Episode 167: BL and David discuss Facebook’s blocking of a fake news detector; the real-life consequences of the fake news “Pizzagate” story; Uber’s customer tracking; Reddit’s demise at the hand of trolls; LiLou, SFO’s therapy pig (and Instagram star); Netflix’s alien-identifying algorithm; the Local Matters watchdog journalism newsletter; Amazon’s employee-free retail store; BMW’s self-policing cars; the best Christmas ads; the Reuters News Tracer breaking news algorithm; My Starbucks Barista Bot; Google’s emoji-responding Twitter account; and much, much more.
Episode 166: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discuss the Internet Archive moving to Canada; obnoxious podcasters; spying headphones; the new Telegra.ph blogging platform; the Diageo VR drunk driving experience; first-person video of the Tennessee wildfires; OK Go’s amazing new music video; Amazon’s conciliation ad; Planned Parenthood donations in Mike Pence’s name; detecting fake news; Instagram’s shopping tags; Twitter’s Star Wars Rogue One Live stream, and much, much more.
Episode 163: BL and David discuss Justin Timberlake’s voting booth selfie; the massive Distributed Denial of Service attack that crippled the Internet; Miss Iceland’s withdrawal from a beauty pageant over body shaming; Twitter’s decision to shut down the Vine app; Facebook’s problem with cats; LinkedIn’s update of the Endorsement and Skills algorithm; Budweiser’s self-driving beer run; fake NASA livestreams; Google’s declaration of a mobile-first world in search; rappers for Hillary; Amazon’s personal mini drones patent; the #TrumpANovel tweets; Squarespace’s one-page mobile sites; the Skittles photo lawsuit; Facebook’s cloning of Snapchat Stories; and much, much more.
Episode 161: BL and David discuss the Wonder Woman UN ambassador; the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones; the Kim Kardashian heist Halloween costume; cyborg surveillance beetles; a scared Ronald McDonald; Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan; Donald Trump’s Pussy Riot moment; Echo Alexa everywhere; BuzzFeed’s live election Twitter video feed; Amazon Music Unlimited; Amazon Prime Reading; Ken Bone, conquering Internet hero; Chromecasting Facebook Live video; and much, much more.
Episode 159: BL and David discuss Donald Trump’s viral sniffles; a Verge reporter who also worked at Apple; Facebook’s apology over inflated video metrics; self-driving chairs; the Edmonton Oilers’ super scary mascot; Jewish grandparents haunting their grandchildren over politics; Ford’s fact-checking the presidential debate; Snapchat’s Spectacles; Google’s login measurement method; a sweet refugee host; Spotify’s interest in SoundCloud; a pig-dancing cop; the arrival of Twitter Moments; the #VoteIRL campaign; and much, much more.
Episode 158: BL and David discuss the Trump Jr. Skittles controversy; North Korea’s paltry Internet; the NatWest scam; Apple’s nerdy professor emoji; hacking Teslas; a celebrity Get Out The Vote campaign video; Hillary Clinton on Between Two Ferns; Starbucks Upstanders campaign; stadium designs and the NFL TV experience; a social newsgathering coalition; the return of the naked Trump statues; Google Street View respects cow privacy; NASA’s live streaming press conference; Facebook Live comes to the desktop; vintage photos animated, and much, much more.
Episode 156: BL and David discuss Beauty.ai and Facebook Trending Stories’ runaway algorithms; Twitter’s potential sale; dirty underwear; sponsored Periscope streams; Gary Johnson’s Aleppo moment; GoPro’s media empire ambitions; Instagram’s disappearing Photo Map; Google Plus’ makeover; Street View for vintage San Francisco; New York Subway eBooks; plus cool apps, interesting stats, and more.
Episode 155: BL and David discuss a welcome video to an Illinois teacher’s fourth grade class that went viral; the Kardashian’s lack of sponsor disclosure on their Instagram accounts; President Obama’s venture into virtual reality; WhatsApp’s privacy reversal; YouTube’s social ambitions with Backstage; Vogue’s Photoshop fiasco; Twitter’s portable Direct Messaging; a transgender Ken controversy; Google’s policy of punishable popups; Uber’s lickable breathalizer cards; the WizKid Science YouTube channel; a Minnesota dog that was elected mayor; and much, much more.
Episode 153: BL and David discuss the new LinkedIn Influencer Q&A videos; Microsoft’s acquisition of Beam’s livestreaming video technology, #SaveTwitter, Facebook’s clickbait filter; Donald Trump’s perpetual recurring online donations; The Gap’s sexist ads; Facebook Live video ads; Petnet’s dumb SmartFeeder; a bear-in-the-house video that went viral; Google AMP for everyone; the FTC’s influencer crackdown; Facebook’s Area 404; Facebook video ad publishing tools; The World’s Biggest Asshole; Netflix’s Stranger Things 360 trailer; and much, much more.
During Episode 151 co-hosts BL and David discuss the backlash over Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s DNC speech; musicians objecting to the use of their songs by the Trump campaign; an Apple patent for technology that would disable the recording of video, audio and photography on smartphones and tablets; untargeted Donald Trump banner ads; new updates for Facebook Live video; the long-lasting impact of the ALS ice bucket challenge; DoubleClick Native ads; verified Twitter accounts; Michelle Obama’s carpool karaoke; Yelp’s partnership with Pokemon Go; and much, much more.