Dipping into the genetic pool; Airbnb regulations; Lyft & Uber’s bad business models; Bird is not the word; taxing texts; piracy gone wild on YouTube; crypto’s very bad year; Facebook screws up, again; employee spying; Taylor Swift facial recognition crowd monitoring; Boomoji boom; printers still suck; blue light is blinding us.

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Show Notes




Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and Stevie Nicks among 2019 inductees to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams To Pay $5m For ‘Blurred Lines’

Google’s Web of Confusion

Travelers Season 3!


U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year

Airbnb Regulations Coming to Los Angeles

Nearly 100 Lyft drivers sue, complaining of illegally being paid too little

Uber Is Headed for a Crash

14 Months, 120 Cities, $2 Billion: There’s Never Been a Company Like Bird. Is the World Ready?

California Considers Charging Fee to Send Texts Amid Efforts to Make Phone Service Accessible to the Poor

Hiding in plain sight: The YouTubers crowdfunding piracy

YouTube removed 58 million videos last quarter for violating policies

Amazon has officially killed the Whole Foods-Instacart partnership

2018’s tech trends and tribulations in 14 charts

Crypto suffers a black eye after a buzzy $130 million project crumbles

What Porn Streaming Sites Are Doing with Your Data


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Facebook says a new bug allowed apps to access private photos of up to 6.8 million users

Spy and Conquer

Senate Democrats introduce bill to protect your online data

Taylor Swift’s Security Used Facial Recognition Technology to Monitor Concert Crowds for Stalkers. Is That Allowed?

Popular avatar app Boomoji exposed millions of users’ contact lists and location data



HP ENVY Photo 6255 All in One Photo Printer with Wireless Printing, Instant Ink ready (K7G18A)

RAZR Softminer

RØDE Launches Revolutionary RØDECaster Pro – Podcast Production Studio


Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reaches space for the first time

Scientists discover how blue light from screens causes the eye to attack itself