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Show Notes


After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong again

“Look we’re just an (AI) Platform”…

AIM will shut down after 20 years

Thank you for being an AIM user – we loved working on this product for you.

Bad Job

The Last Human Job

Feel Tired All the Time? “Social Jet Lag” May be to Blame

The Threat of Big Tech Is Real

How Strava is building a niche social network for athletes — without ads

Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter two years ago — but he still hasn’t saved the company

Google Will No Longer Allow Users to Skirt Paywalls Using Its Search Engine

AAA: Distracted Driving Now Standard in New Cars, Thanks to In-Dash Devices

Researchers: Uber’s iOS App Had Secret Permissions That Allowed It to Copy Your Phone Screen

Blockchains: How They Work and Why They’ll Change the World


The Universal Translator is Real Now, Get Ready to Make Alien Friends

[Upgraded Version] AhaStyle AirPods Silicone Case Shock Proof Protective Cover for Apple AirPods (Midnight Blue)


Star Trek: Discovery (or as we now call it, Star Trek: Upptäckt

How Blade Runner’s Different Cuts Change the Movie: a Visual Explainer

Netflix Raises U.S. Subscription Prices for New and Existing Customers

Nearly four million people in the U.S. still subscribe to Netflix DVDs by mail

‘The Worst Kickstarter Movie Campaign in History’ Finally Got Made

Microsoft gives up on Groove Music, switches customers to Spotify

Get an Eerily Well-Personalized Throwback Playlist on Spotify

‘Boil the Frog’ creates a seamless playlist between any two musical artists

Rock Hall of Fame 2018 Nominees Revealed: Vote for Your Top 5 Now

Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein


Paradox Bound by Peter Clines


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Yahoo says all 3 billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft

Is It Lights Out For Kaspersky After Latest NSA Disaster?

Crazy but true – Apple’s “show hint” button reveals your actual password

What You Should Know About the Sonic Credit Card Hack

There’s no law they can pass against stupid, House committee tells ex Equifax CEO

Someone dressed like the Monopoly guy is photobombing the Senate’s Equifax hearing

IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax

Airport Face Scans Could Be a Dry Run for a National Surveillance System

Russians took a page from corporate America by using Facebook tool to ID and influence voters

Suspected Dark Web drug dealer undone by his own beard


Ryan Gosling Is Obsessed With the Avatar Font in the Funniest Sketch of Saturday Night Live’s Season Premiere

Eight Uniquely Los Angeles Experiences That There Should Be A German Word For

Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation

The Plate Show

Muaddib Plate


Financial Firm Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Will Pay $5 Million for Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities

The Millennial Walt Disney

Logarithmic Graph Paper


Nearly half of America doesn’t benefit from Dow 22,000


Interesing Youtube video by Dustin from SmarterEveryDay on the 23andMe security.

Google Clips camera lays the groundwork for our AI-powered future

Amazon Echo Silver

The Big Problem With Self-Driving Cars Is People

“Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” (Edith Piaf)” on YouTube

The 99 Critical Shots in Quiz Bowl

Comment: Wake up, Sonia Kruger! There are real risks to a national facial recognition database

Turn off Auto-play in Chrome

Terrarium TV


RIP Tom Petty