Episode 275: BL and David discuss the astounding array of businesses Amazon owns; the Area 51 search for aliens joke that 400,000 people have signed up for; major updates to Google My Business; how Pittsburgh helped power the first US Moon Landing; Pinterest adds videos; Shoelace is Google’s latest attempt at building a social network; a hilarious parody influencer apology video; Ikea’s new Soffa Sans typeface; using text messages to solicit local reviews; dangerous dongles and much, much more.
Episode 273: BL and David discuss the Pakistani press conference that was filtered with cat ears; 3D objects and augmented reality in Google search; YouTube’s augmented advertising; Cracker Barrel’s moral stand; a robobullying parody video of Boston Scientific robots; museums installing ‘braille art’ touchable recreations of exhibits; Spotify’s Daily Drive podcast playlist and the company’s new podcast-targeted advertising; the announcement of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; an AI-generated Russian spy infiltrates LinkedIn; a deep fake Rasputin sings Beyonce; deep fake videos that are as easy to create as editing text; an algorithm that can generate an accurate portrait of a speaker based only on a sample of that speaker’s voice; Google Photos goes Driveless;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.
Episode 258: BL and David discuss discuss the explosive extortion and blackmail allegations Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has leveled against AMI and The National Enquirer; a follow-up story on the viral egg; Spotify’s purchase of Gimlet Media and Anchor; Samsung’s Tinder refrigerator; 230 new emoji; Wildlife Conservation Fund’s crooning critters; Google’s auto ad agency; a visual controversy on Twitter; Amazon Echo’s URL Problem; Delta Airline & Diet Coke’s creepy napkins; a tribute to the late Representative John Dingell; Howard Schultz prefers you call him a man of means;…and much, much more.
Episode 210: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Stovetop’s Thanksgiving Dinner Pants; Disney Pixar’s Coco VR experience; the latest search ranking factors from SEMRush and Searchmetrics; Washington Post’s counterpoint AI; the New Zealand Coffin Club viral video; a pot subscription service; iPhone X’s fraudulent faces flaw; BoingBoing’s Net Neutrality popup alert; algorithmic threats to journalism; the MakeApp app; Greta Van Susteren’s sorry Sorry app; popping pimple fingernails; LG’s mosquito-repellant Phones; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.
Episode 209: BL and David discuss Facebook’s request for your nude photos; Facebook and Twitter 2016 election ads and the Kremlin money behind them; Tiffany’s disgusting “Everyday Items”; Twitter’s move to 280 characters; an epic home-made car ad; Dave’s Moovember progress; a puppy and a little girl re-united after dastardly thieves took her 8-week-old Labrador…and much, much more.
Episode 191: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Bill Maher’s apology for using the N-word; Senator Chuck Schumer Trolling Donald Trump; Apple’s Podcasting Analytics; Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech; Story Analytics by Kit; a mental health chatbot; Political Analytics from Facebook’s Town Hall; the “Failing” New York Times killing it with newsletters; Twitter’s DM expansion; Rand Paul’s inconvenient tweet; Quartz’ plagiarism recovery; beheading chickens on Facebook; #HappyDeathDay’s poor timing; PETA’s unviral cat video; a PR pitch from hell; 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 185: BL and David discuss the gaming of the government’s Alien Hotline, a horny rhino who went viral on Tinder, the Pope’s stirring TEDtalk, #TruthIs, Heineken’s smart #OpenYourWorld campaign, LinkedIn’s new targeting, The NY Times on Snapchat Discover, Twitter’s bot infestation, great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.
Episode 184: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Facebook’s live video problems; the Juicero press test; Minnesota cops celebrate 4/20 Day; Google’s talentless drawing app; the personalization of Google Home; branded Easter eggs; Steve Ballmer’s USA Facts; a potential Google ad-blocker; An Inconvenient Tooth; Facebook getting Instant Articles pushback; a false twins story; a scary phishing expedition; …and much, much more.