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.
Net Neutrality’s demise set for December 14th – lawsuits to follow. Black Friday breaks mobile records. Time’s top 10 gadgets of the year. Jeff Bezos, now worth $100 billion, credits his grandpa’s hairy thumb as inspiration. How to tell if you liked a Russia-sponsored Facebook page. Elon Musk tests the bounds of credibility with his latest battery claims. Uber confesses to hiding a 2016 data breach and paying off the hackers.
Uber’s new CEO says that there is a “high cost to a bad reputation” after London kicks it to the curb. Apple’s iPhone 8 comes out to less fanfare than usual; Apple Watch has LTE issues. ARKit’s first wave of apps is out, and Robert Scoble is severely underwhelmed. Google aqui-hires HTC’s Pixel team for over a billion dollars. Equifax: what now? CCleaner malware: who was it targeting? Facebook, Google, and Twitter allow ad targeting for racist terms – has the algorithm gone amok? What is the best thing for a nine-year-old to start learning now to keep from being one of the billion people who lose their jobs in the coming decades?
WannaCry hero pinched by the feds: should infosec professionals avoid the US?. Google’s internal anti-diversity viral memo: women can’t code? Vic Gundotra: iPhone photos beat Android and DSLR? Did Facebook narrowly avoid creating SkyNet? Who in their right mind would want to be Uber’s CEO? Is your drone spying on you?
–Amy Webb’s Journalism professor told her that nobody would ever publish camera phone photos
–Rob Reid got his start writing humorous Amazon reviews
–Iain Thompson’s phrase of the week: “They over-egged the pudding on that one.”
Amazon buys Whole Foods, might buy Slack. Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO. The best drones money can buy. iPad Pro is the future of Mac laptops. Neighbor spoofing robocaller made a million calls a day. Apple Music now $99/year. Why Apple made the iPhone.
–Owen JJ Stone has strange ideas about geography.
–Tom Merritt writes books about time travel.
–Jason Hiner writes books about amazing podcasters.
Snapchat has a huge IPO -and makes one high school $24 million. Is Apple killing the lightning port on the iPhone 8? Spotify crosses the 50 million user mark. Mobile World Congress 2017 had a whole bunch of great phones. Nintendo Switch cartridges taste horrible on purpose. Overwatch wins Game of the Year at GDC. All this and Uber’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week.
–Florence Ion shows off the new LG G6.
–Alex Wilhelm pronounces “flaccid” wrong.
Inside Uber’s unrestrained workplace culture, predictions for Snapchats looming IPO, Mobile World Congress report with new phones, Pearl the VR nominated short film, Nokia returns with the 3310, FCC Chairman Pai rushes to block new privacy rules, and a serious Cloudfire bug exposed.