Nomophobia; Bad hombres & nasty women; Uber drone ads; fact-checking fails; false unlimited data; 50TB of stolen classified data; Lessig’s high road; creepy VR games; Amazon Echo; new Queen; facial recognition; this check goes to $11; the unreadable web.

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Show Notes

INTRO & FOLLOW-UP

I’m done pretending that Silicon Valley tech is visionary

FOLLOW-UP & IN THE NEWS

Nomophobia

Uber’s Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic

Tesla won’t let you use your self-driving Model X to drive for Uber

Trevor Bauer’s ALCS Start Pushed Back After He Hurt His Hand Fixing A Drone

You can now be fined or prosecuted for bringing a Samsung Note 7 on a plane

Google News Is Adding a “Fact-Check” Tag. Good Timing.

First Click: Where’s the Facebook fact checker America so desperately needs?

Facebook’s friend-based Recommendations take on Yelp By Nicole Lee

The iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack has turned out just fine

FCC Fines T-Mobile For Abusing The Definition Of ‘Unlimited’ Data

Bill Belichick is through with the NFL’s Surface tablets

Apple to announce new Macs on October 27th, Recode confirms

Now Amazon has a music exclusive, too: It’s the only place to stream Garth Brooks

Who Made Domino’s Great Again?

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

The CyberWire Podcast (iTunes Link)

Feds: NSA contractor stole at least 50TB worth of highly classified data

The surveillance state goes local: Area police departments may be using Stingray technology to spy on you without a warrant — and the Feds don’t want you to know

Facebook caught an office intruder using the controversial surveillance tool it just blocked

Police should rein in facial recognition programs, says new report

Facial recognition technology is taking over US, says privacy group

Cops’ facial recognition database has half of US adults on file

If You’re Ever Dissed in a Hacked Email, Try to Respond Like Larry Lessig

AT THE LIBRARY

Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony Hawk

The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS

Let’s Play Summer Lesson, PlayStation VR’s Most Unexpectedly Creepy Game

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black

Amazon Echo – Black

CARROT Weather

MEDIA CANDY

Queen on Air

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest

‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek says Maryland contestant’s favorite music genre is for ‘losers’

‘Who is Alex Trebek?’ disses the ‘Jeopardy!’ host for hating on nerdcore

Watch: SNL’s skit of a Honda humanoid robot demo is spot on

Big Bottom Line: Harry Shearer Files $125 Million Lawsuit Over This Is Spinal Tap Profits

CBS joins YouTube’s streaming TV service, set to launch in early 2017

Goliath

OOOH FANCY

The Dutch Reach: Clever Workaround to Keep Cyclists from Getting “Doored”

THE WEB’S NOT DEAD

Danny Elfman Wrote a Horror Movie Score Specifically For the Footage of Trump Looming Over Hillary

AOL Reissues Classic “50 Hours Free!”CD on Vinyl

How the Web Became Unreadable by Kevin Marks

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it’s more likely than not

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Jason on YouPic