–The FBI wants you to reboot your router right now. FBI agents have gained control of a huge Russian botnet. If your router is affected you just need to reboot it.
–Facebook and Russian ads – how should government react in the age of cyber warfare?
–Amazon sells facial recognition software to law enforcement officials. Is this an invasion of privacy, or a good example of public/private cooperation?
–Alexa records a couple’s conversation and sends it to a friend. Amazon has a convoluted explanation, but it may just come down to odds.
–Google’s AI can order you food, but Microsoft’s can check in on your feelings, at least in China.
–GDPR confusion takes news sites offline and sparks billions of dollars worth of lawsuits.
–Disney’s bid to buy Fox gets some competition from Comcast. Does this mean that Hulu is doomed?
–Senators call for investigation into fake pro-net neutrality comments
–Three charged in swatting death
ZTE shuts down, but help is on the way from an unlikely tweet. Google I/O shows off creepy robocallers and helpful directions. Microsoft Build brings Cortana/Alexa integration and the return of Kinect. Congress releases over 3500 Russian Facebook election ads. Cambridge Analytica “dies,” is reborn as Emerdata. Robocaller gets $120 million fine. Tesla hits a firetruck and sheds execs. You will be able to buy a Boston Dynamics robodog in 2019.
Sprint and T-Mobile make it official. Amazon, Google, and Facebook all have amazing quarterly earnings reports. Amazon’s home robot and the battle for smart home supremacy. Facebook’s community guidelines. Golden Gate Killer found with open source DNA site. Who wants Snap’s second generation Spectacles? Apple’s rumored AR/VR headset. What tech brings you joy?
Mark Zuckerberg comes out of his Congressional testimony unscathed. China will dominate AI in the coming decade. HomePods are not selling like HotCakes. Apple leaks leakers leaking leaks. Waymo wants to test truly driverless cars in California.
Facebook issues the latest in a long string of apologies.YouTube shooter and the lure of fame. Apple plans its own chips for 2020, Mac Pro for 2019. Is Amazon spending too much on video? Terry Myerson out at Microsoft – the end of the Windows era. FBI seizes Backpage.com.
More revelations in the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal. Congress sneaks the CLOUD Act into the omnibus spending bill. Craigslist takes down personal ads in first of many unintended consequences of SESTA/FOSTA Act. Uber may be at fault for self-driving death.
Controversial RyzenFall AMD flaws revealed. Leo gives up Facebook for good over Cambridge Analytica scandal. Broadcom gives up its Qualcomm takeover. Apple announces an education-themed event on March 27th. Farewell Adrian Lamo. Theranos officially charged with fraud. Bitcoin mining will drain the world’s energy.
SXSW features killer robots and killer barbeque. Alexa’s spontaneous laugh makes us afraid of an AI takeover. Amazon wants to take over your checking account. Can blockchain reinvent fintech? Android users more loyal than iOS users. Is AI really all that smart? Apple hires M. Night Shyamalan. Millennials love Apple more than anything. Mario takes over Google Maps. Facebook asks if pedophilia is ok. On Twitter, fake news spreads faster than the truth. China’s new Department of PreCrime.
News publishers violated copyright by embedding a tweet. Are video games to blame for the Florida school shooting? A drone causes a helicopter to crash. Are we seeing the end of Facebook? Apple isn’t making as much money on the HomePod compared to other products. The controversial Snapchat update. What to expect from Mobile World Congress. An amazing $300M deal for a showrunner at Netflix, and more.
EVs and self-driving cars at CES and the Detroit Auto Show. The first cashierless Amazon Go shop opens January 22nd. Apple HomePod is nearly here. Apple hands out $2500 employee stock bonuses as part of its huge cash repatriation plan. Google wants your selfies. Facebook wants you to tell it what “high quality” news is. Twitter emails 677,775 users to tell them that they shared Russian scams.