Ep 347: Meh ¯\(ツ)/¯

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 25, 2019

Facebook removes billions of fake accounts; CrossFit leaves FB & IG; Apple privacy-preserving ads; Amazon investors reject all that’s good and holy; gamifying work; security fatigue; how is GDPR doing; Snapchat’s SnapLion; tracking on the tube; delivery robots; disrupting dining; $800 million pizzas; Dave’s got trouble, right here in River City.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

What It’s Like to Write a Finale Your Fans Hate

Google searches for how to cancel HBO spiked after ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

Here’s the first teaser trailer for the new Star Trek: Picard series

IN THE NEWS

Facebook has taken down billions of fake accounts, but the problem is still getting worse

Comments CrossFit, Inc. Suspends Use of Facebook and Associated Properties

Google and Facebook are gonna hate Apple’s new privacy-preserving online ads

Amazon investors reject call to limit facial recognition system sales

The Technology 202: Nuns are leading the charge to pressure Amazon to get religion on facial recognition

Amazon made social mini-games to make warehouse work less bland

GitHub launches Sponsors, lets you pay your favorite open-source contributors

Netflix is releasing 56 new original movies and shows in June – here’s the full list

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Data on millions of Instagram accounts spills onto the internet

GOOGLE HAS STORED SOME PASSWORDS IN PLAINTEXT SINCE 2005

Eric Schmidt on The Jordan Harbinger Show

How Silicon Valley gamed Europe’s privacy rules – The region’s data protection overhaul was supposed to help citizens. Instead, it’s helped Big Tech.

How Is the GDPR Doing?

Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks

Google bots shut down Baltimore officials’ ransomware-workaround Gmail accounts

The Music Man – Trouble… right here in River City!

Snapchat employees reportedly snooped on users with ‘SnapLion’ tool

London’s Tube network to switch on Wi-Fi tracking by default in July

UNCANNY ALGORITHM TURNS STILL PORTRAITS INTO FULL-MOTION VIDEOS

APPS & DOODADS

Presonus Studio 192 USB Interface

Rodecaster Pro

Farrago

THIS TWO-LEGGED ROBOT WILL DELIVER PACKAGES VIA SELF-DRIVING FORDS

SimpleNote

Disrupting the Dining Experience?

Bill to ban the sale of loot boxes to children presses forward with bipartisan support

Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions

BRIC-A-BRAC

Guy Who Spent $800 Million In Bitcoin On Two Pizzas In 2010 Speaks Out

How San Francisco broke America’s heart