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 160: BL and David discuss Google’s announcement of the Pixel phone, Google Home, Google Assistant and Google Daydream View; Facebook Marketplace’s wild rollout; Moschino’s controversial Capsule line; Spotify’s malware ads; bids for Twitter; the #TsOnUs campaign; Netflix’s Haters Back Off series; NSFW Trump; Virtual Reality justice; refugee phones; Holocaust escapee virtual experience; #ThatMexicanThing; Kate Beckinsale’s Instagram; 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 152: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss Russia’s hacking of American democracy and Donald Trump’s treasonous encouragement; the hacking of TechCrunch; Getty Images swiping a 18,000 public domain photos from the Library of Congress; the Olympic tweeting ban; Melania Trump laid bare; Twitter shutting down PostGhost; a YouTube kidnap conspiracy; Stable & Unstable Likers; the Action Aids ad campaign; Ralph Lauren’s custom animated Gif campaign; Twitter’s original food content; Minnesota in a box; the Trojan Olypmics; 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.
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed Gmail’s Minion mic-drop April Fools fiasco; Mattel’s phishing scam scare; Google Cardboard Plastic; Microsoft’s bet on conversational computing; Twitter Stickers; a smartphone gun; Facebook for Business posts; the State Department’s #SpringBreakBadly campaign; Instagram’s minute-long videos; #ProjectLiteracy, the #TheBananaPeelChallenge; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.
Episode 130: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed the flap over Marc Andreessen’s comments about Facebook’s Internet access plans for India; Meryl Streep’s comments about diversity in the film industry; Super Bowl commercials that flopped; Pornhub’s latest philanthropic gesture; Snapchat’s new subscription option; Google’s new Knowledge Graph editing features; Amazon’s new video game engine; YouTube’s new original movies and shows; Instagram video views; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.