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Daily Authority: 📺 YouTube's 2022 top ten

Plus new Android features, fecal milkshakes, and Japan's new Christmas cola.
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December 2, 2022
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🦠 Happy Friday! My whole family seems to have come down with the Flu this week. ‘Tis the season!

YouTube announces its top videos of 2022

The year is coming to a close, and with it will come a wave of end-of-year roundups. You’ve probably already seen your Spotify Wrapped 2022 earlier this week (or the YouTube Music Recap, if that’s your platform of choice), but now YouTube has revealed the top ten trending videos of 2022. There’s actually a nice mix of content, starting with a touching tribute.

  • The most watched video of the year was “so long nerds” on Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade’s channel.
  • It was posted shortly after he passed away from cancer, and features his father reading out his final message to his fans.
  • It’s been watched more than 87 million times since it was posted in July.
  • Second was the now-infamous Oscars 2022 moment where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock for insulting his wife.
  • It’s been watched 104 million times since it was posted in March.
  • Third on the list was “hi, I’m Dream,” where another Minecraft YouTuber revealed his face for the first time.
  • I was just posted in October, but has already raked up 47 million views.
  • Other notable videos in the top ten were the Superbowl Halftime Show, one of MrBeast’s many stunts, and Jaiden Animation’s “Being not straight” explainer.

YouTube released other lists for Shorts, music, and Creators, too.

Roundup

🆕 Google announces new Android features just in time for the holidays, including a new reading mode and Wear OS features (Android Authority).

🙅‍♂️ Ever wondered what an iPhone with a Galaxy-style curved screen would look like? Have a look at this modded monstrosity (Android Authority).

🙏 The Galaxy Z Flip 5 could have two major design changes, most notably a larger external display (Android Authority).

📲 Xiaomi delayed the release of the Xiaomi 13 yesterday, but a leaked changelog has revealed what MIUI 14 has in store (Android Authority).

💩 Prescription poop is here: FDA approves fecal slurry for unshakeable diarrhea (Arstechnica).

📢 Make your voice heard: Do you think we need a third smartphone platform? (Android Authority).

Friday fun

Christmas is nearing, and in Japan it’s celebrated a bit differently. After a successful marketing campaign by KFC years ago, fried chicken has become the Christmas meal of choice. Now, Pepsi has announced a special holiday version of its cola that it claims pairs perfectly with fried chicken.

The formula has been changed by adding dietary fiber to break through the oiliness of the chicken, and sweetness has been reduced to enhance the flavor of the chicken. There’s also a hint of lemon to further break down the oil and add a hint of freshness.

In related news, Japanese fast food chain Mos Burger has stoked controversy by encouraging eaters to dunk their fried chicken into their milkshakes. As someone who grew up dunking salty fries into milkshakes, this one kind of tracks.

Stay healthy,

Nick Fernandez, Editor.