A rare late night show with socially distant lubrications; Facebook blinks; rethinking contracting; streaming consolidation; Apple issues; the horrors of content moderation; Bezos wants your kid as a customer; words matter; VR as a Facebook platform; what happens if there’s election chaos; Pinfluencers; global dark web takedown; being a smooth ethical criminal; Ring’s Traffic Stop, home drone; brute forcing passwords; all of Amazon’s new products; home speakers; JenniCam 4k; goodnight, Longcat.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Facebook denies it will pull service in Europe over data transfer ban

Tech must radically rethink how it treats independent contractors

Fix watchOS upgrade battery problems by unpairing and re-pairing

Apple releases iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, tvOS 14.0.1 with bug fixes for default mail and browser support

IN THE NEWS

Former YouTube content moderator describes horrors of the job in new lawsuit

Jeff Bezos is about to open a tuition-free preschool called the Bezos Academy where ‘the child will be the customer’

Why Walmart thinks TikTok is the future of its business

Navigate safely with new COVID data in Google Maps

Microsoft licenses the breakthrough natural language AI GPT-3

FACEBOOK IS TURNING VR INTO A PLATFORM — BUT SOME INDIE DEVELOPERS FEAR ITS POWER

Facebook vows to restrict users if US election descends into chaos

Pinterest lures lifestyle influencers with its own version of Stories

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Caveat

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

Shopify says two support staff stole customer data from sellers

It’s easier than ever to find out how your favorite websites are tracking you

Ring’s Traffic Stop feature is about bringing more accountability to policing

APPS & DOODADS

Ring’s new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you’re away

Here’s everything Amazon announced at its big hardware event

Topaz Labs Utility Bundle

JBL Speaker

Star Wars Arcade Machine With Bench Seat, Limited Edition, Arcade1Up

You can now use a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera as a webcam on Mac

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Longcat, The Cat Known On The Internet For Being Long, Has Died

Battlestar Galactica Actor Suffers Brain Injury, Friends Organize GoFundMe