Amazon climate change fund; sex bots; gig economy, Shipt & bringing the magic; don’t start a trivia company; Doordash tables are turned; the bracelet of silence; Amazing Stories; Ray Donovan gets a wrap-up; the Farewell; Avenue 5; Pandemic; the Last Day; Terminus; the Houston Astros; Rihanna, Kate Hudson and subscription models; wine drones; feedback.

Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Podcast Movement Evolutions

Jeff Bezos announced a $10 billion fund to fight climate change

Sex robots may cause psychological damage

Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

IN THE NEWS

Target’s Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through

DoorDash drivers use their forced arbitration clause to force DoorDash into arbitration

Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

MEDIA CANDY

Netflix’s first Stranger Things 4 trailer teases the return of a missing friend

Watch the first trailer for ‘Amazing Stories,’ Steven Spielberg’s Apple TV Plus show

‘Ray Donovan’ will get a proper ending after sudden cancellation

The Farewell

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Avenue 5

Pandemic

AT THE LIBRARY

Dead Lies Dreaming (Laundry Files Book 10) by Charlie Stross

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

Terminus by Peter Clines

Threshold Universe

MORON OF THE WEEK

Do the Houston Astros Know Why They’re Supposed to Be Sorry?

Rihanna’s Lingerie Line Accused of Deceptive Marketing

Aussie couple ordered wine via drone on quarantined coronavirus cruise ship

FEEDBACK LOOP

Police drone finds blind man in the woods after he had been missing for 33 hours

Britain to make social media platforms responsible for harmful content

Unboxing Escobar Fold 2 $399

This App Automatically Cancels and Sues Robocallers – VICE

Google redraws the borders on maps depending on who’s looking

Finally, There’s a Social Network Without Any People

A rental car which won’t start unless you have cell signal

Privacy fears sparked by new ‘AI camera’

Why EBITDA earnings are used by some tech companies like Uber and Yelp are bullshit (CNBC)

Grumpy Website

Will Spotify Ruin Podcasting?

Spotify is trying to become podcasting’s gatekeeper. We musn’t let them.

‘The intelligence coup of the century’: For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

The Gladiator Way