This Week in Tech
Trillion Dollar Apple, Facebook dating, Surface Go review, and more.
–Apple is the first trillion dollar company ever.
–Is Universal Basic Income the fix for poverty in America?
–Alexa is Now the Ultimate in Home Security
–Why you should avoid Chinese phones.
–Facebook Dating is coming soon – will this make you spend too much time on Facebook?
–People still don’t understand blockchain.
–Maybe you just shouldn’t tweet.
–Ed Bott thinks the Surface Go is great!
–MoviePass is going out of business, and it’s Owen JJ Stone’s fault.
–Fortnight doesn’t want to pay the Google Play store.
Two HUGE Supreme Court decisions, Apple admits its keyboards suck, Europe’s war on memes, and more.
— The US Supreme Court kills warrantless cell phone location fishing and okays state sales taxes on internet purchases.
— Apple offers refunds on MacBook butterfly keyboard repairs and wants to let you use your iPhone to unlock your car.
— Amazon wants to put Alexa in your hotel room, and everywhere else.
— Professional videogames are going mainstream, with huge stadiums and $100 million prizes.
— A proposed European Union copyright law will declare war on memes.
— IGTV is Instagram’s attempt to jump on the online video bandwagon.
— Plus: transhumanism, Domino’s as an infrastructure company, and IBM’s new debate robot!
–The FBI wants you to reboot your router right now. FBI agents have gained control of a huge Russian botnet. If your router is affected you just need to reboot it.
–Facebook and Russian ads – how should government react in the age of cyber warfare?
–Amazon sells facial recognition software to law enforcement officials. Is this an invasion of privacy, or a good example of public/private cooperation?
–Alexa records a couple’s conversation and sends it to a friend. Amazon has a convoluted explanation, but it may just come down to odds.
–Google’s AI can order you food, but Microsoft’s can check in on your feelings, at least in China.
–GDPR confusion takes news sites offline and sparks billions of dollars worth of lawsuits.
–Disney’s bid to buy Fox gets some competition from Comcast. Does this mean that Hulu is doomed?
–Senators call for investigation into fake pro-net neutrality comments
–Three charged in swatting death
ZTE shuts down, but help is on the way from an unlikely tweet. Google I/O shows off creepy robocallers and helpful directions. Microsoft Build brings Cortana/Alexa integration and the return of Kinect. Congress releases over 3500 Russian Facebook election ads. Cambridge Analytica “dies,” is reborn as Emerdata. Robocaller gets $120 million fine. Tesla hits a firetruck and sheds execs. You will be able to buy a Boston Dynamics robodog in 2019.