In the last full show of the year the guys take on Sony and their cowardice. Oprah is going full Amanda Palmer. Rappers are morons. And the best gift you can get this year is a box of bullshit. Happy holidays everyone and thank you for listening!

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Show Notes

INTRO

An open letter to Oprah, whose ‘The Life You Want’ tour asked me to work for free

The tyranny of pop culture “musts”: How I learned to love being out of the loop

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

Celebs Lose Millions of Followers as Instagram Deletes Spambots

IN THE NEWS

From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996

The Year of Outrage

People Who Bought Boxes Of Sh*t From Cards Against Humanity Were Actually Surprised To Receive Sh*t

Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You

Neal Stephenson joins mysterious augmented reality company Magic Leap

External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move

Evan Williams: On billionaire-backed journalism, Shanley Kane, and the problem with vanity ad metrics

Warner Music Says It Loves Streaming Music — As Long as Listeners Are Paying for It

Facebook: We Don’t Call Them ‘Users’ Any More, We Call Them ‘People’

Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It’s Like To Be An Uber Driver

Uber Turned on Surge Pricing for People Fleeing Sydney Hostage Scene

SECURITY? HAH!

Hackers tell Sony they won’t release more data because it scrapped The Interview

Pirate Bay Responds To The Raid, Copies And The Future

Sony hit with lawsuit by former employees over email leaks

Cyberattack on German Iron Plant Causes ‘Widespread Damage’

Report: Mysterious Russian Malware Is Infecting 100,000+ WordPress Sites

SoakSoak: Payload Analysis – Evolution of Compromised Sites – IE 11

The Dawn of the Flying Smartphone

Burner phone? There’s an app for that, and it’s earning millions of dollars

MEDIA CANDY

Black Mirror

Black Mirror’s special is the grim Christmas TV you need

The Black Mirror Christmas Special Is Brilliant and Disturbing

The 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever

THE WEB’S NOT DEAD

Magnum v. Solo, sequence comparison

Honest Trailers – Love Actually

I Rewatched Love Actually and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You