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 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 154: BL and David discuss the trending naked Donald Trump statues; the Google Hangouts On Air transition to YouTube live; Twitter’s harassment issues; Verizon brandware apps; Moz’s unfollowing of FollwerWonk; Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s triumphant return; the Twitter Filter; Amazon Original’s free pilot episodes; the Salvador Dali / Walt Disney collaboration; 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.
Episode 146: BL and David discuss the online reaction to the Orlando nightclub shooting and Donald Trump’s humblebrag tweet; the Gawker bankruptcy case; Axle Rose’s ill-advised reaction to the Fat Axle Rose meme; Adidas’ misspelled ads; advertising fraud and organized crime; Mark Zuckerberg getting hacked; Twitter passwords for sale; Google’s Trust Score replacement for passwords; the first Google Tango phone from Lenovo; Joe Biden’s open letter; John Oliver buying medical debt; Facebook’s vanishing posts; how Twitter is better than Snapchat; Facebook video comments; mock political ads; a Golden Doodle runs a marathon; Twitter Insiders; and much, much more.
Episode 145: BL and David discuss Queen guitarist Brian May’s new virtual reality headset; Google’s Project Soli reducing radar to fit on a computer chip; Mary Meeker’s new Internet Trends report; a Vox editor endorsing anti-Donald Trump riots; Facebook’s DeepText AI; a racist Chinese detergent ad; Facebook’s continuous live stream video; a Google Chrome extension used by white supremacists; Podtrac’s podcast audience ratings; landlords likegating their tenants; faive new Medium features; Airtime’s relaunch; France banning after work email; a new set of emojis; and much, much more.
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed the Chewbacca Mom viral video; the competitor to Amazon Echo, Google Home; Sky TV’s #CommandTheUnsullied Twitter spam; Google Instant Apps; the pros and cons of LinkedIn ProFinder; Twitter’s kinda-expanding character count; Blab’s strange pivot to Tinder-live video conferencing; the Google-N fail; VR for Good; 360 music videos; Google’s Parsey McParseface tool; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.