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 Dec 13, 2018
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 Nov 10, 2018


The day's tech news, every day at 5pm. From, Silicon Valley's most-read news source. 15 minutes and you're up to date.

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Uber, Lyft and Bird- The Economics of Sharing with QZ's Alison Griswold

Lyft has gone public. Uber will do so soon. So will Airbnb. Quartz’s Alison Griswold covers this stuff every day, and she has a great newsletter, covering this stuff every week. It’s called Oversharing, you can get it for free at… Because she covers the sharing everything… we talk to her today about the ride sharing companies… but also about the deliver me something companies and especially, the e-scooter companies… the economics of all things sharing!

Alison's newsletter:


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Apr 20, 2019
Fri. 04/19 - With Facebook, It's Eternally Groundhog Day
Apr 19, 2019
Thu. 04/18 - Why The Galaxy Folds Are Breaking
Apr 18, 2019
Wed. 04/17 - Qualcomm Makes Apple Cry Uncle
Apr 17, 2019
Tue. 04/16 - YouTube's Algorithms Continue To Suck Out Loud
Apr 16, 2019
Mon. 04/15 - Don't Ignore Those Office Updates!
Apr 15, 2019
Internet From Space with WSJ's Chris Mims

You might have noticed that I’ve gone down a bit of a wormhole lately when it comes to space tech, and actually, to understand why, listen to the very first minute of this conversation, because we actually work out why space tech has come to the forefront of my attention. Chris Mims had a piece in the Wall Street Journal this week about the suddenly race to deliver the Internet from space. This was triggered by the recent Amazon news of course, but also, listen for more deep dives into how and why space tech is suddenly having a moment.


Apr 14, 2019
The State of Venture and "MegaRounds" with Crunchbase's Jason Rowley - 4/11/19, 4.57 PM

 While I talk about big round raises and startups and venture all the time, we haven’t really done a deep dive into where venture is at at the moment. So, who better to talk to than Crunchbase, and in this case, Crunchbase’s Jason Rowley. Today… the state of venture in 2019, and we especially get into the modern world of megarounds, even hypergiant rounds… raises of $250 million or more. Those never used to happen. They happen all the time now… we just talked about one this week… Softbank contributes to them all the time. How has that changed the landscape, and how has that created or influenced the unicorn ecosystem that is currently being harvested, as it were.


Apr 13, 2019
Fri. 04/12 - Uber's IPO and Disney+ Deets

Uber’s IPO filing is officially upon us and there was much rejoicing… or, at least, plenty of takes; Disney outlined its streaming video plans and in doing so it both put Apple to shame and fired a warning shot at Netflix, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.



Weekend Longreads Suggestions:

Apr 12, 2019
Thu. 04/11 - Alexa Snags Its Own "Scandal"
Apr 11, 2019
Wed. 04/10 - Day 2 of Google’s Cloud Next Conference
Apr 10, 2019
Tue. 04/09 - Google Cloud Next Announcements
Apr 09, 2019
Mon. 04/08 - About Those iPhone Triple Camera Rumors...
Apr 08, 2019
Fri. 04/05 - Alexa is Coming for AirPods
Apr 05, 2019
Thu. 04/04 - Amazon Joins The Internet Space Race
Apr 04, 2019
Wed. 04/03 - Google's Credibility Problem When It Comes To Products Dying
Apr 03, 2019
Tue. 04/02 - YouTube's Turn In The Woodshed
Apr 02, 2019
Mon. 04/01 - Gmail Was the ONLY Good April Fools' Joke
Apr 01, 2019
Space Tech With Bill Gattle of Harris Corp.

Today... another dipping of our collective toes into an adjacent tech space that we cover now and then, but don't know all that much about. Another episode where I learn more and hopefully you learn more. Speaking of spaces... Space! Space tech! The final frontier! Bill Gattle is the President for Space and Intelligence Systems at Harris Corp. We're gonna talk today about the state of the space industry, how soon will space tourism be a thing, and a revolution in space tech that I knew nothing about: small satellites, or small sats. Miniaturization and Moore's law comes for all our niche's I guess. 

Mar 31, 2019
Apple Event Debriefing with MacStories' Federico Viticci and John Voorhees

So, we did the pre-amble for the Apple Services event last week, I figured we should do a debriefing, especially since it was such a confusing event, at least to me. I knew I needed some Apple experts to help me out, so I reached out to Federico Viticci and John Voorhees from MacStories. I don’t know if we sorted it out, but as I said earlier in the week, great minds think alike because Federico and I both had a brainstorm about when we might see AirPower released, if we ever do. By the way, Federico and John host a podcast you should check out, if you never have. AppStories, exploring the world of apps. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.

Mar 30, 2019
Fri. 03/29 - We have Lyft-Off! (Sorry)
Mar 29, 2019
Thu. 03/28 - Spotify Tests Subscriptions For Two

Facebook is charged with violations of the Fair Housing Act, the UK gives Huawei a pass but drags them at the same time, Spotify lets you share your account with your better half, and let’s take two on that Google podcast transcription search experiment.


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Mar 28, 2019
Wed. 03/27 - Microsoft Puts the Kibosh on April Fools' Jokes

The pioneers of modern AI win the Turing Award, Apple still hasn’t fixed its keyboard problem, India shot down a satellite in space and Microsoft puts the kibosh on April Fools’ jokes. 

The words to search for in Google podcasts (original story from the show that will tell you how to search is here) are as follows: transom mint sponsor hobby secrecy interact evacuate gadgetry.



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Mar 27, 2019
Tue. 03/26 - The EU's Copyright Directive Cometh
Mar 26, 2019
Mon. 03/25 - Apple Goes Hollywood!

The Apple event broken down piece by piece, YouTube wants out of the streaming video wars, Nintendo is working on two new Switch devices, is consolidation finally coming to the digital media space, and why you should know the name Transsion.



Mar 25, 2019
The Ride Hailing Industry From The Driver's Perspective With The Rideshare Guy

Not too long ago I recommended The Rideshare Guy podcast because I’ve fallen in love with it. That and his website, the Harry Campbell allows us to look at a space from a different angle than we usually do on this show. So, here’s a great conversation with Harry about the rideshare driver community! What they think about the upcoming IPOs, what they think about the ridesharing platforms generally, who might be the driver’s favorite, what do they think about self-driving cars?

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Mar 24, 2019
Apple's Big Event With The Future Forward Podcast

Today, we’re going to talk Facebook’s pivot to privacy and Apple’s big event on Monday. Please do search your podcast apps and subscribe to the Future Forward podcast.



Mar 23, 2019
Fri. 03/22 - AT&T's "5G E" is.... zzzzzzzzz.....?
Mar 22, 2019
Thu. 03/21 - Santa Tim Has Forsaken Us!

Reset the x number of days without a Facebook scandal calendar, Microsoft launches Virtual Desktop but begins sunsetting Windows 7, European Wikipedia goes dark, and the hottest coin in crypto is making people remember the glory days of 2017.



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Mar 21, 2019
Wed. 03/20 - Give Us More, Santa Tim!

The EU Commission hits Google with another billion Euro fine, Santa Tim had another surprise for us this morning with next generation AirPods, and in fact, it was a day of quiet upgrades, to the Oculus Rift, to the Kindle, even to Facebook Messenger. Also, MoviePass brings back it’s unlimited plan… for now.




Mar 20, 2019
Tue. 03/19 - Stadia is Google's Gaming Streaming Service
Mar 19, 2019
Mon. 03/18 - MySpace Loses All Your Stuff From 2005
Mar 18, 2019
Technology and Policing with Matt Stroud, Author of the Book Thin Blue Lie

How technology has impacted policing has come up on this show far more than you would expect, if you think about it. So, when listener of the show Matt Stroud got in touch to talk about his new book about the impact of technology on policing, I said: yes please. The book is coming out this week, it's called Thin Blue Lie: The failure of high tech policing. Reading the book, a couple of things surprised me. As you'll hear, policing wasn't very tech or data driven until very recently, and like in other areas, it just seems like throwing technology at a problem, does not solve everything magically. In fact, there can be serious unintended consequences. And also, I was surprised how much the theme and anecdotes in the book lined up with some of the things we've discussed on this show. IE: technology is a tool, but data and gadgets still need a human element to be used effectively, especially when you're dealing with, you know, humans.

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Mar 17, 2019
The State of Consumer Data and Privacy With Consumer Reports' Justin Brookman

When issues of consumer data, and consumer privacy come up on the show, I think I've asked a couple of times before, what are the laws here? In the United States. Who owns my data? What are the rules? What mechanisms are in place to give me control over my data? Are there any? Well, Justin Brookman is the Director of Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy at Consumer Reports. He was also previously at the Federal Trade Commission... and as you'll hear, he confirms that there are essentially no nationwide rules or laws in place around a lot of this stuff. Whatever rules are in place are sort of tangential statutes that have been drafted into service in an attempt to address modern issues that the statutes weren't even designed for. Is a big federal data and privacy regulatory regime coming soon? What might it look like? And by the way, the states aren't waiting, they're beginning to pass consumer data and privacy laws, but do they even have the right to do that? Oh, and is the FTC about to bring the hammer down on Facebook? Spoiler alert, Justin thinks most definitely, because the FTC knows it needs to make a statement. Anyway, another episode where I educate myself on corners of the tech world I don't know super much about, and hopefully, education you along with me.


Mar 16, 2019
Fri. 03/15 - Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real?
Mar 15, 2019
Thu. 03/14 - Facebook Under Criminal Investigation

Facebook’s data sharing is now under criminal investigation, and the company had a bad night with its services intermittently down across the globe, Dropbox is cracking down on freeloaders, Silicon Valley wants to build a monument to itself, and Google makes a π Day statement.



Mar 14, 2019
Wed. 03/13 - Spotify Anti-Trust's Apple

Spotify files a pretty timely anti-trust complaint against Apple, Microsoft tries to get a jump on Google’s steaming video game announcement, is Google scaling back its hardware ambitions, what is Discord and why is it going mainstream all the sudden, and maybe you already knew this, but scientists think they’ve proven that there’s no such thing as objective reality.



Mar 13, 2019
Tue. 03/12 - The Web Is 30 Years Old!

Facebook self owns by taking down Senator Warren’s ads, Spotify will now give you Hulu for free, why the Bay Area is no longer the best place for startups, and the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.



Mar 12, 2019
Mon. 03/11 - How TikTok Is Different
Mar 11, 2019
State of Crypto With Coindesk's Brady Dale

Sometimes the bonus episodes are for getting news in areas that I might have missed or might not have made our show, but I still find interesting. This week I reached out to Brady Dale of Coindesk, because I know he’s a listener and I knew he could give us some more background on Facebook’s recent moves in crypto, but also some other crypto news we haven’t gotten to and just the state of the crypto-space generally.


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Mar 10, 2019
Do I Want A Foldable Phone? With MG Siegler

You know MG Siegler. Once upon a time, he was one of the most prominent tech journalists in the land, when he wrote for TechCrunch. Now-a-days he is a prominent venture capitalist at GV. But he still likes to talk about gadgets. Maybe you’ve heard him do so on Gruber’s podcast. Today’s bonus episode is nothing sophisticated, no deep-dive level of journalism… it’s just two dudes looking at the recent slate of foldable phones and deciding if we want one.

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Mar 09, 2019
Fri. 03/08 - Senator Warren Wants To Break Up Big Tech
Mar 08, 2019
Thu. 03/07 - Facebook Pivots To Privacy
Mar 07, 2019
Wed. 03/06 - This Podcast Is A Year Old!
Mar 06, 2019
Tue. 03/05 - Don't Use "ji32k7au4a83" As A Password
Mar 05, 2019
Mon., 03/04 - USB 4 Wishes and Password-Free Dreams

Facebook lets randos look you up by your phone number; Huawei is about to sue the U.S. government; a Vermont law exposes more than 100 data brokers; USB 4 is announced; Facebook offers a way to log in with your face...kind of; and the W3C has a new standard that promises to do away with passwords forever.



Mar 04, 2019
A16Z's Connie Chan On Outgrowing Advertising As A Business Model

So, I hope you read the piece I mentioned in the long reads, Called Outgrowing Advertising, by Andreessen Horowitz's general partner Connie Chan. Link in the show notes. Again, I think this points a way forward for the one trick pony-ism that I've bemoaned on this podcast. A model for new startups now that the low hanging fruit of "let's just get to a billion users and throw some ads up" is kinda, sorta, done.

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Mar 03, 2019
Casey Newton on His Facebook Moderators Piece

It's rare that I've seen an investigative piece get as much pickup as The Trauma Floor, Casey Newton's look at the secret lives of Facebook content moderators. It was all anyone could talk about at the beginning of the week. Hope you've read it. If not, link in the show notes. So... simple. We're gonna talk to Casey and dig a bit deeper. How did this story happen? What has the reaction been? And a couple of the implications of the piece, at least to me.


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Mar 02, 2019
Fri. 03/01 - Lyft Files For Its IPO
Mar 01, 2019
Thu. 02/28 - Make Any Day Amazon Day

Amazon Day gives you the ability to schedule your Prime Deliveries, Motorola teases more details about the foldable resurrection of the Razr phone, the state of the smartwatch market, and seemingly every messaging platform might soon have a crypto coin.



Feb 28, 2019
Wed. 02/27 - TikTok Bigger Than Instagram?
Feb 27, 2019
Tue. 02/26 - Might the FTC Undo Some Tech Mergers?

The Game of Thrones when it comes to modern tech platforms is very much up in the air, Satya Nadella defends making the HoloLens for the US Army, could the FTC undo previous tech mergers and that big Casey Newton piece about Facebook content moderators.



Feb 26, 2019
Mon. 02/25 - Mobile World Congress Headlines
Feb 25, 2019
The "Influencers" Beat With Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz, over at the Atlantic has the influencer beat down. I’ve told you about so many of her stories, often as longreads. You think influencers… the universe of YouTube stars, Instagram stars, social media stars generally is a niche thing? No way. This is already a huge industry with a ton of money sloshing around in it, and Taylor covers it better than anyone else.


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Feb 24, 2019
The State of The Gaming Industry With Jason Schreier @jasonschreier

Last week there was a bunch of gaming news, and if you’ll recall, I put a shout out to see if anyone could tell me what the heck is going on in the gaming space. Well, Jason Schreier, the news editor of Kotaku answered my Bat Signal, and so, here it is. The state of the video game industry, how has Fortnite changed it, does Fornite have a competitor in Apex legends, and even… what is the state of VR gaming?


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Feb 23, 2019
Fri. 02/22 - The Most Acquisitive Unicorns
Feb 22, 2019
Thu. 02/21 - YouTube's Ad Problem (Again) and Galaxy Reactions

Take-aways from all the hands-on reports with the new Samsung Galaxy S10 phones, hands-OFF reports about the Galaxy Fold, Apple teams up with Goldman Sachs on a new credit card, YouTube faces yet another scandal running ads on horrible content, and a look at how law enforcement grabbing location data from Google using "reverse location search warrants."



Feb 21, 2019
Wed. 02/20 - Galaxy Fold!
Feb 20, 2019
Tue. 02/19 - Why Emoji Are Screwing Up Legal Cases
Feb 19, 2019
Mon. 02/18 - Ming-Chi Kuo: Here's Apple's Entire 2019 Lineup
Feb 18, 2019
Mark Gurman Says Apple “don't even know for sure” What Project Titan Is Building

Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the reporter who gets Apple scoops like no other. Quick catch up with Mark about his recent scoops, but also some Apple analysis in general: 

  • Apple has spent as much as 3 billion dollars on its original content for its new streaming service. 
  • But… they have probably fewer than 10 original movies locked and loaded.
  • When it comes to “Project Titan,” Apple’s self driving car project, Apple still doesn’t have any idea where any of this is headed. 
  • I was skeptical we’d actually see an Apple AR headset. Actual Apple Googles. Mark thinks we really will... but not until 2021, or 2022.


Feb 17, 2019
NBC News' Jacob Ward On Data Vs. Privacy

Remember that first weekend longread from yesterday, from NBC’s Tech Correspondent Jacob Ward? As I said, it triggered some things that I’ve been thinking about for a while. About data and data harvesting and data capitalism. So, I reached out to Jacob to delve further, and I’m glad I did. Super provocative deeper dive into the ideas of THIS piece: Why data, not privacy, is the real danger (NBC News)


Feb 16, 2019
Fri. 02/15 - FTC To Fine Facebook?
Feb 15, 2019
Thu. 02/14 - Amazon to NYC: Drop Dead!
Feb 14, 2019
Wed. 02/13 - Apple's Event About Services. But Which Ones?
Feb 13, 2019
Tue. 02/12 - Amazon Buys Eero

Amazon acquires Eero, Apple is putting marketing muscle behind AR, looks like everyone was abusing Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program, and the new video game sensation giving Fortnite a run for its money.



Feb 12, 2019
Mon. 02/11 - Trump Wants US To Get Serious About AI
Feb 11, 2019
The Economics of Spotify With Victor Luckerson of @ringer

Remember this longread piece? Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class? It's stuck with me because, a) I didn't quite understand how the math worked out and b) I thought it was an interesting take on the ARTIST side of the equation as we move to a streaming/subscription/one-app-for-that future. So, we're talking to the author of the piece, Victor Luckerson, for more insight.

Feb 10, 2019
What IS 5G Anyway, With Ericsson's Peter Linder

I’ve told you plenty that this year, one of the big narratives, one of THE big stories... will be 5G. But what exactly IS 5G? Well, I spoke to Peter Linder, the head of 5G marketing, and evangelist at Ericsson. Here are all the answers to your questions, to prepare us for Mobile World Congress, which is coming later this month, and where all of this 5G stuff might finally begin to happen. For real.

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Feb 09, 2019
Fri. 02/08 - The Jeff Bezos Stuff
Feb 08, 2019
Thu. 02/07 - Facebook Dinged In Germany; Killin' It In China
Feb 07, 2019
Emergency Bonus- Nick Quah on Today's Podcast News

THE expert on the Podcasting Industry breaks down today's big news. Subscribe to Nick's newsletter, HotPod.

This episode has a full transcript.

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Feb 06, 2019
Wed. 02/06 - Spotify Makes A Big Move Into Podcasting

Podcasting has its biggest news day ever, some pretty big executive shakeups, the new emojis for 2019 and how to steal a million dollars from an ATM without anyone noticing. 



Feb 06, 2019
Tue. 02/05 - Facebook Turns Fifteen

It’s getting more expensive for Google to make money, Facebook turns fifteen, choosing your own adventure is becoming a trend, and one specific way Fortnite is measurably bigger than the Super Bowl. 



Feb 05, 2019
Mon. 02/04 - Why CAPTCHA's Have Gotten So Difficult

Soon you can play Xbox live everywhere, Google unveils Live Transcribe, Slack files to go public, the most crypto story ever and why CAPTCHA’s have gotten so difficult.



Feb 04, 2019
Self Driving Car Wagers With Timothy B. Lee @binarybits

Ars Technica's Timothy B. Lee gives me odds on my self-driving car wager.


Feb 03, 2019
Jay and Farhad Show Reunion!! With @jyarow and @fmanjoo

For years, Jay Yarrow and Farhad Manjoo had a podcast, the Jay and Farhad show. You might remember Jay from his time at BusinessInsider (he’s an executive editor at CNBC now) and Farhad of course is a NYTimes columnist. Well, they stopped doing the podcast late last year, which was a super bummer for a lot of us. Jay and Farhad had a super cool chemistry and I know a lot of people for whom the show was unmissable. Well, I got Jay and Farhad to put the band back together, so you’re about to hear a special reunion episode of the Jay and Farhad show! We talk Apple! Facebook! Layoffs! (No twitter, oddly...) It's great!


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Feb 02, 2019
Fri. 02/01 - The Apple/Facebook/Google Cold War
Feb 01, 2019
Thu. 01/31 - Facebook's Still Making Bank
Jan 31, 2019
Wed. 01/30 - Facebook "Slaps Apple In The Face"

Facebook decides to mix it up a bit: what if we had a scandal that pissed off our business partners? Apple’s earnings are mixed but you can see where they’re going with this. Why Americans no longer answer the phone and are you ready for 1TB smartphones?




Jan 30, 2019
Tue. 01/29 - The FaceTime Bug
Jan 29, 2019
Mon. 01/28 - An Apple Subscription Gaming Service?
Jan 28, 2019
Self Driving Groceries With The WSJ's Christopher Mims @mims

One of my favorite people to read is the Wall Street Journal tech columnist Chris Mims. We talked about his piece this week positing that email was back, baby! And I read a piece he did a while back about the new way of constructing super energy efficient homes, but when I did the email piece and remembered he did a piece recently about how I’m more likely to get a burrito delivered to me for lunch than to have my self-driving wager come in by commuting to work in a robot car, I knew it was time to hit up Chris to come on the pod. He’s a listener!

This episode has a full transcript.

The posts we discuss:


Jan 27, 2019
The State of Digital Media With Rafat Ali @rafat

Given all the news of layoffs in the digital media space this week, I knew I couldn't sit on this interview with Rafat Ali any longer. Currently the founder and CEO of digital media company Skift—but also, if you weren’t aware, a true digital media pioneer going back to his founding of Paid Content—I knew he could talk about this stuff, and he has a pretty unique perspective on the state of digital media in 2019. TLDR, it’s not good. Dire might even be the word. 

This episode has a full transcript.


Jan 26, 2019
Fri. 01/25 - AI Can Beat Us At Starcraft II Too (Also?)
Jan 25, 2019
Thu. 01/24 - Your Flying Car Is Here
Jan 24, 2019
Wed. 01/23 - Jony Ive's Dream Phone Concept
Jan 23, 2019
Tue. 01/22 - Munchery Enters the Deadpool
Jan 22, 2019
Mon. 01/21 - Email is Back, Baby!

The GDPR fines begin, but the EU “link tax” might be in trouble, Uber wants self driving scooters, and why email is back, baby! (Hint: it never left.)



Jan 21, 2019
Land of the "Super Founders" With Ali Tamaseb @alitamaseb

Ali's Medium Post: Land of the Super Founders

On this bonus episode, we’re going to revisit a past weekend longread suggestion and talk to the author of that longread to go further in-depth. Do you remember I recommended Land of the Super Founders a medium piece by Ali Tamaseb who spent 300 hours gathering data on unicorn startups to answer the simple question what did billion-dollar startups look like when they were getting started? What common traits did they share? 

This episode has a full transcript.


Jan 20, 2019
Health Tech With CNBC's Christina Farr @chrissyfarr

This week had a lot of health tech news in it… a lot of it broken by CNBC’s health tech reporter Christina Farr. So, I reached out to Christina to chat, and we discussed Amazon getting into healthcare—possibly even getting into health insurance—what Apple’s health strategy is, where health tech might go beyond wearables and how the healthcare industry is responding to Silicon Valley invading their turf.

This episode has a full transcript.


Jan 19, 2019
Fri. 01/18 - Gadget Reviews Now Mean Sneaker Reviews
Jan 18, 2019
Thu. 01/17 - Tim Cook Sayz: Regulate THOSE Guys
Jan 17, 2019
Wed. 01/16 - Razr's Coming Back To Usher in the Foldable Phone Era
Jan 16, 2019
Tue. 01/15 - Netflix Raises Prices
Jan 15, 2019
Mon. 01/14 - Am I Gonna Do That Egg Instagram Story?

Event sharing comes to stories, what this year’s CES says about where consumer tech is at the moment, and then a bunch of stories about what that means for the future in different ways, including wireless chips that suck power from the air, and the dilemma that voice assistants pose for the modern office.



Jan 14, 2019
What Wall Street Thinks of Tech w/ @howardlindzon

The great Howard Lindzon and I discuss how Wall Street is thinking of Tech right now, what Apple's deal is and what the prospects are for those big tech IPOs coming down the pike.

This episode has a full transcript.

Jan 12, 2019
Fri. 01/11 - Mooaaarrr... Cameras on Smartphones!

Motherboard shames the telecom companies into not selling us out, shareholders are suing Alphabet’s board, the government shutdown claims more tech victims, Apple says, “We can add more cameras also!” and the weekend longreads suggestions.



The Smart Touch Weekend Longreads:


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Jan 11, 2019
Thu. 01/10 - Foldable Phones Have An Arrival Date

We have a good idea when that foldable Samsung phone is coming, Google is actually close to a big legal win in Europe (for a change), the government shutdown might actually be affecting CES and why the “gig economy” might actually be a big nothingburger.



Jan 10, 2019
Wed. 01/09 - Google Assistant Everywhere!

Now we know why Google has gone so big at CES: they want to put Assistant in everything, the first foldable phone arrives at CES, Twitter wants to show you only half of an NBA game, and Marc Zuckerberg wants to host his own version of a podcast, I guess. 



Jan 09, 2019
Tue. 01/08 - Smartphone Recession?
Jan 08, 2019
Mon. 01/07 - Is Apple's Resolution Hardware Agnosticism?

Is Apple willing to sacrifice Apple TV for the greater subscription good, is Google Assistant is coming to feature phones, what is the use-case for a tv you can roll up into a box, and plenty more like that because it’s time to let the CES headlines rain over you.


Stories from: @henrytcasey, @AshleyRReports

Tweets:  @geoffreyfowler


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Jan 07, 2019
Fri. 01/04 - The Verge vs. AT&T And L.A. vs. The Weather Channel app
Jan 04, 2019
Thu. 01/03 - Apple-ocalypse Now?

Apple lowers its guidance and the tech world freaks out, the company that you can outsource your censorship friendly China content to, a more durable e-scooter is coming and what to expect from CES.



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Jan 03, 2019
Wed. 01/02 - What would I have to pay you to give up Facebook for a year?

Today, Roku is quietly a major combatant in the Streaming Wars, Tesla slashes prices, how many cameras can we fit on a smartphone, how much would it cost to convince you to quit Facebook, and why Bandersnatch might just be the beginning of the choose your own adventure trend.



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Jan 02, 2019
New Year Podcast Announcement

Happy 2019! And... here's what we've got on tap for the pod in the new year!

Jan 01, 2019
Fri. 12/28 - Why Horizontal Instagram Might Be Inevitable
Dec 28, 2018
Thu. 12/27 - Mobile Alerts Are Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Amazon has a record-breaking holiday season, surprising absolutely no one, another Instagram crackdown, a look at Austin as a tech hub, and why mobile alerts are a Frankenstein monster increasingly out of control.

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Dec 27, 2018
Wed. 12/26 - Airbnb and Slack Mull Untraditional IPOs
Dec 26, 2018
Fri. 12/21 - Facebook Goes Crypto
Dec 21, 2018
Thu. 12/20 - iPhone Bans and iPad Bends
Dec 20, 2018
Wed. 12/19 - Something, Something... Another Facebook Scandal

I’m sorry. I truly am. Another Facebook scandal to tell you about. The Boring Company unveils its tunnel, Zwift is gamification, a fitness app play, a social network, VR, and e-sports all in one startup and why Touch ID might return to the iPhone.


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Dec 19, 2018
Tue. 12/18 - Has Google Stopped "Dragonfly?"

Google presses pause on that Chinese search project, what’s delaying Facebook’s Clear History project, AT&T’s 5G goes live and Audi unveils its autonomous vehicle ambitions.


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Dec 18, 2018
Mon. 12/17 - Actually, It's Instagram That's The Problem?

Facebook got all the press but the Russians really loved Instagram to spread misinformation, more tech real estate moves, the CEO of HQ Trivia passes away, and how to break into somebody’s phone with a 3D-printed head.



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Dec 17, 2018
Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry

Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry - Direct RSS feed starting this weekend, just in case

The bomb scare email scam that demanded bitcoin, Facebook’s Photo API gave away too many photos, Apple strikes back at Qualcomm, Apple kills its second music-based social network, an Apple analyst sounds alarm bells about iPhone unit sales, Instacart breaks up with Whole Foods, PlanetScale brings mega-scaling technology to the masses, and of course the Weekend Longreads suggestions.



The Betterment Weekend Longreads:

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Dec 14, 2018
Thu. 12/13 - Apple Keeps Austin Weird
Dec 13, 2018
Wed. 12/12 - Intel's Next Generation Architecture
Dec 12, 2018
Tue. 12/11 - Mr. Pichai Goes to Washington
Dec 11, 2018
Mon. 12/10 - iPhone Sales Banned in China
Dec 10, 2018
Fri. 12/07 - Microsoft Calls for Regulation of AI
Dec 07, 2018
Thu. 12/06 - Huawai’s CFO Arrested and Stock Markets Quake
Dec 06, 2018
Wed. 12/05 - Facebook Gets Docu-dumped by the UK

The UK Parliament docu-dumps on Facebook, Qualcomm fires the starter pistol on 5G rollout, an actual test drive on Waymo’s new ride hailing service, and behind that $100 million Friends deal.



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Dec 05, 2018
Tue. 12/04 - Microsoft To Replace Edge with a Chromium Browser

Another day, another data breach, this time Quora, Microsoft might be replacing the Edge web browser, and maybe even replacing Windows, a review of some low-end smartphones and why 4k streaming and data caps are on a collision course.



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Dec 04, 2018
Mon. 12/03 - Tumblr Bans NSFW... And Dooms Itself?
Dec 03, 2018
Fri. 11/30 - The Big Marriott/Starwood Data Breach
Nov 30, 2018
Thu. 11/29 - YouTube Jumps on the Stories Bandwagon

Amazon gets into self-driving cars… in a way, Google Assistant adds some familiar features, YouTube rolls out Stories, and WTF is happening in Crypto?

Stories from: @RolfeWinkler

Tweets: @CrankGameplays, @SavinTheBees


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Nov 29, 2018
Wed. 11/28 - Google Fi (née Project Fi) Comes to iPhones
Nov 28, 2018
Tue. 11/27 - Why Is Shopping On Amazon So Hard? (Replacement)

AWS goes the custom silicon route, Facebook Watch goes after the olds, will Microsoft leapfrog Apple and why does Amazon’s shopping experience suck so much?

Stories from: @katienotopoulos, @ShiraOvide

Tweets: @ajassy, @AlexSchleber


  • Amazon Web Services introduces its own custom-designed Arm server processor, promises 45 percent lower costs for some workloads (GeekWire)
  • Facebook's YouTube competitor is pivoting to older audiences as teens tune out and publishers balk (CNBC)
  • Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock (Krebs on Security)
  • Employees Say Startup Civil Hyped Crypto Returns, But Failed to Pay (CoinDesk)
  • Apple has an idea to make Animoji even more fun (Cult of Mac)
  • Don’t Look Now, But Microsoft Is Overtaking Apple (Bloomberg)
  • What If Actually…Is A Horrible Website? (BuzzFeed)
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Nov 28, 2018
Tue. 11/27 - Why Is Shopping On Amazon So Complicated?

AWS goes the custom silicon route, Facebook Watch goes after the olds, will Microsoft leapfrog Apple and why does Amazon’s shopping experience suck so much?

Stories from: @katienotopoulos, @ShiraOvide

Tweets: @ajassy, @AlexSchleber


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Nov 27, 2018
Mon. 11/26 - Apple Visits the Supreme Court

Apple heads to the Supreme Court over antitrust concerns about its App Store; Facebook’s internal documents are seized by the British Parliament; what’s behind the resurgence of Atari; the human story of Black Friday inside Amazon’s fulfillment centers; and Lenny—a chatbot designed to frustrate telemarketers.


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Nov 26, 2018
Tue. 11/20 - Worse Shape: Tech Stocks or Crypto?
Nov 20, 2018
Mon. 11/19 - Are iPhone Sales Really Underwhelming (This Time)?
Nov 19, 2018
Fri. 11/16 - How Much Money Does Airbnb Make?
Nov 16, 2018
Thu. 11/15 - The Bombshell NYTimes Story on Facebook

That huge New York Times story behind the scenes of Facebook, Google adds business messaging to Google Maps, Uber eats is a monster business, Amazon Go has a rival and there’s a new King of YouTube.


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Nov 15, 2018
Wed. 11/14 - Why Was Google's Traffic Diverted From Nigeria Through China?
Nov 14, 2018
Tue. 11/13 - LeBron's "The Decision" But For Amazon HQ2

Amazon’s HQ2 officially lands in Queens and Crystal City; Waymo is launching a driverless car service in December; Apple locks down repairs on modern Macs; get ready for cloud gaming; Pandora applies its music technology to podcasts; and a magic act that’ll make your day.


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Nov 13, 2018
Mon. 11/12 - What Exactly Is TikTok?
Nov 12, 2018
Fri. 11/09 - Amazon and Apple Cut a Deal
Nov 09, 2018
Thu. 11/08 - Foldable Phones Are Officially A Thing

Foldable phones are officially a thing, Tesla names a new board chair, Amazon’s mailing a physical toy catalog, Ford doesn’t want to miss out on scooters, and Comcast doesn’t want to miss out on home hubs.

Stories from: @albertwenger, @dmac1, @meganrosedickey

Tweets: @bryce



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Nov 08, 2018
Wed. 11/07 - Why Robocalls Have Taken Over Your Phone
Nov 07, 2018
Tue. 11/06 - Schrodinger's Amazon HQ2

Facebook takes down more accounts ahead of the election, the new Chrome might block ALL ads on some websites, Macbook Air reviews, and why you might not be able to read election results in tomorrow’s newspaper.


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Nov 06, 2018
Mon. 11/05 - iPad Pro Reviews Are Mixed
Nov 05, 2018
Fri. 11/02 - Apple Earnings Up, Stock Down

Apple makes a pile of money and their stock tanks, Flickr ends its mega-free-storage plan, a classic internet cartoon gets a 4K makeover, browser extensions steal Facebook private messages, testing the latest smartphones to see how their batteries hold up, and the weekend longreads suggestions.

Tweets: @neilcybart, @textfiles


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Nov 02, 2018
Thu. 11/01 - The Google Employee Walkout

Google employees stage a walk-out protest around the globe, Vox swallows Recode, the new devices this week continue Apple’s push to increase ASP, and maybe it’s subscriptions that are eating the world.

Stories from: @rustybrick, @benlovejoy

Tweets: @lizthegrey, @ingridlunden


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Nov 01, 2018
Wed. 10/31 - Facebook's Earnings Are Not a Disaster

Facebook earnings were not a disaster, another Alphabet employee is out because of scandal, Waymo has a permit to test real driverless cars on California roads, and if you don’t know what computational notebooks are, let me tell you about them. 


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Oct 31, 2018
Tue. 10/30 - New MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and iPad Pros

Today MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and new iPad Pros, Coinbase raises a round, the UK has a new tech tax, interesting executive musical chairs, and why reCAPTCHA’s might be a thing of the past.


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Oct 30, 2018
Mon. 10/29 - Big Blue Gets Red Hat

IBM buys Red Hat, museums get new ways to preserve video games, Sony announces the full list of titles for its retro PlayStation mini-console, DJI has a drone for first responders, and a look at the service Gab.


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Oct 29, 2018
Fri. 10/26 - AI “Art” Fetches $400,000 at Auction

The Tech earnings season earnings roundup, new DRM rules allow jailbreaking… for some things, China’s rival GPS system, AI “art” fetches $400,000 at auction and the weekend longreads suggestions.


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Oct 26, 2018
Thur. 10/25 - The Andy Rubin Scandal

How Google paid Andy Rubin on his way out the door despite allegations of sexual misconduct, Uber Eats and the rise of virtual restaurants, Kickstarter sunsets its Drip service but plans a nice replacement, and older people are worse than younger people at telling fact from opinion.


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Oct 25, 2018
Wed. 10/24 - Tim Cook Attacks the "Data Industrial Complex"

Tim Cook attacks the “data industrial complex,” why political texts are flooding your phone, the US, China and the AI cold war, and how Facebook Messenger got its new look.


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Oct 24, 2018
Tue. 10/23 - iPhone XR Reviews
Oct 23, 2018
Mon. 10/22 - Fred Wilson Wants You To Vet Your Venture Funders

Facebook wants to buy some cybersecurity, Washington wants to know what Silicon Valley will do for its country, Fred Wilson wants you to ask yourself if your investors are bad actors, and stealing a Tesla by hacking the entry fob.


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Oct 22, 2018
Fri. 10/19 - Google Wants China, But Will China Want Google?
Oct 19, 2018
Thur. 10/18 - Apple Says: No... Sleep... Till Brooklyn!

Spotify Premium gets a spit shine, Facebook think it knows who was behind that big hack, why everyone and their mother has a subscription box service, and an Apple event in Brooklyn!


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Oct 18, 2018
Wed. 10/17 - When is Cheating At Video Games a Crime?
Oct 17, 2018
Tue. 10/16 - RIP Paul Allen (1953-2018)
Oct 16, 2018
Mon. 10/15 - Palm is Back! Sort of...

The future of Photoshop is here today, Palm is back to bring us a tiny phone, Apple makes another acquisition, and why we’re doomed to a future of genetic surveillance.


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Oct 15, 2018
Fri. 10/12 - Facebook Reports on its Breach Investigation
Oct 12, 2018
Thu. 10/11 - F*** Everything, We're Doing 4 Cameras!
Oct 11, 2018
Wed. 10/10 - Andy Rubin Can't Quit Smartphones
Oct 10, 2018
Tue. 10/09 - The "Made By Google" Event
Oct 09, 2018
Mon. 10/08 - Google Gets A Data Scandal All Its Own

Google has a data scandal and it's a doozy. Facebook portal is real, a Microsoft streaming gaming service is real, next generation Intel chips are manifest, no one knows what to believe in that blockbuster Bloomberg story, and how the Internet Archive works.


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Oct 08, 2018
Fri. 10/05 - Evan Spiegel's Plan For Snap's Survival
Oct 05, 2018
Thu. 10/04 - Biggest Hardware Hack Ever?

Did China pull off a hardware hack to end all hardware hacks, is a new Nintendo Switch coming as soon as next summer, the ThinQ has five cameras on one phone, and Movie Pass? Still alive!


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Oct 04, 2018
Wed. 10/03 - Presidential Alert - No Action Is Needed

Highlights from the Microsoft Surface event, Uber launches its scooter play, streaming service fatigue might be pushing consumers back toward piracy, did you get your smartphone alert from the president, and the new app startup from a young entrepreneur by the name of Bill Gates. 


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Oct 03, 2018
Tue. 10/02 - Choose Your Own Adventure, But For Netflix
Oct 02, 2018
Mon. 10/01 - Tim Berners-Lee's Plan To Save The Web
Oct 01, 2018
Fri. 09/28 - Facebook Breached, Musk Faces A Ban

A new Facebook scandal—but this time it’s different, Slack is preparing for an IPO, an exciting new episode of Today in Elon Musk, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. 


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Sep 28, 2018
Thu. 09/27 - When You Take Being an Apple Fanboi Too Far

Facebook said it doesn’t market certain data; surprise, surprise, researchers prove they do, Amazon doesn’t love unions, is the Oculus Quest VR’s iPhone moment, and do ride sharing companies actually make money?


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Sep 27, 2018
Wed. 09/26 - Facebook Dirty Laundry

More fallout from the Instagram departures and some pretty dirty laundry aired from inside Facebook, Google reverses course on Chrome, Coinbase opens its doors to alts, and maybe I was right about Amazon Homes!


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Sep 26, 2018
Tue. 09/25 - The Instagram Founders Ghost Facebook

Instagram’s founders turn in their two weeks notice, Samsung accuses Apple of stealing, lots of changes coming to Google Search, and a “Netflix for open source.” 


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Sep 25, 2018
Mon. 09/24 - Office 2019 Is Here

Office 2019 is here, SiriusXM acquires Pandora, the Chrome browser login controversy, more missed revenue numbers in digital media and Eric Schmidt says there could someday be the regular internet and a separate, Chinese internet.


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Sep 24, 2018
Fri. 09/21 - Instagram Fighting #hashtagoverload
Sep 21, 2018
Thu. 09/20 - Alexa For Friggin' Everything!

Amazon announced Alexa for friggin everything, AmazonGos might soon be friggin everywhere, a life insurer will only sell you a policy if you own a smartwatch, and they’ve finally found Spock’s home planet of Vulcan. 


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Sep 20, 2018
Wed. 09/19 - HQ Wants to Play Wheel of Fortune
Sep 19, 2018
Tue. 09/18 - Alexa for Microwaves

A reported criminal investigation around Elon Musk’s tweets, Twitter brings back the chronological feed, Alexa for microwaves, and a wrap up of the iPhone XS and XS Max reviews. Links:Tesla Is Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk Statements (Bloomberg)The Tweet that got Twitter to bring back the chrono-feed (@EmmaKinema)Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an amplifier, and an in-car gadget (CNBC)Trump Hits China With Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods, Escalating Trade War (NYTimes)APPLE IPHONE XS AND XS MAX REVIEW: SMOOTHED OUT (The Verge)

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Sep 18, 2018
Mon. 09/17 - The Benioffs Buy Time

Another Billionaire bails out a major media brand, social network Path is no more, Amazon employees are allegedly taking bribes, Linus Torvalds apologizes for being a jerk, and Steve Jobs had a weird notion about what actually constitutes pizza. Stories from: @cgartenberg Tweets: @laura_nelson, @BuzzFeedBen Links:Are there any other billionaires out there to buy Fortune or Sports Illustrated? (Recode)Mobile social network Path, once a challenger to Facebook, is closing down (TechCrunch)Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad (Apple Insider)Amazon Investigates Employees Leaking Data for Bribes (WSJ)Amazon Storefronts is a new retail hub exclusively for US small businesses (The Verge)Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of being a jerk, takes time off to learn empathy (Ars Technica)AN ORAL HISTORY OF APPLE'S INFINITE LOOP (Wired)

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Sep 17, 2018
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Sep 16, 2018
Fri. 09/14 - More Drama Inside Google

More signs of drama inside Google, how Apple cleared the new Apple Watches through the FDA, how the Weather Channel made that insane flooding video, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:Google Employees Are Quitting Over The Company’s Secretive China Search Project (Buzzfeed News)Google’s internal political battles keep spilling out into the public (The Verge)The new heart-monitoring capabilities on the Apple Watch aren’t all that impressive (Quartz)iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 shipping dates now slipping into October (9to5Mac)Apple Is Deleting Bought Films From iTunes Accounts - And Don't Expect A Refund (Forbes)Yes, You Can Name A Website “F***”HOW THE WEATHER CHANNEL MADE THAT INSANE STORM SURGE ANIMATION (Wired) The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed (Ars Technica)Why a Leading Venture Capitalist Is Betting on a Decentralized Internet (Breaker)Olaf Carlson-Wee Rode the Bitcoin Boom to Silicon Valley Riches. Can He Survive the Crash? (WSJ)Memo to the Silicon Valley boys’ club: Arlan Hamilton has no time for your BS (Fast Company)Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality (WSJ)

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Sep 14, 2018
Thu. 09/13 - Where in the World is Larry Page?

The fallout from the Apple event, Google kills another beloved product, the Nintendo Switch online service comes online, and where in the World is Larry Page? Links:The iPhone Franchise (Stratechery)Making sense of the most confusing new iPhone lineup ever (Fast Company)Inbox, Google’s playground for email innovation, is going bye-bye (Fact Company)The Nintendo Switch online service is launching on September 18th (The Verge)How Procore Built The Cloud’s Hottest Unicorn By Bringing Software To Low-Tech Construction Sites (Forbes)Where in the World Is Larry Page? (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Sep 13, 2018
Wed. 09/12 - Happy iPhone Day!

What else? The iPhone event. Also, the EU strikes again, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger is on “pause” and "Gawker" is coming back.  Links:EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ (The Verge)European Parliament Passes Copyright Directive Giving Artists Greater Share of Revenue (Variety)FCC says it needs more time to review Sprint-T-Mobile deal (CNBC)Verizon to begin 5G home broadband service sign-ups on Thursday (Axios)Gawker Set to Relaunch Under New Owner Bryan Goldberg (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)

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Sep 12, 2018
Tue. 09/11 - ICOs Now Officially Securities?

ICOs now officially securities, some steps backward in the self-driving car space, parsing the Zuckerberg New Yorker profile, and did Facebook disrespect the memory of Burt Reynolds?  Stories from: @eosnos Tweets: @ezraklein, @BrendanNyhan Links:US Judge Rules ICO Frauds Fall Under Securities Law (CoinDesk)Renesas in $6.7 billion deal for IDT to boost chips for self-driving cars (Reuters)GM's Plan to Test Autonomous Cars in New York City Seems to Have Gone up in Smoke (Jalopnik)How to prepare your iPhone for a trade-in program (The Verge)Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (The New Yorker)Facebook Apologizes For Taking Down Your Horny Burt Reynolds Posts (Vulture)

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Sep 11, 2018
Mon. 09/10 - The End of the Jack Ma Era

Some juicy new Apple rumors for Wednesday, the end of the Jack Ma era is nigh upon us, there were some naughty apps in the Mac App Store and why following people whose politics you disagree with might not lead to peace in our time. Links:Kuo: USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro, Touch ID on 2018 MacBook, EKG and Ceramic Backs on All Apple Watch Series 4 Models, More (MacRumors)Snap just lost its chief strategy officer (Fast Company)Alibaba announces Jack Ma succession plan: CEO Daniel Zhang to take over as chairman in a year (CNBC)Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history (9to5Mac)No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server (9to5Mac)Twitter’s Flawed Solution to Political Polarization (NYTimes Opinion)Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (The New Yorker)

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Sep 10, 2018
Fri. 09/07 - Today in Elon, the 4:20 Edition

Tim Armstrong might be on his way out of Oath, Alex Jones is permanently off of Twitter, a Cambridge Analytica figure is officially no longer a Facebook employee, Elon Musk smokes a blunt and the weekend longreads suggestions! Links:Verizon’s Internet Boss Tim Armstrong in Talks to Leave (WSJ)Tim Armstrong is headed out of Verizon. What happens to the $9 billion content company he is leaving behind? (Recode)Charlie Warzel Twitter ThreadHOW THAT MAGICAL JACK DORSEY–ALEX JONES PHOTO HAPPENED (Wired)A Facebook scientist tied to Cambridge Analytica has quietly left Facebook (Fast Company)Weed, whiskey, Tesla and a flamethrower: Elon Musk meets Joe Rogan (CNN Tech)Tesla Erupts in Chaos After Senior Execs Leave, Musk Tokes Up (Bloomberg) The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Inside the World of Eddy Cue, Apple’s Services Chief (The Information)Bezos Unbound: Exclusive Interview With The Amazon Founder On What He Plans To Conquer Next (Forbes)The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan (Bloomberg)What went wrong at Social Capital (Axios)How Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness work (Venture Beat)The man who won the lottery 14 times (The Hustle)

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Sep 07, 2018
Thu. 09/06 - More iPhone Event Rumor Bingo

The 2014 Sony hacker gets charged, Lyft beats Uber to the scooter punch, why Roblox is the biggest thing since Minecraft, Spotify plays chicken with the music industry, and let’s play another round of Apple event rumor bingo. Links:U.S. charges North Korean operative in conspiracy to hack Sony Pictures, banks (The Washington Post)Lyft rolls out its first electric scooters in Denver (The Verge)You Will Soon Be Able to Control Your Xbox With Alexa and Cortana (Thurrott)Walmart partners with delivery logistics platform Bringg on last-mile grocery delivery (TechCrunch)The new Roomba could be the end of vacuuming (Quartz)Kids' gaming platform Roblox raises $150M (TechCrunch)The video game turning teens into millionaires has raised a whopping $150 million, making it a $2.5 billion company (Business Insider)A New Spotify Initiative Makes the Big Record Labels Nervous (NYTimes)The Tension Is Building Between Spotify and the Music Industry (Bloomberg)‘iPhone Xs Max’ likely name for 6.5-inch OLED flagship, sources say (9to5Mac)

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Sep 06, 2018
Wed. 09/05 - Another Congressional Apology Tour

Tech CEOs hauled before Congress again, Theranos is no more, Google mulls big changes to URL’s and maybe the whole the-teens-are-abandoning-Facebook is a real thing after all? Links:Video of the Hearings (The US Senate)Facebook and Twitter testified before Congress. Conservative conspiracy theorists lurked behind them. (The Washington Post)Blood-Testing Firm Theranos to Dissolve (WSJ)HOW GOOGLE CHROME SPENT A DECADE MAKING THE WEB MORE SECURE (Wired)GOOGLE WANTS TO KILL THE URL (Wired)Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook (PEW Research)Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping (The Verge)Snap launches new styles of Spectacles that look more like traditional sunglasses (The Verge)Vimeo pivots business from media to tech (Axios)Vimeo launches stock video marketplace starting at $79 per clip (Venture Beat)

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Sep 05, 2018
Tue. 09/04 - New Trillion-Dollar Baby

Amazon hits a trillion, the EU is giving Netflix quotas, gaming out various Apple rumors ahead of next week’s event and the robots are coming to the drive through window. LinksAmazon falls off $1 trillion market cap, leaving Apple the only public US company above the benchmark (Bloomberg)Local Product Quotas for Netflix, Amazon to Become Law, EU Official Says (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)Ethereum in BigQuery: a Public Dataset for smart contract analytics (Google Cloud)Major cryptocurrency exchange delists Bitcoin Gold following $18M hack (TNW)2018 iPad Pro redesign is both brilliant and stupid (Cult of Mac)Samsung teases foldable smartphone launch for later this year (The Verge)China's Silicon Valley Threatens to Swallow Up Hong Kong (Bloomberg)Clinc is building a voice AI system to replace humans in drive-through restaurants (TechCrunch)

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Sep 04, 2018
Fri. 8/31 - Is This How The iPhone Leak Happened?

How those iPhone leaks happened (maybe), the scooter permits happened and some big names got snubbed, Google’s secret deal with MasterCard, and the weekend long reads suggestions.  Links:Exclusive: This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed (9to5Mac)Exclusive: Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more (9to5Mac)Huawei’s AI Cube is a 4G router and Alexa speaker, not a cube (The Verge)Huawei's Google Home clone has Alexa inside (Engadget)Scooters will return to San Francisco, but Bird and Lime aren’t invited (The Verge)Mozilla announces Firefox will block trackers by default (Venture Beat)Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales (Bloomberg) The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code (The Guardian)Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media (The Guardian)How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle (Bloomberg Businessweek)The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages (The New Yorker)

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Aug 31, 2018
Thu. 8/30 - iGlasses? (Pun Not Intended)

An Apple acquisition suggests they’re serious about AR, Uber is serious about escooters, Google lets Kubernetes leave the nest, your IP address is not enough to finger you for a crime, and a fully functional Bugatti made out of Legos. Links:Apple buys startup focused on lenses for AR glasses (Reuters)Apple’s AR lenses purchase also sees future mobile storage (ComputerWorld)Google takes a step back from running the Kubernetes development infrastructure (TechCrunch)Uber Is Building Its Own Scooter to Compete in Frenzy (Bloomberg)Microsoft Requires Paid Parental Leave for Subcontractors (Bloomberg)Important Appeals Court Ruling States Clearly That Merely Having An IP Address Is Insufficient For Infringement Claims (TechDirt)FIRST EVER LIFE-SIZE AND DRIVABLE LEGO® TECHNIC BUGATTI CHIRON IS A PIONEERING PIECE OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN (Lego)

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Aug 30, 2018
Wed. 8/29 - Updates To Wear OS Hint At...

A bunch of new laptops from Dell, Amazon might jump into the free tv game, Google updates Wear OS, and why the world’s oldest blockchain has been hiding in plain site since 1995. Links:Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14 (ArsTechnica)Dell shows its fall lineup of Alexa-ready Inspiron, XPS, and Vostro laptops and 2-in-1s (VentureBeat)Amazon Plans New Video App, Latest Step Into TV Ad Market (The Information)Google is revamping the Wear OS smartwatch user interface (TheVerge)The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money (Recode)'World Computer' Project Dfinity Raises $102 Million (Fortune)The rise of crypto in higher education (Coinbase Reports)The Hot New Subject on Campus? It's Blockchain (Fortune)The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in the New York Times Since 1995 (Motherboard)

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Aug 29, 2018
Tue. 8/28 - President Googles Himself, Not Pleased With The Results

President Trump accuses Google of rigged search results, Instagram updates its identity systems, Yahoo scans your mail for marketing purposes, BuzzFeed tests memberships and the rarest Apple device in the world comes to auction. Links:You can now apply to be verified in Instagram (The Verge)Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers (WSJ)Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact (WSJ)AutoX is using its self-driving vehicles to deliver groceries (TechCrunch)BuzzFeed News quietly tests a membership program (Digiday)Buzzfeed, With Nearly $500M In Funding, Asks For Contributions (Crunchbase News)How ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Music (Rolling Stone)First Apple Computer Goes Up For Auction, Expected to Fetch More Than $300,000 (Paleofuture)

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Aug 28, 2018
Mon. 8/27 - The Three New iPhones to Expect Next Month

The three new iPhones Mark Gurman says are coming our way, Warren Buffet invests in an Indian tech company, Palmer Luckey pans Magic Leap and why Uber thinks e-scooters are cool. Links:Apple to Embrace iPhone X Design With New Colors, Bigger Screens (Bloomberg)Berkshire Hathaway in talks for a stake in Paytm (Economic Times)Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access ( Bravado, Private Doubts: Inside the Unraveling of Elon Musk’s Tesla Buyout (WSJ)Why Elon Musk Reversed Course on Taking Tesla Private (NYTimes)Epic's first Fortnite Installer allowed hackers to download and install anything on your Android phone silently (Android Central)Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap ( plans shift from cars to bikes for shorter trips (The Financial Times)

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Aug 27, 2018
Fri. 8/24 - Facebook Summons the Five Families

Tech’s version of the five families met today to get on the same page over election security, 23andMe shuts down its API just to be safe, robot puppies, and the weekend longreads suggestions.  Links:Google finds evidence of attack linked to Iran state media (Axios)Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy (Buzzfeed News)Microsoft Hit With U.S. Bribery Probe Over Deals in Hungary (WSJ)23andMe will no longer let app developers read your DNA data (CNBC)The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People (Motherboard) The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Late to the Driverless Revolution (WSJ)Posting Instagram Sponsored Content Is the New Summer Job (The Atlantic)THE UNTOLD STORY OF NOTPETYA, THE MOST DEVASTATING CYBERATTACK IN HISTORY (Wired)The Vanishing Idealism of Burning Man (The New Republic)Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism (The Atlantic)A monstrous primer on the works of H.P. Lovecraft (Polygon) Bonus Link!Sony Aibo hands-on: An adorable robo-pup that needs training (Engadget)

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Aug 24, 2018
Thu. 8/23 - The Backlash Against the “App Store Tax”

Australia bans Chinese telecoms equipment, Microsoft might offer an Xbox subscription that includes the whole console, new DJI drones, Alex Stamos on hacking the 2018 election and the backlash against the “app store tax.” Links:Australia Bars China’s Huawei From Building 5G Wireless Network (NYTimes)'Xbox All Access' looks like a new subscription service with Xbox Live, Game Pass, and a console (Windows Central)DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom add Hasselblad quality and optical zoom to folding drones (CNET)How the U.S. Has Failed to Protect the 2018 Election--and Four Ways to Protect 2020 (Lawfare)Apple and Google Face Growing Revolt Over App Store ‘Tax’ (Bloomberg)The 30% Tax (Fred Wilson/AVC)

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Aug 23, 2018
Wed. 8/22 - Fake Russians are Back. And Now There Are Fake Iranians Also!

The fake Russians are back and they’ve brought some fake Iranians with them, Verizon throttles firefighters, Google wants to tell you something good, and day two of the Y Combinator demo days. Links:Sprawling Iranian influence operation globalizes tech’s war on disinformation (The Washington Post)Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire (Ars Technica)Google Assistant's latest feature delivers just the 'good news' (TechCrunch)Walmart takes another jab at Amazon as it begins selling e-books for first time (USA Today)How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions (Pew Research Center)‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Is Having a Hard Time Winning Over True Believers (Bloomberg)All 59 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 2 (TechCrunch)

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Aug 22, 2018
Tue. 8/21 - Netflix "Tests" an End-Run Around iTunes

Microsoft uncovers more Russian political hacking, a possible MacBook Air successor, Netflix “tests” bypassing the App Store, and are you paying for Amazon’s electricity bill? Links:New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says (NYTimes)Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini (Bloomberg)Netflix Tests Promotional Videos but Users See ‘Commercials’ (NYTimes)Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets (TechCrunch)Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1 (The Washington Post)Amazon Isn’t Paying Its Electric Bills. You Might Be (Bloomberg Businessweek)Here are the 63 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 1 (TechCrunch)

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Aug 21, 2018
Mon. 8/20 - Fitness Trackers Ain't Dead Yet

Fitbit doubles down on fitness trackers, new EU regulations might be coming for web platforms, Karma is a startup selling excess food, Trip Advisor has its own fake news problem, and are women the most valuable mobile gaming consumers? Links:With Charge 3, Fitbit blurs the smartwatch line (TechCrunch)EU Weighs Regulations For Terrorist Content (Financial Times)‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game (GeekWire)Karma raises $12 million for marketplace that helps restaurants and supermarkets reduce food waste (Venture Beat)Farfetch files for IPO to trade on NYSE as FTCH; has nearly 1M active users of its luxury goods marketplace (TechCrunch)Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On (AnAndTech)How TripAdvisor changed travel (The Guardian)Women are 79 percent more likely to spend money on mobile games (The Verge)

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Aug 20, 2018
Friday, 8/17 - The Secret Netflix Subcategories

A Google smart speaker with a screen, the crypto mining fad is fading, Silicon Valley has lost a piece of its history, the secret Netflix categories and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:Google to debut display-equipped AI speaker before holidays (Nikkei Asian Review)APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy (The Associated Press)Crypto crash: Despite a strong quarter, Nvidia shares fall on disappointing forecast (SiliconAngle)Wish, an Internet Dollar Store, Struggles to Keep Customers (The Information)Silicon Valley is dismantling a priceless piece of its history (Fast Company)The Netflix ID Bible – Every Category on Netflix (What's on Netflix) The Betterment Weekend Longreads:VIRGIN GALACTIC’S ROCKET MAN (The New Yorker)Inside Evernote’s brain (Fast Company)LET’S ALL GO BACK TO TUMBLR (The Outline)Why Can’t Europe Do Tech? (Bloomberg Businessweek)To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians (Bloomberg)

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Aug 17, 2018
Thursday, 8/16 - Now Bezos Wants Movie Theaters?

Amazon might buy a chain of movie theaters, why the Saudis invest the way they do, Twitter pisses everyone off because… what else is new? And reviews of the Note 9 and Android Pie are in. Links:Amazon in Running to Acquire Landmark Movie Chain (Bloomberg)Saudi Arabia Goes High-Tech in Approach to Investing (WSJ)Twitter company email addresses why it’s #BreakingMyTwitter (TechCrunch)Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A better Note for most of us (Engadget)You Can Really Feel the Samsung Note 9's $1000 Price Tag (Gizmodo)Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Sleek and new, but too much déjà vu (BGR)ANDROID 9 PIE REVIEW: THE PREDICTIVE OS (The Verge)

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Aug 16, 2018
Wednesday, 8/15 - Alexa and Cortana, BFFs

Today, Twitter takes action on Alex Jones, a new Intel chip vulnerability, Alexa and Cortana play nice together, consolidation in podcasting and a “rest and vest” for the ages. Stories from: @AnneMarieSteele, @dseetharaman Tweets: @MattRosoff Links:SPECTRE-LIKE FLAW UNDERMINES INTEL PROCESSORS' MOST SECURE ELEMENT (Wired)After a year's wait, Amazon and Microsoft bring Alexa and Cortana to each other's devices (CNET)OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders (The Verge)Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts (WSJ)Uber’s Losses Mount at Self-Driving Car Unit (The Information)Cash Wildfire Spreads Among Young Tech Companies (Bloomberg)WhatsApp Co-Founder’s ‘Rest and Vest’ Reward From Facebook: $450 Million (WSJ)

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Aug 15, 2018
Tuesday, 8/14 - Is Kevin Durant teaming up with Marc Andreessen?

NVIDIA announces its next generation GPUs, Apple wants developers to get SaaS-y, what if we just rebuilt the cable bundle with streaming channels, Tinder founders file suit and is Kevin Durant teaming up with Marc Andreessen? LinksNVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen Turing GPU Architecture (AnandTech)How an invite-only meeting at Apple's luxury loft in New York set the stage for one of the biggest subscription businesses in the world (Business Insider)Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap (NYTimes)Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV (The Verge)Kevin Durant, Will Smith Top the Lineup for a New Venture-Capital Fund for Black Investors (WSJ)

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Aug 14, 2018
Monday, 8/13 - Does Google Track Even When You Say No?

Is Google tracking you even when you tell it not to? Big executive departure at Netflix, Elon expounds on taking Telsa private, and how machine learning can identify devs simply by the way they code. Links:Lenovo Launches Ultra-Thin ThinkPad P1: X1 Carbon Meets Workstation (AnAndTech)EVEN ANONYMOUS CODERS LEAVE FINGERPRINTS (Wired)Update on Taking Tesla Private (Tesla)China has outspent the US by $24 billion in 5G technology since 2015, study shows (CNBC)An 11-Year-Old Changed The Results Of Florida's Presidential Vote At A Hacker Convention. Discuss. (Buzzfeed News)Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention (Mashable)

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Aug 13, 2018
Friday, 8/10 - Is Apple's Car Project Back On?

Is Apple’s secret car project back on? Is Elon Musk in trouble with the SEC? How many people use Apple Pay? Is Alexa coming to cars? And the weekend Longreads suggestions. Stories from: @gruber Tweets: @jbarro, @kairyssdal Links:Tesla is now worth less than it was before Elon Musk's $420 tweet (Business Insider)Doug Field Returns to Apple After Leaving Tesla (Daring Fireball)Apple Pay Increasingly Central to iPhone (Loop Ventures)Amazon launches Auto SDK to bring Alexa to more cars (VentureBeat)VCs Are On Track To Make 2018 A Record Year For Unicorns (Crunchbase News) The Betterment Weekend Long Reads Suggestions:Fintech Frenzy: Hype or Reality? A Closer Look at 6 Key Sectors (Fortune)HOW THE SHARED FAMILY COMPUTER PROTECTED US FROM OUR WORST SELVES (The Verge)“The Lean Startup” is an unproductive legend (Quartz)THE STRANGE DAVID AND GOLIATH SAGA OF RADIO FREQUENCIES (Wired)THE ULTRA-PURE, SUPER-SECRET SAND THAT MAKES YOUR PHONE POSSIBLE (Wired)

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Aug 10, 2018
Thursday, 8/09 - Galaxy Note9 Announced

The new Galaxy Note 9 is unveiled, New York City caps ride hailing companies, Discord kneecaps Steam—as expected, the continuing saga of Alex Jones and what’s up with Elon Musk now? Links:Samsung Galaxy Note9: Design, specs, features, and pricing (VentureBeat)New York Plans to Cap Uber and Lyft (WSJ)Where’s the Money Coming From, Elon? (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Aug 09, 2018
Wednesday, 8/8 - The Magic Leap Is Finally A Thing!

We can actually, finally find out what Magic Leap does, Snap reports earnings, Slack gets ready for war, Patreon is building a patronage empire and why you’re probably getting ripped off if you’re paying for DSL. Links:I TRIED MAGIC LEAP AND SAW A FLAWED GLIMPSE OF MIXED REALITY’S AMAZING POTENTIAL (The Verge)Magic Leap Headset Test Drive: Off Your Phone and Into Your World (WSJ)Magic Leap’s headset is real, but that may not be enough (MIT Technology Review)Patreon buys Memberful but keeps it indie as patronage consolidates (TechCrunch)Tinder’s business will double this year to more than $800 million (Recode)Study Shows How Bad Most of the Country Is Getting Ripped Off By Their ISPs (Motherboard)

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Aug 08, 2018
Tuesday, 8/7 - Voting Via App

Voting via app will be tested during the midterms, Old Bitcoin Money and New Bitcoin money are in a power struggle, the truth about how we use Alexa, and a new combatant joins the fray in the Streaming Video Wars. Links:West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections (CNN Tech)A Culture War Is Brewing Between Bitcoin’s Old and New Money (Bloomberg)Wall Street isn’t boosting bitcoin (Quartz)Twitter says Alex Jones and InfoWars accounts don't violate policy, will remain live for now (CNBC)The Reality Behind Voice Shopping Hype (The Information)Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘NewTV’ Startup Closes $1 Billion, All Major Studios Among Investors (Variety)Cloudflare Stream makes it easy (and cheap) for developers to work with video (TNW)Airbnb for Work claims 700,000 businesses as bookings tripled for second year in a row (VentureBeat)

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Aug 07, 2018
Monday, 8/6 - Everyone Bans Alex Jones

Nearly every major tech platform bans Alex Jones to one degree or another, does Facebook really want to know your bank balance, MoviePass comes with another subscription pivot, Apple’s plans for India and why $1,000 smartphones might only be the beginning. Links:Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify ban Infowars' Alex Jones (The Guardian)Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users (WSJ)Facebook taps banks, but for chatbots not purchase data like Google (TechCrunch)MoviePass Abandons Price Hike, But Will Limit Films to Three a Month (Variety)iPhone Chipmaker Races to Recover After Crippling Computer Virus (Bloomberg)Here’s Apple’s Plan to Keep From Losing the World’s Fastest-Growing Smartphone Market (Bloomberg Businessweek)Why iPhone and Android phone prices will get even higher (CNET)

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Aug 06, 2018
Friday, 8/03 - Is Fortnite Bigger Than Google Play?

Fortnite snubs Google, Amazon Prime Video is coming to Comcast, Peloton raises a ton, the top ten programming languages of 2018 and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.  Links: Epic Games sidesteps the Play Store with Fortnite for Android launch (TechCrunch)Ready, Aim, Hire a ‘Fortnite’ Coach: Parents Enlist Videogame Tutors for Their Children (WSJ)Google Maps location sharing shows your contact's battery level (Android Police)The 2018 Top Programming Languages (IEEE Spectrum) The Weekend Longreads:How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can (NYTimes)Why the Next Silicon Valley Will Probably Be Outside the U.S. (Citylab)Masayoshi Son’s secret to running his $100 billion fund: Telling start-ups to treat each other like family (CNBC)What Happened to General Magic? (NYMag/SelectAll)Growing Up Jobs (Vanity Fair)

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Aug 03, 2018
Thursday, 8/02 - Apple Hits A Trillion!

Apple hits a trillion, a midwestern unicorn cashes in, the Surface Go reviews are in, there are no perfect tools for making memes, and Tesla is adding video games to its cars. Links:Cisco to acquire Ann Arbor-based Duo Security in $2.35 billion deal (Crain's Detroit Business)Surface Go review: The ideal cheap Windows tablet... almost (Engadget)The tiny Microsoft Surface Go is available now, and it’s an overachiever (The Verge)Microsoft Surface Go review: Barely better than a netbook (Mashable)The Microsoft Surface Go Is Practically Perfect (Gizmodo)RideOS raises $25M to become the traffic control center for self-driving cars (TechCrunch)As Memes Evolve, Apps Are Struggling to Keep Up (The Atlantic)How Software Ate the Point of Sale (The Atlantic)

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Aug 02, 2018
Wednesday, 8/01 - Is Google Returning To China?

Google has a secret plan to return to China, the Apple earnings analysis, Masayoshi Son goes “Brandless” and in praise of microfilm! Links:GOOGLE PLANS TO LAUNCH CENSORED SEARCH ENGINE IN CHINA, LEAKED DOCUMENTS REVEAL (The Intercept)Apple tops 300 million paid subscriptions as it reportedly preps new subscription services (Digiday)This No-Brand Startup Won $240 Million to Fight Amazon on Price and Quality (Bloomberg)Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium (The Atlantic)

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Aug 01, 2018
Tuesday, 7/31 - Facebook Finds More Election "Bad Actors"

Facebook reveals fresh election meddling, Galaxy 9s might not be selling well, but Nintendo Switches sure are, and Playstation 4s still are, Uber stops truckin’ and Google Maps will predict which restaurant you’ll like.  Stories from: @kerby, @fredwilson Tweets: @LDrogen Links:Smartphone Slowdown Hits Profits at Samsung Electronics (Bloomberg)Sony can't stop making money from PlayStation (Engadget)Uber’s self-driving trucks division is dead, long live Uber self-driving cars (TechCrunch)Where Did you Go to School? (Richard Kerby)Where Did You Go To School? (AVC)WhatsApp group calls are rolling out to everyone, but don’t ditch Skype just yet (Android Authority)Google Maps can predict how much you'll like a restaurant (Engadget)

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Jul 31, 2018
Monday, 7/30 - Self-Driving Cars Need To Talk To Us

The king of the bitcoin miners mulls an IPO (not an ICO), the prediction market Augur gets dark, a “Netflix for gadgets” and a “Dallas Cowboys for e-sports” both raise money, advice for Twitter and Facebook, and why autonomous cars need to talk to us. Links:Scoop: Bitcoin Mining Company Bitmain Hit $1.1 Billion in Profits in Q1 2018 (Fortune)The First Augur Assassination Markets Have Arrived (CoinDesk)Grover raises €37M Series A to offer latest tech products as a subscription (TechCrunch)Twitter is prioritizing its network ‘health’ over adding new growth features. Is that the right move? (Recode)Why unskippable Stories ads could revive Facebook (TechCrunch)Retailers set sights on Facebook, Google ad revenue (Reuters)The self-driving cars hitting the road in Texas today are unlike any we’ve seen before (The Verge)

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Jul 30, 2018
Friday, 7/27 - The Dreaded MAU Strikes Again!

Slack takes out some competitors, Twitter get its own earnings shock, Amazon is just fine, thank you very much, Stripe issues credit cards, MoviePass… still alive at the time of this recording… and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @neilstrauss, @lmatsakis Tweets: @sparkycollier Links:Goodbye HipChat: Slack and Atlassian Team Up on Chat Software (Bloomberg)This is the Amazon everyone should have feared — and it has nothing to do with its retail business (Recode)Stripe Starts Issuing Credit Cards (Bloomberg) Weekend Longreads:Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency (Rolling Stone)How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy (The Atlantic)THE 'GUERRILLA' WIKIPEDIA EDITORS WHO COMBAT CONSPIRACY THEORIES (Wired)Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce (Bloomberg)MySpace and the Coding Legacy it Left Behind (Code Academy)

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Jul 27, 2018
Thursday, 7/26 - The Greatest Loss of Market Value In a Single Day... Ever

The Facebook earnings disaster. What else? But also Qualcomm walks away from an acquisition, Amazon’s facial recognition tech seems pretty flawed, and Samsung might have invented unbreakable displays for smartphones! Links:Samsung announces new 'unbreakable' display that survives punishing UL certification (Android Central)

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Jul 26, 2018
Wednesday, 7/25 - China to Facebook: Not So Fast!

Another internal Facebook memo leaks, China tells Facebook “not so fast,” Steam battles Discord, why the iPhone can’t compete in China, and a Y2K bug for the new millennium. Links:Departing Facebook Security Officer's Memo: "We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides" (BuzzFeed News)China Said to Quickly Withdraw Approval for New Facebook Venture (NYTimes)Steam is rolling out its new Discord-like chat features to all users (The Verge)General Motors wants its customers to rent their cars to other people (The Verge)Why the iPhone can’t compete in India (The Verge)Big tech warns of 'Japan's millennium bug' ahead of Akihito's abdication (The Guardian)

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Jul 25, 2018
Tuesday, 7/24 - Laptops Are Too Thin and Too Light!

Alphabet earnings, Google’s Translation app takes over the world, potentially two new Xbox consoles, Verizon wants to deliver TV over 5G and the thin-and-light laptop revolution has gone too far! Links:Alphabet surges to all-time high as Wall Street says internet giant’s big bets are ‘paying off’ (CNBC)Alphabet’s experimental investments in the future continue to cost it a fortune (The Verge)Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed a jaw-dropping fact about its translation app that shows how much money is still sitting on the table (Business Insider)Miles is an app that tracks your every move in exchange for deals and discounts (The Verge)A Few More Details About Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett Game Streaming Service ( Is Seeking Google or Apple as 5G TV Provider (Bloomberg)Thinner and Lighter Laptops Have Screwed Us All (Motherboard)

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Jul 24, 2018
Monday, 7/23 - Samsung's Big Step Toward 5G

Susan Fowler Rigetti gets a high profile new job, a Lyft and Uber driver was live-streaming without consent, Samsung takes a big step toward a 5G world, and why is Google Translate spitting out religious prophecies? Links:St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. (St. Louis Dispatch)$20K in Crypto: The First Bets on Prediction Market Augur Just Paid Out (CoinDesk)Qualcomm's new chips fix a major problem for 5G phones (CNET)Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies? (Motherboard)Pinterest nears $1 billion in ad sales and valuation rises as it looks to go public in mid-2019 (CNBC)Consumer startups are dead. Long live consumer startups. (Eric Feng)

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Jul 23, 2018
Friday, 7/20 - New Tesla is a "Rainbow-Farting Space Ship"

WhatsApp limits forwards, Microsoft announces earnings, emergency alerts on Netflix, grocery chain Kroger throws shade at Amazon Prime Day, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Links:WhatsApp will drastically limit forwarding across the globe to stop the spread of fake news, following violence in India and Myanmar (Recode) (TechCrunch)First Test Drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Thrilling, Modern Marvel (WSJ) Weekend LongreadsHow ‘Small’ Security Errors Lead to a Security Breach (Alex DeFreese)Robots Are Ready to Shake (and Stir) Up Bars (WSJ)AI Could Make Detecting Autism Easier (The Atlantic)Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon (Bloomberg Businessweek)When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity (The Atlantic)

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Jul 20, 2018
Thursday, 7/19 - Will Fuchsia Replace Android?

Facebook and Zuckerberg address misinformation and censorship, Reddit rolls out live chatrooms, will Fuchsia replace Android, and who is online journalism’s newest savior? Links:Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence (The Verge)Full transcript: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Recode Decode (Recode)Mark Zuckerberg clarifies: ‘I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.’ (Recode)REDDIT REINVENTS THE CHAT ROOM WITH COMMUNITY CHAT (Wired)The European Commission Versus Android (Stretechery)Project ‘Fuchsia’: Google Is Quietly Working on a Successor to Android (Bloomberg)Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works! (Ars Technica)

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Jul 19, 2018
Wednesday, 7/18 - The Massive Google Fine

Google faces a record European fine, Nest gets a major reshuffle inside Google, Walmart guns for Netflix, Venmo transactions can be public, and can cool camera tech destined for smartphones actually improve autonomous vehicles?

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Jul 18, 2018
Tuesday, 7/17 - A Major Autonomous Car Startup You've Never Heard Of

Netflix’s subscriber miss, Amazon’s troubled Prime Day, Walmart and Microsoft team up against Amazon, some big problems with voting machines and the big autonomous vehicle startup you’ve probably never heard of. Links:What Netflix's big miss means for the new tech economy (Axios)STRIKES, BOYCOTTS, AND OUTAGES MAR AMAZON PRIME DAY (Wired)Amazon warehouse workers are striking across Europe on Prime Day (The Verge)Andreessen Horowitz Names Connie Chan A General Partner, Ending VC Firm's No-Promotion Policy (Forbes)Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States (Motherboard)VC Firm Social Capital Set Out to Fix Capitalism. Now It’s In Turmoil (Bloomberg)Amazon Foes Walmart and Microsoft Deepen Tech Partnership (WSJ)$800 Million Says a Self-Driving Car Looks Like This (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Jul 17, 2018
Monday, 7/16 - Instapaper Goes Solo

A Roku wireless speaker, better Uber pickups, Instapaper goes solo, what to expect from the Galaxy S10 and it’s Amazon Prime Day everybody! Links:Wave Uber’s new Spotlight or send canned chats to find your driver (TechCrunch)Airbnb is grappling with how to treat people with criminal convictions (Quartz)A German court ruled you can inherit Facebook content like a letter or a diary (Quartz)Here's what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S10, including a new feature you won't find on iPhones (Business Insider)Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend (TechCrunch)

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Jul 16, 2018
Friday, 7/13 - A Big-Boy Photoshop for iPads

Full Photoshop is coming to iPads, PC sales are growing again, what now for the AT&T/Time Warner merger, what does an unlimited data plan really mean, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @imkialikethecar, @ballmatthew Tweets: @renato_mariotti Links:Top of the Morning (Axios)AT&T’s no-good week shows why it may regret its Google envy (Fast Company)Uber begins monitoring U.S. driver background checks continuously (Axios)Unlimited data plans are a mess: here’s how to pick the best one (The Verge) Weekend Longreads:Hell for Elon Musk Is a Midsize Sedan (Bloomberg Businessweek)How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update (The Atlantic)Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts (The Atlantic)GEORGE HOTZ IS ON A HACKER CRUSADE AGAINST THE ‘SCAM’ OF SELF-DRIVING CARS (The Verge)THE ONLY GOOD ONLINE FANDOM LEFT IS DUNE (The Outline)Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No One Else Dares (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 3) (Matthew Ball/Redef)

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Jul 13, 2018
Thursday, 7/12 - New MacBook Pros

Surprise MacBook Pro updates, Broadcom goes for Plan B, the fate of Gawker and The Onion, who will be the first to a trillion dollars, and who wants to be the Pixar of VR. Links:APPLE’S NEW MACBOOK PROS HAVE THE LATEST INTEL PROCESSORS AND QUIETER KEYBOARDS (The Verge)Broadcom reaches deal to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in cash (CNBC)The Race to a Trillion (Above Avalon)

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Jul 12, 2018
Wednesday, 7/11 - The 2018 X Graduating Class

Facebook faces its first fine from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a look at what Article 13 might do to the web, a juicy new Apple rumor, more hints from Magic Leap, and a look at Alphabet’s “Moonshot” factory. Stories from: @AlecMuffett, @adavies47 Tweets: @joshelman Links:Facebook is slapped with first fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal (Washington Post)Thread by @AlecMuffett: "Regards Article13, I wrote up a little command-line false-positive emulator; it tests 10 million events with a test (for copyrighted materia […]" #Article13 (Alex Muffett)European Networks Are Joining Forces to Take On Netflix and Amazon (The Hollywood Reporter)INSIDE X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY RACING TO BUILD THE NEXT GOOGLE (Wired)

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Jul 11, 2018
Tuesday, 7/10 - Netflix Smart Downloads

Microsoft unveils a new Surface tablet, police can probably still break into iPhones, YouTube fights fake news, the new silicon gold rush, and Netflix makes binging even easier. Links:Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go aims to stand out from iPads or Chromebooks (The Verge)Microsoft's $399 Surface Go is here to nuke Apple's iPad (Mashable)The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race (Ars Technica)Netflix Binge-Watching Just Got Even Easier: Now It Automatically Downloads New Episodes To Watch Offline (BuzzFeed)

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Jul 10, 2018
Monday, 7/9 - Thanos Did Nothing Wrong!

Xiaomi’s IPO disappoints, Apple Music gains on Spotify, Amazon’s ad business could be a contender, and why half the members of a popular subreddit are getting banned. Stories from: @mikelaris, @noamscheiber Tweets: @danprimack Links:Shares of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi stumble on their debut, slipping as much as 6% (CNBC)Xiaomi's weak debut signals trouble for upcoming Hong Kong tech listings (Reuters)Apple slices into Spotify’s lead in the US music market (CNBC)High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too (NYTimes)Federal researchers are using data from Waze and Maryland to try to predict road dangers (Washington Post)The Thanos subreddit is gleefully heading for mass slaughter (The Verge)

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Jul 09, 2018
Friday, July 6, 2018 - Memes Are Safe! For Now...

Sonos files for an IPO, Netflix sunsets movie reviews, the iPhone is getting new colors, the memes are safe for now, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:MEPs vote to reopen copyright debate over 'censorship' controversy (TechCrunch)Kuo: New 2018 iPhone models to come in gold, grey, white, blue, red and orange colors (9to5Mac)Amazon Takes a Page From Toys ‘R’ Us With a Holiday Catalog (Bloomberg)Reddit — one of the world's most popular websites — is trying to cash in through advertising (CNBC) Longreads Suggestions:Xiaomi founder Lei Jun’s tech empire goes way beyond smartphones (Quartz)SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE HEADED TOWARD AN AI ROADBLOCK (The Verge)How to Make Piles of Money Using Instagram (Bloomberg)Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer (The New Yorker)

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Jul 06, 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Dell Returns!

A big problem with Samsung Messages, Dell comes back to the public markets, more machinations in the transportation shuffle, more NSA shenanigans, and the 10th anniversary of the App Store. Links:Dell to Return to Public Markets With Tracking Stock (NYTimes)Alphabet adds to transport bets with scooter deal (FT)N.S.A. Purges Hundreds of Millions of Call and Text Records (NYTimes)IPO Market Posts Blistering First Half (WSJ)In Q2 2018, Global VC Scales Tipped In Favor Of Chinese Startups Over North America (CrunchBase)These are the top iPhone apps of all time (Tech Crunch)“Perhaps it is simpler to say that Intel…was disrupted” (Steven Sinofsky)

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Jul 03, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018 - All New Apple Maps

Xiaomi’s IPO disappoints, Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up, the state of the ICO market, the weekend long reads suggestions, and the NES is back, baby! Stories from: @panzer, @tomwarren Tweets: @elonmusk Links:Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up (TechCrunch)Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email (The Verge)Digital currency sales hit $13.7 billion in first five months of 2018: report (Reuters)The NES Classic is back: here’s where you can pick one up (The Verge) Weekend Longreads Suggestions:I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare (The Atlantic)HOW THE STARTUP MENTALITY FAILED KIDS IN SAN FRANCISCO (Wired)Despite Caution Over Cryptocurrency, Investors Are Bullish (NYTimes)The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet (Bloomberg)

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Jun 29, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Amazon Kneecaps Walgreens

Amazon makes a ton of news including buying into pharmaceutical commerce and creating its own mini-package delivery army, Apple considers one subscription to rule them all, and the long Apple/Samsung war is over. Stories from: @angelicalavito, @jacknicas Tweets: @eugenegu Links:Amazon shakes up drugstore business with deal to buy online pharmacy PillPack (CNBC)Amazon’s new blue crew: Tech giant enlists entrepreneurs to own the ‘last mile,’ delivering packages in Prime vans and uniforms (GeekWire)Apple Eyes Streaming Bundle for TV, Music and News (The Information)Apple and Samsung End Smartphone Patent Wars (NYTimes)Bird CEO Explains Why His Scooter Startup Needed $300 Million (Bloomberg)AT&T more than doubles ‘admin fee’ for every wireless customer (The Verge)Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way (TNW)

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Jun 28, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - AdWords No More

Google rebrands AdWords and demos Duplex for reporters, Twitter takes steps to fight spam and make your account more secure, Facebook wants to help you avoid spoilers and is Blackberry back with the Key2? Links:Google is retiring the AdWords & DoubleClick brands in a major rebranding aimed at simplification (Search Engine Land)Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to public testing (CNET)Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer (The Verge)Facebook tests 30-day keyword snoozing to fight spoilers, triggers (TechCrunch)BlackBerry KEY2 review: One of the most unique phones around comes up short of awesome (Android Police)

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Jun 27, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2016 - London's Uber-ing

Uber gets legal in London, a16z raises a crypto fund, Apple opts for human editors, Fortnite makes bank, and a check-in on the space race. Links:Uber wins the right to keep operating in London (TheVerge)Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade (TheVerge)Fortnite is generating more revenue than any other free game ever (ReCode)Intel and the Danger of Integration (Ben Thompson/Stratechery)Steven Sinofsky Tweet Thread on the Above

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Jun 26, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Noise-Cancelling AirPods?

New noise cancelling AirPods might be coming, AT&T buys AppNexus, more Trump and Chinese tech rumblings, and what is the future of Benchmark Capital? Links:Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019 (Bloomberg)The US now officially has the world's fastest supercomputer, knocking China off the top spot (TechSport)Is there a next act for one of Silicon Valley’s top investors after Uber? Benchmark and Bill Gurley are about to find out. (ReCode)Here’s How That Tablet On The Table At Your Favorite Restaurant Is Hurting Your Waiter (BuzzFeed) Book Recommendation:eBoys

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Jun 25, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018 - The Tesla Sabotage Story Gets Weirder?

The Supreme Court rules on cell phone tracking, YouTube gets channel memberships, Twitter literally smites Smyte, the Elon Musk sabotage saga gets weirder and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @sarahintampa, @drewharwell Tweets: @mathewi  Links:Supreme Court says police can't use your cellphone to track you without a court order (NBC News)Twitter ‘smytes’ customers (TechCrunch)Elon Musk Has Always Been At War With The Media (BuzzFeed) Weekend Longreads:How Twitter Made The Tech World's Most Unlikely Comeback (BuzzFeed)The Legend of Nintendo (Bloomberg)Intel now faces a fight for its future (The Verge)INSIDE THE CRYPTO WORLD'S BIGGEST SCANDAL (Wired)

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Jun 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Whatever Happened to Apple's AirPower?

Intel’s CEO steps down, an update on Apple’s AirPower wireless charger, a Supreme Court ruling will have a big impact on e-commerce, and Amazon Fire TV Cube reviews. Stories from: @jessiwrites, @chrisvelazco Tweets: @kevinctofel Links: Why Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make (Bloomberg)AMAZON FIRE TV CUBE REVIEW: A SMARTER STREAMING BOX (The Verge)Google turns on ‘Continued Conversation’ in the Google Assistant (Search Engine Land)WHY LYFT IS TRYING TO BECOME THE NEXT SUBSCRIPTION BUSINESS (Wired)

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Jun 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Instagram Debuts IGTV

The immigration controversy comes to Silicon Valley, Instagram debuts IGTV, Disney ups its bid for Fox, and a new phone finds a new way around “the notch.” Links:Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video (TechCrunch)Oppo’s Find X ditches the notch for pop-up cameras (The Verge)Crypto Exchange Bithumb Halts Withdrawals After $31 Million Hack (CoinDesk)

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Jun 20, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Musk Fears Sabotage

Verizon and AT&T stop selling your location data, Google roles out a couple of cool new things, Alexa is coming to your hotel, Elon Musk is worried about sabotage, and how Europe might kill meme culture. Stories from: @jacknicas Tweets: @coryweinberg, @danprimack Links:In China Trade War, Apple Worries It Will Be Collateral Damage (NYTimes)One Year in, Bird Founder Sells Some Shares (The Information)The EU's bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable (Wired UK)

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Jun 19, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Apple Upgrades 911 Calls

Apple upgrades 911 calls—and is taking a case to the Supreme Court—Google invests big time in China, gaming addiction is officially a disorder, and how an Australian telecom company is screwing up the World Cup. Stories from: @stevelevine, @tiffkhsu Tweets: @mhbergen Links:In China, a picture of how warehouse jobs can vanish (Axios)Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office (NYTimes)Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die (Bloomberg)SBS to screen World Cup games after Optus fail (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Jun 18, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018 - Oprah Signs With Apple

Oprah signs with Apple, but OLEDs aren’t working out for Apple, Netflix has a hidden source for teen comedy hits, the weekend longreads suggestions, and, if you can believe it, William Shatner’s new gig. Stories from: @mochi_wsj, @McLauchlin Links:APPLE’S ORIGINAL CONTENT IS FURTHER ALONG THAN YOU THINK (LoupVentures)Netflix’s latest hit ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a Wattpad success story (TechCrunch)How Batteries Went From Primitive Power to Global Domination (Bloomberg)William Shatner's new enterprise: A solar-powered bitcoin mining farm in southern Illinois (Chicago Tribune) Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Time Canada Wanted Its Own Internet Because It Thought the US Would Mess It Up (Motherboard)Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy (The Atlantic)HOW THE TRENDIEST GRILLED-CHEESE VENTURE GOT BURNT (Wired)THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE RACY MODULE THAT ALMOST RUINED D&D (Wired)

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Jun 15, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Save Metafilter!

Apple tries to lock down it’s phones again, Google makes ad targeting more transparent, Microsoft works to replace cashiers with robots… but the robots have already come for middle managers at Amazon, and a plea to help save Metafilter. Stories from: @spencersoper, @viticci, @CamiRusso Links:Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation (MacStories)Amazon’s Clever Machines Are Moving From the Warehouse to Headquarters (Bloomberg)Making a Killing in Virtual Real Estate (Bloomberg)The Million Dollar Homepage (Wikipedia)SAVE METAFILTER!

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Jun 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Major Twitter Changes

Today was major revamp day. Twitter’s ringing in big changes. Microsoft is putting a new polish on Office. Also: Intel jumps into the GPU game, Bitcoin might have been manipulated, and Fortnite comes to the Nintendo Switch. Stories from: @nathanielpopper, @PatcohenNYT, @ryanshrout Tweets: @hrtbps Links:Intel makes it a three-way race with AMD and Nvidia on graphics chips (Marketwatch)Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated Last Year, Researchers Say (NYTimes)E-Commerce Might Help Solve the Mystery of Low Inflation (NYTimes)Fortnite on the Switch is good enough to make Sony’s cross-play policy look even more stupid (The Verge)

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Jun 13, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - E-Scooters To The Moon!

E-scooter valuations explode, Facebook turns in its homework, Microsoft’s next Xbox is coming in 2020, how Netflix is winning, and a dreaded 51% attack explained. Here’s what you missed today in the world of tech. Tweets: @annehelen, @arielbogle Stories: @danprimack, @bdsams Links:Scooter startup Bird is seeking a $2 billion valuation (Axios)Microsoft’s Next-Gen Xbox Will Arrive in 2020 ( Guy Tapping His Head Meme Explained (NYMag)Inside the Binge Factory (NYMag)Blockchain's Once-Feared 51% Attack Is Now Becoming Regular (CoinDesk)TED Residency (TED)

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Jun 12, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018 - Snapchat Clear Chats and Facebook Memories

Snapchat Clear Chats and Facebook’s Memories come at social media from different philosophical viewpoints, headlines from the ramp up to E3, new Apple Watch rumors, the scooter economy, and do on-screen fingerprint scanners work well? Stories from: @thesullivan, @345triangle Links:The Apple Watch will get touch-sensitive, solid-state buttons (Fast Company)The Scooter Economy (Stratechery)How to understand the financial levers in your business (TechCrunch)AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Has Dealmakers Bracing (NYTimes)In-display fingerprint sensors are here, and they actually work (The Verge)

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Jun 11, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018 - Google's 7 Principles for AI

Google’s lays out ethical principles for AI development, Facebook has another privacy issue (again), why the next generation of gaming consoles might be the last, Yahoo Messenger logs off, and the weekend long-reads suggestions. Stories from: @sundarpichai, @terrortola  Links:AI at Google: our principles (Google)Can Google keep its promises on building ethical AI? (Engadget)Airbnb says forced to cancel bookings under new Japan law (Asia One)Ubisoft Believes Next Gen Is the Last for Consoles as Microsoft Looks Beyond Platforms (Variety)Chat Wars (N+1) Longreads:‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech (Washington Post)The Twitter crime mystery that gripped Spain (BBC)Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' (The Guardian)Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' (Digg)Why Aren’t We All Buying Houses on the Internet? (Slate)

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Jun 08, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - The Fire TV Cube

ZTE makes a deal with Uncle Sam, but Google might be in trouble because of Huawei, the new Amazon Fire TV Cube is announced, a new Blackberry phone, a redesigned Lyft app and more Instagram video rumors. Stories from: @stuwoo, @meganrosedickey LinksAfter Scrutinizing Facebook, Congress Turns to Google Deal With Huawei (WSJ)Lyft redesigns rider app to encourage shared rides (TechCrunch)Instagram plans to launch Snapchat Discover-style video hub (TechCrunch)For BlackBerry Key2, privacy is (again) a key pitch for comeback (CNET)

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Jun 07, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Hour-long Instagram Videos?

A whole slew of product announcements. New Sonos speakers. A new Motorola smartphone. A new AMD chip. Instagram may soon allow you to post hour-long videos. Plus: why Microsoft sunk a data center off the Scottish coast and why startups keep naming themselves after… people. Stories from: @DMOberhaus, @janinewolfj9, @laforgia_  Links:Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence (NYTimes)Instagram Could Soon Allow Users to Post Long-Form Video (WSJ)Microsoft Just Put a Data Center on the Bottom of the Ocean (Motherboard)Marcus, Casper, Oscar: Why Startups Are Obsessed With Human Names (Bloomberg)

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Jun 06, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Intel Says "F— Everything! We're Doing 28 Cores!"

Intel releases some anniversary chips, why WhatsApp and Facebook had a falling out, followups from WWDC and analysis of that GitHub acquisition, and some scientists purposely created a psychopathic AI. Stories from: @jameskobielus, @janewakefield Tweets: @pkafka Links:Microsoft’s GitHub takeover sends shockwaves through the open-source developer ecosystem (SiliconAngle)Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders (WSJ)Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI (BBC News)I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Wikipedia)Roko's basilisk (LessWrong)

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Jun 05, 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018 - WWDC Highlights

Today, it’s all about developers, everything from Apple’s WWDC Keynote, Microsoft buys GitHub in order to court developers. Oh. And a new Facebook data brouhaha. Tweet commentary: @ericlbarnes, @HenrikJoreteg Links:Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion (The Verge)Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends (NYTimes)

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Jun 04, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018 - What to Expect From WWDC

The end of an era in venture capital, the end of Facebook’s trending news feature, what to expect from WWDC next week, some new ARM chips and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @joshuarothman, @deborahgage, @meliarobin Links:New Arm Cortex-A76 and Mali-G76 target laptop-class performance (Android Authority)Angry Facebook shareholders challenge Zuckerberg over 'corporate dictatorship' (The Guardian)Apple Is Set to Unveil AR Upgrade, Software to Manage iPhone Use (Bloomberg)Apple’s WWDC 2018: iOS 12, macOS, and what else to expect (The Verge)WWDC 2018: What to expect from Apple’s big event (MacWorld) Weekend Longreads:Obama's US Digital Service Survives Trump—Quietly (Wired)The Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers (WSJ)How Futures Trading Changed Bitcoin Prices (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)The Growing Emptiness of the "Star Wars" Universe (The New Yorker)

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Jun 01, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Self Driving Cars 4 Realz

A bunch of self driving car news, a bunch of headline making quotes from the Code Conference, a couple new flagship smartphones, and a new Atari gaming console that nobody is quite sure the purpose of. Stories: @Charlie_L_Hall, @richardlai Tweets: @ChengmingAlpert, @dcseifert Links:Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s trying to convince Alphabet to put Waymo self-driving cars on the company’s network (Recode)Xiaomi's transparent Mi 8 also does 3D face unlock (Engadget)Atari is crowdfunding a new console, but who is this device actually for? (Polygon)

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May 31, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - Mary Meeker's Internet Report

The Code Conference brings us Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report and juicy quotes from Evan Spiegel, web publishers find life after Facebook, a new gaming laptop from HP, and how ambulance chasing lawyers can target ads to people in the hospital. Tweets: @simonowens, @agolis Links:Snapchat preps Snapkit platform to bring camera, login to other apps (TechCrunch)Mobile Direct Traffic Eclipses Facebook (Chartbeat)Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis (Recode)Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs (NPR)Glenn's Kickstarter

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May 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Uber Gets a Panic Button and Facebook Gets Paused

Uber adds a panic button, Apple updates HomePod, the Chinese trade war is back on, Facebook gets a month-long timeout, another EU privacy regulation, and less-desirable dogs get better PR. Tweets from from @lcmoser, @heldavidson, @jimwaterson Links:Uber adds a panic button in its app (The Verge)Uber’s Exit From Southeast Asia Upsets Regulators and Drivers (New York Times)Apple’s HomePod Speaker Finally Gets Multi-Room Audio And Stereo Mode (Buzzfeed)Papua New Guinea To Shutdown Facebook (Post Courier)Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s hardest year, and what comes next (Vox)Bid to Block Trump's Deal on ZTE Would Have Support, Rubio Says (Bloomberg News)The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law (New York Times)How The Internet Is Changing The Way Dogs Find Homes (Buzzfeed)Credits: Special Guest-Host: Glenn Fleishman Produced by @glennf, @brianmcc, and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 29, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018 - Musk Rages and Alexa Listens In

European Union privacy restrictions kick in, Tesla settles a suit, Alexa is listening, Essential becomes a misnomer, and San Francisco brakes scooters. Tweets: @bxchen, @ktbenner, @geoffreyfowler, @zeynep, @cathyyoung63, @mccanner Links:Publications block EU readers (New York Times)Google late to update advertisers and ad-tech networks on GDPR changes (Digiday)Tesla settles on auto-pilot (Reuters)Alexa forwards private conversation by couple (KIRO)Amazon’s statement on Alexa recording and forwarding (Recode)Piles of bike-sharing cycles (Atlantic)Long Reads:Instagram has transformed high-school basketball players into starsAn oral history of the Microsoft antitrust lawsuit that’s now 20 years oldHow Facebook monitors for abuse and misuseIn depth on Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne BoleynCredits: Special Guest-Host: Glenn Fleishman Produced by @glennf, @brianmcc, and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 25, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Facebook and Twitter Label Political Ads

Facebook and Twitter label political ads, Apple’s self-driving car efforts fizzle, the DOJ is looking at cryptocurrency manipulation, there’s a PornHub VPN, and StumbleUpon is no more. Stories from: @jacknicas, @mat Links:Apple, Spurned by Others, Signs Deal With Volkswagen for Driverless Cars (NYTimes)Google Buys 20,000 SUVs, Apple Gets Two Dozen VW Vans (Bloomberg)The Techie Town Of San Francisco Gets A New Tower As Houses Remain Scarce (BuzzFeed) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Why Might Amazon Ban You?

Facebook helps you find a plumber, Apple lets you download your data, Comcast wants to buy 21st Century Fox, why would Amazon ban you, and Bill Gates’ summer reading recommendations. Stories from: @kottke, @LauraStevensWSJ Links:Next Generation iPhone Chips Go Into Production (Bloomberg)HTC Announces U12 Plus With Pressure-Sensitive Buttons and Sides (The Verge)Banned From Amazon: The Shoppers Who Make Too Many Returns (WSJ) Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Recommendations:Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David ChristianLeonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler.Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Amazon Vs. The ACLU

Another chip flaw found, privacy activists turn their attention to Amazon, ZTE might be saved by the Trump Administration, Zuckerberg’s European sojourn is a damp squib, and now you can mute annoying people on Instagram. Stories from: @katienotopoulos, @sarafischer Links:The Privacy Scandal That Should Be Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica (Slate)Impatient, distracted consumers upend the media landscape (Axios)Overall Q1 US Smartphone Sales Dip 11% YoY, Apple Grows a Record 16% YoY (Counterpoint)Instagram Finally Adds A Mute Button, Saving Countless Friendships (BuzzFeed) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018 - Break Up The Big Tech Companies?

Is the government coming after Big Tech, Microsoft doubles down on voice AI, Lyft joins the e-scooter scramble, the Obamas officially join Netflix, and which smartphone is most likely to shatter? Stories from: @TaylorLorenz, @coryweinberg Tweets: @tanayj, @ibogost Links:Lyft Explores Launching Scooter Service in San Francisco (The Information)Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control (The Atlantic)We Dropped $18,000 Worth of Phones, and These Are the Toughest (and Weakest) ( Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 21, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018 - Fortnite Comes to Android

Today more leakage of your phone’s location data, Fortnite comes to Android, dataplans for seniors’ smartphones, robotic insects, drone sailboats, and the weekend long reads suggestions. Stories from: @briankrebs, @valleyhack Links: Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site (KrebsonSecurity)The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off (University of Washington)This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean (Bloomberg) Longreads Suggestions:Death in the alpine (High Country News)How Evan Spiegel Fumbled Snap’s Redesign (The Information)Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men’s Dreams (Bloomberg)I Tried to Get an AI to Write This Story (Bloomberg) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 18, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - YouTube Music

YouTube Music launches next week, Apple too is looking for a major new campus, Mobileye signs a big deal for autonomous car tech and the SEC creates honeypot to teach investors about scammy ICOs. Stories from: @JessConditt, @josephfcox Links:Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US (Motherboard)Xbox Adaptive Controller first look: A new, necessary gamepad (Engadget)The Autonomous-Car Company That’s Selling Safety First (Bloomberg)Buyer Beware: Hundreds of Bitcoin Wannabes Show Hallmarks of Fraud (WSJ)Howeycoins (SEC) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 17, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Yanny vs. Laurel

Zuckerberg to testify in Europe, Prime members to get discounts at Whole Foods, low-end tablets possibly coming from Microsoft, a blockchain phone, a connected toothbrush, and all you need to know about the Yanny or Laurel controversy. Stories from: @markgurman, @chrissyfarr Tweets: @backlon, @anindac92 Links:Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices for Prime members in new grocery showdown (Reuters)Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad (Bloomberg)This start-up made connected toothbrushes -- now it aims to overthrow the 'primitive' dental insurance industry (CNBC)Yanny or Laurel? How an Audio Clip Divided the Internet (NYTimes)The True History of 'Yanny' and 'Laurel' (Wired) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 16, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Silicon Valley Cleans Up Its Act

Everyone says they’re cleaning up their act: Twitter, Facebook, Uber. The Crypto kids crash New York while Coinbase cozies up to Wall Street. The Surface Hub 2 looks pretty sweet, and we might soon be shooting Wikipedia pages to the moon. Stories from: @lorengrush  Tweets: @AaronKlein, @marcoarment, @ballmatthew Links:At NYC’s Big Crypto Conference, the Lamborghinis Are Rented and Protests Are Staged (Bloomberg)Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is designed for an office of the future (The Verge)Tweetstorm about Netflix and "originals" (Matthew Ball)This nonprofit plans to send millions of Wikipedia pages to the Moon — printed on tiny metal sheets (The Verge) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 15, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018 - Email Encryption Might Be Broken

Email encryption might be broken, Facebook suspends suspicious apps, why Google employees are resigning in protest, Silicon Valley could benefit from a gambling gold rush, and how Masayoshi Son is disrupting the entire technology world. Stories from: @Danny_Heifetz, @kateconger Tweets from: @F_Kaltheuner, @dcurtis Links:Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract (Gizmodo)New HP all-in-one houses Alexa, provides power with wireless charging base (Ars Technica)The Supreme Court Struck Down the Law Prohibiting Sports Gambling. Here’s What Could Happen Next. (The Ringer)Supreme Court allows states to legalize sports betting, opening floodgates for online gambling profits (TechCrunch)The impact of Masayoshi Son’s $100bn tech fund will be profound (The Economist) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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May 14, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018 - A Facebook Cryptocurrency?
Is a Facebook cryptocurrency really possible? Can Snapchat redesign its way back into users' hearts? What's going on at Symantec? Klout strikes out. And the Weekend Longreads. Stories from: @alexeheath, @mekosoff Tweets: @om, @manjusrii, @sfiegerman Links:"It Was Cataclysmic": Can Snapchat Survive Its Redesign? (Vanity Fair)IAB says online advertising grew to $88B last year — more spending than TV (TechCrunch) Longreads:Don't Skype Me: How Microsoft Turned Consumers Against a Beloved Brand (Bloomberg)How to Make Your Open Office Less Annoying (The Atlantic)The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia’s Editors From Killing Each Other (WSJ)The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers (Bloomberg)Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting (Ars Technica) This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 11, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Sending Secret Messages to Siri
The suspected Russian Facebook ads are released, a new Apple credit card, why Roku is a quiet powerhouse, Robinhood raises a ton of money, and how your digital assistant might be susceptible to subliminal commands. Stories from: @jank0, @mattlynley  Tweets: @ByronTau, @anildash Links:Link to the Russian Facebook ads ( Sachs, Apple Team Up on New Credit Card (WSJ)Roku Earnings Beat Expectations as Ads, Services Surpass Hardware Revenue (Variety)Free stock trading app Robinhood rockets to a $5.6B valuation with new funding round (TechCrunch)Google Grapples With ‘Horrifying’ Reaction to Uncanny AI Tech (Bloomberg)Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried? (The Verge)Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t. (NYTimes)Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 (The Flaming Lips) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 10, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Facebook's Executive Shuffle
A major Facebook executive shakeup, Walmart beats Amazon to Flipkart, Glassdoor gets acquired, one more chance to fight for net neutrality, and a deeper look at how Google’s Duplex technology works. Stories from: @brianstelter Tweets: @pt, @poniewozik Links:Tweet thread about using crypto for social networking (Parker Thompson @pt)Red Alert For Net Neutrality Email Your Senator Form (Do it!)Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real World Tasks Over the Phone (Google AI Blog)FX and New York Times partner for new series 'The Weekly' (CNN/Money) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 09, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Google I/O Highlights
The highlights from Google I/O, Microsoft gives developers 95%, possible encrypted Twitter DMs, the NYSE wants to trade bitcoin, and Uber unveils its flying car. Stories from: @nathanielpopper, @tonyromm Tweets: @puiwingtam, @bzamayo Links:Link to the video of the full I/O keynoteBest video I could find (in a rush) of the Duplex DemoTwitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature (TechCrunch)Bitcoin Sees Wall Street Warm to Trading Virtual Currency (NYTimes)Uber shows its flying car prototype, which looks like a giant drone (CNBC) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 08, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018 - The iMac at Twenty
Highlights from Microsoft's Build conference, a preview of Google's I/O conference, you might soon be able to add music to your Instagram Stories, who's ahead in the autonomous car race, and the iMac at twenty. Stories from: @backlon, @nickstatt Links:Nadella's Microsoft (The Verge)Eight things to expect at Google I/O 2018 (The Verge)Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race? (Bloomberg)Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone (The Atlantic) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 07, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018 - Would You Pay For Facebook?
Would you pay for a Facebook subscription? Would you pay for Facebook satellite internet? Instagram adds native payments, Warren Buffett doubles down on Apple, the weekend longreads suggestions and plenty more. Stories from: @NellieBowles, @beckyquick Jokes from: @behindyourback Links:Facebook Weighs Ad-Free Subscription Option (Bloomberg)Facebook May Have Secret Plans to Build a Satellite-Based Internet (ieee spectrum)Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce (TechCrunch)Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought a stunning 75 million Apple shares in first quarter (CNBC)Why Regulators Should Approve the T-Mobile/Sprint Deal (Tech.pinions)The ‘Race to 5G’ Is Just Mindless Marketing BS (Motherboard) Longreads:‘Hi, It’s Amazon Calling. Here’s What We Don’t Like in Your City.’ (WSJ)Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category (Inc)All We Want to Do Is Watch Each Other Play Video Games (NYTimes)CoinTalk (podcast) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 04, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Xiaomi files for a monster IPO
Xiaomi files for a monster IPO, Cambridge Analytica might not be dead after all, a whole bunch of news in the digital assistant space, NPR buys a podcast app, and how Stories have eaten social networking. Stories from: @oneunderscore__ , @JoshConstine Tweets: @rycrist Links:How Xiaomi Went From Has-Been to World's Biggest IPO in Years (Bloomberg)Stories are about to surpass feed sharing. Now what? (TechCrunch) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 03, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - AI Announcements at F8
Facebook’s AI announcements from F8, LG announces G7 ThinQ, Apple earnings analysis, Snap earnings analysis, the Pentagon blocks the sale of Chinese phones, and can AI predict the next Avengers: Infinity War? Stories from: @ashleyrcarman, @DanielEran  Tweets from: @BenedictEvans, @lexnfx Links:Cambridge Analytica Closing Operations Following Facebook Data Controversy (WSJ)Telegram Messaging App Scraps Plans for Public Coin Offering (WSJ)LG’s G7 ThinQ preserves the headphone jack and introduces a notch (The Verge)Pandora Learns the Cost of Ads, and of Subscriptions (Wired)Over 30? You're Too Old For Tech Jobs In China (Bloomberg)Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War? (Wired) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 02, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Apple Earnings and Facebook's F8
Apple's earnings numbers, all of the announcements from Facebook's F8 conference, a WhatsApp co-founder leaves, publishers criticize Google over GDPR, and will Comcast only give you faster internet speeds if you subscribe to cable TV? Stories from: @lizzadwoskin Tweets: @anildash, @johnbattelle, @jason_kint Links:Mark Zuckerberg Says it Will Take 3 Years to Fix Facebook (Wired)WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook (Washington Post)Comcast won’t give new speed boost to Internet users who don’t buy TV service (Ars Technica) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
May 01, 2018
Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 - The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
The T-Mobile/Sprint merger, Fitbit wants to share health data with doctors, Oculus wants virtual reality theater, Galaxy S9s get a storage boost, and did Jeff Bezos become a billionaire simply because he wanted to live in space?  Links:As controversy swirls, Facebook dials down the swagger on its developer conference (The Verge)Oculus wants to make immersive virtual theater a reality (CNET)Jeff Bezos reveals what it’s like to build an empire and become the richest man in the world — and why he's willing to spend $1 billion a year to fund the most important mission of his life (Business Insider) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 30, 2018
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 - DNA Site Cracks the Golden State Killer Case

The Price of Amazon Prime is going up, Apple's AirPort is going away, Square buys Weebly, A DNA site might have cracked the Golden State Killer case, will T-Mobile and Sprint finally tie the knot, is Apple working on an AR/VR headset, and the weekend longreads. Stories: @matthew_d_green, @reneritchie Tweets: @jrichlive, @mattmcgee Links:RIP AirPort Base Stations: Why Apple is exiting the Wi-Fi router business (iMore)Apple’s working on a powerful, wireless headset for both AR, VR (CNET)GEDmatch, a tiny DNA analysis firm, was key for Golden State Killer case (Ars Technica)A few thoughts on Ray Ozzie’s “Clear” Proposal (Matthew Green) Weekend Longreads:Inside Jeff Bezos’s DC Life (Washingtonian)Hulu Beyond 'Handmaid's Tale': Execs and Stars on a Promising Yet Uncertain Future (The Hollywood Reporter)Can Silicon Valley Get You Pregnant? (Fast Company)You could be flirting on dating apps with paid impersonators (Quartz) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme editors Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 27, 2018
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 - Snap's Spectacles 2.0

It’s an earnings bonanza! Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook… and what might Samsung’s earnings mean for Apple’s? Also, new Snapchat Spectacles, a look behind the scenes at Nintendo, a possible Sonos IPO and Digg finds a new home. Stories from: @maureenmfarrell, @CaseyNewton Tweets: @lexnfx Links:Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive (The Verge)Inside Nintendo's secretive creative process (The Guardian)Sonos Prepares for IPO as Soon as June (WSJ) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 26, 2018
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 - The Gmail Revamp
Facebook earnings, Twitter earnings, the Gmail redesign arrives, Alexa for children, a possible solution for law enforcement accessing encrypted phones, and drones are helping first responders in Europe. Stories from: @mm_maack and @StevenLevy Links:DJI launches a new emergency drone program in Europe (TNW)Cracking the Crypto War (Wired) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 25, 2018
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 - Amazon Wants to Deliver to... Your Car?
Amazon now delivers to your car, Spotify updates its app for free users, a wrap up of Alphabet’s earnings, jailbreak-able Nintendo Switches, and Mt. Gox’s Mark Karpelès breaks his silence. Stories from: @ShiraOvide, @KyleOrl, @jenwieczner Links:Google's Writing Checks and Trusts Investors Won’t Bounce (Bloomberg)The “unpatchable” exploit that makes every current Nintendo Switch hackable (Ars Technica)Mt. Gox and the Surprising Redemption of Bitcoin’s Biggest Villain (Fortune) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 24, 2018
Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 - Amazon's Robot For Your Home
Alphabet's Q1 earnings, Amazon's working on a domestic robot, Aleksandr Kogan says he worked more closely with Facebook than has been reported, spies—like us—fear digital tracking, and the state of the music industry. Stories:Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots (Bloomberg)Cambridge Analytica Data Scientist Aleksandr Kogan Wants You To Know He’s Not A Russian Spy (BuzzFeed)Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google (WSJ)CIA agents in 'about 30 countries' being tracked by technology, top official says (CNN)Global Recorded Music Revenues Grew By $1.4 Billion in 2017 (Music Industry Blog) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 23, 2018
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 - Google Has a Plan to Supplant SMS

Google brands its replacement for SMS as "Chat," Apple can’t quit Samsung…yet, people are worried about MoviePass, digital design pioneer Susan Kare is honored, the weekend long reads suggestions, and Do Not Disturb While Driving might be having an impact. Stories from: @LangeAlexandra, @backlon, @emiliapetrarca Tweets: @waltmossberg Links:Exclusive: Chat is Google's Next Big Fix for Android's Messaging Mess (The Verge)Apple Can’t Cut Its Dependence on Rival Samsung’s Screens (WSJ)The Woman Who Gave The Macintosh a Smile (The New Yorker)Phone use while driving is still a huge problem, but this is helping (SlashGear) LongReads:Style is an Algorithm (Racked)Everything We Know About the Feud Between These Two Computer-Generated Instagram Influencers (The Cut)Iceland Takes Hard Look at Tech Boom Sparked by Its Cheap, Bountiful Power (WSJ)The Untold Story of Jaime Levy, Punk-Rock Cyber-Publishing Pioneer (NYMag)Can This Man Help Uber Recover From The Travis Kalanick Era? (Wired) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 20, 2018
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 - Bezos' Shareholder Letter
Amazon Prime tops 100 million subscribers, clarifying Facebook’s GDPR compliance, Netflix has mobile previews, what metrics show that is Reddit bigger than Facebook, and will you soon be able to letter in eSports? Stories from: @David_Ingram, @aatilley Links:Amazon CEO Shareholder Letter (SEC)Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law (Reuters)Facebook Is Forming a Team to Design Its Own Chips (Bloomberg)Intel Plans to Shut Down Smart Glasses Group (The Information)PlayVS wants every high school to have an esports team (TechCrunch) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 19, 2018
Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 - Amazon and Best Buy Join Forces (for TVs)
Facebook rolls out better privacy tools globally, Amazon and Best Buy partner to sell TVs, the IRS suffered from a terribly timed outage, YouTube tries to reassure creators, and the great San Francisco scooter debate. Stories:A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes (TechCrunch)Welcome to the Wikipedia for Terms of Service Agreements (Wired) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 18, 2018
Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018 - Big Changes Coming to Apple News
Apple is readying a new subscription reading app, tech companies pledge not to help governments wage cyberwar, Facebook outlines its web tracking, and Netflix earnings. Tweets: @DaveLeeBBC, @geoffreyfowler Stories:These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database (Forbes)Hard Questions: What Data Does Facebook Collect When I’m Not Using Facebook, and Why? (Facebook Newsroom) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 17, 2018
Monday, Apr. 16, 2018 - US Punishes a Chinese Cellphone Maker
US punishes a Chinese cellphone maker, two interesting acquisitions (General Assembly and, App Store earnings, original streaming content numbers, and some Android apps might be collecting data from kids. Links:Netflix Licensed Content Generates 80% of U.S. Viewing, Study Finds (Variety)How We Need to Remake the Internet (TED) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Apr 16, 2018
Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 - Instagram Saves Poetry?

Is Telegram the new refuge for pirated content, more police departments buy a device to unlock iPhones, Chinese cops use facial recognition to pick criminals out of crowds, more leaks of upcoming Gmail features, the long reads suggestions, and how Instagram might be making poetry popular again. Stories:Telegram is the Hot New Source for Pirated Content (The Outline)Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show (Motherboard) LongReads:Web apps are only getting better (The Verge)In pursuit of the perfect AI voice (Engadget)Silicon Valley Powered American Tech Dominance—Now It Has a Challenger (WSJ)Arcade fame turns to infamy as Billy Mitchell's record-setting Donkey Kong score is invalidated (TechCrunch) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 13, 2018
Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 - ESPN+ Debuts

ESPN goes over-the-top, Apple’s Home Pod is reportedly “stumbling,” a final wrap-up of the Zuckerberg testimony, Snap testing commerce, and an AI doctor can diagnose on its own.  Stories:How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You (Wired)The Facebook Current (Stratechery)The Most Important Exchange of the Zuckerberg Hearing (The Atlantic)I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes. (NYTimes)AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA (The Verge) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 12, 2018
Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 - A Spotify/Hulu Bundle

Zuckerberg’s back on the hot seat, Spotify and Hulu have a new bundle, changes might be coming to Gmail, we might have new Spectacles soon, and Uber adds a car rental option. Stories from: @KaleighRogers, @sarahjeong Links:Four Questions Congress Should Ask Mark Zuckerberg (Wired)Let’s Talk About Mark Zuckerberg’s Claim that Facebook 'Doesn’t Sell Data' (Motherboard)Here's How Much Facebook Donated to Every Lawmaker Questioning Mark Zuckerberg this Week (The Verge) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 11, 2018
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 - Mr. Zuckerberg Goes to Washington

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington, taking the temperature of Facebook employees, a fake Black Lives Matter page, YouTube videos vandalized, an Instagram portrait mode, and a museum of lost sounds. Stories from: @georgia_wells, @dseetharaman Tweets: @marshallk, @cwarzel Links:Some Facebook Workers Feel Outrage Is Misplaced (WSJ)Bots in the Twittersphere (Pew Research)Conserve the Sound Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 10, 2018
Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 - iPhone (PRODUCT)RED

A new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone, Uber gets into bike sharing, Zuckerberg crams for Congress, an open source AR headset, and why phishing attacks work. Stories:Amazon spent nearly $23 billion on R&D last year — more than any other U.S. company (Recode)17 percent of employees fall for social engineering attacks (betanews) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 09, 2018
Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 - Facebook Labels Political Ads

Facebook labels political ads, cryptocurrencies might run afoul of GDPR, SpaceX can’t post videos from space, bots help you beat parking tickets, the weekend longreads and what’s the story behind Fortnite? Stories and Longreads:Lawyer bots take the hassle out of fighting parking tickets and property taxes — and could cost local governments real revenue (Recode)How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet (The Verge)Checking in with the Facebook fact-checking partnership (Columbia Journalism Review)A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers A New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins (Wired)South Korean millennials are reeling from the Bitcoin bust (The Verge) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 06, 2018
Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 - Zuckerberg's PR Offensive

Zuckerberg’s Q&A with reporters, possible social media regulations, Trump may hate Amazon but Uncle Sam seems to love ‘em, a dreaded 51% attack in crypto, and a new home for Moviefone. Stories:How the Government Could Fix Facebook (The Atlantic) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 05, 2018
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 - The YouTube Shooting Incident

Everything we know about yesterday’s shooting incident at YouTube, rumors of iphones with curved glass, Zuckerberg’s going to testify to congress, Apple poaches Google’s AI chief, and a smart piece about social media overload. Stories from: @markgurman and @BenedictEvans Links:Apple Working on Touchless Control and Curved iPhone Screen (Bloomberg)The death of the newsfeed (Benedict Evans) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 04, 2018
Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018 - Spotify's Stock Debut

Spotify debuts on the stock market, but it needs to depend less on record labels, Trump seems serious about Amazon, your favorite messaging app is changing, Panera has a data leak and Swedes turn against a cash-free future. Links:Spotify relies on the big labels for most of its music. It thinks that will change. (Recode)“Trump is Like, ‘How Can I F--k With Him?’”: Trump’s War With Amazon (And the Washington Post) is Personal (Vanity Fair)No Sympathy for Amazon (The New Republic) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 03, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018 - Apple to Drop Intel?

Is Apple replacing Intel’s chips? Is Grindr leaking users’ HIV status? Cloudflare wants to protect your browsing privacy, Zuckerberg gives a longer interview, Macron talks AI, a profile of Amazon’s headquarters search and how many tv viewers are going over the top? Links:Zuckerberg interview with Ezra Klein (The Ezra Klein Show)EMMANUEL MACRON TALKS TO WIRED ABOUT FRANCE'S AI STRATEGY (Wired) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer

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Apr 02, 2018
Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 - The Facebook Memo Controversy
An internal Facebook memo causes controversy, Under Armour was hacked, SpaceX gets FCC approval for satellite internet, utility companies dream of electric sheep cars, and the weekend long read suggestions.  Stories from: @om, @sheelahk and @CaseyNewton Long Reads:At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears (New Yorker)Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows (The Verge)The Curious Case of the Belkin Buy ('s radical open-source move helped rewrite rules of tech (CNET) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Mar 30, 2018
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 - The Big Microsoft Re-Org
A big re-org at Microsoft, Facebook cuts out third party ad data, iOS 11.3 is out, Trump tweets his “concerns” about Amazon, Atlanta is digitally held hostage and Ripple donates to charity. Tweets from: @tomwarren, @caro_milanesi Stories from: @atbwebb Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Mar 29, 2018
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 - Facebook Privacy Shortcuts
Facebook introduces Privacy Shortcuts, Trump is “obsessed” with Amazon, Waze launches local ads, Shyp shuts down, video streaming will get faster and there’s more music now than ever!  Stories from: @harrymccracken, @NeilShahWSJ Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Mar 28, 2018
Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 - Apple's New iPad
Apple's new iPad, Arizona bans Uber test cars, Zuckerberg won't talk to Parliament but might talk to Congress, Foxconn buys Belkin, Apple goes to Hollywood, and will the streaming explosion revive piracy? Stories from: @koblin, @KarlBodeLink: Apple Goes to Hollywood. Will Its Story Have a Happy Ending? (New York Times)Link: The Rise In Streaming Video Exclusives Could Annoy Consumers, Driving Them Back To Piracy (TechDirt) Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Mar 27, 2018
Monday, Mar. 26, 2018 - The First Chrome OS Tablets
The first Chrome OS tablet, Uber exits Southeast Asia, Tim Cook thinks Facebook should be regulated, The Fitbit Versa smartwatch, and a billion dollar ATM hacker gang is taken down. Stories from: @thepacketrat, @VranicaWSJ Tweets from: @alexhern Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer This podcast is sponsored by Burrow and Anchor
Mar 26, 2018
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 - The Dropbox IPO
Low-cost iPads are coming, Dropbox IPOs, touchscreen issues with Galaxy S9s, Craigslist pulls all personal ads, and the weekend long-read suggestions. Long-reads links:How IKEA's future-living lab created an augmented reality hit (WiredUk)My Cow Game Extracted Your