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Top tech news for Monday, January 30, 2023 – The Verge


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Over the weekend, news broke that Japan and the Netherlands would be joining the USA in restricting exports of critical semiconductor manufacturing tools to China. The move reflects growing anxieties about China’s domestic chip production efforts (here’s a well-produced explainer), and is designed to cut it off from essential tools supplied by the likes of ASML in the Netherlands, and Nikon and Tokyo Electron in Japan.
If you’re counting down the days until the release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie on April 7th, then the film has just received another trailer that you might want to check out. The focus this time is on Donkey Kong, played in the movie by noted Verge fan Seth Rogen. And yes, you get to hear Rogen deliver his iconic laugh.
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

Jan 31, 2023, 1:28 AM UTCMitchell Clark
There’s a new model of Hummer being made in the same factory as the existing electric truck.
Jan 31, 2023, 12:50 AM UTCRichard Lawler
The Korean electronics giant still recorded over $3.49 billion in operating profit, but as Reuters notes, that’s its lowest quarterly profit since 2014.
As indicated by recent results and some dire guidance, it’s mostly tied to a sharp plunge in memory chip prices that slashed profit in the chip division to just $220 million. However, Samsung also reported weak demand for smartphones in Q4 — putting even more emphasis on this week’s Galaxy S23 launch event.
[Samsung Newsroom]
Jan 31, 2023, 12:13 AM UTCEmma Roth
Some original content from Paramount Plus will air on Showtime as part of the change.
Jan 30, 2023, 11:58 PM UTCJay Peters
The big gaming expo may be a lot smaller this year.
Jan 30, 2023, 10:58 PM UTCAsh Parrish
Wololo with your contrololo.
Jan 30, 2023, 10:32 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
The Last of Us’ third episode illustrates why breaking away from the source material can be exactly what a video game adaptation needs to do the original story justice.
Jan 30, 2023, 10:11 PM UTCElizabeth Lopatto
“Bankman-Fried’s use of Signal to reach out to the current general counsel of FTX US, who is a witness, was ‘merely an innocuous attempt to offer assistance in FTX’s bankruptcy process and does not reflect misconduct that warrants the restriction the Government proposes here,’” Bloomberg reports.
At this point, I wonder if the government has let him out on bail just so he’ll further incriminate himself.
Jan 30, 2023, 10:08 PM UTCMitchell Clark
The automaker will be issuing a software update to satisfy the NHTSA’s recall.
Jan 30, 2023, 9:45 PM UTCAlex Cranz
Right now when you subscribe to Paramount Plus you have the option to tack on Showtime for a relatively small fee, but the partnership is about to get a lot more intimate as The Hollywood Reporter says the two services are getting combined and rebranded.
Unfortunately, this means layoffs and cancellations too. Deadline claims Let the Right One In, Three Women, and American Gigolo may all be canceled and pulled from the combined streaming service.
Jan 30, 2023, 9:42 PM UTCKevin Nguyen
A few months back, Eleanor Cummins wrote a terrific story about Return Home, the facility outside Seattle where you can have a body turned to soil, rather than just buried in it. Legally, human composting is gaining more steam, and Cummins talked about it with our friends at Today, Explained for their most recent episode.
Jan 30, 2023, 9:31 PM UTCJay Peters
With these worlds in Horizon Worlds, you’ll be able to make curated communities for you and your friends in VR. They’re launching first in a limited alpha test.
Jan 30, 2023, 8:38 PM UTCUmar Shakir
TravelCenters of America is purchasing 1,000 Electrify America EV fast charging stations and plans to install them at 200 travel stops over the next five years.
Jan 30, 2023, 8:31 PM UTCSheena Vasani
You can also get $50 in credit when you reserve a new Galaxy Book and up to $100 in credit when you opt for both.
Jan 30, 2023, 7:35 PM UTCMitchell Clark
The problem’s been fixed, but a hacker could’ve potentially used it to strip an account’s extra protection.
Jan 30, 2023, 7:17 PM UTCAsh Parrish
Marvel Snap’s long awaited Battle Mode, which allows players to directly challenge others in a new game mode, launches tomorrow. Consequently, also launching tomorrow is Ash’s campaign to make new friends as all her old ones leave in disgust and shame after getting beat by her in Marvel Snap.
Jan 30, 2023, 6:25 PM UTCAdi Robertson
I will never get tired of legal battles hinging on interpreting emoji. So it’s a treat watching acknowledged expert Eric Goldman hash out a case based on two of my other favorite topics: cops trying to interpret drug references and awkward sexts showing up in court.
[Technology & Marketing Law Blog]
Jan 30, 2023, 6:11 PM UTCJay Peters
Instagram Notes launched in December, and people immediately equated them to AIM away messages. This week, they’re coming to Europe and Japan.
Jan 30, 2023, 5:11 PM UTCAdi Robertson
It’s still pricey, but it could shore up Meta’s presence in the professional VR market.
Jan 30, 2023, 5:04 PM UTCCameron Faulkner
This late 2020 laptop is aging well thanks to its speedy M1 chip and long-lasting battery life. In today’s mix of deals, we also have huge price cuts on refurbished LG C2 OLEDs at Woot.
Jan 30, 2023, 4:35 PM UTCMakena Kelly
Lawmakers are expected to grill the company over its potential risk to US national security.
Jan 30, 2023, 4:35 PM UTCJon Porter
CEO Carl Pei says Nothing is making the US its No. 1 priority with its next smartphone, the Phone 2.
Jan 30, 2023, 4:32 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
Doug DeMuro, YouTube’s favorite car reviewer and our foremost expert on automotive quirks and features, is getting a significant cash injection from the Chernin Group. The investment group behind a number of online creators, including Barstool Sports, MeatEater, and Exploding Kittens, said it would invest $37 million in DeMuro’s Cars and Bids website, which under the deal will merge with his YouTube page to form one entity. Congrats to Doug — now buy yourself a fancy knee pillow to celebrate.
Here’s our Decoder interview with Doug from 2021, where he describes how the business of being Doug Demuro actually works:
Jan 30, 2023, 4:07 PM UTCNilay Patel
This live-reflecting update to Apple’s 2000s-era Aqua design language is so cool. Bring it back!
Jan 30, 2023, 2:20 PM UTCEmma Roth
According to Bloomberg, an Apple supplier in the country has started making plastic AirPods enclosures. This comes as Apple continues to shift more production from China to India, where it now makes the iPhone 14 and other devices.
Jan 30, 2023, 2:10 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Samsung’s big Galaxy Unpacked event on Wednesday will reveal more on its consumer devices phones and tablets, but, as Bloomberg points out, we’ll also keep an eye out for its quarterly earnings results.
Due to be released Tuesday morning in Korea (around 8PM ET today), they’ll give a clearer look at the plunging market for the memory chips.
Jan 30, 2023, 1:47 PM UTCAndrew Webster
No specific date was revealed, but we have a first look via a new poster.
Jan 30, 2023, 1:36 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
The Tapo P125M Mini Smart Plug is one of just two Matter-enabled smart plugs you can buy. The other is from Meross. (Eve’s option requires an OTA update). But judging by recent announcements, we shouldn’t have to wait too long for more Matter stuff.
The new plug will work with Apple Home, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings through Matter, as well as TP-Link’s Tapo app.
Jan 30, 2023, 1:30 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
On the heels of Tesla’s big price cuts, Ford is discounting its flagship in the hopes of staying competitive in a rapidly evolving market.
Jan 30, 2023, 11:46 AM UTCJess Weatherbed
There doesn’t seem to be any real significance to the date (beyond the bubble-tea emoji being announced on this day in 2020,) but it’s a cute 3-minute distraction to kick off the week.
Shout out to the cats who basically just order a cup full of boba, because honestly? Same.
Jan 30, 2023, 11:25 AM UTCTom Warren
PS5 supply has now improved just as Sony gets ready to launch the PSVR2 and a new marketing effort for the PS5.
Jan 29, 2023, 10:27 PM UTCEmma Roth
We also get a first look at Cat Mario.
Jan 29, 2023, 12:02 AM UTCEmma Roth
The three companies want to dismiss a complaint that alleges that the AI-powered Copilot relies on ‘software piracy on an unprecedented scale.’
Jan 28, 2023, 8:08 PM UTCJon Porter
The new sanctions are designed to limit the access of Chinese firms to key chip manufacturing technologies from the likes of ASML, Nikon, and Tokyo Electron.
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