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Top tech news for Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – The Verge

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By Jon Porter / @JonPorty
The worst of the global chip shortage may now (thankfully) be behind us, but the desire to get more processors manufactured in the US hasn’t gone away. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that both Apple CEO Tim Cook and POTUS himself Joe Biden saw fit to attend the launch of chip-maker TSMC’s upcoming Arizona facility. Cook confirmed that Apple plans to use chips made at the facility in iPhones and Macs. “These chips can be proudly stamped ‘Made in America,’” he said.
Speaking of tech companies playing politics, Microsoft is still trying to get its Activision Blizzard deal over the line. Its latest move is the announcement of a 10-year deal with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to the Japanese company’s consoles, putting pressure on Sony (which is opposing the acquisition) to accept a similar deal.
Finally, if you haven’t checked out the comic we published yesterday, then I highly recommend it. It’s called “How to Replace the Sky” and it’s about… well… I’ll let you discover it for yourself.
Anyway, here’s a silly tweet:
Dec 8, 2022Jennifer Pattison Tuohy
A new Smart Arming feature for Alarm.com systems should make it slightly harder for you to trip your alarm by mistake.
Dec 7, 2022Umar Shakir
Users — who live outside the US — can purchase an anonymous number through the Telegram founder’s Fragment blockchain, then use it to sign up for Telegram instead of using their own phone number.
Dec 7, 2022Mitchell Clark
The former Theranos president and COO was convicted of misleading both investors and patients.
Dec 7, 2022Makena Kelly
Other states have started banning the app on government devices.
Dec 7, 2022Mitchell Clark
You may now be able to try the carrier’s flagship cell plan, but it’s not exactly what we were expecting in its current state.
Dec 7, 2022Ash Parrish
Elden Ring’s new patch also includes a PVP colosseum and some weapon balance changes.
Dec 7, 2022Sheena Vasani
New and returning customers can save $30 on the ad-free annual plan if they subscribe to Disney Plus before the end of December 7th.
Dec 7, 2022Sean Hollister
Sorry to keep you waiting! Fresh off the presses, here’s our TikTok about the new Skydio Dock I told you about this AM.
Dec 7, 2022Mitchell Clark
Apple wants you to trust your most sensitive conversations to iMessage
Dec 7, 2022Richard Lawler
A plan unveiled last year for client-side scanning of iCloud Photos to detect imagery of abuse has been abandoned as Apple focuses on end-to-end encryption and other ways to protect children.
Dec 7, 2022Jay Peters
Apple is expanding its iCloud security features and introducing support for security keys for two-factor authentication.
Dec 7, 2022Sean Hollister
Humans are in the loop, but what if they weren’t?
Dec 7, 2022Lewis Gordon
The subterranean settlement sim has been a cult favorite since it was first released in 2006. Now, a graphically updated version of the game is hitting Steam and Itch, the perfect entry point for the ‘Dwarf Fortress curious.’
Dec 7, 2022Justine Calma
Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter calling for countries to use wind and solar instead of trees burned for electricity and heat.
Dec 7, 2022Jess Weatherbed
Microsoft also highlights games that feature healthy escapism, including Stardew Valley and, uh, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
Dec 7, 2022Alex Cranz
Disney Plus has a new trailer for the second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. This time the clone Clone War veterans do a heist while they continue to reckon with the super evil nature of the Empire under Palpatine.
Also, there’s a small wookie child with a lightsaber. The new season starts streaming on January 4th, 2023.
Dec 7, 2022Jon Porter
If you’re in the US, Google can tell you what the biggest search terms were in your specific area.
Dec 7, 2022Richard Lawler
A few months ago, Amazon announced its wall-mountable Echo Show 15 would get a software update to add Fire TV streaming capabilities with YouTube TV, Disney Plus, Prime Video, Netflix, and more, and now it’s here.
That upgrade alone won’t address all the issues Jennifer Pattison Tuohy noted in her review, but she’s giving it another try with the Fire TV remote to see how things have evolved.
Dec 7, 2022Richard Lawler
The San Francisco government is apparently walking back its killer robot plans, Tim Cook and Joe Biden popped up in Arizona, and Call of Duty could come back to Nintendo. It’s that kind of day, but here are a few other stories you might have missed.
Now the Chrome omnibox uses @ shortcuts so you can quickly search tabs and history.
Apple’s electric car plans could have a starting price under $100k, and keep any “self-driving” features restricted to the highways.
If you want to pay a little less for Disney Plus, today might be your last chance.
Say goodbye to Gwent.
Dec 7, 2022Tom Warren
Microsoft is taking the best parts of Teams and packaging them up for groups and communities to use freely.
Dec 7, 2022James Vincent
An upgraded ‘companion robot’ for the elderly.
Dec 7, 2022David Pierce
Some creators will be able to make money off in-app lenses. It’s the start of a business Snap hopes will make its platform the center of an AR universe.
Dec 7, 2022Patrick George
The German automaker filed a patent for a new type of suspension that allows a car to gather electricity generated from bumps in the road.
Dec 7, 2022James Vincent
San Francisco u-turns on ‘killer robots’
Dec 7, 2022Andrew J. Hawkins
For the first time, the Uber app can be used to hail an autonomous vehicle. The ridehail company has a 10-year deal with Motional, which is a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv.
Dec 7, 2022Jon Porter
Ads from dozens of major brands and organizations were spotted on accounts unbanned after Elon Musk’s takeover. 
Dec 7, 2022Tom Warren
Microsoft is also committing to keep Call of Duty on Steam as it puts the pressure on Sony to accept a similar 10-year deal. The concession could help ease concerns from regulators over Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquistion.
Dec 7, 2022Andy Blye
AMD and Nvidia will also be customers at TSMC’s Phoenix fab, which will start producing chips in 2024 and add a new site in 2026.
Dec 6, 2022Matt Huynh
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