Tech news overload; Uber background checks; Twitter’s lack of “bandwidth”; Apple autonomous cars; AI decision learning tree bullcrappery; Prime Day; Google fined; Moviepass copycats; Facebook’s many problems; facial recognition; Samsam, election, IoT attacks.

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Show Notes




Dude Figures Out How Much He’s Actually Making Per Hour Driving For Uber

Yvette Nicole Brown Is Taking Over Walking Dead Post-Show Hosting Duties

Uber drivers are now subject to ‘continuous’ background checks

Twitter says it doesn’t ‘have the bandwidth’ to fix verification right now

Apple continues to ramp up testing of its self-driving car technology in California

Apple adds 11 cars to its California fleet of autonomous test vehicles

Ex-Apple employee pleads not guilty in trade secret case

Kodak Bitcoin mining ‘scam’ evaporates


AI Weekly: How to regulate facial recognition to preserve freedom

Academic expert says Google and Facebook’s AI researchers aren’t doing science

Facebook AI Research Expands With New Academic Collaborations

The $24 billion chatbot industry sucks because it needs better AI

Quick guide to understand the hype around ‘deep learning’

A beginner’s guide to AI: Computer vision and image recognition

New AI Algorithm Can Fix Grainy Images Without Looking at Clean Photos

Digital Surgery’s AI platform guides surgical teams through complex procedures

Amazon AI predicts users’ musical tastes based on playback duration

Google is using AI to see inside the brain like never before

Microsoft and National Geographic team up on AI research grant

IBM researchers train AI to follow code of ethics

Haven Life uses AI to underwrite life insurance for noncitizens and people with chronic illnesses

An app that uses AI to help you improve your basketball shot just raised $4 million

CareDash detects fraudulent reviews with the help of AI

DeepMind, Elon Musk and others pledge not to make autonomous AI weapons

Watch out, birders: Artificial intelligence has learned to spot birds from their songs

Artificial Intelligence Is Automating Hollywood. Now, Art Can Thrive.

Promethean AI uses artificial intelligence to help artists fill out game worlds

Former soldiers use AI to wage war on convenience store lines

AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work

Amazon Boycott Unites Workers, Gamers, Shoppers For Prime Day Protest

Amazon’s Website Is Not Having a Great Prime Day

Amazon’s Prime Day again became the biggest sales day in its history

Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android antitrust violations

Google suggests it may have to start charging device makers to use Android

Six questions you were afraid to ask about Google’s EU antitrust case

MoviePass is using you to ruin the movies

Check Out Sinemia, the MoviePass Competitor

Facebook moderators’ disturbing policies exposed in undercover footage

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it

The cameras that know if you’re happy – or a threat

Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election

Mark Zuckerberg says Holocaust deniers are making an honest mistake

New law forces Airbnb to open its books to New York authorities

Airbnb warned it breaches EU rules over pricing policy

IBM demands $167 million from Groupon for using its patents

BMW launches a luxury ridesharing service in Seattle


Adjustable Overbed Sofa Table Couch Laptop Table Portable Computer Desk from 27.6″ to 39.4″ on wheels Laptop Cart for Hospital and Home Office with Bracket

Moment Pro Camera iOS App

ThinkGeek Star Wars Coffee Press R2D2 Limited Edition 4 Cup French Press – Includes Glass Carafe, Plunger & Filter

Tank Military Edition

Target has a secret app for superfans, and it looks like Instagram

Couple Who Sold Illicit Streaming Devices Have Been Jailed For Five Years

5 Million Americans Will Cut Their Cable TV in 2018

Opener is the latest startup to reveal plans for a personal aircraft

Larry Page is quietly amassing a ‘flying car’ empire

Crazy People


Jim Jeffries – This is me now

Bill Maher – Live from Oklahoma

Lawsuit claims ‘S-Town’ exploited John B. McLemore

Blade Runner 2049

Justice League

The Post

HBO has ordered a science fiction series from Joss Whedon


Unseen Academicals

SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2 by Craig Alanson

All Systems Red (Kindle Single): The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Starship Grifters (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) by Robert Kroese



The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Samsam infected thousands of LabCorp systems via brute force RDP

Half a Billion IoT Devices Vulnerable to DNS Rebinding Attacks

Microsoft discloses first known hacking attempts in midterm elections

Microsoft asks Congress to regulate facial recognition technology

ACLU calls for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition technologies

Smart TVs are invading privacy and should be investigated, senators say

American Engineer Faces Prison for Stashing US Navy Drone Secrets on His Dropbox

A $225 GPS spoofer can send sat-nav-guided vehicles into oncoming traffic


Digital Exile: How I Got Banned for Life from AirBnB

Yes, open office plans are the worst

Hang on, there’s a fucking Portillo’s in Buena Park, CA? H/T to friend of the show Brian!

BBC Sound Effects Beta


Elon Musk’s kid-submarine was ‘a PR stunt,’ Thailand cave rescue diver says

Ugh, Elon Musk attacks British diver who called his submarine ‘just a PR stunt’

Tesla investors demand Elon Musk apologize for calling Thailand diver ‘pedo’

After Elon Musk’s ‘Pedo’ Tweet, Tesla Shares Fall 4% as Some Investors Worry About His Erratic Behavior

Elon Musk apologizes for calling cave diver a ‘pedo guy’

Elon Musk Unmasked as Top Donor to House Republican PAC

Elon Musk calls British diver who helped rescue Thai schoolboys ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter outburst

People Are Donating Money To Kylie Jenner So She Becomes Youngest Billionaire

Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.


I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives

Obike pulls out of Singapore and I can’t get my deposit back

CR Researchers Find Facebook Privacy Settings Maximize Data Collection

MasterChef finalist caught in conveyancer hack recovers half her money, but could still be homeless


Brian’s Dad Memorial Playlist