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

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.

Written to Binge – This Week in Tech 688

– Defending Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip story Google+ killed by a breach that wasn’t a breach.
– Facebook breach that WAS a breach hits 30 million users. In related news, Facebook now sells a video chat device with a camera that can follow your every move.
– Made by Google event: what we think of the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub.
– Apple’s TV content will be free for everyone who owns an Apple device.

Older Than the Mini Jack – This Week in Tech 686

Facebook breach, Elon’s costly tweet, Google turns 20, and more.

–How to tell if your Facebook account is one of the 50 million that were hacked this week
–Why the founder of Instagram left Facebook
–“Funding secured” tweet costs Elon Musk his chairmanship and $40 million
–Google turns 20 –More leaks from Google’s upcoming October 9th event
–Amazon gives $1 million to Wikimedia
–FCC fines robo-caller $37.5 million
–Did you register to vote on Snapchat?
–Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has a plan to fix the Internet

Memoji Dating – This Week in Tech 684

This Week in Tech

Apple’s new iPhones and Watch, Facebook election security, EU vs memes, and more!

–Apple Watch Series 4 takes on heart disease.
–iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr: what’s in a name?
–All the new features and “new” features in the 2018 iPhones and iOS 12.
–Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook’s political woes?
–Hurricane tech.
–EU vs memes.
–California requires basic IoT security.
–Google kills Inbox.
–Ikea will scan your butt.