Dipping our feet in the UBI waters; Libra, out; Facebook refuses to take down fake ads, looking out users; Uber pink slips; Samsung stops Blue-ray production; yet another scooter company; El Camino; Lost in Space; warp speed is really slow; music, on the blockchain; AMC home streaming; Eon; Brian Grazer; Rebooting AI; SpaceX screws Texas; feedback.

Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Santa Monica tries out universal basic income on seniors

A California city gave some residents $500 a month, no strings attached. Here’s how they spent it.

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Libra claims 180 potential replacements for 7 mutineers

IN THE NEWS

Facebook is refusing to take down a Trump ad making false claims about Joe Biden – So are YouTube, Twitter, and most news networks.

Facebook Users Being Locked Out After Reporting Fake Accounts

Uber CEO says laying off 350 workers is “difficult but necessary”

Streaming Is Killing Physical Media. Here’s Why You Won’t Miss It

Ex-Uber exec launches startup to autonomously reposition electric scooters and bikes

MEDIA CANDY

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie | Netflix Official Site

WHAT A WONDERFUL ALIEN WORLD: LOST IN SPACE DROPS FIRST TRAILER FOR SEASON TWO

Warp speeds in ‘Star Trek’ are achingly slow, and a simple animation by a former NASA scientist proves it

Goliath Season 3

The Chef Show

NEW BLOCKCHAIN-BASED MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE AUDIUS IS A COPYRIGHT NIGHTMARE

AMC is launching its own on-demand movie service

AT THE LIBRARY

Greg Bear – Legacy (Eon Series Book 1)

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman

Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust by Gary Marcus, Ernest Davis

Penn’s Sunday School with Gary Marcus

Last Tango in Cyberspace by Steven Kotler

The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control by Steven Hassan

MORON OF THE WEEK

Inside the ‘awkward,’ ‘tense,’ and ‘heated’ private meeting between Elon Musk and Texans whom SpaceX is trying to buy out to fully realize its vision to reach Mars

FEEDBACK LOOP

Father-Son Podcasting Microphone – SNL

‘Stalker found celeb by studying the reflections of her pupils in photos’

Eaten by an Escalator: When Machines Bite Back

‘Ten pints’ Freddie said he ‘regrets’ nailing nuts on Tube escalator

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, Dimmer

NodeHost

App Analysis: Bird

Bird-whisperer on GitHub