Episode 225: BL and David discuss the fallout Starbucks is enduring in the wake of the viral video of to black patrons being arrested for no good reason; the David Bowie subway takeover; the AlterEgo thought-activated device; Walmart Yodel Boy going viral; Phillips and the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital innovating lighting to foster healing and recovery; bedtime stories read from space; the details on the surveillance society; a forensic tool for identifying fake photos and videos; an IKEA-friendly robot; Artificially Intelligent Flintstones episodes; the one-page Internet; and much, much more.
Episode 203: BL and David discuss the NFL’s Inside These Lines commercial response to Donald Trump’s call to fire athletes who protest during the national anthem; the citizen scientist effort to combat Alzheimers; Spotify’s new self-service advertising offering; Google’s Chrome Music Lab experiments; Libsyn’s podcast measurement upgrade; a librarian’s rejection of Melania Trump’s donation of Dr. Seuss books; Twitter’s 280 character tweets; Facebook fake Like farms; 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 149: BL and David discuss the Facebook Live broadcast of Philando Castile’s death at the hands of a Minnesota police officer, its aftermath, and its implications for news coverage; Donald Trump’s Trollmaster; Microsoft’s recruitment fail; Facebook’s secret messages; Red Cross’ racist pool safety poster; the Washington Post under Jeff Bezos’ leadership; the New York Times’ call for Facebook Live political footage; the revenge of the liberal arts majors; permanent snaps; NASA’s short film contest; Patrick Stewart’s country crooning; and much, much more.
Episode 148: BL and David discuss Periscope’s moment on the national political stage during the House Democrats’ gun control sit-in; 360fly’s racist video ad; Facebook and YouTube live-streaming updates; Twitter’s new live video streaming button & 140 videos; a robot recall; Lender’s frozen bagels; Apple’s expanded Coding Camp; Pinterest’s new retargetting capabilities; Mark Zuckerberg’s paranoia; Facebook 360 photos; Twitter’s emoji targeting; and much, much more.
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed the racist response to Old Navy’s multiracial ad; the hijacking of Comcast Cares Day; a Norway minister ridiculed for a PR stunt gone bad; a Windows 10 upgrade that interrupted the weather; Wendy’s 444 news channel; LinkedIn’s new freelancer and college grad features; Twitter changing it’s category in the app store; Sony’s smart contact lenses; a BO detector app; Silicon Valley; President Obama’s last White House Correspondents Dinner; the recycled crayons; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed the gutter that has become the Republican primary race; NPR’s odd decision to NOT promote its podcasts on air; Microsoft’s decision to shut down the Tay chatbot; a Bank of America media relations fail; the meaninglessness of head-to-head political polls during the primary season; the new YouTube Connect live video streaming app; Ester the Wonderpig; Amazon’s pay-by-selfie patent application; teen voting; Twitter’s plans to recruit Vine stars; a real cat burglar; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed a dermatologist’s gross videos that have gone viral; another viral video of a disgusting Kellogg’s employee peeing on a cereal assembly line; Joe’s Crab Shack’s stunning decision to use a lynching photo as table decor; Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo program beats the world’s best Go player; Facebook vying for NFL’s Thursday Night Football; an agricultural innovation using the Internet of Things; 4chan’s founder joins Google; Teens react to Windows 95; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.
Episode 132: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed Lands’ End PR problem with Gloria Steinem; Google’s elimination of sidebar ads from search results; ISIS threats against Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey; India banning girls from using cell phones; Harry Shearer catches Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski chatting up Donald Trump; David Duke trending on Twitter; the #HelpKenyaNotKanye campaign; Google Docs’ voice typing; some Autocorrect humor; Donald Trump’s Twitter insults; Atlas, the two-legged robot; Facebook Reactions; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.