The spice must flow; TikTok’s algorithm; the real reason there was a beer shortage; Amazon’s exploding products; Facebook launches an app for… college kids; NFL in Microsoft Teams; I want my MTV; Los Angeles’s contact tracing app rolls out; Amazon appointes ex-NSA director to board; license plate tracking; Portland bans facial recognition; moving to WordPress; another streaming service; Nikon Z6; quality of life slipping in USA; color-correcting the apocalypse.

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Show Notes


Dune Official Trailer

Ted Lasso


Inside TikTok’s killer algorithm

The Real Reason There Was a Beer, Hand Sanitizer, Yeast, and Pasta Shortage

Your Phone Can Show You Just How Much Your Life Has Shrunk in the Pandemic

Dozens of Amazon’s own products have been reported as dangerous — melting, exploding or even bursting into flames. Many are still on the market

Facebook launches Campus to keep college kids connected (again)

Microsoft Teams will bring fans into NFL stadiums virtually


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans


Biography: I Want My MTV

Los Angeles Coronavirus Update: Mayor Eric Garcetti Wants To Track Your Movements – Anonymously, Of Course

Govt.-Backed Contact-Tracing Apps Raise Privacy Hackles

Amazon Appoints Ex Director of the NSA to its Board of Directors

CBP Bought ‘Unlimited’ Use of a Nationwide Tracking Database

Portland adopts strictest facial recognition ban in nation to date

APPS & DOODADS is Moving

The Grammy Museum built a streaming service to share its archives

Nikon Z6 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens


New Research: Quality of Life Is Slipping Backwards in the Us

HBO’s NEWSROOM Opening scene “Why America’s Not the Greatest Country”

Our Phones Are Color Correcting the Apocalypse

Rihanna Injured In Electric Scooter Accident


Dame Diana Rigg: Avengers, Bond and Game of Thrones actress dies at 82