Firenados, because why not; Epic & Apple battle it out; we’re on Discord; defeat by Tweet; Uber & Lyft may shut down, may franchise; Google & Australian pay-for-news ruling; Facebook algorithm actively promotes Holocaust denial; Amazon facing anti-trust probes around the world; Oracle interested in TikTok; Star Trek: Lower Decks; facemasks; bundles get more confusing; AMC theaters re-opening; super light & super heavy Sci Fi; feedback.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Firenado: National Weather Service issues America’s first-ever warning for a fire tornado

Epic files an injunction against Apple over threat to revoke all developer access

Apple fires back at Epic: ‘We won’t make an exception’

Apple expanding 60-day AppleCare purchase window to full year for hardware

GOG Discord Channel

IN THE NEWS

Defeat by Tweet

AN UBER AND LYFT SHUTDOWN IN CALIFORNIA LOOKS INEVITABLE — UNLESS VOTERS BAIL THEM OUT

Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Google says Australian pay-for-news ruling puts ‘free services at risk’

Facebook algorithm found to ‘actively promote’ Holocaust denial

Text editor Notepad++ banned in China after ‘Stand With Hong Kong’ update

Amazon faces antitrust probe in Canada

German watchdog launches Amazon investigation: report

Amazon Bets on Office-Based Work With Expansion in Major Cities

Microsoft has new competition for TikTok, from Oracle

MEDIA CANDY

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Curve Blindfold EP – Bootleg Series 1

Star Wars Unisex Neck Warmer Face Mask Bandanas Outdoors Soft Microfiber Headwear

SEEING IS BELIEVING: EFFECTIVENESS OF FACEMASKS

Should you ditch your gaiter as a face mask? Not so fast, scientists say.

YouTuber’s DIY gun shoots masks onto people’s faces

Verizon now including full Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus bundle with some unlimited plans

AMC is reopening its theaters next week with 15-cent tickets

In Machines We Trust – MIT Podcast

AT THE LIBRARY

The Enigma Cube (Alien Artifact Book 1) by Douglas E. Richards

The End of October by Lawrence Wright

Levar Burton Reads

FEEDBACK LOOP

Arecibo radio observatory damaged

COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Led to a Huge Spike in Sex Doll Sales

Uber and Lyft’s Business Model May Be Dead. Good.

Make Me Smart With Kai and Molly – Read our full conversation with George Lakoff on “your brain on Trump”

A college kid’s fake, AI-generated blog fooled tens of thousands. This is how he made it.

CBS All Access May Be Rebranded As Paramount+

Monkey Playlist

Amazon Alexa Skills Found To Leak Banking History, User Names, Phone Numbers

Facebook abandons broken drilling equipment under Oregon coast seafloor

Heroic Dublin Facebook staff save suicidal man after spotting worrying messages on wife’s page

Cowboy Bebop on Hulu

Serial Experiments Lain, The Complete Series

OverDrive

One Dose Of CBD Increases Blood Flow To The Brain

Narcissists and #SOCIALMEDIA

Techmeme Ride Home – Google To Create A Global Android-Powered Earthquake Alert System