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This Week in Tech is the top-ranked flagship tech podcast from Every Sunday, Leo Laporte and a roundtable of insiders explore the week's hottest tech news from AI to robots, and PCs to privacy. When it comes to tech, TWiT is IT.

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229 Episodes
AT&T Landlines, US Bans Kaspersky and DJI Microsoft delays Recall after security concerns, and asks Windows Insiders for help I just ordered the cheapest Surface Pro option - why I (probably) won't regret it Biden bans US sales of Kaspersky software over Russia ties The DJI Drone Ban: A Uniquely American Clusterf*ck Surgeon General: Social Media Platforms Need a Health Warning The Surgeon General Is Wrong. Social Media Doesn't Need Warning Labels LAUSD approves cellphone ban as Newsom calls for statewide action EU Council has withdrawn the vote on Chat Control US sues Adobe for hiding termination fees and making it difficult to cancel subscriptions Apple Won't Roll Out AI Tech In EU Market Over Regulatory Concerns AT&T can't hang up on landline phone customers, California agency rules Amazon mulls $5 to $10 monthly price tag for unprofitable Alexa service, AI revamp What Game of Thrones did to the media Elon Musk Tweeted a Thing This Old House' Pays Tribute to Creator Russell Morash Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amanda Silberling, Louise Matsakis, and Ed Bott Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
Ukranian Bot Farms, LA Public Health Dept. Phished MS Recall and Apple AI Congress grills Microsoft boss Brad Smith after 'cascade' of security errors Microsoft Refused to Fix Flaw Years Before SolarWinds Hack Exclusive: MediaTek designs Arm-based chip for Microsoft's AI laptops Apple set to be first Big Tech group to face charges under EU digital law Apple, Meta set to face EU charges under landmark tech rules, sources say Malicious VSCode extensions with millions of installs discovered Successful phishing attack at LA County Department of Public Health exposes PID of 200k + people Bot Farm that attacked Ukrainian phones is shut down Nokia CEO makes world's first 'immersive' phone call Elon Musk drops suit against OpenAI and Sam Altman Talking about Mark Zuckerberg The Stanford Internet Observatory is being dismantled T-Mobile users thought they had a lifetime price lock—guess what happened next Games that the panel members are playing Lynn Conway, a true pioneer, passes away at 86 Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Daniel Rubino, Devindra Hardawar, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
How to Kill a Smart Device: Spotify Car Thing Post Mortem Stealing everything you've ever typed or viewed on your own Windows PC is now possible with two lines of code — inside the Copilot+ Recall disaster. Windows won't take screenshots of everything you do after all — unless you opt in NVIDIA Drive Thor with 2,000 TOPS to be implemented by Li Auto Oral-B Sold a $230 Alexa Toothbrush—and Then Pulled the Plug Adobe's new terms of service unacceptably gives them access to all of your projects, for free Adobe has clarified controversial shrinkwrap license terms, but the damage may have already been done Samsung sues Oura preemptively to block smart ring patent claims I watched NVIDIA's Computex 2024 keynote and it made my blood run cold TSMC says it has discussed moving fabs out of Taiwan but such a move impossible Intel CEO Takes Aim at NVIDIA in Fight for AI Chip Dominance This is Lunar Lake — Intel's utterly overhauled AI laptop chip that ditches memory sticks Instagram confirms test of 'unskippable' ads Gurman's Epic Pre-WWDC Leak Report New York passes legislation that would ban 'addictive' social media algorithms for kids Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Louis Maresca, Stacey Higginbotham, and Brian McCullough Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Startup Chaos, Breaking Ticketmaster, Ultrasonic Coffee Spotify says it will refund Car Thing purchases VC Says "Chaos" Coming for Startups, Ads, and Online Business as Generative AI Eats Web Perplexity AI's new feature will turn your searches into shareable pages Who's having kids? The panel discusses Ticketmaster T-Mobile to acquire most of U.S. Cellular in $4.4 billion deal; U.S. Cellular shares surge Ticketmaster hacked. Breach affects more than half a billion users. Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine under DDoS cyber-attack 'Like drinking a music festival': this is ultrasonic coffee – but does it taste any good? Inside the scramble to 'prebunk' election misinformation before it takes hold TikTok Pins Its Hopes on Trump to Avoid Ban How a Self-Published Book, 'The Shadow Work Journal,' Became a Best Seller Twitch streamers host a fundraiser for Palestinians. The IRS is making its free Turbo Tax alternative permanent Tribeca to Screen AI-Generated Short Films Created by OpenAI's Sora North Korea says it will stop sending trash balloons as South Korea vows strong retaliation Swiss company develops CPUs from lab-grown human brains & the internet is horrified Ex-OpenAI Director Says Board Learned of ChatGPT Launch on Twitter Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Alex Kantrowitz, Nicholas De Leon, and Emily Dreibelbis Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Sky's voice, Copilot+ Surface devices, Car Thing's discontinuation OpenAI didn't copy Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT, records show China's latest answer to OpenAI is 'Chat Xi PT' Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs with generative AI capabilities baked in Pioneering instant messaging program ICQ is finally shutting down after nearly 30 years Google scrambles to manually remove weird AI answers in search Rabbit Holed Elon Musk says AI will take all our jobs A jury hands Bungie a victory in a landmark anti-cheating decision Atari Acquires Intellivision Brand Congress Just Made It Basically Impossible to Track Taylor Swift's Private Jet Spotify is going to break every Car Thing gadget it ever sold Kabosu, Shiba Inu dog who inspired 'Doge' meme, dies at 18 Bitcoin pizza day C. Gordon Bell, Creator of a Personal Computer Prototype, Dies at 89 Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Christina Warren, Wesley Faulkner, and Alex Wilhelm Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
OpenAI and Reddit, Signal Smear Campaign GPT-4o (omni) + new "Her"-style AI assistant (it's nuts) It's Time to Believe the AI Hype The panel discusses their experiences with Gemini, ChatGPT, Claude OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT OpenAI Superalignment team is gone 2023 Was the Worst Year for Internet Shutdowns, Report Finds Taiwan, on China's Doorstep, Is Dealing With TikTok Its Own Way French TikTok block in overseas territory sets 'dangerous precedent,' critics warn Utah Locals Are Getting Cheap 10 Gbps Fiber Thanks To Local Governments Vermont's data privacy law sparks state lawmaker alliance against tech lobbyists How a smear campaign against NPR led Elon Musk to feud with Signal Biden Order to Halt China-Tied Bitcoin Mine Beside Nuke Base Came as U.S. Firm Just Bought it Robert Dennard, IBM Inventor Whose Chip Changed Computing, Dies at 91 Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Ben Parr, Dan Patterson, and Iain Thomson Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Solar Storm Knocks Out Farmers' Tractor GPS Systems During Peak Planting Season Apple Closes in on Deal With OpenAI to Put ChatGPT on iPhone Apple Will Revamp Siri to Catch Up to Its Chatbot Competitors Google is getting even worse for independent sites Musk Plans More Layoffs as Two Senior Tesla Executives Depart At Tesla, a Wild Week That Defined the Company's Future TikTok Sues US Government Over Potential Ban Telegram vs. Signal Sony reverses unpopular Helldivers 2 decision after blistering player reaction Apple apologizes for 'Crush' iPad Pro ad that sparked controversy Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Paris Martineau, Sam Abuelsamid, and Mike Elgan Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
In this episode of This Week in Tech, Leo Laporte is joined by Georgia Dow, Shoshana Weissmann, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, tackling a wide range of thought-provoking topics, from the ethical implications of AI in sensitive fields to the challenges of creating and consuming content in an increasingly commercialized digital landscape. The panel grapples with the potential risks and benefits of AI-powered therapists and priests, stressing the need for human empathy and discernment in these emotionally charged roles. They confront the harsh realities of the internet's "heat death," as the relentless pursuit of profits and engagement leads to a glut of low-quality content and erodes user trust. The group reflects on the double-edged sword of democratized media, celebrating the value of supporting emerging voices while acknowledging the importance of professional standards. As Twitter faces existential challenges, the panel surveys the social media horizon, evaluating alternative platforms like Mastodon and Bluesky, and weighing the implications of Jack Dorsey's departure from the Bluesky board. Elon Musk's reckless tweets about taking Tesla private have come back to haunt him, with the Supreme Court upholding an SEC settlement requiring his Tesla-related posts to be vetted by a lawyer. The FCC has cracked down on major telecom companies for the illegal sale of location data, while legislators push for reforms to prevent the government from exploiting privacy loopholes. Congress continues its misguided crusade to protect children online, with ill-conceived age verification mandates and privacy-eroding measures that threaten the very foundations of digital security. The panel offers an impassioned critique of these shortsighted efforts. The once-beloved video game Helldivers 2 serves as a cautionary tale of platform overreach, as a heavy-handed PlayStation Network login requirement sparks a massive player revolt and torpedoes the game's reputation. Apple's quarterly results are analyzed, and all eyes are on Apple's upcoming event, where new iPads and an enhanced Apple Pencil are expected to take center stage. But the real buzz surrounds the rumored M4 chip and its tantalizing AI capabilities, hinting at a potential game-changer for the iconic brand. The group geeks out over Disney+'s radical revival of X-Men '97 and Amazon's ambitious Fallout adaptation, complete with an immersive easter egg phone experience The freewheeling discussion also touches on Shoshana's ingenious Alexa hacks for Sabbath TV viewing, a UK council's apostrophe apocalypse, the looming cicada invasion, and Fr. Robert's role as a guardian angel for the Vatican's feral felines. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Georgia Dow, Shoshana Weissmann, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWiT
TikTok Ban, Intel's Struggles, Google's Ensh*ttification 'Thunder Run': Behind Lawmakers' Secretive Push to Pass the TikTok Bill A Chinese Firm Is America's Favorite Drone Maker. Except in Washington. The panel taks about AI With YouTube Booming, Podcast Creators Get Camera-Ready A new California bill would restrict line-skipping service 'Clear' at airports in the name of equity The Man Who Killed Google Search Google search boss Raghavan warns employees of 'new operating reality' Oracle is moving its world HQ to Nashville Google delays third-party cookie demise yet again Alphabet Leaps Into $2 Trillion Club as Results Show AI Strength U.S. chipmaker Intel was once dominant, now struggles to stay relevant Twilio Founder Jeff Lawson Has Some Serious Plans for The Onion Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb and Kevin Rose Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
Cops can force suspect to unlock phone with thumbprint, US court rules TikTok 'ban' passes in the House again Senate reauthorizes FISA spy program, but not before its midnight expiration Surveillance Law Section 702 Keeps Us Safe Netflix (NFLX) earnings Q1 2024 Americans' New TV Habit: Subscribe. Watch. Cancel. Repeat. How One Author Pushed the Limits of AI Copyright Amazon Prime Memberships in US Gain 8% to New High After Lull Tesla recalls all 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal Tesla asks shareholders to approve Elon Musk's nixed $56 billion pay plan Cool or creepy? Microsoft's VASA-1 is a new AI model that turns photos into 'talking faces' GPT-4 can exploit real vulnerabilities by reading advisories Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot goes electric Schools Want to Ban Phones. Parents Say No. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Jason Howell, Abrar Al-Heeti, and Mikah Sargent Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
AI Music with Suno and Udio Google's DeepMind finds 2.2M crystal structures in materials science win Vana plans to let users rent out their Reddit data to train AI How I Built an AI-Powered, Self-Running Propaganda Machine for $105 AI's Victories in Go Inspire Better Human Game Playing Why the California Journalism Preservation Act is putting support of the news ecosystem at risk Google and the CJPA Consumers will finally see FCC-mandated 'nutrition labels' for most broadband plans SAG-AFTRA union secures AI protections for artists in deal with major record labels Peter Higgs, physicist who proposed Higgs boson, dies aged 94 | Peter Higgs BESSY II: How pulsed charging enhances the service time of batteries Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Denise Howell, Larry Magid, and Owen Thomas Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
House, Senate leaders nearing deal on landmark online privacy bill Marissa Mayer's eternal Sunshine Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil its robotaxi on Aug. 8; shares pop Amazon's Grocery Stores to Drop Just Walk Out Checkout Tech X's 'complimentary' Premium push gives people blue checks they didn't ask for President Biden is now posting into the fediverse Yahoo is acquiring Artifact to bring its AI features to Yahoo News MrBeast calls for slowing down video editing styles A TikTok Whistleblower Got DC's Attention. Do His Claims Add Up? Price of zero-day exploits rises as companies harden products against hackers App Store guidelines now allow game emulators; more How Tech Giants Cut Corners to Harvest Data for A.I. Google Pledges to Destroy Browsing Data to Settle 'Incognito' Lawsuit SF Giants using facial recognition tech to fast-track ticket line Apple (AAPL) Explores Home Robots After Abandoning Car Efforts Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Mikah Sargent, Lisa Schmeiser, and Harry McCracken Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Gmail turns 20, AI PC definition, xz Utils backdoor 20 years of Gmail Backdoor found in widely used Linux utility breaks encrypted SSH connections An Accidental Discovery of a Backdoor Likely Prevented Thousands of Infections EU probes Apple, Meta and Alphabet under landmark new law Google Podcasts service shuts down in the US next week Daniel Kahneman, Who Plumbed the Psychology of Economics, Dies at 90 - The New York Times The great rewiring: is social media really behind an epidemic of teenage mental illness? Social Media, Authoritarianism, and the World As It Is - LPE Project Phison Announces Strategic Partnerships Deploying aiDAPTIV+ at NVIDIA GTC 2024 Microsoft says this single key is the difference between an AI PC and just a PC with AI Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Allyn Malventano, Daniel Rubino, and Doc Rock Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: Download StepDog promo code TWIT
U.S. versus Apple: A first reaction Critics of the TikTok Bill Are Missing the Point Tennessee becomes first US state with law protecting musicians from AI In One Key A.I. Metric, China Pulls Ahead of the U.S.: Talent Murthy v Missouri at SCOTUS Unpatchable vulnerability in Apple chip leaks secret encryption keys Windows 11, Tesla, and Ubuntu Linux hacked at Pwn2Own Vancouver Vernor Vinge (1944-2024) Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cathy Gellis, Rob Pegoraro, and Brianna Wu Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT - use code: TWIT
The Panel discusses video Formats and aspect ratios House of Reps pass bill that could ban TikTok TechDirt: TikTok ban would be unconstitutional and doesn't actually help with threats TikTok estimated to be worth $100B, or $40B if it doesn't include the algorithm US wants to ban TikTok for the sins of every social media company What social media is the panel using? Musk's SpaceX is building spy satellite network for US intelligence agency, sources say Musk dumps Don Lemon after sitting through one interviuew "Gurman: CarPlay is now all Apple has left, should they charge for the more advanced version? + Apple planning for the biggest AirPods push yet with new low-end, mid-range models" Microsoft is hosting its Surface/AI event next week, what do we think about Microsoft's current PC and AI ambitions? FCC raises broadband minimums to 100Mbps/20Mbps, up from 25Mbps/3Mbps Pornhub says adios to Texas Profile of the UberCheats dev, who created an app to see how the Uber algorithm was screwing over workers What media is the panel watching? Host: Devindra Hardawar Guests: Alex Lindsay, Glenn Fleishman, and Scott Stein Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
TikTok Ban, Creepy AI, Practical Fusion Why Trump now opposes banning TikTok Spain tells Sam Altman, Worldcoin to shut down its eyeball-scanning orbs OpenAI announces new members to the board of directors OpenAI Responds to Elon Musk's Lawsuit Palantir wins US Army contract for battlefield AI Welcome to the Valley of the Creepy AI Dolls AI Marilyn Monroe Marks Another Step Forward In Extending Celebrity Brand Value Beyond The Grave The Panel discusses Bluesky and general social media FDA Clears First Over-the-Counter Continuous Glucose Monitor Microsoft says Russian hackers stole source code after spying on its executives Apple hit with €1.8bn fine for breaking EU law over music streaming MIT Claims Superconducting Breakthrough Means Fusion Power Can Be Practical "Disgraceful": Messy ToS update allegedly locks Roku devices until users give in Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Roberto Baldwin, Mike Masnick, and Louise Matsakis Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Apple's Car Was Doomed by Its Lofty Ambitions to Outdo Tesla Frame glasses Elon Musk sues OpenAI over AI threat Why Elon Musk's OpenAI Lawsuit Leans on A.I. Research From Microsoft Elon Musk Asks Satya Nadella for Tech Support: 'I Don't Mean to be a Pest' Yahoo lays off the leaders of Engadget South Korean streamers struggle with Twitch's sudden exit TikTok Begins Removing Universal Music Publishing Songs Progressive Web Apps in the EU will work fine in iOS 17.4 Push alerts are the latest technique the FBI uses to track criminal suspects Peering through Lenovo's transparent laptop into a sci-fi future Best of MWC 2024: AI, Wearables, and Bending Phone Concepts That Amaze Republican US senator wants to hike tariffs on Chinese vehicles Robert "Bob" G. Heil - Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Anthony Ha and Sam Abuelsamid Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: Download StressFace
How Exactly NVIDIA Is Pulling This Off Google takes down Gemini AI image generator. Here's what you need to know AT&T restores service after hours of outage AT&T is giving customers a bill credit following massive outage Police arrest LockBit ransomware members, release decryptor in global crackdown Walmart agrees to buy Vizio to grow ad business Walmart isn't buying Vizio for its hardware. It wants the TV maker's ad business Wyze sent camera thumbnails from 13,000 systems to other users Reddit files to list IPO on NYSE under the ticker RDDT KeyTrap' DNS Bug Threatens Widespread Internet Outages Microsoft fixes Edge browser bug that was stealing Chrome tabs and data SpaceX May Be Withholding Satellite Internet in Taiwan, Congressman Contends FTC cracks down on H&R Block for deleting tax data when users want to downgrade 3rd Time's a Charm — Lunar Library Successfully Lands on the Moon — Backup of Human Civilization Will Last for Up To Billions of Years. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Janko Roettgers, Mike Elgan, and Alex Kantrowitz Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT promo code TWIT
Zuckerberg says Quest 3 is 'the better product' vs. Apple's Vision Pro Apple to be fined over $500 million under EU antitrust law Fighting the smartphone 'invasion': the French village that voted to ban scrolling in public 2 Twitter books are coming out Bluesky opens up to the public The Reply Guy Constitution Kids Online Safety Act secures enough support to pass Senate Leak of Russian 'Threat' Part of a Bid to Kill US Surveillance Reform, Sources Say Intel accused of inflating CPU benchmark results Amazon Argues National Labor Relations Board Is Unconstitutional Apple iMessage, Microsoft Bing Dodge EU's Big Tech Crackdown FCC commissioner wants to investigate Apple over Beeper Mini shutdown Bored Apes' creator Yuga Labs acquires Proof, takes over Moonbirds NFT brand Sarah Silverman's copyright infringement suit against OpenAI will advance in pared-down form Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amanda Silberling, Abrar Al-Heeti, and Shoshana Weissmann Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
Bluesky Goes Public, Zuck's AI plans The panel discusses the Apple Vision Pro Transcribe Glass X rival Bluesky launches to public with option to pick your algorithm Tech layoff tracker - A general discussion on AI Zuckerberg's Plan for AI Hinges on Your Facebook and Instagram Data The panel looks back at the proto-internet Reddit Doesn't Have to Share IP-Addresses of Piracy Commenters, Court Rules David Kahn, Leading Historian of Codes and Code Breaking, Dies at 93 The passing of John Walker, programmer and co-founder of AutoDesk Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cathy Gellis, Harry McCracken, and Nicholas De Leon Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
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Jan 4th

Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

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