MIT & Epstein’s money; Google & children’s privacy; fixing YouTube; Facebook’s bad year continues; Yahoo data breach settlement; mental health info sold; facial recognition changes; AI deepfake detection funding; Google’s GDPR workaround; ad traction & retargeting needs to change; USB4 is coming; Will Smith in the Matrix.

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Show Notes


Jeffrey Epstein’s Donations Create a Schism at M.I.T.’s Revered Media Lab

MIT Media Lab founder: Taking Jeffrey Epstein’s money was justified

Children’s privacy costs just $170 million for Google in settlement with the FTC

YouTube to spend $100M on original children’s content

Senator says Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg should face ‘possibility of a prison term’

Facebook is under investigation by state attorneys general for antitrust violations

Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation Settlement

Mental-health information ‘sold to advertisers’


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Facebook stops scanning faces by default

Facebook Will Tell You How to Turn Off Facial Recognition. Why Wait?

Facebook’s latest data leak includes records for over 419 million users

Facebook is making its own AI deepfakes to head off a disinformation disaster

And that, my friends, is how it’s done.

Brave uncovers Google’s GDPR workaround

A glut of iOS 0-days pushes their price below cost of those for Android

Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID

A Cat Explains DNS


USB4 devices are clear to roll out next year

Voice Dream Reader

Reeder 4

LUMI: The smarter way to learn and play music

How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas

Why was PDFpen Scan+ discontinued?


You Can’t Keep Your Parents’ Skulls

If Will Smith had said yes to ‘The Matrix’ instead of Keanu Reeves

Why I Turned Down The Matrix | STORYTIME


Episode 100 – Grumpy Old Geeks Co-Host Brian Schulmeister