.

Then, after a newly reported piece on Foxconn’s status in Wisconsin by The Verge, Nilay and the crew discuss the report and what’s going on with their empty “innovation centers.”

For the rest of the show, we’ve got some updates on Amazon and Eero, policy stuff, streaming wars, and “the penultimate dongle.”

As you can imagine from an hour-and-a-half-long show, there’s a whole lot more that was discussed, so listen to it all to stay informed.

Stories discussed this week:

- See the first image ever taken of a supermassive black hole

- Ikea and Sonos made the ultimate speaker lamp

- Foxconn’s ‘innovation centers’ are a bunch of empty buildings in Wisconsin

- Turns out Amazon buying Eero wasn’t the startup success story we thought

- New Zealand privacy commissioner says Facebook is run by ‘morally bankrupt’ liars

- T-Mobile relaunches Layer3 TV service as TVision Home

- Netflix confirms it killed AirPlay support, won’t let you beam shows to Apple TVs anymore

- YouTube TV raises monthly price to $50, but adds Discovery channels

- Google patches ads into Android TV home screens without warning

- LG G8 ThinQ review: many gimmicks, not enough progress

- Samsung’s Galaxy A80 is an automated notchless slider with a rotating triple camera

- Hidden Google Play info suggests ‘midyear’ release for Pixel 3 devices

- Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test

- Microsoft reveals all the Google things it removed in its Chromium Edge browser

If you’d like more Vergecast, there is a whole RSS feed full of things to listen to. This week, Nilay interviewed the founding father of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier, and it’s a must-listen episode.

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