Google’s Rigged!; the dangers of opt-out; FTC investigating crowdfunding; Amazon vs Bernie; Yahoo still reading your email; NotPetya, cyberwar; McAfee hacked, again; everything’s better on the blockchain; Alexa & Santa Claus; Nikon; Instagram verification; smart tattoos.

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Show Notes


DNA Tests Quietly Reinforce Terrible and Scientifically Inaccurate Concepts of “Ethnicity”

Lime offers $1.5 million to stay in Santa Monica

Bird, Lime, Lyft, Uber will all be allowed to operate scooters in Santa Monica

SF Finally Issues Scooter Permits – But Kills Lime & Bird

The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups

Contraception app Natural Cycles’ Facebook ad banned for being misleading

New ‘Avengers 4’ theory explains how the ‘Infinity War’ deaths might be undone


Trump Falsely Claims Google Is “Rigged” Against Him

Google expands “digital wellbeing” to show how long you’ve been staring at YouTube

Down With My Health Record

The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money

FTC investigates $700,000 crowdfunding campaign for fraud

Amazon calls Bernie Sanders’ claims ‘inaccurate and misleading’

Action Items at a Distance

Yahoo is still reading some of your emails

Nearly half of the world’s top universities teach blockchain


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the most devastating cyberattack in history

Beware of Tech Companies Bearing Privacy Laws

Micro Managers

Google created “unnecessary risk” for Fortnite users, claims Epic boss

Xage security automation tool could protect power grid from hackers

Researchers find way to spy on remote screens—through the webcam mic

John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ Bitfi wallet got hacked — again

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)


Carbon Copy Cloner

Alexa Is Losing Her Edge

Alexa Is Shielding Children From the Truth

Fireproof human skulls for your gas fireplace, barbecue or fire-pit

Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it

You can now apply to be verified in Instagram

Shooting the Nikon Z7 Full frame Mirrorless Camera

You Can Now View Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks Online


‘Smart’ Tattoos Could Monitor Your Blood Sugar

Disney’s Star Wars Land Will Feature Cantina With Alcoholic Drinks

A Sex Doll ‘Brothel’ Is Opening Up In Toronto Next Month


Clint Dempsey personified U.S. soccer’s dream: developing creative players with attitude, swagger