Ep 214: Evil as a Service

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  June 19, 2017

Amazon & Whole Foods; Goop Gone Wild; Uber’s Peace Room; Snap down; Katybot; Goodbye, Hello; Russian vending machines; iPads; The Dollar, TJ Miller & The Grift; Planet of the Apps; Rakka; Rise & Fall of D.O.D.O; Mac Ransomware; Piñata drones; where’s Henry?


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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Inside Gwyneth Paltrow’s ridiculous Goop summit
http://nypost.com/2017/06/11/inside-gwyneth-paltrows-ridiculous-goop-summit/

Intravenous hydration drips, celebrity healers, and crystal therapy: Inside the very first Goop summit
https://qz.com/1002165/goop-summit-2017-inside-the-wellness-industrial-complex/

aStore Retirement Fact Sheet
https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/node/topic/202116720?ref_=pe_2511080_242170260

Amazon granted a patent that prevents in-store shoppers from online price checking
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/15/15812986/amazon-patent-online-price-checking

Pornhub Will Show Its 75 Million Daily Visitors Why Net Neutrality Matters
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pornhub-will-show-its-75-million-daily-visitors-why-net-neutrality-matters

IN THE NEWS

Uber’s culture crisis
https://www.recode.net/2017/2/23/14717030/uber-culture-crisis-travis-kalanick-sexism-diversity-allegations

Arianna Huffington’s speech to Uber staff: A ‘new Uber’ will emerge from crisis
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/13/15794788/uber-crisis-travis-kalanick-arianna-huffington-speech-no-brilliant-jerks-war-peace-room

The Covington Recommendations
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1s08BdVqCgrUVM4UHBpTGROLXM/view

Google is God, Facebook is love and Uber is ‘frat rock,’ says brand strategy expert Scott Galloway
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/12/15779424/scott-galloway-nyu-google-facebook-uber-apple-snapchat-netflix-new-york-times-kara-swisher-podcast

Amazon will be the first company worth $1 trillion, NYU’s Scott Galloway says
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/12/15779318/amazon-scott-galloway-jeff-bezos-retail-stores-automation-cashiers-jobs-kara-swisher-recode-decode

Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase Isn’t Just About Groceries. It’s About Everything.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/06/16/amazon_buying_whole_foods_isn_t_just_about_groceries_it_s_about_everything.html

Snap, Inc. falls to IPO price
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/06/15/snap-inc-falls-ipo-price/102892650/

The internet is finally going to change the movie business, and it could cost theaters billions
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/12/15783110/netflix-hollywood-movies-windows-home-streaming-regal-cinemark-moffettnathanson

Katy Perry Removes All Doubt About Chatbots Going Mainstream
https://chatbotsmagazine.com/katy-perry-removes-all-doubt-about-chatbots-going-mainstream-b29ce7d76ed8

America’s Health-Care Crisis Is a Gold Mine for Crowdfunding
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-12/america-s-health-care-crisis-is-a-gold-mine-for-crowdfunding

The Company Behind WordPress Is Shutting Its Office Because Too Many Employees Work Remotely
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/06/13/the_company_behind_wordpress_is_shutting_its_office_because_too_many_employees.html

Sleep monitoring startup Hello is seeking a savior
https://www.axios.com/sleep-monitoring-startup-hello-is-seeking-a-savior-2440430553.html

Sleep Tracking Startup Hello to Shut Down After Fitbit Deal Falls Through
http://fortune.com/2017/06/12/hello-sleep-tracking-shut-down/

Facebook comment leads to death sentence for man, death of discourse for mankind
https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/06/12/facebook-blasphemy-death-sentence-affects-us-all/

APPS & DOODADS

Overcast
https://overcast.fm/

Will.I.Am’s Buttons
https://iamplus.com/buttons/

In Russia, You Can Buy Instagram Likes From a Vending Machine
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/06/you-can-buy-instagram-likes-from-a-russian-vending-machine.html

Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802200/google-backup-and-sync-app-announced-drive-feature

Gamers aren’t buying the VR hype, and game makers are quietly hedging their bets
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/13/e3-virtual-reality-isnt-really-catching-on-with-gamers.html

Monument Valley 2
https://www.monumentvalleygame.com/

MEDIA CANDY

The Geeks & Beats Podcast Returns July 5th!
http://www.geeksandbeats.com/2017/06/podcast-season-5/

Down the Rabbit Hole
http://downtherabbitholelive.com

The Dollop on Uber
https://soundcloud.com/the-dollop/271-uber

EPISODE 877: NERDIST PODCAST – T.J. MILLER #3
http://nerdist.com/nerdist-podcast-t-j-miller-3/

The Grift Podcast with Maria Konnikova
http://thegriftpodcast.com/

Every Excuse The Americans Has Used to Hide Henry Jennings Offscreen
http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/the-americans-where-is-henry-jennings.html

War Dogs
http://www.wardogsthemovie.com

Planet of the Apps
https://www.planetoftheapps.com/

If Starship Troopers Was Serious, Its Trailer Would Look Like This
http://io9.gizmodo.com/if-starship-troopers-was-serious-its-trailer-would-loo-1796030260

Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Rakka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjQ2t_yNHQs

Sigourney Weaver Is a Futuristic Badass in the New Short Film From District 9’s Neill Blomkamp
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/06/16/watch_neill_blomkamp_s_new_short_film_starring_sigourney_weaver.html

Naperville Rib Fest – July 1st
http://www.ribfest.net/july-1-tickets

AT THE LIBRARY

Margaret Atwood says it’s “a form of slavery to force women to have children they can’t afford”
https://mic.com/articles/178888/margaret-atwood-says-its-a-form-of-slavery-to-force-women-to-have-children-they-cant-afford#.Kl2KfIanN

Women wear ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes during protest against Texas anti-abortion bills
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/332565-reproductive-rights-advocates-protest-texas-bills-in-the-handmaids-tale

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
http://amzn.to/2sw9km6

Dead Men Can’t Complain and Other Stories by: Peter Clines
https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Dead-Men-Cant-Complain-and-Other-Stories-Audiobook/B06XX21WQN/

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire
http://www.thecyberwire.com/

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Cyber firms warn of malware that could cause power outages
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-attack-utilities-idUSKBN1931EG

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-13/russian-breach-of-39-states-threatens-future-u-s-elections

For $500, this site promises the power to track a phone and intercept its texts
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15794292/ss7-hack-dark-web-tap-phone-texts-cyber-crime

Inmates fly mobile phones, drugs and porn into jail — via drone
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/15/inmates-increasingly-look-drones-smuggle-contraband-into-their-cells/102864854/#

FREE MAC-BASED RANSOMWARE-AS-A-SERVICE MACRANSOM SURFACES
https://threatpost.com/free-mac-based-ransomware-as-a-service-macransom-surfaces/126204/

More evidence Mac ransomware exists
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/06/15/more-mac-ransomware-666-and-7-days-to-pay/

FEEDBACK LOOP

How Placed Works
https://www.placed.com/how-it-works

eToro – Follow @MartinsZB
http://etoro.tw/2swKvG4

Crypto-gram for June 15, 2017
https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2017/0615.html

Forgotify Only Plays Spotify Songs That No One Has Ever Played Before
https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/30/forgotify-only-plays-spotify-songs-that-no-one-has-ever-played-before/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Steve Kowch
http://kowchmedia.com/

Pro Podcasting School by Jason DeFillippo
http://propodcasting.school/

Canvas on Demand
http://www.canvasondemand.com/

Quip
http://quip.com/

L.A. To Light Bat-Signal On Thursday Night In Honor Of Adam West
http://laist.com/2017/06/14/bat_signal.php