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Microsoft Build 2020, Elon Musk's factory play, and Joe Rogan moves to Spotify

It’s Friday, which means there’s a new episode of The Vergecast to fill you in on all of the news from this week. Join Nilay, Dieter, and a rotation of other editors for everything that you need to know. The three topics covered this week are:

Microsoft’s Build developer conference

Elon Musk’s... active month

Spotify getting exclusive streaming rights to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast

During the first part of the show, Verge senior editor Tom Warren joins Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn to discuss what was announced at Microsoft Build 2020 and what’s next for Windows software.

Microsoft Lists is a new app designed for Teams, SharePoint, and Outlook

Microsoft’s new Fluid Office document is Google Docs on steroids

Microsoft to unify Windows desktop and UWP apps with new Project Reunion

Microsoft’s new PowerToys Run launcher for Windows 10 is now available to download

Microsoft Edge is getting a new sidebar search feature and Pinterest integration

Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10

Microsoft’s new Windows Package Manager is already better than the Windows Store

Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: comfort at a cost

Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: don’t push it

First look: Microsoft’s 13.5-inch Surface Book 3

A little over 35 minutes into the show, Verge deputy editor Elizabeth Lopatto updates us on Elon Musk’s latest endeavors, including his battle with Alameda County over opening his factory, his protests against lockdown orders, and SpaceX’s upcoming Crew Dragon spacecraft launch.

Elon Musk’s battle to reopen Tesla’s Fremont plant may shape his legacy

Tesla drops its lawsuit against Alameda County over lockdown order

Elon Musk is playing Twitter footsie with the fringe right

Here’s why Elon Musk keeps raising the price of Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ option

Elon Musk’s Boring Company finishes digging Las Vegas tunnels

Meet the first NASA astronauts SpaceX will launch into orbit

Last but not least, senior reporter Ashley Carman stops by to explain the importance of Spotify landing The Joe Rogan Experience podcast as an exclusive.

Joe Rogan’s podcast is becoming a Spotify exclusive

It just took $700 million or so to put Spotify on top of the podcasting world

Google suspended a popular Android podcast app because it catalogs COVID-19 content

There’s a whole lot more discussed in this episode, so listen here or in your preferred podcast player to hear it all.

Other stories discussed in this episode:

Mark Zuckerberg on taking his massive workforce remote

Students are failing AP tests because the College Board can’t handle iPhone photos

Amazon reportedly delays Prime Day until September as it works to restore normal shipping

Here’s how NYC is using powerful UV light to kill the coronavirus on subways and buses

The FCC has received hundreds of complaints about carriers’ coronavirus pledge

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