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.
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.
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.
Episode 150: Co-hosts BL and David discuss the Trump/Pence campaign logo and fallout; Facebook’s live video streaming growing pains; the #ConservativeBecause hashjack; Pokemon Go players at Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum; some little-known problems with email open rates; the live streaming of the Turkish coup attempt; Twitter’s live streaming deals for the national political conventions and with Bloomberg; Pokemon Go’s sponsored locations; Twitter’s Audience API; and much, much more.