A Carwash for Your Face – This Week in Tech 700

Don’t Go to CES, Apple’s Earnings Warning, Amazon’s Great Holiday, and More!
— Apple tanks on Tim Cook’s earnings warning – is the golden age of iPhone over?
— Are Facebook and Google too big to Fail? No. Here’s why.
— China and the US duel over security, AI, and quantum computing.
— Qualcomm vs Apple legal battles heat up.
— Fortnite and Pokemon Go rake in the dough in 2018.
— Amazon wins big over the holiday season.
— Microsoft wants to give you control over your digital data.
— For the 1st time in 20 years, an entire year’s worth of books, movies, and art enter’s the public domain.
— The 10-second toothbrush, the Kurigization of Things (KoT) and more reasons why you shouldn’t go to CES 2019.

Host: Leo Laporte
Guests: Iain Thomson, Mike Elgan, Alex Wilhelm

A Christmas Miracle – This Week in Tech 698

The Best Stories of 2018
— Mark Zuckerberg promised to fix Facebook in 2018. How’d that go?
— Apple hits $1 Trillion; Jeff Bezos hits $150 Billion; Amazon warhouse workers hit $15/hr.
— Elon Musk’s ups and downs
— The biggest mergers of 2018
— Net neutrality ends, SESTA/FOSTA, and more legal news
— Bloomberg’s big blunder
— China’s social credit system and CRISPR babies
— Those we lost in 2018

Host: Leo Laporte
Guests: John C. Dvorak, Owen JJ Stone, Alex Lindsay

I’ve Got Mark-Level Sign-Off – This Week in Tech 696

– What role did Facebook play in the French riots?
– Tumblr bans porn, Facebook bans vague hints that sex might be a thing that exists.
– Meanwhile in the UK, Parliament releases sensitive internal Facebook memos and emails.
– Tik Tok is where all the youngs are at. – And then there were 5: Google tries to make sense of its Messaging
-platforms. Meanwhile, Apple’s iMessage is the one app that could rule them all.
– Microsoft puts some Chromium in their Edge.
– Canada arrests Huawei’s CFO for allegedly violating sanctions on Iran.
– Australia passes a dangerously vague anti-encryption law.

Friends in Bikinis – This Week in Tech 695

– Black Friday was Amazon’s biggest sales day ever
– Marriott Hack hit half a billion Starwood guests for 4 years
– Indian Microsoft scammers busted – Amazon’s new machine learning racecar, quantum blockchain, and more from re:Invent
– When is Amazon rolling out Prime Health?
– UK grabs thousands of Facebook emails from bikini app company – Google’s China woes continue
– Apple at the Supreme Court
– Microsoft tops Apple as world’s most valuable company

Reverse Superlatives – This Week in Tech 694

China’s technological totalitarianism, Black Friday winners and losers, social media backlash, and more.
— US government tells allies not to buy Huawei products
— China to fully roll out “social credit” scoring system by end of 2020
— Is Apple bringing back the iPhone X?
— Google News may leave EU over link tax
— Cards against Humanity wins Black Friday, Sears loses.
— For one brief shining moment this week, Microsoft was the world’s most valuable company
— Social media influencers and social media backlash
— Amazon wants to buy Fox sports channels

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Mike Elgan, Jason Snell, Adam Fisher

Are Passwords Immortal? – Security Now 690

Pwn2Own, the Future of Passwords.
— All the action at last week’s Pwn2Own Mobile hacking contest
— The final word on processor mis-design in the Meltdown/Spectre era
— A workable solution for unsupported Intel firmware upgrades for hostile environments
— A forthcoming Firefox breach alert feature
— The expected takeover of exposed Docker-offering servershe recently announced successor to recently ratified HTTP/2
— 1.1.1.1 errata
— The future of passwords: a thoughtful article written by Troy Hunt, the creator of the popular “Have I Been Pwned” web service We invite you to read our show notes.

Hosts: Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte

Internal Bug Discovery – Security Now 693

Australia vs Encryption, Google+ Bugs Hasten its Demise
— Australia’s recently passed anti-encryption legislation
— Details of a couple more mega-breaches including a bit of Marriott follow-up
— A welcome call for legislation from Microsoft — A new twist on online advertising click fraud
— The DHS is interested in deanonymizing cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin
— The changing landscape of TOR funding
— An entirely foreseeable disaster with a new Internet IoT-oriented protocol
— Google finds bugs in Google+ and acts responsibly — again — what that suggests for everyone else
We invite you to read our show notes.

Hosts: Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte

Big Boy Easy Bake Oven – This Week in Tech 693

– Facebook’s latest crisis is… its reaction to its last crisis.
– Waymo plans a driverless car service.
– Amazon announces its new headquarters in Queens and North Virginia.
– Google’s “smart city” in Toronto gets some pushback.
– Julian Assange has been charged with… something?
– SpaceX gets approval to launch 7000 internet satellites.
– Japan’s cybersecurity chief is 100% unhackable – because he has never touched a computer.
– Alphabet’s Verily gives up on glucose-measuring contact lenses.

Ravioli for the Recount – This Week in Tech 692

– Apple’s new iPad Pro is not the future of Apple, but it does point to it.
– Alibaba sells $1 billion in the first 85 seconds of Singles Day.
– Tech doomsayer says that the vast majority of people will soon be “The Useless Class.”
– 22% of Americans still trust Facebook.
– Oprah’s favorite things list on Amazon does not include goat soap.
– Amazon must give police Echo data and recordings in murder case.
– DEA and ICE are installing secret surveillance cameras in street lights.
– China unveils the first AI news anchor.
– Tesla Bio weapon Defense Mode keeps owners in smoke-filled California safe.
– With Net Neutrality gone, Sprint starts throttling Skype.
– FCC has harsh words about robocalls.