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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. And on Tuesdays, Nilay hosts in-depth, one-on-one interviews with major technology leaders. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets.

Latest Episodes

Sen. Ron Wyden says Trump’s Section 230 FCC shuffle is a ‘disaster’

The Verge's Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson talk to Senator Ron Wyden, who co-authored Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Wyden discusses the forced sale of TikTok to a US-based company, the bills out to reform Section 230, his new privacy bill preventing law enforcement from buying data on the open market, and how Trump's handling of recent FCC nominations is a "disaster." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38 MIN2 d ago
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Sen. Ron Wyden says Trump’s Section 230 FCC shuffle is a ‘disaster’

Tech antitrust hearing: the important moments and what comes next

Nilay, Makena, Adi, and Casey discuss the important moments from Congress' antitrust hearing with Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai. Stories discussed this week: Antivirus: A weekly digest of the latest COVID-19 research Kodak is branching out into pharmaceuticals with US investment Twitter forced Donald Trump Jr. to delete tweet spreading COVID-19 misinformation Moms in Tech Facebook group splintering over allegations of racism Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021 NASA’s life-hunting Mars rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet Tech antitrust hearing: all the news, updates, and documents from Congress’ big moment Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing What Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have in common Antitrust panel says the messages show Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition Jeff Bezos can’t promise Amazon employees don’t access independent seller data Google’s business model ‘is the problem,’ David Cicilline says The iconic Flip Video almost became Google’s first camera, emails show Amazon bought Ring for market position, not technology, emails suggest Read Steve Jobs’ emails about why you can’t buy digital books in Amazon’s apps Facebook usage and revenue continue to grow as the pandemic rages on Google parent company Alphabet sees its first revenue decline in history Apple reports strong Mac and iPad sales in record-breaking Q3 earnings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

69 MIN6 d ago
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Tech antitrust hearing: the important moments and what comes next

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Verge editor-in-chief talks with Wired senior editor Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. Greenberg's book is all about a group of hackers inside the Russian government called Sandworm, who were responsible for damaging cyber warfare attacks in various countries over the past few years. Andy and Nilay discuss the origins of Sandworm, the intricacies of their attacks, and how they escalated what we think of as "cyber war." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 MIN1 w ago
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Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Big tech antittrust hearing preview and the Xbox Games Showcase breakdown

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Casey Newton and Makena Kelly about what to expect at the upcoming big tech antitrust hearings featuring Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai. Megan Farokhmanesh and Andrew Webster return to discuss the games announced at the Xbox Games Showcase this week. Stories from this week: New COVID testing strategy could speed up backlogged labs ‘COVID parties’ are a pandemic urban legend that won’t go away The tech antitrust hearing is shaping up to be one for the ages Antitrust investigations aren’t the biggest threat to Facebook’s future The big winner in Slack’s Microsoft fight could be Google Xbox Games Showcase: all the news from Microsoft’s July 2020 event Sony’s first vlogging camera almost nails it Latest iOS 14 beta offers more evidence of a 5.4-inch iPhone Alexa will soon be able to launch Android and iOS apps using voice commands Samsung promises new mobile and TV products at virtual September event Blurry Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leak hints at camera upgrades and gold model Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may try to be the Xbox Phone This is what Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live will look like in your ears The brain behind the Google Pixel camera is building a universal camera app for Adobe Windows 10X might not arrive until 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

85 MIN1 w ago
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Big tech antittrust hearing preview and the Xbox Games Showcase breakdown

Election cybersecurity: How ready are we for November 3rd?

Cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter talks with The Verge's Nilay Patel and Russell Brandom about the state of election security in the US — what methods are being proposed to stop potential interference in the voting process, the problems with mail-in voting during a pandemic, and how voting machines are not always the best solution for a presidential election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 MIN2 w ago
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Election cybersecurity: How ready are we for November 3rd?

Twitter gets hacked / NBC's streaming service Peacock debuts / TikTok in the US is threatened

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Russell Brandom, and Julia Alexander discuss an unprecedented Twitter hack this week, the release of NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock, and the potential restrictions on TikTok in the US. Stories discussed this week: White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection CDC employees say the agency has a culture of ‘racial aggression’ Etsy sellers are offering sheer mesh face masks that provide ‘very little protection’ Seventeen states sue Trump administration over new student visa guidelines Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack Twitter shut off the ability for many people to tweet after massive hack Twitter reveals that its own employee tools contributed to unprecedented hack Lawmakers demand more details on Twitter’s massive hack The massive Twitter hack could be a global security crisis Twitter says passwords were spared in yesterday’s attack, but it’s still working to restore locked accounts The FBI opens investigation into Twitter attack over national security concerns White House says restrictions on TikTok could come in ‘weeks, not months’ TikTok’s biggest problem is outside its control Peacock’s interface aims to recreate the feeling of live TV, but it comes up short Why Peacock and HBO Max aren’t on the biggest streaming platforms How to stream Peacock Netflix names content chief Ted Sarandos as co-CEO Netflix adds another whopping 10 million subscribers, but warns growth may slow Microsoft discontinues Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition ahead of Series X launch Xbox Series X can play all Xbox One games, unless they use Kinect Microsoft to launch xCloud streaming free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in September Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

75 MIN2 w ago
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Twitter gets hacked / NBC's streaming service Peacock debuts / TikTok in the US is threatened

Will virtual dates stick around after the pandemic?

The Verge's Why’d You Push That Button? is back for a special episode all about virtual dating in 2020. The pandemic has forced us all to stay at home when we can, which means if you want to go on a date, it may have to be done online. Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany return to talk to online daters and app makers about how they are adapting to virtual-only dating, and what features and behaviors will stick around after social distancing and the pandemic end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37 MIN3 w ago
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Will virtual dates stick around after the pandemic?

How Color of Change helped lead the Facebook boycott

Nilay Patel talks to Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, is one of the groups leading the ad boycott against Facebook and other social media companies in response to hate speech appearing on the platforms. In the interview, Robinson talks about how the boycott campaign came together; his history pushing Facebook on issues of hate speech and civil rights; and meeting with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and fellow leaders of the boycott to discuss the Facebook civil rights audit and how the company can improve the platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59 MIN3 w ago
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How Color of Change helped lead the Facebook boycott

iOS14 public beta is released, Google’s Pixel 3A is discontinued, and Samsung's event is coming soon

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert discuss Apple's iOS14 public beta, the future of Google's phones, and what to expect at Samsung's next hardware event. Stories discussed this week: This isn’t a COVID-19 wave — it’s a tsunami Tracing the link between your phone and the next pandemic Doctors are better at treating COVID-19 patients now than they were in March After the pandemic, doctors want their new robot helpers to stay Facebook and Instagram will remind people to wear face masks White YouTube creators struggle to address past use of racist characters Everything that the big social networks banned this week, ranked Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target, Unilever, Verizon: all the companies pulling ads from Facebook Facebook auditors call out Mark Zuckerberg for ‘vexing and heartbreaking decisions’ iOS 14’s public beta is rolling out today iOS and iPadOS 14 public beta preview: something for everybody Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboar...

81 MIN3 w ago
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iOS14 public beta is released, Google’s Pixel 3A is discontinued, and Samsung's event is coming soon

Bug bounties: the good and the bad of computer security

Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to founder and CEO of Luta Security Katie Moussouris. Moussouris has a long history in computer security, working at Microsoft and the Department of Defense creating their first bug bounty programs to incentivize catching and reporting security bugs and vulnerabilities in software systems. Nilay and Katie discuss the good and bad of bug bounties, encryption dilemmas with consumer devices, voting security in elections, and overall how we keep our software and networks secure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

65 MINJUL 7
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Bug bounties: the good and the bad of computer security

Latest Episodes

Sen. Ron Wyden says Trump’s Section 230 FCC shuffle is a ‘disaster’

The Verge's Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson talk to Senator Ron Wyden, who co-authored Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Wyden discusses the forced sale of TikTok to a US-based company, the bills out to reform Section 230, his new privacy bill preventing law enforcement from buying data on the open market, and how Trump's handling of recent FCC nominations is a "disaster." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38 MIN2 d ago
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Sen. Ron Wyden says Trump’s Section 230 FCC shuffle is a ‘disaster’

Tech antitrust hearing: the important moments and what comes next

Nilay, Makena, Adi, and Casey discuss the important moments from Congress' antitrust hearing with Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai. Stories discussed this week: Antivirus: A weekly digest of the latest COVID-19 research Kodak is branching out into pharmaceuticals with US investment Twitter forced Donald Trump Jr. to delete tweet spreading COVID-19 misinformation Moms in Tech Facebook group splintering over allegations of racism Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021 NASA’s life-hunting Mars rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet Tech antitrust hearing: all the news, updates, and documents from Congress’ big moment Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing What Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have in common Antitrust panel says the messages show Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition Jeff Bezos can’t promise Amazon employees don’t access independent seller data Google’s business model ‘is the problem,’ David Cicilline says The iconic Flip Video almost became Google’s first camera, emails show Amazon bought Ring for market position, not technology, emails suggest Read Steve Jobs’ emails about why you can’t buy digital books in Amazon’s apps Facebook usage and revenue continue to grow as the pandemic rages on Google parent company Alphabet sees its first revenue decline in history Apple reports strong Mac and iPad sales in record-breaking Q3 earnings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

69 MIN6 d ago
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Tech antitrust hearing: the important moments and what comes next

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Verge editor-in-chief talks with Wired senior editor Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. Greenberg's book is all about a group of hackers inside the Russian government called Sandworm, who were responsible for damaging cyber warfare attacks in various countries over the past few years. Andy and Nilay discuss the origins of Sandworm, the intricacies of their attacks, and how they escalated what we think of as "cyber war." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 MIN1 w ago
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Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Big tech antittrust hearing preview and the Xbox Games Showcase breakdown

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Casey Newton and Makena Kelly about what to expect at the upcoming big tech antitrust hearings featuring Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai. Megan Farokhmanesh and Andrew Webster return to discuss the games announced at the Xbox Games Showcase this week. Stories from this week: New COVID testing strategy could speed up backlogged labs ‘COVID parties’ are a pandemic urban legend that won’t go away The tech antitrust hearing is shaping up to be one for the ages Antitrust investigations aren’t the biggest threat to Facebook’s future The big winner in Slack’s Microsoft fight could be Google Xbox Games Showcase: all the news from Microsoft’s July 2020 event Sony’s first vlogging camera almost nails it Latest iOS 14 beta offers more evidence of a 5.4-inch iPhone Alexa will soon be able to launch Android and iOS apps using voice commands Samsung promises new mobile and TV products at virtual September event Blurry Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leak hints at camera upgrades and gold model Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may try to be the Xbox Phone This is what Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live will look like in your ears The brain behind the Google Pixel camera is building a universal camera app for Adobe Windows 10X might not arrive until 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

85 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Big tech antittrust hearing preview and the Xbox Games Showcase breakdown

Election cybersecurity: How ready are we for November 3rd?

Cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter talks with The Verge's Nilay Patel and Russell Brandom about the state of election security in the US — what methods are being proposed to stop potential interference in the voting process, the problems with mail-in voting during a pandemic, and how voting machines are not always the best solution for a presidential election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Election cybersecurity: How ready are we for November 3rd?

Twitter gets hacked / NBC's streaming service Peacock debuts / TikTok in the US is threatened

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Russell Brandom, and Julia Alexander discuss an unprecedented Twitter hack this week, the release of NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock, and the potential restrictions on TikTok in the US. Stories discussed this week: White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection CDC employees say the agency has a culture of ‘racial aggression’ Etsy sellers are offering sheer mesh face masks that provide ‘very little protection’ Seventeen states sue Trump administration over new student visa guidelines Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack Twitter shut off the ability for many people to tweet after massive hack Twitter reveals that its own employee tools contributed to unprecedented hack Lawmakers demand more details on Twitter’s massive hack The massive Twitter hack could be a global security crisis Twitter says passwords were spared in yesterday’s attack, but it’s still working to restore locked accounts The FBI opens investigation into Twitter attack over national security concerns White House says restrictions on TikTok could come in ‘weeks, not months’ TikTok’s biggest problem is outside its control Peacock’s interface aims to recreate the feeling of live TV, but it comes up short Why Peacock and HBO Max aren’t on the biggest streaming platforms How to stream Peacock Netflix names content chief Ted Sarandos as co-CEO Netflix adds another whopping 10 million subscribers, but warns growth may slow Microsoft discontinues Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition ahead of Series X launch Xbox Series X can play all Xbox One games, unless they use Kinect Microsoft to launch xCloud streaming free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in September Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

75 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Twitter gets hacked / NBC's streaming service Peacock debuts / TikTok in the US is threatened

Will virtual dates stick around after the pandemic?

The Verge's Why’d You Push That Button? is back for a special episode all about virtual dating in 2020. The pandemic has forced us all to stay at home when we can, which means if you want to go on a date, it may have to be done online. Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany return to talk to online daters and app makers about how they are adapting to virtual-only dating, and what features and behaviors will stick around after social distancing and the pandemic end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Will virtual dates stick around after the pandemic?

How Color of Change helped lead the Facebook boycott

Nilay Patel talks to Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, is one of the groups leading the ad boycott against Facebook and other social media companies in response to hate speech appearing on the platforms. In the interview, Robinson talks about how the boycott campaign came together; his history pushing Facebook on issues of hate speech and civil rights; and meeting with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and fellow leaders of the boycott to discuss the Facebook civil rights audit and how the company can improve the platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59 MIN3 w ago
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How Color of Change helped lead the Facebook boycott

iOS14 public beta is released, Google’s Pixel 3A is discontinued, and Samsung's event is coming soon

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert discuss Apple's iOS14 public beta, the future of Google's phones, and what to expect at Samsung's next hardware event. Stories discussed this week: This isn’t a COVID-19 wave — it’s a tsunami Tracing the link between your phone and the next pandemic Doctors are better at treating COVID-19 patients now than they were in March After the pandemic, doctors want their new robot helpers to stay Facebook and Instagram will remind people to wear face masks White YouTube creators struggle to address past use of racist characters Everything that the big social networks banned this week, ranked Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target, Unilever, Verizon: all the companies pulling ads from Facebook Facebook auditors call out Mark Zuckerberg for ‘vexing and heartbreaking decisions’ iOS 14’s public beta is rolling out today iOS and iPadOS 14 public beta preview: something for everybody Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboar...

81 MIN3 w ago
Comments
iOS14 public beta is released, Google’s Pixel 3A is discontinued, and Samsung's event is coming soon

Bug bounties: the good and the bad of computer security

Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to founder and CEO of Luta Security Katie Moussouris. Moussouris has a long history in computer security, working at Microsoft and the Department of Defense creating their first bug bounty programs to incentivize catching and reporting security bugs and vulnerabilities in software systems. Nilay and Katie discuss the good and bad of bug bounties, encryption dilemmas with consumer devices, voting security in elections, and overall how we keep our software and networks secure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

65 MINJUL 7
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Bug bounties: the good and the bad of computer security
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