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.
Links:APPLE’S 16-INCH MACBOOK PRO IS HERE AND IT HAS A GOOD KEYBOARD (The Verge)16-Inch MacBook Pro First Impressions: Great Keyboard, Outstanding Speakers (Daring Fireball)Next in Google’s Quest for Consumer Dominance: Banking (WSJ)Brave 1.0 launches, bringing the privacy-first browser out of beta (The Verge)DoorDash Picks Up Another $100 Million at Nearly $13 Billion Valuation (Bloomberg)Border officials can’t have ‘boundless’ access to search devices, court rules (The Verge)AI can predict if you'll die soon - but we've no idea how it works (New Scientist)
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.
Links:Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans (The Wall Street Journal)Instagram Stories launches TikTok clone Reels in Brazil (TechCrunch)Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook (The Verge)Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots (TechCrunch)Whoop, the sports tech and analytics company that makes discreet wearables, raises $55M (TechCrunch)WordPress.com sites can now accept subscriptions with new 'Recurring Payments' feature (TechCrunch)Disney+ experiencing ‘unable to connect’ errors on launch day (The Verge)Here’s what time every episode of The Mandalorian and other Disney+ shows go live (The Verge)
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 Foods.
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Links:Viral Tweet About Apple Card Leads to Goldman Sachs Probe (Bloomberg)@dhh ThreadAbout the Apple Card (dhh.dk)Uber CEO backtracks after calling Saudi murder of Khashoggi "a mistake" (Axios)Apple Eyes 2022 Release for AR Headset, 2023 for Glasses (The Information)Amazon will launch new grocery store as alternative to Whole Foods (CNET)DoorDash Won Food Delivery by Seizing the Suburbs and $2 Billion (Bloomberg)
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, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.
Links:Disney stock rises after beating on top and bottom lines (CNBC)Andreessen Horowitz launches free crypto startup school (TechCrunch)Twitter Is Trying To Fix The Dunk And Ratio (BuzzFeed)T-Mobile dangles $15 plan, 5G gains, big freebies to get Sprint deal done (CNET)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Pessimists Archive PodcastThe new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising (The Correspondent)THE BIG BITCOIN HEIST (Vanity Fair)We are living in Hideo Kojima’s dystopian nightmare. Can he save us? (Washington Post)A critical analysis of scroll bars throughout history (The Verge)The Making of the World’s Greatest Investor (WSJ)How Cheap Robots Are Transforming Ocean Exploration (Outside)
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 repair your car on demand, and what smart speaker seems to be unhackable?
Links:Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics (Washington Post)Alphabet’s board of directors is investigating executives over inappropriate relationships (CNBC)A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day (The Verge)AMD unveils world's most powerful desktop CPUs (ZDNet)Uber faces costly choices after expert finds it uses Waymo self-driving tech (Reuters)Ghost raises $63.7 million to develop an aftermarket kit that gives cars self-driving capabilities (VentureBeat)Wrench's on-demand vehicle repair and maintenance service picks up $20 million (TechCrunch)Facebook Portal survives Pwn2Own hacking contest, Amazon Echo got hacked (ZDNet)
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.
Links:Twitter is rolling out Topics, a way to follow subjects automatically in the timeline (The Verge)Xerox Considers Takeover Offer for HP (WSJ)California Says Facebook Failed to Comply With Subpoenas (NYTimes)California asks for court order forcing Facebook to hand over Cambridge Analytica documents (The Verge)Self-Driving Uber in Crash Wasn’t Designed to See Jaywalkers (Bloomberg)Uber is entering the ads business (TechCrunch)Neural Magic raises $15 million to boost AI inferencing speed on off-the-shelf processors (VentureBeat)How Arweave's Permaweb cheaply hosts sites & apps forever (TechCrunch)Ford built an electric Mustand with a manual transmission. And we're mad. (TechCrunch)
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.
Links:SoftBank imposes new standards to rein in start-up founders (Financial Times)WeWork Isn’t the Only Stumble for SoftBank’s Vision Fund (WSJ)Uber Books Another Quarterly Loss as Revenue Climbs (WSJ)MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO X REVIEW: HEARTBREAKER (The Verge)Xiaomi unveils its 108-megapixel smartphone (Engadget)Actively exploited bug in fully updated Firefox is sending users into a tizzy (ArsTechnica)IOS 13.2 IS OVERZEALOUSLY KILLING APPS IN THE BACKGROUND (Daring Fireball)I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too. (NYTimes)
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.
Links:Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home (Wired)Microsoft’s new Office app for iOS and Android combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (The Verge)Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser arrives January 15th (Engadget)Microsoft Teams is getting Outlook integration, tasks support, and more (The Verge)Microsoft Ignite 2019: Meet Project Cortex, Office 365 knowledge-management service (ZDNet)Microsoft is bringing Cortana to Outlook for iOS and Android with a new ‘masculine’ voice (The Verge)Introducing Our New Company Brand (Facebook Newsroom)Photoshop for iPad is now available in the App Store (WCCFTech)The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable (Wired)
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 principle of the project is to try new things, try to find new ideas and new people in new places. So after doing the segment on the new Rise of the Rest Fund II, I reached out to Steve to learn more about what he’s been learning as he’s been barnstorming the country to try to find exciting new companies outside of the major tech hubs.
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.
Links:Google to acquire Fitbit, valuing the smartwatch maker at about $2.1 billion (CNBC)Maps Incognito is launching for Google Maps Android Users (Google Maps Help)Apple TV+ is now live in the TV app: Start watching Apple’s original TV shows and movies (9to5Mac)Exclusive: U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok - sources (Reuters)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:50 years ago today, the internet was born in Room 3420 (Fast Company)Talking with former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos (CJR)Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours (AlexDanco.com)The Gross Margin Problem: Lessons for Tech-Enabled Startups (Craft)The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois (ProPublica)
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 scale?
Links:Jack Dorsey's Twitter ThreadZuckerberg defends politician ads that will be 0.5% of 2020 revenue (TechCrunch)Aaron Sorkin: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg (NYTimes)Facebook shares rise on strong Q3, users up 2% to 2.45B (TechCrunch)A Facebook content moderation vendor is quitting the business after two Verge investigations (The Verge)Apple is laying the groundwork for an iPhone subscription (CNBC)Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network (ArsTechnica)Unraveling the Secret Origins of an AmazonBasics Battery (OneZero)
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 policy to its logical conclusion, and how come none of you told me about Mario Kart Tour?
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Links:Why WhatsApp is pushing back on NSO Group hacking (Washington Post)WhatsApp Says Israeli Firm Used Its App in Spy Program (NYTimes)The New HBO Max is competing with Netflix by giving you Friends and Game of Thrones for $15 a month (Recode)Report: Apple to Use Qualcomm's X55 5G Modem in All Three 2020 iPhones (MacRumors)Uber in talks with Los Angeles as scooter location data lawsuit looms (CNET)Privacy groups actually side with Uber in scooter data fight (Mashable)This man is running for governor of California so he can run false Facebook ads (CNN Business)Mario Kart Tour Has a Rocket Start With 123.9 Million Downloads in Its First Month (SensorTower)
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.
Links:Alphabet Earnings Dented by Spending on Cloud Business (Bloomberg)Shopify Shares Tumble After Surprise Loss on Spending Boost (Bloomberg)Microsoft: Russian hackers are targeting sporting organizations ahead of Tokyo Olympics (ZDNet)AOL Founder Steve Case Launches Second $150 Million ‘Rise Of The Rest’ Fund To Back Entrepreneurs Across U.S. (Forbes)China to Funnel $29 Billion Towards its Chip Ambitions (Bloomberg)Amazon axes $14.99 Amazon Fresh fee, making grocery delivery free for Prime members to boost use (TechCrunch)Amazon will let you pay bills with Alexa (VentureBeat)New 13.2 Update Bricking Some HomePods [Update Pulled by Apple] (MacRumors)PlayStation Vue is Shutting Down Live TV Streaming Service in January (The Streamable)
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.
Links:Apple reveals new AirPods Pro, available October 30 (Apple NewsRoom)Apple unveils new in-ear AirPods Pro coming October 30 for $249 (9to5Mac)Google parent Alphabet makes offer to buy Fitbit, sending stock soaring (CNBC)Nvidia’s new Shield TV wins the Android TV market with amazing 4K upscaling (TechCrunch)Microsoft snags hotly contested $10 billion defense contract, beating out Amazon (CNBC)Spotify grows users 30% in Q3 2019, premium subscribers reach 113 million (VentureBeat)Microsoft’s Xbox bundles are back and ready for the new Project Scarlett Xbox (The Verge)1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets (NYTimes)
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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 thinking about Yahoo’s legacy as perhaps the first great Internet company, and that got me talking to one of the deans of tech journalism, Harry McCracken. What IS Yahoo’s legacy? Why has it ended up the way it has? And also, why do we feel nostalgic for the sort of web Yahoo Groups represents? What has changed on the Internet from the Yahoo Groups glory days until now?
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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.
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Links:Rupert Murdoch wanted Mark Zuckerberg to pay him for news stories — and now Facebook is going to do just that (Recode)[Update: Google responds] Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile join forces to bring RCS to Android in 2020 (9to5Google)AMAZON.COM ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER SALES UP 24% TO $70.0 BILLION (Amazon)Behind AT&T's plan to take on Netflix, Apple and Disney with HBO Max (Reuters)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The 2010s Broke Our Sense Of Time (Buzzfeed)Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit (The Atlantic)He revolutionized how millions of people spend money in India. His next target: America (CNN Business)Now the Machines Are Learning How to Smell (Wired)Pentagon, With an Eye on China, Pushes for Help From American Tech (NYTimes)Google CEO Sundar Pichai on achieving quantum supremacy (MIT Technology Review)How Do You Like We Now (Bloomberg Opinion)
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?
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Links:TikTok raises national security concerns in Congress as Schumer, Cotton ask for federal review (The Washington Post)Music Video Upstart ‘Triller’ Says It’s Taking On TikTok Amid $28 Million Series B (TubeFilter)Twitter Q3 misses bi on revenues of $824M and EPS of $0.05 on the back of adtech glitches (TechCrunch)Twitter’s Growth Sags, But That Wasn’t the Worst Part (Bloomberg)Microsoft Sales, Profit Top Estimates on Cloud; Azure Slows (Bloomberg)Tesla Shares Soar as Elon Musk Packs Profit Report With Positives (Bloomberg)AT&T claims a weeks-long voicemail outage will be fixed with a single device update (The Verge)Apple TV app launches on Amazon Fire TV devices (9to5Mac)40 Major Music Festivals Have Pledged Not to Use Facial Recognition Technology (Vice)BBC News launches 'dark web' Tor mirror (BBC News)Behold the massive social media explosion from Fortnite’s Season 10 finale (The Washington Post)Last week's Fortnite update helped Akamai set a new CDN traffic record (ZDNet)
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?
Links:Zuckerberg, in Washington to Talk Cryptocurrency, Gets Grilled on Everything (NYTimes) Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50% (TechCrunch)Apple Pay Overtakes Starbucks as Top Mobile Payment App in the US (eMarketer)Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing (NYTimes)On “Quantum Supremacy” (IBM Research Blog)A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job (The Washington Post)Online Influencers Tell You What to Buy, Advertisers Wonder Who’s Listening (WSJ)
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…
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Links:Neumann to Get Up to $1.7 Billion to Exit WeWork as SoftBank Takes Control (WSJ)Verizon Will Give One Year of Disney Plus for Free to All Unlimited Wireless Customers (Variety)Roku is buying ad tech company Dataxu in $150 million deal (CNBC)Comcast’s ‘free’ streaming box actually requires an additional $13 / month fee (The Verge)Forty-six attorneys general have joined a New York-led antitrust investigation of Facebook (The Washington Post)The Pixel 4 supports fast wireless charging on any Qi charger [Updated] (AndroidCentral)Dark Mode in iOS 13 significantly helps iPhone battery life, robotic test shows [Video] (9to5Mac)
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.
Links:Facebook disables Russian, Iranian networks, illustrating continued 2020 election threat (Washington Post)Helping to Protect the 2020 US Elections (Facebook Newsroom)Microsoft announces Secured-core PCs to counter firmware attacks (VentureBeat)Twitch’s new Watch Parties test taps Prime Video for movie night (SlashGear)MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 7 REVIEW: I WISH THIS LOOKED LIKE A SURFACE PRO X (The Verge)MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3 15-INCH REVIEW: IT’S A BIGGER SURFACE LAPTOP (The Verge)Google Pixel 4 XL review: A night vision camera that's dead by sunset (Android Central)GOOGLE PIXEL 4 AND 4 XL REVIEW: MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS SENSORS (The Verge)
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, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
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Links:Samsung says fingerprint security fix is coming as early as next week (The Verge)Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech (NYTimes)On Facebook’s live stream, Zuckerberg’s free-speech lecture got a big thumbs up (Washington Post)Google Photos format loophole seems to give iPhone free unlimited storage for orig. quality photos, Pixel 4 left behind (9to5Mac)Photoshop for iPad Nearing Launch With Some Key Features Missing (Bloomberg)Vatican launches $110 'click to pray' wearable rosary (CNN)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Apple, iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max Review (AnAndTech)The Creators Of Pokémon Go Mapped The World. Now They're Mapping You (Kotaku)The Young Firms Rethinking Social Media (The Information)Inside Apple's Long, Bumpy Road to Hollywood (The Hollywood Reporter)How Pinterest Built One of Silicon Valley’s Most Successful Algorithms (OneZero)Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free (ProPublica)
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 Billion’s treatment. Paging Bobby Axelrod...
Links:Samsung to patch the Galaxy S10’s fingerprint sensor over screen protector concerns (The Verge)Netflix soars 8% after beating on earnings, despite miss on subscribers (CNBC)Netflix finally admitted two things we already knew about the streaming wars (CNBC)Airbnb’s quarterly loss reportedly doubled in Q1, a bad sign as investors grow wary of money-losers (CNBC)Airbnb’s Q1 Loss More Than Doubled, New Data Shows (The Information)The FCC has voted to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger (The Verge)Privacy-focused Brave browser boasts 8M monthly active users (The Block)Google Pixel 4 Face Unlock works if eyes are shut (BBC News)Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed (Vice)Microsoft introduces new open-source specs for developing cloud and edge applications (ZDNet)‘Billions’ Creators to Develop ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’ Series at Showtime (Variety)
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.
Links:Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules (TechCrunch)Huawei Reports Stronger Sales Growth (NYTimes)LinkedIn gets physical, debuts Events hub for people to plan in-person networking events (TechCrunch)Giphy Arcade lets you play, create, and share mini-games on the web as if they were GIFs (The Verge)This brilliant app waits on hold for you (The Verge)Go inside Pixel 4's new camera features with Google's photo technology experts (CNET)
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.”
Links:PIXELBOOK GO: GOOGLE FINALLY MADE A REASONABLY PRICED CHROMEBOOK (The Verge)Google announces Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL (The Verge)BEATS ANNOUNCES SOLO PRO ON-EAR HEADPHONES WITH NOISE CANCELLATION (The Verge)Facebook's Libra announces board as support shrinks further (Reuters)AMC Theater Chain Gets Into Streaming With On-Demand Movies (NYTimes)Fortnite’s black hole has closed, and Chapter 2 is finally here (The Verge)
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 right now.
Links:How safe is Apple’s Safe Browsing? (Matthew Green)Chinese app on Xi’s ideology allows data access to users’ phones, report says (The Washington Post)Kuo: iPhone SE 2 Launching in Q1 2020 with A13 at $399 Price (MacRumors)Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency coalition is falling apart as eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe jump ship (CNBC)SoftBank is reportedly seeking to take control of WeWork through a financing package (CNBC)‘Fortnite’ Goes Dark: A Masterful Marketing Stroke by Epic Games (Variety)
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.
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Links:TIM COOK’S COMPANY-WIDE MEMO ON HKMAP.LIVE DOESN’T ADD UP (Daring Fireball)Exclusive: This is the Google Pixelbook Go [Gallery] (9to5Google)Twitter releases new Catalyst app for macOS Catalina (The Verge)Rwanda just released the first smartphone made entirely in Africa (Fast Company)NASA aims for first manned SpaceX mission in first-quarter 2020 (Reuters)Apple Launches In-House Studio With 'Band of Brothers'/'The Pacific' Follow-Up (The Hollywood Reporter)
Weekend Longreads:Is Amazon Unstoppable? (The New Yorker)Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan (The Atlantic)When GoFundMe Gets Ugly (The Atlantic)Can a Machine Learn To Write For The New Yorker? (The New Yorker)The Style-Quantifying Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley (Wired)The State of Machine Learning Frameworks in 2019 (The Gradient)Who Needs Moonshots? How Former Hollywood Mogul Barry Diller Built A $4.2 Billion Tech Fortune Out Of Underdog Assets (Forbes)
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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… but your work probably won’t be.
Links:Apple Removes App That Helps Hong Kong Protesters Track the Police (NYTimes)APPLE REMOVES HKMAP.LIVE FROM APP STORE (Daring Fireball)Apple, Google Pull Hong Kong Protest Apps After China Uproar (WSJ)Tweetstorm (@Grummz)Grammarly raises $90M at over $1B+ valuation for its AI-based grammar and writing tools (TechCrunch)Splinter Shutting Down (Daily Beast)Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs (Wired)What Happens When Your Tweet Becomes a Subway Ad (One Zero)
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 innovation of our time.
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Links:Twitter says it unintentionally misused user data for advertising (Axios)Twitter says phone numbers users provided for security were ‘inadvertently’ used for ad purposes (The Washington Post)'Protecting rioters': China warns Apple over app that tracks Hong Kong police (The Guardian)'Call of Duty: Mobile' smashes records with 100 million downloads in first week (Reuters)Kuo: New iPad Pro and iPhone SE 2 in early 2020, followed by Apple AR headset collaboration with ‘third-party brands’ (9to5Mac)Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress on Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency (CNBC)Postmates’ new IPO delay says something bigger: Wall Street is turning against Silicon Valley (Recode)Smart fitness device Mirror launches one-on-one personal training (CNET)Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for work on lithium-ion batteries (The Guardian)
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 Management.
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Sponsors:Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5 (Wired)Hulu finally launches support for downloads, initially to ad-free viewers (TechCrunch)Group Nine to Acquire PopSugar, Continuing Wave of Digital Media Tie-Ups (The WSJ)Blizzard Bans Gamer, Rescinds Money, on Hong Kong Protest Support (Bloomberg)Blizzard Suspends Professional Hearthstone Player for Hong Kong Comments (Hacker News)Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown (iFixit)Robinhood revives checking with new debit card & 2% interest (TechCrunch)Researchers “Translate” Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot (Smithsonian.com)
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.
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Links:Amazon debuts its first ever Kindle Kids Edition (CNET)New Sonos service lets you rent its speakers (The Verge)Instagram’s Following Activity Tab Is Going Away (BuzzFeed News)Music labels wary as Apple tries to bundle subscriptions (Financial Times)Apple’s macOS Catalina update is coming today (The Verge)macOS Catalina Review (iMore)PayPal Bails on Facebook-Led Libra Cryptocurrency Dream (Bloomberg)PayPal withdraws from Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency (CNBC)Quantum gold rush: the private funding pouring into quantum start-ups (Nature)
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 us what the future holds for self-driving tech generally, and most importantly for me, answers a question I’ve always wondered. Why go for full autonomy? If you can give me the ability to let the car drive itself on highways, why not give me that now? Why try to solve the full 99.99% of the problem? It turns out, that Waymo learned you can’t do half measures. You have to do full autonomy or you do nothing. Very interesting conversation.
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.
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Links:Attackers exploit 0-day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones (ArsTechnica)Bird raises $275 million Series D round at a $2.5 billion valuation (TechCrunch)Apple May Have Acquired Motion Capture Company IKinema [Update: Confirmed] (MacRumors)Apple’s AR plans may come to life after acquiring iKinema motion tech (VentureBeat)A brain-controlled exoskeleton has let a paralyzed man walk in the lab (MIT Technology Review)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Off-the-Radar Baseball League That’s Trying to Reboot the Game (GEN)Inside Disney’s New York Stream Factory (Variety)My Time at Snap (@marko_tupper)Dog-walking startup Wag raised $300 million to unleash growth. Then things got messy (CNN Business)Where Toxic Masculinity Goes to Die (The Atlantic)The Fallen Worlds of Philip Pullman (The New Yorker)
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?
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Links:Instagram launches Threads, a Close Friends chat app with auto-status (TechCrunch)Facebook Can Be Forced to Delete Content Worldwide, E.U.’s Top Court Rules (NYTimes)Kuo: Apple to release ‘iPhone SE 2’ in Q1 2020 with iPhone 8 design, A13 processor (9to5Mac)What the Taboola-Outbrain combination means for publishers (Digiday)Vice Media to Acquire Refinery29, as Both Digital-Media Players Seek Scale (Variety)Google using dubious tactics to target people with ‘darker skin’ in facial recognition project: sources (NY Daily News)Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store (The Register)
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 having second thoughts?
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Links:Microsoft Launches Surface Pro X With New Ultra-Thin Design, Slim Pen, Type Cover (Thurott.com)MICROSOFT SURFACE NEO FIRST LOOK: THE FUTURE OF WINDOWS 10X IS DUAL-SCREEN (The Verge)Microsoft surprises with new foldable Surface Duo phone running Android (The Verge)Galaxy Fold: This flip phone’s a flop, but the folding trend won’t stop (The Washington Post)Apple to Loosen Reins on Outside Messaging, Phone Apps Via Siri (Bloomberg)UPS Now Runs the First Official Drone Airline (Wired)Visa, Mastercard, Others Reconsider Involvement in Facebook's Libra Network (WSJ)
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.
Links:All Hands on Deck (The Verge)READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT OF MARK ZUCKERBERG’S LEAKED INTERNAL FACEBOOK MEETINGS (The Verge)GoPro launches two new cameras as it tries to become profitable this year (CNBC)GOPRO HERO 8 BLACK REVIEW: SMOOTH OPERATOR (The Verge)Appeals court upholds FCC’s cancelling of net neutrality rules (The Washington Post)Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally (ZDNet)EOS Maker Block.One Settles With SEC Over Unregistered Securities Sale (Coindesk)People Using Tesla's New Smart Summon Feature Are Already Running Into Trouble And It's Hard To Be Shocked (Jalopnik)
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.
Links:Apple Releases iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2 with Fixes for Camera, iCloud Backup, HomePod Shortcut, and Flashlight Bugs (MacRumors)Spotify users can add podcasts to playlists (Engadget)HP’s Spectre x360 13 seems like an improvement in almost every way (The Verge)New Checkm8 jailbreak released for all iOS devices running A5 to A11 chips (ZDNet)Developer of Checkm8 explains why iDevice jailbreak exploit is a game changer (ArsTechnica)The 'Checkm8' exploit isn't a big deal to iPhone or iPad users, and here's why (Apple Insider)WeWork pulls IPO filing (CNBC)The Great Public Market Reckoning (AVC)Elon Musk aims to put SpaceX’s Starship in orbit in six months (The Verge)
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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 longreads suggestions.
Links:DoorDarsh confirms data breach affected 4.9 million customers, workers and merchants (TechCrunch)Spotify is finally getting Siri support with iOS 13 (The Verge)That Motorola Razr foldable will squeak out a debut before year's end (CNET)AltStore is an alternative iOS App Store with a built-in Nintendo emulator (The Verge)Tesla starts rolling out biggest software update ever with Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, and more (The Verge)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Slack Is a Hell of Our Own Making (NY Magazine/Intelligencer)Every Company is Becoming a Software Company (Confluent Blog)Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis (Wired)INSIDE UBER’S PLAN TO TAKE OVER CITY LIFE WITH CEO DARA KHOSROWSHAHI (The Verge)The Octopus: An Alien Among Us (Literary Hub)
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 renters into home owners.
Links:Uber overhauls its app in ambitious bid to become ‘the operating system for your everyday life’ (The Verge)Peloton slides after opening below IPO price in market debut (CNBC)At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds (NYTimes)Attorney General Barr Seeks DOJ Facebook Antitrust Probe (Bloomberg)Match.com connected daters to fake accounts to boost subscriptions, US regulators say (The Verge)Amazon’s new Echo Flex lets you put Alexa everywhere in your home (The Verge)Alexa's 'Certified for Humans' wants to eliminate smart-home headaches (CNET)Divvy Homes Raises $43M Series B To Help Renters Become Homeowners (Crunchbase News)
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 adopt one, you need to think through a use case.
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Links:Amazon announces high-end $199 Echo Studio speaker (The Verge)Alexa gains multilingual mode, celebrity voices, and frustration detection (Venture Beat)Amazon’s new Echo Show 8 combines the best of its big and small smart displays (The Verge)Amazon announces new $99 Eero mesh router with Alexa voice controls (The Verge)Amazon Sidewalk is a new long-range wireless network for your stuff (TechCrunch)Kuo: 2020 iPhones to Have Redesigned Metal Frame Similar to iPhone 4 (MacRumors)You can now sign up for Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming preview (The Verge)Boston Dynamics’ Spot is leaving the laboratory (The Verge)
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?
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Links:WeWork CEO Adam Neumann to step down amid controversy and retain chairman role (CNBC)Facebook to Buy Startup for Controlling Computers With Your Mind (Bloomberg)KIK CHAT APP SHUTS DOWN AS COMPANY GOES “ALL IN” ON KIN (Betakit.com)SEC sues Kik for running an unregistered Initial Coin Offering (Engadget)Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case (BBC News)AMAZON CREATES A HUGE ALLIANCE TO DEMAND VOICE ASSISTANT COMPATIBILITY (The Verge)Amazon plans Alexa wireless earbuds with fitness-tracking built in, bigger Echo with better sound, source says (CNBC)Microsoft's new 'Data Dignity' team could help users control their personal data (ZDNet)
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?
Links:Google Play Pass bundles 350 Android games and apps for $4.99 per month (The Verge)Some WeWork Board Members Seek to Remove Adam Neumann as CEO (WSJ)SoftBank’s Masa Son is in favor of ousting WeWork CEO Adam Neumann (CNBC)How Adam Neumann’s Over-the-Top Style Built WeWork. ‘This Is Not the Way Everybody Behaves.’ (WSJ)Snap Detailed Facebook’s Aggressive Tactics in ‘Project Voldemort’ Dossier (WSJ)Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available September 27th in the US (9to5Google)World Robotics Report: Global Sales of Robots Hit $16.5B in 2018 (Robotics Business Review)Google may have just ushered in an era of ‘quantum supremacy’ (The Verge)
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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 meaning to the word Bandersnatch, and this week’s long-reads suggestions, including a deep dive into the problems with pilot training and Boeing’s 737-MAX.
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 are basically failproof.
Links:Huawei Mate 30 Pro goes official w/ no Google apps, ‘horizon’ display (9to5Google)GitHub acquires code analysis tool Semmle (TechCrunch)“WE COULD SAY ANYTHING TO EACH OTHER”: BOB IGER REMEMBERS STEVE JOBS, THE PIXAR DRAMA, AND THE APPLE MERGER THAT WASN’T (Vanity Fair)Datadog Rises 53% in Trading Debut After Rebuffing Cisco (Bloomberg)Amazon signs Climate Pledge to advance Paris Climate Accords goals by 10 years (VentureBeat)Built Robotics raises $33M for its self-driving construction equipment (TechCrunch)Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures (TechCrunch)Fintech Company Stripe Joins Silicon Valley Elite With $35 Billion Valuation (WSJ)Samsung unveils new PCIe 4.0 SSDs that "never die" (TechSpot)
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.
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Links:Facebook launches Portal TV, a $149 video chat set-top box (TechCrunch)Facebook’s second-generation Portal devices are cheaper, smaller, and support WhatsApp (The Verge)Facebook working on smart glasses with Ray-Ban, code-named ‘Orion’ (CNBC)Smart TVs sending private data to Netflix and Facebook (Financial Times)Google Fi launches a more traditional unlimited plan (The Verge)HP Elite Dragonfly hands-on: A really light business notebook (Engadget)APPLE WATCH SERIES 5 REVIEW: THE BEST SMARTWATCH (The Verge)Apple Watch Series 5 (Daring Fireball)FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest $14.5M in funding (TechCrunch)
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.
Links:Computer Scientist Richard Stallman Resigns From MIT Over Epstein Comments (Motherboard)WeWork delays IPO after frosty investor response (Reuters)SoftBank Backers Rethink Role in Next Vision Fund on WeWork (Bloomberg)Amazon Music rolls out a lossless streaming tier that Spotify and Apple can’t match (The Verge)Snapchat is adding a 3D Camera Mode, the latest salvo in its feature race with Instagram (TechCrunch)Netflix Lands 'Seinfeld' Rights in $500M-Plus Deal After Losing 'Friends' and 'The Office' (The Hollywood Reporter)‘The Big Bang Theory’ to Show on New Streaming Service HBO Max (WSJ)NBCUniversal’s Streaming Service Is Called Peacock and It’s Launching Next April (Vulture)APPLE IPHONE 11 REVIEW: THE PHONE MOST PEOPLE SHOULD BUY (The Verge)Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max review: Better, but not groundbreaking (Engadget)Review: The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 do Disneyland After Dark (TechCrunch)Review: Apple iPhone 11 Pro (Wired)IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones (NYTimes)Apple Arcade's best selling point: Games you'll actually want to play (Engadget)
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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 MoviePass!
Links:Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products (WSJ)Facebook and JP Morgan meet with global central banks to discuss cryptocurrencies (CNBC)Google announces October 15th hardware event for Pixel 4 (The Verge)Iger Departs Board of Apple, Disney’s New Streaming Competitor (NY Times)Wi-Fi 6 officially launches today, ahead of iPhone 11 availability on Friday (9to5Mac)Wi-Fi 6 certification is here to make next-gen speeds a widespread reality (CNET)Multiple camera simultaneous recording coming to iPhone XS and iPhone XR, not just iPhone 11 (9to5Mac)TikTok’s Beijing roots fuel censorship suspicion as it builds a huge U.S. audience (The Washington Post)MoviePass will shut down for good on Sept. 14 (CNBC)
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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 Intelligence We Can Trust. There’s a reason people remain fearful about AI… it hasn’t earned our trust yet. In all sorts of ways that we get into on this episode. And also, the interesting ways AI development needs to change to take the state of the art to the next level.
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 this as the pivot point where Apple events changed into something new...
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 weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:Cloudflare stock pops 20% in first day of trading (CNBC)WeWork’s valuation could fall to below $15 billion in IPO, down from $47 billion private valuation (CNBC)House lawmakers ask Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to turn over trove of records in antitrust probe (The Washington Post)Another high-flying, heavily funded AR headset startup is shutting down (TechCrunch)J.J. Abrams Officially Closes Sizable WarnerMedia Film, TV Partnership (The Hollywood Reporter)The end of the backend? Disney wants to limit profit participation on its new TV shows (Los Angeles Times)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:How to Build Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust (NYTimes)As sex toys continue to get hacked, the definition of sexual assault is under question (Screen Shot)What Happened to Urban Dictionary? (Wired)TONY HAWK ON HOW HIS GAMES CHANGED SKATEBOARDING (The Verge)From Communism To Coding: How Daniel Dines Of $7 Billion UiPath Became The First Bot Billionaire (Forbes)Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second (Science)
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 Fermi Paradox front.
Links:Uber argues its drivers aren’t core to its business, won’t reclassify them as employees (The Verge)FACEBOOK’S LIBRA CRYPTOCURRENCY WILL BE BLOCKED IN EUROPE, FRANCE SAYS (The Independent)Slack's desktop apps get dark mode options (Engadget)The FBI is investigating a venture capital fund started by Peter Thiel for financial misconduct (ReCode)Exclusive: Amazon will let anyone answer your Alexa questions now (Fast Company)Healthy.io raises $60 million to help patients complete urine tests on their phone (Venture Beat)An Exoplanet Like No Other Yet Found (The Atlantic)
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 event.
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Links:California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees (NYTimes)Uber lays off 435 people across engineering and product teams (TechCrunch)Amazon’s Quantum Ledger Database is now generally available (Silicon Angle)These brothers just raised $15 million for their startup, Dutchie, a kind of Shopify for cannabis dispensaries (TechCrunch)Switzerland warns Facebook's Libra it will face extra scrutiny (Reuters)IPHONE 11 PRO AND 11 PRO MAX: HANDS-ON WITH APPLE’S NEW FLAGSHIP PHONES (The Verge)iPhone 11's ultra-wideband chip helps you AirDrop with the right person (Engadget)Editorial: Apple just told you that they aren't going to make an 'iPhone SE 2' any time soon (Apple Insider)Apple’s Biggest Surprise: More Aggressive Device and Services Pricing (Bloomberg)
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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?
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Links:Apple reveals the powerful new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max (Engadget)Apple reveals iPhone 11 with a dual-camera system, Night mode, and new colors (The Verge)Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on display and comes in titanium or ceramic finishes (The Verge)Apple unveils entry-level 2019 iPad with a 10.2-inch screen (Venture Beat)Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month and launches on November 1 (Venture Beat)Apple Arcade is launching on September 19th for $4.99 a month (The Verge)Google faces a new antitrust probe by 50 attorneys general (CNBC)48 states are probing Google on antitrust grounds. Why isn’t California? (LATimes)SoftBank urges WeWork to shelve IPO (Financial Times)
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.
Links:Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Taking Money From Jeffrey Epstein (NYTimes)How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein (New Yorker)How Apple’s Apps Topped Rivals in the App Store It Controls (NYTimes)Facebook, Google face off against a formidable new foe: State attorneys general (Washington Post)GOOGLE NEST HUB MAX REVIEW: BIGGER SCREEN, BETTER SOUND, AND A CAMERA (The Verge)Drivetime raises $11 million for interactive audio games like Jeopardy in the car (Venture Beat)Daimler brings driverless truck tests to public roads in Virginia (Venture Beat)
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 suggestions.
Links:Apple Music launches a public beta on the web (TechCrunch)Sonos’ first portable speaker is the $399 Move (The Verge)Streaming makes up 80 percent of the music industry’s revenue (The Verge)New York attorney general is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations (CNBC)Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode turns Android devices into smart displays (The Verge)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Uber Undone (The Baffler)Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill (The Atlantic)Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery Has Brought Chaos And Carnage To America’s Streets — But The World’s Biggest Retailer Has A System To Escape The Blame (BuzzFeed News)Coming Soon to a Small Screen Near You: Short Cuts (WSJ)‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father.’ (Washington Post)‘NCAA Football’ Is Still Alive, Because One Online Community Won’t Let the Game Die (The Ringer)
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.
Links:YouTube will pay $170 million to settle claims it violated child privacy laws (CNBC)Google emerges as target of a new state attorneys general antitrust probe (Washington Post)Google’s paid search ads are a ‘shakedown,’ Basecamp CEO says (CNBC)Android 10 launches today, and Pixel phones get the day one update (Ars Technica)An Update About Face Recognition on Facebook (Facebook Newsroom)Acer announces a $14,000 gaming chair because why not (TechCrunch)Amazon unveils a new Fire TV Cube, soundbar, and over a dozen Fire TV Edition products (TechCrunch)Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID (New York Post)The Light Phone 2 Wants to Save You From the Internet (Gizmodo)
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.
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Links:Samsung Is Secretly Working on a Foldable Phone That Collapses Into a Square (Bloomberg)Apple Watch sleep tracking revealed: sleep quality, battery management, more (9to5Mac)Firefox 69 arrives with third-party tracking cookies and cryptomining blocked by default (VentureBeat)Upcoming Firefox update will decrease power usage on macOS by up to three times (ZDNet)Ring Neighbors Is the Best and Worst Neighborhood Watch App (WireCutter)Founders of Successful Tech Companies Are Mostly Middle-Aged (NYTimes)
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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.
Links:Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking (Wired)Project Zero (Google Project Zero)Microsoft unveils new tablet experience for Windows 10 (The Verge)The Long-Term Stock Exchange raises $50 million in new funding (Axios)More Airlines Ban MacBook Pros in Checked Luggage (Bloomberg)When Elon Met Jack: Musings on AI, Mars and the End of Civilization (Bloomberg)
The Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure (Ars Technica)Wi-Fi 6 Will Be Here Soon. What Is It? (Wired)Mobile payments have barely caught on in the US, despite the rise of smartphones (CNBC)Drone Bubble Bursts, Wiping Out Startups and Hammering VC Firms (Bloomberg)Older people are embracing video games. For some, that means stardom. (NBC News)
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 company that says it can make sports betting a no-lose proposition.
Links:Apple is allowing independent repair shops to officially service iPhones (9to5Mac)Indictment says accused Capital One hacker also used exploited cloud servers for cryptojacking (GeekWire)National Security Concerns Threaten Undersea Data Link Backed by Google, Facebook (WSJ)YouTube to adjust UK algorithm to cut false and extremist content (The Guardian)Former MLB Pitcher’s DC Startup Lands $23M for Sports Betting Platform (DCInno)Inkitt raises $16M led by Kleiner Perkins to publish crowdsourced novels in 'mini-episodes' (TechCrunch)Netflix ships milestone 5 billionth disc (CNET)
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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.
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Links:Apple is turning Siri audio clip review off by default and bringing it in house (TechCrunch)Peloton (Finally) Drops Its S-1, Revealing Sharply Rising Revenue And Net Losses (Crunchbase News)Fitbit Versa 2 hands-on: Alexa makes a good smartwatch better (Engadget)The Fitbit Versa 2 Chases Apple's Dominance (Gizmodo)Fitbit’s new premium subscription service hopes to sway you with personalized data, challenges, and more (The Verge)US border officials are increasingly denying entry to travelers over others' social media (TechCrunch)Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked (Harvard Crimson)Microsoft's lead EU data watchdog is looking into fresh Windows 10 privacy concerns (TechCrunch)Google will shut down Google Hire in 2020 (TechCrunch)
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 why people are standing in line, INSIDE World of Warcraft.
Links:Former Star Google and Uber Engineer Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets (NYTimes)Instagram’s latest assault on Snapchat is a messaging app called Threads (The Verge)Yelp adds personalized search results to its iPhone app (Engadget)BBC to launch Alexa rival that will grasp regional accents (The Guardian)Sprint launches its 5G network in NYC, LA, Phoenix, and Washington, DC (The Verge)Microsoft announces Surface event on October 2nd in New York City (The Verge)Google Maps will now let users combine transit directions with biking and ride-sharing (The Verge)Netflix Unveils Release Plans for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ (Variety)Exclusive: U.S. officials fear ransomware attack against 2020 election (Reuters)World of Warcraft Classic players are standing in long lines to finish quests (Polygon)
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 drive.
Links:Google and Dell team up on the first Chromebooks made for business (Engadget)Baidu replaces Google to become number two in smart speaker market in Q2 2019 (Canalys)Binance enters into crypto lending space, offers interest-earning opportunities for BNB, ETC and Tether (The Block)Top U.S. publishers sue Amazon's Audible for copyright infringement (Reuters)Amazon’s Audible Sued by Publishers Over New Text Feature (Bloomberg)Netflix tests human-driven curation with launch of 'Collections' (TechCrunch)Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection (Freedom to Tinker)The Robot Ship Set to Cross the Atlantic and Change the World (Daily Beast)
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 actually, that was the beginning of the weekend bonus episode idea in a way. Well, a year on… let’s take Elon’s temperature… and Tesla’s. Great conversation with Rob about where Tesla is at, and also, congrats to the Tesla Daily podcast on turning 2 years old! Subscribe now! Tesla Daily!
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.
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Links:Google shutters more than 200 YouTube channels amid Hong Kong protests (CNBC)Facebook’s Libra backers look to distance themselves from project (Financial Times)Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products (WSJ)SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10 PLUS REVIEW: SHOULD YOU SPEND FOR THE STYLUS? (The Verge)The Galaxy Note 10+ Is Damn Near Perfect (Gizmodo)REVIEW: SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE10+ (Wired)
Weekend Longreads:Top 10 Crypto Memes (BRD)All 84 startups from Y Combinator's S19 Demo Day 1 (TechCrunch)Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator's S19 Demo Days (TechCrunch)The Exclusive Inside Story Of The Fall Of Overstock’s Mad King, Patrick Byrne (Forbes)The Sports News Site Haters Love to Dunk on Keeps Signing Up Subscribers (Bloomberg Businessweek)The quantum revolution is coming, and Chinese scientists are at the forefront (Washington Post)YOU ARE ALREADY HAVING SEX WITH ROBOTS (Wired)Sad cartoons and melancholic hip-hop inspired YouTube’s new vaporwave scene (Polygon)
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.
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Links:Apple Readies Camera-Focused Pro iPhones, New iPads, Larger MacBook Pro (Bloomberg)Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web (TechCrunch)Google deserts desserts: Android 10 is the official name for Android Q (The Verge)The Google Play store’s visual refresh (Android Developers Blog)Google DeepMind Co-Founder Placed on Leave From AI Lab (Bloomberg)SpotHero raises $50 million to bring underutilized parking spaces online (VentureBeat)Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is a perfect example of Netflix’s big screening dilemma (The Verge)
Nintendo Dispatch is a weekly Nintendo podcast with Nintendo fans Michael, Christina, and James. Each week they breakdown the latest news, game releases, and happenings in the Nintendo universe. No topic or game system is off limits as we discuss at the Nintendo Switch, 3DS, Nintendo's mobile games, theme parks, merchandise, and whatever else awesome Nintendo is doing. Join them each week for a new episode of awesome. Go to nintendodispatch.com or search Nintendo Dispatch on your podcast app right now to subscribe.
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.
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Links:Intel Launches Comet Lake-U and Comet Lake-Y: Up To 6 Cores for Thin & Light Laptops (AnandTech)Dell unveils new XPS, Inspiron, and Vostro models with Intel Comet Lake processors (VentureBeat)Exclusive: Alibaba postpones up to $15 billion Hong Kong listing amid protests: sources (Reuters)Amazon opens its biggest global campus in India (Reuters)Gmail in G Suite now uses AI for inline spelling and grammar suggestions (VentureBeat)Shazam data is powering Apple Music's newest chart, the Shazam Discovery Top 25 (TechCrunch)Apple aims to protect kids’ privacy. App makers say it could devastate their businesses. (The Washington Post)The WeWork IPO (Stratechery)
The Merge Conflict podcast is a weekly discussion with developers Frank and James on all things development, technology, & more. After years of being friends, Frank and James finally decided to sit down and start a podcast about their lives as mobile developers using Xamarin. Much more than just another mobile development podcast, Merge Conflict, reaches all areas of development including desktop, server, and of course mobile. They also cover fun things happening in the world of technology and gaming and whatever else happens to be on their minds. Head to mergeconflict.fm to learn more or search Merge Conflict in your favorite podcast app today to subscribe.
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?
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Links:Information operations directed at Hong Kong (Twitter)Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From China (Facebook)Updating our advertising policies on state media (Twitter)Apple Targets Apple TV+ Launch in November, Weighs $9.99 Price After Free Trial (Bloomberg)Apple splashes $6bn on new shows in streaming wars (Financial Times)States to Move Forward With Antitrust Probe of Big Tech Firms (WSJ)Sony to acquire Insomniac Games (Polygon)Over 20 Texas local governments hit in 'coordinated ransomware attack' (ZDNet)The first Lightning security key for iPhones is here, and it works with USB-C, too (The Verge)Amazon Wants to Put Alexa in Cars. Google and Apple Are There Already (Bloomberg)
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?
Links:Binance planning to launch ‘Venus,’ similar to Facebook’s upcoming cryptocurrency Libra (The Block)Spotify's Premium Family plans get an explicit content filter (Engadget)The Roku Channel is adding a kids and family section with free TV shows and movies (The Verge)Disney+ will stream on these devices at launch (The Verge)Ikea goes all in on smart home tech (The Verge)Hacker Releases First Public Jailbreak for Up-to-Date iPhones in Years (Motherboard)A new unicorn is born: Toor Insurance raises $100 million for a $1 billion valuation (TechCrunch)Root raises $350 million to drive auto insurance change (Axios)Cerebras (Pierre Lamond)
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 Wars beat at The Verge, you know how I love to talk about the streaming wars, and we are right about at the point where the battle is going to be joined in earnest.
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.
Links:Exclusive: Coinbase Buys Xapo Custody for $55 Million, Eyes Lending Business (Fortune)Apple Files Lawsuit Against Virtualization Company Corellium for Illegally Replicating iOS and Apple Apps (MacRumors)Amazon offered vendors ‘Amazon’s Choice’ labels in return for ad spending and lower prices (Digiday)YouTube shuts down music companies' use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue (TechCrunch)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Weird gadgets that are actually really useful (ZDNet)Trump Tumult Has Gadget Giants Splitting Along U.S.-China Lines (Bloomberg)THREE YEARS OF MISERY INSIDE GOOGLE, THE HAPPIEST COMPANY IN TECH (Wired)WEWORK ISN’T A TECH COMPANY; IT’S A SOAP OPERA (The Verge)WeWTF (ProfGalloway.com)Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change (Ars Technica)SpaceX’s First Astronauts Train Up for Space, but Crew Dragon Faces Delays (Inverse.com)HOW A 'NULL' LICENSE PLATE LANDED ONE HACKER IN TICKET HELL (Wired)
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.
Links:Facebook is simplifying group privacy settings and adding admin tools for safety (The Verge)THE SEGA GENESIS MINI BUILDS ON WHAT MADE NINTENDO’S TINY CONSOLES GREAT (The Verge)UPS has been quietly delivering cargo using self-driving trucks (The Verge)Stay organized and productive with new Assignable reminders (Google)Do Tech Companies Really Need to Snoop Into Private Conversations to Improve Their A.I.? (Slate)What3words: The app that can save your life (BBC News)
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 bullish on an Airbnb for boats.
Links:WeWork files for long-awaited IPO (Axios)Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms (The Guardian)FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros From Flights (Bloomberg)AI Startup Boom Raises Questions of Exaggerated Tech Savvy (WSJ)HBO Max eyeing ‘Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’ in $1.5 billion deal (The Daily Dot)Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats (Bloomberg)Peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace Boatsetter raises $10M as it looks to grow globally (TechCrunch)
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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.
Links:Verizon to Sell Tumblr to WordPress.com Owner (WSJ)Snap Unveils a New Version of Video-Recording Spectacles (Bloomberg)Microsoft Cancels Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft (Thurrott.com)Singularity 6 raises $16.5M from Andreessen Horowitz to create a 'virtual society' (TechCrunch)Security researchers find that DSLR cameras are vulnerable to ransomware attack (The Verge)Twinfluencers Are Taking Over the Internet (The Atlantic)Design Memes: The Origin of those Helvetica List T-Shirts (HowDesign.com)
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.
Links:Samsung's 108-megapixel mobile sensor closes in on mirrorless cameras (Engadget)Ninja calls out Twitch after his dormant channel highlights porn (updated) (Engadget)The New York Times is still detecting Chrome Incognito Mode after Google’s fix (9to5Google)Apple Deserves More Credit for Wearables (Above Avalon)How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power (NYTimes)Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls (USNI News)
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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.
Links:Uber Posts $5.2 Billion Loss and Slowest Ever Growth Rate (NYTimes)Huawei reveals HarmonyOS, its alternative to Android (Engadget)Facebook Offers News Outlets Millions of Dollars a Year to License Content (WSJ)How Piano built a propensity paywall for publishers — and what it’s learned so far (NiemanLab)Here's why the internet is obsessed with 'number neighbors,' a viral trend where people text phone numbers one digit away from their own (Business Insider)
The Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News (The New Yorker)I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets (Bloomberg Businessweek)How Globalization Broke Gateway, the Cow Computer Company (Motherboard)Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet (ZDNet)With warshipping, hackers ship their exploits directly to their target's mail room (TechCrunch)Scientists Are Stuck on the Mystery of Tape (Engadget)
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 that means to the streaming wars.
Links:The 7 biggest announcements from the Samsung Note 10 event (The Verge)Google Maps lets you pull up flight and hotel reservations on the go (CNET)Google will start surfacing individual podcast episodes in search results (The Verge)Now you can choose how fast Alexa talks on your Amazon Echo (The Verge)Instagram's lax privacy practices let a trusted partner track millions of users' physical locations, secretly save their stories, and flout its rules (Business Insider)'Game of Thrones' Creators Close $200M Netflix Overall Deal (The Hollywood Reporter)
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 make or break time for TikTok.
Links:Disney Announces $12.99 Bundle For Disney+, Hulu, & ESPN+ Available At Launch (The Streamable)FedEx Ends Ground-Delivery Deal With Amazon (Bloomberg)Amazon’s PillPack is battling with CVS and Walgreens over getting patient prescriptions (CNBC)Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls (Vice)Facebook Hit by Apple’s Crackdown on Messaging Feature (The Information)Slack unveils new admin security controls (ITPro)The biggest risks to TikTok (The Interface)End of an era? Microsoft’s MSDN Magazine is ending its run after more than three decades (Onmsft.com)
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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 event.
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Links:The Apple Card starts rolling out today (TheVerge)Cyberattacks against industrial targets have doubled over the last 6 months (ZDNet)Microsoft: Russian state hackers are using IoT devices to breach enterprise networks (ZDNet)Microsoft launches Azure Security Lab, expands bug bounty rewards (ZDNet)Yelp is Screwing Over Restaurants By Quietly Replacing Their Phone Numbers (Motherboard)Amazon Squeezes Sellers That Offer Better Prices on Walmart (Bloomberg)Amazon’s Scout robots roll out in Southern California (Venture Beat)AT&T rolls out (limited) 5g in (parts of) New York City (TechCrunch)Note 10 Plus? Here’s what to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked on August 7 (Digital Trends)
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 mainstream.
Links:Terminating Service for 8Chan (Cloudflare Blog)8chan: the far-right website linked to the rise in hate crimes (The Guardian)The Problem Isn't 8chan. It's Americans. (Buzzfeed News)Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 brings back the bezel control (The Verge)Fossil’s latest Wear OS watches have 1GB RAM, smart battery modes, Snapdragon Wear 3100 (9to5Google)Huawei tests smartphone with own operating system, possibly for sale this year: Chinese state media (Reuters)News discovery app SmartNews valued at $1.1b (TechCrunch)Silicon Valley’s Latest Unicorn Is Run by a 22-Year-Old (Bloomberg Businessweek)NOW ON USED CAR LOTS: GREAT ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR CHEAP (Wired)
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Each week, Sean Carroll hosts conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and more. Start listening now at: http://wondery.fm/MindscapeAB
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 Amazon for a while now, because they're at this weird place where… maybe they’re the most powerful tech company in the land? What does that mean, for them AND for us? Jason Del Rey was the perfect person to ask.
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 date, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.
Links:Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns (TechCrunch)Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe (The Verge)Amazon is going to kill your Dash button (CNET)Verizon overhauls its ‘unlimited’ offerings with four new plans and $5 price cuts (The Verge)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:WHEN OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE COMES WITH A FEW CATCHES (Wired)Your Next iPhone Might Be Made in Vietnam. Thank the Trade War. (NYTimes)Late Night Dispatch: Tuca & Bertie versus The Algorithm (Julia Alexander)Where Everyone’s an Influencer (The Atlantic)America’s DIY Phone Farmers (Motherboard)What Happens When the World’s Population Stops Growing? (The Atlantic)
Tips tricks and commentary from the world of Cisco brought to you by the people that know it best. Conf T, or Configure Terminal for the newbies, is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Cisco Systems Engineers where we discuss various Cisco technologies, best practices including Cisco Validated Designs, and overall commentary regarding Cisco and Technology in general. With new topics covered every two weeks across the entire Cisco portfolio, this is one of the best ways to keep up on everything Cisco. If you manage Cisco networks, be sure and subscribe to "Conf T with your SE" so you can stay up to date and informed. Conf T with your SE is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and anywhere else fine podcasts are found.
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.
Links:Intel unveils its first 10th-gen laptop CPUs (Engadget)Bird’s new electric scooter has a better battery and anti-vandalism sensors (The Verge)Dongle life: Galaxy Note 10’s 3.5mm to USB-C adapter pictured in leak (SamMobile)Cloudflare Said To Pursue September IPO, We Say Heck Yes (Crunchbase News)Cisco to Pay $8.6 Million to Settle Government Claims of Flawed Tech (NYTimes)IBM Fired as Many as 100,000 in Recent Years, Lawsuit Shows (Bloomberg)Jeff Bezos Sells $2 Billion of Amazon Stock After 4% Stake Transfer (Bloomberg)Solar-sailing satellite proves it can use light to propel through space (The Verge)And Now, a Bicycle Built for None (NYTimes)Fortnite season X adds mech suits, a meteor, and ‘volatile rift zones’ (The Verge)
Would you like to discover a happier, healthier, more focused life? Would you like to become a better version of yourself? Cactus.app [read as: cactus dot app] increases your self-awareness through guided self-reflection and gives you a private place to journal your thoughts. Cactus.app encourages you to think about the impact of your experiences, prompts exploration of your feelings, and proposes actions to enhance your experiences. And, it’s free. Check it out at cactus.app. And, by the way, this is not an app in the app store _yet_. You have to go to cactus.app to check it out. Link in the show notes.
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 and the rise of the livestreamed funeral business.
Links:Apple Reports Third Quarter Results (Apple PR)Samsung's Q2 profit halved from low memory demand (ZDNet)Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 is its latest volley against the iPad Pro (The Verge)Spotify Grows to 108M Paid Subscribers Compared to Apple Music's 60M (MacRumors)Facebook Approached Netflix, Disney to Support TV Chat Device (The Information)Amazon concedes market share in battle for online consumer goods sales (TalkBusiness.net)NOW EVEN FUNERALS ARE LIVESTREAMED—AND FAMILIES ARE GRATEFUL (Wired)
There is a great new podcast on venture and startups. It’s Called LA Venture and it’s all about the Los Angeles venture and startup scene. It's useful if you're looking for funding or just interested in getting to know the LA investors. Admittedly, it's hosted by two VCs interviewing other VCs and everyone is talking about themselves. But, we're all avid TechMeme listeners so perhaps we've picked up some of Brian's ability to make our stories snappy and enjoyable listening. (ooh… flattery will get you everywhere)… Search for "LA Venture" hosted by TenOneTen. Great place to get venture insights if you're already caught up on TechMeme Ride Home listening. Again, LA Venture by TenOneTen.
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 is ready for a union.
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Links:Capital One says data breach affected 100 million credit card applications (Washington Post)Amazon's cloud was at the heart of the big Capital One hack, even though it doesn't seem to be at fault (Business Insider)Sony and LG still struggled to sell smartphones in Q2 2019, surprising nobody (Android Police)Scientists create contact lenses that zoom on command (Engadget)Techstars raises $42 million from SVB and Foundry Group to accelerate its growth in Europe and beyond (Tech.eu)Israel's New Top Unicorn: Monday.com Hits $1.9 Billion Valuation With $150 Million Raise (Forbes)Real estate platform Compass raises another $370M on a $6.4B valuation en route to an IPO (TechCrunch)PBS & PBS Kids Coming to YouTube TV Later This Year (The Streamable)The YouTubers Union Is Not Messing Around (Motherboard)
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.
Links:(Don’t) hold the phone: new features coming to Pixel 4 (The KeyWord)GitHub confirms it has blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea (TechCrunch)Amazon Wants to Rule the Grocery Aisles, and Not Just at Whole Foods (NYTimes)China's ByteDance, after Smartisan deal, says developing smartphone (Reuters)TikTok owner ByteDance confirms plans to produce a smartphone (The Verge)Europe's top court sharpens guidance for sites using leaky social plug-ins (TechCrunch)Just Eat £9bn merger plan sends shares soaring (The Guardian)Sony is crowdfunding a wearable 'air conditioner' (updated) (Engadget)Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, 16, wins Fortnite World Cup singles and $3 million (ESPN)
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 the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:T-Mobile and Sprint merger approved by Justice Department (The Verge)Apple and Goldman Sachs Credit Card Targeting August Launch Date (Bloomberg)Trump says Apple will not be given tariff waivers or relief for Mac Pro parts made in China (CNBC)Apple buys Intel’s smartphone modem business (The Verge)SoftBank CEO Takes More Control in New $108 Billion Vision Fund (Bloomberg)Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up. (NYTimes)
The Weekend Longreads Suggestions:How Google Photos joined the billion-user club (Fast Company)The Man Who Built The Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds” (BuzzFeed News)What is Microsoft doing with Cortana? (The Verge)The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking (The New Yorker)The Onion’s Guide To TikTok (The Onion)
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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 trifecta.
Links:Samsung says it has fixed the Galaxy Fold and will release it in September (The Verge)Apple Suppliers See Demand for New IPhones Stabilizing This Year (Bloomberg)Telsa reports larger-than-expected losses of $408 million in second quarter (TechCrunch)Facebook warns of costly privacy changes, discloses another U.S. probe (Reuters)DeepMind and Waymo collaborate to improve AI accuracy and speed up model training (Venture Beat)AT&T is launching another new streaming service this fall called AT&T TV (CNET)AT&T Chief: HBO Max Will ‘Ultimately’ Offer Live News, Sports (Variety)IKEA SYMFONISK review: Sonos speakers at IKEA prices (Gizmodo)Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review (IGN)NETFLIX'S THE GREAT HACK BRINGS OUR DATA NIGHTMARE TO LIFE (Wired)
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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?
Links:U.S. government issues stunning rebuke, historic $5 billion fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations (The Washington Post)Google launches Gallery Go, a lightweight alternative to Google Photos (The Verge)GM’s Cruise delays driverless taxi service, plans to build country’s largest EV fast charger station (Venture Beat)Snap shares surge as results smash estimates (CNBC)DoorDash CEO announces that now your tips will go to delivery workers (Engadget)PLEX MAKES PIRACY JUST ANOTHER STREAMING SERVICE (The Verge)
Here's something new for the RideHome audience. Attention investors, those thinking about investing and those long interested in the music business. A tightly held start-up in the Music Publishing space is looking for some investor love. Rocket Songs is changing the way musicians across the globe get their hands on professionally written songs. With songwriters that have written for:
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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 cybersecurity, Uber tests an all-in-one subscription plan, a suit against AT&T over a cryptocurrency theft can proceed, and winking face money bag 100% you should use emoji at work.
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Apple in Advanced Talks to Buy Intel’s Smartphone-Modem Chip Business (WSJ)
Apple to release three ‘iPhone 11’ models this fall, including A13 chip, new Taptic Engine, more (9to5mac)
US attorney general says encryption creates security risk (AP)
AG Barr and Trump Want to Open Government Backdoors into Americans’ Personal Devices Video Available Here (Ron Wyden statement)
Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized users (The Verge)
NSA Forms Cybersecurity Directorate Under More Assertive U.S. Effort (WSJ)
Uber tests monthly subscription that combines Eats, rides, bikes and scooters (TechCrunch)
Cryptocurrency investor’s $224 million suit against AT&T over stolen coins moves forward (CNBC)
Yes, You Actually Should Be Using Emojis at Work (WSJ)
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 about Wi-Fi snooping, Apple’s sequel to Tim Cook becomes apparent, and senseless violins.
CFPB, FTC and States Announce Settlement with Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach (CFPB)
Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible (CNBC)
With $1 Billion From Microsoft, an A.I. Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain (New York Times) Microsoft invests in and partners with OpenAI to support us building beneficial AGI (OpenAI press release)
Leaked documents reveal Huawei’s secret operations to build North Korea’s wireless network (Washington Post)
Google Finds Cheap Way Out of Multibillion-Dollar ‘Wi-Spy’ Suit (Bloomberg)
How Google Extracted Itself From Three More Lawsuits—Data Sheet (Fortune)
Apple’s Heir Apparent Is Much More Like Tim Cook Than Steve Jobs (Bloomberg)
Etsy acquires musical instrument marketplace Reverb for $275 million (VentureBeat)
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: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter tries to look at this question from a historical perspective. Is it really different this time? But more importantly... to what degree has technological change impacted how we think of things, and vice-versa. My thanks to the authors, Luke Fernandez and Susan J. Matt.
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 moon landing. They’re all from Charles Fishman, who wrote a book that came out this summer called One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon. Please buy that book if you want a super great summer long read, literal longread. But also, listen to this conversation with Charles discussing amazing stories about the moon landing that I for sure never knew, and 100% blew my mind…
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.
Microsoft beats on earnings, stock ticks up (CNBC)
Trump says he’s looking into a Pentagon cloud contract for Amazon or Microsoft because ‘we’re getting tremendous complaints’ (CNBC)
Republican lawmakers urge Trump not to delay the $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract Amazon and Microsoft want (CNBC)
Orlando cancels Amazon Rekognition program, capping 15 months of glitches and controversy (Orlando Weekly)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:
50 Days to the Moon (Fast Company)
Is It Okay to Laugh at Florida Man? (Washington Post)
TikTok Stars Are Preparing to Take Over the Internet (The Atlantic)
Grindr Wanted To Make The World Better For Queer People. Then A Chinese Gaming Company Bought It. (Buzzfeed)
Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It’s Made Him A Victim And A Star (Buzzfeed)
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? No, no they can't. Finally, go ahead! Start that podcast. Don't listen to the naysayers.
Netflix subscription adds disappoint, stock drops (Variety)
DNC warns candidates to stop using FaceApp, citing Russian danger (CNN)
Tesla's plans for self-driving cars worry those who know best (Washington Post)
Self-driving cars remains "way in the future" (New York Times)
The 5G Health Hazard That Isn't (New York Times)
Have we hit peak podcast? (New York Times)
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.
Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon (The European Commission)
A Google VP Told The US Senate The Company Has “Terminated” The Chinese Search App Dragonfly (BuzzFeed News)
Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals (Bloomberg)
New Nintendo Switch model will have much better battery life (Polygon)
Microsoft wins multibillion-dollar cloud deal from AT&T (CNBC)
Elon Musk’s Neuralink Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet (NYTimes)
BOSTON DYNAMICS’ ROBOTS ARE PREPARING TO LEAVE THE LAB — IS THE WORLD READY? (The Verge)
Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks (BBC News)
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Should users be allowed to gain value from the location data their friends share with them? Even if it's non-monetary value? If not, why not? We have created an experiment to probe into these questions. Our experiment is an app that allows users to collect and analyze hundreds of location data points that are currently being shared with them by their friends, but are not collected. When this data is collected and analyzed properly, users can gain insights on their friends' behavior, much like companies gain insight on everyone else's behavior by collecting or buying this data in bulk. We are looking for one journalist to cover this exclusively, and we figured the Techmeme ride home would be our best bet. We intend to shed some more light on privacy inconsistencies. If you are interested in this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, that is press @ whosintown dot app
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.
Senators aren’t sold on Facebook’s Libra project (The Verge)
Highlights from Facebook's Libra Senate hearing (TechCrunch)
Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation (NYTimes)
Amazon in EU Crosshairs as Vestager Fights Big Tech to the End (Bloomberg)
Trump threatens to ‘take a look’ at Google for China ties (Washington Post)
Silicon Valley’s Right Wing Is Angry And Punching Back (BuzzFeed News)
Tesla updates pricing and options across lineup, discontinues several variants (Electrek)
Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M round led by a16z (TechCrunch)
Patreon raises $60M Series D, targets international growth and more customization (TechCrunch)
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