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Vergecast: Asus ROG gaming guide, privacy risks in post-Roe USA, and the internet’s recommendation problem

We answer a lot of questions on this episode

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 on a green plush ottoman. The screen displays The Verge homepage. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Every Wednesday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where editor-at-large David Pierce is joined by The Verge’s expert staffers in a deep exploration of how gadgets and software affect our lives.

On today’s episode, we have a variety of stories from across The Verge. At the top of the show, David and managing editor Alex Cranz chat with health technology reporter Nicole Wetsman and senior privacy and cybersecurity reporter Corin Faife about the privacy vulnerabilities for people seeking abortions in a post-Roe United States and how people can protect their information.

Later in the episode, David reports on why the internet is so bad at recommendations, with insights from executives at Yelp, Pocket, Pinterest, and Likewise.

In our final segment for today, senior reviewer Monica Chin explains the confusing names behind Asus’ ROG gaming laptop line and explores which laptop may be the right one for you.

We have lots of ideas about how to do this show, and we’re going to do a lot of experimenting with it, so we hope you’ll tell us what you like and don’t like. Either way, we’ll see you again on Friday!