Top tech news for Wednesday, January 25, 2023 – The Verge

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Here’s the top tech news for Thursday, January 26th, 2023.
Meta has announced an end to Donald Trump’s ban from using Facebook and Instagram. The ban was put in place two years ago, after the deadly January 6th attacks on the Capitol.
Nintendo and Microsoft made for odd partners this morning, announcing that a long-anticipated remastered edition of the classic Nintendo 64 first-person shooter, GoldenEye 007, will launch Friday for players on Nintendo Switch and Xbox platforms.
Later in the afternoon, Microsoft hosted an Xbox Developer Direct showcase to preview games like RedfallForza Motorsport, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Minecraft Legends.
In other news, Adult Swim has officially cut ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland in the wake of the voice actor’s two felony charges for domestic battery and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit. The channel says the show is still in production, but its reputation will have taken a severe hit as a result of the allegations.
A big part of Microsoft’s strategy has always been how it bundles the services it offers to businesses. That’s great when everything’s working, less so when there’s an outage like we saw today with Outlook and Teams. If you can’t email your colleagues, and you can’t instant message them, then what in the world is left? WhatsApp? The outage brings to a close a tough week for Microsoft that included layoffs and declining sales.
And finally, Tesla says it’s investing billions in its Nevada operations which it says will help expand its battery cell and Semi truck production. The new $3.6 billion round of investment comes in addition to the $6.2 billion Tesla has already invested in the Nevada Gigafactory. The electric automaker reported its quarterly earnings results this afternoon, saying it earned $3.7 billion in net income on $24.3 billion in revenue.
Now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:
Jan 27, 2023, 1:48 AM UTCTom Warren and Andrew Webster
After years of rights issues, a remastered version of GoldenEye 007 has finally arrived on Xbox, along with a port of the original for Switch that adds online multiplayer.
Jan 25, 2023, 10:34 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
Manchin introduced a bill that would temporarily block the government from handing out the $7,500 tax credit for new EV purchases while also clawing back the credit from some people who have already received it.
Jan 25, 2023, 10:15 PM UTCMakena Kelly
The social media giant banned the former president following the deadly January 6th attack at the Capitol two years ago. 
Jan 25, 2023, 9:55 PM UTCAdi Robertson
We don’t know if Musk knew Twitter was blocking links to a BBC documentary in India, but it seems clear he doesn’t care.
Jan 25, 2023, 9:35 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The company ended its third year in a row in the black, but price cuts and flagging demand mean there are more questions than answers.
Jan 25, 2023, 8:23 PM UTCUmar Shakir
Media personality Lauren Sánchez has secured herself and a crew of five ‘impactful’ women an ‘early 2024’ spaceflight aboard boyfriend Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spacecraft.
Jan 25, 2023, 7:42 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Windows 11’s widget system has mostly consisted of Microsoft-made apps, but now a major developer is working on using the feature.
Jan 25, 2023, 7:16 PM UTCVictoria Song
If you have a hard time using smartwatches because of your tattoos, here are some wearable alternatives.
Jan 25, 2023, 7:10 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
Adult Swim and High on Life developer Squanch Games have parted ways with the Rick and Morty co-creator, who is facing two felony charges for domestic violence.
Jan 25, 2023, 5:41 PM UTCMia Sato and Emma Roth
The tech news site came under scrutiny this month after it was reported the outlet was using AI to write articles. Last week, executives said the use of the AI tool would be paused ‘for now.’
Jan 25, 2023, 5:02 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
Phil Molyneux, a former executive at Dyson and Sony, took over from Mike Radenbaugh late last year after a major recall. In an email to customers, Molyneux said the e-bike company will have ‘a laser focus on safety and reliability.’
Jan 25, 2023, 4:30 PM UTCAsh Parrish
Twitch is also adding a bunch of features for streamers and sharing what it’s working on for creators in 2023 and beyond.
Jan 25, 2023, 4:27 PM UTCChris Person
People Make Games — previously seen investigating just how screwed up Roblox is and unregulated Counter-Strike gambling — anonymously interviewed 16 current and former Valve employees to find out.
Some of the employees interviewed thrived, others called out the company for having a massive diversity problem, and others still pointed to systemic flaws with the Stack ranking system.
Jan 25, 2023, 4:19 PM UTCAlex Cranz
I sat down with Charles Pulliam-Moore to talk the first two episodes of The Last of Us, but if you want to skip possible spoilers jump straight to 22:05 where I’m joined by Margaret O’Mara, author of The Code, to talk about the unique relationship between noncompetes and Silicon Valley. Finally we wrap the episode up answering your questions—including where all the USB-C only hubs are.
Jan 25, 2023, 4:09 PM UTCVerge Staff
Our workday companions include cats, smart speakers, SAD lamps, and kitchen timers.
Jan 25, 2023, 4:00 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
Rian Johnson’s new murder mystery comedy series is aflush with intrigue, great storytelling, and a constellation of knockout guest stars.
Jan 25, 2023, 3:43 PM UTCJames Vincent
But, as this report from The Information notes, can AI “pair programmer” GitHub CoPilot be a money spinner? The publication points out:
Even 10 million developers paying $100 a year would generate just $1 billion in annual revenue, a sliver of the $198 billion Microsoft reported in the fiscal year ended June 2022.
Plus, there’s also that pending class action copyright lawsuit
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Jan 25, 2023, 2:54 PM UTCRichard Lawler
The N64 GoldenEye remaster is almost here, and this afternoon we’ll get a new Tesla quarterly earnings report, in case you’ve missed hearing from Elon Musk.
But first up is the Xbox stream at noon PT / 3PM ET, where we expect to hear about games like Redfall and Forza Motorsport — but not Starfield.
Jan 25, 2023, 2:30 PM UTCCasey Newton
The US government is coming after the company’s ad business — and it might win
Jan 25, 2023, 2:06 PM UTCDan Seifert
Apple’s new M2 Pro Mac Mini comes with more power than any Mini before it. And unlike the M1 or M2 versions, the M2 Pro model actually fills out the spacious Mini case with a larger logic board and more powerful power supply. Unsurprisingly, the M2 Pro model also borrows some internal design ideas from the Mac Studio.
YouTuber Luke Miani has taken it down to the metal to see exactly what’s different with the M2 Pro Mini and the models before it. And when you’re done watching that, check out Chris Welch’s review.
Jan 25, 2023, 2:00 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The performance and luxury brand will start taking reservations for the ZDX and ZDX Type S later this year. And while customers can make all of their purchasing decisions online, dealers will remain part of the process.
Jan 25, 2023, 2:00 PM UTCSangeeta Singh-Kurtz
In this episode of Land of the Giants: Dating Games, we’re looking at the algorithms that run your love life.
Jan 25, 2023, 12:21 PM UTCTom Warren
Microsoft is reportedly working on a big update to File Explorer that will deeply integrate OneDrive and Microsoft 365.
Jan 25, 2023, 12:07 PM UTCJon Porter
‘Most of our customers tell us that they expect a recovery in the second half of this year.’
Jan 25, 2023, 8:50 AM UTCTom Warren
Multiple Microsoft 365 services went down worldwide due to a networking issue.
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