Episode 193: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed how United Airlines earned even more bad press by selling a toddler’s previously purchased seat; how Hobby Lobby was busted for smuggling artifacts from Iraq and funding ISIS all in one fell swoop; the hilarious Haribo Gold Bears ad featuring childlike executives; Spike the viral beetle artist; the #Ham4All fundraising challenge; the #MyOreoCreation contest; Apple’s Appocalypse video; the Weinermobile companion vehicles; cats in hats; China’s livestream video ban; the GOP’s tactic of blocking constituents on social media; Russia’s cyber psyops playbook; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.
Episode 190: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Apple’s announcement of its augmented reality platform; Google’s attempt to sell directly from search results with its new buy button; Vincente Fox’s public service video message to Donald Trump; Official presidential tweets, suitable for framing; the untested legality of #BlockedByTrump victims; McDonald’s stoner billboard; Twitter’s new deal with the NFL; The Intercept’s Reality Winner fail; real fake news; how some potential Harvard students discovered that the Internet is a permanent record; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.
Episode 188: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Google Lens bringing artificial intelligence to phones; the StarTribune’s 150 year’s worth of digitized archives; SNL’s Alexa for Seniors skit; Facebook adding screening to Groups; MailChimp’s email automation for everyone; Amazon Echo’s security flaw; hope for Parkinsons; Facebook’s trending conversations; PresVillian; Facebook’s Autoplay videos; great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.
Episode 176: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed NASA’s Facebook live feed of its discvoery of a new solar system; the Washington Post’s new motto; silly superheroes; Sweden’s Trump Twitter storm; Twitter’s time out room; live video streaming sports on Twitter & Facebook; Facebook’s autosound; fake news movie promotion campaign; how to leak securely; Instagram’s New Carousel Posts; dragon drones; …and much, much more.
Episode 168: BL and David discuss Bowie, Shruggie and Crooked Hillary emojis; the battle to break fake news; Google declines to remove hate news; Facebook admits it needs human editors; @ImposterBot fights off hateful troll bots; how Santa Claus learns marketing; Yahoo’s super-late hack disclosures; Wonder Woman fired by UN; tech titans meet Trumplethinskin. Plus great new apps and stats you should know.
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 164: BL and David discuss Twitter ads targeting Hillary Clinton supporters that tell them to vote by text message; racial bias by Uber drivers; Google and Microsoft’s buggy relationship; Facebook’s racial targeting capabilities; the Vigilante app; fake news and media literacy; President Obama singing Purple Rain to a Prince tick or treater; Okay Google commands for Harry Potter spells; Amazon Studios’ Good Girls Revolt show; scheduling Facebook Live video broadcasts; a Chicago meteorologist who reported that hell had officially frozen over; the New York Times’ The Daily 360; 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 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.