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Show Notes


Myspace Looked Like It Was Back. Actually, It Was A Pawn In An Ad Fraud Scheme

We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads.

Ambitious augmented reality earbud startup Doppler Labs shuts down


Twitter employee on last day of job deactivated Trump’s account, company says

A rogue Twitter employee shut down Donald Trump’s account

Google is locking people out of documents, and you should be worried

Only Buy Bitcoin If You’re Ready to Lose It

Bitcoin is too big to ignore, so exchanges are coming up with new ways to trade it

One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week

Uber Might Make More Money This Year Selling Real Estate in Oakland Than Actually Selling Rides

Live updates: Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before Congress again now

Al Franken Tears Into Facebook Counsel at Senate Hearing

Why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not testifying before Congress

Senators blast tech companies over Russian meddling: ‘Do something about it — or we will’

Twitter Offered Russian TV Network 15% Of Its Total Share Of US Elections Advertising

DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize

Dear DNAinfo and Gothamist Readers

Toothbrush subscription service Quip raises $10 million

Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app

What it’s like to live in Phoenix? “Waymo units all over the damn place”

Colorado Is Moving Forward With Plans for a $24 Billion Hyperloop


Watching This Neural Network Render Truly Photorealistic Faces Is Creepy and Mesmerizing

But what *is* a Neural Network? | Deep learning, Part 1

Gradient descent, how neural networks learn | Deep learning, part 2


Sony Wants to Sell You a Subscription to a Robot Dog



IKEA’s smart lighting officially supports HomeKit

Day One

Audible’s new romance audiobooks service uses machine learning to jump to the sex scenes

Controlling your Sonos with Amazon Alexa

How to enjoy my Synology NAS music on iTunes (Mac)

Toilet paper roll takes down drone during soccer match

Apple isn’t saving bra photos — but your iPhone is looking at boobs


Netflix Cancels ‘House Of Cards’, Says It’s “Deeply Troubled” Over Kevin Spacey Claims

Netflix Suspends Production on House of Cards Indefinitely Amid Kevin Spacey Scandal

The Grand Tour Season 2 – Dec 8th

The Grand Tour: Season 2 Trailer

Vintage Video: Watch 3 of Oingo Boingo’s epic Halloween concerts from 1987 and 1990

Stranger Things 2

Whisper – Horror short


New My Bloody Valentine album and tour confirmed by Kevin Shields


Relic – 1996 by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

What Does This Button Do? An Autobiography By: Bruce Dickinson

Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long by Robert A. Heinlein

Borderlands Books Buys Permanent Home Thanks to Patrons’ Sponsorship


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Fear the Reaper, or Reaper Madness?

ReplyAll #109 Is Facebook Spying on You?

Ep 226: A Badder Meinhof – September 11, 2017

Facebook swears they aren’t recording your conversations

Does Facebook Use Your Phone’s Microphone To Eavesdrop On Your Conversations?

All websites running WordPress urged to update NOW

Apple Warned About Evil Wi-Fi Attack That Installs Malware On iPhones

Researcher: ‘We Should Be Worried’ This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

Signal launches true desktop app, giving you zero excuse to not use it

Malware Mash


German railway wants to name a train after Anne Frank—and the internet is outraged

Google CEO addresses hamburger emoji debate


Visual Studio Code

X1 Social Discovery