Amazon to launch its own internal healthcare service. Alphabet's Verily researches naked mole rats to extend human life. Facebook and Google promote local news. Google Clips on sale for some. Facebook Messenger Kids draws ire. Why you shouldn't buy Twitter followers. Bill Gate's new favorite book. The Boring Flamethrower. Stacey's Thing: Texting with Alexa; Jeff's Number: Google I/O May 8, Facebook F8 May 1-2
Elon Musk's great ideas: Tesla, SpaceX, flamethrowers. Apple HomePod arrives next week. Google Clips camera is not at all creepy, we swear. Nobody won the Lunar X Prize. Amazon Go officially opens. Montana, New York, AT&T, John Deere, and Burger King take up the Net Neutrality battle. Intel's Spectre patch is a garbage fire.
EVs and self-driving cars at CES and the Detroit Auto Show. The first cashierless Amazon Go shop opens January 22nd. Apple HomePod is nearly here. Apple hands out $2500 employee stock bonuses as part of its huge cash repatriation plan. Google wants your selfies. Facebook wants you to tell it what "high quality" news is. Twitter emails 677,775 users to tell them that they shared Russian scams.
MT Net Neutrality, Amazon Go, ICOs Montana and Burger King want to save Net Neutrality. AT&T seems to want to as well. Google I/O puzzle reveals the 2018 conference date. Google Play sells audiobooks. YouTube won't let stars say bad things about Google. Facebook sends out a news survey and invents a new unit of time. First Amazon Go shop opens. Twitter loses another exec. Don't call the Vine replacement "Vine 2." Indian good morning greetings are eating the internet. ICOs explained.
Your Selfie is a Work of Art Google's Arts & Culture app matches your selfie with famous works of art. Facebook will show more content from your friends and family, less news. Why Google Photos won't search for gorillas. Google Home and Chromecast killing Wi-Fi. YouTube will stop monetizing small video producers. Black and white screens fix phone addiction. Leo's Pick: Thee Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed Jeff's Numbers: Apple to pay $38b under repatriation, and Blackrock: Contribute to society or risk losing our support Stacey's Thing: Nanoleaf
Google's 1st CES: Assistant is everywhere, but so is rain. People keep stealing Google bikes. AT&T pulls out of a Huawei deal - Huawei CEO is not pleased. Mark Zuckerberg's ""personal challenge"" for 2018 is to do his job. Facebook kills M. Meltdown mitigation hurts. Record number of US border gadget searches. Senate will vote to fix Net Neutrality. IoT at CES. Jeff's Pick: my_aussie_gal on Instagram Mathew's Pick: Sarah Silverman and the Twitter Troll
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: