This week we debut an as yet unnamed segment on defense against the dark arts of Internet marketers. We discuss the Uber ratings kerfuffle and other big data nonsense as well as some epic book reviews.

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Show Notes

Rabbit Rabbit

OKCupid: we experiment on users. Everyone does

OkCupid experiment may have broken FTC rules

All Power to the Pack Rats

Podcasting patent troll: We tried to drop lawsuit against Adam Carolla

The 30-Day Challenge: No Booze, No Masturbating (NOBNOM)

You Are Not Late

Why does my old iPhone seem to get slower before a new release?

Are Uber’s passenger ratings big data for good – or discrimination 2.0?

This Restaurant Kept Getting Awful Reviews. Then They Discovered Something Mind-Blowing…

The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger’s Mobile App Terms of Service

Facebook moves all mobile chat to Messenger app

The perks of being ‘somebody’ online

Mystery in the Perseus Cluster

How anyone can hack your Instagram account

Stephen Sclafani

The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness by James Altucher and Claudia Azula

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield

Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius (Author), Gregory Hays (Translator)

Ernest Hemingway on Writing – Larry W. Phillips (Editor)

Sam Walton: Made In America

Lorde appointed as ‘sole curator’ of music for next Hunger Games film

Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ Comes to an End

Keith Urban Boston Concert: Rape Charge Laid Against Sean Murphy, 18

Guy takes shrooms at comic con. Guy texts entire meltdown to girlfriend. Internet rejoices.

According to the dictionary, “literally” now also means “figuratively”

Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.

Note: I inadvertently called Sean Bonner’s coffee subscription service the collective and not the possee. My bad! – JD

Sean Bonner’s Coffee Possee

Riot Fest