Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Free-speech crusader Elon Musk isn’t happy with Twitter’s years-old decision to suppress a news story about Hunter Biden’s laptop just ahead of the 2020 presidential election. So in an effort “to restore public trust” in Twitter, Musk indicated last month that he would release internal communications showing how it all went down. That arrived Friday night in the form of a lengthy and arduously slow tweet thread (it took a full two hours to complete) from journalist Matt Taibbi, who Musk appears to have leaked the documents to and coordinated for his findings…

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You might have to buy Blue somewhere else. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter’s revamped Blue subscription might not be available as an in-app purchase on iOS when it eventually relaunches so that it can dodge Apple’s 30 percent cut of App Store purchases, according to Platformer. When the new Blue was briefly available earlier this month, you could only purchase it through Twitter’s iOS app. But while Elon Musk is publicly tweeting his displeasure with Apple, it appears he wants to avoid having to pay Apple’s fees. Musk had said that the new Blue, which allows…

Apple’s AirTag tracker is down to just $25. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verg While much of our Cyber Monday coverage spans a wide range of prices, it’s no secret that the biggest savings are usually on the expensive, showy stuff like TVs. But if you’ve got a lengthy list for your upcoming holiday gift exchange, or you just need to stretch your budget a little more this year, look no further than these early Cyber Monday deals under $25 you can grab now. While anyone can find cheap crap on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday…

The deals are at hand. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you’ve been putting off replacing an old phone until the end of the year, then well done — Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are here to take the sting out of a new phone purchase. This year’s batch of deals features some healthy discounts on the latest flagships, including the iPhone 14 Pro and Google’s excellent Pixel 7, as well as some steep price cuts on already well-priced midrange models. If you’re shopping for a new phone, take a look at our picks for…

The Noc Design / The Verge Happy Thanksgiving, folks! Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping before the Black Friday madness officially begins tomorrow? Despite the fact the annual shopping holiday is another day away, many major retailers are already offering a number of early Black Friday sales. So if you need a distraction from the Thanksgiving dinner table, you have a smorgasbord of quality deals you can already binge before the more hectic rush tomorrow. While it’s possible prices will dip even lower once the big day arrives, the discounts we’re currently seeing are nothing to…

The old verification label and the new one. | Image: Jay Peters / The Verge Twitter just rolled out the new Twitter Blue with verification, and one unsaid feature is that it will let you see who is paying the $7.99 per month fee for their blue check mark. For as long as I can remember, Twitter has offered additional context about verification check marks when you click on them on someone’s profile. The old context message stated that accounts were verified because they were “notable in government, news, entertainment, or another designated category,” with a link to Twitter’s support…

Laura Normand / The Verge Elon Musk, Twitter’s most important shitposter, has added the company to his business empire after months of legal skirmishes, according to CNBC, The Washington Post, and Insider. The acquisition was confirmed in an SEC filing from the company on Friday morning, noting it’s delisting $TWTR from the New York Stock Exchange. He celebrated by firing executives. Musk fired Parag Agrawal, who succeeded Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO, and chief financial officer Ned Segal, both of who were in the building at the time and escorted out by security, according to Reuters. Vijaya Gadde, the company’s…

Image: Snapchat Snapchat is giving users more powerful video tools through a new feature called Director Mode. It’s available starting today globally for iOS and Android. Director Mode, first previewed in April, brings a handful of new features for filming and editing videos on Snapchat, including a few that are popular on other platforms. Green screen, for example, allows users to record videos with a background, similar to the TikTok filter of the same name. And dual camera, previously only available for iOS users, is a BeReal-esque feature that takes a front and back-facing photo or video simultaneously. Other tools…

The Samsung Galaxy S22 family is expected to recieve the update by the end of October 2022, with additional Samsung devices to follow. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge A One UI 5.0 release schedule has reportedly appeared on the Korean-language version of Samsung’s Members App. It gives us a good indication of when the stable version of the Android 13-based update could arrive for Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy phones and tablets in South Korea and, eventually, the US and Europe. As reported by Sammobile, the One UI 5.0 update will be landing on most high-end Samsung phones…

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Republican National Committee (RNC) is suing Google for allegedly sending “millions” of campaign emails to users’ spam folders (via Axios). According to the lawsuit filed in California’s Eastern District Court on Friday, the RNC accuses Google of “throttling its email messages because of the RNC’s political affiliation and views.” For months, the RNC has been complaining about Google’s alleged spam filtering bias, claiming it disproportionately puts Republican-backed political emails in spam folders when compared to messages sent by Democrats. The RNC’s frustration was only exacerbated by a North Carolina State University study…

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Image: G4 TV Comcast is shutting down G4 after attempting to relaunch the gaming channel last year, according to a report from Deadline. The channel first appeared on linear cable back in 2002 until it met its demise as the final studio shows were axed in 2012, and it was eventually replaced by the Esquire Network. Dave Scott, the CEO of Comcast’s Spectacor division, announced the shutdown in an internal memo obtained by Deadline before it was even sent, saying that the channel has had low viewership and has not “achieved sustainable financial results.” I don’t have a job anymore!…

Image: Meta During Meta’s Connect conference on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg made a huge announcement: the avatars in the company’s Horizon VR app will be getting legs soon. To demonstrate this groundbreaking technical achievement, Zuckerberg’s digital avatar lifted each leg in the air, then did a jump, while Aigerim Shorman’s avatar kicked into the air. It may have all been for show. According to UploadVR editor Ian Hamilton, an unnamed Meta spokesperson said that the “the segment featured animations created from motion capture,” meant to “enable this preview of what’s to come.” To me that reads like what we saw wasn’t…

Braided, silicone, and leather Pixel Watch band styles. | Image: Slashleaks via OnLeaks As if the launch of the Pixel Watch hasn’t been spoiled by enough leaks already, a new set of images shared with Slashleaks by reliable leaker OnLeaks (via 9to5Google), show the smartwatch in even more detail just days ahead of Google’s launch event. This expands on what we’ve already seen in a brief ad from Google released last week, revealing an array of band styles, more watch faces, as well as some other features the watch could come with. For starters, the Pixel Watch could offer silicone…

Aditya Kalra / Reuters: Source: WhatsApp has almost 20M users in India using its payment services and received regulatory approval to double the number to 40M  —  WhatsApp (FB.O) has won regulatory approval to double the number of users on its payments service in India to 40 million, a source with direct knowledge told Reuters on Friday.

Martha Muir / Financial Times: Kazakhstan plans to ration power over winter to 50 registered crypto miners as illegal miners and mass relocations from China cause blackouts across the country  —  Illegal miners and mass relocations after a ban on crypto mining in China have overloaded energy grid

Brenda Goh / Reuters: Meituan reports fourth consecutive quarterly loss of $1.57B in Q3 on revenue of $7.6B; its core food delivery business posted revenue of $4.14B, up 28%  —  Chinese food delivery giant Meituan (3690.HK) reported a fourth consecutive quarterly loss on Friday, as it plowed more investment into expanding its various businesses.

Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal: Sources: at least nine state-run Chinese firms, including China Mobile, tell staff to limit use of Tencent’s domestic chat app Weixin, citing security concerns  —  Employees were told to disband chat groups over security concerns, as Beijing’s scrutiny into Tencent grows

Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research: Global smartwatch shipments in Q3 2021: Samsung’s share rose to 17% with Galaxy Watch 4 series launch, retaking #2 behind Apple, whose share dropped 10% YoY  —  – Samsung achieved its highest quarterly shipments with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, narrowing the gap with Apple.