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Top tech news for Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – The Verge

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Less than a week after telling a BBC journalist that he didn’t think he’d be arrested for his role in crypto exchange FTX’s collapse, company co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been arrested. He’s now likely to face extradition from the Bahamas to the US and will have to answer difficult questions about where a billion-plus dollars of funds have gone.
Also expected to arrive today is an announcement from the Biden administration about a “scientific breakthrough” in the development of fusion energy. Any development wouldn’t reach production soon enough to help with the current energy crisis, but it could be a promising sign of what’s to come.
And finally, here’s a little bit of gadget news to start your day: Tim Cook has offered a rare confirmation of the specific hardware that goes into the iPhone. Although Apple is generally tight lipped about its suppliers, a tweet from Cook confirms that iPhones have been using Sony camera sensors for “over a decade.
And now, here’s a silly tweet:
Dec 14, 2022, 12:11 AM UTCVjeran Pavic
Every so often, there’s a video that our video team finishes just minutes before it has to go live. You export the final version, start the upload to YouTube, the “processing” icon appears… and then you wait.
And wait.
And wait.
Not knowing when it will be ready for your audience in that crispy 4K resolution.
Starting today, you won’t need to guess how much time is left. YouTube is going to let you know much time is left for processing different video quality levels.
Dec 14, 2022, 12:05 AM UTCRichard Lawler
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter his personal lawyer and one-time The Hoop Collective podcast guest Alex Spiro — who defended him in the “pedo guy” trial — was leading legal and policy matters, but not anymore.
The NYT cites six people who said Musk was unhappy with some of Spiro’s moves, including holding over Twitter deputy general counsel James A. Baker. This became an issue when Musk apparently realized the former FBI lawyer was a part of reviewing the documents in his prized Twitter Files leak.
As a side note, the NYT reports Musk’s cost-cutting continues. More execs are out, the kitchen staff was laid off, items like office supplies and electronics are going up for auction and Musk isn’t paying the rent for its HQ, where some engineers sleep.
So, maybe consider tossing Elon the $8 for Blue? He might need it.
[The New York Times]
Dec 13, 2022, 11:04 PM UTCEmma Roth, Elizabeth Lopatto and 1 more
“This is one of the biggest financial frauds in American history.”
Dec 13, 2022, 8:33 PM UTCVictoria Song
The Apple Watch will be able to detect the exact lane of a track you’re running on, while the Ultra can now get up to 17 hours in Low Power Mode.
Dec 13, 2022, 8:02 PM UTCJay Peters
Sony has a fun new tool to recap the PlayStation community’s year in gaming, including how many times people meowed as the cat in Stray.
Dec 13, 2022, 7:33 PM UTCJay Peters and Mitchell Clark
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports Apple will respond to upcoming EU rules with next year’s iOS 17 update. But it could still have strings attached, like only being available in Europe or only allowing installation of approved apps.
Dec 13, 2022, 7:00 PM UTCJay Peters
The esoteric title seems like a great fit for smartphones.
Dec 13, 2022, 6:05 PM UTCTom Warren
The latest iOS update also includes Apple Music Sing, a karaoke mode with real-time lyrics.
Dec 13, 2022, 6:01 PM UTCAndrew Webster
The nonlinear series stars Giancarlo Esposito and starts streaming on January 1st.
Dec 13, 2022, 6:00 PM UTCDan Seifert
The latest Crayon stylus and Combo Touch keyboard case for the 10th-gen iPad have more features, a better design, and a lower price than Apple’s Pencil or Magic Keyboard Folio.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:54 PM UTCJay Peters
The company is testing a more direct competitor to BeReal, but the tweet-like feature isn’t the Twitter alternative you might be hoping for.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:48 PM UTCJustine Calma
The Biden administration is expected to announce a milestone in a decades-long pursuit for clean fusion energy.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:44 PM UTCAdi Robertson
The ANTI-SOCIAL CCP Act is a do-over of Trump’s abandoned TikTok crackdown.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:37 PM UTCUmar Shakir
The semiconductor company will have its Wi-Fi 7 platform inside routers shipping in the second half of next year.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:31 PM UTCEmma Roth
We get a glimpse at Issa Rae’s Spider-Woman and a cameo from PlayStation’s Spider-Man.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:10 PM UTCJustine Calma
Scientists have been trying to achieve a net energy gain from nuclear fusion for decades, but there are still kinks to work out.
Dec 13, 2022, 5:00 PM UTCAlex Cranz
Earlier this year E Ink announced Gallery 3, a new color E Ink tech that promised to be a whole lot faster and more colorful than any of the color E Ink stuff currently available.
So far, a crowdfunded e-reader has been the only gadget confirmed to have a Gallery 3 display. But now E Ink has announced that bigger players will also be bringing Gallery 3 to e-readers in 2023, including Boox, PocketBook, AOC, iFlyTek, and iReader.
Dec 13, 2022, 4:39 PM UTCT.C. Sottek
I’m dying to know which QuickBooks accounting software plan FTX was subscribed to. “Simple start” for $15 a month, or did it splurge on “Advanced” for $100?
Dec 13, 2022, 3:59 PM UTCNilay Patel
I spent so much time covering 3DTV in my baby gadget blogger days, but it was always doomed because no one wants to wear the glasses. The Ringer looks back at Avatar, James Cameron, and his short-lived 3D phenomenon.
Rewatching Avatar now, its best moments still have a weightless, stratospheric kick, and you can understand why insiders and observers would have bet on a wide-scale 3D revolution. The early 2010s featured wildly profitable 3D releases encompassing fairy-tale adaptations (Alice in Wonderland), Pixar crowd-pleasers (Toy Story 3), and keynote MCU entries (Captain America: the First Avenger). For a brief moment, polarized glasses were basically mandatory for any summertime theater outing.
[The Ringer]
Dec 13, 2022, 3:46 PM UTCAsh Parrish
Pedro Eustache’s viral performance at The Game Awards was just one of many such moments he’s had over his decades-long career.
Dec 13, 2022, 3:22 PM UTCRichard Lawler
SBF was arrested Monday evening in the Bahamas. On Tuesday, prosecutors revealed charges of wire fraud, securities fraud, commodities fraud, and money laundering.
Dec 13, 2022, 3:02 PM UTCMakena Kelly
The House Financial Services Committee is staying the course and continuing on with its planned hearing on the collapse of the disgraced crypto exchange FTX today.
Founder and former chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested last night, so he won’t be joining us, but the Wall Street Journal just published a copy of everything he planned to say.
Dec 13, 2022, 2:57 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Things are already moving rapidly this morning. Elon’s Twitter Blue is back, and it’s even changed the check marks to yellow on some business profile pages.
Meanwhile, Sam Bankman-Fried is in custody, and today we’ll learn more about how much trouble he’s in from the charges filed and testimony in front of Congress that starts in a few minutes.
Finally, clean fusion might be closer to becoming a real thing? We’ll also find out more about that in just a moment.
Oh, and there’s one other video preview set for noon ET that you may want to watch.
Dec 13, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
Gesture controls arrive on Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 10, but only for timers. Amazon also added two new accessibility features; Text to Speech has Alexa read out what you type, and Consolidated Captions enables captions on all your Echo Show devices.
Dec 13, 2022, 9:18 AM UTCJon Porter
It’s a rare confirmation of the components that go into the iPhone. ‘We’ve been partnering with Sony for over a decade,’ Cook said.
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