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Amazon and Slack form an interesting alliance. Google outlines evidence hackers are already attacking the Presidential campaigns. What if self-driving cars won’t prevent as many accidents as we hoped? And, of course, the weekend longreads Amazon licenses Slack for all employees, while Slack adopts AWS video-calling tech (CNBC)Google says Iranian, Chinese hackers targeted Trump, Biden campaigns (TechCrunch) Twitter has a record-breaking week as users looked for news of protests and COVID-19 (TechCrunch)Study: Autonomous vehicles won’t make roads completely safe (Associated Press)Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Worst. Deal. Ever. (Forbes) The Font That Solves The Big Problem With Dark Mode (Forbes) Indie history: How shareware helped build Epic Games (Engadget) Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s biggest star. She has no idea why. (Washington Post) From RealPlayer to Toshiba, Tech Companies Cash in on the Facial Recognition Gold Rush (OneZero) Why Is the Human Brain So Efficient? (Nautilus)Subscribe to the Ad-Free Feed Right Here
The whole land-grab in the Indian telecom market continues to blow my hair back. A class-action lawsuit around Incognito Mode. More hints at an Apple Prime subscription. CES refuses to give up the ghost, while Kitty Hawk seems to have given up on its up on racism (Tim Cook/ Early Facebook Employees Disavow Zuckerberg’s Stance on Trump Posts (NYTimes) Snap will stop promoting Trump’s account after concluding his tweets incited violence (The Verge) Exclusive: Amazon in talks to buy $2 billion stake in Indian telco Bharti Airtel - sources (Reuters) Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use (Reuters) Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law (NYTimes)iOS 13.5.5 code provides evidence of future Apple services bundle in development (9to5Mac) CES will be held in-person in Las Vegas next year (The Verge) ZoomInfo aiming to price IPO $1 above revised price range (CNBC) Gaming Startup Unity Is Said to Prepare for IPO This Year (Bloomberg) Kitty Hawk ends Flyer program, shifts focus to once-secret autonomous aircraft (TechCrunch)Classified:
Zoom is the new tech earnings report worth covering. Is on-device translation coming to iOS? Google is blocking a Remove China Apps app. The Brave browser is growing. Zuckerberg tries to calm his restless troops. And is FC Barcelona again leading the way for modern sports teams? revenue grew 169% during the quarter, and the company doubled its revenue guidance for the year (CNBC) Zoom won’t encrypt free calls because it wants to comply with law enforcement (TNW) iOS 14 to include built-in translator in Safari, full Apple Pencil support on websites (9to5Mac) Google takes down ‘Remove China Apps’ from the Play Store (9to5Google)Brave passes 15 million monthly active users and 5 million daily active users, showing 2.25x MAU growth in the past year (Brave Browser) Zuckerberg Defends Hands-Off Approach to Trump’s Posts (NYTimes) FC Barcelona Soccer Team Launches Digital Subscription Service (Variety)
Facebook finally lets you clean out your old crap from your basement (I mean, past). AT&T won’t count HBO Max against your mobile data cap. Every tech event is postponed again. A whole bunch of OS update news, and a time capsule from another era.Sponsors:Tiny Facebook finally makes it way easier to trash your old posts (TechCrunch) HBO Max won’t hit AT&T data caps, but Netflix and Disney Plus will (The Verge) White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter (NBC News) Twitter takes action against Rep. Matt Gaetz for glorifying violence (The Verge) Cisco, Sony postpone events amid continued protests (Axios) Third Pixel feature drop improves AI-powered Adaptive Battery, integrates Recorder and Google Assistant (VentureBeat) Android update delivers new 'Bedtime' features focused on improving sleep (TechCrunch) Apple releases iOS 13.5.1 and watchOS 6.2.6 with ‘important security updates’ (9to5Mac) YouTube’s Chase for Streaming-TV Ad Dollars Faces Hurdles (WSJ) Samsung’s rotating mobile-friendly TV goes on sale for $1,999 (The Verge)
What I believe is the first ever walkout in Facebook history, the biggest acquisition in Zynga history, Samsung Access is an interesting ARR play to get ahead of an Apple Prime subscription, and an Android event this week was cancelled, but a PlayStation one was Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts (NYTimes) Facebook, Snapchat join chorus of companies condemning George Floyd death, racism (Reuters) Twilio, Box, Spotify, and Other Tech CEOs Speak Out Against Racism and Police Brutality; Others Stay Silent (The Plug) Facebook staff angry with Zuckerberg for leaving up Trump’s ‘looting ... shooting’ post (CNBC) Zynga to Buy Peak for $1.8 Billion in Its Largest Deal Ever (Bloomberg) Samsung Access launches in the US w/ extended warranties, Microsoft 365, more (9to5Google) Eye-catching advances in some AI fields are not real (Science)Google delays next week’s Android 11 Beta release and virtual launch event (9to5Google) Sony confirms PS5 will have exclusive games playable only on next-gen hardware (The Verge)
I do my best to breakdown the who Twitter/executive order situation, at least at the time of this recording. Hall of Fame fundraiser drops mic and rides off into the sunset. TikTok has an interesting new rival. And, of course, the weekend longreads Links: Trump signs executive order targeting protections for social media platforms (Axios)‘Rammed it through’: Trump's Twitter order riles staffers and tech reformers (Protocol) Trump’s Order on Social Media Could Harm One Person in Particular: Donald Trump (NYTimes) The Two Things To Understand About Trump's Executive Order On Social Media: (1) It's A Distraction (2) It's Legally Meaningless (TechDirt) Trump Executive Order Misreads Key Law Promoting Free Expression Online and Violates the First Amendment (The EFF) Scheduled tweets and tweet drafts are now available on Twitter's website (Neowin) Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is stepping down (VentureBeat) The Rise of New Short-Form Video App Zynn Could Spell Trouble for TikTok (Social Media Today)Weekend Longreads Suggestions Amazon’s Big Breakdown (NYTimes) Remember the MOOCs? After Near-Death, They’re Booming (NYTimes) Who Will Own the Cars That Drive Themselves? (NYTimes)The rise of React (Increment) 'We had no idea how to do it': YouTube's founders, investors, and first employees tell the chaotic inside story of how it rose from failed dating site to $1.65 billion video behemoth (Business Insider) is the chillest place you should be hanging out right now (The Verge)Podcast Survey: 
Is the Trump administration finally willing to go to war with big tech? Another Apple startup acquisition, but also why Fraggle Rock might indicate a strategy shift for Apple TV+. Remember 4k TV’s? And the microcredit app that will threaten to shame you if you fall behind on your Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias (Washington Post) Zuckerberg knocks Twitter for fact-checking Trump, says private companies shouldn't be 'the arbiter of truth' (Fox News) Apple Buys Machine-Learning Startup to Improve Data Used in Siri (Bloomberg) Apple TV Plus acquires past Fraggle Rock seasons ahead of reboot (The Verge) What developers want, what they don't, and what you can do to attract top talent (TechRepublic)LG's $1,500 48-inch 4K OLED TV goes on sale next month (Engadget)This lending app publicly shames you when you’re late on loan payment (Rest of World) Nuro’s driverless delivery robots will transport medicine to CVS customers in Texas (The Verge)
Amazon joins the self-driving race, and actually, why haven’t they before? Google’s plans to get back to the office. HBO Max debuts, but with one major handicap. Facebook faces a novel whistleblower complaint and looking back on 2 years of Amazon in Advanced Talks to Buy Self-Driving-Car Tech Company Zoox (WSJ) Google to begin reopening offices July 6, will let workers expense $1,000 for equipment while telecommuting (CNET) Advertisers Seek to Revise Deal Terms With Streamer Quibi (WSJ) HBO Max debuts without the two most popular streaming platforms, Roku or Amazon (USAToday) ByteDance Hit $3 Billion in Net Profit Last Year (Bloomberg) Whistleblowers say Facebook has not warned investors about illegal activity, in new SEC complaint (Washington Post) Twitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact check for the first time (Washington Post) Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive (WSJ) EU privacy enforcer hits make-or-break moment (Politico) Tech Giants’ Top EU Privacy Watchdog Attacked Over Slow Pace (Bloomberg)
The ARM chips for the next several years are here. End-to-end encryption might be coming to RCS. Jailbreaking might be returning to iPhones. JioMart’s big play arrives and more on the remote work ARM’s Cortex-A78 CPU and Mali-G78 GPU will power 2021’s best Android phones (The Verge) Google Messages preparing end-to-end encryption for RCS messages (9to5Google)There's a Jailbreak Out for the Current Version of iOS (Wired) JioMart, the e-commerce venture from India's richest man, launches in 200 cities and towns (TechCrunch) Run The World raises $10.8 million to bring live events online (VentureBeat) Why Facebook’s Plan to Tie Remote Pay to Location Will Probably Fail (Intelligencer)
The founder and CEO of a company we talk about all the time: Bryan Salesky of Argo AI. Bryan tells us more about the unique Silicon Valley/Detroit hybrid that Argo represents, we discuss the unique business model strategy they’re exploring, and we find out, where the self-driving space is now that Covid-19 has basically put everything on pause.
Yeah, mea culpa on my whole work-from-home/remote work skepticism. Also, I was wrong about Magic Leap being a goner. But that subscription aggregator we’ve all been anticipating is showing up right on time, and in the weekend longreads, let me introduce you to the two men who are about to become nerd MARK ZUCKERBERG ON TAKING HIS MASSIVE WORKFORCE REMOTE (The Verge) Zuckerberg says employees moving out of Silicon Valley may face pay cuts (CNBC) IBM Is Latest Tech Giant to Cut Jobs in Midst of Pandemic (Bloomberg)Magic Leap Raises $350 Million, Withdraws Layoff Notices (The Information) Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules (Ars Technica) ScreenHits TV to Launch Streaming Aggregator to Combat "Subscription Fatigue" (The Hollywood Reporter)Weekend Longreads Suggestions: A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans (NYTimes) Copyright bots and classical musicians are fighting online. The bots are winning. (Washington Post) This DIY laptop costs as much as a MacBook Air — How is it selling so well? (Laptop) The State of the Self-Driving Car Race 2020 (Bloomberg) MEET THE FIRST NASA ASTRONAUTS SPACEX WILL LAUNCH TO ORBIT (The Verge)Support what I do every day directly. The ad-free feed is here.
Twitter is testing another new feature to limit trolls and give users greater control of their threads, the Google and Apple contact tracing API is here, what is the Tactical Edition of a Galaxy phone and why might you need one, and some interesting raises this is testing a feature that limits who can reply to your tweets (TechCrunch)Three US states have signed on to Apple and Google’s exposure notification system (The Verge)Apple releases final iOS 13.5 with coronavirus exposure alert support (VentureBeat)Coinbase to Make Working From Home Permanent (The Information)Samsung launches Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition for Department of Defense (ZDNet)How a 20-year-old convinced Facebook’s former security chief to invest in his data privacy start-up (CNBC)Autonomous aviation startup Xwing raises $10M to scale its software for pilotless flights (TechCrunch)How a 20-year-old convinced Facebook’s former security chief to invest in his data privacy start-up (CNBC)YouTube Link! Subscribe! 
Facebook takes another major run at cracking ecommerce. And why this might be a highly opportune moment to do so. In short: the corona moment might be the moment ecommerce finally wins. Also, will Apple ship iPhones without any EarPods? And why the big Joe Rogan to Spotify news is podcasting’s Howard Stern Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook Shops, making it easier for businesses to list products for sale (CNBC)Ecommerce penetration graph (Dennis Hong) Is the e-commerce shift going to last? (TechCrunch) A City Locks Down to Fight Coronavirus, but Robots Come and Go (NYTimes) 'iPhone 12' predicted to ship without EarPods, will boost AirPods sales (Apple Insider) Spotify signs 'The Joe Rogan Experience" to an exclusive multi-year deal (TechCrunch) Bill Simmons Just Wants to Win (Vulture) With its Joe Rogan exclusive, Spotify’s new podcast strategy is to kill podcasts (Digital Trends) New Spec Gives SD Cards a Massive Boost in Speed (Gizmodo)Subscribe to the ad free feed right here, inside your podcast app!
Microsoft’s virtual version of its Build conference unleashes an array of news, including Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, a new component system for live document editing, a collaboration with Sony on embedded AI in camera sensors, a super-fast OpenAI supercomputer built on Azure, and better Linux support in Windows 10? Also, new leaks about Apple’s AR glasses, the Department of Justice slams Apple on phone encryption, Apple in negotiations to buoy Apple+ with a back catalog of programming, Walmart puts to bed among a huge sales increase, and finally, a massive database of medical equipment service manuals comes online.SponsorsTiny CapitalMetaLabLinks:Microsoft’s new PowerToys Run launcher for Windows 10 is now available to download (The Verge)Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 (The Verge)Microsoft to adapt its cloud software for healthcare industry (Reuters)Deliver better experiences, insights, and care with Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare (Microsoft)Microsoft’s new Fluid Office document is Google Docs on steroids (The Verge)Microsoft and Sony to create smart camera solutions for AI-enabled image sensor (ZDNet)Microsoft’s OpenAI supercomputer has 285,000 CPU cores, 10,000 GPUs (Engadget)Apple’s AR Glasses! (Front Page Tech on YouTube)Apple Buys Older Shows for TV+, Stepping Up Netflix Challenge (Bloomberg News)Attorney General William P. Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray Announce Significant Developments in the Investigation of the Naval Air Station Pensacola Shooting (DOJ)Apple Buys Older Shows for TV+, Stepping Up Netflix Challenge (Bloomberg News)Walmart is shutting down 4 years after buying the company for $3.3 billion (Business Insider)Trying to Support a Local Pizza Joint? Just Make Sure It Isn’t Actually Chuck E. Cheese (Food & Wine)Introducing the World’s Largest Medical Repair Database, Free for Everyone (iFixIt)
The tech trade war is really heating up again, in case you missed it. What if Coronavirus is what helps Google win at messaging? Clubhouse is an interesting raise raising eyebrows. And why Pizza arbitrage shows that the food delivery space is not only broken, but basically spits in the face of efficient market TSMC halts new Huawei orders after US tightens restrictions (Nikkei Asian Review) China Injects $2.2 Billion Into Local Chip Firm (Bloomberg) General Atlantic to invest $870M in India's Reliance Jio Platforms (TechCrunch) Google Meet surpasses 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store (9to5Google) Andreessen Horowitz Wins VC Sweepstakes To Back Clubhouse, Voice App Still In Beta, At $100 Million Valuation (Forbes)London-based Fly Now Pay Later raises £35 million Series A to provide flexible financing to travellers ( Austin-Based Real Estate Startup Homeward Secures $105M In Debt & Equity (TechCrunch)Doordash and Pizza Arbitrage (Margins, by Ranjan Roy and Can Duruk)Subscribe to the ad-free feed!
Questions about: tech in the time of coronavirus, podcasting in the time of coronavirus, WeWork and co-working spaces after the coronavirus, Netflix's position among the competition right now, are subscriptions the future of podcasting, how I source news, and what are my biases, among other questions and answers....
The US strikes at Huawei again. Apple acquires a VR startup and there’s conflicting rumors on those AR glasses. Is Silicon Valley really about to become a ghost town? And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:TinyCapital.comClassified Ad: IbisWritingAcademy.comLinks: U.S. moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers as China eyes retaliation (Reuters) Scoop: Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million (Axios) Apple Acquires Startup NextVR that Broadcasts VR Content (Bloomberg) Apple’s computerized glasses won’t be ready until 2022 ‘at the earliest,’ top analyst says (Bloomberg) Latest leak has "sleek" Apple Glasses coming out in 2021 instead of 2022 (Apple Insider) Uber’s CEO, a Seasoned Dealmaker, Pursues His Biggest One Yet (Bloomberg) Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads in August (VentureBeat) Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents (Bloomberg Businessweek)Weekend Longreads: OnlyFans, Influencers, And The Politics Of Selling Nudes During A Pandemic ( Sporcle followed trivia fans from bars to Zoom and built a $2.5M business (Protocol) Founder Of Borders Bookstores, Webvan Returns With Dreams Of Beating Amazon At Food Delivery (Forbes) Inside HBO Max, the $4 Billion Bet to Stand Out in the Streaming Wars (Variety) The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet (Wired) Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models (MIT Technology Review) Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar (The Conversation)Link to zoom meeting, 1pm eastern time Saturday:
There is "monstrous" chip news from Nvidia, the world’s first camera sensor with AI built-in, a crypto experiment on Reddit that I feel like might actually have a shot at working, how long will Google stick with hardware, and new members of the $100MM ARR Nvidia unveils monstrous A100 AI chip with 54 billion transistors and 5 petaflops of performance (VentureBeat) Nvidia’s first Ampere GPU is designed for data centers and AI, not your PC (The Verge) Sony Says It Created World’s First Image Sensor With Built-in AI (Bloomberg) Reddit to launch Ethereum-based tokens for cryptocurrency and Fortnite subreddits (The Block) Chrome will soon group tabs together to save pack rats from themselves (Engadget) The mastermind behind the Pixel's camera has left Google (AndroidCentral) Adding three more companies to the $100M ARR club (TechCrunch) Submit questions for the Zoom call this weekend here
New XPS laptops, new Fire HD tablets, Facebook is compensating content moderators, how the pandemic has affected clothes shopping, and how the aftermath of the pandemic might affect offices in the sense of: will we actually ever go back to them? Dell launches new XPS 17 and redesigned XPS 15 with 16:10 edge-to-edge displays (The Verge) Amazon updates the Fire HD 8 with a faster processor, more RAM, and USB-C (The Verge) Facebook will pay $52 million in settlement with moderators who developed PTSD on the job (The Verge) Apple plans to add audio versions of publisher articles to Apple News+ (Digiday) US e-commerce sales jump 49% in April, led by online grocery (TechCrunch) Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever (Buzzfeed News) Apple Plans to Return More Staff to Offices in Break From Rivals (Bloomberg)Subscribe to the ad free feed in 60 seconds, right here inside your podcast app!
Is Uber about to gobble Grubhub? Twitter does something Facebook and YouTube did a long time ago. Details on Apple’s forthcoming over the ears headphones. New releases for developers and music producers. And look, let’s have a conversation about promo code: ridehomeLinks: Twitter launches labels, warnings on misleading COVID-19 information (Reuters) Exclusive: AirPods Studio to feature head and neck detection, custom equalizer settings, more (9to5Mac) Apple releases 'major' update to Logic Pro X (AppleInsider) Microsoft's VS Code 1.45 is out: GitHub integration plus JavaScript debugger update (ZDNet) Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Pandemic for Quibi’s Rough Start (NYTimes)
Comments (10)


bro NYT (NEW YORK TIMES )asks you to subscribe before reading.......sigh

Nov 28th
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Ashley Saleem-West

Are there any other tech news round up podcasts? I feel like TMRH resonates with me less with every episode. It's a good show, but not for me.

Oct 26th

Gupta Goli

A great podcast

Sep 10th

danny bollaert

Excellent podcast for your daily commute. Short and insightful.

Jul 30th

Karen Cooper

sound quality for Brady was terrible! gave up after ten minutes.

Jul 3rd


Love this episode! I work in print media and this is a refreshing story to listen to. Keep up the awesome work!

May 31st

Coffee Jeannie

Not allowing a particular podcast to play a specific podcast is retarded.

Apr 30th

mark clemmons

Castro only available on iOS

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