Say farewell to Pixel C, YouTube on Alexa, and decency on YouTube. Say hello to Trump's big button, SWATing, and corporations as malevolent AIs. Google Images knows how you'll vote. Ads coming to Alexa. Amazon is not really going to buy Target, are they? Equifax gets off scot-free. Facebook's new Center for Deleting Content. Leo's Tool: What 3 Words: a new way to navigate Jeff's Number: Million Short: search links without the top million results Kevin's Stuff: IndieWeb, Homebrew Website Club, and Micro.blog
Facebook's facial recognition software will alert you when someone posts a picture of you, even without being tagged. Snooze your friends. How to use meme wars to run for President. Google Maps has a 6 year lead on the competition. Google AI finds two new planets. Google kills Tango. Twitter hate crackdown. Republican "Net Neutrality" bill. Magic Leap reveals its AR headset. Amazon Echo Spot unboxing. Joan Donovan's Pick: Exploding the Phone Jeff's Number: Elon Musk Tweets His Phone Number Stacey's Thing: Wink+Sonos Leo's Tool: Amazon Echo Spot
RIP Net Neutrality. Patreon listens to critics, scraps new fees. How to fix media. Facebook is unfixable. Google Home Max unboxing. "Appsperiments" is our new favorite word. Tweetstorms are officially Threads. Don't download that baby poop video. Stacey's Pick: Alexa, Turn on Christmas Jeff's Pick: Tasty One Top Leo's Pick: Silicon Valley's Worst Apologies of 2017
Google FINALLY fixes their hamburger and beer emoji. Now they turn to the many fixes the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL need. Android 8.1 adds support for Pixel 2's imaging chip. Lens rolling out to Google Assistant on Pixel phones. Uber withheld evidence in Waymo case. YouTube's creepy kids' shows. Jeff Bezos worth $100 Billion. Cyber Monday was Amazon's biggest shopping day ever. Andy Rubin leaves Essential. Stacey's Thing: Senso Bluetooth Headset Mathew's Stuff: Cryptocurrencies are neat. Jason's Tip: How to enable Pixel Visual Core Processing
Pixel Buds are "like spiders clawing in your ears." Net Neutrality will die on December 14th, no matter what you do to protest. DOJ blocks AT&T/Time Warner merger. Peter Thiel sells most of his Facebook stock, splits with Y Combinator, might buy Gawker.com assets. Google tracks Android locations. Tesla's big new truck. Stacey's Thing: CleverPet Jeff's Number: 9 Ways Twitter can punish miscreants, but usually doesn't. Leo's Tool: Radio3.io
This episode has a great discussion of net neutrality. (28m52s to roughly 1h06m00s) While it does cut a few corners for this particular audience, it has some useful and interesting history surrounding the topic. The three participants are all well versed in the issue and give it some excellent coverage.
There is also an interesting section talking about Facebook and discrimination. While they talk about dark ads and the targeting Russia did during the 2016 election as well as racist targeting, they don’t take into account data that is often used as a proxy for race. While many may be looking at the proximal problem, they’re missing the longer term problems that will ultimately surface at a later date. If not designed properly, the data is highly likely to be misused in the future, just in more subtle and harder to detect ways.Syndicated copies to:
Tesla unveils a semi and a $200,000 Roadster. The first church of artificial intelligence. Apple delays the HomePod until 2018. Amazon is close to launching their cashierless store, and just paid a quarter of a million dollars for the rights to produce Lord of the Rings TV shows. Who is tracking you this Thanksgiving? TechShop goes Bankrupt.
A wave of technopanic is sweeping the world. Or is it intelligent concern over the power wielded by internet giants like Facebook and Google? Plus,Uber's flying cars, Trump's DOJ tells Time-Warner to sell CNN, Marissa Mayer apologizes to Congress, and Facebook wants your nude pictures (for security's sake).
Google, Facebook, and Twitter testify before Congress about Russian interference, bad ideas on how to 'fix' Facebook, Google's CEO promises to fix the hamburger emoji, Google locks users out of Docs, California wildfires burned irreplaceable documents of Silicon Valley history, and a heated argument about how Queso should be.
Dark Stock Photos is an awesome and interesting Twitter feed. Macabre-ly cool.Syndicated copies to:
Ordering the iPhone X. The Essential phone and its lack of press coverage. Who owns your face, malicious face recognition and the lack of face case law. The splintered internet explained. The iPhone calculator flaw. Burn-in problems reported for the Pixel 2. AI dominating companies and the Frightful 5 identified. Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft earnings beat expectations. The consequence of monopolies. The General Data Protection Regulation and its implication for your personal data. Amazon delivering inside your house now. Roger Stone has been banned from Twitter. Facebook might start charging publishers to promote their stories in the main news feed and of course the controversy surrounding the cheeseburger emoji.
Pixel 2 XL clicking, hissing, and burn-in (but no explosions). YouTube's brilliant World Series advertising. Mystery Oreos taste gross. 50 new kids' games on Google Home. Google can help you find the perfect Halloween costume. KFC's other 11 Herbs and Spices. Twitter will fix everything next week. Amazon HQ2 shenanigans. Get your Amazon deliveries in your house. The Reaper botnet is very, very big. Essential phone slashing prices. Snap Spectacles didn't sell well. Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana sounds muddy, and is not very smart.
Pixel 2 arrives tomorrow with a secret custom imaging chip. Google AI can teach itself Go. Snopes and Politifact get fake news ads. How to get a job as a Personality Designer at Google. Samsung's Bixby assistant comes to fridges. Which is worse, KRACK or ROCA? MS vs DOJ goes to the SCOTUS. Leo's Tool: Google Advanced Protection Program Jeff's Number: 47% of teens favor SnapChat vs 9% for Facebook Stacey's Thing: Alexa voice prints are not awesome.
Facebook, Twitter, and now Google have discovered that Russia bought political ads during the election. Kaspersky is spying. So is the Google Home Mini. Google buys 60db. Project Loon may give Puerto Rico Internet while Elon Musk gives them power, and Zuckerberg looks on in VR. Don't try to rob a bank using information you find online. YouTube bans bump stock videos. Carl's Jr begs Amazon to buy them in bizarre Twitter campaign. Oculus announces a standalone VR headset. Google Assistant has a higher IQ than Siri.
Google is 19 years old. Its present to us? Cool Google Doodles. Its present to itself? 2,000 HTC Engineers. Google and Levi's make a smart jacket. Google might make a better-sounding Home. Amazon is definitely making approximately 724 new Echo devices, including a smaller Echo, Zigbee-enabled Echo Plus, Echo Spot, Echo Buttons, and more. Just don't try playing YouTube videos on your Echo Show. Twitter tests 280 character limits.
US Digital Service - making government better. Alphabet Q2 earnings up, stocks down. Chrome's ad blocker is available to devs. Not everybody likes Google's plan to track offline sales. Is privacy a fad? Facebook hits 2 billion users. Bitcoin splits, and miners revolt. ACLU supports John Oliver. Millennials confused by discovery of broadcast TV. Jeff's Number: $600/head SV restaurant with gold-flecked steaks Matt Cutt's Thing: Hack the Pentagon! Kevin Marks' Stuff: IndieWeb.org, Liberty Foundation, extra thumb prosthetic
Awesome to see/hear Matt Cutts return to the show.Syndicated copies to: