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Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Jason and Mikah give you more context and perspective, with an in-depth look at the fast-paced world of technology and how it is changing our lives. Records every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.

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TNW 96: It's Inside the Network
1:01:32

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

  • (01:43) Darren Loucaides from OneZero discusses the impact of the "like" button. Increasingly, social networks seem to be pondering the idea of hiding or removing metrics but engagement and profit may suffer.
  • (17:23) Brian Merchant, author and writer for Gizmodo, reveals the troubling nature of Zeel, a service that primarily connects massage therapists with those seeking their services. Despite promising a no-tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior, contractors who have worked for Zeel say that's simply not the case.
  • (36:22) Matt Laslo, a freelance correspondent for WIRED, provides a closer look at Section 230 — legislation that's been in place since the 1996 Communications Decency Act — and how changes to it could affect the internet.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Darren Loucaides, Brian Merchant, and Matt Laslo

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Aug 22, 2019
TNW 95: What is Human-Assisted AI?
51:13

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

  • (01:43) Parmy Olson from the Wall Street Journal shows how startups like Engineer.ai are using artificial intelligence as a buzzword more than an actual description of its technology.
  • (12:25) Everyday people are firing up phone farms in their living rooms to make extra cash according to Joseph Cox at Vice.
  • (25:21) Keren Elazari, founder of BSidesTLV, talks about the hacker community found at Defcon, Blackhat and BSides events.
  • (38:57) WeWork filed it's IPO and Alex Wilhelm from Crunchbase takes a closer look at some of the abnormalities of the S-1.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Parmy Olson, Joseph Cox, Keren Elazari, and Alex Wilhelm

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Aug 15, 2019
TNW 94: Bixby Who?!
54:28

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

  • (01:15) Russell Holly from Android Central separates fact from fiction on the link between violence and video games.
  • (15:13) Dan Ackerman of CNET helps us unpack the Samsung Unpacked event.
  • (28:45) Arol Wright from XDA Developers explores and explains the complicated and confusing smartphone market in Venezuela.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Russell Holly, Dan Ackerman, and Arol Wright

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Aug 08, 2019
TNW 93: The Apple Banana
56:38

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

  • (01:42) The SMART Act would regulate addictive features in social media, and Emily Birnbaum from The Hill defines what that would mean.
  • (15:07) Andrew Martonik from Android Central talks about Google's Pixel 4 leak strategy, how its working, and whether key features will be enough for consumers.
  • (27:11) Apple earnings show how the company is diversifying its offerings, and Lory Gil from iMore shares how the drop in iPhone revenue could impact business.
  • (43:27) Chrome 76 is addressing an insecure loophole in Incognito mode that will also allow site visitors to get free content from publishers.
  • (49:27) An innocuous tweet about hygiene sparked a world-wide discussion around privilege and who has the right to clean themselves.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Emily Birnbaum, Andrew Martonik, and Lory Gil

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Aug 01, 2019
TNW 92: Say Boo to a Goose
43:08

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

  • (1:41) Iain Thomson from The Register has a bone to pick with US Attorney General William Barr's comments that encryption isn't for the masses.
  • (14:31) Google made changes to search that aimed to keep fraudulent repair businesses from running ads, and Kevin Purdy from iFixit says its affecting legitimate repair businesses too.
  • (30:11) Elon Musk recently announced his investment in Neuralink brain-computer interface. Emily Mullin from OneZero discusses the benefits and ethical considerations of such technology.

Host: Jason Howell

Guests: Iain Thomson, Kevin Purdy, and Emily Mullin

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Jul 25, 2019
TNW 91: Meet the Sweepers
48:38

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

  • (01:24) Zachary Crockett from The Hustle talks about Sweeper, professional online sweepstakes enterers who have devised systems for increasing the odds of winning prizes and cash.
  • (16:34) The town of Rockdale, Texas hoped cryptocurrency would revitalize the local economy. Mark Dent, writing for Backchannel, details how that plan collapsed with the price of Bitcoin.
  • (27:22) Mikah Sargent, future host of Tech News Weekly, talks about the challenges renters face when hoping to fill their home with smart devices.

Host: Jason Howell

Guests: Zachary Crockett, Mark Dent, and Mikah Sargent

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Jul 18, 2019
TNW 90: Oh Snap, Nintendo
40:32

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

- (01:16) Apple announced new MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, but the old MacBook is going away and that is an opportunity for change according to Raymond Wong from Mashable.
- (14:39) Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica talks about the sacrifices that Nintendo made to bring the Switch Lite to release.
- (20:54) Facebook is striking deals behind the scenes to bring exclusive VR versions of Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell to the Oculus catalog.
- (23:48) Google made a change to its Stadia FAQ that reveals a bit more about what game ownership on the cloud platform actually means.
- (28:52) CNET's Dan Ackerman talks about Amazon's upcoming Prime Day, some of the deals that can be found, and how to get in on the action even if you aren't a Prime member.

Host: Jason Howell

Guests: Raymond Wong, Sam Machkovech, and Dan Ackerman

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Jul 11, 2019
TNW 89: Unexpected Pi
41:45

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

- (01:48) Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and Salvador Rodriquez from CNBC discusses why the topic of regulation was top of mind for Facebook at the event.
- (16:38) With the release of iPadOS and Catalina betas, Dan Moren from Six Colors has been busy testing them out so you don't have to.
- (33:03) Jason gives a first look at the new and unexpected sudden release of the Raspberry Pi 4, as well as the desktop kit that turns that little computer into a full scale desktop setup.

Host: Jason Howell

Guests: Salvador Rodriguez and Dan Moren

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Jun 27, 2019
TNW 88: Libra Brings Fiat to Facebook?
57:30

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

- (02:04) Brady Dale from Coindesk says that Facebook's newly announced cryptocurrency Libra could ultimately make or break the company.
- (17:31) What happens when someone hijacks your SIM card? Matthew Miller from ZDNet shows that its a nightmare that gets worse before it gets better.
- (35:57) With E3 in the books, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica highlights three games that have him most excited including the eagerly anticipated remake of Final Fantasy VII.
- (52:14) What exactly does the Pixel 4 leak and the Radiohead mini-disc hack have in common? They are both opportunities from the targets to take control of the message.

Host: Jason Howell

Guests: Brady Dale, Matthew Miller, and Sam Machkovech

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Jun 20, 2019
TNW 87: How Deep is Your Fake
1:08:55

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

- (01:54) Jason Cipriani from CNET shares a number of ways you can lock down the date in your account.
- (14:00) The WWDC dust has settled, and John Gruber from Daring Fireball thinks Apple returned to form by supporting all of its platforms together at once.
- (30:48) The Trevor Project is a non-profit that provides support for LGBTQ youth, and Emily Dreyfus from Wired shares why digital support is so appealing to this community.
- (42:14) Samantha Cole from Vice talks about the strategy that Facebook and Instagram have adopted around dealing with deepfakes like the recent Mark Zuckerberg video posted to Instagram.
- (53:20) Maker Media is closing, and founder Dale Dougherty talks about a possible future in the non-profit space for the company as well as the importance of the maker community.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guests: Jason Cipriani, John Gruber, Emily Dreyfuss, Samantha Cole, and Dale Dougherty

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Jun 13, 2019