Top tech news for Monday, January 16, 2023 – The Verge

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Although Twitter is yet to issue an official statement on why most major third-party clients broke last week, it increasingly seems as though the outage is intentional. The Information reported over the weekend that the outage is no accident, meaning Twitter has effectively just kneecapped several apps designed to help people use its service without having the decency to let their developers know. I think John Gruber says it best when he calls this behavior “absurdly disrespectful.
ICYMI, my colleague Alex Heath wrote up an interesting analysis piece about who in the world could actually be brought in to lead Twitter if and when Elon Musk steps down as CEO.
In gadget news, Samsung is reportedly developing a new hinge design for its fifth-generation Galaxy Fold device (due to be announced later this summer) that could decrease its visible screen crease when unfolded. I’m generally of the opinion that display creases aren’t particularly visible when you’re actually using existing foldables, but making them less visible should help the devices feel more premium.
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day.
Jan 17, 2023, 3:00 AM UTCRichard Lawler
Pedro Pascal already had one major premiere over the weekend as The Last of Us started airing on HBO / HBO Max.
Now Disney Plus has released a full trailer (following an earlier teaser full of some familiar faces) for the next season of The Mandalorian. Season three will debut March 1st.
Jan 17, 2023, 12:00 AM UTCChris Welch
Check out this video from Janum Trivedi, formerly a senior software engineer at Netflix, as he demonstrates the streaming service’s revamped iOS app that rolled out today — and that he had a hand in making. The new UI is so fluid. So responsive. So… bouncy? Yeah, maybe even “delightful.”
If only Netflix would show similar love to the stagnant Apple TV app.
Trivedi now works on the team behind the promising new Arc browser.
Jan 16, 2023, 6:53 PM UTCEmma Roth
According to Variety, Prime Video may no longer work with the Top Gear presenter after he made hateful comments about Meghan Markle in a column in The Sun. The company may still carry out seasons of The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm that have already been ordered, however.
[Variety]
Jan 16, 2023, 6:36 PM UTCEmma Roth
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple’s gearing up for a new product announcement tomorrow. Could it (finally) be the M2-equipped 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros?
Jan 16, 2023, 6:19 PM UTCEmma Roth
The former employees accuse Twitter of shortchanging them on their severance pay.
Jan 16, 2023, 6:10 PM UTCAntonio G. Di Benedetto
Samsung leaks always become a deluge once they get started. After leaked images allegedly showed us the upcoming Galaxy S23 and S23 Ultra, WinFuture now has some fresh images that purport to show some S23 cases. Shockingly, they look like phone cases. Though, I’ll admit, I dig that the nifty folio with a cutout for notifications is now a mini-wallet too.
[9to5Google]
Jan 16, 2023, 5:44 PM UTCAntonio G. Di Benedetto
Here’s an interesting read from The Wall Street Journal. Scientists are testing if large laser pulses can cause anticipated lightning strikes to land safely away from people and sensitive infrastructure — like airports. The technology tested atop a Swiss mountain is showing promise, even if it may be a way’s off.
[WSJ]
Jan 16, 2023, 4:25 PM UTCAntonio G. Di Benedetto
The teenage streaming years have presented the company with major competitors from the likes of Amazon and Apple, but 16 years ago it was all about mailing DVDs and Blockbuster.
Jan 16, 2023, 1:33 PM UTCTom Warren
Microsoft is reportedly likely to face objections from the European Commission to its $68.7 billion deal to acquire Activision. Reuters reports that the European Commission is preparing a statement of objections to the deal, which will be sent to Microsoft in the coming weeks. Microsoft may be forced to offer more concessions to the EU, after it tried to ease concerns with a 10-year deal offer for Call of Duty to Sony and an agreement with Nintendo.
[Reuters]
Jan 16, 2023, 1:00 PM UTCJames Vincent
If you give the metric system an inch, it’ll take a kilometer.
Jan 16, 2023, 12:40 PM UTCJon Porter
‘The team is hard at work to deliver on its ambitious promise.’
Jan 16, 2023, 12:25 PM UTCTom Warren
The built-in clock app now makes it easy to record custom alarm and timer sounds on Pixel devices.
Jan 16, 2023, 11:28 AM UTCJames Vincent
AI art gets its first major lawsuit
Jan 16, 2023, 12:12 AM UTCEmma Roth
Users were briefly able to sign into the app and browse through tweets. But now they can’t access Tweetbot at all.
Jan 15, 2023, 11:41 PM UTCEmma Roth
Samsung might adopt a new droplet-shaped hinge that makes the foldable’s crease much less noticeable.
Jan 15, 2023, 7:13 PM UTCAlex Heath
Let’s play a guessing game.
Jan 15, 2023, 4:58 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Days later, developers have no idea why their apps mysteriously stopped working. They haven’t heard back from the company.
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