Top tech news for Friday, January 20, 2023 – The Verge

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First came Twitter, then Meta, Amazon, and Microsoft, and now Google has become the latest tech giant to announce a round of layoffs affecting thousands of its employees. Around 12,000 jobs are expected to be cut globally, or over 6 percent of the company’s headcount. Google’s sister company Verily announced a smaller round of layoffs earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Netflix announced big news during its latest earnings release. Co-founder Reed Hastings is stepping down from his position as co-CEO after 25 years of running the company, but he’ll stay on as executive chairman. The company also plans to move forwards with its restrictions on password-sharing, which will see users charged extra if they want to stream outside of the primary household.
For now, here’s a tweet to start your day:
Jan 21, 2023, 1:03 AM UTCMitchell Clark
Since the new UI rolled out, Twitter’s mobile apps have pushed you to use the algorithmic ‘For You’ timeline.
Jan 20, 2023, 11:39 PM UTCRichard Lawler
There’s a long history of internet posts getting people into legal trouble, but this entry is unusual because it’s Britain’s prime minister Rishi Sunak.
This promotional video on his Instagram showed him riding in a car without a seatbelt on. The New York Times reports that violation can result in a fine of up to  £500 (about $620 US), and said Sunak’s office confirmed he would pay without specifying an amount.
Jan 20, 2023, 11:30 PM UTCMitchell Clark
A security researcher says they found the file on a regional airline’s unsecured server. According to The Daily Dot, the airline has confirmed that “NoFly.csv” was indeed genuine, and from 2019.
[The Daily Dot]
Jan 20, 2023, 11:28 PM UTCElizabeth Lopatto
If so, this deep dive from the podcast Odd Lots is fantastic.
Three Arrows Capital and BlockFi were both borrowing from Genesis in order to get involved with a Grayscale arbitrage trade… and now Genesis is bankrupt. Of course, this is also why CoinDesk is up for sale, since Genesis, Grayscale, and CoinDesk share a parent company.
[Bloomberg.com]
Jan 20, 2023, 11:10 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
Musk briefly took the stand on the third day of his securities fraud trial to testify about his Twitter habits and why he ignored the advice of his closest associates to just stop doing it.
Jan 20, 2023, 10:35 PM UTCMitchell Clark
That the company promotes certain videos, sometimes to enhance relationships with creators and businesses, is no longer just an open secret.
Jan 20, 2023, 9:15 PM UTCAlice Newcome-Beill
Save up to 90 percent off a number of excellent titles until February 7th during the Humble Bundle Winter Sale.
Jan 20, 2023, 8:06 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Alex Heath joins the show’s first segment to talk us through the latest update on Elon’s first few months at Twitter, and then we turn to Apple’s eventless hardware announcement, HomePod and all.
We also dove into the revelations about CNET’s AI-written stories and discussed the recent spate of Big Tech layoffs, although we recorded the show (available in audio form here for your podcast apps) prior to Friday morning’s bombshell news from Google.
Jan 20, 2023, 7:36 PM UTCUmar Shakir
Bloomberg reports Nintendo is increasing Switch production for the next fiscal year after overcoming component shortages that had recently caused it to cut forecasts.
Jan 20, 2023, 7:25 PM UTCMia Sato
In a staff call on Friday, CNET leadership told staff it was pausing all AI-generated content for now. Top executives at Red Ventures, the firm that owns CNET and other websites, also offered more details on the company’s AI tool.
Jan 20, 2023, 6:05 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
The way streamers drop multiple new “seasons” of animated shows back-to-back these days often makes people forget how much work goes into animation. The reason there hasn’t been a second season of Amazon Prime’s Invincible adaptation yet? It isn’t finished.
But from the looks and sounds of a new teaser dropped today, fans can look forward to seeing more Invincible sometime late this year.
Jan 20, 2023, 5:12 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Your phone may have a built-in feature that makes the process extremely easy.
Jan 20, 2023, 4:30 PM UTCJon Porter
Twitter is testing yet another form of verification for journalists. The latest trial adds a small publication logo to the right of display names. It looks pretty messy to me, but that might just be the Daily Mirror logo used in the tests.
Anyway, remember when Elon Musk was talking about dropping features because they were a “waste of screen space”?
Jan 20, 2023, 3:07 PM UTCJess Weatherbed
The attacker obtained customer names, billing addresses, emails, phone numbers, and birth dates through an internal API.
Jan 20, 2023, 3:00 PM UTCVictoria Song
The Ignite 3 looks like a sleek, modern smartwatch but acts like a tracker from five years ago.
Jan 20, 2023, 2:57 PM UTCRichard Lawler and James Vincent
The New York Times reports Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have discussed its response to ChatGPT, with plans to launch over 20 AI products this year, including a demo of its own search chatbot.
Jan 20, 2023, 11:18 AM UTCTom Warren
Windows 11 now secretly includes an audio feature that’s very similar to EarTrumpet, a popular third-party tool.
Jan 20, 2023, 10:45 AM UTCJames Vincent
Google needs to focus on key areas like AI, says Sundar Pichai
Jan 19, 2023, 11:40 PM UTCEmma Roth
The streaming giant will soon make you pay to add sub-accounts for anyone using your subscription outside of your household.
Jan 19, 2023, 9:10 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters are now the co-CEOs running the massive subscription streaming company.
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