A holiday potpourri of delights: Force blockers; internet famous, cash poor; Elon Musk; Taylor Swift; music windowing; driverless cars; phishing, hacking & drone nets; the fate of Abrams; schadenfreude’n Shkreli; new Yule log v2; Tiffani Amber Thiessen!

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Show Notes


How to Block Tech Rumors and Movie Spoilers on the Web

Force Block: the Star Wars spoiler blocker

Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame

Are The Economics Of Internet Fame Really So Sad?

Massive high school texting scandal results in… sanity!


FBI Says San Bernardino Jihad Messages Were DMs, Not Posts

Say Hello To Uber On Messenger

Ousted tenants sue after their former rent-controlled L.A. apartments are listed on Airbnb

Brazilian Judge Shuts Down WhatsApp And Brazil’s Congress Wants To Shut Down The Social Web Next

WhatsApp Is Back on in Brazil. But Why Was It Blocked in the First Place?

How Elon Musk Plans on Reinventing the World (and Mars)

Lightbulb DRM: Philips Locks Purchasers Out Of Third-Party Bulbs With Firmware Update

Taylor Swift Wants Artists to Stand Up for Themselves. This One Did—Against Taylor Swift.

The Music Industry Just Won a $17 Million Lawsuit Against a Grooveshark Clone

BREAKING: CRB Rate Ruling: $.0017 for Pandora et al, SoundExchange wanted $.0025

Three Simple Steps To Fix The Record Business in 2016… Windows, Windows, Windows…

Musicians Are Attacking The Wrong Enemy

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw

California Puts Driverless Cars Into Reverse


Last-Minute Budget Bill Allows New, Privacy-Invading Surveillance in the Name of Cybersecurity

Hackers actively exploit critical vulnerability in sites running Joomla

Phishing Breach Results in $750,000 HIPAA Penalty

How a Camera Can See Around a Corner

A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone

Tokyo Police Unveil Net-Wielding Interceptor Drone

FAA Announces Drone Owners Must Register by February 19

The Joy of Getting Hacked

Office of Inadequate Security


Happiness Doesn’t Bring Good Health, Study Finds

Irish-rock band Ceann re-forms after the tragic loss of its singer


Sandworms of Dune

The Rhesus Chart – A Laundry Files Novel by Charles Stross


‘The Force Awakens’ Premiere: Three Theaters, Confiscated Phones & Metal Detectors

Fox Just Snuck Out The First Trailer For ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Star Trek Beyond – Trailer (2016)

“Battlestar Galactica” meets “Game of Thrones”: Syfy’s “The Expanse” captivates with mesmerizing detail and human stakes

Apple Gets a Giant Taylor Swift Concert Exclusive (Because It Paid Taylor Swift)

Stop ambushing your fans: Unless you’re Beyoncé, the surprise release lost its charm years ago

‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser: First Look At Showtime Revival Of David Lynch Drama


Martin Shkreli Accused of Being Surprisingly Good at Fraud

Martin Shkreli, the CEO that hiked price of HIV-treating drug, arrested on securities fraud charges

Internet Rejoices as Reviled Pharma Kingpin Martin Shkreli Is Arrested

No, the FBI doesn’t have Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Clan album


A Day in the Life of Americans

Engadget’s guide to the 2016 presidential election

Five hours of Darth Vader’s burning corpse will replace your Yule Log

Cool Video Reveals Why People in Old Movies Talked Funny

Angry Metal Worker Makes Video Debunking ‘Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams’ 9/11 Meme

Pessimists Archive


Sean Bonner’s Newsletter

Donut Friend

The Art of Coop

Charles Mingus’ “Top Secret” Eggnog Recipe Contains “Enough Alcohol to Put Down an Elephant”