This website was first launched on March 2, 2004. It is older than YouTube, iPhone, Uber, Tesla cars, Spotify and many others. It’s even about a month older than the word “podcast.”

To mark Engadget’s 20th anniversary, we’re taking a longer look at how the tech industry has changed over the past two decades. First up: streaming.

We were going to kick things off with a letter from the editor, but two weeks ago, Engadget’s parent company laid off many editors, writers and videographers from our small team, including our editor-in-chief, Dana Wallman.

As Aaron Souppouris puts it in his introduction to the series, this isn’t “business as usual,” but we’re committed to moving Engadget forward. What started as a grassroots tech blog has now evolved into a media organization “aimed at reporting news, giving no-BS buying advice and highlighting the stories in tech that matter.”

Oh, and we have a podcast.

— Matt Smith

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Meta has rarely been in such hot water.


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Axios, a site known for political analysis (and extensive use of bullet points), has joined the ranks of pundits mocking Mark Zuckerberg’s PR strategy. Meta’s CEO, they claim (as was the original headline) “is having a PR moment.” Should anyone praise the PR strategy of a giant company credibly accused of enabling various mass harms? Even if this PR strategy worked – which it doesn’t.

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No spring event?

in BloombergIn the Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman says that Apple plans to announce several new products in a series of “online videos and marketing campaigns” very soon. If so, it will be two years in a row that Apple has missed a spring event. This year could be especially busy: Along with an iPad Pro refresh and a new 12.9-inch iPad Air, Gurman reports that Apple plans to announce new Apple Pencils and Magic Keyboards. (Probably with USB-C.) It’s also expected to launch the M3 MacBook Air in 13- and 15-inch models.

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Although the company was shut down in February.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Waymo to expand its robotic taxi operations to Los Angeles and other locations on the San Francisco Peninsula, despite opposition from local groups and government agencies. In the decision, the CPUC acknowledged that it had received protest letters from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance about Waymo’s expansion.

After an accident in which two of its robots collided with an overturned pickup truck, the agency suspended Waymo’s expansion efforts in February for up to 120 days. Waymo spokeswoman Julia Ilina said in a statement to With cable that the company will take a “phased approach” when rolling out the service in Los Angeles.

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