Wednesday’s top tech news: Meta unbans Trump

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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 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, 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, 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.’


  • Valve is notorious for its purported flat structure, where people are encouraged to work on whatever they want. But how does that work in practice?

    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.


  • Today on the Vergecast: Zombies, noncompetes, and the mystery of the missing USB-C hub.

    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.


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