Gadget Lab Podcast: Oculus Quest, Elon Musk and the SEC, and More

If it seems like all of the news has been centered around this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and you’re wondering what tech news you might have missed, then this is the podcast episode for you. On this week’s Gadget Lab we discuss the abrupt departure of Instagram’s co-founders from Facebook; Twitter’s ban on dehumanizing language; and the SEC’s suit against Elon Musk.

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Also, WIRED editor and author Peter Rubin joins us for an interview about the Oculus Quest VR headset, which he demoed first-hand at this week’s Oculus Connect conference. Is this the thing that will bring VR to the mainstream, or is it just more of the same face computers?


Show notes: You can read about the Oculus Quest here, along with stories on the departure of the Instagram co-founders; the suit against Elon Musk; and Twitter’s attempt to curb dehumanizing language.

Recommendations this week: Arielle recommends the WeCroak podcast. Lauren recommends the interactive story app Florence. Mike recommends watching “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”.

Send the Gadget Lab hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Michael Calore can be found at @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.

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