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The day’s tech news, every day at 5pm. From Techmeme.com, Silicon Valley’s most-read news source. 15 minutes and you’re up to date.


Fri. 12/13 - The Next-Gen Xbox
Dec 13 • 19 min
Details about the next-gen Xbox, Apple makes an interesting acquisition around photography, Lyft will rent you a car, why I find Roku so interesting, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:Today In Digital Marketing…
Thu. 12/12 - Maybe Just Throw A Dart, Seed Investors…
Dec 12 • 21 min
Google releases all the things at once, everyone is mulling over Jack’s decentralized Twitter idea, one last tech IPO of the year, should seed investors just say yes to every deal, why you should know the Canva story, and why Cousin Greg playing Adam…
Wed. 12/11 - @Jack Wants to Decentralize Social Media
Dec 11 • 18 min
A bold new proposal to decentralize social media from Jack Dorsey, YouTube bans “malicious insults,” you can only clean your Pro Display XDR with a special cloth, Silicon Valley is no longer everyone’s favorite place to work and the big tech companies…
Tue. 12/10 - Wheels For Your Mac Pro Are $400 Extra
Dec 10 • 20 min
Apple is suing its former chip architect, the Apple Card finally makes sense to me, wheels on the Mac Pro will run you $400, Softbank abandons Wag, Microsoft brings Office to Linux and I want the new tech bubble to be about exoskeletons.…
Mon. 12/09 - An Interesting Raise From… Us?
Dec 9 • 21 min
China orders its own crackdown on foreign tech, Google is bringing “feature drops” to Pixel Phones, the Mac Pro is here but Wunderlist is exiting stage left, Magic Leap seems to be having issues, and an interesting raise from, well… us.…
A Human Algorithm With Flynn Coleman
Dec 8 • 26 min
I’ve been trying to read books about AI lately to get a firmer grasp on this important topic, and the best book I’ve read for both a basic grounding of the history and the state of play of AI, but also looking at potential frameworks for the technology,…
A Google Civil War? With Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen
Dec 7 • 30 min
I had already reached out to Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen this week to talk about the Google Civil War, but then, of course, there was other big Google news this week. So, come for the assessment of Google’s culture at the moment but stay for an assessment of…
Fri. 12/06 - The Future of the iPhone is NO Ports?
Dec 6 • 23 min
The Uber safety report, more Galaxy S11 rumors, could Apple be about to kill the charging port on iPhones entirely and what would that mean, Samsung’s new chips to make AR mainstream and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.…
Thu. 12/05 - Why The New Snapdragon Chips Don’t Have Integrated 5G
Dec 5 • 20 min
The FTC might be broadening its look into Amazon, the new flagship Snapdragon Chips, a disc-free Xbox, checkins with Slack, Imgur and Robinhood, and craigslist enters the 21st century. Sponsors:Metalab.coVistaprint.com Promo Code: Ride50 (for up to 50%…
Wed. 12/04 - Larry and Sergey Into The Sunset
Dec 4 • 20 min
Larry and Sergey ride their Segway’s off into the sunset, a new entrant in the streaming wars, more news from the re:Invent conference, YouTube says it’s algorithm change is working and the year that was, in the world of Reddit.…
Tue. 12/03 - Pablo Escobar’s Brother’s Smartphone
Dec 3 • 19 min
Headlines from re:Invent, how tech is caught up in a tariff war with France, Facebook created a chatbot to help employees explain themselves during the holidays, and let me tell you about the new foldable phone from Pablo Escobar’s brother.…
Mon. 12/02 - When An E-Sports Team IPO’s
Dec 2 • 21 min
Interesting Galaxy S11 leaks, T-Mobile flips the switch on its 5G network, might different models of next year’s iPhone have different versions of 5G, the rundown of Black Friday/Cyber Monday and why an e-sports team is IPO-ing.…
The Forgotten Online Pioneer, Bill von Meister
Nov 29 • 48 min
Since it’s a holiday week in the US, I’m going to do what I’ve done once before on Holiday weeks and give you an episode from the Internet History Podcast archives. This is a story about tech history that, if you’ve never heard it, will blow your mind.…
Tues. 11/26 - Amazon Prime Cuts
Nov 26 • 22 min
Google fires four workers associated with labor organizing, Amazon’s ruthless quotas lead to high rates of warehouse injuries, grass-roots opponents to Amazon’s power form a coalition, a report cites the public cost of Amazon warehouses on Southern…
Mon. 11/25 - Deadpool Buys an MVNO
Nov 25 • 19 min
Uber loses its license in London, the web’s founder launches a “contract” to save it, eBay sells StubHub, the Threadrippers seem to be the real deal, Deadpool is buying a mobile carrier and Elon Musk knows why those windows cracked.…
Fri. 11/22 - CYBERTRUCK!
Nov 22 • 19 min
We gotta talk about Cybertruck, Twitter continues its shipping products hot streak, AirPods are hotter than even Apple anticipated, some trouble in Russia for gadget makers and, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.…
Thu. 11/21 - Google’s Culture Is Dead
Nov 21 • 19 min
Google is changing its rules around political ads, PayPal is acquiring Honey for a ton of money, why have a Dash Button when you can have a Dash Shelf? Route puts all your orders in one place and I’m afraid Google’s original culture is definitively dead.…
Wed. 11/20 - Our 500th Episode!
Nov 20 • 19 min
Hackers could take over your Android cameras, the police can do whatever they want with your Ring videos, if your Disney+ account is hacked, is it probably your fault? An amazing breakthrough in solar technology and why fishing by drone has become a…
Tue. 11/19 - An Apple Awards Ceremony? (The App-ies?)
Nov 19 • 19 min
Apple’s planning an awards ceremony? Amazon has a new fire TV accessory, Spotify launches Your Daily Podcast, Google announces Your News Update, Ransomware comes for the vets, and the hidden cost hurdle for electric cars. Sponsors:CastroSVB.com/next…
Mon. 11/18 - Google Stadia and the Mustang Mach-E
Nov 18 • 18 min
The Mustang Mach-E wants to out Tesla Tesla, John Legere is stepping down from T-Mobile, .org domain names might be getting a lot more expensive, and the reviews on Google Stadia are decidedly mixed, but at least it works. Sponsors:CastroMealime…
The Razr and the Reality of 5G with QZ’s Mike Murphy
Nov 16 • 26 min
So, that Razr event, out in LA… obviously I didn’t get to cover it live… and if there was ever a recent hardware event crying out for “hands-on” reporting, this was one. So, I reached out to someone who was there: QZ.com’s Mike Murphy, and actually, his…
Fri. 11/15 - Apples Says: Vapers, No Vaping!
Nov 15 • 17 min
Apple takes down vaping apps from the App Store, why is Google going ahead with the Stadia launch this month? Amazon protests the JEDI decision, the TikTok juggernaut rolls on—especially in India—and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.…
Thu. 11/14 - The Razr Returns!
Nov 14 • 18 min
There’s a new Razr phone with a foldable screen that might actually work? That Apple Prime bundle might be coming sooner rather than later. That Apple Research app is here right now. Why did 1Password raise a bunch of money for the first time ever? And…
Wed. 11/13 - The AI That Can Predict When You’ll Die
Nov 13 • 19 min
The new 16-inch MacBook pro might actually have a keyboard that works! Google wants you to bank with them. The Brave browser comes out of beta. And there’s an AI that can predict if you’ll die in the next year… but doctors don’t know how it does it.…
Tue. 11/12 - Google Wants Your Medical Records
Nov 12 • 18 min
Google has hoovered up the health records of millions of folks without telling anyone, Instagram debuts a TikTok competitor, Facebook debuts Facebook Pay, WordPress.com debuts recurring payments and Disney+ literally just debuts.…
Mon. 11/11 - Apple Eyes An iPhone Replacement
Nov 11 • 19 min
New York State is investigating the Apple Card for alleged gender bias, sources say Apple thinks AR glasses could someday replace the smartphone, Dara Khosrowshahi said some things he regrets, and Amazon is gonna launch a grocery store not called Whole…
Jay & Farhad Show Reunion #3
Nov 9 • 36 min
Hello! @jyarow and @fmanjoo are back! Sponsors:Castro.fmMolekule.com and enter “ride10” at checkout
11/08 - Twitter Is Weirdly Awake All Of The Sudden
Nov 8 • 20 min
Disney Plus will be on Amazon’s Fire TV when it launches next week, Andreessen Horowitz launches a completely free crypto school, Twitter seems to have woken up all of the sudden, T-Mobile really wants that merger with Sprint to happen, and, of course,…
Thu. 11/07 - Alleged Spies Inside Twitter
Nov 7 • 19 min
Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, those weird text messages a whole bunch of people received overnight, the most powerful desktop CPUs in the world, Ghost Locomotion wants to turn existing cars into autonomous vehicles, Wrench will…
Wed. 11/06 - Xerox Makes Some News!
Nov 6 • 19 min
Twitter announces Topics, Xerox might take a run at HP, Uber’s getting into the ads business, Ford’s electric Mustang makes Tech Crunch angry, and the best blockchain startup idea I’ve heard of in a long time. Sponsors:Metalab.coLeap.FidelityCareers.com…
Tue. 11/05 - Is All Well With Softbank?
Nov 5 • 18 min
How are things in Masa Son’s world post-WeWork? How long until Uber will be profitable? How is the new Surface Pro X to use? Why is iOS aggressively quitting background apps? And why data scoring companies are maybe worse than credit score companies.…
Mon. 11/04 - Everyone Got a New Logo
Nov 4 • 20 min
Your smart speakers aren’t secure in a wild new way, crazy product announcement day from Microsoft and Adobe, crazy new logo design day from everyone but especially Facebook, and Wikipedia makes a big change to citations.…
Steve Case on Investing Outside of Silicon Valley
Nov 2 • 22 min
Steve Case is obviously an internet and technology legend, as the founder of America Online. But as I said when I did a segment about it this week, I’ve always been fascinated with his Rise of the Rest Tour and Fund because, look, the whole basic…
Fri. 11/01 - Google Acquires Fitbit
Nov 1 • 19 min
Google acquires Fitbit, Apple TV+ officially launches, might the US Government be about to bring the hammer down on TikTok, and of course, the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Sponsors:Tiny CapitalLeap.FidelityCareers.com Links:Google to acquire Fitbit,…
Thu. 10/31 - Twitter Takes A Stand (And Subtweets Facebook)
Oct 31 • 22 min
Twitter says it will ban ALL political advertising, Cognizant says it is getting out of the content moderation business, Facebook earnings are good, Apple earnings are good… and evolving, and can the Chinese monitor SMS messages at the provider level, at…
Wed. 10/30 - HBO Max Deets
Oct 30 • 18 min
WhatsApp sues the NSO Group about that crazy exploit, Uber is threating to sue Los Angeles about a crazy tracking program that I’m not sure about, we’ve got the full details surrounding HBO Max, an activist is taking Facebook’s political advertising…
Tue. 10/29 - Playstation Vue Goes To The Deadpool
Oct 29 • 18 min
Earnings from Alphabet and Shopify, hacking the Olympics, the Rise of the Rest rides again, Amazon is making grocery delivery free and letting you pay your electric bill via Alexa, and don’t update your HomePod, or you might brick it. Sponsors:Tiny…
10/28 - Who Needs An Event? The AirPods Pro Are Here!
Oct 28 • 18 min
AirPods Pro are here, new Nvidia streaming gadgets are here, Alphabet might be about to acquire Fitbit, the fallout from the Pentagon JEDI contract and what happens when your entire city orders from Amazon every single day.…
The Fate (And Legacy) Of Yahoo, With Harry McCracken
Oct 26 • 22 min
The news that Yahoo was shutting down Yahoo Groups, as I said, was another gut punch when you realize how much of the web’s history is so ephemeral. It also got me thinking that Yahoo as a company might be about to go down the memory hole, and that got me…
Fri. 10/25 - Introducing Facebook News
Oct 25 • 19 min
Introducing Facebook News. Did the major US Carriers do an end-run around Google out of spite? Amazon is back to making as little profit as it possibly can, HBO Max makes its aggressive pricing move, and, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.…
Thu. 10/24 - Is TikTok A “National Security Risk?”
Oct 24 • 19 min
Is TikTok a national security risk? Inquiring Senators want to know. Earnings running the gamut from bad to surprisingly good from Twitter, Amazon and Tesla. And to paraphrase an old saw: if a voicemail system goes down how would anyone even notice?…
Wed. 10/23 - Google Says We’ve Achieved Quantum Supremacy!
Oct 23 • 20 min
Mr. Zuckerberg went back to Washington, Google claims “Quantum Supremacy,” Apple overtakes Starbucks, HireVue is a controversial AI hiring tool and is the influencer bubble on the wane? Sponsors:leap.Fidelitycareers.comMealime.com Links:Zuckerberg, in…
Tue. 10/22 - How Much Can Dark Mode Save Your Battery?
Oct 22 • 20 min
SoftBank is taking over WeWork in order to save it, Verizon will give you Disney+ for free, Surprise! Comcast’s “free” streaming box really isn’t, and how much does Dark Mode save in battery life? Quite a bit, it turns out… Sponsors:LegalForce RAPC…
Mon. 10/21 - Review-A-Palooza
Oct 21 • 19 min
It’s review-a-palooza day with Surface reviews and Pixel 4 reviews. Also, Facebook announces new disinformation initiatives, and Microsoft announces a Secured-core PC initiative and Twitch wants in on the Watch Party action.…
Fri. 10/18 - Zuckerberg Says Free Speech Is Good! (Facebook, Also Good!)
Oct 18 • 18 min
Zuckerberg defends Facebook as a champion of free speech, will iPhone users have unlimited photo uploads to Google Photos while Pixel 4 owners will not, dial back your expectations for the Photoshop iPad app, the Vatican has a wearable prayer gadget, and,…
Thu. 10/17 - Unlocking Tech on Phones Is Broken
Oct 17 • 18 min
Fingerprint sensors on the Galaxy S10 can be tricked by a phone case, the Pixel 4 face recognition system unlocks your phone even when you’re asleep, Netflix kicks off tech earnings season, Airbnb’s losses double, and Travis Kalanick is getting the…
Wed. 10/16 - Twitter Gonna Twitter
Oct 16 • 17 min
Twitter explains how world leaders can break its rules but they’ll kinda, sorta crack down on them. LinkedIn launches Events, Giphy launches Giphy arcade, DoNotPay fascinates me, and a debrief on yesterday’s Google event.…
Tue. 10/15 - The #MadeByGoogle Event
Oct 15 • 16 min
All the headlines from the Google hardware event, Apple butts in with new Beats, Libra loses another one, your movie theater wants to rent you movies, and Fortnite is back from the “black hole.” Sponsors:WeWorkRemotelyZapier.com/ride Links:PIXELBOOK GO:…
Mon. 10/14 - Apple’s Chinese Conundrum
Oct 14 • 18 min
More China related controversy for Apple, for gaming, for all of tech really… but why Apple suddenly finds itself in a unique bind. More iPhone SE 2 rumors, the latest installment of “Will We Actually Ever See Libra?” and why nobody can play Fortnite…
Fri. 10/11 - Gruber Says Tim Cook’s Email “Doesn’t Add Up”
Oct 11 • 19 min
More on Apple’s China controversy, hands-on with Google’s Pixelbook Go laptop, Twitter returns to the Mac, Africa’s first homegrown smartphone, SpaceX and NASA kiss and make up, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.…
Thu. 10/10 - Apple Removed the App Again…
Oct 10 • 17 min
Apple takes down the Hong Kong app that it reinstated after taking it down in the first place, Waymo will soon let real people into driverless cars, Grammarly is the newest unicorn, and why, if you live in the Bay Area, your house might be without power……
Wed. 10/09 - Where Would We Be Without Lithium-Ion Batteries?
Oct 9 • 16 min
Twitter used your 2-Factor credentials to sell ads against you, the China/Hong Kong/tech controversies roll on, Mark Zuckerberg is going back to Washington, and the Nobel Prize for chemistry gives long overdue recognition to the most important technology…
Tue. 10/08 - The PlayStation 5 Is Coming!
Oct 8 • 16 min
The PlayStation 5 is coming in about a year and Wired has the details, Hulu finally lets you download video, a gamer is banned for voicing support for Hong Kong protesters, how the Galaxy Fold was “fixed,” and Robinhood takes another crack at Cash…
Mon. 10/07 - macOS Catalina is Here!
Oct 7 • 17 min
A Kindle Kids Edition is here, Sonos speakers via subscription is here, macOS Catalina is here, but the following tab is gone from Instagram, PayPal is ghosting Libra, and why investors think the time to jump into Quantum Computing is now. Sponsors:Castro…
Waymo’s Head of Hardware, Satish Jeyachandran
Oct 5 • 17 min
Satish Jeyachandran is the Head of Hardware at Waymo. Before that he lead the self-driving team at Tesla, so he was in charge of the Autopilot team, and his job change lead to headlines at the time. Today Satish gives us a history lesson on Waymo, tells…
Fri. 10/04 - BAD Android Zero-Day Out There…
Oct 4 • 16 min
Really bad Android zero-day discovered, is the scooter space back? Apple makes an interesting acquisition, an exoskeleton allows a paralyzed man to walk again and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:PixelUnion.netElection Ride Home…
Thu. 10/03 - These Two Content Recommendation Companies Merged… You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!
Oct 3 • 15 min
Instagram launches Threads, the iPhone SE might ride again, the biggest content recommendation players have merged, Vice Media and Refinery 29 have merged, and why has Apple banned an app for users in Hong Kong? Sponsors:PixelUnion.netManscaped.com, code:…
Wed. 10/02 - Microsoft Is Back In The Smartphone Business
Oct 2 • 18 min
All the news from Microsoft’s Surface event… they’re making smartphones again! Anti-trust scrutiny gets results again as Apple says Siri will soon play nice with others, the Galaxy Fold reviews are in and might the other members of the Libra consortium be…
Tue. 10/01 - The Zuckerberg Tapes
Oct 1 • 16 min
Listen in on Mark Zuckerberg rallying the troops, GoPro hopes newer cameras revive its fortunes, prepping for the Microsoft event tomorrow, the SEC slaps a crypto company on the wrist, and Tesla’s new Smart Summon feature has made for some viral videos.…
Mon. 09/30 - Has WeWork Slain The Unicorn Market?
Sep 30 • 18 min
IS the new iOS release finally bug free? Add podcasts to your Spotify playlists, WeWork officially “delays” its IPO, which gives us a reason to examine why the Unicorn IPO Parade has mattered, and This Week In Elon Musk is all about achieving orbit.…
Fri. 09/27 - Your Slacks Can Always Come Back To Haunt You
Sep 27 • 16 min
A DoorDash data breach that has a bad new angle, we might see the foldable Razr phone by the end of the year, how long can this alternative app store last before Apple shuts it down, the biggest Tesla software update yet, and of course, the weekend…
Thu. 09.26 - Uber Wants To Be ‘the operating system for your everyday life’
Sep 26 • 15 min
Uber wants to become “the OS for everyday life,” Peloton’s IPO is a good news/bad news situation, the FTC sues Match.com for allegedly catfishing people, stuff I missed from yesterday’s Amazon event, and an “interesting raise” startup that wants to turn…
Wed. 09/25 - It’s Alexas All The Way Down!
Sep 25 • 15 min
Amazon’s hardware event gives us more Alexa in just about anything you can think of, Oculus has some news on the VR front, the 2020 iPhones might echo the iPhone 4 design, and those dog like robots from Boston Dynamics are finally leaving the lab, but to…
Tue. 09/24 - Adam Neumann Out of (We)Work
Sep 24 • 16 min
Adam Neumann out as WeWork CEO, Facebook acquires CTRL-Labs to deliver computing controlled by your brain, Kik officially shuts down its app, and is Microsoft preparing to let users control and monetize their own data?…
Mon. 09/23 - Google Play Pass And WeWork Soap Opera
Sep 23 • 19 min
Google Play Pass might usher in a new era of mobile gaming, the WeWork saga is becoming a soap opera, Facebook’s foes and (erstwhile) friends are talking to the FTC, and has Google ushered in the era of quantum supremacy?…
Fri. 9/20 - Airbnb Plans an Open House in 2020
Sep 20 • 18 min
Airbnb says it will have an IPO in 2020, Twitter exposes more bad state actors, a French court says Steam digital games may be resold in the EU, hold the phone on upgrading your iPhone to iOS 13, Amazon plays free with Allbirds, Tinder brings a new…
Thu. 09/19 - Huawei Launches a Flagship Without Google Apps
Sep 19 • 17 min
Huawei tries to launch a flagship smartphone without a Google net, could Apple and Disney have merged? Some really interesting raises, for Automattic and Stripe, but also an autonomous construction equipment startup, and why there now might be SSD’s that…
Wed. 09/18 - Does Anyone Know What “Unlimited” Means?
Sep 18 • 17 min
Facebook debuts Portal TV, and wants to make AR smart glasses to replace your smartphone, Google Fi has an “unlimited” plan that is every bit as unlimited as any other, the Apple Watch Series 5 reviews and autonomous vehicles come to the farm.…
Tue. 09/17 - The iPhone 11 Reviews Are In
Sep 17 • 17 min
WeWork’s IPO is off for now, Amazon Music HD is going after Tidal, the Streaming Wars mean big price tags for Seinfeld and Big Bang Theory, and a wrap up of all the iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max reviews. Sponsors:OpenVPN.net/rideMealime.com Links:Computer…
Mon. 09/16 - Did Amazon Change its Algorithms to Make Itself More Profitable?
Sep 16 • 16 min
If Amazon wants to tip-toe past the regulators, headlines like those from today can’t help, October is going to be filthy with major tech launch events, is TikTok showing us the future of the Chinese web in worrying ways, and let’s pour one out for…
Building AI We Can Trust With Gary Marcus
Sep 15 • 22 min
As I mentioned in the Weekend Longreads segment, Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis had an op ed in the times that has changed the way I think about the state of AI. But they’re also the authors of a great new book, Rebooting AI: Building Artificial…
iPhone Event Debrief With John Voorhees of MacStories
Sep 14 • 25 min
We had the big iPhone announcement this week, so to break it down, our good friend at MacStories, John Voorhees is here to dive into… why so much backlash to this event? Was it boring? What did we actually get from Santa Tim? And why we might look back at…
Fri. 09/13 - Cloudflare IPO: Good. WeWork IPO: (???…)
Sep 13 • 18 min
Cloudflare has a successful IPO, but will WeWork’s planned IPO be considered a success even if it actually has one? Is another investment bubble popping in the AR/VR space? Will the streaming wars kill the back-end deal in Hollywood? And, of course, the…
Thu. 09/12 - Uber: We’re NOT in the Ride Hailing Business!
Sep 12 • 17 min
Uber says the California contractor law doesn’t apply to it because it is… checks notes… not technically in the ride hailing business, will France block Libra in the EU, dark mode comes to Slack, crowd-sourced answers come to Alexa, and, some news on the…
Wed. 09/11 - California Borks The Gig Economy (?)
Sep 11 • 15 min
Will a California law change the entire landscape of the gig economy? Can Dutchie build a Shopify-like ecommerce platform for cannabis? Will Switzerland be less welcoming to Libra that Facebook hoped? And a rundown of the fallout from yesterday’s iPhone…
Tue. 09/10 - The iPhone 11 Event
Sep 10 • 18 min
All the news from the iPhone launch. Also, the Attorneys General officially go after Google… but why is California sitting this one out? And… is Masa Son pressuring WeWork to cancel its IPO or is it full speed ahead? Sponsors:Tinycapital.comJobs At…
Mon. 09/09 - Apple Hides Its Own Apps (Sorta)
Sep 9 • 17 min
The MIT Media Lab director steps down, Apple sort of hides its own apps in App Store searches, why big tech should worry about the states as much as Uncle Sam, reviews of the Google Nest Hub Max and why hands-free games actually make you a better driver.…
Fri. 09/06 - Sonos Goes Portable and Apple Music Goes To The Web
Sep 6 • 15 min
Apple might have just given us the final reason to delete iTunes, Sonos has its first portable speaker, the Attorney’s General are targeting Facebook as well, it’s duplicating Google services all the way down, and, of course, the Weekend Longreads…
Thurs. 09/05 - Know When To Unfold Them
Sep 5 • 20 min
Thurs. 09/05 - Know When To Unfold Them: China tracking Uyghurs, WeWork’s lower IPO target, Samsung’s fix for its Fold, Apple retouches its phones, and more in today’s episode.
Wed. 09/04 - A Phone to Save You From The Internet?
Sep 4 • 15 min
Google gets a fine and is about to be investigated by all the states, Android 10 is here, a $14k gaming chair is here, a slew of new Fire TV devices are here, and the Light Phone 2 wants to save you from the Internet.…
Tue. 09/03 - Foldable Phones Refuse To Die
Sep 3 • 16 min
Samsung is gonna take another crack at foldable phones with a different design, sleep tracking is coming to the Apple Watch, Firefox 69 locks down everything, and a deep dive into the whole Ring Doorbell and Neighborhood controversy.…
Fri. 08/30 - The Worst iPhone Attack Ever
Aug 30 • 17 min
The biggest iPhone attack ever, Microsoft wants to make tablet mode on Windows 10 more desktop-y, airlines are banning Macbook Pros, Jack Ma and Elon Musk debate AI and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:CastroListennotes.com/api Links:Mysterious…
Thu. 08/29 - Apple Bends On “Right To Repair”
Aug 29 • 17 min
Apple makes nice with repair shops (and saves the date for the iPhone launch next month), an undersea cable mostly already built could be axed cause… China stuff, YouTube says it’s made progress on cleaning up its algorithm, and a machine learning betting…
Wed. 08/28 - Apple Walks Back the Siri Thing
Aug 28 • 16 min
Apple walks back the Siri grading program, Peloton’s S-1 reveals an interesting company, Fitbit’s interesting new smartwatch, don’t travel if you use social media at all, and another new service enters the Google Graveyard. Sponsors:CastroJobs At…
Tue. 08/27 - Anthony Levandowski Arrested
Aug 27 • 16 min
Anthony Levandowski is arrested, Facebook is taking another run at Snapchat with something called Threads, Yelp adds personalized results for the first time, the BBC wants in on the voice assistant craze, The Irishman IS coming to theaters after all, and…
Mon. 08/26 - The Most Powerful Chromebooks Ever
Aug 26 • 17 min
Google and Dell team up for enterprise-grade Chromebooks, Baidu makes big leaps in smart-speaker market share, Binance lets you lend crypto for interest, publishers sue Audible and why, when it comes to autonomy, maybe we should swim before we try to…
Taking Elon’s Temperature With Tesla Daily
Aug 24 • 22 min
About a year ago, Elon Musk was doing so much crazy stuff, I was desperate for someone to tell me what was going on. So, I reached out to Rob Maurer from the Tesla Daily podcast to be a sort of Elon whisperer for me. Rob was great and gracious, and…
Fri. 08/23 - Are “Partners” Looking To Exit Libra?
Aug 23 • 17 min
YouTube shuts down channels over Hong Kong content, some of Facebook’s Libra partners are having second thoughts, the WSJ finds some shady items on Amazon, the reviews of the Galaxy Note10+ are in, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:BRD’s Top…
Thu. 08/22 - Google Deserts Desserts (h/t The Verge)
Aug 22 • 18 min
Will we see an iPhone Pro next month? Google has a new proposal for ad tracking, Android deserts dessert nomenclature, why hasn’t tech solved parking yet, and why The Irishman might be a major fork in the road for Netflix. Sponsors:PixelUnionBRD.com on…
Wed. 08/21 - The Bull Case For WeWork
Aug 21 • 17 min
Next gen chips from Intel, the real HQ2 for Amazon is in India, the controversy around Apple blocking ad tracking on kids apps is a real case for King Solomon, and Ben Thompson makes a compelling bull case for WeWork. Sponsors:Pixelunion.netRead the Blog…
Tue. 08/20 - Is Apple TV+ DOA?
Aug 20 • 17 min
Twitter suspends a bunch of China-linked accounts, is Apple TV+ dead on arrival? 23 towns in Texas are hit with ransomware, and why isn’t Alexa in your car? Sponsors:DataTribe.com/challengePixelUnion.netBRD’s Longread About Libra Links:Information…
Mon. 08/19 - The Silicon Chip To Define The AI Era?
Aug 19 • 19 min
Libra gets competition, Spotify and Roku get family friendly, Amazon is sitting out the launch of Disney+ (for now), Ikea is serious about becoming a smart-home player, and can the world’s largest semiconductor chip kickstart an AI revolution?…
Is The Netflix Algo Broken? With Julia Alexander @loudmouthjulia
Aug 17 • 25 min
On a recent weekend longreads segment, I recommended a piece by The Verge’s Julia Alexander asking whether Netflix’s recommendation algorithms were broken, or maybe borked. We’re going to talk a bit about that today, but since Julia is on the Streaming…
Fri. 08/16 - Coinbase says all your bitcoin base are belong to us
Aug 16 • 17 min
Coinbase says all your bitcoin base are belong to us, Apple sues a “virtualization” company, was Amazon offering vendors a pay to play scheme with Amazon Choice, and, as always, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:Metalab.coMacStadium.com/ridehome…
Thu. 08/15 - Three Words And An App That Could Save Your Life
Aug 15 • 18 min
Facebook tweaks groups, Google Assistant lets you remind family members, can we be training voice AI in a better way, say hello to the Sega Genesis Mini, and the free app that can save your life out in the wilderness.…
Wed. 08/14 - “We” Files, a MacBook Pro “No Fly List” and “Boatbnb”
Aug 14 • 18 min
WeWork files for its IPO, a huge data leak reveals fingerprints, facial recognition data and more, are you going to have trouble taking your MacBook Pro on your next flight, why Two and a Half Men is the next big piece in the streaming wars and why I’m…
Tue. 08/13 - Automattic & Tumblr & Snap & Spectacles 3
Aug 13 • 15 min
Tumblr finds its final home (hopefully), new Snap Spectacles, a new gaming startup tries to one-up Fortnite’s social model, why your DSLR camera is a prime ransomware target, and yes, Twinfluencers are apparently a thing.…
Mon. 08/12 - Your 108 Megapixel Smartphone Camera
Aug 12 • 19 min
Would you want (or need) a 108MP smartphone camera? The “Ninja” Blevins/Twitch breakup explained. The cat-and-mouse between Chrome and paywalls explained. Credit where due for Apple on wearables, and why touchscreens might not be a user interface panacea.…
Fri. 08/09 - Can Ride Hailing EVER Make Money?
Aug 9 • 19 min
Uber and Lyft continue to lose money hand over fist, Huawei has a backup OS plan, Piano has a smarter paywall for news outlets, people are texting their “number neighbors” and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:MealimeCognitoHQ.com…
Thu. 08/08 - I Put Zero Thought Into This Episode Title (explained in the episode)
Aug 8 • 18 min
All the headlines from the Galaxy Note 10 event, to what degree does Zuckerberg really want to keep Instagram independent, Google is expanding podcast search capabilities, you can now tell Alexa to slow down, and Netflix bags Benioff and Weiss and what…
Wed. 08/07 - The Disney+ Bundle Is Nuts
Aug 7 • 16 min
We have a launch date for Disney+ and we also have confirmation of a wicked compelling bundle, FedEx officially breaks up with Amazon, Amazon trades accusations with CVS and Walgreens, iOS API changes make life difficult for Facebook, and why it might be…
Tue. 08/06 - The Apple Card is Here, And It’s A… Credit Card…
Aug 6 • 19 min
The Apple Card is here (for some of you), industrial cyberattacks have doubled, are Yelp and Grubhub partnering to hurt restaurants, Amazon’s scoot robots come to Southern California, 5G comes to New York City and what to expect from tomorrow’s Samsung…
Mon. 08/05 - Cloudflare Breaks Up With 8chan
Aug 5 • 17 min
Cloudflare stops doing business with 8chan, two big new smartwatch releases, why the Athletic believes people will pay for sports news, the 22 year old founder of the newest unicorn, and why used electric vehicles might signal EVs are entering the…
The State of Amazon With Jason Del Rey
Aug 3 • 28 min
The Vox/Recode family has a new podcast, Land of the Giants. And so we’re going to talk to Jason Del Rey, the voice behind the first season of this podcast, which focuses on Amazon. But look, I’ve wanted to get someone on to talk turkey with me about…
Fri. 08/02 - Stop Listening To Me, Siri!
Aug 2 • 18 min
Google and Apple suspend their programs where humans listen in on what you say to your voice assistant, Google will let Android users in Europe pick a search engine, Verizon tortures the very definition of words, Amazon dash buttons have an official end…
Thu. 08/01 - Chips Get Faster, Scooters Get Rugged-er
Aug 1 • 17 min
Intel’s faster new chips, Bird’s more durable new scooters, Samsung’s new lack of a headphone jack, Cisco settles with the government, IBM’s facing an age discrimination lawsuit, Cloudflare’s planning an IPO and the new season of Fortnite.…
Wed. 07/31 - Apple: What, Me Worry?
Jul 31 • 18 min
Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones, but they want you to know that that’s just fine. Samsung isn’t selling as many high end smartphones as they’d like, but seemingly no one is. There’s a new Galaxy Tab, Facebook hasn’t given up on their Portal ambitions…
Tue. 07/30 - The Capital One Breach Is A Weird One
Jul 30 • 17 min
Another day, another data breach… but this Capital One breach has some odd new wrinkles, the Android smartphone industry continues to be a tough gig for most manufacturers, I’m ready for smart contact lenses and apparently, the YouTube creator community…
Mon. 07/29 - Google Leaks, So We Don’t Have To
Jul 29 • 19 min
Google continues to leak Pixel 4 details itself, Github bans users from specific countries, will we eventually see a TikTok phone? Consolidation in the food delivery space, and all hail our first official Fortnite World Cup Champion.…
Fri. 07/26 - The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Is Approved
Jul 26 • 19 min
The T-Mobile/Sprint merger gets the go-ahead, a whole bunch of odds-n-ends Apple stories, SoftBank announces a new Vision Fund, the biggest earnings wrap-up of the calendar quarter, turns out that Chris Hughes was serious about breaking up Facebook, and…
Thu. 07/25 - The Galaxy Fold Lives!
Jul 25 • 16 min
Samsung says we will finally see the Galaxy Fold in September, Tesla has a bad earnings miss, Deep Mind and Waymo partner to hopefully speed up AV development, AT&T can’t stop dialing up new streaming services and a gadget, game and documentary review…
Wed. 07/24 - Is Media Piracy Coming Back?
Jul 24 • 20 min
The FTC comes down on Facebook, but is the new DOJ probe really what Silicon Valley should worry about? Cruise won’t be self-driving taxis in San Francisco this year, Snap really seems to be on the rebound, and is media piracy poised for a major comeback?…
Tues. 7/23 - Intel Outside
Jul 23 • 16 min
Apple may buy Intel’s floundering 5G chip division, new rumored iPhone models seem like modest bumps, the attorney general dreams of an impossible encryption backdoor, a Facebook design flaw potentially exposed children to strangers, the NSA consolidates…
Mon. 7/22 - Just the Equifax, Ma’am
Jul 22 • 16 min
Equifax agrees to a settlement over its massive 2017 data breach, Microsoft invests a billion dollars in an generalized AI startup, Huawei is linked to North Korea’s cellular network buildout, Google settles multiple lawsuits, including a decade-old one…
Is Tech Making Us- Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid?
Jul 21 • 38 min
Is technology really rotting our brains, destroying our society… or is that what everyone has always worried about with every technological advance, going back to tv, or telephones, or even writing letters? The new book, Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid:…
The Moon Landing With Charles Fishman
Jul 20 • 37 min
So, today, July 20th 2019 is the 50th anniversary of human beings walking on the moon for the first time. As Glenn mentioned on Friday’s weekend longreads segment, Fast Company has been doing a 50 days to the moon thing. 50 different stories around the…
Fri. 7/19 - This Pentagon Contract Is Not the One You’re Looking For
Jul 19 • 16 min
Microsoft makes boring pay dividends, Trump says he’ll use JEDI mind tricks to examine a Pentagon bid, Orlando ends a controversial facial-recognition test with Amazon, and your weekend long read suggestions. Sponsors Castro Fireside Links: Microsoft…
Thurs. 07/18 - Netflix’s Numbers Visit the Upside Down
Jul 18 • 16 min
Netflix’s growth disappoints, but Stranger Things have happened. The Democratic National Committee tells candidates to avoid the photo-aging simulator FaceApp. Don’t expect driverless cars any time soon, despite the hype. Can 5G networks give you cancer?…
Wed. 07/17 - Neuralink and Boston Dynamics Are Ready For Their Closeup
Jul 17 • 18 min
Google says Project Dragonfly is dead, Apple might be producing its own original podcasts, the Switch regular gets a refresh, and two long-time interesting companies: Neuralink and Boston Dynamics are ready for the spotlight. Sponsors: Castro SVB.com/next…
Tue. 07/16 - Who Put The Politics In My Tech?
Jul 16 • 17 min
Facebook explains Libra to Congress, Amazon might be next in the EU’s woodshed, Google might be next in Trump’s woodshed, another Tesla lineup shakeup, a couple of interesting raises and Microsoft opens Windows up to all your digital assistants. Sponsors:…
Mon. 07/15 - Don’t Naruto-Rush Area 51
Jul 15 • 18 min
The FTC is readying a record fine for Facebook, but is it just a parking ticket? Qualcomm refreshes the Snapdragon lineup, governments want to make money off of selling your data also, Microsoft Office quietly winning in mobile, and the Air Force warns:…
Is Ecommerce Gonna Kill The Grocery Store? With Joe Fassler
Jul 14 • 27 min
Remember that longread from Friday? I knew lots of physical retail was under threat from ecommcerce, but do we have to worry about the grocery store too? As I said, this was something I’ve never considered. So read the piece because I got in touch with…
The Superhuman Brouhaha With Mike Davidson
Jul 13 • 30 min
Remember the whole Superhuman kerfuffle of the last week or so? Mike Davidson wrote a blog post calling out some shady stuff in the Superhuman email product, all of silicon valley debated it, Superhuman walked things back a bit, and actually, I didn’t…
Fri. 07/12 - Amazon Developing A High-End Echo Speaker
Jul 12 • 16 min
Amazon is developing a high-end Echo speaker, the PC market’s not dead yet, Postmates is having second thoughts about going public and might shop itself around instead, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Metalab.co…
Thu. 07/11 - Bird In Trouble Or Turning The Corner?
Jul 11 • 15 min
Apple quietly brings the hammer down on Zoom’s hidden web server, Apple also turns off Walkie Talkie in order to fix it, Google Assistant is listening in on you also, Amazon Music is a streaming dark-horse and dang is Bird losing a lot of money. Sponsors:…
Wed. 07/10 - The New Switch Lite Drops The… “Switching”
Jul 10 • 20 min
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller cheaper Switch that doesn’t “switch,” HBO Max is ready for the streaming thunderdome, is Slack falling behind Microsoft Teams, and an effort to close a funny tax loophole for crypto investors. Sponsors: SVB.com/next…
Tue. 07/09 - Apple Culls The MacBook Herd
Jul 9 • 15 min
Apple culls the MacBook herd, YouTube returns to FireTV, a weird zero day exploit in Zoom’s video conferencing app, Elon Musk shakes up his autopilot team, and Stranger Things 3 breaks records for Netflix. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Metalab.co…
Mon. 07/08 - The Rise of the Professional Dungeon Master
Jul 8 • 15 min
Your driver’s license is already being used for facial recognition surveillance, VC investment in Chinese startups is plummeting, I have an answer to my question around cities paying ransom to hackers, and if this podcast thing goes away, I know my next…
The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates? (Pt. 2)
Jul 7 • 58 min
Part Two of the legendary Gary Kildall Story… Sponsors: Tiny.website CognitoHQ.com Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates? (Pt. 1)
Jul 6 • 42 min
Part One of the legendary Gary Kildall Story… Sponsors: CognitoHQ.com Tiny.website Subscribe to the Ad-Free Feed!
Fri. 07/05 - Apple Waves the White Flag on Keyboards?
Jul 5 • 18 min
A Superhuman mea culpa, no mea culpa but Apple might be ready to tacitly admit the butterfly keyboards were a mistake, inside Walmart’s turf battles over ecommerce, HQ Trivia lays off staff, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: CognitoHQ.com…
Wed. 07/03 - Why Is Everyone Arguing Over Superhuman?
Jul 3 • 16 min
Telsa sold a lot more Model 3’s than anyone expected, more signs of tech manufacturing fleeing China, Uber’s new Dine-In service is kinda brilliant, and have you seen the whole tech world arguing over Superhuman? Sponsors: TinyCapital.com Instacart.com…
Tue. 07/02 - Are ISP Caps the Achilles Heel of Game Streaming?
Jul 2 • 14 min
We know when the Galaxy Note 10 is coming, we don’t know why Microsoft is teasing Windows 1.0, Nvidia refreshes the RTX line, meditation app Calm is finding success in an interesting way, and Loon is about to have its first big test. Sponsors:…
Mon. 07/01 - Was Jony Ive Burned Out AT Apple or BY Apple?
Jul 1 • 17 min
Was Jony Ive burned out at Apple or was he burned out BY Apple? Again, Roku as the quiet mega-player in the streaming wars, how TikTok is spending its way to ubiquity (on the backs of those it wants to supplant) and how tech is revolutionizing Archeology.…
Bitcoin- What the Heck? With CoinTalk’s Aaron Lammer
Jun 30 • 31 min
I didn’t cover it, but you might have noticed that this week, bitcoin did indeed cross that magical $10,000 mark, in fact, got to $13,000 a coin only to flash crash back down again almost to $10,000. But look, seemingly the crypto spring is upon us and I…
Silicon Valley and Monopoly With Matt Stoller
Jun 29 • 26 min
Is it really different this time? Is the regulatory hammer about to come down on Silicon Valley? Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Open Markets Institute; he’s writing a book on the history of Monopoly power; and he has direct experience with this stuff. He…
Fri. 06/28 - Jony Ive Leaves Apple
Jun 28 • 17 min
Jony Ive is leaving Apple, health tech is having its first big IPO, Amazon looks like it is finally ready to kill UPS, I’ve got issues with Google’s new reCAPTCHA’s and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely Gabi.com/ride Links:…
Thu. 06/27 - The Mystery That Is Superhuman
Jun 27 • 16 min
Twitter still allows public figures to break its rules, but it will warn you when they do, Zuckerberg says you need him on that wall, the US Wireless Emergency Alert system can be easily spoofed, and the mystery that is Superhuman. Sponsors: SVB.com/next…
Wed. 06/26 - Apple Acquires Drive.ai
Jun 26 • 17 min
Apple buys Drive.ai, the days of the phone notch might be numbered, the first solar powered electric car, fighting over the streaming rights for The Office, and why streaming music hasn’t been kind to classical music. Sponsors: SVB.com/next…
Tue. 06/25 - Bill Gates’ Biggest Mistake
Jun 25 • 18 min
LinkedIn’s changes mean peak newsfeed is truly behind us, hackers have been stealing a massive amount of phone data without touching phones, early impressions of the recent Apple beta releases and Bill Gates fesses up to his greatest career failure.…
Mon. 06/24 - Why Tonight’s SpaceX Launch Is So Important
Jun 24 • 15 min
The Raspberry Pi 4 might finally be a full PC replacement, the first real bipartisan bill around data collection has arrived, is the Echo Show 5 the best Echo ever or just the best smart alarm clock ever, and why tonight’s Falcon Heavy launch might be the…
E3 Wrapup and the Gaming Space with Brian Heater of TechCrunch
Jun 23 • 21 min
E3 was last week, not even this past week, but I did want to get a debrief on what went on there, so I had to wait for everyone to get back from E3 and Brian Heater of TechCrunch is here to file a report. Where is gaming in this transition to streaming?…
CoinDesk’s Brady Dale On Libra and the “Crypto Spring”
Jun 22 • 24 min
Well, given the news of the week, I knew we needed to do a deep dive on Libra, so I called up our friend Brady Dale at CoinDesk and we get into it. What do crypto folk think of Libra? Is he surprised by the governmental backlash? And since by the time you…
Fri. 06/21 - Google Abandons Tablets
Jun 21 • 16 min
Google is getting out of the tablet business, there’s a MacBook Pro recall but not because of keyboard issues, a startup is aiming to disrupt the billable hour in the legal space, the world’s “first” electric plane is here, and, of course, the weekend…
Thu. 06/20 - Slack’s (kinda) IPO
Jun 20 • 16 min
Slack debuts as a publicly traded company, there will be Congressional hearings about Libra, a Florida city pays ransom money to hackers, getting your internet from your lightbulbs and are we on the cusp of a fast-charging-battery revolution Sponsors:…
Wed. 06/19 - The Fallout From Facebook Coin
Jun 19 • 15 min
More revelations about the horrible job that is Facebook Moderation, Best Buy now doubles as a Genius Bar—sorta, YouTube has some new AR tricks and is mulling some changes for kids, and the reaction to Facebook’s crypto play has me fascinated. Sponsors:…
Tue. 06/19 – Is Facebook Now in Crypto… or Just Payments?
Jun 18 • 17 min
Facebook announces Libra, Twitch acquires Bebo, are unmanned convenience stores something people even want, Facebook wants more houses in Silicon Valley, and LA real estate is starting to look like Silicon Valley. Sponsors: SVB.com/next Castro Links:…
Mon. 06/17 – The 5G iPhones Might Be Both Bigger and Smaller
Jun 17 • 17 min
The 5G iPhones might be both bigger and smaller, both Huawei and the chip industry prepare for tough times, Genius says it caught Google red-handed, is the US making a big 5G mistake and what exactly is farming-as-a-service? Sponsors: Castro Linkedin…
The Business of Content With Simon Owens
Jun 16 • 25 min
Simon Owens is a journalist who, in his writing, podcasting and newsletters, covers the whole gamut of digital media, from the creator side to the publisher side… from the journalist side to the business side. So, we’ve got a great, wide-ranging…
Among the Amazon Robots With Matt Simon
Jun 15 • 22 min
That Wired longread that I suggested yesterday, about Amazon’s warehouse robots really stuck with me for personal reasons you’ll hear in a second. I talked to the author of the piece, Matt Simon, not only cause I wanted more flavor on what it was like to…
Fri. 06/14 - Are Foldable Phones Cursed?
Jun 14 • 18 min
Are foldable phones cursed—and will we ever see one? Facebook coin might be coming as early as next week, the hottest crypto is up 330% YTD but you’ve probably never heard of it, some IPOs to report on and, of course, the weekend longread suggestions.…
Thu. 06/13 - The Most Interesting Startup I’ve Heard Of In A While
Jun 13 • 16 min
Telegram is getting DDoS’d, Google pulls a Radiohead on Pixel phone leakers, Bird buys Scoot, my dream TV is a wall, and the most interesting startup I’ve heard about in a while. Sponsors: SVB.com/next PixelUnion.net Links: Telegram faces DDoS attack in…
Wed. 06/12 - The DOJ is Telegraphing its Possible Punches to Silicon Valley
Jun 12 • 15 min
The state of the Internet according to Mary Meeker, Houseparty joins the Fortnite party, Uber Elevate is planning some important firsts, the DOJ is telegraphing its possible punches to Silicon Valley, and someone find Have I Been Pwned a good home.…
Tue. 06/11 - “Any data that is collected, WILL be breached.”
Jun 11 • 15 min
An abject example of the maxim, “any data that is collected, will be breached,” Foxconn isn’t worried about a trade war so maybe Apple doesn’t have to be, electric car charging is about to get easier, and why it’s weird that Spotify can advertise against…
Mon. 06/10 - The New Xbox Looks Like a Beast
Jun 10 • 17 min
The next generation Xbox sounds like a beast, Salesforce buys Tableau, Apple might buy a self-driving car startup, we finally get some details on Quibi and does Broadway want to jump on the streaming video bandwagon? Sponsors: Pantheon.io/ride…
WWDC Debrief With John Voorhees of MacStories
Jun 8 • 21 min
Does what is says on the tin. John Voorhees helps us sum up WWDC, get act dev reaction from the floor of the conference, and pick up some of the stray threads we missed from Apple’s biggest week of the year. Sponsors: Capterra.com/ride Molekule.com…
Fri. 06/07 - Walmart Wants To Deliver to Your… Fridge…
Jun 7 • 19 min
Now you can’t get Facebook on new Huawei phones, Barnes and Noble waives the white flag, WarnerMedia abandons that tiered streaming plan idea, Walmart wants to deliver directly to your refrigerator and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:…
Thu. 06/06 - This is Google Stadia (?)
Jun 6 • 15 min
Google Stadia details are revealed, Amazon shows off its delivery drone and Uber debuts Uber Copter, Facebook is going to do an official white paper for its cryptocurrency, and our mobile gadgets have finally dethroned the television. Sponsors:…
Wed. 06/05 - YouTube Takes Action-ish
Jun 5 • 17 min
YouTube actually DOES make some changes, Peloton is going public, could Prime open Amazon up to anticompetitive scrutiny, more on that Sign in with Apple controversy, and why your local police department might want to buy you Ring doorbell. Sponsors:…
Tue. 06/04 - What’s The Problem With Sign In with Apple?
Jun 4 • 20 min
It looks like Washington is serious about going after Big Tech in a big way, Firefox blocks cookies, why are developers trepidatious about that Sign In with Apple scheme, and why it’s time we really need to talk about the YouTube recommendation algorithm.…
06/03 - All the WWDC News
Jun 3 • 22 min
All the news and headlines from WWDC, the anti-trust brigade might be coming for Google in the US, a big chip acquisition, big news on the payments front, and a dispatch from the frontlines of the streaming wars… but, c’mon, we know what you’re here to…
WWDC Preview and Consumer Startups With Dan Frommer
Jun 1 • 32 min
Y’all know Dan Frommer. Veteran tech journalist. We’re gonna do a WWDC preview here today, but before that, Dan has his own, excellent newsletter, the new consumer! Sign up for it in the show notes! Link to the free and paid editions. Because this is the…
Fri. 05/31 - Does Amazon Want To Be A Mobile Carrier?
May 31 • 16 min
Might Amazon get into the cellular carrier game and thus make a Sprint/T-Mobile merger more palatable? Uber’s first quarterly report as a public company, what to expect from WWDC next week, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:…
Thu. 05/30 - Google Tells Adblockers To Jump Off A Bridge
May 30 • 16 min
Microsoft brings the Xbox Game Pass to PCs, Google gives the finger to adblockers (and all of us), the DOJ will only approve the Sprint/T-Mobile merger if there’s no actual market consolidation, GoGo wants to bring 5G to airplanes and when will an…
Wed. 05/29 - Riders Can Now Get Banned From Uber
May 29 • 14 min
Amazon has a new Echo Show to go after the Google Nest Home Hub, the NYC subway is entering the mobile era, Uber says it will now ban RIDERS who get bad Uber ratings, and Microsoft outlines its vision for a modern operating system. Sponsors:…
Tue. 05/28 - The iPod touch Lives!
May 28 • 15 min
The iPod touch lives (and got an update), Dell’s whole laptop lineup got an update, the apocalypse is coming for small vendors on Amazon, MacKenzie Bezos signs the Giving Pledge, and why a laptop infested with malware sold for $1.3 million dollars.…
Helvetica® Now With Monotype’s Charles Nix
May 27 • 25 min
Nerds and tech folk have always had a special fascination with typeface and font design, and especially with the venerable Helvetica. Today we’re going to talk to Charles Nix, who’s foundry Monotype had the challenge of updating Helvetica for the 21st…
Fri. 05/24 - iFixit Tears Down the MacBook Keyboard Tweaks
May 24 • 17 min
The Facebook cryptocurrency could be here in about six months, SpaceX launches its first batch of internet satellites, iFixit tears down the MacBook keyboard tweaks, the robots are coming for MLB umpires, and a supersized weekend longreads segment.…
Thu. 05/23 - An Indie Game Boy for the 21st Century
May 23 • 16 min
The Playdate is a Game Boy for the 21st Century, GitHub launches a Patreon for open source developers, Amazon is working on a health app that can monitor emotions, Door Dash is emerging at the leader in the food delivery wars, and Rotten Tomatoes brings…
Wed. 05/22 - The Huawei Mess Metastasizes
May 22 • 15 min
The Huawei mess metastasizes, the EU goes after Google again, Qualcomm loses to the FTC, and Comcast—of all people—is getting into health tech. Sponsors: AirTable.com/techmeme Tech.FidelityCareers.com The Castro Podcast App Links: Huawei: ARM memo tells…
Tue. 05/21 - Has Apple fixed the MacBook keyboard problem?
May 21 • 18 min
Has Apple fixed the MacBook keyboard problem? Huawei gets a 90 day reprieve, Instagram wants to copy Snapchat AND TikTok, the first self-driving mail trucks, and why would your smart car want to tell people if you’ve gained weight? Sponsors:…
Mon. 05/20 - Why 5G Could Ruin Weather Forecasting
May 20 • 17 min
Why Google ghosting Huawei might lead to a chain reaction for all of tech, the Sprint/T-Mobile merger gets a shot in the arm, GM sort of gets the point of software, I guess, and why 5G might be horrible for weather forecasting. Sponsors:…
The Streaming Wars With Eric Jackson
May 19 • 28 min
Eric Jackson is an investor at EMJ Capital Ltd. He’s deep in the media space, he’s deep in the streaming wars, as I think I say in this episode, he’s shaped a ton of my thinking about the streaming wars. So… where are we? Who’s up? Who’s down? Is it time…
Jay and Farhad Show Reunion Part II
May 18 • 42 min
You know them, you love them, Jay Yarrow of CNBC, Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times. It’s another Jay and Farhad Show Reunion! Today’s topics: Uber’s IPO, the Streaming Wars, and Game of Thrones! These are my favorite episodes. I just hit record, and we…
Fri. 05/17 - Is Minecraft Earth The Killer App For AR?
May 17 • 15 min
Can Minecraft Earth be the killer app for AR? Are the best and brightest shunning working at Facebook? Has drone maker DJI beaten GoPro at its own game? And do I have some killer weekend longreads suggestions? You better believe I do. Sponsors:…
Thu. 05/16 - The Hammer Comes Down on Huawei
May 16 • 15 min
The hammer is coming down on Huawei, China blocks Wikipedia, Google clarifies the Works with Nest shutdown, a 1TB microSD, more 5G rollouts, what should we think of Quibi and you didn’t fall for that porn scam did you? Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely.com…
Wed. 05/15 - Is Google Effectively Deprecating Search?
May 15 • 19 min
There’s a new major chip flaw called ZombieLoad, the major tech companies sign on to the so-called Christchurch Call to Action, San Francisco bans facial recognition tech, is Google effectively deprecating search, and did Beyonce make $300M on Uber?…
Tue. 05/14 - The Insane WhatsApp Flaw
May 14 • 15 min
WhatsApp discovered one of the craziest flaws I’ve ever heard about in mobile, Disney now controls all of Hulu, now we’ve got folding laptops, the One Plus 7 Pro is another strike against $1,000 phones and is bitcoin back? Sponsors: Joybird.com/ride…
Mon. 05/13 - The App Store Has A Supreme Court Problem
May 13 • 16 min
A Supreme Court ruling might spell trouble for Apple and others, Amazon is automating the boxers out of a job, Discord is doing some serious MAU’s, what the death of Nest means for IOT, and a LITERAL Bitcoin treasure hunt. Sponsors: WeWorkRemotely.com…
The Rise of Huawei with Dexter Thillien
May 12 • 28 min
Not too long ago I did a longreads suggestion about Huawei and listener Dexter Thillien got in touch, because he’s a telecoms analyst, and he was actually quoted in the article. Over email, he educated me about some of my misconceptions about Huawei and I…
Is Uber A Good Business? With Shira Ovide
May 11 • 23 min
I knew Uber was going public this week, and it occurred to me that since this podcast started, my default position has been: Uber: super cool company, but a lot of people have a lot of doubts about them. But I realized, I had never explained that, or gone…
Fri. 05/10 - The Uber IPO
May 10 • 16 min
Uber’s big IPO had some issues, smartphone shipments are at a 5 year low, do you need an app for unsubscribing to things and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: MacStadium.com/ridehome Metalab.co Links: Uber Jackpot: Inside One of the…
Thu. 05/09 - Chris Hughes Wants To Break Up Facebook
May 9 • 16 min
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break up Facebook, more developer details from I/O, Uber has an arbitration problem, shoe tech is real, and get ready for 64 megapixel smartphone cameras. Sponsors: Wix.com/podcast Metalab.co Links: It’s…
Wed. 05/08 - The Pixel 3a and Flagship “Lite” Phones
May 8 • 15 min
Google is talking big on privacy, but going after cookies helps their bottom line as well, why the Pixel 3a might usher in a new era of flagship “lite” phones, the huge Binance bitcoin hack and why does Bird want to sell you a scooter, not just rent you…
Tue. 05/07 - All The Headlines From Google I/O
May 7 • 16 min
All the news that I could possibly grab from Google’s I/O keynote, again, Alexa IS spying on you, Cruise Automation raises a big round… and will we ever actually see the Galaxy Fold? Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Metalab.co Links: THE PIXEL 3A PUTS…
Mon. 05/06 - Headlines From Microsoft’s Build Conference
May 6 • 17 min
All the announcements from Microsoft’s Build 2019, Mozilla fixes the Firefox snafu, we think, a grab-bag of Apple rumors and why Netflix’s competitive resiliency might be here to stay. Sponsors: Legacybox.com/ride Metalab.co Links Microsoft’s IntelliCode…
Fri. 05/03 - Facebook Coin Is Coming For Credit Cards
May 3 • 17 min
This Facebook cryptocurrency is real, people, Microsoft has a blockchain product as well, Verizon is looking to unload Tumblr, Softbank is considering an IPO for the vision fund and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: PixelUnion.net…
Thu. 05/02 - How Much Apple Actually Had to Pay Qualcomm
May 2 • 15 min
Facebook might get a federally appointed privacy official, Google lets you set a time-limit on what it tracks about you, what Apple had to pay Qualcomm, Russia might effectively leave the open web, a Wikipedia competitor, and is the low-hanging fruit gone…
Wed. 05/01 - Apple’s Earnings Were Bad, But Investors Rejoiced
May 1 • 16 min
Apple’s earnings were bad, but investors rejoiced, Andreessen Horowitz is continuing its transformation, Eric Schmidt is leaving Google’s board, don’t sleep on Hulu in the streaming wars and some thoughts on F8. Sponsors: PixelUnion.net Sonic.com/ride…
Tue. 04/30 - All The F8 Announcements
Apr 30 • 14 min
All the news from the Facebook F8 conference, Cheddar gets acquired, Alphabet shows weakness, and why does Ring, the smart doorbell, need a news editor? Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/techmeme PixelUnion.net Links Facebook details Messenger updates: New…
Mon. 04/29 - Do Millennials Want Vertical TVs?
Apr 29 • 16 min
There’s no reason the hotel chains can’t do what Airbnb does, why superzoom lenses might be the real innovation in smartphones right now, we’re almost done with Tech Earnings Season and why was GOT so dark last night? Sponsors: Pixelunion.com/agency…
Security Checkin with Dave Bittner of Cyberwire
Apr 28 • 29 min
I wanted to talk to Dave Bittner of CyberWire because the CyberWire podcasts are my go to source for keeping up with the security space in a broad way. And I’m glad I did, Dave is a super knowledgeable pro, and we do get into things like those huge…
Using Tech For Good? With Jigsaw’s Dan Keyserling
Apr 27 • 24 min
This one requires a bit of explaining. Remember that segment I did about Change A View, that subreddit that was becoming its own site to try to create a platform for healthy discourse and debate online? They got backing from—and technical support from—an…
Fri. 04/26 - Prime Delivery Changes
Apr 26 • 19 min
Amazon wants all Prime deliveries to be one-day shipping, Slack files for its IPO and Uber sets its price range, someone with a personal vendetta to fix Gmail and of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Sponsors: Tech.FidelityCareers.com…
Thu. 04/25 - Tech Earnings Bonanza!
Apr 25 • 16 min
It is just an earnings bonanza: Facebook? Good! Tesla? Bad! Microsoft? Really good! In fact, king of the world again! Nintendo? Not so good. Oh, and the whole Luminary, podcasting wars, Game of Phones and Nick Quah called it, had a crazy new wrinkle…
Wed. 04/24 - The Podcast Wars… Begun They Have?
Apr 24 • 17 min
iFixit thinks it knows why the Galaxy Fold is having issues, Wing becomes the first drone delivery operator cleared by the FAA, why Netflix has gone deep into debt and have the podcasting wars begun? Sponsors: Tech.FidelityCareers.com Tiny.Website Links:…
Tue. 04/23 - Tesla’s Autonomous Vehicle Distortion Field?
Apr 23 • 16 min
Tesla has an event that some people say is all reality distortion field, Facebook makes some interesting hires, Twitter is quietly chirping a tune Wall Street likes and Amazon Key is here to deliver inside your house. Sponsors: Tiny.website EthosLife.com…
Mon. 04/22 - The Galaxy Fold Is Delayed
Apr 22 • 16 min
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is delayed, Sri Lanka blocking social media is complicated, how you’re being tracked in the airport and at work, and why there’s no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to free apps. Sponsors: tech.FidelityCareers.com…
The AMA/Listener Call In Episode
Apr 21 • 19 min
Listeners ask questions. I try to give coherent answers. Sponsors: VistaPrint/ride remars.amazon.com, promo code: ride
Uber, Lyft and Bird- The Economics of Sharing with QZ’s Alison Griswold
Apr 20 • 25 min
Lyft has gone public. Uber will do so soon. So will Airbnb. Quartz’s Alison Griswold covers this stuff every day, and she has a great newsletter, covering this stuff every week. It’s called Oversharing, you can get it for free at oversharing.substack.com……
Fri. 04/19 - With Facebook, It’s Eternally Groundhog Day
Apr 19 • 15 min
Facebook finds a new way to handle the privacy scandal of the day, free, ad supported music from Amazon and Google, Dieter ended up reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Fold as best he could, and of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Sponsors: Mealime…
Thu. 04/18 - Why The Galaxy Folds Are Breaking
Apr 18 • 16 min
Samsung responds to the Galaxy Fold review unit issues, Google and Amazon end their streaming video spat, Pinterest and Zoom have their IPOs and could the Chinese web end up being more popular than the open web? Mealime app remars.amazon.com, promo code:…
Wed. 04/17 - Qualcomm Makes Apple Cry Uncle
Apr 17 • 16 min
There’s no other way to describe it: Qualcomm got Apple to surrender, are things back on for an Apple Car, Microsoft has a new Hub and a new Xbox One S, and why Hulu has an advantage the other streamers don’t. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Mealime app…
Tue. 04/16 - YouTube’s Algorithms Continue To Suck Out Loud
Apr 16 • 16 min
YouTube’s algorithms are abhorrent in a new way, details on the next Playstation console, Google makes nice with developers, and three interesting sides to the TikTok story. Sponsors: EveryKey.com 20% off with promocode RIDE20 Mealime App Links: YouTube…
Mon. 04/15 - Don’t Ignore Those Office Updates!
Apr 15 • 16 min
You really need to run those Office updates, rumors of chaos at HQ Trivia, further details on Apple Arcade and Apple News+, and hands on with the Galaxy Fold. Sponsors: Logianalytics.com/ride Mealime.com Links: Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and…
Internet From Space with WSJ’s Chris Mims
Apr 14 • 24 min
You might have noticed that I’ve gone down a bit of a wormhole lately when it comes to space tech, and actually, to understand why, listen to the very first minute of this conversation, because we actually work out why space tech has come to the forefront…
The State of Venture and “MegaRounds” with Crunchbase’s Jason Rowley - 4/11/19, 4.57 PM
Apr 13 • 17 min
While I talk about big round raises and startups and venture all the time, we haven’t really done a deep dive into where venture is at at the moment. So, who better to talk to than Crunchbase, and in this case, Crunchbase’s Jason Rowley. Today… the state…
Fri. 04/12 - Uber’s IPO and Disney+ Deets
Apr 12 • 21 min
Uber’s IPO filing is officially upon us and there was much rejoicing… or, at least, plenty of takes; Disney outlined its streaming video plans and in doing so it both put Apple to shame and fired a warning shot at Netflix, and, of course, the weekend…
Thu. 04/11 - Alexa Snags Its Own “Scandal”
Apr 11 • 17 min
Yes, there are people listening in on your Alexa recordings, but it’s complicated; Jeff Bezos challenges competitors to pay their workers more, the third big unicorn IPO of the year happened today, and a rundown of noteworthy recent startup raises.…
Wed. 04/10 - Day 2 of Google’s Cloud Next Conference
Apr 10 • 16 min
Day two of Google’s Cloud Next conference, an update on the unicorns still queueing up to come to market, the heat death of iTunes is closer to reality, and Walmart doubles down on robots. Sponsors: remars.amazon.com, promo code: ride Tiny.website Links:…
Tue. 04/09 - Google Cloud Next Announcements
Apr 9 • 17 min
The headlines from the Google Cloud Next conference, China seeks to ban cryptominers, why ads on streaming services is the new hotness, and also, why Roblox is the new hotness. Sponsors: Tiny.website GetQuip.com/ride Links: Google Cloud announces 7 open…
Mon. 04/08 - About Those iPhone Triple Camera Rumors…
Apr 8 • 17 min
Pinterest’s IPO looks set to make it an “undercorn,” the UK has some more ideas about regulating internet platforms, about those iPhone triple camera rumors, Netflix dumps AirPlay and Snap opts not to beat ’em; instead, plan’s to join ’em. Sponsors:…
Fri. 04/05 - Alexa is Coming for AirPods
Apr 5 • 18 min
Google scraps the AI ethics board, Alexa is coming for AirPods, the Bezos’ divorce is settled, Snap reminds everyone they’re pretty darned good at inventing weird stuff and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Metalab.co…
Thu. 04/04 - Amazon Joins The Internet Space Race
Apr 4 • 17 min
Facebook. Data. Exposure. Another one. Could Intel issues delay a 5G iPhone? Apple cuts the price of the HomePod, Amazon is going to launch Internet satellites, and the trouble with AI ethics boards. Sponsors: Imagekit.io/ride Metalab.co Links:…
Wed. 04/03 - Google’s Credibility Problem When It Comes To Products Dying
Apr 3 • 16 min
Facebook stops asking people to reveal their email passwords, WhatsApp gives you control over group chats, Google has a credibility problem when it comes to product shutdowns and 5G is kinda, officially here. Sponsors: LogiAnalytics.com/ride Metalab.com…
Tue. 04/02 - YouTube’s Turn In The Woodshed
Apr 2 • 17 min
The price of bitcoin soars, but is it for real? Walmart wants to let you shop with your voice, Andreessen Horowitz shakes up VC (again) and a scathing look at YouTube’s algorithm problems. Sponsors: Metalab.co LogiAnalytics.com/ride Links: Bitcoin jumps…
Mon. 04/01 - Gmail Was the ONLY Good April Fools’ Joke
Apr 1 • 18 min
Gmail celebrates an appropriate April Fool’s anniversary, the winners from the Lyft IPO, Mark Zuckerberg asks for regulation and food tech has delivered a meatless Whopper™. Sponsors: PaintYourLife.com: Text the word TECH to 48-48-48 Metalab.co Links:…
Space Tech With Bill Gattle of Harris Corp.
Mar 31 • 19 min
Today… another dipping of our collective toes into an adjacent tech space that we cover now and then, but don’t know all that much about. Another episode where I learn more and hopefully you learn more. Speaking of spaces… Space! Space tech! The final…
Apple Event Debriefing with MacStories’ Federico Viticci and John Voorhees
Mar 30 • 22 min
So, we did the pre-amble for the Apple Services event last week, I figured we should do a debriefing, especially since it was such a confusing event, at least to me. I knew I needed some Apple experts to help me out, so I reached out to Federico Viticci…
Fri. 03/29 - We have Lyft-Off! (Sorry)
Mar 29 • 16 min
Lyft IPO’d today, Huawei’s profits don’t seem affected by governmental pressures, Stack Overflow is looking for a new CEO, Alexa Business Blueprints allow you to create custom skills for your business and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:…
Thu. 03/28 - Spotify Tests Subscriptions For Two
Mar 28 • 15 min
Facebook is charged with violations of the Fair Housing Act, the UK gives Huawei a pass but drags them at the same time, Spotify lets you share your account with your better half, and let’s take two on that Google podcast transcription search experiment.…
Wed. 03/27 - Microsoft Puts the Kibosh on April Fools’ Jokes
Mar 27 • 16 min
The pioneers of modern AI win the Turing Award, Apple still hasn’t fixed its keyboard problem, India shot down a satellite in space and Microsoft puts the kibosh on April Fools’ jokes. The words to search for in Google podcasts (original story from the…
Tue. 03/26 - The EU’s Copyright Directive Cometh
Mar 26 • 17 min
The EU Parliament approves the “link tax” and the “upload filter.” Uber acquires Careem, McDonald’s makes a tech acquisition, and a wrap-up of the hot-takes from the Apple event. Sponsors: Datadog’s Integration with Alibaba Cloud Tiny.website Links:…
Mon. 03/25 - Apple Goes Hollywood!
Mar 25 • 15 min
The Apple event broken down piece by piece, YouTube wants out of the streaming video wars, Nintendo is working on two new Switch devices, is consolidation finally coming to the digital media space, and why you should know the name Transsion. Sponsors:…
The Ride Hailing Industry From The Driver’s Perspective With The Rideshare Guy
Mar 24 • 18 min
Not too long ago I recommended The Rideshare Guy podcast because I’ve fallen in love with it. That and his website, the Rideshareguy.com. Harry Campbell allows us to look at a space from a different angle than we usually do on this show. So, here’s a…
Apple’s Big Event With The Future Forward Podcast
Mar 23 • 33 min
Today, we’re going to talk Facebook’s pivot to privacy and Apple’s big event on Monday. Please do search your podcast apps and subscribe to the Future Forward podcast. Sponsors: Stamps.com, click the microphone and enter RIDE Vistaprint.com/RIDE
Fri. 03/22 - AT&T’s “5G E” is…. zzzzzzzzz…..?
Mar 22 • 18 min
Might Apple’s Monday event be a huge anticlimax? Is AT&T’s “5G E” slower than 4G? YouTube is responsible for 37% of mobile Internet Traffic, what programming languages are on the up and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Skillshare.com/ride…
Thu. 03/21 - Santa Tim Has Forsaken Us!
Mar 21 • 15 min
Reset the x number of days without a Facebook scandal calendar, Microsoft launches Virtual Desktop but begins sunsetting Windows 7, European Wikipedia goes dark, and the hottest coin in crypto is making people remember the glory days of 2017. Sponsors:…
Wed. 03/20 - Give Us More, Santa Tim!
Mar 20 • 16 min
The EU Commission hits Google with another billion Euro fine, Santa Tim had another surprise for us this morning with next generation AirPods, and in fact, it was a day of quiet upgrades, to the Oculus Rift, to the Kindle, even to Facebook Messenger.…
Tue. 03/19 - Stadia is Google’s Gaming Streaming Service
Mar 19 • 15 min
Google’s gaming service is called Stadia, the iMac lineup gets an update, Instagram ads in-app shopping, Intel wants to build an exascale computer and Y Combinator’s Demo Day, Day 1. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/RideHome Metalab.co Links: Google Stadia…
Mon. 03/18 - MySpace Loses All Your Stuff From 2005
Mar 18 • 16 min
An iPad mini refresh and a new iPad Air, MySpace has lost basically all your stuff, details of the Lyft IPO and the state of Seed Investing. Sponsors: Legacybox.com/ride Metalab.co Links: Apple launches new iPad Air and iPad mini (TechCrunch) Inside…
Technology and Policing with Matt Stroud, Author of the Book Thin Blue Lie
Mar 17 • 28 min
How technology has impacted policing has come up on this show far more than you would expect, if you think about it. So, when listener of the show Matt Stroud got in touch to talk about his new book about the impact of technology on policing, I said: yes…
The State of Consumer Data and Privacy With Consumer Reports’ Justin Brookman
Mar 16 • 23 min
When issues of consumer data, and consumer privacy come up on the show, I think I’ve asked a couple of times before, what are the laws here? In the United States. Who owns my data? What are the rules? What mechanisms are in place to give me control over…
Fri. 03/15 - Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real?
Mar 15 • 16 min
Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real, Apple responds to Spotify’s complaint, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome techmeme.robinhood.com Links: FACEBOOK’S HEAD OF PRODUCT LEAVES…
Thu. 03/14 - Facebook Under Criminal Investigation
Mar 14 • 16 min
Facebook’s data sharing is now under criminal investigation, and the company had a bad night with its services intermittently down across the globe, Dropbox is cracking down on freeloaders, Silicon Valley wants to build a monument to itself, and Google…
Wed. 03/13 - Spotify Anti-Trust’s Apple
Mar 13 • 16 min
Spotify files a pretty timely anti-trust complaint against Apple, Microsoft tries to get a jump on Google’s steaming video game announcement, is Google scaling back its hardware ambitions, what is Discord and why is it going mainstream all the sudden, and…
Tue. 03/12 - The Web Is 30 Years Old!
Mar 12 • 16 min
Facebook self owns by taking down Senator Warren’s ads, Spotify will now give you Hulu for free, why the Bay Area is no longer the best place for startups, and the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome…
Mon. 03/11 - How TikTok Is Different
Mar 11 • 23 min
Nvidia buys Mellanox, Tesla reverses course, a handy primer on how TikTok is different, and we check in on the smart takes from last week’s big stories. Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Podcast Feed! Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links:…
State of Crypto With Coindesk’s Brady Dale
Mar 10 • 20 min
Sometimes the bonus episodes are for getting news in areas that I might have missed or might not have made our show, but I still find interesting. This week I reached out to Brady Dale of Coindesk, because I know he’s a listener and I knew he could give…
Do I Want A Foldable Phone? With MG Siegler
Mar 9 • 23 min
You know MG Siegler. Once upon a time, he was one of the most prominent tech journalists in the land, when he wrote for TechCrunch. Now-a-days he is a prominent venture capitalist at GV. But he still likes to talk about gadgets. Maybe you’ve heard him do…
Fri. 03/08 - Senator Warren Wants To Break Up Big Tech
Mar 8 • 21 min
Senator Warren proposes breaking up big tech, Airbnb buys HotelTonight, why the big platforms are taking down vaccine content, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Subscribe to the Premium, Ad-Free Podcast Feed! Sponsors:…
Thu. 03/07 - Facebook Pivots To Privacy
Mar 7 • 16 min
Facebook pivots to privacy, Huawei follows through on suing the US government, Duplex rolls out wide, and Bird’s white label scooter scheme. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Metalab.co Links: A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking (Mark Zuckerberg)…
Wed. 03/06 - This Podcast Is A Year Old!
Mar 6 • 15 min
Fitbit unveils a new smartwatch and lowers prices across the board, Samsung is working on two more foldable phones, Grab grabs $1.4 billion from Masa Son and Waymo finally found a way to make money. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Metalab.co Links:…
Tue. 03/05 - Don’t Use “ji32k7au4a83” As A Password
Mar 5 • 15 min
The NSA program Snowden revealed might be done, Microsoft is readying a Windows Lite, poor iPhone sales are hitting Foxconn workers hard, a big strategic look at Netflix and why one seemingly random password is a poor choice if you care about your…
Mon., 03/04 - USB 4 Wishes and Password-Free Dreams
Mar 4 • 20 min
Facebook lets randos look you up by your phone number; Huawei is about to sue the U.S. government; a Vermont law exposes more than 100 data brokers; USB 4 is announced; Facebook offers a way to log in with your face…kind of; and the W3C has a new standard…
A16Z’s Connie Chan On Outgrowing Advertising As A Business Model
Mar 3 • 21 min
So, I hope you read the piece I mentioned in the long reads, Called Outgrowing Advertising, by Andreessen Horowitz’s general partner Connie Chan. Link in the show notes. Again, I think this points a way forward for the one trick pony-ism that I’ve…
Casey Newton on His Facebook Moderators Piece
Mar 2 • 20 min
It’s rare that I’ve seen an investigative piece get as much pickup as The Trauma Floor, Casey Newton’s look at the secret lives of Facebook content moderators. It was all anyone could talk about at the beginning of the week. Hope you’ve read it. If not,…
Fri. 03/01 - Lyft Files For Its IPO
Mar 1 • 17 min
Lyft officially files for its IPO and do the numbers reveal concern for Uber, New York wants Jeff Bezos to reconsider, Tesla slashes prices, physical sales trump downloads when it comes to music, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:…
Thu. 02/28 - Make Any Day Amazon Day
Feb 28 • 14 min
Amazon Day gives you the ability to schedule your Prime Deliveries, Motorola teases more details about the foldable resurrection of the Razr phone, the state of the smartwatch market, and seemingly every messaging platform might soon have a crypto coin.…
Wed. 02/27 - TikTok Bigger Than Instagram?
Feb 27 • 14 min
Fast flash storage for phones, TikTok passes a billion downloads, FedEx rolls out its own delivery bot, why you might be overpaying for cloud computing and why China wants to map the faces of pigs. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links:…
Tue. 02/26 - Might the FTC Undo Some Tech Mergers?
Feb 26 • 15 min
The Game of Thrones when it comes to modern tech platforms is very much up in the air, Satya Nadella defends making the HoloLens for the US Army, could the FTC undo previous tech mergers and that big Casey Newton piece about Facebook content moderators.…
Mon. 02/25 - Mobile World Congress Headlines
Feb 25 • 15 min
It’s a whole slew of headlines from Mobile World Congress: more foldable phones, dates for 5G chip sets and 5G coverage rollouts, and Microsoft unveils its HoloLens2. Plus: why Wikidata proves the bots still need us. Sponsors: Wix.com/podcast…
The “Influencers” Beat With Taylor Lorenz
Feb 24 • 22 min
Taylor Lorenz, over at the Atlantic has the influencer beat down. I’ve told you about so many of her stories, often as longreads. You think influencers… the universe of YouTube stars, Instagram stars, social media stars generally is a niche thing? No way.…
The State of The Gaming Industry With Jason Schreier @jasonschreier
Feb 23 • 19 min
Last week there was a bunch of gaming news, and if you’ll recall, I put a shout out to see if anyone could tell me what the heck is going on in the gaming space. Well, Jason Schreier, the news editor of Kotaku answered my Bat Signal, and so, here it is.…
Fri. 02/22 - The Most Acquisitive Unicorns
Feb 22 • 18 min
Facebook is shutting down its controversial Onavo app, Google’s streaming gaming service might get some hardware to go along with it, the most acquisitive unicorns and the weekend longreads suggestions. Here’s what you missed today in the world of tech.…
Thu. 02/21 - YouTube’s Ad Problem (Again) and Galaxy Reactions
Feb 21 • 14 min
Take-aways from all the hands-on reports with the new Samsung Galaxy S10 phones, hands-OFF reports about the Galaxy Fold, Apple teams up with Goldman Sachs on a new credit card, YouTube faces yet another scandal running ads on horrible content, and a look…
Wed. 02/20 - Galaxy Fold!
Feb 20 • 14 min
The foldable phone is here! And some regular new Galaxies too. Other stuff… (I’m late posting today… sorry! In a rush!) Sponsors: Castro Podcast App DataDogHQ.com/ridehome joybird.com/RIDE - 25% off your first order using code RIDE Links: Samsung’s…
Tue. 02/19 - Why Emoji Are Screwing Up Legal Cases
Feb 19 • 15 min
Qualcomm unveils a second gen 5G chip, Huawei’s founder hits back at the US, his biggest investors push back at Masa Son, and why emoji are causing problems in increasing numbers of court cases. Sponsors: The Castro Podcast App Promocode Ride at…
Mon. 02/18 - Ming-Chi Kuo: Here’s Apple’s Entire 2019 Lineup
Feb 18 • 17 min
Parliament calls Facebook a “digital gangster,” Australia’s Parliament was hacked, a full year of Apple lineup rumors, and since it’s a holiday here in the US, a mini longread segment. Sponsors: The Castro Podcast App Flatironschool.com/techmeme Links: UK…
Mark Gurman Says Apple “don’t even know for sure” What Project Titan Is Building
Feb 17 • 19 min
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the reporter who gets Apple scoops like no other. Quick catch up with Mark about his recent scoops, but also some Apple analysis in general: Apple has spent as much as 3 billion dollars on its original content for its new…
NBC News’ Jacob Ward On Data Vs. Privacy
Feb 16 • 18 min
Remember that first weekend longread from yesterday, from NBC’s Tech Correspondent Jacob Ward? As I said, it triggered some things that I’ve been thinking about for a while. About data and data harvesting and data capitalism. So, I reached out to Jacob to…
Fri. 02/15 - FTC To Fine Facebook?
Feb 15 • 18 min
More fallout and analysis of Amazon ghosting NYC, more signs of blockchain actually taking hold on Wall Street, Samsung’s lineup of gadgets leaks and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: The…
Thu. 02/14 - Amazon to NYC: Drop Dead!
Feb 14 • 16 min
Amazon says thank you, but no thank you, to New York City, JP Morgan has its own crypto token, Google might try to come at the iPhone on price, and the legendary Lee Clow retires. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Amazon Pulls Out of…
Wed. 02/13 - Apple’s Event About Services. But Which Ones?
Feb 13 • 17 min
An Apple event focused on services, a former Apple Vice President charged with insider trading, the larger gaming industry is having issues, and why your GPS device might have issues on April 6th of this year. Sponsors: Tiny.website Wix.com/podcast…
Tue. 02/12 - Amazon Buys Eero
Feb 12 • 15 min
Amazon acquires Eero, Apple is putting marketing muscle behind AR, looks like everyone was abusing Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program, and the new video game sensation giving Fortnite a run for its money. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website…
Mon. 02/11 - Trump Wants US To Get Serious About AI
Feb 11 • 15 min
The Trump Administration wants America to get serious about AI, Patch is actually profitable, Reddit raises a round, Apple Health for vets and hands on with AR navigation on Google Maps. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Trump to lay…
The Economics of Spotify With Victor Luckerson of @ringer
Feb 10 • 16 min
Remember this longread piece? Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class? It’s stuck with me because, a) I didn’t quite understand how the math worked out and b) I thought it was an interesting take on the ARTIST side of the equation as we move to…
What IS 5G Anyway, With Ericsson’s Peter Linder
Feb 9 • 17 min
I’ve told you plenty that this year, one of the big narratives, one of THE big stories… will be 5G. But what exactly IS 5G? Well, I spoke to Peter Linder, the head of 5G marketing, and evangelist at Ericsson. Here are all the answers to your questions, to…
Fri. 02/08 - The Jeff Bezos Stuff
Feb 8 • 18 min
Yes, we’re gonna talk about the Bezos thing, is Amazon reconsidering HQ2, Sprint sues over 5G, maybe digital media is just fine, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/techmeme Metalab.co Links: No thank you, Mr. Pecker (Jeff…
Thu. 02/07 - Facebook Dinged In Germany; Killin’ It In China
Feb 7 • 15 min
Germany is this week’s headache for Facebook, Twitter mixes up its MAU and DAU game, Cluno is subscriptions but for cars and Optimus Ride is what we mean by starting small with autonomous vehicles. Sponsors: Metalab.co DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links:…
Emergency Bonus- Nick Quah on Today’s Podcast News
Feb 6 • 18 min
THE expert on the Podcasting Industry breaks down today’s big news. Subscribe to Nick’s newsletter, HotPod. This episode has a full transcript.
Wed. 02/06 - Spotify Makes A Big Move Into Podcasting
Feb 6 • 15 min
Podcasting has its biggest news day ever, some pretty big executive shakeups, the new emojis for 2019 and how to steal a million dollars from an ATM without anyone noticing. Sponsors: QCon.ai Promocode: QCONAI2019 Metalab.co Links: Spotify has bought two…
Tue. 02/05 - Facebook Turns Fifteen
Feb 5 • 16 min
It’s getting more expensive for Google to make money, Facebook turns fifteen, choosing your own adventure is becoming a trend, and one specific way Fortnite is measurably bigger than the Super Bowl. Sponsors: Metalab.co DataDogHQ.com/ridehome…
Mon. 02/04 - Why CAPTCHA’s Have Gotten So Difficult
Feb 4 • 17 min
Soon you can play Xbox live everywhere, Google unveils Live Transcribe, Slack files to go public, the most crypto story ever and why CAPTCHA’s have gotten so difficult. Sponsors: QCon.ai - Save $75 with code: QCONAI2019 Metalab.co Links: Microsoft wants…
Self Driving Car Wagers With Timothy B. Lee @binarybits
Feb 3 • 20 min
Ars Technica’s Timothy B. Lee gives me odds on my self-driving car wager. Sponsor: Eero.com/ride promocode: ride
Jay and Farhad Show Reunion!! With @jyarow and @fmanjoo
Feb 2 • 34 min
For years, Jay Yarrow and Farhad Manjoo had a podcast, the Jay and Farhad show. You might remember Jay from his time at BusinessInsider (he’s an executive editor at CNBC now) and Farhad of course is a NYTimes columnist. Well, they stopped doing the…
Fri. 02/01 - The Apple/Facebook/Google Cold War
Feb 1 • 19 min
Turns out Google poked Apple in the eye also, layoffs hit Vice, Amazon reports earnings and reports that a ton of people responded to that minimum wage hike, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website…
Thu. 01/31 - Facebook’s Still Making Bank
Jan 31 • 14 min
Facebook returns to growth, iPhones might be getting USB-C and 3D cameras, Hulu’s launching pause-ads, and on Reddit, it’s paintings of paintings of paintings of birds, all the way down. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Mark Zuckerberg…
Wed. 01/30 - Facebook “Slaps Apple In The Face”
Jan 30 • 20 min
Facebook decides to mix it up a bit: what if we had a scandal that pissed off our business partners? Apple’s earnings are mixed but you can see where they’re going with this. Why Americans no longer answer the phone and are you ready for 1TB smartphones?…
Tue. 01/29 - The FaceTime Bug
Jan 29 • 16 min
Pretty major FaceTime bug from Apple, the DOJ makes it’s case against Huawei, the first successful ICO of the year and what Bluetooth ‘direction finding’ might do for you. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets…
Mon. 01/28 - An Apple Subscription Gaming Service?
Jan 28 • 16 min
An Apple subscription gaming service? Is Facebook Watch still alive? The GDPR floodgates are truly open. And losing to AI’s might have some benefits. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Apple Plans Gaming Subscription Service: Sources…
Self Driving Groceries With The WSJ’s Christopher Mims @mims
Jan 27 • 23 min
One of my favorite people to read is the Wall Street Journal tech columnist Chris Mims. We talked about his piece this week positing that email was back, baby! And I read a piece he did a while back about the new way of constructing super energy efficient…
The State of Digital Media With Rafat Ali @rafat
Jan 26 • 20 min
Given all the news of layoffs in the digital media space this week, I knew I couldn’t sit on this interview with Rafat Ali any longer. Currently the founder and CEO of digital media company Skift—but also, if you weren’t aware, a true digital media…
Fri. 01/25 - AI Can Beat Us At Starcraft II Too (Also?)
Jan 25 • 24 min
Now the AIs can defeat us at StarCraft II (too?), Zuckerberg wants to unify his collection of messaging apps, my grand unifying theory for the streaming video wars and of course the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Juniper.net/try Metalab.co…
Thu. 01/24 - Your Flying Car Is Here
Jan 24 • 16 min
Bing’s Schrodinger-style China Ban, headphones from Sonos, flying cars from Boeing, layoffs for project Titan, and the serious ongoing layoffs in the digital media world. Sponsors: Lightstream.com/ride Metalab.co DatadogHQ.com/ridehome Stories from:…
Wed. 01/23 - Jony Ive’s Dream Phone Concept
Jan 23 • 15 min
YouTube TV goes nationwide, Jony Ive’s dream phone design, Patreon milestones and is Spotify killing music’s middle class? Sponsors: Joybird.com/RIDE … Promocode RIDE Metalab.co Links: YouTube TV finally goes nationwide almost two years after launch (The…
Tue. 01/22 - Munchery Enters the Deadpool
Jan 22 • 16 min
Munchery bites the big one, Foxconn considers moving production to India, Netflix wants a seat at the adults table, and, yes, even guitar tech is now tech. Sponsors: Metalab.co DatadogHQ.com/ridehome Links: Munchery closes on-demand meal-delivery business…
Mon. 01/21 - Email is Back, Baby!
Jan 21 • 14 min
The GDPR fines begin, but the EU “link tax” might be in trouble, Uber wants self driving scooters, and why email is back, baby! (Hint: it never left.) Sponsors: Flatironschool.com/podcast Metalab.co Links: French data protection watchdog fines Google $57…
Land of the “Super Founders” With Ali Tamaseb @alitamaseb
Jan 20 • 22 min
Ali’s Medium Post: Land of the Super Founders On this bonus episode, we’re going to revisit a past weekend longread suggestion and talk to the author of that longread to go further in-depth. Do you remember I recommended Land of the Super Founders a…
Health Tech With CNBC’s Christina Farr @chrissyfarr
Jan 19 • 17 min
This week had a lot of health tech news in it… a lot of it broken by CNBC’s health tech reporter Christina Farr. So, I reached out to Christina to chat, and we discussed Amazon getting into healthcare—possibly even getting into health insurance—what…
Fri. 01/18 - Gadget Reviews Now Mean Sneaker Reviews
Jan 18 • 20 min
Netflix starts to open up, Cortana stops competing, gadget reviews now include shoes as a category and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome Tiny.website Links: Netflix beats on subscriber growth, but misses slightly on…
Thu. 01/17 - Tim Cook Sayz: Regulate THOSE Guys
Jan 17 • 17 min
Tim Cook calls for a data-broker clearinghouse, a possible criminal case against Huawei, the largest leak of user credentials ever found in the wild, and why we probably need a Unix for machine learning. Sponsors: Tiny.website DataDogHQ.com/ridehome…
Wed. 01/16 - Razr’s Coming Back To Usher in the Foldable Phone Era
Jan 16 • 17 min
More high profile execs quit Snap, Apple’s in talks to get more Apple Watches in the hands of seniors, the state of the App Economy, and the Razr is coming back to herald in the era of the bendable phone. Sponsors: DataDogHQ.com/ridehome (DataDog’s Blog…
Tue. 01/15 - Netflix Raises Prices
Jan 15 • 16 min
Netflix raises prices, maybe the Apple battery replacement WAS a big deal after all, cops can’t force you to unlock your phone with your face, and Amazon is driving its retail competitors into the arms of Microsoft. Sponsors: Metalab.co…
Mon. 01/14 - Am I Gonna Do That Egg Instagram Story?
Jan 14 • 18 min
Event sharing comes to stories, what this year’s CES says about where consumer tech is at the moment, and then a bunch of stories about what that means for the future in different ways, including wireless chips that suck power from the air, and the…
What Wall Street Thinks of Tech w/ @howardlindzon
Jan 12 • 20 min
The great Howard Lindzon and I discuss how Wall Street is thinking of Tech right now, what Apple’s deal is and what the prospects are for those big tech IPOs coming down the pike. This episode has a full transcript.
Fri. 01/11 - Mooaaarrr… Cameras on Smartphones!
Jan 11 • 21 min
Motherboard shames the telecom companies into not selling us out, shareholders are suing Alphabet’s board, the government shutdown claims more tech victims, Apple says, “We can add more cameras also!” and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors:…
Thu. 01/10 - Foldable Phones Have An Arrival Date
Jan 10 • 16 min
We have a good idea when that foldable Samsung phone is coming, Google is actually close to a big legal win in Europe (for a change), the government shutdown might actually be affecting CES and why the “gig economy” might actually be a big nothingburger.…
Wed. 01/09 - Google Assistant Everywhere!
Jan 9 • 20 min
Now we know why Google has gone so big at CES: they want to put Assistant in everything, the first foldable phone arrives at CES, Twitter wants to show you only half of an NBA game, and Marc Zuckerberg wants to host his own version of a podcast, I guess.…
Tue. 01/08 - Smartphone Recession?
Jan 8 • 17 min
Are we in a smartphone recession, mooooaaaar tv new from CES, AT&T wants to make 5G confusing, and why WeWork is now, simply, We (company). Sponsors: Metalab.co go.bitrise.io/ride Links: Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone (The…
Mon. 01/07 - Is Apple’s Resolution Hardware Agnosticism?
Jan 7 • 17 min
Is Apple willing to sacrifice Apple TV for the greater subscription good, is Google Assistant is coming to feature phones, what is the use-case for a tv you can roll up into a box, and plenty more like that because it’s time to let the CES headlines rain…
Fri. 01/04 - The Verge vs. AT&T And L.A. vs. The Weather Channel app
Jan 4 • 21 min
The Verge and AT&T have a trademark dispute, the city of Los Angeles and The Weather Channel app have a location data dispute, more on how shows like Bandersnatch really might be the future of storytelling and the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsor:…
Thu. 01/03 - Apple-ocalypse Now?
Jan 3 • 17 min
Apple lowers its guidance and the tech world freaks out, the company that you can outsource your censorship friendly China content to, a more durable e-scooter is coming and what to expect from CES. Sponsor: Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App) Links:…
Wed. 01/02 - What would I have to pay you to give up Facebook for a year?
Jan 2 • 16 min
Today, Roku is quietly a major combatant in the Streaming Wars, Tesla slashes prices, how many cameras can we fit on a smartphone, how much would it cost to convince you to quit Facebook, and why Bandersnatch might just be the beginning of the choose your…
New Year Podcast Announcement
Jan 1 • 5 min
Happy 2019! And… here’s what we’ve got on tap for the pod in the new year!
Fri. 12/28 - Why Horizontal Instagram Might Be Inevitable
Dec 28, 2018 • 20 min
Instagram briefly goes horizontal, more on how epic Fortnite has been for Epic Games this year, Larry Ellison joins Tesla’s board, the global GPS wars are joined and the last weekend longreads of the year. Links: Instagram briefly switched to a horizontal…
Thu. 12/27 - Mobile Alerts Are Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Dec 27, 2018 • 18 min
Amazon has a record-breaking holiday season, surprising absolutely no one, another Instagram crackdown, a look at Austin as a tech hub, and why mobile alerts are a Frankenstein monster increasingly out of control. Amazon Says Alexa Voice Shopping Tripled…
Wed. 12/26 - Airbnb and Slack Mull Untraditional IPOs
Dec 26, 2018 • 17 min
How the US government shutdown affects cybersecurity, how the Open Government Data Act is possibly good tech governance, Airbnb and Slack are considering non-traditional IPOs and the state of AI research at the end of 2018. How a government shutdown…
Fri. 12/21 - Facebook Goes Crypto
Dec 21, 2018 • 19 min
Facebook is developing a cryptocoin for WhatsApp, Blind was not quite anonymous enough, which is the most accurate voice assistant and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Metalab.co The Internet of Things Podcast Links: Facebook Is…
Thu. 12/20 - iPhone Bans and iPad Bends
Dec 20, 2018 • 16 min
Now some iPhones can’t be sold in Germany, is there an iPad Pro bend-gate brewing, drones shut down a major UK airport, and why Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is suing the makers of Fortnite. Sponsors: Metalab.co The Cyberwire Podcast Links:…
Wed. 12/19 - Something, Something… Another Facebook Scandal
Dec 19, 2018 • 18 min
I’m sorry. I truly am. Another Facebook scandal to tell you about. The Boring Company unveils its tunnel, Zwift is gamification, a fitness app play, a social network, VR, and e-sports all in one startup and why Touch ID might return to the iPhone.…
Tue. 12/18 - Has Google Stopped “Dragonfly?”
Dec 18, 2018 • 16 min
Google presses pause on that Chinese search project, what’s delaying Facebook’s Clear History project, AT&T’s 5G goes live and Audi unveils its autonomous vehicle ambitions. Sponsors: FlatironSchool.com/podcast Metalab.co
Mon. 12/17 - Actually, It’s Instagram That’s The Problem?
Dec 17, 2018 • 16 min
Facebook got all the press but the Russians really loved Instagram to spread misinformation, more tech real estate moves, the CEO of HQ Trivia passes away, and how to break into somebody’s phone with a 3D-printed…
Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry
Dec 14, 2018 • 18 min
Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiryhttps://feedpress.me/RideHome - Direct RSS feed starting this weekend, just in caseThe bomb scare email scam that demanded bitcoin, Facebook’s Photo API gave away too many photos, Apple strikes back at Qualcomm,…
Thu. 12/13 - Apple Keeps Austin Weird
Dec 13, 2018 • 16 min
Apple keeps Austin weird with a new campus, RobinHood launches checking and savings accounts, hands on with the Apple Watch ECG thingy, and the most disliked video in YouTube history. Sponsors:MacStadium.com/ridehome Tiny.websiteLinks:Apple to invest $1…
Wed. 12/12 - Intel’s Next Generation Architecture
Dec 12, 2018 • 17 min
Intel’s next generation architecture revealed, was China behind that massive Marriott hack, Good Money wants to give customers a stake in their own banking, and what is Michael Dell’s long game?Sponsors:Eero.com/ride (promo code:…
Tue. 12/11 - Mr. Pichai Goes to Washington
Dec 11, 2018 • 15 min
Mr. Pichai goes to Washington, another bug prompts Google to kill Google+ even sooner, Keurig for beer makes no sense, and Doom turns 25.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteFlatironSchool.com/podcastLinks:Google moves up Google+ consumer shutdown…
Mon. 12/10 - iPhone Sales Banned in China
Dec 10, 2018 • 17 min
iPhone sales blocked in China, Apple’s getting into the A&R business, pump the breaks on the e-scooter hype, and forget the notch, 2019 might be the year of the hole punch.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:China bans many iPhone models in…
Fri. 12/07 - Microsoft Calls for Regulation of AI
Dec 7, 2018 • 18 min
Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition AI, the Crypto market crash is starting to claim casualties, Reddit is quietly doing very well, thank you very much, and the Weekend Longreads…
Thu. 12/06 - Huawai’s CFO Arrested and Stock Markets Quake
Dec 6, 2018 • 16 min
Huawai’s CFO arrested and stock markets quake, Google’s Allo joins the crowded Google Deadpool, Lyft files for an IPO and are Amazon’s robots finally rebelling?Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeMetalab.coLinks:Canada arrests Huawei’s global chief financial…
Wed. 12/05 - Facebook Gets Docu-dumped by the UK
Dec 5, 2018 • 17 min
The UK Parliament docu-dumps on Facebook, Qualcomm fires the starter pistol on 5G rollout, an actual test drive on Waymo’s new ride hailing service, and behind that $100 million Friends deal.Sponsors:Metalab.coDataDogHQ.com/ridehomeLinks:Note by Damian…
Tue. 12/04 - Microsoft To Replace Edge with a Chromium Browser
Dec 4, 2018 • 15 min
Another day, another data breach, this time Quora, Microsoft might be replacing the Edge web browser, and maybe even replacing Windows, a review of some low-end smartphones and why 4k streaming and data caps are on a collision…
Mon. 12/03 - Tumblr Bans NSFW… And Dooms Itself?
Dec 3, 2018 • 17 min
Tumblr bans adult content, is Apple going to sit on the 5G sidelines, Uber has held talks about acquiring either Bird or Lime, a new self-driving car yardstick and resetting your web browser to square one.SimpleContacts.com/rideMetalab.coLinks:Tumblr will…
Fri. 11/30 - The Big Marriott/Starwood Data Breach
Nov 30, 2018 • 18 min
The monster Starwood Hotels data breach, Apple music comes to Amazon Echo devices, Instagram rolls out “close friends” lists, Airbnb wants to build your house, not just rent it, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Links: Marriott says 500 million…
Thu. 11/29 - YouTube Jumps on the Stories Bandwagon
Nov 29, 2018 • 19 min
Amazon gets into self-driving cars… in a way, Google Assistant adds some familiar features, YouTube rolls out Stories, and WTF is happening in Crypto? Stories from: @RolfeWinkler Tweets: @CrankGameplays, @SavinTheBees Links: Amazon debuts a scale model…
Wed. 11/28 - Google Fi (née Project Fi) Comes to iPhones
Nov 28, 2018 • 17 min
The biggest ad fraud ever? Amazon gets into medical records, Project Fi comes to iPhones, one of Elon’s LA tunnels is canceled, and the Big Mouth Billy Bass enters the 21st Century. Links: 8 People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever…
Tue. 11/27 - Why Is Shopping On Amazon So Hard? (Replacement)
Nov 27, 2018 • 16 min
AWS goes the custom silicon route, Facebook Watch goes after the olds, will Microsoft leapfrog Apple and why does Amazon’s shopping experience suck so much? Stories from: @katienotopoulos, @ShiraOvide Tweets: @ajassy, @AlexSchleber Links: Amazon Web…
Tue. 11/27 - Why Is Shopping On Amazon So Complicated?
Nov 27, 2018 • 16 min
AWS goes the custom silicon route, Facebook Watch goes after the olds, will Microsoft leapfrog Apple and why does Amazon’s shopping experience suck so much? Stories from: @katienotopoulos, @ShiraOvide Tweets: @ajassy, @AlexSchleber Links: Amazon Web…
Mon. 11/26 - Apple Visits the Supreme Court
Nov 26, 2018 • 16 min
Apple heads to the Supreme Court over antitrust concerns about its App Store; Facebook’s internal documents are seized by the British Parliament; what’s behind the resurgence of Atari; the human story of Black Friday inside Amazon’s fulfillment centers;…
Tue. 11/20 - Worse Shape: Tech Stocks or Crypto?
Nov 20, 2018 • 19 min
Storm clouds everywhere! Tech stocks in bear market territory, crypto in full-on meltdown territory… but video games might help solve science’s gender problem and this one spacebar trick might make your iPhone insanely more useful. Oh, and the weekend…
Mon. 11/19 - Are iPhone Sales Really Underwhelming (This Time)?
Nov 19, 2018 • 16 min
Skype calls on Amazon Echos, Tumblr disappears from iOS, Facebook on a war footing, iPhone sales storm clouds, and the Bitcoin Cash hard fork explained. Links: Skype calling now available on Alexa (The Verge) Tweet Storm on Where Tumblr’s Gone…
Fri. 11/16 - How Much Money Does Airbnb Make?
Nov 16, 2018 • 19 min
Airbnb opens the kimono, a disc-less Xbox, Facebook pushes back on controversy, SpaceX gets a key go-ahead, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Airbnb booked more than $1 billion in third quarter revenue (CNBC) Microsoft’s Building a Disc-Less…
Thu. 11/15 - The Bombshell NYTimes Story on Facebook
Nov 15, 2018 • 18 min
That huge New York Times story behind the scenes of Facebook, Google adds business messaging to Google Maps, Uber eats is a monster business, Amazon Go has a rival and there’s a new King of YouTube. Links: Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders…
Wed. 11/14 - Why Was Google’s Traffic Diverted From Nigeria Through China?
Nov 14, 2018 • 16 min
Why was Google’s traffic routed from Nigeria through China, Ford partners with Walmart on driverless cars, Amazon’s HQ2 stunt seems to be backfiring, and Uber gets a customer loyalty program. Links: Nigerian firm takes blame for routing Google traffic…
Tue. 11/13 - LeBron’s “The Decision” But For Amazon HQ2
Nov 13, 2018 • 15 min
Amazon’s HQ2 officially lands in Queens and Crystal City; Waymo is launching a driverless car service in December; Apple locks down repairs on modern Macs; get ready for cloud gaming; Pandora applies its music technology to podcasts; and a magic act…
Mon. 11/12 - What Exactly Is TikTok?
Nov 12, 2018 • 17 min
SAP buys Qualtrics, the Galaxy S10 might be coming in February and the Galaxy F might be coming in March, what exactly is TikTok and why you should care, and Jony Ive has an exclusive new product design. Links: SAP to buy Qualtrics for $8 billion (Axios)…
Fri. 11/09 - Amazon and Apple Cut a Deal
Nov 9, 2018 • 19 min
The great winter of tech worker discontent is definitely here, Disney’s streaming service has a name, Vine might be coming back, Github hits a major milestone and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Amazon is finally selling new iPhones…
Thu. 11/08 - Foldable Phones Are Officially A Thing
Nov 8, 2018 • 16 min
Foldable phones are officially a thing, Tesla names a new board chair, Amazon’s mailing a physical toy catalog, Ford doesn’t want to miss out on scooters, and Comcast doesn’t want to miss out on home hubs. Stories from: @albertwenger, @dmac1,…
Wed. 11/07 - Why Robocalls Have Taken Over Your Phone
Nov 7, 2018 • 16 min
Silicon Valley’s special election day vote, why robocalls have taken over your phone, Jeff Bezos’ clever HQ2 bonus, making 911 calls better and why Jake Tapper is a digital media pioneer. Links: San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big…
Tue. 11/06 - Schrodinger’s Amazon HQ2
Nov 6, 2018 • 16 min
Facebook takes down more accounts ahead of the election, the new Chrome might block ALL ads on some websites, Macbook Air reviews, and why you might not be able to read election results in tomorrow’s newspaper. Links: Medium Post on Facebook and the…
Mon. 11/05 - iPad Pro Reviews Are Mixed
Nov 5, 2018 • 18 min
Has Amazon decided on the location of its new HQ? What do people think of the new iPad Pros? Why are recently IPO’d tech companies hoarding cash? And why you might want to think twice about taking a selfie in the voting booth tomorrow. Links: Amazon in…
Fri. 11/02 - Apple Earnings Up, Stock Down
Nov 2, 2018 • 14 min
Apple makes a pile of money and their stock tanks, Flickr ends its mega-free-storage plan, a classic internet cartoon gets a 4K makeover, browser extensions steal Facebook private messages, testing the latest smartphones to see how their batteries hold…
Thu. 11/01 - The Google Employee Walkout
Nov 1, 2018 • 18 min
Google employees stage a walk-out protest around the globe, Vox swallows Recode, the new devices this week continue Apple’s push to increase ASP, and maybe it’s subscriptions that are eating the world. Stories from: @rustybrick, @benlovejoy Tweets:…
Wed. 10/31 - Facebook’s Earnings Are Not a Disaster
Oct 31, 2018 • 17 min
Facebook earnings were not a disaster, another Alphabet employee is out because of scandal, Waymo has a permit to test real driverless cars on California roads, and if you don’t know what computational notebooks are, let me tell you about them. Links:…
Tue. 10/30 - New MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and iPad Pros
Oct 30, 2018 • 18 min
Today MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and new iPad Pros, Coinbase raises a round, the UK has a new tech tax, interesting executive musical chairs, and why reCAPTCHA’s might be a thing of the past. Links: UK chancellor announces 2% ‘digital services tax’ on tech…
Mon. 10/29 - Big Blue Gets Red Hat
Oct 29, 2018 • 14 min
IBM buys Red Hat, museums get new ways to preserve video games, Sony announces the full list of titles for its retro PlayStation mini-console, DJI has a drone for first responders, and a look at the service Gab. Links: IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal…
Fri. 10/26 - AI “Art” Fetches $400,000 at Auction
Oct 26, 2018 • 21 min
The Tech earnings season earnings roundup, new DRM rules allow jailbreaking… for some things, China’s rival GPS system, AI “art” fetches $400,000 at auction and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Twitter Stock Soars after Strong Earnings Beat…
Thur. 10/25 - The Andy Rubin Scandal
Oct 25, 2018 • 14 min
How Google paid Andy Rubin on his way out the door despite allegations of sexual misconduct, Uber Eats and the rise of virtual restaurants, Kickstarter sunsets its Drip service but plans a nice replacement, and older people are worse than younger people…
Wed. 10/24 - Tim Cook Attacks the “Data Industrial Complex”
Oct 24, 2018 • 16 min
Tim Cook attacks the “data industrial complex,” why political texts are flooding your phone, the US, China and the AI cold war, and how Facebook Messenger got its new look. Links: Apple’s Tim Cook Makes Blistering Attack On the “Data Industrial Complex”…
Tue. 10/23 - iPhone XR Reviews
Oct 23, 2018 • 16 min
Tim Cook demands a retraction from Bloomberg, another founder flees Facebook, Repl.it gets a murder’s row of VC backers and the iPhone XR reviews are in. Links: Amazon cloud chief Jassy follows Apple in calling for retraction of Chinese spy chip story…
Mon. 10/22 - Fred Wilson Wants You To Vet Your Venture Funders
Oct 22, 2018 • 13 min
Facebook wants to buy some cybersecurity, Washington wants to know what Silicon Valley will do for its country, Fred Wilson wants you to ask yourself if your investors are bad actors, and stealing a Tesla by hacking the entry fob. Links: Facebook on Hunt…
Fri. 10/19 - Google Wants China, But Will China Want Google?
Oct 19, 2018 • 17 min
Facebook makes a hire that makes British Twitter laugh, here’s how much Google’s going to charge for Android, Google wants China but does China want Google and the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: Facebook Hires Nick Clegg, Former UK Deputy Prime…
Thur. 10/18 - Apple Says: No… Sleep… Till Brooklyn!
Oct 18, 2018 • 15 min
Spotify Premium gets a spit shine, Facebook think it knows who was behind that big hack, why everyone and their mother has a subscription box service, and an Apple event in Brooklyn! Links: Spotify Premium gets personalized artist radio stations and…
Wed. 10/17 - When is Cheating At Video Games a Crime?
Oct 17, 2018 • 17 min
Google bows to the EU’s demands, the biggest thing to happen to Github since the pull request, video game cheaters are getting sued, and Facebook brings back MTV’s The Real World. Links: Google will start charging Android device makers a fee for using its…
Tue. 10/16 - RIP Paul Allen (1953-2018)
Oct 16, 2018 • 16 min
Uber’s targeting a blockbuster IPO valuation, cops told to stop looking at iPhones, the Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath, the Pixel reviews are in, and remembering Paul Allen.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeTiny.website99designs.com/techmeme…
Mon. 10/15 - Palm is Back! Sort of…
Oct 15, 2018 • 16 min
The future of Photoshop is here today, Palm is back to bring us a tiny phone, Apple makes another acquisition, and why we’re doomed to a future of genetic surveillance. Links: FINALLY: REAL PHOTOSHOP ON THE IPAD (The Verge) Adobe launches new AR and…
Fri. 10/12 - Facebook Reports on its Breach Investigation
Oct 12, 2018 • 19 min
Facebook announces the results of their investigation into that data breach, the market downturn is biting some tech companies, has Spotify ruined music, and, of course, the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: An Update on the Security Issue (Facebook)…
Thu. 10/11 - F*** Everything, We’re Doing 4 Cameras!
Oct 11, 2018 • 16 min
Facebook cracks down again, ahead of the election, Apple make some interesting acquisitions, how many cameras does a smartphone need, and Dieter Rams just wants Silicon Valley to slow down. Links: Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing…
Wed. 10/10 - Andy Rubin Can’t Quit Smartphones
Oct 10, 2018 • 15 min
Windows needed a do-over, Snapchat hopes its Originals will give it one too, Minecraft abandons Apple TV, and Andy Rubin can’t quit smartphones. Links: Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug (The Verge)…
Tue. 10/09 - The “Made By Google” Event
Oct 9, 2018 • 18 min
The big Made By Google event, follow up on that Google+ bug, WeChat is willing to debunk rumors for you and Saudi Arabia doubles down on Masa Son. Links: First look at Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL (The Verge) Exclusive: iPad Pro Face ID details, 4K HDR video…
Mon. 10/08 - Google Gets A Data Scandal All Its Own
Oct 8, 2018 • 16 min
Google has a data scandal and it’s a doozy. Facebook portal is real, a Microsoft streaming gaming service is real, next generation Intel chips are manifest, no one knows what to believe in that blockbuster Bloomberg story, and how the Internet Archive…
Fri. 10/05 - Evan Spiegel’s Plan For Snap’s Survival
Oct 5, 2018 • 18 min
He said she said on that Bloomberg Bombshell, Evan Spiegel’s plan for survival, new Macs are un-repairable, why are Apple Watch faces such a mess, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Stories from: @jsnell, @bizcarson Tweets: @karaswisher, @AdamMinter…
Thu. 10/04 - Biggest Hardware Hack Ever?
Oct 4, 2018 • 15 min
Did China pull off a hardware hack to end all hardware hacks, is a new Nintendo Switch coming as soon as next summer, the ThinQ has five cameras on one phone, and Movie Pass? Still alive! Links: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S.…
Wed. 10/03 - Presidential Alert - No Action Is Needed
Oct 3, 2018 • 16 min
Highlights from the Microsoft Surface event, Uber launches its scooter play, streaming service fatigue might be pushing consumers back toward piracy, did you get your smartphone alert from the president, and the new app startup from a young entrepreneur…
Tue. 10/02 - Choose Your Own Adventure, But For Netflix
Oct 2, 2018 • 15 min
Amazon raises its minimum wage, Tesla’s hitting its Model 3 marks, another new California law could change the face of Tech Boards of Directors and Netflix wants us to choose our own adventure. Links: Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees…
Mon. 10/01 - Tim Berners-Lee’s Plan To Save The Web
Oct 1, 2018 • 16 min
California ready to do battle over net neutrality, Instagram under new management, Elon settles with the SEC, and Tim Berners Lee kinda wants a do-over on the whole World Wide Web thing. Links: The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new…
Fri. 09/28 - Facebook Breached, Musk Faces A Ban
Sep 28, 2018 • 17 min
A new Facebook scandal—but this time it’s different, Slack is preparing for an IPO, an exciting new episode of Today in Elon Musk, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Slack Actively Preparing for Early 2019 IPO (WSJ) Coinbase now…
Thu. 09/27 - When You Take Being an Apple Fanboi Too Far
Sep 27, 2018 • 15 min
Facebook said it doesn’t market certain data; surprise, surprise, researchers prove they do, Amazon doesn’t love unions, is the Oculus Quest VR’s iPhone moment, and do ride sharing companies actually make money? Links: Facebook Is Giving Advertisers…
Wed. 09/26 - Facebook Dirty Laundry
Sep 26, 2018 • 16 min
More fallout from the Instagram departures and some pretty dirty laundry aired from inside Facebook, Google reverses course on Chrome, Coinbase opens its doors to alts, and maybe I was right about Amazon Homes! Links: Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian…
Tue. 09/25 - The Instagram Founders Ghost Facebook
Sep 25, 2018 • 17 min
Instagram’s founders turn in their two weeks notice, Samsung accuses Apple of stealing, lots of changes coming to Google Search, and a “Netflix for open source.” Links: Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened…
Mon. 09/24 - Office 2019 Is Here
Sep 24, 2018 • 18 min
Office 2019 is here, SiriusXM acquires Pandora, the Chrome browser login controversy, more missed revenue numbers in digital media and Eric Schmidt says there could someday be the regular internet and a separate, Chinese internet. Links: SiriusXM to buy…
Fri. 09/21 - Instagram Fighting #hashtagoverload
Sep 21, 2018 • 16 min
More fallout from that monster Alexa event yesterday, Facebook is gonna take another swing at Portal, Instagram wants to cut down on #hashtagoverload, Gmail was too willing to say “I love you,” and the Weekend Longreads…
Thu. 09/20 - Alexa For Friggin’ Everything!
Sep 20, 2018 • 17 min
Amazon announced Alexa for friggin everything, AmazonGos might soon be friggin everywhere, a life insurer will only sell you a policy if you own a smartwatch, and they’ve finally found Spock’s home planet of Vulcan. Links: Amazon Will Consider Opening Up…
Wed. 09/19 - HQ Wants to Play Wheel of Fortune
Sep 19, 2018 • 16 min
Amazon’s ad business is already huge, there’s a new retro Playstation console, Evernote is in our prayers, HQ is moving beyond trivia with a new game and a roundup of the Apple Watch Series 4 reviews. Links: The ACLU Is Charging Facebook With Gender…
Tue. 09/18 - Alexa for Microwaves
Sep 18, 2018 • 16 min
A reported criminal investigation around Elon Musk’s tweets, Twitter brings back the chronological feed, Alexa for microwaves, and a wrap up of the iPhone XS and XS Max reviews. Links:Tesla Is Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk Statements…
Mon. 09/17 - The Benioffs Buy Time
Sep 17, 2018 • 15 min
Another Billionaire bails out a major media brand, social network Path is no more, Amazon employees are allegedly taking bribes, Linus Torvalds apologizes for being a jerk, and Steve Jobs had a weird notion about what actually constitutes pizza. Stories…
Bonus Episode! What’s Up With Tesla, With the Tesla Daily podcast
Sep 15, 2018 • 28 min
Literally, what the f*** is up with Tesla? With the Rob Maurer of the Tesla Daily podcast. Subscribe!
Fri. 09/14 - More Drama Inside Google
Sep 14, 2018 • 19 min
More signs of drama inside Google, how Apple cleared the new Apple Watches through the FDA, how the Weather Channel made that insane flooding video, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:Google Employees Are Quitting Over The Company’s Secretive…
Thu. 09/13 - Where in the World is Larry Page?
Sep 13, 2018 • 15 min
The fallout from the Apple event, Google kills another beloved product, the Nintendo Switch online service comes online, and where in the World is Larry Page? Links:The iPhone Franchise (Stratechery)Making sense of the most confusing new iPhone lineup…
Wed. 09/12 - Happy iPhone Day!
Sep 12, 2018 • 19 min
What else? The iPhone event. Also, the EU strikes again, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger is on “pause” and “Gawker” is coming back. Links:EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ (The Verge)European…
Tue. 09/11 - ICOs Now Officially Securities?
Sep 11, 2018 • 18 min
ICOs now officially securities, some steps backward in the self-driving car space, parsing the Zuckerberg New Yorker profile, and did Facebook disrespect the memory of Burt Reynolds? Stories from: @eosnos Tweets: @ezraklein, @BrendanNyhan Links:US Judge…
Mon. 09/10 - The End of the Jack Ma Era
Sep 10, 2018 • 15 min
Some juicy new Apple rumors for Wednesday, the end of the Jack Ma era is nigh upon us, there were some naughty apps in the Mac App Store and why following people whose politics you disagree with might not lead to peace in our time. Links:Kuo: USB-C on…
Fri. 09/07 - Today in Elon, the 4:20 Edition
Sep 7, 2018 • 19 min
Tim Armstrong might be on his way out of Oath, Alex Jones is permanently off of Twitter, a Cambridge Analytica figure is officially no longer a Facebook employee, Elon Musk smokes a blunt and the weekend longreads suggestions! Links:Verizon’s Internet…
Thu. 09/06 - More iPhone Event Rumor Bingo
Sep 6, 2018 • 17 min
The 2014 Sony hacker gets charged, Lyft beats Uber to the scooter punch, why Roblox is the biggest thing since Minecraft, Spotify plays chicken with the music industry, and let’s play another round of Apple event rumor bingo. Links:U.S. charges North…
Wed. 09/05 - Another Congressional Apology Tour
Sep 5, 2018 • 15 min
Tech CEOs hauled before Congress again, Theranos is no more, Google mulls big changes to URL’s and maybe the whole the-teens-are-abandoning-Facebook is a real thing after all? Links:Video of the Hearings (The US Senate)Facebook and Twitter testified…
Tue. 09/04 - New Trillion-Dollar Baby
Sep 4, 2018 • 16 min
Amazon hits a trillion, the EU is giving Netflix quotas, gaming out various Apple rumors ahead of next week’s event and the robots are coming to the drive through window. LinksAmazon falls off $1 trillion market cap, leaving Apple the only public US…
Fri. 8/31 - Is This How The iPhone Leak Happened?
Aug 31, 2018 • 20 min
How those iPhone leaks happened (maybe), the scooter permits happened and some big names got snubbed, Google’s secret deal with MasterCard, and the weekend long reads suggestions. Links:Exclusive: This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold…
Thu. 8/30 - iGlasses? (Pun Not Intended)
Aug 30, 2018 • 16 min
An Apple acquisition suggests they’re serious about AR, Uber is serious about escooters, Google lets Kubernetes leave the nest, your IP address is not enough to finger you for a crime, and a fully functional Bugatti made out of Legos. Links:Apple buys…
Wed. 8/29 - Updates To Wear OS Hint At…
Aug 29, 2018 • 16 min
A bunch of new laptops from Dell, Amazon might jump into the free tv game, Google updates Wear OS, and why the world’s oldest blockchain has been hiding in plain site since 1995. Links:Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14…
Tue. 8/28 - President Googles Himself, Not Pleased With The Results
Aug 28, 2018 • 17 min
President Trump accuses Google of rigged search results, Instagram updates its identity systems, Yahoo scans your mail for marketing purposes, BuzzFeed tests memberships and the rarest Apple device in the world comes to auction. Links:You can now apply to…
Mon. 8/27 - The Three New iPhones to Expect Next Month
Aug 27, 2018 • 16 min
The three new iPhones Mark Gurman says are coming our way, Warren Buffet invests in an Indian tech company, Palmer Luckey pans Magic Leap and why Uber thinks e-scooters are cool. Links:Apple to Embrace iPhone X Design With New Colors, Bigger Screens…
Fri. 8/24 - Facebook Summons the Five Families
Aug 24, 2018 • 18 min
Tech’s version of the five families met today to get on the same page over election security, 23andMe shuts down its API just to be safe, robot puppies, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:Google finds evidence of attack linked to Iran state…
Thu. 8/23 - The Backlash Against the “App Store Tax”
Aug 23, 2018 • 15 min
Australia bans Chinese telecoms equipment, Microsoft might offer an Xbox subscription that includes the whole console, new DJI drones, Alex Stamos on hacking the 2018 election and the backlash against the “app store tax.” Links:Australia Bars China’s…
Wed. 8/22 - Fake Russians are Back. And Now There Are Fake Iranians Also!
Aug 22, 2018 • 14 min
The fake Russians are back and they’ve brought some fake Iranians with them, Verizon throttles firefighters, Google wants to tell you something good, and day two of the Y Combinator demo days. Links:Sprawling Iranian influence operation globalizes tech’s…
Tue. 8/21 - Netflix “Tests” an End-Run Around iTunes
Aug 21, 2018 • 15 min
Microsoft uncovers more Russian political hacking, a possible MacBook Air successor, Netflix “tests” bypassing the App Store, and are you paying for Amazon’s electricity bill? Links:New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says…
Mon. 8/20 - Fitness Trackers Ain’t Dead Yet
Aug 20, 2018 • 14 min
Fitbit doubles down on fitness trackers, new EU regulations might be coming for web platforms, Karma is a startup selling excess food, Trip Advisor has its own fake news problem, and are women the most valuable mobile gaming consumers? Links:With Charge…
Friday, 8/17 - The Secret Netflix Subcategories
Aug 17, 2018 • 19 min
A Google smart speaker with a screen, the crypto mining fad is fading, Silicon Valley has lost a piece of its history, the secret Netflix categories and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:Google to debut display-equipped AI speaker before holidays…
Thursday, 8/16 - Now Bezos Wants Movie Theaters?
Aug 16, 2018 • 14 min
Amazon might buy a chain of movie theaters, why the Saudis invest the way they do, Twitter pisses everyone off because… what else is new? And reviews of the Note 9 and Android Pie are in. Links:Amazon in Running to Acquire Landmark Movie Chain…
Wednesday, 8/15 - Alexa and Cortana, BFFs
Aug 15, 2018 • 14 min
Today, Twitter takes action on Alex Jones, a new Intel chip vulnerability, Alexa and Cortana play nice together, consolidation in podcasting and a “rest and vest” for the ages. Stories from: @AnneMarieSteele, @dseetharaman Tweets: @MattRosoff…
Tuesday, 8/14 - Is Kevin Durant teaming up with Marc Andreessen?
Aug 14, 2018 • 15 min
NVIDIA announces its next generation GPUs, Apple wants developers to get SaaS-y, what if we just rebuilt the cable bundle with streaming channels, Tinder founders file suit and is Kevin Durant teaming up with Marc Andreessen? LinksNVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen…
Monday, 8/13 - Does Google Track Even When You Say No?
Aug 13, 2018 • 15 min
Is Google tracking you even when you tell it not to? Big executive departure at Netflix, Elon expounds on taking Telsa private, and how machine learning can identify devs simply by the way they code. Links:Lenovo Launches Ultra-Thin ThinkPad P1: X1 Carbon…
Friday, 8/10 - Is Apple’s Car Project Back On?
Aug 10, 2018 • 16 min
Is Apple’s secret car project back on? Is Elon Musk in trouble with the SEC? How many people use Apple Pay? Is Alexa coming to cars? And the weekend Longreads suggestions. Stories from: @gruber Tweets: @jbarro, @kairyssdal Links:Tesla is now worth less…
Thursday, 8/09 - Galaxy Note9 Announced
Aug 9, 2018 • 17 min
The new Galaxy Note 9 is unveiled, New York City caps ride hailing companies, Discord kneecaps Steam—as expected, the continuing saga of Alex Jones and what’s up with Elon Musk now? Links:Samsung Galaxy Note9: Design, specs, features, and pricing…
Wednesday, 8/8 - The Magic Leap Is Finally A Thing!
Aug 8, 2018 • 16 min
We can actually, finally find out what Magic Leap does, Snap reports earnings, Slack gets ready for war, Patreon is building a patronage empire and why you’re probably getting ripped off if you’re paying for DSL. Links:I TRIED MAGIC LEAP AND SAW A FLAWED…
Tuesday, 8/7 - Voting Via App
Aug 7, 2018 • 15 min
Voting via app will be tested during the midterms, Old Bitcoin Money and New Bitcoin money are in a power struggle, the truth about how we use Alexa, and a new combatant joins the fray in the Streaming Video Wars. Links:West Virginia to introduce mobile…
Monday, 8/6 - Everyone Bans Alex Jones
Aug 6, 2018 • 16 min
Nearly every major tech platform bans Alex Jones to one degree or another, does Facebook really want to know your bank balance, MoviePass comes with another subscription pivot, Apple’s plans for India and why $1,000 smartphones might only be the…
Friday, 8/03 - Is Fortnite Bigger Than Google Play?
Aug 3, 2018 • 16 min
Fortnite snubs Google, Amazon Prime Video is coming to Comcast, Peloton raises a ton, the top ten programming languages of 2018 and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Epic Games sidesteps the Play Store with Fortnite for Android launch…
Thursday, 8/02 - Apple Hits A Trillion!
Aug 2, 2018 • 15 min
Apple hits a trillion, a midwestern unicorn cashes in, the Surface Go reviews are in, there are no perfect tools for making memes, and Tesla is adding video games to its cars. Links:Cisco to acquire Ann Arbor-based Duo Security in $2.35 billion deal…
Wednesday, 8/01 - Is Google Returning To China?
Aug 1, 2018 • 16 min
Google has a secret plan to return to China, the Apple earnings analysis, Masayoshi Son goes “Brandless” and in praise of microfilm! Links:GOOGLE PLANS TO LAUNCH CENSORED SEARCH ENGINE IN CHINA, LEAKED DOCUMENTS REVEAL (The Intercept)Apple tops 300…
Tuesday, 7/31 - Facebook Finds More Election “Bad Actors”
Jul 31, 2018 • 14 min
Facebook reveals fresh election meddling, Galaxy 9s might not be selling well, but Nintendo Switches sure are, and Playstation 4s still are, Uber stops truckin’ and Google Maps will predict which restaurant you’ll like. Stories from: @kerby, @fredwilson…
Monday, 7/30 - Self-Driving Cars Need To Talk To Us
Jul 30, 2018 • 16 min
The king of the bitcoin miners mulls an IPO (not an ICO), the prediction market Augur gets dark, a “Netflix for gadgets” and a “Dallas Cowboys for e-sports” both raise money, advice for Twitter and Facebook, and why autonomous cars need to talk to us.…
Friday, 7/27 - The Dreaded MAU Strikes Again!
Jul 27, 2018 • 18 min
Slack takes out some competitors, Twitter get its own earnings shock, Amazon is just fine, thank you very much, Stripe issues credit cards, MoviePass… still alive at the time of this recording… and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from:…
Thursday, 7/26 - The Greatest Loss of Market Value In a Single Day… Ever
Jul 26, 2018 • 18 min
The Facebook earnings disaster. What else? But also Qualcomm walks away from an acquisition, Amazon’s facial recognition tech seems pretty flawed, and Samsung might have invented unbreakable displays for smartphones! Links:Samsung announces new…
Wednesday, 7/25 - China to Facebook: Not So Fast!
Jul 25, 2018 • 17 min
Another internal Facebook memo leaks, China tells Facebook “not so fast,” Steam battles Discord, why the iPhone can’t compete in China, and a Y2K bug for the new millennium. Links:Departing Facebook Security Officer’s Memo: “We Need To Be Willing To Pick…
Tuesday, 7/24 - Laptops Are Too Thin and Too Light!
Jul 24, 2018 • 17 min
Alphabet earnings, Google’s Translation app takes over the world, potentially two new Xbox consoles, Verizon wants to deliver TV over 5G and the thin-and-light laptop revolution has gone too far! Links:Alphabet surges to all-time high as Wall Street says…
Monday, 7/23 - Samsung’s Big Step Toward 5G
Jul 23, 2018 • 18 min
Susan Fowler Rigetti gets a high profile new job, a Lyft and Uber driver was live-streaming without consent, Samsung takes a big step toward a 5G world, and why is Google Translate spitting out religious prophecies? Links:St. Louis Uber driver has put…
Friday, 7/20 - New Tesla is a “Rainbow-Farting Space Ship”
Jul 20, 2018 • 17 min
WhatsApp limits forwards, Microsoft announces earnings, emergency alerts on Netflix, grocery chain Kroger throws shade at Amazon Prime Day, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Links:WhatsApp will drastically limit forwarding across the globe to stop…
Thursday, 7/19 - Will Fuchsia Replace Android?
Jul 19, 2018 • 16 min
Facebook and Zuckerberg address misinformation and censorship, Reddit rolls out live chatrooms, will Fuchsia replace Android, and who is online journalism’s newest savior? Links:Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence…
Wednesday, 7/18 - The Massive Google Fine
Jul 18, 2018 • 17 min
Google faces a record European fine, Nest gets a major reshuffle inside Google, Walmart guns for Netflix, Venmo transactions can be public, and can cool camera tech destined for smartphones actually improve autonomous vehicles?
Tuesday, 7/17 - A Major Autonomous Car Startup You’ve Never Heard Of
Jul 17, 2018 • 18 min
Netflix’s subscriber miss, Amazon’s troubled Prime Day, Walmart and Microsoft team up against Amazon, some big problems with voting machines and the big autonomous vehicle startup you’ve probably never heard of. Links:What Netflix’s big miss means for the…
Monday, 7/16 - Instapaper Goes Solo
Jul 16, 2018 • 15 min
A Roku wireless speaker, better Uber pickups, Instapaper goes solo, what to expect from the Galaxy S10 and it’s Amazon Prime Day everybody! Links:Wave Uber’s new Spotlight or send canned chats to find your driver (TechCrunch)Airbnb is grappling with how…
Friday, 7/13 - A Big-Boy Photoshop for iPads
Jul 13, 2018 • 21 min
Full Photoshop is coming to iPads, PC sales are growing again, what now for the AT&T/Time Warner merger, what does an unlimited data plan really mean, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @imkialikethecar, @ballmatthew Tweets:…
Thursday, 7/12 - New MacBook Pros
Jul 12, 2018 • 17 min
Surprise MacBook Pro updates, Broadcom goes for Plan B, the fate of Gawker and The Onion, who will be the first to a trillion dollars, and who wants to be the Pixar of VR. Links:APPLE’S NEW MACBOOK PROS HAVE THE LATEST INTEL PROCESSORS AND QUIETER…
Wednesday, 7/11 - The 2018 X Graduating Class
Jul 11, 2018 • 16 min
Facebook faces its first fine from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a look at what Article 13 might do to the web, a juicy new Apple rumor, more hints from Magic Leap, and a look at Alphabet’s “Moonshot” factory. Stories from: @AlecMuffett, @adavies47…
Tuesday, 7/10 - Netflix Smart Downloads
Jul 10, 2018 • 16 min
Microsoft unveils a new Surface tablet, police can probably still break into iPhones, YouTube fights fake news, the new silicon gold rush, and Netflix makes binging even easier. Links:Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go aims to stand out from iPads or Chromebooks…
Monday, 7/9 - Thanos Did Nothing Wrong!
Jul 9, 2018 • 16 min
Xiaomi’s IPO disappoints, Apple Music gains on Spotify, Amazon’s ad business could be a contender, and why half the members of a popular subreddit are getting banned. Stories from: @mikelaris, @noamscheiber Tweets: @danprimack Links:Shares of Chinese…
Friday, July 6, 2018 - Memes Are Safe! For Now…
Jul 6, 2018 • 20 min
Sonos files for an IPO, Netflix sunsets movie reviews, the iPhone is getting new colors, the memes are safe for now, and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links:MEPs vote to reopen copyright debate over ‘censorship’ controversy (TechCrunch)Kuo: New 2018…
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Dell Returns!
Jul 3, 2018 • 15 min
A big problem with Samsung Messages, Dell comes back to the public markets, more machinations in the transportation shuffle, more NSA shenanigans, and the 10th anniversary of the App Store. Links:Dell to Return to Public Markets With Tracking Stock…
Friday, June 29, 2018 - All New Apple Maps
Jun 29, 2018 • 19 min
Xiaomi’s IPO disappoints, Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up, the state of the ICO market, the weekend long reads suggestions, and the NES is back, baby! Stories from: @panzer, @tomwarren Tweets: @elonmusk Links:Apple is rebuilding Maps from the…
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Amazon Kneecaps Walgreens
Jun 28, 2018 • 16 min
Amazon makes a ton of news including buying into pharmaceutical commerce and creating its own mini-package delivery army, Apple considers one subscription to rule them all, and the long Apple/Samsung war is over. Stories from: @angelicalavito, @jacknicas…
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - AdWords No More
Jun 27, 2018 • 16 min
Google rebrands AdWords and demos Duplex for reporters, Twitter takes steps to fight spam and make your account more secure, Facebook wants to help you avoid spoilers and is Blackberry back with the Key2? Links:Google is retiring the AdWords & DoubleClick…
Tuesday, June 26, 2016 - London’s Uber-ing
Jun 26, 2018 • 17 min
Uber gets legal in London, a16z raises a crypto fund, Apple opts for human editors, Fortnite makes bank, and a check-in on the space race. Links:Uber wins the right to keep operating in London (TheVerge)Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest…
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Noise-Cancelling AirPods?
Jun 25, 2018 • 16 min
New noise cancelling AirPods might be coming, AT&T buys AppNexus, more Trump and Chinese tech rumblings, and what is the future of Benchmark Capital? Links:Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019 (Bloomberg)The US now officially has…
Friday, June 22, 2018 - The Tesla Sabotage Story Gets Weirder?
Jun 22, 2018 • 17 min
The Supreme Court rules on cell phone tracking, YouTube gets channel memberships, Twitter literally smites Smyte, the Elon Musk sabotage saga gets weirder and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @sarahintampa, @drewharwell Tweets: @mathewi…
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Whatever Happened to Apple’s AirPower?
Jun 21, 2018 • 20 min
Intel’s CEO steps down, an update on Apple’s AirPower wireless charger, a Supreme Court ruling will have a big impact on e-commerce, and Amazon Fire TV Cube reviews. Stories from: @jessiwrites, @chrisvelazco Tweets: @kevinctofel Links: Why Apple’s…
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Instagram Debuts IGTV
Jun 20, 2018 • 14 min
The immigration controversy comes to Silicon Valley, Instagram debuts IGTV, Disney ups its bid for Fox, and a new phone finds a new way around “the notch.” Links:Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video (TechCrunch)Oppo’s Find X ditches…
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Musk Fears Sabotage
Jun 19, 2018 • 16 min
Verizon and AT&T stop selling your location data, Google roles out a couple of cool new things, Alexa is coming to your hotel, Elon Musk is worried about sabotage, and how Europe might kill meme culture. Stories from: @jacknicas Tweets: @coryweinberg,…
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Apple Upgrades 911 Calls
Jun 18, 2018 • 16 min
Apple upgrades 911 calls—and is taking a case to the Supreme Court—Google invests big time in China, gaming addiction is officially a disorder, and how an Australian telecom company is screwing up the World Cup. Stories from: @stevelevine, @tiffkhsu…
Friday, June 15, 2018 - Oprah Signs With Apple
Jun 15, 2018 • 20 min
Oprah signs with Apple, but OLEDs aren’t working out for Apple, Netflix has a hidden source for teen comedy hits, the weekend longreads suggestions, and, if you can believe it, William Shatner’s new gig. Stories from: @mochi_wsj, @McLauchlin Links:APPLE’S…
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Save Metafilter!
Jun 14, 2018 • 18 min
Apple tries to lock down it’s phones again, Google makes ad targeting more transparent, Microsoft works to replace cashiers with robots… but the robots have already come for middle managers at Amazon, and a plea to help save Metafilter. Stories from:…
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Major Twitter Changes
Jun 13, 2018 • 18 min
Today was major revamp day. Twitter’s ringing in big changes. Microsoft is putting a new polish on Office. Also: Intel jumps into the GPU game, Bitcoin might have been manipulated, and Fortnite comes to the Nintendo Switch. Stories from: @nathanielpopper,…
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - E-Scooters To The Moon!
Jun 12, 2018 • 18 min
E-scooter valuations explode, Facebook turns in its homework, Microsoft’s next Xbox is coming in 2020, how Netflix is winning, and a dreaded 51% attack explained. Here’s what you missed today in the world of tech. Tweets: @annehelen, @arielbogle Stories:…
Monday, June 11, 2018 - Snapchat Clear Chats and Facebook Memories
Jun 11, 2018 • 15 min
Snapchat Clear Chats and Facebook’s Memories come at social media from different philosophical viewpoints, headlines from the ramp up to E3, new Apple Watch rumors, the scooter economy, and do on-screen fingerprint scanners work well? Stories from:…
Friday, June 8, 2018 - Google’s 7 Principles for AI
Jun 8, 2018 • 17 min
Google’s lays out ethical principles for AI development, Facebook has another privacy issue (again), why the next generation of gaming consoles might be the last, Yahoo Messenger logs off, and the weekend long-reads suggestions. Stories from:…
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - The Fire TV Cube
Jun 7, 2018 • 16 min
ZTE makes a deal with Uncle Sam, but Google might be in trouble because of Huawei, the new Amazon Fire TV Cube is announced, a new Blackberry phone, a redesigned Lyft app and more Instagram video rumors. Stories from: @stuwoo, @meganrosedickey LinksAfter…
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Hour-long Instagram Videos?
Jun 6, 2018 • 16 min
A whole slew of product announcements. New Sonos speakers. A new Motorola smartphone. A new AMD chip. Instagram may soon allow you to post hour-long videos. Plus: why Microsoft sunk a data center off the Scottish coast and why startups keep naming…
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Intel Says “F— Everything! We’re Doing 28 Cores!”
Jun 5, 2018 • 16 min
Intel releases some anniversary chips, why WhatsApp and Facebook had a falling out, followups from WWDC and analysis of that GitHub acquisition, and some scientists purposely created a psychopathic AI. Stories from: @jameskobielus, @janewakefield Tweets:…
Monday, June 4, 2018 - WWDC Highlights
Jun 4, 2018 • 15 min
Today, it’s all about developers, everything from Apple’s WWDC Keynote, Microsoft buys GitHub in order to court developers. Oh. And a new Facebook data brouhaha. Tweet commentary: @ericlbarnes, @HenrikJoreteg Links:Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub…
Friday, June 1, 2018 - What to Expect From WWDC
Jun 1, 2018 • 19 min
The end of an era in venture capital, the end of Facebook’s trending news feature, what to expect from WWDC next week, some new ARM chips and the weekend longreads suggestions. Stories from: @joshuarothman, @deborahgage, @meliarobin Links:New Arm…
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Self Driving Cars 4 Realz
May 31, 2018 • 16 min
A bunch of self driving car news, a bunch of headline making quotes from the Code Conference, a couple new flagship smartphones, and a new Atari gaming console that nobody is quite sure the purpose of. Stories: @Charlie_L_Hall, @richardlai Tweets:…
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - Mary Meeker’s Internet Report
May 30, 2018 • 19 min
The Code Conference brings us Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report and juicy quotes from Evan Spiegel, web publishers find life after Facebook, a new gaming laptop from HP, and how ambulance chasing lawyers can target ads to people in the hospital.…
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Uber Gets a Panic Button and Facebook Gets Paused
May 29, 2018 • 14 min
Uber adds a panic button, Apple updates HomePod, the Chinese trade war is back on, Facebook gets a month-long timeout, another EU privacy regulation, and less-desirable dogs get better PR. Tweets from from @lcmoser, @heldavidson, @jimwaterson Links:Uber…
Friday, May 25, 2018 - Musk Rages and Alexa Listens In
May 25, 2018 • 17 min
European Union privacy restrictions kick in, Tesla settles a suit, Alexa is listening, Essential becomes a misnomer, and San Francisco brakes scooters. Tweets: @bxchen, @ktbenner, @geoffreyfowler, @zeynep, @cathyyoung63, @mccanner Links:Publications block…
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Facebook and Twitter Label Political Ads
May 24, 2018 • 17 min
Facebook and Twitter label political ads, Apple’s self-driving car efforts fizzle, the DOJ is looking at cryptocurrency manipulation, there’s a PornHub VPN, and StumbleUpon is no more. Stories from: @jacknicas, @mat Links:Apple, Spurned by Others, Signs…
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Why Might Amazon Ban You?
May 23, 2018 • 14 min
Facebook helps you find a plumber, Apple lets you download your data, Comcast wants to buy 21st Century Fox, why would Amazon ban you, and Bill Gates’ summer reading recommendations. Stories from: @kottke, @LauraStevensWSJ Links:Next Generation iPhone…
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Amazon Vs. The ACLU
May 22, 2018 • 14 min
Another chip flaw found, privacy activists turn their attention to Amazon, ZTE might be saved by the Trump Administration, Zuckerberg’s European sojourn is a damp squib, and now you can mute annoying people on Instagram. Stories from: @katienotopoulos,…
Monday, May 21, 2018 - Break Up The Big Tech Companies?
May 21, 2018 • 15 min
Is the government coming after Big Tech, Microsoft doubles down on voice AI, Lyft joins the e-scooter scramble, the Obamas officially join Netflix, and which smartphone is most likely to shatter? Stories from: @TaylorLorenz, @coryweinberg Tweets: @tanayj,…
Friday, May 18, 2018 - Fortnite Comes to Android
May 18, 2018 • 16 min
Today more leakage of your phone’s location data, Fortnite comes to Android, dataplans for seniors’ smartphones, robotic insects, drone sailboats, and the weekend long reads suggestions. Stories from: @briankrebs, @valleyhack Links: Tracking Firm…
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - YouTube Music
May 17, 2018 • 15 min
YouTube Music launches next week, Apple too is looking for a major new campus, Mobileye signs a big deal for autonomous car tech and the SEC creates honeypot to teach investors about scammy ICOs. Stories from: @JessConditt, @josephfcox Links:Hacker…
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Yanny vs. Laurel
May 16, 2018 • 15 min
Zuckerberg to testify in Europe, Prime members to get discounts at Whole Foods, low-end tablets possibly coming from Microsoft, a blockchain phone, a connected toothbrush, and all you need to know about the Yanny or Laurel controversy. Stories from:…
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Silicon Valley Cleans Up Its Act
May 15, 2018 • 16 min
Everyone says they’re cleaning up their act: Twitter, Facebook, Uber. The Crypto kids crash New York while Coinbase cozies up to Wall Street. The Surface Hub 2 looks pretty sweet, and we might soon be shooting Wikipedia pages to the moon. Stories from:…
Monday, May 14, 2018 - Email Encryption Might Be Broken
May 14, 2018 • 16 min
Email encryption might be broken, Facebook suspends suspicious apps, why Google employees are resigning in protest, Silicon Valley could benefit from a gambling gold rush, and how Masayoshi Son is disrupting the entire technology world. Stories from:…
Friday, May 11, 2018 - A Facebook Cryptocurrency?
May 11, 2018 • 17 min
Is a Facebook cryptocurrency really possible? Can Snapchat redesign its way back into users’ hearts? What’s going on at Symantec? Klout strikes out. And the Weekend Longreads. Stories from: @alexeheath, @mekosoff Tweets: @om, @manjusrii, @sfiegerman…
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Sending Secret Messages to Siri
May 10, 2018 • 15 min
The suspected Russian Facebook ads are released, a new Apple credit card, why Roku is a quiet powerhouse, Robinhood raises a ton of money, and how your digital assistant might be susceptible to subliminal commands. Stories from: @jank0, @mattlynley…
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Facebook’s Executive Shuffle
May 9, 2018 • 17 min
A major Facebook executive shakeup, Walmart beats Amazon to Flipkart, Glassdoor gets acquired, one more chance to fight for net neutrality, and a deeper look at how Google’s Duplex technology works. Stories from: @brianstelter Tweets: @pt, @poniewozik…
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Google I/O Highlights
May 8, 2018 • 17 min
The highlights from Google I/O, Microsoft gives developers 95%, possible encrypted Twitter DMs, the NYSE wants to trade bitcoin, and Uber unveils its flying car. Stories from: @nathanielpopper, @tonyromm Tweets: @puiwingtam, @bzamayo Links:Link to the…
Monday, May 7, 2018 - The iMac at Twenty
May 7, 2018 • 16 min
Highlights from Microsoft’s Build conference, a preview of Google’s I/O conference, you might soon be able to add music to your Instagram Stories, who’s ahead in the autonomous car race, and the iMac at twenty. Stories from: @backlon, @nickstatt…
Friday, May 4, 2018 - Would You Pay For Facebook?
May 4, 2018 • 17 min
Would you pay for a Facebook subscription? Would you pay for Facebook satellite internet? Instagram adds native payments, Warren Buffett doubles down on Apple, the weekend longreads suggestions and plenty more. Stories from: @NellieBowles, @beckyquick…
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Xiaomi files for a monster IPO
May 3, 2018 • 18 min
Xiaomi files for a monster IPO, Cambridge Analytica might not be dead after all, a whole bunch of news in the digital assistant space, NPR buys a podcast app, and how Stories have eaten social networking. Stories from: @oneunderscore__ , @JoshConstine…
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - AI Announcements at F8
May 2, 2018 • 17 min
Facebook’s AI announcements from F8, LG announces G7 ThinQ, Apple earnings analysis, Snap earnings analysis, the Pentagon blocks the sale of Chinese phones, and can AI predict the next Avengers: Infinity War? Stories from: @ashleyrcarman, @DanielEran…
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Apple Earnings and Facebook’s F8
May 1, 2018 • 16 min
Apple’s earnings numbers, all of the announcements from Facebook’s F8 conference, a WhatsApp co-founder leaves, publishers criticize Google over GDPR, and will Comcast only give you faster internet speeds if you subscribe to cable TV? Stories from:…
Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 - The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
Apr 30, 2018 • 17 min
The T-Mobile/Sprint merger, Fitbit wants to share health data with doctors, Oculus wants virtual reality theater, Galaxy S9s get a storage boost, and did Jeff Bezos become a billionaire simply because he wanted to live in space? Links:As controversy…
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 - DNA Site Cracks the Golden State Killer Case
Apr 27, 2018 • 19 min
The Price of Amazon Prime is going up, Apple’s AirPort is going away, Square buys Weebly, A DNA site might have cracked the Golden State Killer case, will T-Mobile and Sprint finally tie the knot, is Apple working on an AR/VR headset, and the weekend…
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 - Snap’s Spectacles 2.0
Apr 26, 2018 • 17 min
It’s an earnings bonanza! Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook… and what might Samsung’s earnings mean for Apple’s? Also, new Snapchat Spectacles, a look behind the scenes at Nintendo, a possible Sonos IPO and Digg finds a new home. Stories from: @maureenmfarrell,…
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 - The Gmail Revamp
Apr 25, 2018 • 18 min
Facebook earnings, Twitter earnings, the Gmail redesign arrives, Alexa for children, a possible solution for law enforcement accessing encrypted phones, and drones are helping first responders in Europe. Stories from: @mm_maack and @StevenLevy Links:DJI…
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 - Amazon Wants to Deliver to… Your Car?
Apr 24, 2018 • 16 min
Amazon now delivers to your car, Spotify updates its app for free users, a wrap up of Alphabet’s earnings, jailbreak-able Nintendo Switches, and Mt. Gox’s Mark Karpelès breaks his silence. Stories from: @ShiraOvide, @KyleOrl, @jenwieczner Links:Google’s…
Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 - Amazon’s Robot For Your Home
Apr 23, 2018 • 15 min
Alphabet’s Q1 earnings, Amazon’s working on a domestic robot, Aleksandr Kogan says he worked more closely with Facebook than has been reported, spies—like us—fear digital tracking, and the state of the music industry. Stories:Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan…
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 - Google Has a Plan to Supplant SMS
Apr 20, 2018 • 20 min
Google brands its replacement for SMS as “Chat,” Apple can’t quit Samsung…yet, people are worried about MoviePass, digital design pioneer Susan Kare is honored, the weekend long reads suggestions, and Do Not Disturb While Driving might be having an…
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 - Bezos’ Shareholder Letter
Apr 19, 2018 • 15 min
Amazon Prime tops 100 million subscribers, clarifying Facebook’s GDPR compliance, Netflix has mobile previews, what metrics show that is Reddit bigger than Facebook, and will you soon be able to letter in eSports? Stories from: @David_Ingram, @aatilley…
Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 - Amazon and Best Buy Join Forces (for TVs)
Apr 18, 2018 • 17 min
Facebook rolls out better privacy tools globally, Amazon and Best Buy partner to sell TVs, the IRS suffered from a terribly timed outage, YouTube tries to reassure creators, and the great San Francisco scooter debate. Stories:A flaw-by-flaw guide to…
Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018 - Big Changes Coming to Apple News
Apr 17, 2018 • 14 min
Apple is readying a new subscription reading app, tech companies pledge not to help governments wage cyberwar, Facebook outlines its web tracking, and Netflix earnings. Tweets: @DaveLeeBBC, @geoffreyfowler Stories:These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook…
Monday, Apr. 16, 2018 - US Punishes a Chinese Cellphone Maker
Apr 16, 2018 • 15 min
US punishes a Chinese cellphone maker, two interesting acquisitions (General Assembly and Earn.com), App Store earnings, original streaming content numbers, and some Android apps might be collecting data from kids. Links:Netflix Licensed Content Generates…
Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 - Instagram Saves Poetry?
Apr 13, 2018 • 18 min
Is Telegram the new refuge for pirated content, more police departments buy a device to unlock iPhones, Chinese cops use facial recognition to pick criminals out of crowds, more leaks of upcoming Gmail features, the long reads suggestions, and how…
Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 - ESPN+ Debuts
Apr 12, 2018 • 16 min
ESPN goes over-the-top, Apple’s Home Pod is reportedly “stumbling,” a final wrap-up of the Zuckerberg testimony, Snap testing commerce, and an AI doctor can diagnose on its own. Stories:How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You (Wired)The…
Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 - A Spotify/Hulu Bundle
Apr 11, 2018 • 14 min
Zuckerberg’s back on the hot seat, Spotify and Hulu have a new bundle, changes might be coming to Gmail, we might have new Spectacles soon, and Uber adds a car rental option. Stories from: @KaleighRogers, @sarahjeong Links:Four Questions Congress Should…
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 - Mr. Zuckerberg Goes to Washington
Apr 10, 2018 • 16 min
Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington, taking the temperature of Facebook employees, a fake Black Lives Matter page, YouTube videos vandalized, an Instagram portrait mode, and a museum of lost sounds. Stories from: @georgia_wells, @dseetharaman Tweets:…
Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 - iPhone (PRODUCT)RED
Apr 9, 2018 • 14 min
A new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone, Uber gets into bike sharing, Zuckerberg crams for Congress, an open source AR headset, and why phishing attacks work. Stories:Amazon spent nearly $23 billion on R&D last year — more than any other U.S. company (Recode)17 percent…
Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 - Facebook Labels Political Ads
Apr 6, 2018 • 19 min
Facebook labels political ads, cryptocurrencies might run afoul of GDPR, SpaceX can’t post videos from space, bots help you beat parking tickets, the weekend longreads and what’s the story behind Fortnite? Stories and Longreads:Lawyer bots take the hassle…
Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 - Zuckerberg’s PR Offensive
Apr 5, 2018 • 18 min
Zuckerberg’s Q&A with reporters, possible social media regulations, Trump may hate Amazon but Uncle Sam seems to love ‘em, a dreaded 51% attack in crypto, and a new home for Moviefone. Stories:How the Government Could Fix Facebook (The Atlantic) Credits:…
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 - The YouTube Shooting Incident
Apr 4, 2018 • 18 min
Everything we know about yesterday’s shooting incident at YouTube, rumors of iphones with curved glass, Zuckerberg’s going to testify to congress, Apple poaches Google’s AI chief, and a smart piece about social media overload. Stories from: @markgurman…
Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018 - Spotify’s Stock Debut
Apr 3, 2018 • 17 min
Spotify debuts on the stock market, but it needs to depend less on record labels, Trump seems serious about Amazon, your favorite messaging app is changing, Panera has a data leak and Swedes turn against a cash-free future. Links:Spotify relies on the big…
Monday, April 2, 2018 - Apple to Drop Intel?
Apr 2, 2018 • 18 min
Is Apple replacing Intel’s chips? Is Grindr leaking users’ HIV status? Cloudflare wants to protect your browsing privacy, Zuckerberg gives a longer interview, Macron talks AI, a profile of Amazon’s headquarters search and how many tv viewers are going…
Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 - The Facebook Memo Controversy
Mar 30, 2018 • 16 min
An internal Facebook memo causes controversy, Under Armour was hacked, SpaceX gets FCC approval for satellite internet, utility companies dream of electric sheep cars, and the weekend long read suggestions. Stories from: @om, @sheelahk and @CaseyNewton…
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 - The Big Microsoft Re-Org
Mar 29, 2018 • 17 min
A big re-org at Microsoft, Facebook cuts out third party ad data, iOS 11.3 is out, Trump tweets his “concerns” about Amazon, Atlanta is digitally held hostage and Ripple donates to charity. Tweets from: @tomwarren, @caro_milanesi Stories from: @atbwebb…
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 - Facebook Privacy Shortcuts
Mar 28, 2018 • 15 min
Facebook introduces Privacy Shortcuts, Trump is “obsessed” with Amazon, Waze launches local ads, Shyp shuts down, video streaming will get faster and there’s more music now than ever! Stories from: @harrymccracken, @NeilShahWSJ Credits: Produced by…
Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 - Apple’s New iPad
Mar 27, 2018 • 17 min
Apple’s new iPad, Arizona bans Uber test cars, Zuckerberg won’t talk to Parliament but might talk to Congress, Foxconn buys Belkin, Apple goes to Hollywood, and will the streaming explosion revive piracy? Stories from: @koblin, @KarlBodeLink: Apple Goes…
Monday, Mar. 26, 2018 - The First Chrome OS Tablets
Mar 26, 2018 • 14 min
The first Chrome OS tablet, Uber exits Southeast Asia, Tim Cook thinks Facebook should be regulated, The Fitbit Versa smartwatch, and a billion dollar ATM hacker gang is taken down. Stories from: @thepacketrat, @VranicaWSJ Tweets from: @alexhern Credits:…
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 - The Dropbox IPO
Mar 23, 2018 • 14 min
Low-cost iPads are coming, Dropbox IPOs, touchscreen issues with Galaxy S9s, Craigslist pulls all personal ads, and the weekend long-read suggestions. Long-reads links:How IKEA’s future-living lab created an augmented reality hit (WiredUk)My Cow Game…
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 - The Zuckerberg Interviews
Mar 22, 2018 • 14 min
Zuckerberg’s interviews analyzed, Instagram updates the feed, IBM accused of age discrimination, early Oculus Go reviews and a wi-fi wine bottle bites the dust. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 - Zuckerberg Responds
Mar 21, 2018 • 14 min
Zuckerberg speaks out about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Siri will read your hidden messages, Travis Kalanick’s new gig, Facebook Messenger’s new features, YouTube’s increased ad load, Google gobbles Lytro, and everyone wants to work at a tech…
Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 - Google Wants to Save Journalism
Mar 20, 2018 • 15 min
Google wants to support journalism, more on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica saga, more on the self-driving car fatality, YouTube rolls out a “go live” feature, and scandal rocks the world of HQ Trivia. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme…
Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 - The Facebook Bombshell Fallout
Mar 19, 2018 • 19 min
The fallout from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story summarized, Facebook launches a Patreon, a self-driving car kills a pedestrian and Apple might be making its own screens. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by…
Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 - Apple Takes a Field Trip
Mar 16, 2018 • 16 min
Apple takes a field trip, a small town bans bitcoin, Rihanna doesn’t accept Snapchat’s apology, Adobe transforms itself, and Lyft tests subscriptions. Stories from, @DMOberhaus and @oliviasolon; tweet-analysis from @ow Weekend long-read…
Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 - How Amazon Conquers
Mar 15, 2018 • 17 min
Apple’s troubles with Siri, Amazon’s had an amazing last three years, but it didn’t kill Toys “R” Us, Nest launches a video doorbell, Google answers with no search results, and Drake crashes Twitch. Stories from @ShiraOvide and @rustybrick and tweet…
Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 - Theranos Charged with Fraud
Mar 14, 2018 • 16 min
Theranos Charged with Fraud, Google bans crypto ads, YouTube fights conspiracy theories, a startup that wants to kill you, Google Maps for games, and Twitter comes after Snap. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 - Trump trumps Broadcom
Mar 13, 2018 • 16 min
Trump trumps Broadcom, Larry Page and flying taxis, alleged flaws in AMD chips, Spotify playlist payola, checking in with Lyft, ranking tech brands and WWDC dates are announced. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by…
Monday, Mar. 12, 2018 - Apple Buys Texture
Mar 12, 2018 • 15 min
Apple acquires Texture, details on the Dropbox IPO, drone deliveries might be coming soon, Twitter attacks tweetdecking, more on the Broadcom/Qualcomm story, and an interesting story out of the bitcoin world. Here’s what happened today in tech. Credits:…
Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 - Obama to Netflix
Mar 9, 2018 • 14 min
Waymo joins the self-driving truck party, Twitter wants you to go verify yourself, Snap wants to break even, Facebook streams Major League Baseball, some weekend long-reads, and why that Obama going to Netflix story is a tech story. The long-reads…
Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 - Galaxy S9 Reviews
Mar 8, 2018 • 17 min
Galaxy S9 reviews, Travis Kalanick’s new fund, Google wants to AMP the web, most Netflix is watched on TVs, a Star Wars TV show, and yesterday’s Alexa laughter led to a lot of Twitter jokes. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by…
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 - Android P Released To Developers
Mar 7, 2018 • 20 min
Android P is released to developers, Blackberry sues Facebook, sources speak of possible Snap layoffs, an interesting Peter Thiel interview, and actually, much more…. Credits: Produced by @brianmcc and the @techmeme staff Music by @jpschwinghamer
Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 - Google Ads AI to Drones?
Mar 6, 2018 • 14 min
Google adds AI to drones, Uber trucks start hauling cargo, reading the Uber tea leaves, Washington State brings back net neutrality, Bumble bans guns, and Dyson cuts the cord. Literally. Google says it provides TensorFlow APIs to US Dept of Defense to…
Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 - Amazon Checking Accounts
Mar 5, 2018 • 13 min
Amazon checking accounts, Apple noise canceling earphones, Google sells Zagat, Facebook posts a cringeworthy user survey, and VCs take a road trip! Sources: Amazon is in talks with big banks including JPMorgan Chase about a checking-account-like product…
Introducing the Techmeme Ride Home Podcast
Mar 1, 2018 • 3 min
Introducing ourselves, and letting you know what we’ll be doing. First episode launches March 6 at 5PM eastern.