Smart city scale back; Apple moves to more subscriptions; Gawker chaos; 3rd party content moderator calls it quits; Twitter won’t take political ads, maybe; Sorkin walks and talks to Zuck; free markets; music piracy down; Will.I.Am’s Wink dying; Apple Watch 5 life alerts; car security; VPNs; Echo Buds vs AirPods; cleaning the brain; vampire apocalypse.

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Show Notes


Google to acquire Fitbit, valuing the smartwatch maker at about $2.1 billion

Alphabet scales back its smart city project in Toronto after backlash

Tim Cook hints that an iPhone subscription could be Apple’s next big move

Deadspin writers quit after being ordered to stick to sports

Let’s All Stop Mindlessly Clicking and Sharing Zombie Links

A Facebook content moderation vendor is quitting the business after two Verge investigations


Jack Dorsey says Twitter will ban all political ads

Aaron Sorkin: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Uber and Lyft have launched a campaign to avoid government regulation in California

Uber sues LA in bid to protect scooter riders’ geolocation data

The U.S. Only Pretends to Have Free Markets

Poor kids spend nearly 2 hours more on screens each day than rich kids

Spotify launches a dedicated Kids app with curated playlists and playful art

EU report finds music piracy declining among ages 15-24

Smart home platform Wink is dying as’s tech company is low on money

YouTubers raise $10 million for tree charity — and bring in tens of millions of views


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans


Facebook’s political ads policy is predictably turning out to be a disaster

Apple Watch Series 5


Five months after returning rental car, man still has remote control

Do VPNs Actually Protect Your Privacy?

Think you’re anonymous online? A third of popular websites are ‘fingerprinting’ you.

Spinner Incepts Your Friends With Hyper-Targeted Ads

ACLU sues feds to get information about facial-recognition programs


Echo Buds – Wireless earbuds with immersive sound, active noise reduction, and Alexa

FiLMiC Multi-Cam Support in iOS 13 FAQ


Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Cirrus’ Private Jet Can Now Land Itself, No Pilot Needed

AirBnB OpenHomes

AirBnB OpenHomes Disaster Relief

I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb

Vampire Apocalypse Calculator

The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Was a Bold, Beautiful Failure