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Show Notes


Disney gets federal permission to fly drones over theme parks

An A.I. Glossary

MoviePass parent company under investigation for fraud

Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ was meant to be shredded completely

DNA encoded audio within matt black paint

Eight Scooters Dumped In Venice Canals

Streaming Exclusives Will Drive Users Back To Piracy And The Industry Is Largely Oblivious



Tesla quietly drops “full self-driving” option as it adds $45,000 Model 3

eBay accuses Amazon of illegally poaching its sellers

The Big Lie Behind the “Pivot to Video”

The new hotness for tech billionaires? Do-gooder investments they can write off on their taxes.

Microsoft executive allegedly attempted to embezzle $1.5 million

Uber is testing an on-demand staffing service

Withings founder launches Zoov to fix ebike sharing mess

Virtual reality experience forces people to lose their jobs and homes, boosts empathy

How blockchain will allow for fewer counterfeit goods and faster product recalls

‘The Simpsons’ ‘Treehouse Of Horror Episode XXX’ Will Be Episode 666


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story

Apple products are designed to protect your privacy.

Get a copy of the data associated with your Apple ID account

Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out

DHS Downplays Report That Data Thieves Are Selling Millions of Voters’ Data

Honeywell Hides Selling US Gov Banned Chinese Video Surveillance


Beddr debuts FDA-registered SleepTuner wearable to monitor sleep disorders

Amazon’s Alexa ‘whisper mode’ starts rolling out today

iPad Comparison

It’s official: Apple sends out invitations for the new iPad event on October 30

Chrome 70 brings picture-in-picture support to Windows and Mac


Insects Are Rapidly Disappearing Around The World, Leaving Scientists Horrified

4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience

Wisconsin Brewery Rolls Out a Candy Corn Beer

The dream of DisneyQuest is dead

Dogs Might Understand Human Words Better Than We Suspected, Study Shows