Top tech news for Wednesday, December 21, 2022 – The Verge

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Thousands of Twitter employees have left since Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media firm, but the biggest resignation is yet to come. Musk himself — under pressure from Tesla investors worried about the car company’s sinking stock price — said Tuesday night that he plans to resign as CEO of the company once he can find a “foolish enough” successor. However, Musk still plans to manage Twitter’s software and server teams. We’ll see if anyone’s up for that kind of split in responsibilities with their owner and boss.
The same can’t be said for noted coder George Hotz, who’s leaving the company because he doesn’t think “there was any real impact [he] could make there.”
The Verge is taking a look back at some of 2022’s best and worst in entertainment, gaming, and science, but before time ran out ahead of 2023, we had to publish our in-depth video review of the Apple Watch Ultra.
In gadget news, we got to try out Dyson’s wacky new air-filtering Zone headphones recently, and the public response was… far more muted than we were expecting?
So far, we haven’t heard confirmation that YouTube will be the new home of NFL Sunday Ticket, but it should arrive soon.
But there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a similar response anywhere that isn’t New York City. Finally, Anker’s smart home brand Eufy is still on our naughty list. Although it now admits that there’s a security flaw impacting its cameras, the company is still yet to apologize or properly answer our questions.
And now, here’s a silly tweet (followed by an excellent thread):
Dec 22, 2022, 3:57 AM UTCRichard Lawler and Elizabeth Lopatto
FTX co-founder Gary Wang and former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison are facing up to 50 years and 110 years in prison, respectively.
Dec 22, 2022, 12:47 AM UTCVjeran Pavic
1,610 miles driven. 130 miles ran. 9 miles hiked. 21 miles skied. Over 1TB of footage filmed across 9 different cameras, including four drones and three 360-degree cams.
And, approximately 300 coffees later… here’s our Apple Watch Ultra Review.
Dec 21, 2022, 11:09 PM UTCRichard Lawler, Nilay Patel and 1 more
The fake Nilay Twitter account created by Verge managing editor Alex Cranz — that was “verified” and recommended to many during Elon’s messy first attempt at a $7.99 Twitter Blue subscription — has met its end.
Despite only existing for a little more than a month, we’ll remember @recklesspatel for continuing on after the real Nilay Patel decided to take a break from posting to his real Twitter account (@reckless).
You can still find Nilay’s posts here, on
Dec 21, 2022, 9:41 PM UTCMary Beth Griggs
The lander’s retirement package involves sitting on the Martian surface coated in the dust that killed it.
Dec 21, 2022, 9:31 PM UTCJay Peters
Meta is giving developers 7 percent more GPU compute power to work with more than two years after the headset first launched.
Dec 21, 2022, 8:09 PM UTCVictoria Song
Just so long as Netflix doesn’t start shaming everyone by prompting you to stream an exercise class during a TV binge.
Dec 21, 2022, 7:48 PM UTCJay Peters
The fine, which would be the FCC’s largest ever, targets a robocalling scheme that racked up more than 5 billion calls in three months in 2021.
Dec 21, 2022, 7:33 PM UTCAlice Newcome-Beill
You can miss me with the watch strap and phone case, but the fit on that earbuds case is sick.
Dec 21, 2022, 7:27 PM UTCVjeran Pavic
In her always entertaining and informative style, WSJ Senior Personal Technology Columnist and friend of The Verge Joanna Stern goes back to high school and tries to cheat her way through AP Literature with some help from ChatGPT.
Just remember, you cheated not only the game, but yourself, Joanna.
Dec 21, 2022, 7:00 PM UTCT.C. Sottek
Inside this Wall Street Journal report on some of the back-and-forth at Netflix around password sharing and product, this little detail really stands out:
Some product executives warned against making the service too complex and not consumer friendly, a practice a few of them referred to internally as Comcastification, a dig at the cable giant, according to people familiar with the situation.
Now that’s Comcastic!
Dec 21, 2022, 6:12 PM UTCT.C. Sottek
I don’t know if it actually ever got off the ground or if I just know a bunch of millennials who wanted to briefly re-live the glory days of AIM away messages, but my Instagram friends have pretty much all stopped posting notes within a week of launch. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t stand having to go to the DMs section to see them.
Are your buddies still using notes? Let us know in the comments.
Dec 21, 2022, 5:46 PM UTCAndrew Webster
The sci-fi thriller starts streaming in January and is helmed by Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho.
Dec 21, 2022, 5:16 PM UTCT.C. Sottek
And there he goes.
Dec 21, 2022, 4:44 PM UTCAdi Robertson
Is it the next Twitter? Who knows. But come hang out with us anyway.
Dec 21, 2022, 4:10 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Reuters has a live stream as proceedings are set to resume in the Bahamas over extraditing the ex-CEO of the failed crypto exchange to the US.
Back home, he’s set to face criminal and civil charges that include fraud and money laundering.
Dec 21, 2022, 3:13 PM UTCKara Verlaney
We look back at some of the best and the worst of the year in entertainment, gaming, and science.
Dec 21, 2022, 3:00 PM UTCVictoria Song
Just how extreme is the Ultra? To find out, we took it diving, shredded some slopes, got lost in the woods, and ran until our legs gave out.
Dec 21, 2022, 3:00 PM UTCMonica Chin
There was no need to kill the battery life of every ultraportable that came out this year.
Dec 21, 2022, 2:31 PM UTCSheena Vasani
We also found terrific deals on Vizio’s M-Series 5.1.2 soundbar, Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11, Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro, and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
Dec 21, 2022, 2:30 PM UTCJustine Calma
Lawmakers cracked down on the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, and one major cryptocurrency cleaned up its emissions big time.
Dec 21, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCAndrew Marino
Our final episode of 2022 celebrates our favorite short-range wireless standard.
Dec 21, 2022, 1:25 PM UTCTom Warren
Well, look at what Nvidia could have launched. This is a rumored render of a quad-slot RTX Titan for the 40-series era. It has two 16-pin power connectors and looks absolutely huge.
Previous rumors have suggested Nvidia was planning a Titan-level card with 48GB of GDDR6X memory, but this prototype might never see the light of day.
Dec 21, 2022, 1:00 PM UTCAllison Johnson
As in-person events returned in full force — both personal and professional — Google Maps proved just as indispensable to daily life as ever.
Dec 21, 2022, 11:32 AM UTCJon Porter
Less than 10 percent of new signups in the US last month chose the tier with ads, but company execs say it’s playing the long game.
Dec 21, 2022, 11:07 AM UTCJess Weatherbed
Elon Musk said that SpaceX couldn’t fund Ukraine’s critical satellite internet services “indefinitely.” Now, several European governments are allegedly footing the bill.
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