Ep 307: Alexa, I’m Leaving

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  December 20, 2018

Facebook’s bad policies continue, but hey, blockchain; Russian social media influence; Wikipedia’s “nuclear option”; Verizon writes off Oath; Grumpy Old Birds; secondhand MP3s; Alexa Guard; teasers & trailers; 2010; WallCoin; glitter bombs & Bambi.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

How to Prepare for a Recession as a Freelancer

Genetic information as self-fulfilling prophecy

Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse – Use on Any Surface, Hyper-Fast Scrolling, Ergonomic Shape, Rechargeable, Control up to 3 Apple Mac and Windows Computers (Bluetooth or USB), Graphite

IN THE NEWS

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago

Walt Mossberg, Veteran Technology Journalist, Quits Facebook

Facebook’s Blockchain Group Is on a Hiring Spree to Reinvent Money

Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans

Instagram Was Bigger Russian Election Tool Than Facebook, Senate Report Says

Why Wikipedia’s “Nuclear Option” Is the Right Call

Snap has a new Spectacles boss, its third in the past six months

Verizon Admits Defeat With $4.6 Billion AOL-Yahoo Writedown

Bird to Sell Scooters to Independent Operators

You Can’t Buy the “Raspberry Beret” MP3 at the Secondhand Store

The 2-year-old Instagram influencers who make more than you

Millennials are making more money than earlier generations did at the same age

Alexa Guard goes live, lets your Echo speakers listen for trouble

MEDIA CANDY

The Good Place

The first Downton Abbey movie teaser trailer is here!

The First ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Trailer Is Here, And It’s Glorious

‘The Grand Tour’ confirmed for Season 4 and ‘years to come’

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season two trailer shows plenty of Spock

Near Perfect Pitch

Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe

LAFD YouTube Channel

AT THE LIBRARY

2010 (Space Odyssey Book 2) by Arthur C. Clarke

The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale Bredesen

MORON OF THE WEEK

Congressman Says a “WallCoin” Could Fund Trump’s Border Wall

Twitter Has Finally Made It Easy to Set Your Timeline to Reverse-Chronological

NASA engineer creates glitter bomb package to thwart parcel thieves

Deer Poacher Is Ordered to Repeatedly Watch Bambi in Missouri Jail

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Hollywood (and Major League Baseball!) Pays Tribute to A League of Her Own Director Penny Marshall