Facebook’s death-feed; RIP middle class, Bitcoin, desktops, Soundcloud, Foursquare; sexual harassment in Silicon Valley; going post-mobile; hidden Airbnb cams; Internet of Things hackery; Cloverfield 2?; Epic Tea Time; silly, Snapchat is for kids!

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Show Notes

INTRO

The “rule of 3″ is over: We’ve entered the devastating age of nonstop collective mourning

The End of the Taxi Era

Uber fined $7.6 million by California utilities commission

The Strain of Always Being on Call

Myth of the middle class: Most Americans don’t even have $1,000 in savings

Wal-Mart pulls plug on smallest store format, shuts 269 stores

Robotic Falcon takes down rogue drones with one shot

IN THE NEWS

Sixty Percent of Women in Tech Say They’ve Been Sexually Harassed

How charging your cellphone in your car costs more, hurts the planet

BREAKING: A European Court Has Ruled That Your Employer Can Snoop On Your Private Online Messages

Prominent Bitcoin developer declares the digital money dead

The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment

PC Does What? Answer: Sit on a Shelf, as 2015 Sales Tank Worldwide

Apple is the only company that managed to sell more PCs this year

The Post-Mobile Era

Former Tech Exec’s New Offering: $199 Flights To Europe From LAX And SFO

SoundCloud Raises $35 Million In Debt Funding

Even With a Universal Deal, Does SoundCloud Have a Future?

Apple’s Latest iPhone Update Will Help You Sleep Better At Night

f.lux

SECURITY HAH!

The Internet of Things That Talk About You Behind Your Back

This Man Was Banned From Playing a Video Game Because of National Security?

Police say they can crack BlackBerry PGP encrypted email

Detect and Disable an Airbnb’s Hidden Wi-Fi Cameras With This Script

Millions of server logs injected with poem inviting them to jump in the river

GM embraces white-hat hackers with public vulnerability disclosure program

Understanding ‘Do Not Track’: Truth and Consequences

Someone could have stolen your Wi-Fi password from this Internet of Things doorbell

Teen Who Hacked CIA Email Is Back to Prank US Spy Chief

A proposed bill in New York would force Apple to allow backdoor access to user data, or be fined

Apple CEO Tim Cook demands Obama White House formally defend Americans’ right to strong encryption

People are using fog cannons for home security, and it’s kind of awesome to watch

AT THE LIBRARY

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel

Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS

Simple code gives access to iPhone’s secret settings, showing extra information on signal strength and call settings

Foursquare Finishes Its Down Round, and CEO Dennis Crowley Steps Away

Snapchat 101: Learn to Love the World’s Most Confusing Social Network

MEDIA CANDY

‘Making a Murderer’: Steven Avery’s Ex-Fiancee Calls Him a ‘Monster,’ Says He’s Guilty

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Martian’ get Oscar nominations

David Bowie breaks Adele’s music video record

The X-Files

THE WEB’S NOT DEAD

Music Fans In Mourning As Justin Bieber Tragically Confirmed Alive And Well

What would $1000 of Apple’s stock bought at the release of the Forrest Gump film be worth today?

This Twitter spat between Emo Kylo Ren and Very Lonely Luke is what the Internet was made for

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

F.lux creators call Apple out for releasing Night Shift after banning their app

Tim Ferriss’s Crowdfunding campaign