This is a very long episode where we cover a metric-ton of epic stuff. That said I’m extremely late for an appointment so just listen to it ok? Thanks!

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Show Notes

INTRO

‘Star Wars 7’ gets a title: ‘The Force Awakens’

Uber customer outraged over $539 bill for 18-mile ride caused by ‘surge pricing’

Uber’s program to help you buy a car sounds like a sweet deal. But it’s actually really risky.

Neil Gaiman: How I learned to stop worrying and love the duplicator machines

“Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free”

Rich as Fuck Taylor Swift Pulls All Her Music Off Spotify

Apple iTunes music sales down, so what next for Beats Music?

5 disturbing facts that show the system is rigged against America’s middle class

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More

Ask Me Another

Episode 43: The Gloves Are Off

IN THE NEWS

Amazon now competing with Flickr and Dropbox!

Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

Google’s Mission Is Changing

Facebook offers hidden service to Tor users

Making Connections to Facebook more Secure

Facebook Conducted Another Secret Experiment On Users

SECURITY? HAH!

PositiveSingles STD dating site faces $16.5m penalty

Department of Homeland Security employee data breached in “state-sponsored attack”

100 Bitcoin bounty slapped onto head of blackmailer who DDoSed Bitalo

Want to Keep the Cops Out of Your Phone? A Fingerprint Scanner Won’t Help

Researchers bridge air gap by turning monitors into FM radios

Mac Users’ Unsaved Files and Screenshots Are Automatically Stored on iCloud

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too

Smart light bulb fools burglars by pretending you’re at home

AT THE LIBRARY

The Peripheral by William Gibson

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age

Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction

BAUHAUS – CRACKLE (BEST OF)

Bauhaus: Gotham

SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS

Amazon Echo

MEDIA CANDY

Constantine!

Hellblazer

Guardians of the Galaxy

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Chef

MORON OF THE WEEK

Breakr

The messy claims behind ‘Alex from Target’

THE WEB’S NOT DEAD

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

To the Canadian GOG listeners, friends of the show Ted

Delivery

Vapid

Gigi Edgley’s new Kickstarter