Top tech news for Thursday, December 15, 2022 – The Verge

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After saying he wouldn’t ban an account that tracks the movement of his private jet, Elon Musk’s Twitter has done exactly that, suspending the @ElonJet account alongside its creator and several other accounts that he operates. Obviously Twitter is a private company that’s free to moderate its platform however it wants, but the case highlights how even a “free speech absolutist” like Musk can come around pretty quickly on content moderation when his personal safety is involved.
Over on the tech news side, Google Docs is getting some cool new features for anyone that wants to show code in their documents. It’s part of a pretty significant transformation Google Workspace has been going through, and overall I’m a big fan. Pageless formatting! Markdown support! Damn it’s a great time to be a Google Docs user.
And now, here’s a silly tweet:
Dec 16, 2022, 12:42 AM UTCUmar Shakir
Android users with Maryland state IDs can now add it to their Wallet app — if they’re in the beta test group and their phone supports it.
Dec 15, 2022, 8:23 PM UTCRichard Lawler
If you’re old enough to remember the words “via Hiptop,” then you’ll recognize that instead of being tweet-like, the new Instagram Notes feature takes inspiration from Twitter’s predecessor — AOL Instant Messenger away messages.
The pop-up statuses are hidden away (for now) in the Instagram messages window, but for the Elder Millennial / Young Gen X generation, it’s a return to the days of flirting via vague but also specifically targeted song lyrics.
Dec 15, 2022, 6:42 PM UTCJustine Calma
Scientists need better targets to shoot and even more advanced lasers.
Dec 15, 2022, 6:33 PM UTCAndrew Webster
It’s still early, but Hideo Kojima’s bizarre universe is about to get even bigger.
Dec 15, 2022, 6:25 PM UTCJay Peters
Is Apple making an MQCU?
Dec 15, 2022, 6:23 PM UTCDan Seifert
The McMurtry Spéirling is a 1,000hp, 2,200lb electric race car that can do 0-60mph in under 2 seconds and a full quarter mile run in under 8 seconds.
But perhaps the coolest thing about it is the massive fan inside that keeps it suctioned to the ground and provides it with incredible grip and acceleration. Just watch the video to see what I mean.
Dec 15, 2022, 6:15 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
Amazon’s largest smart display gets the Fire TV interface, adding streaming services like Disney Plus, HBO Max, and native YouTube apps to this multi-functional screen. But it has lost some of its touch.
Dec 15, 2022, 6:15 PM UTCMitchell Clark
JetBlue is joining the stable of airlines making deals with streaming services.
Dec 15, 2022, 5:36 PM UTCJay Peters
Spider-Man is officially back in the fall of next year.
Dec 15, 2022, 5:35 PM UTCChris Welch
Apple bought Primephonic, a music service tailored for classical music, but has yet to deliver a replacement.
Dec 15, 2022, 5:00 PM UTCCameron Faulkner
This 45-inch Xeneon Flex gaming monitor features a curvature that you control, ranging from flat to very curvy at 800R. Unsurprisingly, the OLED screen is gorgeous, and its plain design, great port selection and bending mechanism sets it apart.
Dec 15, 2022, 4:30 PM UTCAndrew Webster
The company has struck a deal with Crystal Dynamics for the next major entry in the series.
Dec 15, 2022, 4:09 PM UTCMia Sato
Instagram is adding new ways for users to recover accounts that have been hacked. Regaining access to hacked accounts has long been an issue.
Dec 15, 2022, 4:05 PM UTCJon Porter
The official release of the Nothing OS 1.5 update is coming early next year. 
Dec 15, 2022, 4:00 PM UTCTom Warren
HoloLens 2 users can now freely join Teams calls and also see shared screens as holograms during meetings. Microsoft is also teasing a HoloLens 3.
Dec 15, 2022, 3:30 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
Though Apple’s Emancipation from director Antoine Fuqua was clearly crafted with Oscars in mind, it probably isn’t going to win one.
Dec 15, 2022, 3:15 PM UTCSean Hollister
The updates must flow
Dec 15, 2022, 3:04 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Today’s news has everything from smart home standards to nuclear fusion (and we’ll have more to say about the latter in a moment.
Otherwise, here are a few stories you may have missed:
Fubo TV says its ill-timed outage was due to a cyberattack.
Researchers recorded the sound of a Mars dust devil.
Amazon Prime greenlit production for a God of War TV show.
And Universal Studios Hollywood will open its Super Nintendo World area in February.
Last but not least, don’t miss the massive upgrade for GTA V that added ray-traced reflections on new-gen consoles.
Dec 15, 2022, 2:56 PM UTCBarbara Krasnoff
You can once again apply for four free covid tests to be delivered to your household.
Dec 15, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The robots are provided by Cartken, an Oakland-based robotics company. It’s still an unproven business, with some notable examples of robots getting stuck or catching fire.
Dec 15, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCMonica Chin
This will be a huge win for repairability, if it ever actually comes to market.
Dec 15, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
Google says it has already updated millions of Nest devices and billions of Android devices to support the new smart home standard, so you can now connect your Google Home devices to any Matter-compatible product.
Dec 15, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCVictoria Song
The partnership might give hesitant consumers a place to start when looking into OTC hearing aids.
Dec 15, 2022, 1:54 PM UTCJon Porter
The company’s new Find N2 Flip clamshell will come to Europe in the first quarter of next year, but its bigger sibling is sticking to China for the time being. 
Dec 15, 2022, 1:30 PM UTCMonica Chin
Apple said it would transition all of its Macs away from Intel silicon within two years of the M1’s announcement. It’s missed that deadline.
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