Third-Party Dog Hats – This Week in Tech 709

Location Tracking, Facebook Privacy, Breaking Up Big Tech, and More!

— Foursquare Location Tracking Leaps Past the Creepy Line
— Will Zuck Make Facebook Private?
— Thousands of New Millionaires are Coming to San Francisco
— Apple has Big Plans for Self-Driving Cars
— Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break up Big Tech
— Congress Wants to Pass Net Neutrality Rules
— Huawei Sues the US Government
— Investors Sue Tesla to Keep Elon Musk from Tweeting

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Mike Elgan, Paris Martineau, Patrick Beja

Will It Bend? – This Week in Tech 707

Folding phones at MWC, Hololens 2, conspiracies on YouTube, and more.

— Foldable Phones Hit MWC 2019
— Microsoft Announces Hololens 2
— Netflix at the Oscars
— Apple and Goldman Sachs Release Credit Card Linked to iPhone
— Apple to Combine iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps
— YouTube: Home of Pedophiles, Anti-Vaxxers, and Flat Earthers
— How Facebook Gets Your Info from Other Apps
— Facebook In Trouble with UK, Spied on Android Users
— Stephen Wolfram on Productivity

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Ben Johnson, Florence Ion, Seth Weintraub

Between the Buns – This Week in Tech 705

Improving government websites, blocking the big five, Spotify’s podcast move, and more.

— Alphabet Earnings: Google’s Cost Per Click
— Cutting out Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft
— The US to Ban Huawei 5GTech
— Germany Outlaws Facebook’s Business Model
— What if Google Just Doesn’t Pay Its Fines?
— Amazon Might Back Out of NY HQ2 * Amazon Live is Twitch for Infomercials
— Spotify Buys Gimlet and Anchor
— Apple to Pay France 500M Euros in Back Taxes
— Angela Ahrendts Says Goodbye to Apple
— Apple’s Security Wins and Losses of the Week
— Microsoft Says: Don’t Use IE or Office 2019
— Sprint Sues AT&T Over Fakey 5GE
— Marshmello Fortnite Concert is a Herald of the Future
— 2020 Olympic Medals Will be Made Out of Recycled iPhones

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Matt Cutts, Gina Trapani, Dwight Silverman

Algorithms are People, Too – This Week in Tech 703

2019 Tech Predictions, CRISPR Babies, Amazon Scout, Foldable Phones, and More!

— WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger to Merge
— 2019 Predictions- Amazon Will Rise, Twitter Will Fall
— CRISPR Babies Confirmed
— Amazon Scout Will Usher in the Age of Autonomous Delivery
— France Fines Google 50M Euros
— Google loses right to be forgotten case
— Foldable Phones are on the Way!

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Jason Hiner, Greg Ferro, Brian McCullough

Millsplain It to Me – This Week in Tech 702

-Apple’s Tim Cook Calls for Data Privacy.
-773M Passwords Pwned
– How to Find Out If Yours Was.
-Amazon Tries to Make Alexa Sound “Newsy.”
-Google Buys Fossil.
-74% of Facebook Users are Clueless.
-Facebook’s 10 Year Challenge.
-Atari Founder Making Alexa Board Games.
-Stop Using Windows Phone!
-Tokyo Hotel Fires Half its Robots.

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