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The Weekly Authority: Google's possible Pixel secret

Plus Musk's Twitter takeover, USB-C standards news, Xbox price hikes, cursed Halloween objects, and more top tech news.

Published onOctober 29, 2022

Pixel 7 Pro hazel rear of the phone on a book
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⚡ Welcome to a haunting edition of The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 218th edition here, with Google’s secret high-end Pixel phone, Musk’s Twitter takeover, USB-C standards news, and cursed Halloween objects…

👻 Happy Halloween weekend! I’m celebrating early with a gothic fiction night at a local bookstore before heading off on vacation, leaving you with Hadlee and Jonathan next weekend. See you on the other side!

Popular news this week

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Social media:

  • It’s official: Elon Musk owns Twitter, and he’s already fired former CEO Parag Agarwal, CFO Ned Segal, and general counsel Sean Edgett, amongst others.
  • New report seems to confirm the worst fears about how TikTok uses data: A team at Chinese parent company ByteDance planned to harness data from the app to “monitor the personal location of some specific American citizens.”




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Weekly Wonder

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Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, October 31 is officially the spookiest night of the year, when goblins and ghouls roam and things that go bump in the night should never be investigated.

In the vein of all things Halloween-y, we came across this roundup of cursed objects from Atlas Obscura, which makes for excellent bedtime reading (please don’t).

  • It includes such delights as Robert the Doll, the haunted doll that’s resided at Key West’s Fort East Martello Museum in Florida since 1994. To this day, the museum receives regular reports of evils supposedly brought about by the doll, from divorce to car accidents.
  • Then there’s the cursed painting of a crying boy that was blamed for a series of house fires in the 1980s in the UK (we warned you not to read this after dark) 🙈.
  • Or how about the curse of the stolen amethyst? Stolen from India during the 1857 rebellion, it brought nothing but despair and devastation to its owners. Today it resides in the vault of London’s Natural History Museum, but its previous owner locked it away inside seven different boxes inside a bank safe, with strict instructions not to remove it until three years after his death. His note read, “Whoever shall then open it, shall first read out this warning, and then do as he pleases with the jewel. My advice to him or her is to cast it into the sea.”

If that’s not enough terror for you, Atlas Obscura has also very kindly rounded up some haunted house stories that make for excellent reading this All Hallow’s Eve.


Tech Calendar

  • November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, and Luna
  • November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PS4, PS5
  • November 9-11: MediaTek Executive Summit 2022
  • November 15-17: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit
  • November 18: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC

Tech Tweet of the Week

30 minute phone call
Twitter / Trung Phan

That does sound pretty terrifying:

Scariest costume ever
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) October 26, 2022

Something extra: Check out this spooky comic from Morning Brew’s Max Knoblauch about how Spirit Halloween came to dominate America’s strip malls each fall.


Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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