Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where our editors discuss the biggest stories in tech news this week.
This week on The Vergecast, the show is split into three sections, hosted by Verge executive editor Dieter Bohn.
In part one, Dieter and Verge managing editor Alex Cranz chat with Verge policy editor Russell Brandom to talk about President Biden’s criticism of Facebook’s handling of misinformation on its platform, the continuing fight for the right to repair, and the nomination of Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.
- Biden says platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ with COVID-19 misinformation
- Facebook pushes back against Biden remarks on COVID-19 misinformation
- Joe Biden says Facebook isn’t ‘killing people,’ but misinformation causes harm
- The Biden administration should take the First Amendment as seriously as Facebook misinformation
- FTC pledges to fight unlawful right to repair restrictions
- Biden to nominate Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead DOJ antitrust division
In section two, Dieter talks with Verge deputy editor Liz Lopatto and Verge space reporter Joey Roulette about Jeff Bezos’ trip to the edge of space Tuesday morning on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.
Liz and Joey discuss details of the launch, the other members of the crew like aviation legend Wally Funk, the press conference after landing, and the backlash from the people back on Earth. Joey also describes his experience being at the launch site in person and asking Bezos some questions about pricing for these space flights.
- The space tourism industry is stuck in its billionaire phase
- Blue Origin successfully sends Jeff Bezos and three others to space and back
- An on-the-ground look at Blue Origin’s motley crew
- Jeff Bezos appreciates your efforts to get Jeff Bezos to space
If you’re a listener of The Vergecast, you may have guessed the topics for our third segment this week — RCS and gadgets. On Tuesday, Verizon announced it will be switching to Android Messages as the default texting app on all Android phones it sells — which is a big step for pushing RCS as the new texting standard. Dieter and Alex discuss what this means for the texting platform and how Apple is still in the way of full adoption in the US.
There are also a bunch of gadgets to talk about! Alex and Dieter discuss the video game handheld the Playdate, OnePlus’ Buds Pro, and Amazon’s latest announcements for developers on its Echo products.
- Verizon is also switching to Android Messages as default for RCS
- Pegasus spyware used to target phones of journalists and activists, investigation finds
- Dish cuts a 10-year, $5 billion deal to make AT&T the primary service provider for its MVNO
- The Dish ‘fix’ for the T-Mobile-Sprint merger seems more shortsighted than ever
- Playdate hands-on: a Game Boy from a different dimension
- Apple AirPods update to arrive later this year with iPhone SE refresh coming 2022: report
- Apple releases iOS 14.7 just as MagSafe Battery Pack appears on shelves
- The first real photos of Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack are here
- Apple MagSafe Battery Pack review: convenience over capacity
- OnePlus Buds Pro announced, coming September 1st for $150
- OnePlus Nord 2 review: focused on the essentials
- OnePlus is merging OxygenOS with Oppo’s ColorOS
- Leaked memo confirms OnePlus will become an Oppo sub-brand
- Amazon will let devs compete for your Echo Show’s screen and everything else Alexa just added
- Alexa finally gets a masculine-sounding voice option
- Amazon promises most Echo speakers will get upgraded to Matter
You can listen to the full discussion here or in your preferred podcast app.