Google’s April Fool’s joke; Gig economy falters; millennials love Facebook; Spotify pivoting to video, because money; Messenger becoming a platform; hospitals need security, badly; FBI opening more phones; not so smooth drone operators; the Rift is here.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Google launches worst corporate April Fools joke ever, quickly takes it down

Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate

Study: People Who Point Out Typos Are Jerks

IN THE NEWS

A 52-year-old tech journalist went to work for a startup. It did not go well.

Are Young People Leaving Facebook? Not Even Close. (Chart)

Most Snapchat Users Are Breaking The Law Without Even Realising

Airbnb Scams L.A. Out Of $41 Million Each Year, Study Says

New report reveals Airbnb revenue in Los Angeles driven by “illegal hotels”

The Difference Between Music Fans That Pay, and Music Fans That Don’t

What Does Spotify Want to Buy With a Billion Dollars?

With $340 million in revenue, Nest is underperforming, and its future at Google is at risk

The New York Times May Make It Harder to Use Facebook and Twitter to Jump Its Paywall

Behind Facebook Messenger’s plan to be an app platform

Facebook preps in-store purchases for Messenger

Linux command-line tools are coming to Windows 10

SECURITY HAH!

Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Medstar Washington Hospital

Mattel fought elusive cyber-thieves to get $3M out of China

Developer’s 11 lines of deleted code ‘breaks the internet’

Security experts: what’s wrong with Internet of Things security, and how to fix it

Wireless tech means safer drones, smarter homes and password-free WiFi

The CIA Accidentally Left Explosive Material on a School Bus

FBI already called in to unlock another murder case iPhone

Nearly 1,500 vulnerabilities found in automated medical equipment

DOJ defies court order to turn over spyware code used against Tor

Dark Web’s got a bad rap: 7 in 10 want it shut down

The FAA Logged More Than 500 Drone Incidents in Six Months

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Pagan

Drone General Rules

Drone Business Rules

SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS

Oculus Rift review: High-end VR is here — if you can pay

Video: We Rode Magic Mountain’s Virtual Reality Coaster

Amazon will let you order Trojans and Doritos from a plastic button on your fridge

This founder says he caught Gogo charging him $40 for months — now he’s launched a startup so you’ll never get ripped off by sneaky subscriptions again

MEDIA CANDY

Science Channel Reviving ‘MythBusters,’ Seeking Hosts via Reality Series (Exclusive)

Top Gear: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc star in first trailer for revamped show

Steve Jobs

THE STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS DELETED SCENES LOOK CRAZY EXCITING

The Matrix Fan Theory That Makes Agent Smith the True ‘One’

MORON OF THE WEEK

THE WORST CORPORATE SOCIAL MEDIA FAILS OF ALL TIME

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Eggplant Mail

Whistle’s ‘Fitbit for dogs’ acquired by Mars Petcare

Teens would sell their personal data instead of working

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Hope Solo and four other top female players accuse U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination