2018, hold my alt-right beer & raw water; robots & robocalls; cryptocurrencies; Magic Leap; Affinity & Xfinity; Live PD; Bright, Black Mirror, Lovesick & X-Files; drunk on a plane movie reviews; Meltdown & Spectre; Apple’s oops; Clash Royale Clans.
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When Did the Do Not Call List Stop Working?
Robocalls were worse than ever in 2017
The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine
SERIOUSLY, YOU—OK, WE—NEED TO STOP WATCHING THE NEWS THIS YEAR
IN THE NEWS
“OH MY GOD, THIS IS SO F—ED UP”: INSIDE SILICON VALLEY’S SECRETIVE, ORGIASTIC DARK SIDE
Fuck Off Google
City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto
British Regulators Ban eHarmony Ad for Claiming Service Is ‘Scientifically Proven’
Snapchat Keeps Rolling Out Changes to Try to Revive Its User Growth
Instagram Is Getting Less Intimate
Facebook stops putting “Disputed Flags” on fake news because it doesn’t work
Airbnb Defeats Aimco Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Subleases
Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit
Germany starts enforcing hate speech law
Microsoft Halts Bitcoin Transactions Because It’s An “Unstable Currency”
APPS & DOODADS
Video game addiction will become a recognized mental health disorder in 2018
Magic Leap One
Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles
CAN MAGIC LEAP DELIVER ON ITS BIG HARDWARE REVEAL?
A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance
7 Minute Work Out App
‘Live PD’: Secrets Behind A&E’s Addictive Cop Show, and How It Almost Goes Off the Rails Each Week
Netflix is officially making a ‘Bright’ sequel
Black Mirror Season 4
Travelers Season 2
Podnews by James Cridland
No Such Thing as a Fish
Watch the trailer for Netflix’s new food travel series Somebody Feed Phil
Lovesick, Season 3
Master of None
Kingsman: Golden Circle
Battle of the Sexes
Nirvirna – Teen Sprite
Showtime debuts new trailer for upcoming XTC documentary, ‘This Is Pop’
AT THE LIBRARY
The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy by Judith L. Pearson
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House By: Michael Wolff
Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse (Empire Games) by Charles Stross
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe by Charles Stross
Ep 194: 2 1/2 Minutes to Midnight
Agency by William Gibson
Meltdown and Spectre
Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it
Critical flaws revealed to affect most Intel chips since 1995
Today’s CPU vulnerability: what you need to know
Meltdown and Spectre – enterprise action plan
Intel Responds to Security Research Findings
Degraded performance after forced reboot due to AWS instance maintenance
Critical Unpatched Flaws Disclosed In Western Digital ‘My Cloud’ Storage Devices
That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV
I mentioned traveling in one iMessage and one Slack message this evening. Now Facebook is showing me an OpenTable ad for the city I mentioned.
The 99 best things that happened in 2017
MORON OF THE WEEK
Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid
Dangerous raw water prices are skyrocketing to $60 as Silicon Valley’s latest trend flies off the shelves
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop suggests you use coffee to clean your poop chute. Don’t.
Apple’s flagship Chicago retail store wasn’t designed to handle snow
Top 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts everyone should know