This week: Quibi’s shutdown, Google’s antitrust charges, and Foxconn’s LCD factory failure

Quibi, Zoom, and Peloton all are struggling with video streaming in the course of the pandemic

It’s Friday, which means there’s a new episode of The Verge’s flagship podcast The Vergecast. Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to the various Verge reporters who have been closely following the three biggest tech stories this week for an in-depth discussion.

First up, Quibi, the short-form video streaming service, announced it was shutting down after only debuting 6 months ago. Verge reporter Julia Alexander stops by to discuss the many possible reasons for Quibi’s demise and who is taking the blame.

Senior reporter Adi Robertson then joins in to talk about the antitrust charges Google is now facing from the Department of Justice. Adi breaks down what the specific charges are, Google’s reaction, and what means for the future of the big tech company.

In the third act, The Vergecast welcomes investigations editor Josh Dzieza to explain his months-long investigation into Foxconn’s proposed LCD factory in Wisconsin and the many quirks and hurdles employees and citizens had to face after an ultimate failure to produce any LCD panels at all.

This was a rollercoaster of a Vergecast, and you can listen to the full discussion here or in your preferred podcast player to hear it all.

Stories from this week:

The ambitious effort to piece together America’s fragmented health data Microsoft wants to cut down pollution from its business travel Is Quibi done for? Quibi is shutting down 11 reasons why Quibi crashed and burned in less than a year Quibi’s top executives are ready to blame themselves, not just the pandemic, for Quibi failing The US government has filed antitrust charges against Google Who is Google’s market power hurting? Senate committee approves subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey How to retweet using Twitter’s new temporary format Republican lawmakers are furious after Twitter asks users to read stories before retweeting Facebook’s independent oversight board is now accepting cases The 8th Wonder of the World Exclusive: Wisconsin report confirms Foxconn’s so-called LCD factory isn’t real Apple iPad Air (2020) review: take it from the Pro Amazon Echo (2020) review: music of the sphere Beats Flex review: wireless earbud basics done right

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