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 Dec 13, 2018
Pretty good tech news coverage with an over abundance of adverts.


 Nov 10, 2018

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


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Fri. 08/23 - Are "Partners" Looking To Exit Libra?
00:19:07
Aug 23, 2019
Thu. 08/22 - Google Deserts Desserts (h/t The Verge)
00:21:06

Will we see an iPhone Pro next month? Google has a new proposal for ad tracking, Android deserts dessert nomenclature, why hasn’t tech solved parking yet, and why The Irishman might be a major fork in the road for Netflix.

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Nintendo Dispatch is a weekly Nintendo podcast with Nintendo fans Michael, Christina, and James. Each week they breakdown the latest news, game releases, and happenings in the Nintendo universe. No topic or game system is off limits as we discuss at the Nintendo Switch, 3DS, Nintendo's mobile games, theme parks, merchandise, and whatever else awesome Nintendo is doing. Join them each week for a new episode of awesome. Go to nintendodispatch.com or search Nintendo Dispatch on your podcast app right now to subscribe.

Aug 22, 2019
Wed. 08/21 - The Bull Case For WeWork
00:18:49

Next gen chips from Intel, the real HQ2 for Amazon is in India, the controversy around Apple blocking ad tracking on kids apps is a real case for King Solomon, and Ben Thompson makes a compelling bull case for WeWork.

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The Merge Conflict podcast is a weekly discussion with developers Frank and James on all things development, technology, & more. After years of being friends, Frank and James finally decided to sit down and start a podcast about their lives as mobile developers using Xamarin. Much more than just another mobile development podcast, Merge Conflict, reaches all areas of development including desktop, server, and of course mobile. They also cover fun things happening in the world of technology and gaming and whatever else happens to be on their minds. Head to mergeconflict.fm to learn more or search Merge Conflict in your favorite podcast app today to subscribe.

 

Aug 21, 2019
Tue. 08/20 - Is Apple TV+ DOA?
00:20:02
Aug 20, 2019
Mon. 08/19 - The Silicon Chip To Define The AI Era?
00:21:55

Libra gets competition, Spotify and Roku get family friendly, Amazon is sitting out the launch of Disney+ (for now), Ikea is serious about becoming a smart-home player, and can the world’s largest semiconductor chip kickstart an AI revolution?

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Aug 19, 2019
Is The Netflix Algo Broken? With Julia Alexander @loudmouthjulia
00:28:05

On a recent weekend longreads segment, I recommended a piece by The Verge’s Julia Alexander asking whether Netflix’s recommendation algorithms were broken, or maybe borked. We’re going to talk a bit about that today, but since Julia is on the Streaming Wars beat at The Verge, you know how I love to talk about the streaming wars, and we are right about at the point where the battle is going to be joined in earnest. 

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Aug 17, 2019
Fri. 08/16 - Coinbase says all your bitcoin base are belong to us
00:19:52
Aug 16, 2019
Thu. 08/15 - Three Words And An App That Could Save Your Life
00:20:48

Facebook tweaks groups, Google Assistant lets you remind family members, can we be training voice AI in a better way, say hello to the Sega Genesis Mini, and the free app that can save your life out in the wilderness.

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Aug 15, 2019
Wed. 08/14 - “We” Files, a MacBook Pro “No Fly List” and “Boatbnb”
00:21:03

WeWork files for its IPO, a huge data leak reveals fingerprints, facial recognition data and more, are you going to have trouble taking your MacBook Pro on your next flight, why Two and a Half Men is the next big piece in the streaming wars and why I’m bullish on an Airbnb for boats.

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Aug 14, 2019
Tue. 08/13 - Automattic & Tumblr & Snap & Spectacles 3
00:18:08

Tumblr finds its final home (hopefully), new Snap Spectacles, a new gaming startup tries to one-up Fortnite’s social model, why your DSLR camera is a prime ransomware target, and yes, Twinfluencers are apparently a thing.

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Aug 13, 2019
Mon. 08/12 - Your 108 Megapixel Smartphone Camera
00:21:40

Would you want (or need) a 108MP smartphone camera? The “Ninja” Blevins/Twitch breakup explained. The cat-and-mouse between Chrome and paywalls explained. Credit where due for Apple on wearables, and why touchscreens might not be a user interface panacea.

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Aug 12, 2019
(Feed Takeover) Introducing- Waveform with MKBHD
00:08:22

Hey Techmeme Ride Home Fans, we think you may like the podcast Waveform with MKBHD. Waveform is a tech podcast for the gadget lovers and tech heads. Pulling from over 10 years of experience covering the tech industry, MKBHD will keep you informed and entertained as he takes a deep dive into the latest and greatest in tech and what deserves your hard earned cash.

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Aug 12, 2019
Fri. 08/09 - Can Ride Hailing EVER Make Money?
00:21:53
Aug 09, 2019
Thu. 08/08 - I Put Zero Thought Into This Episode Title (explained in the episode)
00:20:59

All the headlines from the Galaxy Note 10 event, to what degree does Zuckerberg really want to keep Instagram independent, Google is expanding podcast search capabilities, you can now tell Alexa to slow down, and Netflix bags Benioff and Weiss and what that means to the streaming wars.

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Aug 08, 2019
Wed. 08/07 - The Disney+ Bundle Is Nuts
00:19:47

We have a launch date for Disney+ and we also have confirmation of a wicked compelling bundle, FedEx officially breaks up with Amazon, Amazon trades accusations with CVS and Walgreens, iOS API changes make life difficult for Facebook, and why it might be make or break time for TikTok.

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Aug 07, 2019
Tue. 08/06 - The Apple Card is Here, And It's A... Credit Card...
00:22:04
Aug 06, 2019
Mon. 08/05 - Cloudflare Breaks Up With 8chan
00:20:15

Cloudflare stops doing business with 8chan, two big new smartwatch releases, why the Athletic believes people will pay for sports news, the 22 year old founder of the newest unicorn, and why used electric vehicles might signal EVs are entering the mainstream.

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Aug 05, 2019
(Feed Takeover) Introducing Sean Carroll's Mindscape
00:08:43

Each week, Sean Carroll hosts conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and more. Start listening now at: http://wondery.fm/MindscapeAB

Aug 05, 2019
The State of Amazon With Jason Del Rey
00:30:14

The Vox/Recode family has a new podcast, Land of the Giants. And so we’re going to talk to Jason Del Rey, the voice behind the first season of this podcast, which focuses on Amazon. But look, I’ve wanted to get someone on to talk turkey with me about Amazon for a while now, because they're at this weird place where… maybe they’re the most powerful tech company in the land? What does that mean, for them AND for us? Jason Del Rey was the perfect person to ask.

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Aug 03, 2019
Fri. 08/02 - Stop Listening To Me, Siri!
00:20:21

Google and Apple suspend their programs where humans listen in on what you say to your voice assistant, Google will let Android users in Europe pick a search engine, Verizon tortures the very definition of words, Amazon dash buttons have an official end date, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.

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Aug 02, 2019
Thu. 08/01 - Chips Get Faster, Scooters Get Rugged-er
00:20:05

Intel’s faster new chips, Bird’s more durable new scooters, Samsung’s new lack of a headphone jack, Cisco settles with the government, IBM’s facing an age discrimination lawsuit, Cloudflare’s planning an IPO and the new season of Fortnite.

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Aug 01, 2019
Wed. 07/31 - Apple: What, Me Worry?
00:20:24

Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones, but they want you to know that that’s just fine. Samsung isn’t selling as many high end smartphones as they’d like, but seemingly no one is. There’s a new Galaxy Tab, Facebook hasn’t given up on their Portal ambitions and the rise of the livestreamed funeral business.

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Jul 31, 2019
Tue. 07/30 - The Capital One Breach Is A Weird One
00:18:57
Jul 30, 2019
Mon. 07/29 - Google Leaks, So We Don't Have To
00:19:43
Jul 29, 2019
Fri. 07/26 - The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Is Approved
00:21:45

The T-Mobile/Sprint merger gets the go-ahead, a whole bunch of odds-n-ends Apple stories, SoftBank announces a new Vision Fund, the biggest earnings wrap-up of the calendar quarter, turns out that Chris Hughes was serious about breaking up Facebook, and the weekend longreads suggestions.

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Jul 26, 2019
Thu. 07/25 - The Galaxy Fold Lives!
00:19:10
Jul 25, 2019
Wed. 07/24 - Is Media Piracy Coming Back?
00:22:25

The FTC comes down on Facebook, but is the new DOJ probe really what Silicon Valley should worry about? Cruise won’t be self-driving taxis in San Francisco this year, Snap really seems to be on the rebound, and is media piracy poised for a major comeback?

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Jul 24, 2019
Tues. 7/23 - Intel Outside
00:18:59
Apple may buy Intel’s floundering 5G chip division, new rumored iPhone models seem like modest bumps, the attorney general dreams of an impossible encryption backdoor, a Facebook design flaw potentially exposed children to strangers, the NSA consolidates cybersecurity, Uber tests an all-in-one subscription plan, a suit against AT&T over a cryptocurrency theft can proceed, and winking face money bag 100% you should use emoji at work. Sponsors Pixel Union Marketing by Moe Links: Apple in Advanced Talks to Buy Intel’s Smartphone-Modem Chip Business (WSJ) Apple to release three ‘iPhone 11’ models this fall, including A13 chip, new Taptic Engine, more (9to5mac) US attorney general says encryption creates security risk (AP) AG Barr and Trump Want to Open Government Backdoors into Americans’ Personal Devices Video Available Here (Ron Wyden statement) Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized users (The Verge) NSA Forms Cybersecurity Directorate Under More Assertive U.S. Effort (WSJ) Uber tests monthly subscription that combines Eats, rides, bikes and scooters (TechCrunch) Cryptocurrency investor’s $224 million suit against AT&T over stolen coins moves forward (CNBC) Yes, You Actually Should Be Using Emojis at Work (WSJ)
Jul 23, 2019
Mon. 7/22 - Just the Equifax, Ma'am
00:19:12
Equifax agrees to a settlement over its massive 2017 data breach, Microsoft invests a billion dollars in an generalized AI startup, Huawei is linked to North Korea’s cellular network buildout, Google settles multiple lawsuits, including a decade-old one about Wi-Fi snooping, Apple’s sequel to Tim Cook becomes apparent, and senseless violins. Sponsors Cloudbaker Pixel Union Links: CFPB, FTC and States Announce Settlement with Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach (CFPB) Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible (CNBC) With $1 Billion From Microsoft, an A.I. Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain (New York Times) Microsoft invests in and partners with OpenAI to support us building beneficial AGI (OpenAI press release) Leaked documents reveal Huawei’s secret operations to build North Korea’s wireless network (Washington Post) Google Finds Cheap Way Out of Multibillion-Dollar ‘Wi-Spy’ Suit (Bloomberg) How Google Extracted Itself From Three More Lawsuits—Data Sheet (Fortune) Apple’s Heir Apparent Is Much More Like Tim Cook Than Steve Jobs (Bloomberg) Etsy acquires musical instrument marketplace Reverb for $275 million (VentureBeat)
Jul 22, 2019
Is Tech Making Us- Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid?
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Jul 21, 2019
The Moon Landing With Charles Fishman
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Jul 20, 2019
Fri. 7/19 - This Pentagon Contract Is Not the One You’re Looking For
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Microsoft makes boring pay dividends, Trump says he’ll use JEDI mind tricks to examine a Pentagon bid, Orlando ends a controversial facial-recognition test with Amazon, and your weekend long read suggestions. Sponsors Castro Fireside Links: Microsoft beats on earnings, stock ticks up (CNBC) Trump says he’s looking into a Pentagon cloud contract for Amazon or Microsoft because ‘we’re getting tremendous complaints’ (CNBC) Republican lawmakers urge Trump not to delay the $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract Amazon and Microsoft want (CNBC) Orlando cancels Amazon Rekognition program, capping 15 months of glitches and controversy (Orlando Weekly) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: 50 Days to the Moon (Fast Company) Is It Okay to Laugh at Florida Man? (Washington Post) TikTok Stars Are Preparing to Take Over the Internet (The Atlantic) Grindr Wanted To Make The World Better For Queer People. Then A Chinese Gaming Company Bought It. (Buzzfeed) Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It’s Made Him A Victim And A Star (Buzzfeed)
Jul 19, 2019
Thurs. 07/18 - Netflix's Numbers Visit the Upside Down
00:18:33
Netflix's growth disappoints, but Stranger Things have happened. The Democratic National Committee tells candidates to avoid the photo-aging simulator FaceApp. Don't expect driverless cars any time soon, despite the hype. Can 5G networks give you cancer? No, no they can't. Finally, go ahead! Start that podcast. Don't listen to the naysayers. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Castro Links: Netflix subscription adds disappoint, stock drops (Variety) DNC warns candidates to stop using FaceApp, citing Russian danger (CNN) FaceApp developer describes privacy policy (TechCrunch) Tesla's plans for self-driving cars worry those who know best (Washington Post) Self-driving cars remains "way in the future" (New York Times) The 5G Health Hazard That Isn't (New York Times) Have we hit peak podcast? (New York Times)
Jul 18, 2019
Wed. 07/17 - Neuralink and Boston Dynamics Are Ready For Their Closeup
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Google says Project Dragonfly is dead, Apple might be producing its own original podcasts, the Switch regular gets a refresh, and two long-time interesting companies: Neuralink and Boston Dynamics are ready for the spotlight. Sponsors: Castro SVB.com/next Links: Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon (The European Commission) A Google VP Told The US Senate The Company Has “Terminated” The Chinese Search App Dragonfly (BuzzFeed News) Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals (Bloomberg) New Nintendo Switch model will have much better battery life (Polygon) Microsoft wins multibillion-dollar cloud deal from AT&T (CNBC) Elon Musk’s Neuralink Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet (NYTimes) BOSTON DYNAMICS’ ROBOTS ARE PREPARING TO LEAVE THE LAB — IS THE WORLD READY? (The Verge) Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks (BBC News) Get a podcast classified of your own. CLASSIFIED: Should users be allowed to gain value from the location data their friends share with them? Even if it's non-monetary value? If not, why not? We have created an experiment to probe into these questions. Our experiment is an app that allows users to collect and analyze hundreds of location data points that are currently being shared with them by their friends, but are not collected. When this data is collected and analyzed properly, users can gain insights on their friends' behavior, much like companies gain insight on everyone else's behavior by collecting or buying this data in bulk. We are looking for one journalist to cover this exclusively, and we figured the Techmeme ride home would be our best bet. We intend to shed some more light on privacy inconsistencies. If you are interested in this, please email us at press@whosintown.app, that is press @ whosintown dot app
Jul 17, 2019
Tue. 07/16 - Who Put The Politics In My Tech?
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Facebook explains Libra to Congress, Amazon might be next in the EU’s woodshed, Google might be next in Trump’s woodshed, another Tesla lineup shakeup, a couple of interesting raises and Microsoft opens Windows up to all your digital assistants. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Firesideconf.com/ride Links: Senators aren’t sold on Facebook’s Libra project (The Verge) Highlights from Facebook's Libra Senate hearing (TechCrunch) Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation (NYTimes) Amazon in EU Crosshairs as Vestager Fights Big Tech to the End (Bloomberg) Trump threatens to ‘take a look’ at Google for China ties (Washington Post) Silicon Valley’s Right Wing Is Angry And Punching Back (BuzzFeed News) Tesla updates pricing and options across lineup, discontinues several variants (Electrek) Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M round led by a16z (TechCrunch) Patreon raises $60M Series D, targets international growth and more customization (TechCrunch) Subscribe to the ad-free feed! Order up your own podcast classified! Podcast Classifieds: Are you a podcaster looking for an easy and affordable way to upload and share your podcast that doesn’t take a lot of time? Are you a church or ministry looking to share sermons or other content with your followers? JustCast turns your Dropbox into podcast hosting and is the easiest way to share to the web and iTunes.  With hosting solutions starting at no cost and with other very affordable hosting tiers,  JustCast is here for you. JustCast takes the hosting headaches away and gives you the ability to spend more time focusing on creating and perfecting your content. It’s the simplest way to create RSS feed for your podcast. JustCast is one of those technologies that will change your life. You’ll never remember what you did before JustCast!  Check it out at www.justcast.com
Jul 16, 2019
Mon. 07/15 - Don't Naruto-Rush Area 51
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The FTC is readying a record fine for Facebook, but is it just a parking ticket? Qualcomm refreshes the Snapdragon lineup, governments want to make money off of selling your data also, Microsoft Office quietly winning in mobile, and the Air Force warns: do NOT storm Area 51! Sponsors: Rhone.com/ride Promocode RIDE for 20% off! Firesideconf.com/ride Links: FTC Approves Roughly $5 Billion Facebook Settlement (WSJ) YouTube's Trampled Foes Plot Antitrust Revenge (Bloomberg) Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus chip is built for gaming and VR (Engadget) I-Team: Florida DMV sells your personal information to private companies, marketing firms (ABC Action News) Microsoft Word for Android has been installed more than 1 billion times (The Verge) Microsoft Word passes 1 billion installs on Play Store (Android Police) Who Needs Amazon HQ2? Not New York Real Estate’s Tech Boom (WSJ) AT&T to auto block fraud robocalls for free, but blocking spam calls will cost extra (ZDNet) Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force (Deadline)
Jul 15, 2019
Is Ecommerce Gonna Kill The Grocery Store? With Joe Fassler
00:30:43
Remember that longread from Friday? I knew lots of physical retail was under threat from ecommcerce, but do we have to worry about the grocery store too? As I said, this was something I’ve never considered. So read the piece because I got in touch with the author, Joe Fassler to see what the story is. And yes, there are larger societal and cultural and even cyclical shifts imperiling the traditional grocery market, but yes, it’s tech and ecommerce too. A deeper dive into all this, plus at look at the star of Joe’s piece, the grocery store architect who is trying to blow up the grocery in order to save it. The man who’s going to save your neighborhood grocery store (The New Food Economy) Sponsors: CognitoHQ.com Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in RIDE
Jul 14, 2019
The Superhuman Brouhaha With Mike Davidson
00:31:00
Remember the whole Superhuman kerfuffle of the last week or so? Mike Davidson wrote a blog post calling out some shady stuff in the Superhuman email product, all of silicon valley debated it, Superhuman walked things back a bit, and actually, I didn’t mention this, but Mike had a second post about this, which was even more in depth an eloquent than the first one. So, I reached out to Mike to talk about this whole thing, not because I wanted to re-litigate it, but because I wanted to poke at… well, what I said last week… what does this whole debate say about the discourse in tech at the moment? Mike's 2nd post on this that I didn't mention on the podcast Sponsors: Wix.com/podcast Capterra.com/ride
Jul 13, 2019
Fri. 07/12 - Amazon Developing A High-End Echo Speaker
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Amazon is developing a high-end Echo speaker, the PC market’s not dead yet, Postmates is having second thoughts about going public and might shop itself around instead, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Metalab.co Lightstream.com/ride Links: Amazon Plans High-End Echo, Ramps Up Work on Alexa Home Robot (Bloomberg) Gartner: PC shipments grew 1.5% in Q2 2019 (VentureBeat) Ford-VW alliance expands to include autonomous and electric vehicles (The Verge) Postmates has explored a sale to Uber or DoorDash instead of going public (Recode) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The man who’s going to save your neighborhood grocery store (The New Food Economy) Disney Won. Now What? (BuzzFeed News) You’re Hired. Now Wear This Headset to Learn the Job. (NYTimes) New Coke Didn’t Fail. It Was Murdered. (Mother Jones) ROAD-TRIPPING WITH THE AMAZON NOMADS (The Verge)
Jul 12, 2019
Thu. 07/11 - Bird In Trouble Or Turning The Corner?
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Apple quietly brings the hammer down on Zoom’s hidden web server, Apple also turns off Walkie Talkie in order to fix it, Google Assistant is listening in on you also, Amazon Music is a streaming dark-horse and dang is Bird losing a lot of money. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Metalab.co Links: Apple has pushed a silent Mac update to remove hidden Zoom web server (TechCrunch) Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping (TechCrunch) WHO’S LISTENING WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR GOOGLE ASSISTANT? (Wired) OneTrust raised $200M at a $1.3B valuation to help organizations navigate online privacy rules (TechCrunch) Amazon becomes fastest-growing music steaming service (Financial Times) Hit by Big Loss, Bird Seeks $300M in New Funds (The Information) Blockstack wins first-ever SEC approval for a token offering under Reg A+ listing (The Block) 2020 iPhone to reduce TrueDepth notch, full-screen display rumored for 2021 (Apple Insider)
Jul 11, 2019
Wed. 07/10 - The New Switch Lite Drops The... "Switching"
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The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller cheaper Switch that doesn’t “switch,” HBO Max is ready for the streaming thunderdome, is Slack falling behind Microsoft Teams, and an effort to close a funny tax loophole for crypto investors. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Metalab.co Links: Nintendo announces a handheld Nintendo Switch Lite for $199 (TechCrunch) HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home of 'Friends' (Engadget) BET Streaming Service Taps Netflix Alum as Leader (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter) AT&T says it will automatically block robocalls ‘in the coming months’ (The Verge) Microsoft might crush Slack like Facebook crushed Snapchat (ReCode) Snapchat announces new shows from Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others (TechCrunch) Next on Facebook’s Shopping List: Acquisitions to Beef Up Gaming (The Information) Bill to provide “safe harbor” for crypto fork taxpayers reintroduced in Congress (The Block) Buy a podcast classified ad at ridehome.info/classifieds TODAY'S CLASSIFIED: The Fortnite Challenges Guide is a community dedicated to completing the many challenges revealed in Fortnite Battle Royale each day. Our goal is to document every challenge soon after they are announced. If you play Fortnite, you've likely spent some time completing challenges. Each one is designed to highlight a specific aspect of gameplay or an interesting location on the map. You'll find hidden areas, loot, and strategies you never knew existed. If you're a content creator, come share your own videos showing how you've completed challenges. Let the community learn from your skills and experience. It's a great way to gain exposure to a new audience. This effort was created by a guy who spent the last 20 years of his career making websites for big companies. This small labor of love was built in his spare time, because he wished an organized, clean site like this already existed. Check it out at fortnite.challenges.guide. 
Jul 10, 2019
Tue. 07/09 - Apple Culls The MacBook Herd
00:18:15
Apple culls the MacBook herd, YouTube returns to FireTV, a weird zero day exploit in Zoom’s video conferencing app, Elon Musk shakes up his autopilot team, and Stranger Things 3 breaks records for Netflix. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Metalab.co YouTube.com/jacksontaylortv Links: Apple stops selling 12-inch MacBook and previous generation MacBook Air (9to5Mac) YouTube is back on the Fire TV, and Prime Video launches on Chromecast starting today (The Verge) Instagram will test a feature that allows users to shadow ban their bullies (The Verge) Inside Instagram's War on Bullying (Time) Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website! (InfoSec Write-Ups) More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions (CNET) Frustrated Musk Shakes Up Autopilot Team (The Information) If you'll pay more, new Uber Comfort offers Quiet Rides (TechCrunch) Spotify Lite is now officially out for 36 markets around the world (Engadget) ‘Stranger Things 3’ Breaks Netflix Four-Day Viewing Record, Streamer Says (Deadline) 'Stranger Things 3' has been seen by over 40 million Netflix accounts (Engadget)
Jul 09, 2019
Mon. 07/08 - The Rise of the Professional Dungeon Master
00:18:28
Your driver’s license is already being used for facial recognition surveillance, VC investment in Chinese startups is plummeting, I have an answer to my question around cities paying ransom to hackers, and if this podcast thing goes away, I know my next hustle: professional dungeon master. Sponsors: Metalab.co Legacybox.com/ride Links: FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches (The Washington Post) Apple tests Face ID and Touch ID sign-in for iCloud․com on iOS 13 and macOS Catalina betas (9to5Mac) China's Venture Capital Boom Shows Signs of Turning Into a Bust (Bloomberg) This Chrome extension lets you disguise Netflix as a Hangout to slack off at work (The Verge) Aircraft lands itself truly autonomously for the first time (Engadget) A City Paid a Hefty Ransom to Hackers. But Its Pains Are Far From Over. (NYTimes) Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children (NYTimes) The Rise of the Professional Dungeon Master (Bloomberg Businessweek) Subscribe to the ad-free feed! Right INSIDE your podcast app!
Jul 08, 2019
The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates? (Pt. 2)
01:01:39
Part Two of the legendary Gary Kildall Story... Sponsors: Tiny.website CognitoHQ.com Subscribe to the ad-free feed!  
Jul 07, 2019
The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates? (Pt. 1)
00:45:16
Part One of the legendary Gary Kildall Story...  Sponsors: CognitoHQ.com Tiny.website Subscribe to the Ad-Free Feed!
Jul 06, 2019
Fri. 07/05 - Apple Waves the White Flag on Keyboards?
00:20:44
A Superhuman mea culpa, no mea culpa but Apple might be ready to tacitly admit the butterfly keyboards were a mistake, inside Walmart’s turf battles over ecommerce, HQ Trivia lays off staff, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: CognitoHQ.com Tiny.website Firesideconf.com/ride Links: Read Statuses (Superhuman) Kuo: Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro (9to5Mac) HQ Trivia lays off ~20% as it preps subscriptions (TechCrunch) Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon (Recode) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The Real Cloud Wars: The $6 Billion Battle Over The Future Of Weather Forecasting (Forbes) Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs (Ars Technica) Android Q(&A): Android Engineers take us on a deep dive of Android Q (Ars Technica) How To Game Google To Make Negative Results Disappear (BuzzFeed News) Hayflick limit (QZ) Books Recommendations: The Dog Stars Orphan X Subscribe to the ad-free feed! 
Jul 05, 2019
Wed. 07/03 - Why Is Everyone Arguing Over Superhuman?
00:19:09
Telsa sold a lot more Model 3’s than anyone expected, more signs of tech manufacturing fleeing China, Uber’s new Dine-In service is kinda brilliant, and have you seen the whole tech world arguing over Superhuman? Sponsors: TinyCapital.com Instacart.com Promocode RIDE at checkout. Links: Tesla sold a lot more Model 3’s than anyone expected in latest quarter (Digital Trends) HP, Dell and Microsoft join electronics exodus from China (Nikkei Asian Review) House lawmakers officially ask Facebook to put Libra cryptocurrency project on hold (The Verge) Amazon Alexa keeps your data with no expiration date, and shares it too (CNET) Uber Eats invades restaurants with Dine-In option. (TechCrunch) Superhuman is Spying on You (Mike Industries)
Jul 03, 2019
Tue. 07/02 - Are ISP Caps the Achilles Heel of Game Streaming?
00:16:49
We know when the Galaxy Note 10 is coming, we don’t know why Microsoft is teasing Windows 1.0, Nvidia refreshes the RTX line, meditation app Calm is finding success in an interesting way, and Loon is about to have its first big test. Sponsors: FiresideConf.com/ride TinyCapital.com Links: Samsung confirms next Unpacked event will be Aug. 7 in New York (CNET) Microsoft is teasing Windows 1.0, and everyone is confused (Engadget) Microsoft finally details its plans for Windows 10 19H2 (WindowsCentral) Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP (ArsTechnica) Tim Cook disputes 'absurd' reports about Jony Ive's departure from Apple (NBCNews) Calm raises $27M to McConaughey you to sleep (TechCrunch) PlayStation Vue raises prices by $5 per month, following its recent content deals (TechCrunch) Google Stadia's Data Cap Challenge Will Be Addressed By ISPs, Says Phil Harrison (GameSpot) Google internet balloon spinoff Loon still looking for its wings (Reuters) The Ad Free Premium Feed Is HERE
Jul 02, 2019
Mon. 07/01 - Was Jony Ive Burned Out AT Apple or BY Apple?
00:20:20
Was Jony Ive burned out at Apple or was he burned out BY Apple? Again, Roku as the quiet mega-player in the streaming wars, how TikTok is spending its way to ubiquity (on the backs of those it wants to supplant) and how tech is revolutionizing Archeology. Sponsors: FiresideConf.com/ride Pantheon.io/ride Links: Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple, but His Departure Started Long Ago (WSJ) Roku Will Soon Have 70% More OTT Devices in Global Streaming Market Than Next Closest Competitor (Multichannel News) Streaming Overload? Nielsen Report Finds Average Viewer Takes 7 Minutes To Pick What To Watch; Just One-Third Bother To Check Menu (Deadline) TikTok’s Videos Are Goofy. Its Strategy to Dominate Social Media Is Serious. (WSJ) RealWear AR Closes Series B, Total Funding Over $100M (Forbes) Exclusive: Intel launches blockbuster auction for its mobile portfolio (iam-media.com) New electric cars sold in Europe must be fitted with noise-making device (TechSpot) How Cutting-Edge Tech Is Empowering Ancient Archaeology (OneZero) Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages (MIT Technology Review)
Jul 01, 2019
Bitcoin- What the Heck? With CoinTalk's Aaron Lammer
00:34:30
I didn’t cover it, but you might have noticed that this week, bitcoin did indeed cross that magical $10,000 mark, in fact, got to $13,000 a coin only to flash crash back down again almost to $10,000. But look, seemingly the crypto spring is upon us and I was just curious as to why, so I asked Aaron Lammer, co-host of the only crypto podcast I listen to, CoinTalk to try to find out what is behind this rally. TLDR, it’s a little bit market cycles and a little bit Facebook Libra. Sponsors: HappyCog.com/ride Wix.com/podcast Subscribe to the CoinTalk podcast!
Jun 30, 2019
Silicon Valley and Monopoly With Matt Stoller
00:28:35
Is it really different this time? Is the regulatory hammer about to come down on Silicon Valley? Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Open Markets Institute; he’s writing a book on the history of Monopoly power; and he has direct experience with this stuff. He was a Senior Policy Advisor and Budget Analyst to the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on financial services policy, including Dodd-Frank, the Federal Reserve, and the foreclosure crisis. How is monopoly power different (or not) in the era of Big Tech? Sponsors: CognitoHQ.com GetKeySmart.com and use the promocode techmeme
Jun 29, 2019
Fri. 06/28 - Jony Ive Leaves Apple
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Jony Ive is leaving Apple, health tech is having its first big IPO, Amazon looks like it is finally ready to kill UPS, I’ve got issues with Google’s new reCAPTCHA’s and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely Gabi.com/ride Links: Apple's Longtime Design Chief Jony Ive Leaving to Start New Design Company With Apple as a Primary Client (MacRumors) History Will Not Be Kind to Jony Ive (Motherboard) Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple (Daring Fireball) Jony Ive on leaving Apple, in his own words (The Financial Times) Digital health start-up Livongo files to go public (CNBC) Amazon, the new king of shipping (Axios) Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side (Fast Company) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire (Fortune) Memes Are the New Pop Stars: How TikTok Became the Future of the Music Industry (The Ringer) New Emails, Old Tech (Tedium) How the Seattle Seahawks use data to win — on and off the field (GeekWire) How One VC Firm Amassed a 24% Stake in Slack Worth $4.6 Billion (Bloomberg) How Art Arrived at Jackson Pollock (Kottke.org) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Jun 28, 2019
Star Wars' Cinema Technology on American Innovations
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To bring Star Wars to the screen, new technology had to be invented and utilized in ways never before imagined. On a new series of American Innovations, we go behind the scenes of the pioneering tools used to bring George Lucas’s vision to life.  Listen now at wondery.fm/ai
Jun 27, 2019
Thu. 06/27 - The Mystery That Is Superhuman
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Twitter still allows public figures to break its rules, but it will warn you when they do, Zuckerberg says you need him on that wall, the US Wireless Emergency Alert system can be easily spoofed, and the mystery that is Superhuman. Sponsors: SVB.com/next WeWorkRemotely.com Links: Twitter will now hide — but not remove — harmful tweets from public figures (The Verge) Mark Zuckerberg Is Rethinking Deepfakes (The Atlantic) Mark Zuckerberg: We can’t stop Russian election interference by ourselves, US government must help (CNBC) Amazon partners with retailers for new Counter package pickup service, starting with Rite-Aid (GeekWire) Second Florida city pays giant ransom to ransomware gang in a week (ZDNet) Researchers Demonstrate How U.S. Emergency Alert System Can Be Hijacked and Weaponized (Motherboard) Would You Pay $30 a Month to Check Your Email? (NYTimes) Ad-Free Feed!
Jun 27, 2019
Wed. 06/26 - Apple Acquires Drive.ai
00:19:25
Apple buys Drive.ai, the days of the phone notch might be numbered, the first solar powered electric car, fighting over the streaming rights for The Office, and why streaming music hasn’t been kind to classical music. Sponsors: SVB.com/next WeWorkRemotely.com Links: Apple acquires self-driving startup Drive.ai (Axios) Oppo unveils the world’s first under-screen selfie camera (The Verge) Airbnb’s New Luxe Tier Includes a $1 Million Polynesian Island (Bloomberg) 3D printing platform Carbon raises $260 million at $2.4 billion valuation (VentureBeat) 300M-user meme site Imgur raises $20M from Coil to pay creators (TechCrunch) Lightyear One Debuts as the first long-rand solar-powered electric car (TechCrunch) NBC is removing ‘The Office’ from Netflix in 2021 and putting it on its new streaming service (CNBC) In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata (NYTimes) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Jun 26, 2019
Tue. 06/25 - Bill Gates' Biggest Mistake
00:20:29
LinkedIn’s changes mean peak newsfeed is truly behind us, hackers have been stealing a massive amount of phone data without touching phones, early impressions of the recent Apple beta releases and Bill Gates fesses up to his greatest career failure. Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely Tech.FidelityCareers.com Links: Exclusive: LinkedIn goes niche (Axios) Microsoft’s new OneDrive Personal Vault protects a folder with 2FA (The Verge) Hackers are stealing years of call records from hacked cell networks (TechCrunch) Harry Potter: Wizards Unite On Track for $10 Million First Month Following $1 Million Launch Weekend (SensorTower) Bill Gates says his ‘greatest mistake ever’ was Microsoft losing to Android (The Verge) Hands on with Apple's first public beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina (Apple Insider) IOS 13 HANDS-ON: DARK MODE, APPLE MAPS, REMINDERS, AND MORE (The Verge) iPadOS makes Apple's tablets feel like a priority again (Engadget)
Jun 25, 2019
Mon. 06/24 - Why Tonight's SpaceX Launch Is So Important
00:15:14
The Raspberry Pi 4 might finally be a full PC replacement, the first real bipartisan bill around data collection has arrived, is the Echo Show 5 the best Echo ever or just the best smart alarm clock ever, and why tonight’s Falcon Heavy launch might be the biggest test for SpaceX yet. Sponsors: SVB.com/next WeWorkRemotely.com Links: Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35 The Raspberry Pi 4 Is Here and Wants to Replace Your Desktop PC for $35 (Vice) Scoop: Bipartisan senators want Big Tech to put a price on your data (Axios) AMAZON’S ECHO SHOW 5 IS THE SMART ALARM CLOCK TO GET (The Verge) DoorDash has unseated Grubhub as the leader in US online food delivery (Quartz) Microsoft Flight Simulator will support 'community content' (PC Gamer) Why the third launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has the highest stakes yet (The Verge) Support the show directly! Subscribe to the ad-free feed right in your podcast app! 
Jun 24, 2019
E3 Wrapup and the Gaming Space with Brian Heater of TechCrunch
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E3 was last week, not even this past week, but I did want to get a debrief on what went on there, so I had to wait for everyone to get back from E3 and Brian Heater of TechCrunch is here to file a report. Where is gaming in this transition to streaming? What were the headline games announced at E3? What about Project Scarlett? Sponsors: Pantheon.io/ride Rhone.com/ride Promocode RIDE for 20% off! Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed!
Jun 23, 2019
CoinDesk's Brady Dale On Libra and the "Crypto Spring"
00:24:18
Well, given the news of the week, I knew we needed to do a deep dive on Libra, so I called up our friend Brady Dale at CoinDesk and we get into it. What do crypto folk think of Libra? Is he surprised by the governmental backlash? And since by the time you hear this, bitcoin might already be back above $10k dollars? Are we out of the crypto winter and into crypto spring? Sponsors: PaintYourLife.com: Text the word TECH to 48-48-48 Rhone.com/ride promocode RIDE at checkout Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed!
Jun 22, 2019
Fri. 06/21 - Google Abandons Tablets
00:16:58
Google is getting out of the tablet business, there’s a MacBook Pro recall but not because of keyboard issues, a startup is aiming to disrupt the billable hour in the legal space, the world’s “first” electric plane is here, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Castro Lighstream.com/ride Links: Google's officially done making its own tablets (Computerworld) GOOGLE WAS NEVER REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT TABLETS (The Verge) Apple launches recall program for select MacBook Pros due to battery safety concerns (9to5Mac) FASTEST MOBILE NETWORKS 2019 (PC Mag) The boring genius of how Atrium kills legal busy work (TechCrunch) Why the age of electric flight is finally upon us (BBC News) The Weekend Longreads Suggestions: THEY WELCOMED A ROBOT INTO THEIR FAMILY, NOW THEY’RE MOURNING ITS DEATH (The Verge) Apple, Google, and Facebook Are Raiding Animal Research Labs (Bloomberg Businessweek) How Much of Google’s Search Traffic is Left for Anyone But Themselves? (SparkToro) Don’t Know Which Toaster to Buy? There’s a Website for That. (The Ringer) Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead (CNet) The fake French minister in a silicone mask who stole millions (BBC News) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Jun 21, 2019
Thu. 06/20 - Slack's (kinda) IPO
00:16:43
Slack debuts as a publicly traded company, there will be Congressional hearings about Libra, a Florida city pays ransom money to hackers, getting your internet from your lightbulbs and are we on the cusp of a fast-charging-battery revolution Sponsors: SVB.com/next Castro Links: Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests. (The Washington Post) Facebook called before Senate panel over digital currency project (Reuters) YouTube under federal investigation over allegations it violates children’s privacy (The Washington Post) Apple Explores Moving Some Production Out of China (WSJ) Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records (Associated Press) Philips Hue company announces lights that beam data at 250 Mbps (The Verge) Vivo's insane 120W Super FlashCharge tech fills a 4000mAh battery in 13 minutes (AndroidCentral) The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy): Joe Abercrombie  Subscribe to the Ad-Free Premium Feed!
Jun 20, 2019
Wed. 06/19 - The Fallout From Facebook Coin
00:15:21
More revelations about the horrible job that is Facebook Moderation, Best Buy now doubles as a Genius Bar—sorta, YouTube has some new AR tricks and is mulling some changes for kids, and the reaction to Facebook’s crypto play has me fascinated. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Castro Links: BODIES IN SEATS (The Verge) Apple expands authorized repairs to ~1,000 Best Buy Stores (TechCrunch) The new Kindle Oasis lets you adjust color temperature for night reading (The Verge) YouTube's new AR Beauty Try-On lets viewers virtually try on makeup while watching video review (TechCrunch) Top Democrat calls for Facebook to halt cryptocurrency plans until Congress investigates (The Verge) Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency: where are the banks? (The Block) THE AMBITIOUS PLAN BEHIND FACEBOOK’S CRYPTOCURRENCY, LIBRA (Wired) The Premium Ad-Free Feed!
Jun 19, 2019
Tue. 06/19 – Is Facebook Now in Crypto... or Just Payments?
00:17:52
Facebook announces Libra, Twitch acquires Bebo, are unmanned convenience stores something people even want, Facebook wants more houses in Silicon Valley, and LA real estate is starting to look like Silicon Valley. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Castro Links: Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know (TechCrunch) FACEBOOK’S CALIBRA IS A SECRET WEAPON FOR MONETIZING ITS NEW CRYPTOCURRENCY (The Verge) Libra White Paper Shows How Facebook Borrowed From Bitcoin and Ethereum (CoinDesk) There’s a Second Token: A Breakdown of Facebook’s Crypto Economy (CoinDesk) Amazon's Twitch acquired social networking platform Bebo for up to $25M to bolster its esports effort (TechCrunch) China's unmanned store boom ends as quickly as it began (Nikkei Asian Review) $1 billion for 20,000 Bay Area homes (Google) Silicon Valley and Los Angeles Real Estate (LA Times) Ad-free Premium Feed!
Jun 18, 2019
Mon. 06/17 – The 5G iPhones Might Be Both Bigger and Smaller
00:17:44
The 5G iPhones might be both bigger and smaller, both Huawei and the chip industry prepare for tough times, Genius says it caught Google red-handed, is the US making a big 5G mistake and what exactly is farming-as-a-service? Sponsors: Castro Linkedin  Links: Huawei Braces for Phone Sales Drop of Up to 60 Million Overseas (Bloomberg) Broadcom's $2 billion warning rattles global chip sector (Reuters) Kuo on 2020 iPhones: 5.4-Inch and 6.7-Inch Models With 5G, 6.1-Inch Model With LTE, All With OLED Displays (MacRumors) Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting Its Content (WSJ) Infarm closes $100M Series B to scale its 'urban farming platform' (TechCrunch) CHOOSING THE WRONG LANE IN THE RACE TO 5G (Wired) Study finds that a GPS outage would cost $1 billion per day (Ars Technica) On Snapchat, Original Series Are Finding Return Viewers (The Hollywood Reporter) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Jun 17, 2019
The Business of Content With Simon Owens
00:25:51
Simon Owens is a journalist who, in his writing, podcasting and newsletters, covers the whole gamut of digital media, from the creator side to the publisher side… from the journalist side to the business side. So, we’ve got a great, wide-ranging conversation today about everything from newsletters, to YouTube, to paywalls to podcasts. And check out Simon’s great podcast, The Business of Content. Sponsors: Instacart. Promocode RIDE at checkout. Wix.com/podcast
Jun 16, 2019
Among the Amazon Robots With Matt Simon
00:22:36
That Wired longread that I suggested yesterday, about Amazon’s warehouse robots really stuck with me for personal reasons you’ll hear in a second. I talked to the author of the piece, Matt Simon, not only cause I wanted more flavor on what it was like to work with these things, but because he also raises interesting ideas about human/robot symbiosis. In short, the robot apocalypse might still be coming, but not today. And for the foreseeable future, that might be the growth industry for humans: robot baby sitters. Please enjoy. Matt's article: INSIDE THE AMAZON WAREHOUSE WHERE HUMANS AND MACHINES BECOME ONE Sponsors: Vistaprint.com/ride Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in RIDE
Jun 15, 2019
Fri. 06/14 - Are Foldable Phones Cursed?
00:18:17
Are foldable phones cursed—and will we ever see one? Facebook coin might be coming as early as next week, the hottest crypto is up 330% YTD but you’ve probably never heard of it, some IPOs to report on and, of course, the weekend longread suggestions. Sponsors: PixelUnion.net Tech.FidelityCareers.com Links: Huawei delays foldable phone launch until September to do extra tests after Samsung’s troubles (CNBC) Huawei delays launch of foldable Mate X following Galaxy Fold failure (The Verge) AT&T Cancels All Galaxy Fold Preorders, Issues $100 Promo Card (Tom's Guide) Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency, Libra, Gets Big Backers (WSJ) Hottest Crypto Is Up 330% This Year and Its Name Isn’t Bitcoin (Bloomberg) Chewy, PetSmart’s online business, soars as much 86% after IPO pricing at $22 per share (CNBC) THE HIGHLY DANGEROUS 'TRITON' HACKERS HAVE PROBED THE US GRID (Wired) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The restaurant owner who asked for 1-star Yelp reviews (The Hustle) EverQuest’s long, strange 20-year trip still has no end in sight (Ars Technica) The story of the first E3 (Polygon) THE NEWEST HAVEN FOR CRYPTOCURRENCY COMPANIES? WYOMING (Wired) Comcast CEO’s Son Wants to Turn Philly Into an E-Sports Town (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) Beyond the PC: Lenovo's ambitious plan for the future of computing (ZDNet) Subscribe to the ad-free feed RIGHT HERE. Right in your podcast app!
Jun 14, 2019
Thu. 06/13 - The Most Interesting Startup I've Heard Of In A While
00:16:22
Telegram is getting DDoS’d, Google pulls a Radiohead on Pixel phone leakers, Bird buys Scoot, my dream TV is a wall, and the most interesting startup I’ve heard about in a while. Sponsors: SVB.com/next PixelUnion.net Links: Telegram faces DDoS attack in China... again (TechCrunch) NFC gets a lot more powerful in iOS 13 (TechCrunch) This is Google’s Pixel 4 (The Verge) Scooter Startup Bird Buys Struggling Competitor Scoot (WSJ) Ford will test new third-generation self-driving cars in Detroit (The Verge) Samsung's massive The Wall TV is now available in a 292-inch, 8K luxury version (TechSpot) Official Breaking Bad mobile game is now available (TechSpot) Helium raises $15 million to float fee-free, peer-to-peer networking (VentureBeat) Napster Founder’s IoT Startup to Go Crypto With $15 Million Series C (CoinDesk)
Jun 13, 2019
Wed. 06/12 - The DOJ is Telegraphing its Possible Punches to Silicon Valley
00:15:48
The state of the Internet according to Mary Meeker, Houseparty joins the Fortnite party, Uber Elevate is planning some important firsts, the DOJ is telegraphing its possible punches to Silicon Valley, and someone find Have I Been Pwned a good home. Sponsors: PixelUnion.net PaintYourLife.com: Text the word TECH to 48-48-48 Links: Mary Meeker’s most important trends on the internet (ReCode) Fortnite maker Epic acquires social video app Houseparty (TechCrunch) Apple Discusses Acquisition of Intel’s German Modem Unit (The Information) Google Is Moving More Hardware Production Out of China (Bloomberg) Uber Wants Your Next Big Mac to Be Delivered by Drone (Bloomberg) Snapchat’s Gender-Swap and Baby Filters Doubled Downloads of the App (OneZero) The DOJ’s antitrust chief just telegraphed exactly how it could go after Google, Apple and other big tech companies (CNBC) Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Delivers Remarks for the Antitrust New Frontiers Conference Project Svalbard: The Future of Have I Been Pwned (Troy Hunt) Premium Feed Link! Subscribe Right Here In Your Podcast App!
Jun 12, 2019
Tue. 06/11 - "Any data that is collected, WILL be breached."
00:15:51
An abject example of the maxim, “any data that is collected, will be breached,” Foxconn isn’t worried about a trade war so maybe Apple doesn’t have to be, electric car charging is about to get easier, and why it’s weird that Spotify can advertise against your moods. Sponsors: Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon by Ash Carter PixelUnion.net Links: Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap (Washington Post) The CBP Data Breach (TechCrunch) Apple’s U.S. iPhones Can All Be Made Outside of China If Needed (Bloomberg) Amazon to shut down its Amazon Restaurants business in the U.S. (GeekWire) Amazon launches Personalize, a fully managed AI-powered recommendation service (VentureBeat) Charging an electric car will get easier (TechCrunch) This is how scammers are now abusing Google Calendar to pillage your data (ZDNet) Big Mood Machine (The Baffler) Radiohead Have The Last Laugh After Hackers Hold 18 Hours Of Their Unreleased Music Ransom (HuffingtonPost UK)
Jun 11, 2019
Mon. 06/10 - The New Xbox Looks Like a Beast
00:17:21
The next generation Xbox sounds like a beast, Salesforce buys Tableau, Apple might buy a self-driving car startup, we finally get some details on Quibi and does Broadway want to jump on the streaming video bandwagon? Sponsors: Pantheon.io/ride PixelUnion.net Links: Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox: 8K graphics, SSD storage, and ray-tracing for 2020 (The Verge) Microsoft’s new Xbox streaming mode is arriving in October for consoles (TheVerge) I tried Project xCloud at Xbox's E3 2019 show. It is real. It is insane. (Windows Central) Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7 B in all-stock deal (TechCrunch) Apple to Buy Drive.ai in Bid for More Autonomous Vehicle Talent (Bloomberg) The Google Assistant is now available in Waze (The Keyword) Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman Offer Details on Quibi Launch, Pricing (Variety) Would you pay to stream endless musicals? Some Broadway insiders are quietly betting on it. (The Washington Post)
Jun 10, 2019
WWDC Debrief With John Voorhees of MacStories
00:21:43
Does what is says on the tin. John Voorhees helps us sum up WWDC, get act dev reaction from the floor of the conference, and pick up some of the stray threads we missed from Apple's biggest week of the year. Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride Molekule.com checkout code: ride for $75 off
Jun 08, 2019
Fri. 06/07 - Walmart Wants To Deliver to Your... Fridge...
00:19:20
Now you can’t get Facebook on new Huawei phones, Barnes and Noble waives the white flag, WarnerMedia abandons that tiered streaming plan idea, Walmart wants to deliver directly to your refrigerator and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Tiny.website Pantheon.io/ride Vistaprint.com/RIDE Links: Exclusive: Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones (Reuters) Elliott Management to acquire Barnes & Noble for $683 million (CNBC) Amazon’s Home Surveillance Company Is Putting Suspected Petty Thieves in its Advertisements (Motherboard) AT&T Eyes $16- to $17-a-Month Streaming Service in Strategy Shift (WSJ) Walmart employees will soon deliver groceries directly into your fridge (The Verge) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: New Evidence Suggests Satoshi Nakamoto Is Paul Solotshi, The Creator Of Encryption Software E4M And TrueCrypt (InvestInBlockchain.com) The Stanford connections behind Latin America's multibillion-dollar startup renaissance (TechCrunch) When Grown-Ups Get Caught in Teens’ AirDrop Crossfire (The Atlantic) Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand Earthquakes. Why Doesn’t the U.S. Build More of Them? (NYTimes) The Big Challenge for Policy Makers: Policing American Tech Giants (WSJ) Not Your Daddy’s Regulation: Tech Giants Face A Complicated Reckoning In Washington (BuzzFeed.news) The Day When Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming (WSJ)
Jun 07, 2019
Thu. 06/06 - This is Google Stadia (?)
00:15:47
Google Stadia details are revealed, Amazon shows off its delivery drone and Uber debuts Uber Copter, Facebook is going to do an official white paper for its cryptocurrency, and our mobile gadgets have finally dethroned the television. Sponsors: Tiny.website Pantheon.io/ride Links: GOOGLE’S STADIA GAME SERVICE IS OFFICIALLY COMING NOVEMBER: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (The Verge) Google cloud boss Thomas Kurian makes his first big move — buys Looker for $2.6 billion (CNBC) Facebook plans June 18th cryptocurrency debut. Here's what we know (TechCrunch) A first look at Amazon's new delivery drone (TechCrunch) Uber Copter to Offer Flights From Lower Manhattan to J.F.K. (NYTimes) Average US Time Spent with Mobile in 2019 Has Increased (eMarketer) People spend more time on mobile devices than TV, firm says (Los Angeles Times)  
Jun 06, 2019
Wed. 06/05 - YouTube Takes Action-ish
00:17:19
YouTube actually DOES make some changes, Peloton is going public, could Prime open Amazon up to anticompetitive scrutiny, more on that Sign in with Apple controversy, and why your local police department might want to buy you Ring doorbell. Sponsors: Eero.com/ride promo code RIDE Tiny.website Links: YouTube just banned supremacist content, and thousands of channels are about to be removed (TheVerge) Peloton, the connected fitness company, has filed to go public (TheVerge) Amazon may soon face an antitrust probe. Here are 3 questions the FTC is asking about it. (Vox/Recode) The SEC Is Suing Kik for Its 2017 ICO (CoinDesk) Netflix Is Testing an Instagram-Like Feed of Photos and Videos (Variety) Facebook shareholder revolt gets bloody: Powerless investors vote overwhelmingly to oust Zuckerberg as chairman (Business Insider) Apple asks developers to place its login button above Google, Facebook (Reuters) An antitrust case looms, and Apple tempts fate (Casey Newton/The Interface) Amazon's helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells (CNET)
Jun 05, 2019
Tue. 06/04 - What's The Problem With Sign In with Apple?
00:20:27
It looks like Washington is serious about going after Big Tech in a big way, Firefox blocks cookies, why are developers trepidatious about that Sign In with Apple scheme, and why it’s time we really need to talk about the YouTube recommendation algorithm. Sponsors: Legacybox.com/ride Tiny.website Links: Facebook, Google and other tech giants to face antitrust investigation by House lawmakers (Washington Post) ITUNES IS DEAD. LET'S PAY OUR RESPECTS (Wired) Apple’s top spec Mac Pro will likely cost at least $35,000 (The Verge) Firefox starts blocking third-party cookies by default (VentureBeat) On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles (NYTimes) How YouTube Became a Breeding Ground for a Diabolical Lizard Cult (The New Republic) YouTube star who gave toothpaste-filled Oreo to homeless man gets 15-month jail sentence (Fox News)
Jun 04, 2019
06/03 - All the WWDC News
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All the news and headlines from WWDC, the anti-trust brigade might be coming for Google in the US, a big chip acquisition, big news on the payments front, and a dispatch from the frontlines of the streaming wars… but, c’mon, we know what you’re here to hear about. Tiny.website Tech.FidelityCareers.com Links: Mac Pro (The Verge) Pro Display XDR (The Verge) iPadOS and Files app (The Verge) Sign in with Apple (9To5Mac) Dark Mode (The Verge) The Justice Department is preparing a potential antitrust investigation of Google (Washington Post) Infineon Will Buy Cypress Semi in Latest Chip Mega-Deal (Bloomberg) PayPal opens up access to e-commerce platform that’s already used by Instagram and Facebook (CNBC) Stripe Launches Chargeback Protection Service (Pymnts.com) An HBO Question Is Giving AT&T Executives a Headache (NYTimes)
Jun 03, 2019
WWDC Preview and Consumer Startups With Dan Frommer
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Y’all know Dan Frommer. Veteran tech journalist. We’re gonna do a WWDC preview here today, but before that, Dan has his own, excellent newsletter, the new consumer! Sign up for it in the show notes! Link to the free and paid editions. Because this is the beat Dan covers so well, before we get into the WWDC and Apple stuff, a lengthy discussion of the whole consumer unicorn startup space, that I don’t think we cover enough. https://newconsumer.com/ Sponsors: Rhone.com/ride promocode RIDE at checkout HappyCog.com/ride  
Jun 01, 2019
Fri. 05/31 - Does Amazon Want To Be A Mobile Carrier?
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Might Amazon get into the cellular carrier game and thus make a Sprint/T-Mobile merger more palatable? Uber’s first quarterly report as a public company, what to expect from WWDC next week, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: HappyCog.com/ride Mealime.com Links: Exclusive: Amazon interested in buying Boost from T-Mobile, Sprint - sources (Reuters) Uber stock rises as net losses match expectations (CNBC) APPLE WWDC 2019: MAC PRO, IOS 13, MARZIPAN, AND WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT (The Verge) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Product Breakfast Club podcast The unlikely origins of USB, the port that changed everything (Fast Company) Bing turns 10: Why it’s been more disruptive than you think (Search Engine Land) The Collapsing Crime Rates of the ’90s Might Have Been Driven by Cellphones (The Atlantic) This ID Scanner Company is Collecting Sensitive Data on Millions of Bargoers (OneZero) AT&T Has Become a New Kind of Media Giant (Fortune) The case for caseless iPhones (Vox) Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park lands, explained (Polygon)
May 31, 2019
Thu. 05/30 - Google Tells Adblockers To Jump Off A Bridge
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Microsoft brings the Xbox Game Pass to PCs, Google gives the finger to adblockers (and all of us), the DOJ will only approve the Sprint/T-Mobile merger if there’s no actual market consolidation, GoGo wants to bring 5G to airplanes and when will an e-sports stadium come to your town? Sponsors: Mealime Sonic.com/ride Sponsors: Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC (Engadget) Google to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users (9to5Google) Apple, Google and WhatsApp condemn UK proposal to eavesdrop on encrypted messages (CNBC) U.S. Wants T-Mobile to Create New Rival Before Clearing Megadeal (Bloomberg) Hulu Says 70% of Its 82 Million Viewers Are on Ad-Supported Plan (Variety) Gogo plans in-flight 5G for U.S. and Canadian aircraft in 2021 (VentureBeat) Excel for iPhone now lets you take a picture of a spreadsheet and import it (The Verge) As E-Sports Grow, So Do Their Homes (NYTimes)
May 30, 2019
Wed. 05/29 - Riders Can Now Get Banned From Uber
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Amazon has a new Echo Show to go after the Google Nest Home Hub, the NYC subway is entering the mobile era, Uber says it will now ban RIDERS who get bad Uber ratings, and Microsoft outlines its vision for a modern operating system. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Mealime Links: The Amazon Echo Show 5 puts Alexa on a smaller screen, shipping in June for $89.99 (The Verge) NYC subway riders will be able to swipe in with Apple Pay starting Friday (TechCrunch) Uber is now kicking low-rated passengers out of its cars (CNET) Huawei Revs Up Its U.S. Lawsuit, With the Media in Mind (NYTimes) Inside the Apple Team That Decides Which Apps Get on iPhones (Bloomberg) The Decrypted Podcast Microsoft hints at new modern Windows OS with ‘invisible’ background updates (The Verge) Enabling innovation and opportunity on the Intelligent Edge (Official Microsoft Blog)
May 29, 2019
Tue. 05/28 - The iPod touch Lives!
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The iPod touch lives (and got an update), Dell’s whole laptop lineup got an update, the apocalypse is coming for small vendors on Amazon, MacKenzie Bezos signs the Giving Pledge, and why a laptop infested with malware sold for $1.3 million dollars. Sponsors: Sonic.com/ride Mealime Links: Apple refreshes the iPod touch with the iPhone 7’s processor (The Verge) Dell reveals new laptops aimed at gamers and business users (Android Authority) Amazon Is Poised to Unleash a Long-Feared Purge of Small Suppliers (Bloomberg) MacKenzie Bezos pledged to give away more than half of her $37B fortune to charity and philanthropy (TechCrunch) Browser vendors win war with W3C over HTML and DOM standards (ZDNet) Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China (Bloomberg) Auction for a laptop full of malware closes at $1.3 million (updated) (Engadget) Subscribe to the ad-free Premium Feed!
May 28, 2019
Helvetica® Now With Monotype's Charles Nix
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Nerds and tech folk have always had a special fascination with typeface and font design, and especially with the venerable Helvetica. Today we're going to talk to Charles Nix, who's foundry Monotype had the challenge of updating Helvetica for the 21st century with Helvetica Now. A lot of these bonus episodes are you learning along with me as we take deeper dives into certain tech topics, well no more so than this episode because I knew absolutely nothing about this area of design and so was fascinated to learn about what goes into creating a typeface from an artistic, design, and even business perspective. Sponsors: HappyCog.com/ride Mealime This is what the Helvetica Now looks like. This is the ad-free premium feed! Subscribe now!
May 27, 2019
Fri. 05/24 - iFixit Tears Down the MacBook Keyboard Tweaks
00:17:23
The Facebook cryptocurrency could be here in about six months, SpaceX launches its first batch of internet satellites, iFixit tears down the MacBook keyboard tweaks, the robots are coming for MLB umpires, and a supersized weekend longreads segment. Sponsors: AirTable.com/techmeme Linkedin.com/ride Castro App Links: Facebook plans to launch 'GlobalCoin' currency in 2020 (BBC News) SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket deals out a deck of 60 Starlink internet satellites (GeekWire) Apple’s keyboard ‘material’ changes on the new MacBook Pro are minor at best (The Verge) Robot umpires are coming to baseball (Axios) The Weekend Longreads: Special report - Hobbling Huawei: Inside the U.S. war on China's tech giant (Reuters) WeWork Wants to Become Its Own Landlord With Latest Spending Spree (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) How Silicon Valley gamed Europe’s privacy rules (Politico) AFTER 15 YEARS, THE PIRATE BAY STILL CAN’T BE KILLED (Mel) One Inventor’s Race to Manage His Parkinson’s Disease With an App (OneZero) Business Bets on a Quantum Leap (Fortune) Can AI escape our control and destroy us? (Popular Science) The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet (OneZero) A Revolution In Your Pocket (RBS.io) Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed!
May 24, 2019
Thu. 05/23 - An Indie Game Boy for the 21st Century
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The Playdate is a Game Boy for the 21st Century, GitHub launches a Patreon for open source developers, Amazon is working on a health app that can monitor emotions, Door Dash is emerging at the leader in the food delivery wars, and Rotten Tomatoes brings the hammer down on review stuffing. Sponsors: AirTable.com/techmeme Castro Podcast App Sonic.com/ride Links: Playdate is an adorable handheld with games from the creators of Qwop, Katamari, and more (The Verge) GitHub launches Sponsors, lets you pay your favorite open-source contributors (TechCrunch) Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions (Bloomberg) DoorDash Is Now Worth $12.6 Billion After New $600 Million Investment (Forbes) Andreessen pours $22M into PlanetScales' database-as-a-service (TechCrunch) Walmart starts selling self-branded Android tablets starting at $64 w/ Play Store (9to5Google)  A year after GDPR, mobile notifications are up, location sharing is down (MarketingLand) Rotten Tomatoes will start verifying ticket purchases for audience reviews (TechCrunch) Subscribe to the premium, ad free feed!
May 23, 2019
Wed. 05/22 - The Huawei Mess Metastasizes
00:15:31
The Huawei mess metastasizes, the EU goes after Google again, Qualcomm loses to the FTC, and Comcast—of all people—is getting into health tech. Sponsors: AirTable.com/techmeme Tech.FidelityCareers.com The Castro Podcast App Links: Huawei: ARM memo tells staff to stop working with China’s tech giant (BBC News) Huawei Considers Rivals to Google's Android After U.S. Ban (Bloomberg) EU regulator launches probe into Google over data privacy (CNBC) Google says some G Suite user passwords were stored in plaintext since 2005 (TechCrunch) U.S. judge says Qualcomm violated antitrust law; appeal planned, shares plunge (Reuters) Microsoft kicks off the rollout of the Windows 10 May Update, version 1903 (ZDNet) Medium CEO Ev Williams Goes All-In on Building Subscription Business (Cheddar) Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people’s health (CNBC) Leak reveals Uber's $9.99 Unlimited delivery Eats Pass (TechCrunch)
May 22, 2019
Tue. 05/21 - Has Apple fixed the MacBook keyboard problem?
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Has Apple fixed the MacBook keyboard problem? Huawei gets a 90 day reprieve, Instagram wants to copy Snapchat AND TikTok, the first self-driving mail trucks, and why would your smart car want to tell people if you’ve gained weight? Sponsors: AirTable.com/techmeme Castro Podcast App Sonic.com/ride Links: Apple tweaks its troubled MacBook keyboard design yet again, expands repair program (The Verge) U.S. eases curbs on Huawei; founder says clampdown underestimates Chinese firm (Reuters) Google will work with Huawei for 90 days after US eases trade restrictions (CNBC) DOJ Leans Against Approving T-Mobile’s Takeover of Sprint (Bloomberg) Instagram's IGTV copies TikTok's AI, Snapchat's Design (TechCrunch) Google brings release channels and Windows Container support to its Kubernetes Engine (TechCrunch) Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time (Bloomberg) Hand Gestures And Horses: Waymo’s Self-Driving Service Learns To Woo The Public (Forbes) Chevy rolls out new feature that locks teens out of driving until they buckle up (The Verge) Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight (NYTimes) Subscribe to the ad-free, Premium Feed!
May 21, 2019
Mon. 05/20 - Why 5G Could Ruin Weather Forecasting
00:17:25
Why Google ghosting Huawei might lead to a chain reaction for all of tech, the Sprint/T-Mobile merger gets a shot in the arm, GM sort of gets the point of software, I guess, and why 5G might be horrible for weather forecasting. Sponsors: AirTable.com/techmeme Tech.FidelityCareers.com The Castro Podcast App Links: Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source (Reuters) Huawei responds to Android ban with service and security guarantees, but its future is unclear (TechCrunch) Y Combinator promotes Geoff Ralston to president, while Sam Altman shifts to advisor role (TechCrunch) Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and adds Qualcomm’s XR1 (VentureBeat) T-Mobile, Sprint Get Merger Backing From FCC Chairman (WSJ) 5G NETWORKS COULD THROW WEATHER FORECASTING INTO CHAOS (Wired) GM GIVES ALL ITS VEHICLES A NEW SOUL (Wired) Top ‘Live-Streamers’ Get $50,000 an Hour to Play New Videogames Online (WSJ) Subscribe to the ad-free Premium Feed!
May 20, 2019
The Streaming Wars With Eric Jackson
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Eric Jackson is an investor at EMJ Capital Ltd. He’s deep in the media space, he’s deep in the streaming wars, as I think I say in this episode, he’s shaped a ton of my thinking about the streaming wars. So… where are we? Who’s up? Who’s down? Is it time to get bullish on Disney+ for a ton of reasons? Eric has a great podcast: The Eric Jackson Podcast. Sponsors: Audible.com/techmeme Instacart. Promocode RIDE at checkout.
May 19, 2019
Jay and Farhad Show Reunion Part II
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You know them, you love them, Jay Yarrow of CNBC, Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times. It’s another Jay and Farhad Show Reunion! Today’s topics: Uber’s IPO, the Streaming Wars, and Game of Thrones! These are my favorite episodes. I just hit record, and we thumb wrestle each other to get in a hot take. :) Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride Sonic.com/ride
May 18, 2019
Fri. 05/17 - Is Minecraft Earth The Killer App For AR?
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Can Minecraft Earth be the killer app for AR? Are the best and brightest shunning working at Facebook? Has drone maker DJI beaten GoPro at its own game? And do I have some killer weekend longreads suggestions? You better believe I do. Sponsors: EthosLife.com/ride WeWorkRemotely.com Links: Hewlett Packard Enterprise to buy supercomputer maker Cray in $1.30 billion deal (Reuters) MINECRAFT EARTH GOES A STEP BEYOND POKÉMON GO TO COVER THE WORLD IN BLOCKS (TheVerge) Facebook has struggled to hire talent since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to recruiters who worked there (CNBC) Alphabet’s Wing will kick off Helsinki drone deliveries in summer 2019 (VentureBeat) DJI is out-GoProing GoPro with its own action camera (TechCrunch) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: How the Promise of a $120 Billion Uber I.P.O. Evaporated (NYTimes) WHY I (STILL) LOVE TECH: IN DEFENSE OF A DIFFICULT INDUSTRY (Wired) Editorial: Why Apple created Apple TV+ rather than buying Netflix (AppleInsider) The Pivot (Asymco/Horace Dediu) AS COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT TAKES OFF, THE AVIATION INDUSTRY GETS PROTECTIVE OF AIRSPACE (The Verge) The Fusion Reactor Next Door (NYTimes) Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed here!
May 17, 2019
Thu. 05/16 - The Hammer Comes Down on Huawei
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The hammer is coming down on Huawei, China blocks Wikipedia, Google clarifies the Works with Nest shutdown, a 1TB microSD, more 5G rollouts, what should we think of Quibi and you didn’t fall for that porn scam did you? Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely.com Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in RIDE Links: Trump administration cracks down on giant Chinese tech firm, escalating clash with Beijing (Washington Post) Trump’s Huawei Threat Is the Nuclear Option to Halt China’s Rise (Bloomberg) Instagram is killing Direct, its standalone Snapchat clone app, in the next several weeks (TechCrunch) Report: Apple’s custom 5G modems may not arrive until 2025 after ‘long and painful divorce’ with Intel (The Information) China has blocked all language versions of Wikipedia (Mashable) Sprint will launch 5G on May 31 in 4 cities with LG V50 and HTC 5G Hub (VentureBeat) Streaming Service Quibi Seeks Up to $1 Billion in New Funding (The Information) Exclusive: Scammed Porn Watchers Have Paid Nearly $1 Million in Bitcoin Blackmail (Fortune) The Ad Free Premium Feed Is Here
May 16, 2019
Wed. 05/15 - Is Google Effectively Deprecating Search?
00:19:07
There’s a new major chip flaw called ZombieLoad, the major tech companies sign on to the so-called Christchurch Call to Action, San Francisco bans facial recognition tech, is Google effectively deprecating search, and did Beyonce make $300M on Uber? Sponsors: Tech.FidelityCareers.com WeWorkRemotely.com Links: New secret-spilling flaw affects almost every Intel chip since 2011 (TechCrunch) Facebook changes livestream rules after New Zealand shooting (CNN) White House declines to back Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns (Washington Post) San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech (TechCrunch) Google’s combining all its travel planning features under a site called Trips (The Verge) New native Discovery ad campaigns from Google monetize Discover feed for first time (Search Engine Land) Beyoncé Is Going To Make Bank From Uber Going Public (Yahoo Finance)
May 15, 2019
Tue. 05/14 - The Insane WhatsApp Flaw
00:15:23
WhatsApp discovered one of the craziest flaws I’ve ever heard about in mobile, Disney now controls all of Hulu, now we’ve got folding laptops, the One Plus 7 Pro is another strike against $1,000 phones and is bitcoin back? Sponsors: Joybird.com/ride Promocode: RIDE WeWorkRemotely Links: WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones (Financial Times) WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack (BBC) Disney to take full control over Hulu, Comcast has option to sell its stake in 5 years (CNBC) Lenovo shows off the world’s first ‘foldable PC’ (The Verge) Walmart announces next-day delivery, firing back at Amazon (CNBC) Apple announces support for Apple Pay NFC stickers, partners with Bird scooters and more (9to5Mac) ONEPLUS 7 PRO REVIEW: PROOF THAT OTHER BIG PHONES COST TOO MUCH (The Verge) Uber Misses the Enchanted Forest (Bloomberg) Uber's underwater investors (Axios) Up $1,200 on the Day, Bitcoin’s Price Surges Above $8K (CoinDesk)
May 14, 2019
Mon. 05/13 - The App Store Has A Supreme Court Problem
00:16:56
A Supreme Court ruling might spell trouble for Apple and others, Amazon is automating the boxers out of a job, Discord is doing some serious MAU’s, what the death of Nest means for IOT, and a LITERAL Bitcoin treasure hunt. Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely.com Sonic.com/ride Links: Supreme Court deals Apple major setback in App Store antitrust case (CNBC) Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs (Reuters) Amazon Offers to Pay Employees $10,000 to Quit Their Jobs and Deliver Packages Instead (Time.com) Slack says it’s going to replace email and is as necessary as electricity in its pitch to investors (CNBC) Discord, Slack for gamers, tops 250 million registered users (CNET) FDA clears first 6-lead consumer ECG, AliveCor’s $150 KardiaMobile 6L (VentureBeat) Google Just Handed Amazon A Massive Advantage In Smart Home Tech (Forbes) Nest, the company, died at Google I/O 2019 (ArsTechnica) ‘Satoshi’s Treasure’ Is a Global Puzzle With a $1 Million Bitcoin Prize (CoinDesk)
May 13, 2019
The Rise of Huawei with Dexter Thillien
00:28:54
Not too long ago I did a longreads suggestion about Huawei and listener Dexter Thillien got in touch, because he’s a telecoms analyst, and he was actually quoted in the article. Over email, he educated me about some of my misconceptions about Huawei and I was like, “Don’t just school me! Come on the podcast and let’s catch everyone on up Huawei!” And so, today, we do that. Where did Huawei come from? How did it get to a place where it’s the pre-eminent 5G infrastructure firm? Is Huawei just a tool of the Chinese government. I do apologize for the somewhat poor Skype connection, but the content here is so good, you won’t even notice. My thanks to Dexter Thillien. Sponsor: Everykey.com, promo code RIDE20 to get 20% off.
May 12, 2019
Is Uber A Good Business? With Shira Ovide
00:23:57
I knew Uber was going public this week, and it occurred to me that since this podcast started, my default position has been: Uber: super cool company, but a lot of people have a lot of doubts about them. But I realized, I had never explained that, or gone into detail about WHY people feel that way… unlike how we’ve done with other things. So, I reached out to Shira Ovide at Bloomberg, not to talk trash about Uber, but to… let’s say… get the skeptic’s take about Uber’s business model— which is the ride hailing business model, in a way, which is also the sharing economy business model in a way—so, in that vein, we also talk about WeWork a bit too (which people are also skeptical of). Sponsors: Eero.com/ride promocode RIDE at checkout Sonic.com/ride
May 11, 2019
Fri. 05/10 - The Uber IPO
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Uber’s big IPO had some issues, smartphone shipments are at a 5 year low, do you need an app for unsubscribing to things and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: MacStadium.com/ridehome Metalab.co Links: Uber Jackpot: Inside One of the Greatest Startup Investments of All Time (WSJ) Americans Have So Many Subscriptions They Need Apps to Track and Cancel Them (Bloomberg) Blue Origin: Bezos company aims to take people to moon by 2024 (The Guardian) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: How Much Is an Idea Worth? In Uber’s Case, $3.7 Billion (Bloomberg) The VC Who Engineered the 2017 Uber CEO Coup Just Got Very Rich (Bloomberg) The dangers of in-game data collection (Polygon) How Unions Are Pushing Back Against the Rise of Workplace Technology (Fortune) Three years in, Google’s hardware honcho is just getting started (FastCompany)
May 10, 2019
Thu. 05/09 - Chris Hughes Wants To Break Up Facebook
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break up Facebook, more developer details from I/O, Uber has an arbitration problem, shoe tech is real, and get ready for 64 megapixel smartphone cameras. Sponsors: Wix.com/podcast Metalab.co Links: It’s Time to Break Up Facebook (Chris Hughes/NYTimes) Google is testing Mini-apps in Search and Google Assistant (VentureBeat) Google to allow users to pay for Android apps using cash (TechCrunch) Uber’s Arbitration Addiction Could Be Death by 60,000 Cuts (Bloomberg) Sick of Getting Returned Sneakers, Nike Tries a New Sizing App (Bloomberg) The story of the Brannock Device World’s fastest supercomputer will be built by AMD and Cray for US government (The Verge) 64-megapixel phone cameras are coming (The Verge) Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money (Polygon) Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed.
May 09, 2019
Wed. 05/08 - The Pixel 3a and Flagship "Lite" Phones
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Google is talking big on privacy, but going after cookies helps their bottom line as well, why the Pixel 3a might usher in a new era of flagship “lite” phones, the huge Binance bitcoin hack and why does Bird want to sell you a scooter, not just rent you one? Sponsors: Metalab.co Vistaprint.com/RIDE Links: Google strengthens Chrome's privacy controls (TechCrunch) Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it (TechCrunch) US digital advertising exceeded $100 billion in 2019 (TechCrunch) Google shows Apple and Samsung how ‘lite’ flagships are done (Engadget) Apple should bring back the iPhone SE and model it after Google’s Pixel 3a (MacWorld) Bird has a new electric scooter: it’s durable, comes in three different colors, and you can buy it (The Verge) DIY Artists Will Earn More than $1 Billion This Year. No Wonder the Major Labels Want Their Business (Rolling Stone) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
May 08, 2019
Tue. 05/07 - All The Headlines From Google I/O
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All the news that I could possibly grab from Google’s I/O keynote, again, Alexa IS spying on you, Cruise Automation raises a big round... and will we ever actually see the Galaxy Fold? Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Metalab.co Links: THE PIXEL 3A PUTS GOOGLE’S PHENOMENAL CAMERA IN A $400 PHONE (The Verge) Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time (The Washington Post) Check your Alexa recording archive here Study: Voice Assistants Far From Hot Marketplace For Buying (MediaPost) GM’s self-driving division Cruise raises another $1.15 billion (The Verge) How Chinese Spies Got the N.S.A.’s Hacking Tools, and Used Them for Attacks (NYTimes) Samsung Electronics says no anticipated shipping date yet for Galaxy Fold (Reuters) Subscribe to the Premium Ad-Free Feed right here!
May 07, 2019
Mon. 05/06 - Headlines From Microsoft's Build Conference
00:17:42
All the announcements from Microsoft’s Build 2019, Mozilla fixes the Firefox snafu, we think, a grab-bag of Apple rumors and why Netflix’s competitive resiliency might be here to stay. Sponsors: Legacybox.com/ride Metalab.co Links Microsoft's IntelliCode for AI-assisted coding comes out of preview (TechCrunch) Microsoft aims to modernize and secure voting with ElectionGuard (TechCrunch) Add-ons disabled or failing to install in Firefox (Mozilla Add-ons Blog) Amazon can already ship to 72% of US population within a day, this map shows (CNBC) Brussels poised to probe Apple over Spotify’s fees complaint (Financial Times) Netflix's Competitive Resiliency Is Here to Stay (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 7) (Redef)
May 06, 2019
Fri. 05/03 - Facebook Coin Is Coming For Credit Cards
00:17:33
This Facebook cryptocurrency is real, people, Microsoft has a blockchain product as well, Verizon is looking to unload Tumblr, Softbank is considering an IPO for the vision fund and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: PixelUnion.net Instacart. Promocode RIDE at checkout. Links: Facebook Building Cryptocurrency-Based Payments System (WSJ) Project Libra: Facebook to launch stablecoin-based payments network (The Block) Report: Facebook looking to disrupt credit cards with cryptocurrency (ArsTechnica) Microsoft adds more AI, mixed-reality, IoT services to its Azure line-up (ZDNet) Microsoft launches a fully managed blockchain service (TechCrunch) Verizon Looks to Unload Tumblr Blogging Site (WSJ) SoftBank Considers IPO for $100 Billion Vision Fund (WSJ) Sonic’s live-action design upset the entire internet, so the studio is changing it (The Verge) The Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program (ReCode) The search for the kryptonite that can stop CRISPR (MIT Technology Review) The Most Valuable Company (for Now) Is Having a Nadellaissance (Bloomberg Businessweek) Software, the Tough Tomato Principle, and the Great Weirdening of the World (Florent Crivello) The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work (ReCode) Exclusive: The Saga Of 'Star Citizen,' A Video Game That Raised $300 Million—But May Never Be Ready To Play (Forbes) Support the show! Lose the ads! Subscribe to the premium feed RIGHT HERE in your podcast app with 3 taps!
May 03, 2019
Thu. 05/02 - How Much Apple Actually Had to Pay Qualcomm
00:15:37
Facebook might get a federally appointed privacy official, Google lets you set a time-limit on what it tracks about you, what Apple had to pay Qualcomm, Russia might effectively leave the open web, a Wikipedia competitor, and is the low-hanging fruit gone for the big tech oligarchs? Sponsors: ReMars.amazon.com PixelUnion.net Links: Exclusive: New privacy oversight on the table for Facebook, Zuckerberg (Politico) Google can now automatically delete your location, app, and search activity data (VentureBeat) Qualcomm to record $4B revenue from Apple settlement (Axios) Putin signs law to isolate Russian internet (Financial Times) Spotify launches voice-enabled ads on mobile devices in a limited US test (TechCrunch) Tesla is raising up to $1.5 billion through convertible note and share sale (TechCrunch) Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups (TechCrunch) Airbnb Spawned an Ecosystem of Startups That Sweat the Details so Owners Don’t Have to (Bloomberg) Support the show! Ad free feed! Signup right in your podcast app! Right here!
May 02, 2019
Wed. 05/01 - Apple’s Earnings Were Bad, But Investors Rejoiced
00:16:38
Apple’s earnings were bad, but investors rejoiced, Andreessen Horowitz is continuing its transformation, Eric Schmidt is leaving Google’s board, don’t sleep on Hulu in the streaming wars and some thoughts on F8. Sponsors: PixelUnion.net Sonic.com/ride Links: Apple Trade-Ins and Discounts Spark iPhone Revival (Bloomberg) A16z ushers in new fund strategy with $2.75B (TechCrunch) Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will leave Alphabet’s board after 18 years (The Verge) Scoop: e-Bike startup led by mobile veterans raises $20 million (Axios) SoftBank makes a huge bet on Latin America (TechCrunch) Hulu Grows to 28 Million Subscribers (The Hollywood Reporter) At F8, Facebook focuses on privacy — and little else (The Interface) Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed!
May 01, 2019
Tue. 04/30 - All The F8 Announcements
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All the news from the Facebook F8 conference, Cheddar gets acquired, Alphabet shows weakness, and why does Ring, the smart doorbell, need a news editor? Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/techmeme PixelUnion.net Links Facebook details Messenger updates: New desktop app, social video, and Project LightSpeed (VentureBeat) Instagram will test hiding public like counts in Canada (The Verge) Altice USA Buys Streaming-Video Network Cheddar for $200 Million (WSJ) Google Shows First Cracks in Years (WSJ) Alphabet drops after reporting a slowdown in ad revenue (CNBC) WeWork Files for Initial Public Offering (WSJ) Amazon wants to deliver crime news and fear to Ring doorbell owners (TheNextWeb) A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it’ll definitely end well (Nieman Lab) How Chinese apps like TikTok are quietly racking up American users (CNBC)
Apr 30, 2019
Mon. 04/29 - Do Millennials Want Vertical TVs?
00:16:22
There’s no reason the hotel chains can’t do what Airbnb does, why superzoom lenses might be the real innovation in smartphones right now, we’re almost done with Tech Earnings Season and why was GOT so dark last night? Sponsors: Pixelunion.com/agency GetQuip.com/ride Links: Spotify is first to 100 million paid subscribers (The Verge) Beats’ Powerbeats Pro earbuds will ship on May 10th for $250 (The Verge) Marriott Is Officially Getting Into the Homesharing Business (Skift) "Superzoom" lenses will be the biggest thing to happen to smartphone cameras in years (Android Police) How China’s ‘Unicorns’ Shook a Bicycle Town (NYTimes) California governor signs internet sales tax law (AP) AT&T says 5G will be priced like home Internet—pay more for faster speeds (ArsTechnica) Samsung thinks millennials want vertical TVs (The Verge) A Theory About Why Last Night's Game of Thrones Was Too Dark to Watch (Gizmodo)  
Apr 29, 2019
Security Checkin with Dave Bittner of Cyberwire
00:29:12
I wanted to talk to Dave Bittner of CyberWire because the CyberWire podcasts are my go to source for keeping up with the security space in a broad way. And I’m glad I did, Dave is a super knowledgeable pro, and we do get into things like those huge credential dumps, password best practices and that Triton virus that has me so worried. But we started off by going on a weird tangent about Facebook where I found myself arguing for Facebook for some reason, and we ended by really going off the rails and talking about the Fermi Paradox and aliens. It ended up being a really fun chat. :) Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride remars.Amazon.com Passwords article we discuss Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed! Right here! Inside your podcast app! It's easy!
Apr 28, 2019
Using Tech For Good? With Jigsaw's Dan Keyserling
00:24:50
This one requires a bit of explaining. Remember that segment I did about Change A View, that subreddit that was becoming its own site to try to create a platform for healthy discourse and debate online? They got backing from—and technical support from—an Alphabet subsidiary called Jigsaw. So, I went down a rabbit hole with Jigsaw, because they weren’t on my radar, and I learned that their remit is to… seemingly… try to make the Internet not suck as much. So, long story short, I reached out to some people and got put in touch with Dan Keyserling of Jigsaw to see what they’re up to. Combatting radicalization, online censorship, trolls, bias in AI… there ARE still some folks who believe technology can make the world better… not just break it. Huge, if true!  But seriously, this is a bit of a palate cleanse for me, and for you… but really… mostly for me.  Sponsors: Wix.com/podcast Everykey.com, promo code RIDE20 to get 20% off.
Apr 27, 2019
Fri. 04/26 - Prime Delivery Changes
00:19:35
Amazon wants all Prime deliveries to be one-day shipping, Slack files for its IPO and Uber sets its price range, someone with a personal vendetta to fix Gmail and of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Sponsors: Tech.FidelityCareers.com Tiny.website Links: Amazon smashes earnings expectations (CNBC) Slack files to go public, revealing $400 million in revenue and $139 million in losses (CNBC) Uber sets IPO terms, could be valued at $84 billion (Axios) Regulators Around the World Are Circling Facebook (NYTimes) The former lead designer of Gmail just fixed Gmail on his own (Fast Company) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: How Fortnite’s success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games (Polygon) Red Dead Redemption 2: six months later (Polygon) WE’VE BEEN WARNED ABOUT AI AND MUSIC FOR OVER 50 YEARS, BUT NO ONE’S PREPARED (TheVerge) How the Kleiner Perkins Empire Fell (Fortune) These home security startups aren’t afraid of Amazon and Google (Fast Company) Amazon Has Gone From Neutral Platform to Cutthroat Competitor, Say Open Source Developers (OneZero) I Sell Onions on the Internet (Deep South Ventures) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Apr 26, 2019
Thu. 04/25 - Tech Earnings Bonanza!
00:16:34
It is just an earnings bonanza: Facebook? Good! Tesla? Bad! Microsoft? Really good! In fact, king of the world again! Nintendo? Not so good. Oh, and the whole Luminary, podcasting wars, Game of Phones and Nick Quah called it, had a crazy new wrinkle today… Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/Techmeme Tiny.website Links: Facebook Reports First Quarter 2019 Results (Facebook Investor Relations) Facebook jumps as Stories users and ads show promising growth (CNBC) Nintendo Disappoints With Tepid Outlook, No Date for New Switch (Bloomberg) Verizon’s Galaxy S10 5G launches as it unveils next 20 5G cities (CNET) Podcast startup Luminary’s launch week keeps getting worse (The Verge)  The ad free feed is here!
Apr 25, 2019
Wed. 04/24 - The Podcast Wars... Begun They Have?
00:17:01
iFixit thinks it knows why the Galaxy Fold is having issues, Wing becomes the first drone delivery operator cleared by the FAA, why Netflix has gone deep into debt and have the podcasting wars begun? Sponsors: Tech.FidelityCareers.com Tiny.Website Links: Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown (iFixit) Here’s Why We Think Galaxy Folds Are Failing (iFixit) May to ban Huawei from providing 'core' parts of UK 5G network (TheGuardian) Google Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval (Bloomberg) Kuo: Two new AirPods models in Q4 2019 – Q1 2020, one features an all-new design and higher price (9to5Mac) Snap rally fades after earnings beat (CNBC) Microsoft Paint to remain part of Windows 10 after all (The Verge) Netflix offers $2 billion more in debt to fund its content spending (TechCrunch) The Joe Rogan Experience to withdraw from Luminary (HotPod) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Apr 24, 2019
Tue. 04/23 - Tesla's Autonomous Vehicle Distortion Field?
00:16:15
Tesla has an event that some people say is all reality distortion field, Facebook makes some interesting hires, Twitter is quietly chirping a tune Wall Street likes and Amazon Key is here to deliver inside your house. Sponsors: Tiny.website EthosLife.com Links Here are Elon Musk’s wildest predictions about Tesla’s self-driving cars (The Verge) Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act (The Verge) Twitter stock surges more than 15% on earnings beat (CNBC) Key by Amazon in-home delivery comes to Las Vegas, 12 other cities (CNET) How Otonomo, with nearly $55 million in funding, is illegally cloning our product (SmartCar) HackerNews thread about all this SoftBank Founder Masayoshi Son Lost $130 Million on Bitcoin (WSJ)  The Premium Ad-Free Podcast Feed! Try it Free For 7 Days!
Apr 23, 2019
Mon. 04/22 - The Galaxy Fold Is Delayed
00:16:16
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is delayed, Sri Lanka blocking social media is complicated, how you’re being tracked in the airport and at work, and why there’s no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to free apps. Sponsors: tech.FidelityCareers.com Tiny.webiste Links: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed (WSJ) Sri Lankan government blocks social media and imposes curfew following deadly blasts (The Washington Post) Zillow launches AI-powered 3D home tours in the U.S. and Canada (VentureBeat) The US wants to scan the faces of all air passengers leaving the country (QZ) Employee privacy in the US is at stake as corporate surveillance technology monitors workers’ every move (CNBC) That mental health app might share your data without telling you (The Verge) Turns Out, Meal Kits Might Not Suck for the Planet (Earther) Support the podcast directly! Subscribe to the ad-free feed right here inside your podcast app!
Apr 22, 2019
The AMA/Listener Call In Episode
00:19:47
Listeners ask questions. I try to give coherent answers. Sponsors: VistaPrint/ride remars.amazon.com, promo code: ride
Apr 21, 2019
Uber, Lyft and Bird- The Economics of Sharing with QZ's Alison Griswold
00:25:39
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 oversharing.substack.com… 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: oversharing.substack.com Sponsors: Molekule.com checkout code: ride Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in RIDE
Apr 20, 2019
Fri. 04/19 - With Facebook, It's Eternally Groundhog Day
00:15:43
Facebook finds a new way to handle the privacy scandal of the day, free, ad supported music from Amazon and Google, Dieter ended up reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Fold as best he could, and of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Sponsors: Mealime Joybird.com/RIDE Links: Facebook says it stored millions of Instagram passwords unencrypted on its servers (Recode) Emtek announces they will be closing BBM consumer services on May 31 (CrackBerry) Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (for Now) (Variety) SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD REVIEW: BROKEN DREAM (TheVerge) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive (Skift) These Women Are Only On Facebook For The Groups (BuzzFeed News) Beyond Prime: Inside the Race to Deliver Shipments to the Moon (OneZero) Robo-Rigs: The Scientist, The Unicorn And The $700 Billion Race To Create Self-Driving Semi-Trucks (Forbes) The Coming Obsolescence of Animal Meat (The Atlantic) Russian Gamer Brothers Are the Newest Hidden Billionaires (Bloomberg)   29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Northern Ireland violence (CNN) Lyra McKee GoFundMe
Apr 19, 2019
Thu. 04/18 - Why The Galaxy Folds Are Breaking
00:16:25
Samsung responds to the Galaxy Fold review unit issues, Google and Amazon end their streaming video spat, Pinterest and Zoom have their IPOs and could the Chinese web end up being more popular than the open web? Mealime app remars.amazon.com, promo code: ride Links: Samsung responds to Galaxy Fold screen damage: ‘we will thoroughly inspect these units’ (The Verge) Here's why Galaxy Fold displays are already failing (Android Central) Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent (BusinessInsider) Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri (CNBC) Google and Amazon end their ridiculous streaming video spat (Engadget) Presenting search app and browser options to Android users in Europe (The Keyword) Pinterest ends its first day of trading up 28% (CNBC) Big corporates back crypto 'plumbing' despite currency caution (Reuters) The U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War (Bloomberg) Newly Discovered 4,000-Year Old Egyptian Tomb Stuns Archaeologists (Geek.com) Support the show! Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed, right here, inside your podcast app!
Apr 18, 2019
Wed. 04/17 - Qualcomm Makes Apple Cry Uncle
00:16:25
There’s no other way to describe it: Qualcomm got Apple to surrender, are things back on for an Apple Car, Microsoft has a new Hub and a new Xbox One S, and why Hulu has an advantage the other streamers don’t. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Mealime app Links: Qualcomm surges after announcing a settlement with Apple over patent royalties (CNBC) Apple Settles With Qualcomm, Intel Exits Modems, Apple’s Miscalculation (Stratechery) Qualcomm just beat Apple into submission (SemiAccurate) Exclusive: Apple in talks with potential suppliers of sensors for self-driving cars - sources (Reuters) T-Mobile-Sprint Deal Runs Into Resistance From DOJ Antitrust Staff (WSJ) Microsoft's more portable Surface Hub 2S ships in June for $9000 (TechCrunch) Xbox One S All-Digital Edition: Price, availability, games and more (CNET) Netflix drops on earnings report showing weak guidance, CMO retires (CNBC) As Netflix Contends With More Rivals, Hulu Stands Out (NYTimes) My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day (The Verge)
Apr 17, 2019
Tue. 04/16 - YouTube's Algorithms Continue To Suck Out Loud
00:16:47
YouTube’s algorithms are abhorrent in a new way, details on the next Playstation console, Google makes nice with developers, and three interesting sides to the TikTok story. Sponsors: EveryKey.com 20% off with promocode RIDE20 Mealime App Links: YouTube shows 9/11 link on live videos of unrelated Notre Dame fire (The Verge) EXCLUSIVE: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SONY'S NEXT-GEN PLAYSTATION (Wired) 15 MONTHS OF FRESH HELL INSIDE FACEBOOK (Wired) Next major macOS version will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, Books app gets major redesign (9to5Mac) Improving the update process with your feedback (Android Developer's Blog) AT&T sells Hulu stake, valuing the video streaming company at $15 billion (CNBC) Short video app TikTok extends reach in global markets, sees in-app purchases surge more than 200 per cent (South China Morning Post) TikTok downloads ordered to be blocked on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content (TechCrunch) TikTok sensation Lil Nas X rewrites the rules of country music (Axios)
Apr 16, 2019
Mon. 04/15 - Don't Ignore Those Office Updates!
00:16:00
You really need to run those Office updates, rumors of chaos at HQ Trivia, further details on Apple Arcade and Apple News+, and hands on with the Galaxy Fold. Sponsors: Logianalytics.com/ride Mealime.com Links: Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support (Motherboard) Kaspersky: 70 percent of attacks now target Office vulnerabilities (ZDNet) Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO (TechCrunch) ‘Basically playing favorites’: Apple News+ gets off to a rocky start for some publishers (Digiday) Apple spends hundreds of millions on Arcade video game service (Financial Times) HANDS-ON WITH THE SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD: MORE THAN JUST A CONCEPT (TheVerge) Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold (TechCrunch) Booking.com is Beating Airbnb in Home Stays, Latest Numbers Show (Fortune)
Apr 15, 2019
Internet From Space with WSJ's Chris Mims
00:24:00
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. Chris’ article from the WSJ The CNBC article I refer to briefly Sponsors: Ethoslife.com techmeme.robinhood.com
Apr 14, 2019
The State of Venture and "MegaRounds" with Crunchbase's Jason Rowley - 4/11/19, 4.57 PM
00:17:44
 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. Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride Flatironschool.com/techmeme
Apr 13, 2019
Fri. 04/12 - Uber's IPO and Disney+ Deets
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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. Sponsors: Tiny.website wix.com/podcast Links: Uber unveils IPO with warning it may never make a profit (Reuters) Alphabet Is Uber IPO’s Surprise Winner With Potential $5 Billion Stake (Forbes) Uber’s Venture Investors Set for a Windfall (WSJ) Disney+ app and worldwide rollout plans revealed (Engadget) Disney+ streaming service will be available starting Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month (CNBC) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The basics of modern AI—how does it work and will it destroy society this year? (ArsTechnica) FOXCONN IS CONFUSING THE HELL OUT OF WISCONSIN (The Verge) The man behind Huawei (The Los Angeles Times) The Improbable Rise of Huawei (Foreign Policy) Inside the Biotech Startup That Wants to Extend Your Life (OneZero) VIDEO OF APPLE’S W.A.L.T. IN ACTION – THE 1993-EDITION IPHONE (Sonny Dickson)
Apr 12, 2019
Thu. 04/11 - Alexa Snags Its Own "Scandal"
00:17:33
Yes, there are people listening in on your Alexa recordings, but it’s complicated; Jeff Bezos challenges competitors to pay their workers more, the third big unicorn IPO of the year happened today, and a rundown of noteworthy recent startup raises. Sponsors: Tiny.website LogiAnalytics.com/ride Links: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa (Bloomberg) Jeff Bezos challenges retail rivals to outdo Amazon’s $15 minimum wage (The Verge) YouTube TV Hikes Price to $50 per Month for All Customers After Inking Discovery Deal (Variety) PagerDuty pops more than 50% in debut as tech IPO market heats up (CNBC) Affectiva raises $26 million to bring emotional intelligence AI to car safety systems (VentureBeat) Triplebyte raises $35M for its online coding test and credentialing service for hiring engineers (TechCrunch) Lemonade picks up $300 million Series D led by SoftBank Group (TechCrunch) That image of a black hole you saw everywhere? Thank this grad student for making it possible (CNN) Subscribe to the ad-free feed RIGHT HERE inside your podcast app
Apr 11, 2019
Wed. 04/10 - Day 2 of Google’s Cloud Next Conference
00:16:35
Day two of Google’s Cloud Next conference, an update on the unicorns still queueing up to come to market, the heat death of iTunes is closer to reality, and Walmart doubles down on robots. Sponsors: remars.amazon.com, promo code: ride Tiny.website Links: Google Assistant now works with your G Suite work calendar (GeekWire) Google launches new security tools for G Suite users (TechCrunch) Google launches an end-to-end AI platform (TechCrunch) Remove, Reduce, Inform: New Steps to Manage Problematic Content (Facebook Newsroom) Exclusive: Uber plans to sell around $10 billion worth of stock in IPO - sources (Reuters) Slack Is Fetching High Prices in Private Stock Deals Ahead of Public Offering (Bloomberg) Zoom is poised to be one of the most richly valued tech companies after it goes public (CNBC) Next major macOS version will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, Books app gets major redesign (9to5Mac) Walmart Is Rolling Out the Robots (WSJ) Mysterious safety-tampering malware infects a second critical infrastructure site (ArsTechnica) Congress is about to ban the government from offering free online tax filing (ArsTechnica) Falcon Heavy making only second flight, but it’s already changing the game (ArsTechnica) Support the show! Subscribe to the Ad-Free Premium Feed!
Apr 10, 2019
Tue. 04/09 - Google Cloud Next Announcements
00:17:05
The headlines from the Google Cloud Next conference, China seeks to ban cryptominers, why ads on streaming services is the new hotness, and also, why Roblox is the new hotness. Sponsors: Tiny.website GetQuip.com/ride Links: Google Cloud announces 7 open source partners, Seoul and Salt Lake City regions (VentureBeat) Google's hybrid cloud platform is coming to AWS and Azure (TechCrunch) Google announces Cloud Run for open and portable serverless compute (VentureBeat) China, home to the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mining farms, now wants to ban them completely (South China Morning Post) To cut down on spam, Twitter cuts the number of accounts you can follow per day (TechCrunch) The next front of the streaming wars is the battle for ad-supported programming (Digiday) Roblox hits milestone of 90M monthly active users (TechCrunch) Why Are People Still Playing Google’s Halloween Ghost Game in April? (Slate) Subscribe to the ad-free feed! Right in your podcast app! No muss! No fuss!
Apr 09, 2019
Mon. 04/08 - About Those iPhone Triple Camera Rumors...
00:17:01
Pinterest’s IPO looks set to make it an “undercorn,” the UK has some more ideas about regulating internet platforms, about those iPhone triple camera rumors, Netflix dumps AirPlay and Snap opts not to beat ’em; instead, plan’s to join ’em. Sponsors: PaintYourLife.com: Text the word TECH to 48-48-48 Tiny.website Links: Pinterest sets IPO range at $15-17, valuing it at $10.6B vs previous valuation of $12.3B (TechCrunch) iPhone rumors now claim two OLED models with triple-camera arrays for 2019 (The Verge) New report claims that the triple-camera iPhones in 2019 will feature 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED screens, tweaked chassis thickness (9to5Mac) Netflix confirms it killed AirPlay support, won’t let you beam shows to Apple TVs anymore (The Verge) ‘CHANGE MY VIEW’ REDDIT COMMUNITY LAUNCHES ITS OWN WEBSITE (Wired) To stop copycats, Snapchat shares itself (TechCrunch) Microsoft launches first Chromium Edge builds for Windows 10 (VentureBeat) Subscribe to the premium ad-free feed!
Apr 08, 2019
Fri. 04/05 - Alexa is Coming for AirPods
00:18:39
Google scraps the AI ethics board, Alexa is coming for AirPods, the Bezos’ divorce is settled, Snap reminds everyone they’re pretty darned good at inventing weird stuff and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Metalab.co FlatironSchool.com/techmeme Links: Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry (Vox) Amazon Is Making a Rival to Apple’s AirPods as Its First Alexa Wearable (Bloomberg) Jeff Bezos, in divorce settlement, retains 75 percent of the Amazon stock he held with his now ex-wife MacKenzie (The Washington Post) Snapchat launches Mario Party-style multiplayer games platform (TechCrunch) Snapchat launches Scan, its AR utility platform (TechCrunch) Snapchat will power Stories & ads in other apps (TechCrunch) The Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Talking Reckless (A Gaming Podcast) Smart home, machine learning and discovery (Benedict Evans) 25 Years Later: Interview with Linus Torvalds (Linux Journal) ‘They Thought It Was Black Magic’: An Oral History of TiVo (OneZero) The World’s Greatest Delivery Empire (Bloomberg Businessweek) Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet (Buzzfeed News) Astronomers set to make 'groundbreaking' black hole announcement (CNET)
Apr 05, 2019
Thu. 04/04 - Amazon Joins The Internet Space Race
00:17:29
Facebook. Data. Exposure. Another one. Could Intel issues delay a 5G iPhone? Apple cuts the price of the HomePod, Amazon is going to launch Internet satellites, and the trouble with AI ethics boards. Sponsors: Imagekit.io/ride Metalab.co Links: Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers (TechCrunch) Inside Apple’s shaky plan to deliver a 5G iPhone in 2020 [Updated] (FastCompany) MIT suspends ties with China's Huawei and ZTE (CNN Business) Apple drops HomePod price down to $299 (TheVerge) Google launches Android Q Beta 2 with multitasking Bubbles, foldables emulator, and zoomable microphones (VentureBeat) Hundreds of thousands of ‘lost’ MySpace songs have been recovered (TheVerge) Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation (GeekWire) Google’s brand-new AI ethics board is already falling apart (Vox) THE PROBLEM WITH AI ETHICS (TheVerge) Electric car battery with 600 miles of range? This startup claims to have done it (TheVerge) Subscribe to the ad-free, listener-supported feed!
Apr 04, 2019
Wed. 04/03 - Google's Credibility Problem When It Comes To Products Dying
00:16:16
Facebook stops asking people to reveal their email passwords, WhatsApp gives you control over group chats, Google has a credibility problem when it comes to product shutdowns and 5G is kinda, officially here. Sponsors: LogiAnalytics.com/ride Metalab.com Links: ‘Beyond Sketchy’: Facebook Demanding Some New Users’ Email Passwords (Daily Beast) Facebook Is Just Casually Asking Some New Users for Their Email Passwords (Gizmodo) Facebook will stop asking new users for their email passwords (Axios) WhatsApp finally lets you prevent people from adding you to their shitty groups (TNW) WhatsApp now lets you control who can add you to groups (The Verge) Justice Department Warns Academy Over Potential Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety) Media Companies Take a Big Gamble on Apple (NYTimes) Tweet Storm on Apple+ and The New Yorker (@Michaelluo) Google Duplex rolling out to non-Pixel, iOS devices in the US (9to5Google) Google begins shutting down its failed Google+ social network (The Verge) Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand (ArsTechnica) Wayve claims 'world first' in driving a car autonomously with only its AI and a SatNav (TechCrunch) Support the show! Subscribe to the Ad-Free Premium Feed!
Apr 03, 2019
Tue. 04/02 - YouTube's Turn In The Woodshed
00:17:30
The price of bitcoin soars, but is it for real? Walmart wants to let you shop with your voice, Andreessen Horowitz shakes up VC (again) and a scathing look at YouTube’s algorithm problems. Sponsors: Metalab.co LogiAnalytics.com/ride Links: Bitcoin jumps 20 percent, mystery order seen as catalyst (Reuters) April Fools: Traders Chase Another Unexplainable Bitcoin Rally (Bloomberg) Report: ICOs Raised $118 Million in Q1 2019, Over 58 Times Less Than in Q1 2018 (CoinTelegraph) Walmart Unveils Voice-Activated, Google-Powered Grocery Shopping (Bloomberg) Morning Lineup – “It’s Just a Fad” (Bespoke) Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again) (Forbes) YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant (Bloomberg) Support the show! Subscribe to the premium, ad-free feed!
Apr 02, 2019
Mon. 04/01 - Gmail Was the ONLY Good April Fools' Joke
00:18:07
Gmail celebrates an appropriate April Fool’s anniversary, the winners from the Lyft IPO, Mark Zuckerberg asks for regulation and food tech has delivered a meatless Whopper™. Sponsors: PaintYourLife.com: Text the word TECH to 48-48-48 Metalab.co Links: Google launches Gmail message scheduling and expands Smart Compose to more devices and languages (VentureBeat)  New Facebook tool answers the question 'Why am I seeing this post?' (TechCrunch) The biggest winners of Lyft’s $24 billion IPO (Quartz) The CEO behind 'Fortnite' says it's 'evolving beyond being a game' and explains the company's ambitious vision (Business Insider) Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas. (The Washington Post) Citizen Zuck: The making of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (CNET) Burger King begins selling the meatless Impossible Whopper (The Verge) Subscribe to the Ad-Free Feed!
Apr 01, 2019
Space Tech With Bill Gattle of Harris Corp.
00:19:01
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
00:22:38
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)
00:16:23
Lyft IPO’d today, Huawei’s profits don’t seem affected by governmental pressures, Stack Overflow is looking for a new CEO, Alexa Business Blueprints allow you to create custom skills for your business and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: LightStream.com/ride DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Lyft pops 20% in trading debut (CNBC) In This Tech I.P.O. Wave, Big Investors Grab More of the Gains (NYTimes) Huawei tops $100 billion revenue for first time despite political headwinds (CNBC) The Next CEO of Stack Overflow (Stack Overflow Blog) Amazon’s Alexa for Business Blueprints lets employees make custom voice apps (VentureBeat) The Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Podcast Suggestion: RunAs Radio The danger of 'I already pay for Apple News+' (TechCrunch) Europe is splitting the internet into three (The Verge) ‘A battle for the top of the funnel’: Pinterest’s long road to becoming a commerce platform (Digiday) Forget Brexit and trade wars, Europe’s start-ups are thriving (Financial Times) The Enormous Numbers Behind Amazon’s Market Reach (Bloomberg) The Elaborate, Dying Art of Hustling for Money at Dave & Buster's (Vice)
Mar 29, 2019
Thu. 03/28 - Spotify Tests Subscriptions For Two
00:15:57
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. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Link to how to use Google Podcast search Links: Facebook has been charged with housing discrimination by the US government (The Verge) Huawei Security ‘Defects’ Are Found by British Authorities (NYTimes) Spotify is testing Premium Duo, a discounted subscription for two (The Verge) Microsoft sues to take control of domains involved in Iran hacking campaign (TechCrunch) The Business of Your Face (Fortune)  
Mar 28, 2019
Wed. 03/27 - Microsoft Puts the Kibosh on April Fools' Jokes
00:16:44
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. Sponsors Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome   Links: Turing Award Won by 3 Pioneers in Artificial Intelligence (NYTimes) THE GODFATHERS OF THE AI BOOM WIN COMPUTING’S HIGHEST HONOR (Wired) Google Podcasts in-episode search is coming, shows now being fully transcribed (Android Police) Google makes emails more dynamic with AMP for Email (TechCrunch) Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm (WSJ) FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers (The Verge) NYPD's Big Artificial-Intelligence Reveal (Governing.com) India says it has just shot down a satellite in space (MIT Technology Review) Microsoft leads the way in banning April Fools’ Day pranks (The Verge) Subscribe to the ad-free premium feed!
Mar 27, 2019
Tue. 03/26 - The EU's Copyright Directive Cometh
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The EU Parliament approves the “link tax” and the “upload filter.” Uber acquires Careem, McDonald’s makes a tech acquisition, and a wrap-up of the hot-takes from the Apple event. Sponsors: Datadog's Integration with Alibaba Cloud Tiny.website Links: Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval (The Verge) HUAWEI’S P30 PRO IS A PHOTOGRAPHIC POWERHOUSE WITH A TINY NOTCH (The Verge) Uber announces $3.1 billion deal to buy Middle East rival Careem (CNBC) McDonald's is acquiring Dynamic Yield to create a more customized drive-thru (TechCrunch) Exclusive: First look at Apple’s new AirPods-like ‘Powerbeats Pro’ truly wireless sport headphones (9to5Mac) Very Brief Thoughts and Observations on Today’s ‘Show Time’ Apple Event (Daring Fireball) Subscribe to the Ad-Free Premium Feed Here!
Mar 26, 2019
Mon. 03/25 - Apple Goes Hollywood!
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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. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Apple launches $9.99 Apple News Plus with more than 300 magazines (The Verge) Apple introduced its own credit card, the Apple Card (TechCrunch) Apple announces Apple TV Plus video subscription service (The Verge) YouTube Bows Out of Hollywood Arms Race With Netflix and Amazon (Bloomberg) Nintendo to Launch Two New Switch Models (WSJ) Digital media companies Group Nine Media and Refinery29 are said to be in talks to merge (Business Insider) Shenzhen Transsion applies to raise capital on Shanghai’s technology board after taking Africa’s phone market by storm (South China Morning Post)
Mar 25, 2019
The Ride Hailing Industry From The Driver's Perspective With The Rideshare Guy
00:18:23
Not too long ago I recommended The Rideshare Guy podcast because I’ve fallen in love with it. That and his website, the Rideshareguy.com. 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? TheRideShareGuy.com
Mar 24, 2019
Apple's Big Event With The Future Forward Podcast
00:33:42
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. Sponsors: Stamps.com, click the microphone and enter RIDE Vistaprint.com/RIDE  
Mar 23, 2019
Fri. 03/22 - AT&T's "5G E" is.... zzzzzzzzz.....?
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Might Apple’s Monday event be a huge anticlimax? Is AT&T’s “5G E” slower than 4G? YouTube is responsible for 37% of mobile Internet Traffic, what programming languages are on the up and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Skillshare.com/ride Metalab.co Links: New York Times CEO warns publishers ahead of Apple news launch (Reuters) Apple’s plan for its new TV service: Sell other people’s TV services (Recode) 750,000 Medtronic defibrillators vulnerable to hacking (StarTribune) Facebook acknowledges concerns over Cambridge Analytica emerged earlier than reported (The Guardian) AT&T's fake 5G E is slower than Verizon's and T-Mobile's 4G (CNET) Mobile time-spent jumps up: YouTube corners ~40% of the traffic, Facebook less than 10% (WhatsNewInPublishing) The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: January 2019 (RedMonk) Weekend Longreads: Meet Silicon Valley's 'China whisperer (CNNBusiness) Inside Garageband, the Little App Ruling the Sound of Modern Music (Rolling Stone) Grab vs. Go-Jek: Inside Asia’s Battle of the 'Super Apps' (Fortune) BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRISPR: GROWING HUMAN ORGANS IN PIGS (Wired) A MORE HUMANE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY CRISPR (Wired)
Mar 22, 2019
Thu. 03/21 - Santa Tim Has Forsaken Us!
00:15:27
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. Sponsors: GetQuip.com/ride Metalab.co  Links: Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years (Krebs on Security) Can Duruk's Tweet Storm Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview (TechCrunch) Microsoft launches previews of Windows Virtual Desktop and Defender ATP for Mac (VentureBeat) Microsoft warns Windows 7 users of looming end to security updates (TechCrunch) European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws (The Verge) Hottest Crypto Coin's Massive Rally Echoes Bitcoin's Glory Days (Bloomberg) APPLE IPAD MINI REVIEW: NO COMPETITION (The Verge) Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Mar 21, 2019
Wed. 03/20 - Give Us More, Santa Tim!
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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. Sponsors: Metalab.co DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Google hit with €1.5 billion antitrust fine by EU (The Verge) Facebook Halts Ad Targeting Cited in Bias Complaints (NYTimes) AirPods, the world’s most popular wireless headphones, are getting even better (Apple Newsroom) The Oculus Rift S is real and arrives in spring for $399 (TechCrunch) Amazon’s entry-level Kindle gets a light and a higher price tag (The Verge) Facebook Messenger now has message threads (VentureBeat) MoviePass’ unlimited plan is back and at the original price — for now (Polygon) All 88 companies from Y Combinator's W19 Demo Day 2 (TechCrunch) New York City is finally getting its own self-driving shuttle service (The Verge)  
Mar 20, 2019
Tue. 03/19 - Stadia is Google's Gaming Streaming Service
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Google’s gaming service is called Stadia, the iMac lineup gets an update, Instagram ads in-app shopping, Intel wants to build an exascale computer and Y Combinator’s Demo Day, Day 1. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/RideHome Metalab.co Links: Google Stadia announced, a game streaming service for Chrome, Android, and TVs (9to5Google) Google unveils Stadia cloud gaming service, launches in 2019 (The Verge) Stadia, Google’s gaming platform, changed the rules of the console wars (Polygon) Apple Updates iMac Lineup With Up to 8-Core 9th-Gen Intel Processors and Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options (MacRumors) Instagram tests in-app shopping with Kylie Cosmetics, Nike and Huda Beauty (Digiday) Nvidia announces $99 AI computer for developers, makers, and researchers (The Verge) Intel claims Aurora will be the first U.S. supercomputer to hit 1 exaflop (Venture Beat) Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC's W19 Demo Day One (TechCrunch)
Mar 19, 2019
Mon. 03/18 - MySpace Loses All Your Stuff From 2005
00:16:29
An iPad mini refresh and a new iPad Air, MySpace has lost basically all your stuff, details of the Lyft IPO and the state of Seed Investing. Sponsors: Legacybox.com/ride Metalab.co Links: Apple launches new iPad Air and iPad mini (TechCrunch) Inside YouTube’s struggles to shut down video of the New Zealand shooting — and the humans who outsmarted its systems (Washington Post) Myspace player won't play songs, and I want to download them if possible (Reddit thread on the Myspace news) The Internet Archive is working to preserve public Google+ posts before it shuts down (The Verge) Lyft Aims for Valuation Near $20 Billion in Biggest U.S. IPO (Bloomberg) Ride-hail service Juno is seeking a buyer (Quartz) Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future? (Both Sides) Decade in review: Trends in seed and early-stage funding (TechCrunch) Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape (NYTimes) Google Spent Years on a Secret New Plan to Attack a $140 Billion Industry. It All Starts Tomorrow (Inc.)  Subscribe to the ad-free Premium Feed inside your podcast app here!
Mar 18, 2019
Technology and Policing with Matt Stroud, Author of the Book Thin Blue Lie
00:28:42
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. Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Feed!
Mar 17, 2019
The State of Consumer Data and Privacy With Consumer Reports' Justin Brookman
00:23:46
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. Sponsors: Eero.com/ride and promocode RIDE at checkout Skillshare.com/ride
Mar 16, 2019
Fri. 03/15 - Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real?
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Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real, Apple responds to Spotify’s complaint, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome techmeme.robinhood.com Links: FACEBOOK’S HEAD OF PRODUCT LEAVES AFTER PRIVACY PIVOT (Wired) As Mark Zuckerberg Tightens Grip on Facebook, 2 Top Deputies Leave (NYTimes) Addressing Spotify’s claims (Apple Newsroom) The New Zealand Massacre Was Made to Go Viral (NYTimes) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: ‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave. (NYTimes) DeepMind and Google: the battle to control artificial intelligence (1843) Foursquare’s first decade, from viral hit to real business and beyond (Fast Company) Meet The Billionaire Who Defied Amazon And Built Wish, The World’s Most-Downloaded E-Commerce App (Forbes) How to Stop Your Roommates From Messing With Your Amazon Echo (Lifehacker)
Mar 15, 2019
Thu. 03/14 - Facebook Under Criminal Investigation
00:16:22
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. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation (NYTimes) Google launches Android Q Beta 1 (Venture Beat) Telegram gained three million new users during Facebook outage (The Verge) Tumblr traffic dropped by nearly 100M views the month after it banned porn (TNW) Dropbox device linking limits just got added for Basic accounts (SlashGear) Microsoft announces Xbox Live for any iOS or Android game (The Verge) In Silicon Valley, Plans for a Monument to Silicon Valley (NYTimes) Silicon Valley Wants a Monument to Itself. Will It Scale? (NYMag) Pi in the sky: Calculating a record-breaking 31.4 trillion digits of Archimedes’ constant on Google Cloud (Google Cloud Blog)
Mar 14, 2019
Wed. 03/13 - Spotify Anti-Trust's Apple
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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. Sponsors: Tiny.website Wix.com/podcast DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple (Reuters) Apple Courts HBO and Showtime for Service to Challenge Netflix (Bloomberg) Facial recognition's 'dirty little secret': Millions of online photos scraped without consent (NBC News) Google has told dozens of employees on its laptop and tablet division to find new jobs at the company, raising questions about its hardware plans (Business Insider) Verizon’s 5G service will cost $10 extra, launches in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11th (The Verge) Microsoft demonstrates xCloud game streaming a week before Google’s ‘future of gaming’ event (The Verge) How an App for Gamers Went Mainstream (The Atlantic) A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality (MIT Technology Review)
Mar 13, 2019
Tue. 03/12 - The Web Is 30 Years Old!
00:16:58
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. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup (Politico) Apple’s March 25th event is official: ‘It’s show time’ (9to5Mac) Spotify Premium now includes Hulu for no extra cost (The Verge) Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 Apps—and No Runaway Hit (Bloomberg) Peak California (Byrne Hobart) Goodbye, Silicon Valley, hello, Atlanta: Black entrepreneurs part of new migration to South (USA Today) 30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb? (Tim Berners-Lee) The original Web proposal
Mar 12, 2019
Mon. 03/11 - How TikTok Is Different
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Nvidia buys Mellanox, Tesla reverses course, a handy primer on how TikTok is different, and we check in on the smart takes from last week’s big stories. Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Podcast Feed! Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Nvidia to Buy Mellanox for $6.9 Billion in Data Center Push (Bloomberg) Landlords to Tesla: You’re Still on the Hook for Your Store Leases (WSJ) How TikTok Is Rewriting the World (NYTimes) Facebook vs. Apple (Slate) Facebook has a big, terrifying dream to be the communication backbone for the Western world (Business Insider) ELIZABETH WARREN WANTS TO BREAK UP APPLE, TOO (The Verge) Elizabeth Warren Wants To Break Up Amazon, Google And Facebook; But Does Her Plan Make Any Sense? (TechDirt) How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It's Available Right Now (Gizmodo)
Mar 11, 2019
State of Crypto With Coindesk's Brady Dale
00:20:14
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. Sponsors: LinkedIn.com/ride Tiny.website Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Podcast Feed!
Mar 10, 2019
Do I Want A Foldable Phone? With MG Siegler
00:23:12
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. Logianalytics.com/ride Linkedin.com/ride Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Podcast Feed!
Mar 09, 2019
Fri. 03/08 - Senator Warren Wants To Break Up Big Tech
00:21:21
Senator Warren proposes breaking up big tech, Airbnb buys HotelTonight, why the big platforms are taking down vaccine content, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Podcast Feed! Sponsors: Logianalytics.com/ride Metalab.co Links: Here’s how we can break up Big Tech (Warren For President) Airbnb Wanted Travelers To Stay In Homes. Now It's Buying HotelTonight. (BuzzFeed News) Three Reasons Behind Airbnb’s Deal for HotelTonight (The Information) Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B (EdSurge) Combatting Vaccine Misinformation (Facebook Newsroom) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: THE HYPOCRISY OF THE TECHNO-MORALISTS IN THE COMING AGE OF AUTONOMY (WarOnTheRocks) HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY VIDEO GAMES ARE DEVELOPED AND PLAYED (TheVerge) Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files (Gizmodo) How Munchery’s high hopes led to its decline and fall (FastCompany) Triton is the world’s most murderous malware, and it’s spreading (MIT Technology Review)
Mar 08, 2019
Thu. 03/07 - Facebook Pivots To Privacy
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Facebook pivots to privacy, Huawei follows through on suing the US government, Duplex rolls out wide, and Bird’s white label scooter scheme. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Metalab.co Links: A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking (Mark Zuckerberg) A 'privacy-focused' Facebook would kill Zuckerberg's business model (The Guardian) Facebook’s Privacy Cake (Ben Thompson/Stratechery) Mark Zuckerberg Tried Hard To Get Facebook Into China. Now The Company May Be Backing Away. (Buzzfeed News) Amazon's joint health-care venture finally has a name: Haven (CNBC) Huawei: US Congress acted as 'judge, juror and executioner' with ban on our products (CNN) Google brings its Duplex AI restaurant booking assistant to 43 states (TechCrunch) How Bird plans to blanket the world with electric scooters without going bankrupt (The Verge)
Mar 07, 2019
Wed. 03/06 - This Podcast Is A Year Old!
00:15:31
Fitbit unveils a new smartwatch and lowers prices across the board, Samsung is working on two more foldable phones, Grab grabs $1.4 billion from Masa Son and Waymo finally found a way to make money. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Metalab.co Links: Fitbit’s new $160 Versa Lite is a stripped-down version of its entry-level smartwatch (The Verge) Fitbit kills Alta, Alta HR, Flex 2, and Zip (VentureBeat) Samsung Working on Two More Foldable Smartphones (Bloomberg) WANT A FOLDABLE PHONE? HOLD OUT FOR REAL GLASS (Wired) Chinese Hackers Target Universities in Pursuit of Maritime Military Secrets (WSJ) Uber found not criminally liable in last year’s self-driving car death (QZ) Grab confirms $1.46B investment from SoftBank’s Vision Fund (TechCrunch) Waymo Starts Selling Sensors to Lower Cost of Self-Driving Cars (Bloomberg)
Mar 06, 2019
Tue. 03/05 - Don't Use "ji32k7au4a83" As A Password
00:15:45
The NSA program Snowden revealed might be done, Microsoft is readying a Windows Lite, poor iPhone sales are hitting Foxconn workers hard, a big strategic look at Netflix and why one seemingly random password is a poor choice if you care about your security. Sponsors: Metalab.co Logianalytics.com/ride Links Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says (NYTimes) Microsoft is creating Windows Lite for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices (The Verge) Apple acquires patent portfolio of failed smart home security startup Lighthouse AI (9to5Mac) Coinbase Pushes Out Ex-Hacking Team Employees Following Uproar (Coindesk) Coinbase Users Struggle to Delete Their Accounts in Protest (Motherboard) Living up to our values and the Neutrino acquisition (Coinbase Blog) Foxconn, a tale of slashed salaries, disappearing benefits and mass resignations as iPhone orders dry up (South China Morning Post) Big Media Isn't Ready to Fight Back (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 5) (Redef) Why 'ji32k7au4a83' Is a Remarkably Common Password (Gizmodo)
Mar 05, 2019
Mon., 03/04 - USB 4 Wishes and Password-Free Dreams
00:20:05
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. Sponsors: Keeps - https://keeps.com/techmeme MetaLab - https://metalab.co Links: Facebook won’t let you opt-out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting (TechCrunch) Scammers abused Facebook phone number search (BBC News) Huawei Said to Be Preparing to Sue the U.S. Government (New York Times) Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information (Fast Company) With USB 4, Thunderbolt 3’s benefits become open to all (The Verge) USB Promoter Group Announces USB4 Specification (AP News) Harry McCracken's Facebook tweet (Twitter) Facebook explains how it’ll review nude photos to stop revenge porn (The Verge) Facebook’s New CAPTCHA Test: ‘Upload a Clear Photo of Your Face’ (Wired) W3C approves WebAuthn as the web standard for password-free logins (VentureBeat) 
Mar 04, 2019
A16Z's Connie Chan On Outgrowing Advertising As A Business Model
00:21:38
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.
Mar 03, 2019
Casey Newton on His Facebook Moderators Piece
00:20:06
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. THE TRAUMA FLOOR (The Verge)
Mar 02, 2019
Fri. 03/01 - Lyft Files For Its IPO
00:17:29
Lyft officially files for its IPO and do the numbers reveal concern for Uber, New York wants Jeff Bezos to reconsider, Tesla slashes prices, physical sales trump downloads when it comes to music, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Tiny.website DatadogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Lyft's financials show a $911 million loss ahead of its IPO (CNBC) Amazon stops selling Dash buttons, goofy forerunners of the connected home (CNET) U.S. Music Industry Posts Third Straight Year of Double-Digit Growth as Streaming Soars 30% (Variety) Andrew Cuomo Speaks With Jeff Bezos, Hints of ‘Other Ways’ to Clear Path for Amazon’s Return (NYTimes) The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 has arrived—but it comes with a price (TechCrunch) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Do You Trust Your VPN? Are You Sure? (Slate) Is Cloudflare a privacy champion or hate speech enabler? Depends who you ask (Fast Company) The Car That Killed Glamour (The Atlantic) How Disney Built Star Wars, in real life (TechCrunch) THE TRAUMA FLOOR (The Verge) Outgrowing Advertising: Multimodal Business Models as a Product Strategy (A16Z/Connie Chan)
Mar 01, 2019
Thu. 02/28 - Make Any Day Amazon Day
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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. Sponsors: Tiny.Website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Amazon Prime members can choose a weekly delivery date with launch of 'Amazon Day' (TechCrunch) Motorola confirms its foldable phone is coming (Engadget) Apple self-driving car layoffs hit 190 employees in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale (San Francisco Chronicle) Apple shipped 9.2M Apple Watch units in Q4 2018 to capture half of market, report says (AppleInsider) Uber and Lyft drivers will reportedly get stock in the highly anticipated IPOs (CNBC) Facebook and Telegram Are Hoping to Succeed Where Bitcoin Failed (NYTimes) Mozilla updates Common Voice dataset with 1,400 hours of speech across 18 languages (Venture Beat)
Feb 28, 2019
Wed. 02/27 - TikTok Bigger Than Instagram?
00:14:13
Fast flash storage for phones, TikTok passes a billion downloads, FedEx rolls out its own delivery bot, why you might be overpaying for cloud computing and why China wants to map the faces of pigs. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Samsung's new 512GB flash chip is twice as fast as its predecessor (Engadget) TikTok was bigger than Instagram last year after passing the 1 billion download mark (Business Insider) Machine learning can boost the value of wind energy (Google's The Keyword Blog) FedEx unveils autonomous delivery robot (The Verge) Threads emerges from stealth with $10.5M from Sequoia for a new take on enabling work conversations (TechCrunch) As AWS Use Soars, Companies Surprised by Cloud Bills (The Information) Containers may be leading to cloud computing cost overruns (ZDNet) Rotten Tomatoes tweaks audience ratings system to thwart online trolls (The Los Angeles Times) China’s Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces (NYTimes)
Feb 27, 2019
Tue. 02/26 - Might the FTC Undo Some Tech Mergers?
00:15:17
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. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Apple Music Integration Possibly Coming to Google Home Devices  (MacRumors) Apple Plans Sleep Tracking Feature for Future Watch (Bloomberg) Microsoft CEO defends US military contract that some employees say crosses a line (CNN Business) New FTC task force will take on tech monopolies (The Verge) Coinbase Lists Controversial Cryptocurrency XRP, Price Jumps 10% (Fortune) This 18,000mAh battery has a phone in it (The Verge) THE TRAUMA FLOOR (The Verge) Facebook Grappling With Employee Anger Over Moderator Conditions (Bloomberg)
Feb 26, 2019
Mon. 02/25 - Mobile World Congress Headlines
00:15:47
It’s a whole slew of headlines from Mobile World Congress: more foldable phones, dates for 5G chip sets and 5G coverage rollouts, and Microsoft unveils its HoloLens2. Plus: why Wikidata proves the bots still need us. Sponsors: Wix.com/podcast DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: MICROSOFT’S HOLOLENS 2: A $3,500 MIXED REALITY HEADSET FOR THE FACTORY, NOT THE LIVING ROOM (The Verge) Huawei Launches the Mate X: Folding in a New Direction (AnAndTech) I held the future in my hands, and it was foldable (TheVerge) Sprint’s 5G network launches in May (The Verge) T-Mobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019 (CNET) microSD Express unlocks hyper-fast data speeds for mobile devices (Engadget) SanDisk and Micron announce the world’s first 1TB microSD card (MSPowerUser.com) The latest Android devices now let you log into apps without requiring a password (The Verge) INSIDE THE ALEXA-FRIENDLY WORLD OF WIKIDATA (Wired) Princeton Tech Meetup Details
Feb 25, 2019
The "Influencers" Beat With Taylor Lorenz
00:22:21
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. Sponsors: Bubble.is (coupon code "ride") Burrow.com/tech
Feb 24, 2019
The State of The Gaming Industry With Jason Schreier @jasonschreier
00:19:03
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? Sponsors: Burrow.com/tech Bubble.is (coupon code "ride")
Feb 23, 2019
Fri. 02/22 - The Most Acquisitive Unicorns
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Facebook is shutting down its controversial Onavo app, Google’s streaming gaming service might get some hardware to go along with it, the most acquisitive unicorns and the weekend longreads suggestions. Here’s what you missed today in the world of tech.  Sponsors: The Castro Podcast App Legacybox.com/ride Lighstream.com/ride Links: Facebook will shut down its spyware VPN app Onavo (TechCrunch) Samsung will extend Bixby button remapping to premium Galaxy phones running Android Pie (The Verge) Source: Google plans to announce long-rumored ‘Yeti’ hardware at GDC event (9to5Google) Airbnb, Automattic, And Pinterest Top Rank Of Most Acquisitive Unicorns (Crunchbase News) Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Late Night Linux Podcast HOW APPLE’S ENTERPRISE APP PROGRAM BECAME THE NEW WILD WEST OF MOBILE APPS (The Verge) “SHE NEVER LOOKS BACK”: INSIDE ELIZABETH HOLMES’S CHILLING FINAL MONTHS AT THERANOS (Vanity Fair) It Started With a Jolt: How New York Became a Tech Town (NYTimes) Guidemaster: The least-awful Android phones (Ars Technica) The curse of the Twitter reply guy (Mashable) YouTube Story 1: Study blames YouTube for rise in number of Flat Earthers (The Guardian) YouTube Story 2: YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained? (NYTimes) YouTube Story 3: How YouTube helps flat-earthers organize (The Verge)
Feb 22, 2019
Thu. 02/21 - YouTube's Ad Problem (Again) and Galaxy Reactions
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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." Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Castro Podcast App Links: Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ hands-on (Engadget)  You can remap the Bixby button on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 to do whatever you want (The Verge)   The Galaxy Fold makes no sense as a consumer device yet (The Verge)  Apple, Goldman Sachs Team Up on Credit Card Paired With iPhone (Wall Street Journal) Nestle, Disney Pull YouTube Ads, Joining Furor Over Child Videos (Bloomberg)  On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight (Wired UK) Youtube is Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, and it's Being Monetized (2019) (Matt Watson, YouTube)  YouTube terminates more than 400 channels following child exploitation controversy (The Verge) Close Enough (Slate/Future Tense)
Feb 21, 2019
Wed. 02/20 - Galaxy Fold!
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The foldable phone is here! And some regular new Galaxies too. Other stuff... (I'm late posting today... sorry! In a rush!) Sponsors: Castro Podcast App DataDogHQ.com/ridehome joybird.com/RIDE - 25% off your first order using code RIDE Links: Samsung’s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980 (The Verge) Xiaomi's triple-camera Mi 9 has a fast 20W wireless charger (Engadget) Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' (Business Insider) Google Set To Unveil Netflix-Like Game Streaming Service (Fortune) Apple Plans on Combining iPhone, iPad, Mac Apps by 2021 (Bloomberg) Princeton Tech Meetup 69 w/ Brian McCullough
Feb 20, 2019
Tue. 02/19 - Why Emoji Are Screwing Up Legal Cases
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Qualcomm unveils a second gen 5G chip, Huawei’s founder hits back at the US, his biggest investors push back at Masa Son, and why emoji are causing problems in increasing numbers of court cases. Sponsors: The Castro Podcast App Promocode Ride at Vistaprint.com Links: Before the first 5G phone is out, Qualcomm is already moving on to its second-gen 5G modem (The Verge) The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder (BBC News) How Huawei Targets Apple Trade Secrets (The Information) Walmart’s US e-commerce sales up 43% in Q4, thanks to growing online grocery business (TechCrunch) Key Investors Are Unhappy With SoftBank Tech-Investment Fund (WSJ) Mining Giant Bitmain Posts $500 Million Loss in IPO Financial Filing (Coindesk) Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared (TheVerge)
Feb 19, 2019
Mon. 02/18 - Ming-Chi Kuo: Here's Apple's Entire 2019 Lineup
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Parliament calls Facebook a “digital gangster,” Australia’s Parliament was hacked, a full year of Apple lineup rumors, and since it’s a holiday here in the US, a mini longread segment.  Sponsors: The Castro Podcast App Flatironschool.com/techmeme Links: UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook (TechCrunch) Australia's major political parties hacked in 'sophisticated' attack ahead of election (The Sydney Morning Herald) Kuo: 16-inch MacBook Pro, 31-inch 6K display, iPhones w/ upgraded Face ID & bilateral wireless charging coming in 2019 (9to5Mac) Etsy sellers say their bank accounts were emptied in major billing snafu (BoingBoing) Elroy Air raises $9.2 million for delivery drones that can carry up to 500 pounds (VentureBeat) Google’s Waymo risks repeating Silicon Valley’s most famous blunder (ArsTechnica)
Feb 18, 2019
Mark Gurman Says Apple “don't even know for sure” What Project Titan Is Building
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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. Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride LinkedIn.com/ride
Feb 17, 2019
NBC News' Jacob Ward On Data Vs. Privacy
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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) Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride LinkedIn.com/ride
Feb 16, 2019
Fri. 02/15 - FTC To Fine Facebook?
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More fallout and analysis of Amazon ghosting NYC, more signs of blockchain actually taking hold on Wall Street, Samsung’s lineup of gadgets leaks and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses (The Washington Post) Amazon’s Escape From New York (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) Copyright Office Refuses Registration for 'Fresh Prince' Star Alfonso Ribeiro's "Carlton Dance" (The Hollywood Reporter) HSBC forex trading costs cut sharply by blockchain - executive (Reuters) Samsung leaks entire new wearables lineup through its own app (The Verge) Weekend Longreads: The Strong Web (podcast suggestion) Why data, not privacy, is the real danger (NBCNews) Uber’s Secret Gold Mine: How Uber Eats Is Turning Into A Billion-Dollar Business To Rival Grubhub (Forbes) Zillow Wants to Flip Your House (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) The Strange Experience of Being Australia’s First Tech Billionaires (NYTimes) The Secret History of Women in Coding (NYTimes Magazine)
Feb 15, 2019
Thu. 02/14 - Amazon to NYC: Drop Dead!
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Amazon says thank you, but no thank you, to New York City, JP Morgan has its own crypto token, Google might try to come at the iPhone on price, and the legendary Lee Clow retires.  Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters (NYTimes) JP Morgan is rolling out the first US bank-backed cryptocurrency to transform payments business (CNBC) Google plans cheaper smartphone to draw users into internet empire (Nikkei Asian Review) Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones (Reuters) Lee Clow, mastermind behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ & ‘Get a Mac’ campaigns retires (9to5Mac) The Tiny Type Museum and Time Capsule (Glenn Fleishman)
Feb 14, 2019
Wed. 02/13 - Apple's Event About Services. But Which Ones?
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An Apple event focused on services, a former Apple Vice President charged with insider trading, the larger gaming industry is having issues, and why your GPS device might have issues on April 6th of this year. Sponsors: Tiny.website Wix.com/podcast DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Apple Plans News Event For March 25 (BuzzFeed News) Publishers Chafe at Apple’s Terms for Subscription News Service (WSJ) The former Apple lawyer who was supposed to keep employees from insider trading has been charged with insider trading (CNBC) Amazon opens up Alexa store for anyone to create and publish custom skills (The Verge) Activision Blizzard cuts hundreds of jobs despite ‘record revenue’ year (Polygon) Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019 (The Register)
Feb 13, 2019
Tue. 02/12 - Amazon Buys Eero
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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. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Why Amazon buying Eero feels so disappointing (The Verge) Your Smart Light Can Tell Amazon and Google When You Go to Bed (Bloomberg) Apple Taps iPhone Executive to Be First Head of Marketing for AR (Bloomberg) Apple fails to block porn & gambling “Enterprise” apps (TechCrunch) More than 26 million people have taken an at-home ancestry test (MIT Technology Review) Apex Legends Quickly Surpasses Fortnite (Thurrott.com)
Feb 12, 2019
Mon. 02/11 - Trump Wants US To Get Serious About AI
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The Trump Administration wants America to get serious about AI, Patch is actually profitable, Reddit raises a round, Apple Health for vets and hands on with AR navigation on Google Maps. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Trump to lay out an AI plan (Axios) US military equipped with tiny spy drones (ZDNet) It’s the Real World—With Google Maps Layered on Top (WSJ) The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you (Recode) Reddit raised $300 million at a $3 billion valuation — now it's ready to take on Facebook and Google (CNBC) Driverless delivery startup Nuro gets $940 million SoftBank investment (Reuters) Apple teaming up with US Department of Veterans Affairs to bring digital health records to iPhone (9to5Mac) When Amazon Went From Big to Unbelievably Big (The Atlantic)
Feb 11, 2019
The Economics of Spotify With Victor Luckerson of @ringer
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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
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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.
Feb 09, 2019
Fri. 02/08 - The Jeff Bezos Stuff
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Yes, we’re gonna talk about the Bezos thing, is Amazon reconsidering HQ2, Sprint sues over 5G, maybe digital media is just fine, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/techmeme Metalab.co Links: No thank you, Mr. Pecker (Jeff Bezos on Medium) Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say (Washington Post) Sprint sues AT&T over its fake 5G branding (Engadget) Google warns about two iOS zero-days 'exploited in the wild' (ZDNet) Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times? (NYMag) Amid bad news in the industry, Business Insider parent says it crossed $100m revenue mark and is profitable (Digiday) The Weekend Longreads Suggestions: How To Be Awesome At Your Job (Podcast) “Do We Want to Be in Business?” The Strange, Never-Ending Saga of MoviePass (The Ringer) The CRISPR machines that can wipe out entire species (Cnet) Inside Wisconsin’s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn (Bloomberg Businessweek) Fortnite Is the Future, but Probably Not for the Reasons You Think (Redef) FINDING LENA, THE PATRON SAINT OF JPEGS (Wired) https://kimberlite.fm/ridehome/
Feb 08, 2019
Thu. 02/07 - Facebook Dinged In Germany; Killin' It In China
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Germany is this week’s headache for Facebook, Twitter mixes up its MAU and DAU game, Cluno is subscriptions but for cars and Optimus Ride is what we mean by starting small with autonomous vehicles. Sponsors: Metalab.co DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Facebook ordered by Germany to gather and mix less data (BBC) How Facebook’s Tiny China Sales Floor Helps Generate Big Ad Money (NYTimes) Twitter Q4 Earnings (TechCrunch) Skype Can Now Blur Your Background So You Don't Have to Frantically Tidy Your Room (Gizmodo) Car subscription service Cluno scores $28M in Series B funding (TechCrunch) Another self-driving car startup is starting small, and that’s a good thing (The Verge) Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing (The Register)
Feb 07, 2019
Emergency Bonus- Nick Quah on Today's Podcast News
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THE expert on the Podcasting Industry breaks down today's big news. Subscribe to Nick's newsletter, HotPod. This episode has a full transcript.
Feb 06, 2019
Wed. 02/06 - Spotify Makes A Big Move Into Podcasting
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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.  Sponsors: QCon.ai Promocode: QCONAI2019  Metalab.co Links: Spotify has bought two podcast startups and it wants to buy more (ReCode) Relaxation app Calm raises $88 million, valuing it $1 billion (CNBC) Facebook’s top PR exec is leaving (ReCode) 230 New Emojis in Final List for 2019 (EmojiPedia) Programmer finds ridiculous ATM loophole that let him withdraw $1 million in cash (The Verge)
Feb 06, 2019
Tue. 02/05 - Facebook Turns Fifteen
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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.  Sponsors: Metalab.co DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Eero.com/ride and code: ride at checkout Links: Being Google is getting very expensive (QZ) Zuckerberg's Facebook Post Facebook Makes First Blockchain Acquisition With Chainspace: Sources (Cheddar) Boring Game Plus New Orleans Rebellion Leads to Ratings Drop (NYTimes) 'Fortnite' Had 10 Million Concurrent Players In The Marshmello Concert Event (Forbes) iPhone XR Review (AnAndTech) Amazon Alexa Now Lets You Choose Your Own Adventure (Geek.com)
Feb 05, 2019
Mon. 02/04 - Why CAPTCHA's Have Gotten So Difficult
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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. Sponsors: QCon.ai - Save $75 with code: QCONAI2019 Metalab.co Links: Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more (WindowsCentral) Slack confidentially files to go public (CNBC) Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password (Gizmodo) Locast, a Free App Streaming Network TV, Would Love to Get Sued (NYTimes) MacBook keyboard failures could end with introduction of glass panel keyboards (AppleInsider) WHY CAPTCHAS HAVE GOTTEN SO DIFFICULT (The Verge)
Feb 04, 2019
Self Driving Car Wagers With Timothy B. Lee @binarybits
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Ars Technica's Timothy B. Lee gives me odds on my self-driving car wager. Sponsor: Eero.com/ride promocode: ride
Feb 03, 2019
Jay and Farhad Show Reunion!! With @jyarow and @fmanjoo
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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! Sponsors: Vistaprint.com. Code: ride Burrow.com/tech Code: tech
Feb 02, 2019
Fri. 02/01 - The Apple/Facebook/Google Cold War
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Turns out Google poked Apple in the eye also, layoffs hit Vice, Amazon reports earnings and reports that a ton of people responded to that minimum wage hike, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Apple restores Google's internal iOS apps after certificate misuse punishment (TechCrunch) Twitter removed some accounts originating in Iran, Russia and Venezuela that targeted U.S. midterm election (The Washington Post) Vice Media to Reorganize, Lay Off 10 Percent of Staff (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter) Why the Outlook for Digital Media Behemoths is Worse than You Think (Talking Points Memo) Amazon Notches Third Record Profit in a Row (WSJ) Americans are lining up to work for Amazon for $15 an hour (QZ) Why Alexa usually won’t respond when someone says ‘Alexa’ on TV (VentureBeat) The SmartTouchUSA.com Weekend Longreads Suggestions The ShopTalkShow podcast Is Alexa working? (Benedict Evans) As I.P.O. Approaches, Lyft’s Chief Is Nudged Into the Spotlight (NYTimes) Why Technology Hasn’t Fixed the Housing Crisis (NYTimes) The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives (The New Yorker)
Feb 01, 2019
Thu. 01/31 - Facebook's Still Making Bank
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Facebook returns to growth, iPhones might be getting USB-C and 3D cameras, Hulu’s launching pause-ads, and on Reddit, it’s paintings of paintings of paintings of birds, all the way down. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Mark Zuckerberg wants to get back to building new Facebook products (ReCode) Nintendo cuts Switch sales forecast despite strong holiday season (The Verge) Apple Is Planning 3-D Cameras for New iPhones in AR Push (Bloomberg) HACKERS ARE PASSING AROUND A MEGALEAK OF 2.2 BILLION RECORDS (Wired) Hulu announces a new ad unit that appears when you pause (TechCrunch) The Reddit Painting Links: The orig post Tweet storm showing the painting progression The painting tree illustrated on github Flipboard Links: https://flipboard.com/@thomasgalla1pp6/techmeme-ride-home-daily-podcast-tc2a63l7y https://flipboard.com/@thomasgalla1pp6/techmeme-ride-home-weekend-long-reads-m64k8fj9y
Jan 31, 2019
Wed. 01/30 - Facebook "Slaps Apple In The Face"
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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? Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them (TechCrunch) Apple blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps (The Verge) Apple Reports First Quarter Results (Apple Newsroom) Report: Americans got 26.3 billion robocalls last year, up 46 percent from 2017 (Washington Post) 1TB phones are coming and I’m so f***ing ready (TNW) Flipboards: https://flipboard.com/@thomasgalla1pp6/techmeme-ride-home-daily-podcast-tc2a63l7y https://flipboard.com/@thomasgalla1pp6/techmeme-ride-home-weekend-long-reads-m64k8fj9y
Jan 30, 2019
Tue. 01/29 - The FaceTime Bug
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Pretty major FaceTime bug from Apple, the DOJ makes it’s case against Huawei, the first successful ICO of the year and what Bluetooth ‘direction finding’ might do for you. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up (9to5Mac) U.S. Charges Huawei With Stealing Trade Secrets, Bank Fraud (Bloomberg) BitTorrent Tokens Sold Out in Under 15 Minutes, Netting Over $7 Mln (CoinTelegraph) Bluetooth gains ‘direction finding’ for location accuracy to the centimeter (VentureBeat) After backlash, BuzzFeed says it will pay out earned paid time off to laid off employees (CNN Business) Aiming to change the way people take medicine, Lyndra Therapeutics raises $55 million (TechCrunch)
Jan 29, 2019
Mon. 01/28 - An Apple Subscription Gaming Service?
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An Apple subscription gaming service? Is Facebook Watch still alive? The GDPR floodgates are truly open. And losing to AI’s might have some benefits. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Apple Plans Gaming Subscription Service: Sources (Cheddar) A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’ (NYTimes) China created a unicorn every 3.8 days in 2018 (South China Morning Post) China's smartphone shipments dropped 14 percent in 2018 (TechCrunch) Facebook Watch Isn’t Living Up to Its Name (Bloomberg) Google and IAB ad category lists show 'massive leakage of highly intimate data,' GDPR complain claims (TechCrunch) AI Helps Amputees Walk With a Robotic Knee (IEEE Spectrum)
Jan 28, 2019
Self Driving Groceries With The WSJ's Christopher Mims @mims
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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: The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do  Sponsors: Squarespace.com/listen Risk! Podcast
Jan 27, 2019
The State of Digital Media With Rafat Ali @rafat
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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. Sponsor: Capterra.com/ride
Jan 26, 2019
Fri. 01/25 - AI Can Beat Us At Starcraft II Too (Also?)
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Now the AIs can defeat us at StarCraft II (too?), Zuckerberg wants to unify his collection of messaging apps, my grand unifying theory for the streaming video wars and of course the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Juniper.net/try Metalab.co Links: Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger (NYTimes) Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money (Reveal) Facebook ignored kids’ spending problems, internal documents reveal (BBC News) DeepMind AI Challenges Pro StarCraft II Players, Wins Almost Every Match (ExtremeTech) Coming to a TV near you: personalized ads (Axios) The SmartTouchUSA.com Weekend Longreads: From Founder to CEO (podcast) EVERYBODY DOES IT: THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT INFILTRATING COMPUTER SUPPLY CHAINS (The Intercept) Katzenberg and Whitman: Hollywood’s New Odd Couple (Fortune) Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: The Rolling Stone Interview (Rolling Stone) “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging (ArsTechnica) Reddit’s r/changemyview is a template for how all online discussion should be (TNW)
Jan 25, 2019
Thu. 01/24 - Your Flying Car Is Here
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Bing’s Schrodinger-style China Ban, headphones from Sonos, flying cars from Boeing, layoffs for project Titan, and the serious ongoing layoffs in the digital media world. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Metalab.co DatadogHQ.com/ridehome Stories from: @pkafka, @markgurman  Tweets: @stroughtonsmith Links: China Appears to Block Microsoft’s Bing as Censorship Intensifies (NYTimes) Sonos Plans Headphones in Move Outside the Home (Bloomberg) Boeing’s ‘flying car’ lifts off in race to revolutionize urban transport (VentureBeat) The U.S. Government Shutdown Has Delivered A Surprise Blow To Bitcoin (Forbes) Apple just dismissed more than 200 employees from Project Titan, its autonomous vehicle group (CNBC) Verizon Media Group is laying off 7% of its staff (CNBC) BuzzFeed is laying off more than 200 people, its second round of cuts in 14 months (Recode)
Jan 24, 2019
Wed. 01/23 - Jony Ive's Dream Phone Concept
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YouTube TV goes nationwide, Jony Ive’s dream phone design, Patreon milestones and is Spotify killing music’s middle class? Sponsors: Joybird.com/RIDE ... Promocode RIDE Metalab.co Links: YouTube TV finally goes nationwide almost two years after launch (The Verge) Hulu drops to just $5.99 per month after Netflix’s price hikes (The Verge) Waymo says it will build self-driving cars in Michigan (Reuters) Xiaomi's flexible phone concept folds on both sides (Engadget) Meizu Zero debuts with no physical buttons, speaker or charging port (GSMarena) Millions and Billions | Celebrating Patrons, Creators, and Major Milestones (Patreon Blog) Digitimes: AirPods 2 launching in first half of this year, redesigned to support ‘health monitoring’ features (9to5Mac) Spotify Will Soon Let You Block Artists (Thurrot.com) The economics of streaming is making songs shorter (QZ) Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class? (The Ringer)
Jan 23, 2019
Tue. 01/22 - Munchery Enters the Deadpool
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Munchery bites the big one, Foxconn considers moving production to India, Netflix wants a seat at the adults table, and, yes, even guitar tech is now tech. Sponsors: Metalab.co DatadogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Munchery closes on-demand meal-delivery business (San Francisco Chronicle) Foxconn Looks Beyond China to India for iPhone Assembly (WSJ) Apple Supplier in Japan Looks to Taiwan for Bailout After iPhone XR Letdown (WSJ) Apple Pay coming to Target, Taco Bell and more top US retail locations (Apple Newsroom) Netflix in advanced talks to join major Hollywood lobbying group (Politico) Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations (VentureBeat) FENDER'S NEW ACOUSTIC GUITAR HAS A MILLION DIFFERENT VOICES (Wired)
Jan 22, 2019
Mon. 01/21 - Email is Back, Baby!
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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.) Sponsors: Flatironschool.com/podcast Metalab.co Links: French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR (TechCrunch) Copyright negotiations hit a brick wall in Council (Julia Reda) Uber is exploring autonomous bikes and scooters (TechCrunch) A POKER-PLAYING ROBOT GOES TO WORK FOR THE PENTAGON (Wired) Amazon helped 50,000 SMBs generate $500,000 in sales (Neowin) The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email (WSJ)
Jan 21, 2019
Land of the "Super Founders" With Ali Tamaseb @alitamaseb
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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. Sponsor: Squarespace.com/listen
Jan 20, 2019
Health Tech With CNBC's Christina Farr @chrissyfarr
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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. Sponsor: Squarespace.com/listen
Jan 19, 2019
Fri. 01/18 - Gadget Reviews Now Mean Sneaker Reviews
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Netflix starts to open up, Cortana stops competing, gadget reviews now include shoes as a category and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Netflix beats on subscriber growth, but misses slightly on revenue — stock falls after hours (CNBC) It’s Official: Satya Nadella Confirms Cortana Defeat (Thurrott) Nike's auto-laced future (TechCrunch) NIKE'S NEW SELF-LACING BASKETBALL SHOE IS ACTUALLY SMART (Wired) The SmartTouchUSA.com Weekened Longreads Drone Radio Show Delivery Drones Use Bird-Inspired Legs to Jump Into the Air (IEEE Spectrum) Why Do Shareholders Agree to Give Up Voting Rights? (New York Magazine) The Attention Economy Is a Malthusian Trap (The Atlantic) The Story Behind Meta, the AR Startup That Just Had Its Assets Sold to a Mystery Buyer (Variety) Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia (Digital Trends) INSIDE THE STRANGE YET PROFITABLE WORLD OF RETAIL ARBITRAGE (Mel Magazine) EA’s Troubled Decade Of Star Wars Games (Kotaku)
Jan 18, 2019
Thu. 01/17 - Tim Cook Sayz: Regulate THOSE Guys
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Tim Cook calls for a data-broker clearinghouse, a possible criminal case against Huawei, the largest leak of user credentials ever found in the wild, and why we probably need a Unix for machine learning. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia (Facebook Newsroom) You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It (Time) I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening. (Time) Huawei Targeted in U.S. Criminal Probe for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets (WSJ) HACK BRIEF: AN ASTONISHING 773 MILLION RECORDS EXPOSED IN MONSTER BREACH (Wired) AWS For Everyone: New clues emerge about Amazon’s secretive low-code/no-code project (GeekWire) Former Facebook engineer picks up $15M for AI platform Spell (TechCrunch)
Jan 17, 2019
Wed. 01/16 - Razr's Coming Back To Usher in the Foldable Phone Era
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More high profile execs quit Snap, Apple’s in talks to get more Apple Watches in the hands of seniors, the state of the App Economy, and the Razr is coming back to herald in the era of the bendable phone. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome (DataDog's Blog Post on Container Trends) Tiny.website Links: WeWork’s CEO Makes Millions as Landlord to WeWork (WSJ) Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors (CNBC) App economy expected to be $120 billion in 2019 as small screen leads digital transformation efforts (ZDNet) FACEBOOK'S '10 YEAR CHALLENGE' IS JUST A HARMLESS MEME—RIGHT? (Wired) Madagascar has become a business outsourcing hotspot thanks to its super-fast internet (QZ Africa) Return of the Razr—With a Foldable Screen and $1,500 Price (WSJ)
Jan 16, 2019
Tue. 01/15 - Netflix Raises Prices
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Netflix raises prices, maybe the Apple battery replacement WAS a big deal after all, cops can’t force you to unlock your phone with your face, and Amazon is driving its retail competitors into the arms of Microsoft. Sponsors: Metalab.co DatadogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month (TechCrunch) Apple Q1 Numbers: Missing Explanations (Monday Note) ON APPLE’S $29 IPHONE BATTERY REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AND ITS ROLE IN THEIR EARNINGS MISS (Daring Fireball) MongoDB Follow-up, AWS’ Incentives, Batteries: The iPhone’s Missing Miss (Stratechery) Apple's 5G iPhone shift bogged down by Qualcomm chip battle (CNET) German court throws out Qualcomm's latest patent case against Apple (Reuters) Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules (Forbes) Microsoft counters Amazon again with big Walgreens partnership, aiming to reshape healthcare (GeekWire)
Jan 15, 2019
Mon. 01/14 - Am I Gonna Do That Egg Instagram Story?
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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. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Facebook’s new Stories feature for event sharing actually sounds useful (The Verge) CES 2019: A Show Report (Learn By Shipping/@stevesi) SoundGuys: USB-C audio is dead (Android Authority) Wiliot nabs $30M from Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung for a chip that runs on power from ambient radio frequencies (TechCrunch) The rise of Alexa creates a dilemma for your open plan office (Wired) A Picture Of An Egg Beat Kylie Jenner For The Most Liked Instagram Of All Time (BuzzFeed News)
Jan 14, 2019
What Wall Street Thinks of Tech w/ @howardlindzon
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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!
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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. Sponsors: Go.Bitrise.io/ride Metalab.co Links: I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone (Motherboard) AT&T says it’ll stop selling your location data, amid calls for a federal investigation (Washington Post) Google Board Sued for Hushing Claims of Executive Misconduct (Bloomberg) Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down (ZDNet) Apple Plans Three New iPhones This Year, Plays Catch-Up on Cameras (WSJ) Amazon Developing Game Streaming Service (The Information) The Smart Touch Weekend Longreads: Demon Underneath: John DeLorean and the Invention of the Future (The Outline) The Rise and Demise of RSS (Motherboard) Pitchfork’s Ryan Schreiber shaped Internet music journalism and now leaves it behind (Los Angeles Times) Inside look at modern web browser (part 1) (Developers.Google) The Race to Diagnose Cancer With a Simple Blood Test (2069 - Medium) Lasers vs. Microwaves: The Billion-Dollar Bet on the Future of Magnetic Storage (ieee Spectrum) PREPARING FOR Y2038 (ALREADY?!) (blogs.akamai) VOTE FOR THE RIDE HOME FOR BUZZFEED'S 2019 PODCAST LIST Or: email scott.bryan@buzzfeed.com and make sure "podcast" is in the subject line. Thx!
Jan 11, 2019
Thu. 01/10 - Foldable Phones Have An Arrival Date
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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. Sponsors: Flatironschool.com/podcast Metalab.co Go.BitRide.io/ride Links: Samsung to Show Off Its New Foldable Phone in February (WSJ) Amazon Web Services calls MongoDB’s licensing bluff with DocumentDB, a new managed database (GeekWire) Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ (WSJ) Google Only Has to Respect Your 'Right to Be Forgotten' in the EU, Court Says (Gizmodo) 2019 is already full of weird and wonderful monitors (The Verge) Government shutdown halts FCC device approvals (Axios) How Estimates of the Gig Economy Went Wrong (WSJ)
Jan 10, 2019
Wed. 01/09 - Google Assistant Everywhere!
00:20:47
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.  Sponsors: go.bitrise.io/ride Metalab.co Links: GOOGLE’S PLAN TO TAKE ON ALEXA: NEW FEATURES, NEW DEVICES, AND A TROJAN HORSE (The Verge) The world’s first foldable phone is charmingly awful (The Verge) Twitter hopes you want to watch NBA games from a camera focused on just one player (Recode) Zuckerberg's 2019 Challenge Post VC funding in U.S. startups nears $100 billion in 2018, highest since dot-com era (GeekWire) Venture Capital Funding Report 2018 (CBInsights) Cable operators will fight off 5G with 10-gigabit cable modems (VentureBeat) This pretax benefits startup is giving hourly workers a raise (Fast Company)
Jan 09, 2019
Tue. 01/08 - Smartphone Recession?
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Are we in a smartphone recession, mooooaaaar tv new from CES, AT&T wants to make 5G confusing, and why WeWork is now, simply, We (company). Sponsors: Metalab.co go.bitrise.io/ride Links: Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone (The Register) Apple’s Errors (Stratechery) Sony doubles down on 8K TVs and the entertainment to play on them (VentureBeat) AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates (ArsTechnica) Uber’s Confidential Documents Show Path to $90 Billion IPO (The Information) Exclusive: WeWork rebrands to The We Company; CEO Neumann talks about revised SoftBank round (Fast Company) Amazon's new ad strategy: Free samples based on what it knows about you (Axios)
Jan 08, 2019
Mon. 01/07 - Is Apple's Resolution Hardware Agnosticism?
00:17:27
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. Sponsors: go.bitrise.io/ride metalab.co Stories from: @henrytcasey, @AshleyRReports Tweets:  @geoffreyfowler Links: Apple is putting iTunes on Samsung TVs (The Verge) Google Assistant will soon be on a billion devices, and feature phones are next (The Verge) Everything you may have missed from Nvidia's CES keynote (Techspot) HP Launches First-Ever AMD Chromebook (LaptopMag) Withings undercuts Apple Watch, debuts $129 ECG monitoring smartwatch (ArsTechnica) LG’s groundbreaking roll-up TV is going on sale this year (The Verge) Keeping up with Netflix originals is basically a part-time job now (QZ)
Jan 07, 2019
Fri. 01/04 - The Verge vs. AT&T And L.A. vs. The Weather Channel app
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The Verge and AT&T have a trademark dispute, the city of Los Angeles and The Weather Channel app have a location data dispute, more on how shows like Bandersnatch really might be the future of storytelling and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsor: Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App) Links: AT&T tries to trademark ‘Verge TV’ as if we’re going to let them get away with it (The Verge) Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data (NYTimes) D-Link debuts a 5G Wi-Fi router with 40 times wired broadband speeds (Venture Beat) BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH COULD BECOME NETFLIX’S SECRET MARKETING WEAPON (The Verge) Longreads: Podcast suggestion: Daily Fortnite Courier Prime He Hawks Young Blood As A New Miracle Treatment. All That’s Missing Is Proof. (HuffPo) Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge (NYTimes) The Bird Box Effect: How Memes Drive Users to Netflix (The Ringer) Birding Like It’s 1899: Inside a Blockbuster American West Video Game (Audubon) How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code (Quanta) The Hacker News discussion of the Quanta piece
Jan 04, 2019
Thu. 01/03 - Apple-ocalypse Now?
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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. Sponsor: Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App) Links: Letter from Tim Cook to Apple investors  Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit (NYTimes) Segway unveils a more durable electric scooter and autonomous delivery bot (TechCrunch) What to expect from CES 2019 (TechCrunch)
Jan 03, 2019
Wed. 01/02 - What would I have to pay you to give up Facebook for a year?
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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. Sponsor: Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App) Links: Activision Plans to Fire CFO Neumann, Puts Him on Paid Leave (Bloomberg) ROKU BREAKS FREE FROM BOXES AND TVS (Wired) Tesla slashes EV prices by $2,000 to offset reduced tax credits (Engadget) [Exclusive] Nokia 9 PureView Penta-camera Phone Revealed in Full Glory in First-ever Promo Video (Mysmartprice) Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study (ArsTechnica) Popsugar's Twinning app was leaking everyone's uploaded photos (TechCrunch) HOW THE SURPRISE NEW INTERACTIVE BLACK MIRROR CAME TOGETHER (Wired)
Jan 02, 2019
New Year Podcast Announcement
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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
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Instagram briefly goes horizontal, more on how epic Fortnite has been for Epic Games this year, Larry Ellison joins Tesla’s board, the global GPS wars are joined and the last weekend longreads of the year. Links: Instagram briefly switched to a horizontal feed and people freaked out (The Verge) Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, banked a $3 billion profit in 2018 (TechCrunch) Exclusive: Foxconn to begin assembling top-end Apple iPhones in India in 2019 - source (Reuters) Tesla Taps Ellison, HR Expert to Prove Musk Is Reined In (Bloomberg) China ramps up global coverage for domestic Beidou satellite navigation system as rival to GPS (South China Morning Post) The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The Devchat.tv podcasts The GPS wars have begun (TechCrunch) Amazon gets into health insurance — and more 2019 health-tech predictions from top experts (CNBC) The biggest technology failures of 2018 (MIT Technology Review) Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All (WSJ) THE 'FUTURE BOOK' IS HERE, BUT IT'S NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED (Wired) Bird Box Is the First Great Monster Movie About This Poisonous Invention (PaleoFuture/Gizmodo)
Dec 28, 2018
Thu. 12/27 - Mobile Alerts Are Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
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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. Amazon Says Alexa Voice Shopping Tripled During 2018 Holiday Season (Fortune) Instagram’s Christmas Crackdown (The Atlantic) Tesla's Supercharger network will cover all of Europe in 2019 (Engadget) With Tech Expansion, Austin Is Still Weird. It’s Just More Wired Now, Too. (NYTimes) Pushed Even Further: US Newsrooms View Mobile Alerts as a Standalone Platform (CJR) Movie Theaters Bounce Back: What’s Behind the 2018 Rebound (Variety) Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, releasing Friday 28th on Netflix (The Verge)
Dec 27, 2018
Wed. 12/26 - Airbnb and Slack Mull Untraditional IPOs
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How the US government shutdown affects cybersecurity, how the Open Government Data Act is possibly good tech governance, Airbnb and Slack are considering non-traditional IPOs and the state of AI research at the end of 2018. How a government shutdown affects America’s cybersecurity workforce (FifthDomain) In a huge win for open data, Congress passes the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act (BoingBoing) Wall Street Quietly Shelves Its Bitcoin Dreams (Bloomberg) Layoffs Underway Amid ‘Adjustments,’ Bitcoin Miner Bitmain Confirms (CoinDesk) HQ Trivia launches HQ Words as reinstalled CEO seeks a game-changer (TechCrunch) Airbnb and Slack are considering untraditional IPOs that box out bankers like Spotify did (Recode) Geoffrey Hinton and Demis Hassabis: AGI is nowhere close to being a reality (VentureBeat)
Dec 26, 2018
Fri. 12/21 - Facebook Goes Crypto
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Facebook is developing a cryptocoin for WhatsApp, Blind was not quite anonymous enough, which is the most accurate voice assistant and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Metalab.co The Internet of Things Podcast Links: Facebook Is Developing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp Transfers, Sources Say (Bloomberg) At Blind, a security lapse revealed private complaints from Silicon Valley employees (TechCrunch) Apple AI Chief John Giannandrea Gets Promotion to Senior Vice President (MacRumors) Annual Smart Speaker IQ Test (LoopVentures) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: Software Defined Talk (Podcast) Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess (NYTimes) Inside Shenzhen’s race to outdo Silicon Valley (Bloomberg) The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions? (Recode) Venture Capital Blind Spots: The Top 7 Reasons Why VCs Miss Billion-Dollar Outcomes (645 Ventures) Prime and Punishment (The Verge) 7 Modern BBSes Worth Calling Today (PCMag)
Dec 21, 2018
Thu. 12/20 - iPhone Bans and iPad Bends
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Now some iPhones can’t be sold in Germany, is there an iPad Pro bend-gate brewing, drones shut down a major UK airport, and why Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is suing the makers of Fortnite. Sponsors: Metalab.co The Cyberwire Podcast Links: Apple to Stop Selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Models in Germany While Appealing Broader Sales Ban [Updated]  (MacRumors) Apple confirms some iPad Pros ship slightly bent, but says it’s normal (The Verge) Justice Department charges Chinese nationals in ‘extensive’ global hacking campaign (CNBC) Uber's self-driving cars return to public roads after fatal crash (CNET) Drones cause holiday chaos at one of London's busiest airports (Engadget) Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights (BBC News) Pinterest Readies Itself for Early 2019 IPO (WSJ) FORTNITE KEEPS STEALING DANCES — AND NO ONE KNOWS IF IT’S ILLEGAL (The Verge)
Dec 20, 2018
Wed. 12/19 - Something, Something... Another Facebook Scandal
00:18:49
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. Sponsors: Metalab.co Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast
Dec 19, 2018
Tue. 12/18 - Has Google Stopped "Dragonfly?"
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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. Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/podcast Metalab.co
Dec 18, 2018
Mon. 12/17 - Actually, It's Instagram That's The Problem?
00:16:51
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.Sponsors:Techmeme.Robinhood.comMetalab.coLinks:Instagram Was Bigger Russian Election Tool Than Facebook, Senate Report Says (Bloomberg)Google Details Major New York Expansion (WSJ)Colin Kroll, 34, HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder, Is Found Dead (NYTimes)We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A 3D-Printed Head (Forbes)Robinhood Will Retool Checking Product Following Scrutiny (Bloomberg)Apple hires designer Andrew Kim away from Tesla (The Verge)My Talk at Google (Me)
Dec 17, 2018
Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry
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Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiryhttps://feedpress.me/RideHome - Direct RSS feed starting this weekend, just in caseThe 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.Sponsors:MacStadium.com/ridehome Tiny.websiteLinks:Bitcoin scammers send bomb threats worldwide, causing evacuations (The Verge)Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps (TechCrunch)Irish regulator to investigate Facebook after new data leak (Financial Times)Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm (Bloomberg)Apple Music removes ability for artists to post to Connect, posts removed from Artist Pages and For You (9to5Mac)Ming-Chi Kuo cuts first quarter iPhone sales estimates by 20%, says iPhone XR demand is low (9to5Mac)Amazon has officially killed the Whole Foods-Instacart partnership (Recode)They scaled YouTube—now they’ll shared everyone with PlanetScale (TechCrunch)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:EV News Daily (Podcast)Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor (New York Times)The State of Technology at the End of 2018 (Stratechery)The rise of the recommendation site (Vox)How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight (Wired)
Dec 14, 2018
Thu. 12/13 - Apple Keeps Austin Weird
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Apple keeps Austin weird with a new campus, RobinHood launches checking and savings accounts, hands on with the Apple Watch ECG thingy, and the most disliked video in YouTube history. Sponsors:MacStadium.com/ridehome Tiny.websiteLinks:Apple to invest $1 billion in new Austin campus (Axios)Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez’s Supporters (NYTimes)Amazon Went to City Hall. Things Got Loud, Quickly. (NYTimes)High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon (NYTimes)After losing half its value, Nvidia faces reckoning (TechCrunch)Robinhood launches no-fee checking/savings with Mastercard & the most ATMs (TechCrunch)A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it (Ars Technica)Apple now has dozens of doctors on staff, showing it's serious about health tech (CNBC)POSTMATES' QUEST TO BUILD THE DELIVERY ROBOT OF THE FUTURE (Wired)YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube (The Verge)
Dec 13, 2018
Wed. 12/12 - Intel's Next Generation Architecture
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Intel’s next generation architecture revealed, was China behind that massive Marriott hack, Good Money wants to give customers a stake in their own banking, and what is Michael Dell’s long game?Sponsors:Eero.com/ride (promo code: ride)Tiny.websiteLinks:Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove (Ars Technica)Intel is bringing teraflop integrated graphics to 10nm chips in 2019 (Engadget)AN INTEL BREAKTHROUGH RETHINKS HOW CHIPS ARE MADE (Wired)Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing (NYTimes)Apple Suppliers Are Considering Moving iPhone Output if Tariffs Hit 25% (Bloomberg)U.S. investigators point to China in Marriott hack affecting 500 million guests (The Washington Post)Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank's Vision Fund (TechCrunch)At this new online banking platform, customers are the owners (Fast Company)Apple’s ‘Netflix for Magazines’ Getting a Chilly Reception (Bloomberg)Dell’s long game is in hybrid and private clouds (TechCrunch)U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year (ReCode)
Dec 12, 2018
Tue. 12/11 - Mr. Pichai Goes to Washington
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Mr. Pichai goes to Washington, another bug prompts Google to kill Google+ even sooner, Keurig for beer makes no sense, and Doom turns 25.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteFlatironSchool.com/podcastLinks:Google moves up Google+ consumer shutdown to April 2019 (VentureBeat)Uber customers and drivers are furious after a major outage causes all kinds of issues (BusinessInsider)Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source (Pew Research Center)Fintech start-up Plaid raises $250 million at $2.7 billion valuation, adds Mary Meeker to board (CNBC)Vroom nabs $146M from AutoNation, VCs for its used car site (TechCrunch)Keurigs for Beer Make No Sense (Gizmodo)Doom is 25 and co-creator John Romero is putting out a giant expansion for it (TechCrunch)
Dec 11, 2018
Mon. 12/10 - iPhone Sales Banned in China
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iPhone sales blocked in China, Apple’s getting into the A&R business, pump the breaks on the e-scooter hype, and forget the notch, 2019 might be the year of the hole punch.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:China bans many iPhone models in Qualcomm patent dispute (Axios)Can the U.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age? (NYTimes)Huawei CFO Arrested, Australia’s Awful Law (Stratechery)Apple acquired Platoon, a platform for musicians to create and distribute work (TechCrunch)Investor Frenzy for Scooter Startups Cools (WSJ)Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret (NYTimes)Samsung’s A8s is its first phone with an Infinity-O hole-punch display (The Verge)
Dec 10, 2018
Fri. 12/07 - Microsoft Calls for Regulation of AI
00:18:17
Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition AI, the Crypto market crash is starting to claim casualties, Reddit is quietly doing very well, thank you very much, and the Weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Metalab.coDataDogHQ.com/RideHomeLinks:MICROSOFT WANTS TO STOP AI'S 'RACE TO THE BOTTOM' (Wired)Scientists create AI that can crush the world's best AI (at board games, thankfully) (CNET)Crypto Market Crash Leaving Bankrupt Startups in its Wake (Bloomberg)Reddit’s Year in Review: 2018 (Upvoted)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:The Comics Canon (Podcast)Land of the “Super Founders“— A Data-Driven Approach to Uncover the Secrets of Billion Dollar Startups (Ali Tamaseb)YOUTUBE CREATORS BLINDSIDED BY MAJOR NETWORK’S COLLAPSE (The Verge)A 7-year-old boy is making $22 million a year on YouTube reviewing toys (MSN)Almost Every Electric Scooter in the World Comes From This Chinese Company (Bloomberg)Cryptopia In Crisis: Joe Lubin’s Ethereum Experiment Is A Mess. How Long Will He Prop It Up? (Forbes)How Robotics Maker Rethink Crashed and Burned (The Information)The new word processor wars: A fresh crop of productivity apps are trying to reinvent our workday (GeekWire)
Dec 07, 2018
Thu. 12/06 - Huawai’s CFO Arrested and Stock Markets Quake
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Huawai’s CFO arrested and stock markets quake, Google’s Allo joins the crowded Google Deadpool, Lyft files for an IPO and are Amazon’s robots finally rebelling?Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeMetalab.coLinks:Canada arrests Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver (The Globe and Mail)Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac (The Verge)Google is shutting down Allo (The Verge)Ride-hail firm Lyft races to leave Uber behind in IPO chase (Reuters)These Confidential Charts Show Why Facebook Bought WhatsApp (Buzzfeed)Firefly Nets $21.5 Million Seed Round To Boost Ride-Hail Driver Revenues With On-Car Ads (Crunchbase News)Cuba to roll out mobile internet for the first time (CNBC)Robot Accidentally Hospitalises 24 Amazon Workers After It Sprays Them With Bear Repellent (Huffington Post)
Dec 06, 2018
Wed. 12/05 - Facebook Gets Docu-dumped by the UK
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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.Sponsors:Metalab.coDataDogHQ.com/ridehomeLinks:Note by Damian Collins MP (UK Parliament)Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 and its news under-display fingerprint sensor (TechCrunch)Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10? (CNET)Fortnite’s Minecraft-like creative mode launches tomorrow (The Verge)RIDING IN WAYMO ONE, THE GOOGLE SPINOFF’S FIRST SELF-DRIVING TAXI SERVICE (The Verge)The story behind Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal (Recode)
Dec 05, 2018
Tue. 12/04 - Microsoft To Replace Edge with a Chromium Browser
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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.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/ridehomeMetalab.coLinks:Quora Security Update (The Quora Blog)Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10 (Windows Central)What is Windows Lite? It's Microsoft's Chrome OS Killer (Petri.com)NVIDIA's new AI turns videos of the real world into virtual landscapes (Engadget)MOTOROLA AND NOKIA’S NEW PHONES MAKE $350 LOOK LIKE $1,000 (The Verge)Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is on a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps (Motherboard)
Dec 04, 2018
Mon. 12/03 - Tumblr Bans NSFW... And Dooms Itself?
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Tumblr bans adult content, is Apple going to sit on the 5G sidelines, Uber has held talks about acquiring either Bird or Lime, a new self-driving car yardstick and resetting your web browser to square one.SimpleContacts.com/rideMetalab.coLinks:Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th (TheVerge)Apple Will Wait Until at Least 2020 to Release a 5G iPhone (Bloomberg)Kuo: ‘All-new design’ AirPods in 2020, wireless charging model in first quarter 2019 (9to5Mac)Uber Exploring Deal to Buy Bird or Lime (The Information)Tencent Music Moves Forward With IPO After Delay (WSJ)Microsoft PowerPoint is getting real-time captions and subtitles for presentations (The Verge)The first self-driving car you use will most likely carry your groceries, not you (Vox)How to Reset All of Your Browsers Back to Square One (Gizmodo)
Dec 03, 2018
Fri. 11/30 - The Big Marriott/Starwood Data Breach
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The monster Starwood Hotels data breach, Apple music comes to Amazon Echo devices, Instagram rolls out “close friends” lists, Airbnb wants to build your house, not just rent it, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Links: Marriott says 500 million Starwood guest records stolen in massive data breach (TechCrunch) SEC charges Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled for promoting ICOs without disclosing payments (CNBC) Apple Music is coming to the Amazon Echo (TechCrunch) Instagram now lets you share Stories to a Close Friends list (TechCrunch) Exclusive: Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019 (Fast Company) Techmeme now publishing paid and free "Leaderboards" showing the most influential reporters around a specific news topic (Techmeme.com) The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Our first podcast suggestion: Python Bytes Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen? (NYTimes) How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup (The Verge) China’s Video Craze Drives Growth for ByteDance (The Information) How Amazon Web Services Reinvented the Internet and Became a Cash Cow (NYMag) The legacy of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, in 24 stories (Polygon) This Is the Way the Paper Crumples (NYTimes)
Nov 30, 2018
Thu. 11/29 - YouTube Jumps on the Stories Bandwagon
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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 Links: Amazon debuts a scale model autonomous car to teach developers machine learning (TechCrunch) New Parents Complain Amazon Baby-Registry Ads Are Deceptive (WSJ) An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands (Recode) Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday update (Engadget) YouTube is rolling out its Instagram-like Stories feature to more creators (The Verge) Facebook Considered Charging for Access to User Data (WSJ) WTF is happening to crypto? (TechCrunch)
Nov 29, 2018
Wed. 11/28 - Google Fi (née Project Fi) Comes to iPhones
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The biggest ad fraud ever? Amazon gets into medical records, Project Fi comes to iPhones, one of Elon’s LA tunnels is canceled, and the Big Mouth Billy Bass enters the 21st Century. Links: 8 People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever Ad Fraud Investigation (BuzzFeed) Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health (WSJ) Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices (The Verge) Waymo taps former NTSB chair to oversee safety of self-driving ride-share fleet (CNBC) YouTube to Make New Originals Available for Free, Ad-Supported Viewing With ‘Single Slate’ Strategy (Variety) Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective bought Pop-Up Magazine Productions (Recode) Community Activists Kill Elon Musk's Plan for an Underground Freeway Tunnel in LA (Motherboard) Big Mouth Billy Bass Will Now Annoy the Shit Out of You With Alexa Support Built In (Gizmodo)
Nov 28, 2018
Tue. 11/27 - Why Is Shopping On Amazon So Hard? (Replacement)
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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 Links: 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 Amazon.com Actually…Is A Horrible Website? (BuzzFeed)
Nov 28, 2018
Tue. 11/27 - Why Is Shopping On Amazon So Complicated?
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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 Links: 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 Amazon.com Actually…Is A Horrible Website? (BuzzFeed)
Nov 27, 2018
Mon. 11/26 - Apple Visits the Supreme Court
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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. Links: U.S. top court leans toward allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit (Reuters) My Amicus Brief (AVC/Fred Wilson) Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers (The Guardian) Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament (CNN) Atari CEO interview — How Rollercoaster Tycoon revival saved the company (VentureBeat) The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager (Vox) The Story of Lenny, the Internet's Favorite Telemarketing Troll (Motherboard)
Nov 26, 2018
Tue. 11/20 - Worse Shape: Tech Stocks or Crypto?
00:19:37
Storm clouds everywhere! Tech stocks in bear market territory, crypto in full-on meltdown territory… but video games might help solve science’s gender problem and this one spacebar trick might make your iPhone insanely more useful. Oh, and the weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: It's Official: Once Mighty FAANG Stocks Have All Entered a Bear Market (Fortune) Silicon Valley wages have dropped for all except highest-paying jobs: report (The Mercury News) Bitcoin drops 12% to below $5,000 (CNBC) Tumblr was removed from Apple’s App Store over child pornography issues (The Verge) Video games could be a short-term answer to science’s gender problem (The Conversation) “The space bar trick” is the most amazing feature in iOS 12, and the internet just realized it (Fast Company) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes (NiemanLab) Self-driving trucks in US offer window into where machines may replace humans (Christian Science Monitor) When Elon Musk Tunnels Under Your Home (The Atlantic) The Case Against Quantum Computing (IEEE Spectrum) HOW GOOGLE AND AMAZON GOT AWAY WITH NOT BEING REGULATED (Wired) How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone (Motherboard) Scientists say goodbye to physical definition of the kilogram (The Verge)
Nov 20, 2018
Mon. 11/19 - Are iPhone Sales Really Underwhelming (This Time)?
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Skype calls on Amazon Echos, Tumblr disappears from iOS, Facebook on a war footing, iPhone sales storm clouds, and the Bitcoin Cash hard fork explained. Links: Skype calling now available on Alexa (The Verge) Tweet Storm on Where Tumblr's Gone (@bluechoochoo) With Facebook at ‘War,’ Zuckerberg Adopts More Aggressive Style (WSJ) Tim Cook defends multibillion-dollar Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus (The Verge) Apple Suppliers Suffer With Uncertainty Around iPhone Demand (WSJ) With Facebook at ‘War,’ Zuckerberg Adopts More Aggressive Style (WSJ) Bitcoin Cash Declares War: Why Coming Hard Fork Could Mean Another Split (CoinDesk) One Day After the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork: Takeaways and Latest Developments (Bitcoin Magazine)
Nov 19, 2018
Fri. 11/16 - How Much Money Does Airbnb Make?
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Airbnb opens the kimono, a disc-less Xbox, Facebook pushes back on controversy, SpaceX gets a key go-ahead, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Airbnb booked more than $1 billion in third quarter revenue (CNBC) Microsoft’s Building a Disc-Less Xbox One for Release in 2019 (Thurrott.com) Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price (WSJ) ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. (NYTimes) Major SMS security lapse is a reminder to use authenticator apps instead (The Verge) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: THE GENIUS NEUROSCIENTIST WHO MIGHT HOLD THE KEY TO TRUE AI (Wired) Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons (NYTimes Magazine) The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It (Motherboard) How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit (First Round Review) THE HAIL MARY PLAN TO RESTART A HACKED US ELECTRIC GRID (Wired) Space Camp grows up (Mashable)
Nov 16, 2018
Thu. 11/15 - The Bombshell NYTimes Story on Facebook
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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. Links: Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis (NYTimes) Google Maps will let you chat with businesses (The Verge) Uber continues to lose money as it scales scooters, bikes and other newer businesses (TechCrunch) Amazon Go competitor Standard Cognition raises $40 million to expand its cashierless store solution (VentureBeat) PewDiePie's Tumultuous Reign as YouTube King Is Almost Over (Bloomberg)
Nov 15, 2018
Wed. 11/14 - Why Was Google's Traffic Diverted From Nigeria Through China?
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Why was Google’s traffic routed from Nigeria through China, Ford partners with Walmart on driverless cars, Amazon’s HQ2 stunt seems to be backfiring, and Uber gets a customer loyalty program. Links: Nigerian firm takes blame for routing Google traffic through China (Reuters) Exclusive: Snap reveals U.S. subpoenas on IPO disclosures (Reuters) Ford partners with Walmart and Postmates to test autonomous grocery delivery (TechCrunch) A STARTUP IS SETTING DRONES FREE BY TYING THEM TO THE GROUND (Wired) Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it (The Verge) This time, Amazon has gone too far: Jeff Bezos's company is profiting and taxpayers are paying the price (NYDailyNews) Uber launches rider loyalty Rewards like credits & upgrades 9 cities (TechCrunch) Amazon's Microwave With Alexa Makes Life Marginally Better (BuzzFeed)
Nov 14, 2018
Tue. 11/13 - LeBron's "The Decision" But For Amazon HQ2
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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. Links: Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters (Amazon DayOne Blog) Amazon HQ2 decision: Amazon splits prize between Crystal City and New York (The Washington Post) Pandora brings its Genome technology to podcast recommendations (TechCrunch) Waymo to Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month (Bloomberg) Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs (The Verge) The Tricky—but Potentially Lucrative—Task of Streaming Videogames (WSJ) Eric Chien 2018 Fism Grand Prix Magic Act (YouTube)
Nov 13, 2018
Mon. 11/12 - What Exactly Is TikTok?
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SAP buys Qualtrics, the Galaxy S10 might be coming in February and the Galaxy F might be coming in March, what exactly is TikTok and why you should care, and Jony Ive has an exclusive new product design. Links: SAP to buy Qualtrics for $8 billion (Axios) How One Family Built $8 Billion Startup Far From Silicon Valley (Bloomberg) Samsung Electronics to release first foldable smartphone in March: sources (Yonhap News Agency) Snap’s former No. 2 exec Imran Khan is building an online shopping startup (ReCode) Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso (The Verge) A Guide to TikTok for Anyone Who Isn’t a Teen (Slate) Netflix to Test Lower-Price Plans as It Seeks More Asian Users (Bloomberg) At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm? (WSJ) Jony Ive’s latest design is the ultimate diamond ring – made only of diamond … (9to5Mac) The Fading Battlefields of World War I (The Atlantic)
Nov 12, 2018
Fri. 11/09 - Amazon and Apple Cut a Deal
00:19:17
The great winter of tech worker discontent is definitely here, Disney’s streaming service has a name, Vine might be coming back, Github hits a major milestone and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Amazon is finally selling new iPhones after a long and complicated 'turf war' with Apple (BusinessInsider) A note to our employees (Google) #GoogleWalkout update: Collective action works, and we need to keep working. True equity depends on it. (Google Walkout For Real Change) Amazon Execs Addressed Concerns About Amazon Rekognition And ICE At An All-Hands Meeting (BuzzFeed) Vine co-founder plans to launch successor Byte in Spring 2019 (TechCrunch) GitHub passes 100 million repositories (Venture Beat) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: Why Technology Favors Tyranny (The Atlantic) Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer (NYTimes) HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink (ReCode) ‘It’s Giant and Has Like Five Million Buttons.’ The Office Desk Phone Won’t Die (WSJ) Why Doctors Hate Their Computers (The New Yorker) Here Comes ‘Smart Dust,’ the Tiny Computers That Pull Power from the Air (WSJ) ASTRONOMERS SEE MATERIAL ORBITING A BLACK HOLE *RIGHT* AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER (SyFy Wire)
Nov 09, 2018
Thu. 11/08 - Foldable Phones Are Officially A Thing
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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 Links: This is Samsung’s foldable smartphone (The Verge) Google says Android will natively support ‘foldables’ to limit fragmentation (The Verge) Amazon is mailing a printed holiday toy catalog to millions of customers (CNBC) Google Plans Large New York City Expansion (WSJ) The Anchor Tenant (Fred Wilson/AVC) Google's Gift to NYC (Albert Wenger) Ford buys electric scooter startup Spin (TechCrunch) Comcast is developing a video-streaming platform for broadband-only customers (CNBC) So I sent my mom that newfangled Facebook Portal (TechCrunch)  
Nov 08, 2018
Wed. 11/07 - Why Robocalls Have Taken Over Your Phone
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Silicon Valley’s special election day vote, why robocalls have taken over your phone, Jeff Bezos’ clever HQ2 bonus, making 911 calls better and why Jake Tapper is a digital media pioneer. Links: San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless (Recode) Scoop: AT&T to cut off some customers' service in piracy crackdown (Axios) Why robocalls have taken over your phone (The Verge) Amazon gained a huge perk from its HQ2 contest that's worth far more than any tax break (Business Insider) Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk (The Associated Press) RapidSOS, an emergency response data provider, raises $30M as it grows from 10K users to 250M (TechCrunch) Newsonomics: “Digital defeats print” is the headline as Gannett steps away from printed election results (NiemanLab)
Nov 07, 2018
Tue. 11/06 - Schrodinger's Amazon HQ2
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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. Links: Medium Post on Facebook and the Election (Jonathan Albright) Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads (The Verge) Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities (WSJ) APPLE MACBOOK AIR (2018) REVIEW: THE PRESENT OF COMPUTING (The Verge) The 2018 Retina MacBook Air (Daring Fireball) India's Meesho, which enables social commerce via WhatsApp, raises $50M (TechCrunch) PredictHQ exits stealth with $10 million to help Uber and others forecast demand surges (VentureBeat) VMWare acquires Heptio, the startup founded by 2 co-founders of Kubernetes (TechCrunch)
Nov 06, 2018
Mon. 11/05 - iPad Pro Reviews Are Mixed
00:18:02
Has Amazon decided on the location of its new HQ? What do people think of the new iPad Pros? Why are recently IPO’d tech companies hoarding cash? And why you might want to think twice about taking a selfie in the voting booth tomorrow. Links: Amazon in Late-Stage Talks With Cities Including Crystal City, Va., Dallas, New York City for HQ2 (WSJ) Amazon waives $25 minimum spend to offer free Christmas deliveries for all U.S. customers (Venture Beat) APPLE IPAD PRO REVIEW 2018: THE FASTEST IPAD IS STILL AN IPAD (The Verge) Apple’s first 5G iPhone will arrive in 2020 (Fast Company) YOU TOO CAN BUILD YOUR OWN CHIP – FOR ONLY $30 MILLION (Digits to Dollars) Newly Public Tech Firms Race Back to Market as IPO Frenzy Continues (WSJ) Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You) (NYTimes) You can't take a 'ballot selfie' in Illinois, Florida, or 25 other states — see where it's illegal to take a photo in the voting booth (Business Insider)
Nov 05, 2018
Fri. 11/02 - Apple Earnings Up, Stock Down
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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 Links: Apple results: A record September quarter with $62.9B revenue (Six Colors) Apple’s price hike strategy is paying off (The Verge) Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos (The Verge) Several thoughts from your old pal Jason (Jason Scott/Twitter) The Cartoon That Invented Internet Culture Gets a High-Definition Rerelease (Intelligencer) Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale (BBC News) It’s not your imagination: Phone battery life is getting worse (Washington Post) ‘How the Internet Happened’ Review: Building a World Online (Wall Street Journal) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 (Frontline on YouTube) and The Facebook Dilemma, Part 2 (Frontline on YouTube) A Cryptocurrency Millionaire Wants to Build a Utopia in Nevada (New York Times) The Man Behind the Scooter Revolution (CityLab) A Fork in the Road for Avis (Fortune) The Encyclopedia of the Missing (Longreads)
Nov 02, 2018
Thu. 11/01 - The Google Employee Walkout
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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 Links: Google walkout: Pictures of Google workers leaving their desks in protest over sexual misconduct (Business Insider) Recode Tech and Media Website to Be Folded Into Vox.com (WSJ) New MacBook Air threatens both MacBook and MacBook Pro with Function Keys (Apple Insider) Opinion: The 2018 MacBook Air is the iPhone X’s ASP strategy all over again (9to5Mac) Apple's new T2 security chip will prevent hackers from eavesdropping on your microphone (TechCrunch) WhatsApp found a place to show you ads (The Verge) Google My Business Adds Setting For Google Assistant Calls Over Duplex (Search Engine Roundtable) Spotify is just $6.8 million away from profitability (Engadget) Liftoff: Mobile users are embracing subscription app economy (Venture Beat) Tickets for: Brian's 92Y Book Event
Nov 01, 2018
Wed. 10/31 - Facebook's Earnings Are Not a Disaster
00:17:58
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.  Links: Zuckerberg says the future is sharing via 100B messages & 1B Stories/day (TechCrunch) Scoop: Executive accused of harassment at Alphabet 'X' unit is out (Axios) Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Won't Support eSIM Until Later This Year (MacRumors) Gmail for iOS now lets you view all of your accounts in a single inbox (The Verge) Waymo’s excruciatingly gradual launch process, explained (Ars Technica) How Facebook Failed To Build A Better Alexa (Or Siri) (Forbes) Google, Accel and Jay Z invest in life insurance start-up Ethos, valuing it at more than $100 million (CNBC) Why Jupyter is data scientists’ computational notebook of choice (Nature)
Oct 31, 2018
Tue. 10/30 - New MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and iPad Pros
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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. Links: UK chancellor announces 2% ‘digital services tax’ on tech giants’ revenues starting in April 2020 (TechCrunch) Snap CEO Picked a New Business Chief, Then Changed His Mind (Bloomberg) Google Launches reCAPTCHA v3 (Security Week)
Oct 30, 2018
Mon. 10/29 - Big Blue Gets Red Hat
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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. Links: IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billion (CNBC) Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM (TechCrunch) IBM’s Old Playbook (Stratechery) Copyright Law Just Got Better for Video Game History (Motherboard) Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies (PDF - US Copyright Office, Library of Congress) Here are the 20 games shipping with the PlayStation Classic (TechCrunch) DJI's latest Mavic 2 drone is built for search and rescue (Engadget) Two more platforms have suspended Gab in the wake of Pittsburgh shooting (TechCrunch) On Gab, an Extremist-Friendly Site, Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Aired His Hatred in Full (New York Times)
Oct 29, 2018
Fri. 10/26 - AI “Art” Fetches $400,000 at Auction
00:21:56
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. Links: Twitter Stock Soars after Strong Earnings Beat (CNBC) Tesla Shares Soar on Surprise Third-Quarter Profit That Beats Wall Street Expectations (CNBC) Microsoft Reports $29.1 Billion in Q1 2019 Revenue: Azure up 76%, Surface up 14%, and Windows up 3% (VentureBeat) Amazon Squeezes Out More Profit as Sales Growth Slows (New York Times) Google Stock Falls As Revenue Misses; Amazon Ad Competition To Blame? (Investor’s Business Daily) Snap Hits All-Time Low After Lackluster Earnings Report (CNBC) Copyright Office Ruling Issues Sweeping Right to Repair Reforms (iFixit) In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal (Motherboard) How China's GPS 'Rival' Beidou is Plotting to Go Global (BBC News) AI Art at Christie’s Sells for $432,500 (New York Times) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: Inside Rockstar Games' Culture Of Crunch (Kotaku) At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks (WSJ) Podcast on Netflix Culture (Planet Money Podcast) It Might Get Loud: Inside Silicon Valley’s Battle to Own Voice Tech (Fortune) How Dara Khosrowshahi’s Iranian heritage shapes how he leads Uber (Fast Company) AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF SILICON VALLEY DISRUPTION (Wired) Bonus Link (from Wednesday): THE AI COLD WAR THAT COULD DOOM US ALL (Wired)
Oct 26, 2018
Thur. 10/25 - The Andy Rubin Scandal
00:14:24
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. Links: How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ (New York Times) Uber’s Secret Restaurant Empire (Bloomberg) A New Approach to Our Work on Drip (Kickstarter Blog) Kickstarter to End Drip, Fund New Platform with XOXO Festival Creators (The Verge) The Team Behind XOXO is Taking Over Kickstarter’s Drip Crowdfunding Community (TechCrunch) Older People Are Worse Than Young People at Telling Fact from Opinion (The Atlantic) Younger Americans Are Better than Older Americans at Telling Factual News Statements from Opinions (Pew Research Center) VIDEO: Joseph Saelee vs. Jonas Neubeauer in CTWC 2018 Finals (Twitter)
Oct 25, 2018
Wed. 10/24 - Tim Cook Attacks the "Data Industrial Complex"
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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. Links: Apple’s Tim Cook Makes Blistering Attack On the “Data Industrial Complex” (TechCrunch) Why political text messages are flooding your phone (Axios) The AI Cold War That Could Doom Us All (Wired) Messenger redesigns to clean up Facebook’s mess (TechCrunch) How Facebook’s Messenger Got Its New Look in a New Jersey Basement (Wired)
Oct 24, 2018
Tue. 10/23 - iPhone XR Reviews
00:16:11
Tim Cook demands a retraction from Bloomberg, another founder flees Facebook, Repl.it gets a murder’s row of VC backers and the iPhone XR reviews are in. Links: Amazon cloud chief Jassy follows Apple in calling for retraction of Chinese spy chip story (CNBC) Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story (Buzzfeed) Supermicro CEO Joins Cook in Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Supply Chain Hack Story (MacRumors) Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of ‘Rift 2’ headset (TechCrunch) Former Facebook engineer quit to build the programming tool he always wanted (CNBC) Apple iPhone XR Review: Better Than Good Enough (The Verge) Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them (Bloomberg) Android: A Visual History of Google’s OS On Its 10th Anniversary (The Verge)
Oct 23, 2018
Mon. 10/22 - Fred Wilson Wants You To Vet Your Venture Funders
00:13:46
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. Links: Facebook on Hunt for Big Cybersecurity Acquisition (The Information) Who Are My Investors? (AVC) Thieves steal a Tesla Model S by hacking the entry fob (Engadget) A tech executive's video of his Tesla Model S being hacked and stolen is going viral (Business Insider) Video of the Tesla theft Google Home Hub review (CNET) Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software (Ars Technica) Google Home Hub Review: At the intersection of useful and just plain cute [Video] (9to5Google) Google Home Hub review: A more personal smart display (Engadget)
Oct 22, 2018
Fri. 10/19 - Google Wants China, But Will China Want Google?
00:17:57
Facebook makes a hire that makes British Twitter laugh, here’s how much Google’s going to charge for Android, Google wants China but does China want Google and the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: Facebook Hires Nick Clegg, Former UK Deputy Prime Minister, as Head of Global Affairs and Communications, to Succeed Elliot Schrage (Financial Times) Twitter Suspends Pro-Saudi Bots Spreading Propaganda About the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi (Gizmodo) Twitter Pulls Down Bot Network That Pushed Pro-Saudi Talking Points about Disappeared Journalist (NBC News) Powerful Executives Have Stepped Away From the Saudis. Not SoftBank's. (New York Times) Google App Suite Costs as Much as $40 Per Phone Under New EU Android Deal (The Verge) Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google? (Wired) The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Craig Newmark, Newspaper Villain, Is Working to Save Journalism (New York Times) How the West Was Digitized: The Making of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 (Vulture/New York Magazine) Drone Journalism's Battle for Airspace (Columbia Journalism Review) Mother Earth Mother Board (Wired) The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust (The New Yorker)
Oct 19, 2018
Thur. 10/18 - Apple Says: No... Sleep... Till Brooklyn!
00:15:53
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! Links: Spotify Premium gets personalized artist radio stations and better search (The Verge) Twitter makes it easier to see enforcement taken on reported tweets (Tech Crunch) Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State (WSJ) Android Creator’s Startup Essential Products Cuts About 30% of Staff (Bloomberg) Inside the $2.6 billion subscription box wars (Fast Company) Beddr’s SleepTuner is a powerful standalone alternative to Apple Watch sleep tracking (9to5Mac)
Oct 18, 2018
Wed. 10/17 - When is Cheating At Video Games a Crime?
00:17:31
Google bows to the EU’s demands, the biggest thing to happen to Github since the pull request, video game cheaters are getting sued, and Facebook brings back MTV’s The Real World.  Links: Google will start charging Android device makers a fee for using its apps in Europe (The Verge) GitHub launches Actions, its workflow automation tool (Github) Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating (Ars Technica) It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads (Recode) MTV is bringing back 'The Real World' for Facebook Watch, and will let the audience vote on the direction of the show (Business Insider)
Oct 17, 2018
Tue. 10/16 - RIP Paul Allen (1953-2018)
00:16:20
Uber’s targeting a blockbuster IPO valuation, cops told to stop looking at iPhones, the Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath, the Pixel reviews are in, and remembering Paul Allen.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeTiny.website99designs.com/techmeme Links:Uber Proposals Value Company at $120 Billion in a Possible IPO (WSJ)Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out (Motherboard)The Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath (Engadget)Google Pixel 3 review: improving on incredible (Charged)GOOGLE PIXEL 3 AND 3 XL REVIEW: THE BEST CAMERA GETS A BETTER PHONE (The Verge)The Google Pixel 3 XL review (TechCrunch)Google Pixel 3 Review: The Other Way to Make a Killer Phone (Gizmodo)Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65 (NyTimes)
Oct 16, 2018
Mon. 10/15 - Palm is Back! Sort of...
00:16:50
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. Links: FINALLY: REAL PHOTOSHOP ON THE IPAD (The Verge) Adobe launches new AR and drawing tools (TechCrunch) Adobe launches Premiere Rush, a cross-platform video editor (Venture Beat) Apple acquires music analytics startup Asaii (Axios) THE NEW PALM IS A TINY PHONE TO KEEP YOU AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE (The Verge) GENOME HACKERS SHOW NO ONE’S DNA IS ANONYMOUS ANYMORE (Wired) Blockchain isn't about democracy and decentralisation – it's about greed (The Guardian) Tweetstorm about Google+ from @morganknutson
Oct 15, 2018
Fri. 10/12 - Facebook Reports on its Breach Investigation
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Facebook announces the results of their investigation into that data breach, the market downturn is biting some tech companies, has Spotify ruined music, and, of course, the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: An Update on the Security Issue (Facebook) Facebook rolls out 3D photos that use AI to simulate depth (TechCrunch) Tencent Music Pauses IPO Amid Market Turmoil (WSJ) FAANG stocks have seen $600 billion of market value wiped out — here's how much each one is on sale (Business Insider) Tesla sets deadline on new orders to get delivery and full tax credit by end of the year (Electrek) Who Needs German Engineering? Tesla Outsells Mercedes-Benz For The First Time—And Has a Plan to Pass BMW Too (Fortune) Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? (The Guardian) The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions: This Is How Amazon Loses (NewCo Shift) The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains (The Atlantic) Alexa, Should We Trust You? (The Atlantic) Fear and loathing in venture capital (Max Niederhofer) The First Rule of Microsoft Excel—Don’t Tell Anyone You’re Good at It (WSJ)
Oct 12, 2018
Thu. 10/11 - F*** Everything, We're Doing 4 Cameras!
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Facebook cracks down again, ahead of the election, Apple make some interesting acquisitions, how many cameras does a smartphone need, and Dieter Rams just wants Silicon Valley to slow down. Links: Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit (The Washington Post) Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe (TechCrunch) Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities (Apple Insider) Samsung’s Galaxy A9 is the first quad camera phone (Engadget) Samsung hopes these four cameras will save its mid-range phone lineup (The Verge) Gartner: Microsoft passes Acer to become top 5 PC vendor in the U.S. (Venture Beat) Apple plans to give away original content for free to device owners as part of new digital TV strategy (CNBC) Coinbase's Active Customers Drop 80% in Crypto Slump, Study Says (Bloomberg) Plan to Fix Journalism With Cryptocurrency Draws Skepticism (WSJ) Dieter Rams wants Silicon Valley to stop (Fast Company)
Oct 11, 2018
Wed. 10/10 - Andy Rubin Can't Quit Smartphones
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Windows needed a do-over, Snapchat hopes its Originals will give it one too, Minecraft abandons Apple TV, and Andy Rubin can’t quit smartphones.  Links: Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug (The Verge) Snapchat becomes the mobile HBO with 12 daily scripted Original shows (TechCrunch) Snap Is ‘Quickly Running Out of Money,’ Analyst Says (Bloomberg) Google Photos adds automated sharing through ‘Live Albums,’ which can stream to Home Hub (TechCrunch) Apple's dream of making the Apple TV a gaming console just took a major hit (Business Insider) A China Veggie-Selling App May Be Worth $7 billion (Bloomberg) Android Creator Is Building an AI Phone That Texts People for You (Bloomberg) AT&T will launch a Netflix rival next year (CNBC) Where the next 10 million miles will take us (Waymo)
Oct 10, 2018
Tue. 10/09 - The "Made By Google" Event
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The big Made By Google event, follow up on that Google+ bug, WeChat is willing to debunk rumors for you and Saudi Arabia doubles down on Masa Son. Links: First look at Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL (The Verge) Exclusive: iPad Pro Face ID details, 4K HDR video over USB-C, AirPods-like Apple Pencil 2 pairing, more (9to5Mac) Google, Exposures, and Breaches; Was Google Wrong?; The Political Considerations (Stratechery) Google Drops Out of Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Competition (Bloomberg) Some advertisers are moving half of their search budget from Google to Amazon, say ad industry sources (CNBC) How China's biggest social network fights fake news (Abacus) Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on SoftBank Bet With Extra $45 Billion (Bloomberg)
Oct 09, 2018
Mon. 10/08 - Google Gets A Data Scandal All Its Own
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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. Links: Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349 (TechCrunch) THE NEW AMAZON ECHO SHOW’S IMPROVED SCREEN AND BETTER SPEAKERS AREN’T ENOUGH (The Verge) Microsoft’s xCloud service streams Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices (The Verge) Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs (AnAndTech) Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public (WSJ) Supply Chain Security is the Whole Enchilada, But Who’s Willing to Pay for It? (Krebs on Security) The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists” (Ars Technica)
Oct 08, 2018
Fri. 10/05 - Evan Spiegel's Plan For Snap's Survival
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He said she said on that Bloomberg Bombshell, Evan Spiegel’s plan for survival, new Macs are un-repairable, why are Apple Watch faces such a mess, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Stories from: @jsnell, @bizcarson Tweets: @karaswisher, @AdamMinter Links: Instagram prototypes handling your location history to Facebook (TechCrunch) Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook (The Verge) 9 highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6,000-word leaked memo on survival (TechCrunch) iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro Systems Must Pass Apple Diagnostics to Function After Certain Repairs (MacRumors) Facebook’s Oculus Looking to Invest in Location-Based Virtual Reality (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety) Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess? (Macworld) Norway's petabyte plan: Store everything ever published in a 1,000-year archive (ZDNet) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: The iPhone XS & XS Max Review: Unveiling the Silicon Secrets (AnAndTech) Sex Workers Pioneered the Early Internet—and It Screwed Them Over (Motherboard) Raised by YouTube (The Atlantic) Old Unicorn, New Tricks: Airbnb Has A Sky-High Valuation. Here's Its Audacious Plan To Earn It (Forbes) EA announces ‘FIFA 19’ PS4 esports tournament (Engadget)
Oct 05, 2018
Thu. 10/04 - Biggest Hardware Hack Ever?
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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! Links: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (Bloomberg Businessweek) Russia cyber-plots: US, UK and Netherlands allege hacking (BBC News) Nintendo Plans New Version of Switch Next Year (WSJ) LG V40 THINQ REVIEW: ONE PHONE, FIVE CAMERAS (The Verge) Verizon’s Severance Offer Goes to About 44,000 Employees (WSJ) Barnes & Noble names board committee to review possible sale, shares soar (CNBC) MoviePass' new funding means it isn't going anywhere just yet (Engadget)
Oct 04, 2018
Wed. 10/03 - Presidential Alert - No Action Is Needed
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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.  Links: Microsoft has unveiled the $3,499 Surface Studio 2, its super-powerful and gorgeous new competitor to the Apple iMac (Business Insider) Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk (NYTimes) Facebook Login Update (Facebook Newsroom) Facebook Briefs Lawmakers on Breach in Effort to Guard Against Backlash (WSJ) GM and Honda will team up to build an autonomous car (Quartz) First presidential wireless test alert will come to your phone today (Axios) The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy (Motherboard) Recommendations startup Likewise emerges from Bill Gates’ private office, letting friends track and share their favorite things (GeekWire)
Oct 03, 2018
Tue. 10/02 - Choose Your Own Adventure, But For Netflix
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Amazon raises its minimum wage, Tesla’s hitting its Model 3 marks, another new California law could change the face of Tech Boards of Directors and Netflix wants us to choose our own adventure. Links: Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees (CNBC) The Story of Henry Ford's $5 a Day Wages: It's Not What You Think (Forbes) Tesla delivered over 55,000 Model 3s in Q3 (Road Show/CNET) Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card (9to5Mac) THESE TECH COMPANIES WILL NEED MORE WOMEN ON THEIR BOARDS (Wired) Google's Project Stream lets you play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome (CNET) Netflix Is Planning a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure ‘Black Mirror’ (Bloomberg) Amazon's IMDb will announce this week a new free video service to compete for TV ad dollars (CNBC) The anti-Netflix: Free, ad-supported video streaming services are growing (Digiday)
Oct 02, 2018
Mon. 10/01 - Tim Berners-Lee's Plan To Save The Web
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California ready to do battle over net neutrality, Instagram under new management, Elon settles with the SEC, and Tim Berners Lee kinda wants a do-over on the whole World Wide Web thing. Links: The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new net neutrality law (The Washington Post) Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law (NYTimes) SEC settles charges with Tesla's Elon Musk, will remain as CEO but relinquish chairman role and pay stiff fine (CNBC) Internet, social media use and device ownership in U.S. have plateaued after years of growth (Pew Research Center) (SMART) SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE: DESPITE THEIR VAST CAPABILITIES, SMART SPEAKERS ARE ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC (Nielsen) One Small Step for the Web... (Inrupt Blog) Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web (Fast Company)
Oct 01, 2018
Fri. 09/28 - Facebook Breached, Musk Faces A Ban
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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.  Links: Slack Actively Preparing for Early 2019 IPO (WSJ) Coinbase now lets users buy 'bundles' (TechCrunch) Compound launches easy way to short cryptocurrencies (TechCrunch) Tesla's Musk pulled the plug on a settlement with the SEC at the last minute (CNBC) The Betterment Weekend Longreads: How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground (CNET) Coinbase Wants To Be Too Big To Fail (Fortune) The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare (Steve Blank) Meet the Community Keeping Obsolete Supercomputers Alive (Motherboard) The first Android phone 10 years later: An annotated review (CNET) Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page (Engadget)
Sep 28, 2018
Thu. 09/27 - When You Take Being an Apple Fanboi Too Far
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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? Links: Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information (Gizmodo) Amazon's Aggressive Anti-Union Tactics Revealed in Leaked 45-Minute Video (Gizmodo) Teen Apple Hacker Avoids Jail in Australia After Serious Attacks (Bloomberg) Payment Startup Stripe Is Now a $20 Billion Company (Bloomberg) Masayoshi Son, SoftBank, and the $100 Billion Blitz on Sand Hill Road (Bloomberg Businessweek) Lyft Shows Financial Improvement Ahead of IPO Filing (The Information)
Sep 27, 2018
Wed. 09/26 - Facebook Dirty Laundry
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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! Links: Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind (Forbes) Facebook’s Messing With Instagram Prompted Co-Founders’ Departure (WSJ) Product updates based on your feedback (The Google Chrome Blog) The Temptation of Apple News (Slate) Coinbase will add cryptocurrencies more rapidly, with ratings and reviews (Yahoo Finance) One third of ICOs launched in the past two years aren’t listed anywhere (TNW) Amazon Comes Up With Another Way to Get Alexa Into Your Home (Bloomberg)
Sep 26, 2018
Tue. 09/25 - The Instagram Founders Ghost Facebook
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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.”  Links: Why Instagram's founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened (TechCrunch) Facebook’s Terrible Year Hits a New Low (Bloomberg Opinion) Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing chip secrets and giving them to Intel (CNBC) Google CEO Sundar Pichai to Meet With Top GOP Lawmakers (WSJ) Google's new activity cards will save your previous searches (Engadget) 'NETFLIX FOR OPEN SOURCE' WANTS DEVELOPERS TO GET PAID (Wired) macOS 10.14 Mojave: The Ars Technica review (Ars Technica)
Sep 25, 2018
Mon. 09/24 - Office 2019 Is Here
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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. Links: SiriusXM to buy Pandora in all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion (CNBC) Why I’m done with Chrome (Matthew Green) Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago (Recode) Vox Media On Pace to Miss Revenue Target as Digital Advertising Disappoints (WSJ) Amazon: Retailers Gonna Retail (Steven Sinofsky) Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two — and one part will be led by China (CNBC)
Sep 24, 2018
Fri. 09/21 - Instagram Fighting #hashtagoverload
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More fallout from that monster Alexa event yesterday, Facebook is gonna take another swing at Portal, Instagram wants to cut down on #hashtagoverload, Gmail was too willing to say “I love you,” and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:Ude.my/techTiny.websiteLinks:AMAZON WANTS ALEXA TO HEAR YOUR WHISPERS AND FRUSTRATION (Wired)Amazon just pulled an Apple on the smart home (Stacey on IOT newsletter)Facebook's 'Portal' Video Chat Device to Be Announced Next Week (Cheddar)Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing (TechCrunch)Instagram is testing a native resharing feature for the feed (The Verge)Is This Article Worth Reading? Gmail’s Suggested Reply: ‘Haha, Thanks!’ (WSJ)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’ (NYTimes)Bitcoin Miners Flock to New York’s Remote Corners, but Get Chilly Reception (NYTimes)Living The Stream (ESPN The Magazine)A brief history of the numeric keypad (UX Collective)Inside the Dramatic, Painful--and Hugely Successful--Return of Reddit's Founders (Inc)Buy The History of Reddit Book Here
Sep 21, 2018
Thu. 09/20 - Alexa For Friggin' Everything!
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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.  Links: Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021 (Bloomberg) Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance (Reuters) Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer (NYTimes) ESPN's new streaming service passes 1 million paid subscribers in five months (CNBC) Google, Facebook Lead Digital’s March to Half of U.S. Ad Market (Bloomberg) Spock’s planet ‘Vulcan’ found years after Star Trek prediction (SlashGear)
Sep 20, 2018
Wed. 09/19 - HQ Wants to Play Wheel of Fortune
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Amazon’s ad business is already huge, there’s a new retro Playstation console, Evernote is in our prayers, HQ is moving beyond trivia with a new game and a roundup of the Apple Watch Series 4 reviews. Links: The ACLU Is Charging Facebook With Gender Discrimination In Its Targeted Ads (Buzzfeed News) Facebook Is Letting Job Advertisers Target Only Men (ProPublica) Amazon becoming 3rd-biggest digital ad platform (Axios) Google Home Mini was the best-selling smart speaker in Q2 (TechCrunch) Sony is launching a PlayStation Classic console this December loaded with 20 games (The Verge) Evernote just slashed 54 jobs, or 15 percent of its workforce HQ expands beyond trivia with new ‘Wheel of Fortune’-type game (Digiday) Google Maps for CarPlay in iOS 12 is now available (9to5Mac) iOS 12.1 references ‘iPad2018Fall’, all but confirming new iPad Pro debut next month (9to5Mac)
Sep 19, 2018
Tue. 09/18 - Alexa for Microwaves
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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)
Sep 18, 2018
Mon. 09/17 - The Benioffs Buy Time
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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)
Sep 17, 2018
Bonus Episode! What's Up With Tesla, With the Tesla Daily podcast
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Literally, what the f*** is up with Tesla? With the Rob Maurer of the Tesla Daily podcast. Subscribe!
Sep 16, 2018
Fri. 09/14 - More Drama Inside Google
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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***nazis.us”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)
Sep 14, 2018
Thu. 09/13 - Where in the World is Larry Page?
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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)
Sep 13, 2018
Wed. 09/12 - Happy iPhone Day!
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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)
Sep 12, 2018
Tue. 09/11 - ICOs Now Officially Securities?
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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)
Sep 11, 2018
Mon. 09/10 - The End of the Jack Ma Era
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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)
Sep 10, 2018
Fri. 09/07 - Today in Elon, the 4:20 Edition
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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)
Sep 07, 2018
Thu. 09/06 - More iPhone Event Rumor Bingo
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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)
Sep 06, 2018
Wed. 09/05 - Another Congressional Apology Tour
00:15:53
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)
Sep 05, 2018
Tue. 09/04 - New Trillion-Dollar Baby
00:16:30
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)
Sep 04, 2018
Fri. 8/31 - Is This How The iPhone Leak Happened?
00:20:21
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)
Aug 31, 2018
Thu. 8/30 - iGlasses? (Pun Not Intended)
00:16:31
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)
Aug 30, 2018
Wed. 8/29 - Updates To Wear OS Hint At...
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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)
Aug 29, 2018
Tue. 8/28 - President Googles Himself, Not Pleased With The Results
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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)
Aug 28, 2018
Mon. 8/27 - The Three New iPhones to Expect Next Month
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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 (Thurrott.com)Public 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 (PalmerLuckey.com)Uber plans shift from cars to bikes for shorter trips (The Financial Times)
Aug 27, 2018
Fri. 8/24 - Facebook Summons the Five Families
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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)
Aug 24, 2018
Thu. 8/23 - The Backlash Against the “App Store Tax”
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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)
Aug 23, 2018
Wed. 8/22 - Fake Russians are Back. And Now There Are Fake Iranians Also!
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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)
Aug 22, 2018
Tue. 8/21 - Netflix "Tests" an End-Run Around iTunes
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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)
Aug 21, 2018
Mon. 8/20 - Fitness Trackers Ain't Dead Yet
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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)
Aug 20, 2018
Friday, 8/17 - The Secret Netflix Subcategories
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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)
Aug 17, 2018
Thursday, 8/16 - Now Bezos Wants Movie Theaters?
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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)
Aug 16, 2018
Wednesday, 8/15 - Alexa and Cortana, BFFs
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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)
Aug 15, 2018
Tuesday, 8/14 - Is Kevin Durant teaming up with Marc Andreessen?
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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)
Aug 14, 2018
Monday, 8/13 - Does Google Track Even When You Say No?
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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)
Aug 13, 2018
Friday, 8/10 - Is Apple's Car Project Back On?
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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)
Aug 10, 2018
Thursday, 8/09 - Galaxy Note9 Announced
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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)
Aug 09, 2018
Wednesday, 8/8 - The Magic Leap Is Finally A Thing!
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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)
Aug 08, 2018
Tuesday, 8/7 - Voting Via App
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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)
Aug 07, 2018
Monday, 8/6 - Everyone Bans Alex Jones
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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)
Aug 06, 2018
Friday, 8/03 - Is Fortnite Bigger Than Google Play?
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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 Betterment.com/ride 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)
Aug 03, 2018
Thursday, 8/02 - Apple Hits A Trillion!
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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)
Aug 02, 2018
Wednesday, 8/01 - Is Google Returning To China?
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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)
Aug 01, 2018
Tuesday, 7/31 - Facebook Finds More Election "Bad Actors"
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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)
Jul 31, 2018
Monday, 7/30 - Self-Driving Cars Need To Talk To Us
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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)
Jul 30, 2018
Friday, 7/27 - The Dreaded MAU Strikes Again!
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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)
Jul 27, 2018
Thursday, 7/26 - The Greatest Loss of Market Value In a Single Day... Ever
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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)
Jul 26, 2018
Wednesday, 7/25 - China to Facebook: Not So Fast!
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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)
Jul 25, 2018
Tuesday, 7/24 - Laptops Are Too Thin and Too Light!
00:17:18
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 (Thurrott.com)Verizon Is Seeking Google or Apple as 5G TV Provider (Bloomberg)Thinner and Lighter Laptops Have Screwed Us All (Motherboard)
Jul 24, 2018
Monday, 7/23 - Samsung's Big Step Toward 5G
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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)
Jul 23, 2018
Friday, 7/20 - New Tesla is a "Rainbow-Farting Space Ship"
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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)https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/18/senate-wants-emergency-alerts-to-go-out-through-netflix-spotify-etc/ (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)
Jul 20, 2018
Thursday, 7/19 - Will Fuchsia Replace Android?
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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)
Jul 19, 2018
Wednesday, 7/18 - The Massive Google Fine
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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?
Jul 18, 2018
Tuesday, 7/17 - A Major Autonomous Car Startup You've Never Heard Of
00:18:55
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)
Jul 17, 2018
Monday, 7/16 - Instapaper Goes Solo
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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)
Jul 16, 2018
Friday, 7/13 - A Big-Boy Photoshop for iPads
00:21:03
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)
Jul 13, 2018
Thursday, 7/12 - New MacBook Pros
00:17:20
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)
Jul 12, 2018
Wednesday, 7/11 - The 2018 X Graduating Class
00:16:32
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)
Jul 11, 2018
Tuesday, 7/10 - Netflix Smart Downloads
00:16:48
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)
Jul 10, 2018
Monday, 7/9 - Thanos Did Nothing Wrong!
00:16:43
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)
Jul 09, 2018
Friday, July 6, 2018 - Memes Are Safe! For Now...
00:20:23
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)
Jul 06, 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Dell Returns!
00:15:21
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)
Jul 03, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018 - All New Apple Maps
00:19:40
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)
Jun 29, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Amazon Kneecaps Walgreens
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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)
Jun 28, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - AdWords No More
00:16:52
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)
Jun 27, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2016 - London's Uber-ing
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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
Jun 26, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Noise-Cancelling AirPods?
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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
Jun 25, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018 - The Tesla Sabotage Story Gets Weirder?
00:17:10
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)
Jun 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Whatever Happened to Apple's AirPower?
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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)
Jun 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Instagram Debuts IGTV
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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)
Jun 20, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Musk Fears Sabotage
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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)
Jun 19, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Apple Upgrades 911 Calls
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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)
Jun 18, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018 - Oprah Signs With Apple
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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)
Jun 15, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Save Metafilter!
00:18:22
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!
Jun 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Major Twitter Changes
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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)
Jun 13, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - E-Scooters To The Moon!
00:18:47
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 (Thurrott.com)The 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)
Jun 12, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018 - Snapchat Clear Chats and Facebook Memories
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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)
Jun 11, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018 - Google's 7 Principles for AI
00:17:47
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)
Jun 08, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - The Fire TV Cube
00:16:03
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)
Jun 07, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Hour-long Instagram Videos?
00:16:46
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)
Jun 06, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Intel Says "F— Everything! We're Doing 28 Cores!"
00:16:17
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)
Jun 05, 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018 - WWDC Highlights