Ep 197: Last Night in Sweden

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  February 20, 2017

Alphabet’s Loon is a go; PewDiePie bye-bye; Zuckerberg’s opus; Not-Unlimited plans are back; robot tax; Uber Q&As; Pornhub providing sex-ed; self-flying taxes & fire-spewing drones; crossing borders with phones; Gaiman’s Norse Mythology; emotional labor.

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Show Notes

INTRO

A breakthrough in Alphabet’s balloon-based internet project means it might actually work

IN THE NEWS

PewDiePie loses Disney deal as a result of anti-Semitic imagery

YouTube cancels PewDiePie’s original series following Nazi controversy

PewDiePie’s Fall Shows the Limits of ‘LOL JK’

Google AdSense Terminates Relationship With Anti-Semitic And Holocaust-Denying Websites After Media Matters Criticism

YouTube will never make you sit through a 30-second ad again after this year

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wrote a 6,000-word letter addressing fake news and saving the world

Mark Zuckerberg Posts 6,000-Word Status Update About Nothing

Why every US carrier suddenly changed their unlimited plan this week

Bill Gates: If robots take your jobs, they should pay taxes

Bill Gates says robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes

European parliament calls for robot law, rejects robot tax

Car celebrity Richard Hammond talks about launching the DriveTribe startup

DriveTribe

Uber can’t even fake concern for drivers in Q&A session

Uber exec broke ethics rule when lobbying about rights at Chicago airports

Airbnb sued by major US apartment landlord

Facebook is launching an app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

Caavo, the stealth company co-founded by the late Blake Krikorian, reveals its eight-port TV set-top box

Alanis Morissette Robbed of $2 Million Worth of Jewelry: Report

Pornhub launches online sex education centre because no-one else is doing it

Chinese drone maker EHang to provide Dubai with world’s first self-flying taxis this summer!

Power Company Sends Fire-Spewing Drone to Burn Trash Off High-Voltage Wires

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Shopping for W2s, Tax Data on the Dark Web

SMTP STRICT TRANSPORT SECURITY COMING SOON TO GMAIL, OTHER WEBMAIL PROVIDERS

Your computer is a cookie that you can’t delete

A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone

A Guide to Getting Past Customs With Your Digital Privacy Intact

The Privacy Enthusiast’s Guide to Using an iPhone

Users Continue to Install Malware on Their Phone 5 Years After Adobe Discontinued Flash for Android

AT THE LIBRARY

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s Next Book Will Be the Long-Awaited Sequel to Neverwhere

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

APPS & DOODADS

Report: HMD to resurrect legendary Nokia 3310 at Mobile World Congress

Amazon Chime

FruitJuice

A Gmail plugin to do “emotional labor”

Grammarly

June Oven

Germans warned to DESTROY Cayla, network-connected doll that spies on children

Mixer – The Private Network for Creatives

Raya

Snap created a “How to Use Snapchat” video for Wall Street

MEDIA CANDY

Stephen Colbert’s anti-Trump experiment is starting to work

JJ Abrams and Stephen King are creating another Hulu series

Planet of the Apps

Apple’s new TV show has Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will.i.am telling people why their app ideas are terrible

Eddy Cue: Apple is ‘working on new features’ for podcasts

This 10-Hour Recording of Arctic Icebreaker Noises is the Year’s Best Ambient Album

Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins reunite as Poptone, will resurrect old bands’ music on U.S. tour
GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN MCAFEE

Listen to a previously unreleased Weird Al Beatles parody, Pac-Man

MORON OF THE WEEK

An Antivaxxer And Robert De Niro Just Announced A $100,000 “Challenge” Over Vaccine Safety

The Vaccine Safety Challenge Is Beyond Stupid

Department of Defense bans Nickelback from being played

CNN host shuts down guest for making ‘fake news’ claim

Don Lemon got real (drunk) on New Year’s Eve

BRIC-A-BRAC

What Does Your Flight Number Mean?

The Missing Person Who Joined Her Own Search Party

The internet reacts predictably to Trump’s mysterious Sweden incident

There’s A Huge Pool Of Molten Carbon Under The States That Could Kill

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

FEEDBACK LOOP

$10 off DigitalOcean

Linode

phyphox – physical phone experiments

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

SpaceX