Outrage Moms – This Week in Tech 708

The end of smart-phones, AI fake people, Elon in the ditch again, and more.

— MWC 2019 and the Future of Smartphones and Wearables
— This Person Does Not Exist
— OpenAI and the Text Generator Too Dangerous to Exist
— Outrage Mobs and Twitter
— China’s Social Credit System Could Take Over the World
— Google and Saudia Arabia’s Woman Tracking App
— Silicon Valley and the US Military
— Do We Even Need Facebook?
— Make Elon Musk Stop Tweeting!!!
— TikTok fined $5.7 Million
— Tenn Hacker gets $1 Million in Bug Bounties

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb, Brianna Wu

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.

Safe Bladder Space – This Week in Tech 701

Our Favorite Things at CES 2019 All of our favourite products and trends at CES 2019!
— Impossible Burger
— Health and wearables
— Amazon vs Google
— Smart products and “Smart” products
— Laptops
— 5G
— Wireless power
— Toilet tech and ultrasonic bladder monitoring

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Cherlynn Low, Stacey Higginbotham

The Big Leek Cabal – This Week in Tech 697

– Elon Musk is a terrible person to work for.
– The internet is a garbage fire of hate.
– It is not Google’s fault that searching for “idiot” results in pictures of Donald Trump.
– The Chinese are not spying on you with secret spy chips on Super Micro servers.
– The Chinese are spying on you by hacking Marriott.
– The Chinese may or may not be spying on you with Huawei phones and 5G infrastructure.
– Taylor Swift is most definitely spying on you at her concerts.
– The Australian government really, really wants to spy on you.
– YouTube Rewind 2018 is awful.

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
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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