New sci-fi, film production is back; Walmart+ launching; Facebook & Twitter catch Russian fake news site; more podcast unions; smart homes for landlords; Amazon drivers gaming the system, still being spied on; Apple-Google contact tracing gets an upgrade; Ben Yelin joins us; Ring cameras spying on cops; Snowden, vindicated; local sheriff’s Minority Report; Oculus sales halted in Germany due to GDPR; Zero; technologies gone by the wayside; working from home is starting to stink; science!

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Show Notes


Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian’ returns this fall. More Baby Yoda in 2020!

Away Season 1 on Netflix


Walmart+ will finally launch in September. Can it compete with Amazon Prime?

Facebook and Twitter caught Russian trolls running a literal fake news site

A third Spotify-owned podcast company is starting a union

How Spotify’s Rollout of Joe Rogan’s Podcast Helped Create a $4.8B Headache

Alexa for Residential lets landlords create smart apartments

Amazon drivers are hanging phones in trees to get more deliveries

Inside Amazon’s Secret Program to Spy On Workers’ Private Facebook Groups

The new Apple-Google contact tracing tool finally seems useful


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans


FBI worried Ring and other doorbell cameras could tip owners off to police searches

Court Holds that NSA’s (Discontinued) Call Detail Records Program Likely Violates Fourth Amendment

NSA Mass Surveillance Program Illegal, U.S. Court Rules

Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county.


Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns



iZotope RX 8 Advanced

HBO to host ‘groundbreaking’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ VR events

Lenovo’s new $50 smart clock keeps things stupid simple

P2ing is the new working


Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover

Global Wave Discovery Ends 220-Year Search

Gravitational wave telescopes have revealed a long-predicted, third class of black hole

DroneDJ: A rare look inside a DJI factory


Creator’s Hour: My Defining Images, a conversation with Seth Miranda