Congress grills Big Tech, much ado about nothing; Social Media misinformation mayhem & demon seed; Facebook trying to poach TikTok stars; Spotify back to pre-pandemic levels, still losing money; Universal makes deal with AMC for shortened theatrical release windows; Genderify is a joke; Rite Aid facial recognition; Google advanced search operators; self-flying planes; art AI; Apple & right-to-repair; Chewbacca impersonations; lockdown personality changes; “Al Fresco” parking lot dining.

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Show Notes


Congress grills Facebook over its acquisitions and feature cloning

Shopify Saved Main Street. Next Stop: Taking On Amazon

Shopify Growth Rate Stuns Again

Of Course Twitter Had to Suspend Donald Trump Jr.

Kodak Craziness Is Captured in One Word: Really?

Caught Lying About Baseball Invite, President Calls Twitter Criticism “Illegal” and Endorses Demon-Sperm Doctor

To beat TikTok, Facebook is allegedly throwing money at creators

TikTok is opening up its algorithm and challenging competitors to do the same

Spotify says listener habits are almost back to pre-pandemic levels

Spotify results good news, but Joe Rogan podcast deal indirectly created loss

Universal’s deal with AMC shortens theatrical exclusivity to 17 days

Service that uses AI to identify gender based on names looks incredibly biased


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans


Now, more than half of Americans are millennials or younger

Fake Dave IG Account 1 – Please report!

Fake Dave IG Account 2 – Please report!

Hackers stole Twitter employee credentials via phone phishing

The Social-Engineer Podcast

Three Charged in July 15 Twitter Compromise

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition systems in hundreds of U.S. stores

Dark Castle



Google Advanced Search Operators

ADS-B Exchange World’s largest co-op of unfiltered flight data

Airbus’ self-flying plane just completed successful taxi, take-off, and landing tests, opening the door for fully autonomous flight

MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

Apple was conflicted over right-to-repair stance, emails show

This app lets you experience Mac OS like it was the 90s all over again


Dumped Man Gets Public To Call His Ex-Girlfriend Impersonating Chewbacca

How lockdown may have changed your personality

The Glendale Galleria Parking Garage Is Officially the Bleakest ‘Al Fresco’ Dining Destination