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.

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

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.

The Prosecco Experience – This Week in Tech 691

Apple’s new Macs and iPads, CIA’s not-so-secret websites, Twitter voter suppression, and more.
— Apple announces new MacBook Air and Mac Mini, then blows them both away with its new iPad Pro.
— Apple will no longer tell us how many iPhones it sells.
— How to kill an iPhone with a balloon.
— Iran unmasks dozens of CIA agents with a Google search.
— Google employees stage walkout over sexual harassment
— Amazon exec mad at Washington Post for leaking new headquarters location.
— Facebook targets ads at “White Genocide Conspiracy Theorists.”
— Voter suppression on Twitter, and IRL in Georgia.
— Passcodes are officially protected by the fifth amendment (at least in Florida, and only in some cases).
— Senator proposes a bill that would jail tech CEOs for misusing consumer data.
— FCC says community broadband is an “ominous threat to the first amendment.”

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Brian McCullough, Iain Thomson, Mike Elgan

Nobody Expects the Scooter Inquisition – This Week in Tech 689

Election hacking, evolution of product launches, weapon cybersecurity, and more.

— Cognitive hacking with scale and co-ordination.
— Will the newest iPad have 2 connectors?
— Should keynotes for product launches go away?
— Some speculation about what to expect from the upcoming Apple event.
— Morgan on Twitter and his thoughts on Google+.
— Google in the EU and something that isn’t getting as much press.
— The discussion continues around Bloomberg’s article and Tim Cook’s demand for a retraction.

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Dan Patterson, Seth Weintraub, Greg Ferro

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.

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.

I Speak for the Bezels – This Week in Tech 682

This Week in Tech

iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Trump vs Google, and more
Leo is on vacation, so Jason Snell is guest hosting!
Apple’s next big event is September 12th, and we have a sneak peek at the new iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4.
The iPhone XS isn’t the only big phone on the horizon. We also have a look at Google’s Pixel 3.
YouTube’s new tool helps you spend less time watching YouTube.
Trump takes a swing at Google. Is it a hit?
Microsoft wants you to never have to buy a new Xbox.
Uber thinks bikes and scooters are the future.
Who will speak for the bezels?

This Week in Tech 680: Hacky Hack Hack

This Week in Tech

Elon’s Twitter addiction, $1200 iPhone XS+, Movie Pass Fail, Pai’s lie, and more.

–Leave Elon alone! Tesla tumbles after Musk laments his “most difficult and painful year.”
–Google employees revolt over China rumors; town hall meeting shut down due to “kerfuffle” tweets.
–Apple thinks that its headquarter buildings are worth 1/6th of an iPhone XS+.
–Australian teen Hacky Hack Hacks Apple’s main computer network.
–MoviePass is failing miserably, but the French version is great!
–Google clarifies how constantly it tracks your location.
–US government wants to wiretap Facebook Messenger
–Facebook is not responsible for mews media’s continued existence.
–Ajit Pai finally admits to congress that the FCC wasn’t hacked.
–10 nanometer transistors? Try 1/10th nanometer. German researchers develop a 1 atom transistor switch.