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It was a slow week until Google decided to attempt another fix for Android messaging and Nintendo made the entire staff fall in love with cardboard. Nilay’s still on paternity leave, but Dieter and Paul are grateful to be joined again by technology editor Natt Garun to help explain it all.

We also jumped on the hot-button issues like the Russian ban of Telegram and how Alexa Skill Blueprints aren’t Turing complete. And, of course, Paul’s weekly segment “Ring-a-ding-ding” has all the insightful Bluetooth MIDI accessory commentary you crave.

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1:20 – Chat for Android

20:48 – Telegram

29:22 – Nintendo Labo

37:41 – Amazon Skill Blueprints

41:09 – Motorola G6

43:44 – Paul’s Weekly Segment “Ring-a-ding-ding

46:39 – New free Spotify

48:51 – RIP Intel Vaunt

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well here you go. Season 2 of Why’d You Push That Button hosted by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman is here! This week’s episode is about social music. You can subscribe anywhere, including on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play Music, and our plain ol’ RSS feed. And get caught up on season 1 if you missed out.