Ep 296: Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  November 8, 2018

Oh, Facebook, not again; virtual goes brick & mortar; internet freedom in decline; Google walkout for “real change”; humans are getting botlike; Bird suing cities; House of Cards; Daredevil; Spotify banks on podcasting; Robert Greene; the Winklevi; HQ trivia; spice up your life!

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

LG is putting its self-driving shopping carts to work in Korea

IN THE NEWS

FACEBOOK ALLOWED ADVERTISERS TO TARGET USERS INTERESTED IN “WHITE GENOCIDE” — EVEN IN WAKE OF PITTSBURGH MASSACRE

Facebook opens small business pop-ups in nine Macy’s stores

Private Facebook data from 81,000 accounts discovered on crime forum

Facebook Walks A Tightrope With Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Ad

Hours before U.S. election day, Facebook pulls dozens of accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

Amazon opens its first 4-Star store in California

New Report Says Internet Freedom Has Declined Worldwide

Google employees and contractors participate in global “walkout for real change”

Chrome will block all ads on consistently deceptive websites

Humans Are Getting More Botlike on Twitter

Can cities ban e-scooters in the name of public safety? Bird says no way

AMC hikes prices for its MoviePass rival in 15 states

MEDIA CANDY

House of Cards

Deadwood movie starts production at HBO: Here’s who’s back

This Is Not a Drill: 80 Percent of the Spice Girls Are Reuniting for a Tour

Dead Can Dance Unveil their Surreal Video for “The Mountain”

Piroshka – “Everlastingly Yours”

Spotify Can’t Keep Losing More Than $1 Billion a Year. Can Podcasts Rescue Its Business Model?

AT THE LIBRARY

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

The Jordan Harbinger Show – 117: Robert Greene | What You Need to Know about the Laws of Human Nature

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files Book 9) by Charles Stross

Booksellers Protest Amazon Site’s Move to Drop Stores From Certain Countries

MORON OF THE WEEK

Winklevoss twins claim cryptocurrency guru stole 5,000 bitcoins

HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink

HQ Trivia is on the brink of losing at its own game as its audience continues to shrink

Using ‘Googled’ Images Can Result in License Demands and Legal Threats

E.T., we’re home

Special Guest of Honor! Dr. Drew!

FEEDBACK LOOP

Downtown Bryan introduces first ever self-driving trolleys

Could Blockchain Voting Fix Democracy? Today, It Gets a Test Run

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it’s really, really dumb)

BBC News – Scooter firm pushing for law change

I posted on Instagram about my anti-Semitic trolls and their persistent abuse. Instagram deleted my post

M1 Finance – Team Brian

M1 Finance – Team Jason

Lyft drivers sue, argue that they’re employees rather than contractors

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Jawbreaker, Naked Raygun, Smoking Popes 11/4/18 at Aragon Ballroom