#127: Taking a Cue from Apple We Rename the Podcast: Tear Down GROVE

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • Michael’s friend was outside the White House and was all over the news           
  • David Hasselhoff’s financial troubles     
  • IMPORTANT LEAD STORY: teenager gets teacher cake (story)             
  • Lots of Google I/O announcements. (story) (Michael’s initial review to Google Home vs. Amazon Echo)
  • Smart clothes platform: Working with Levis. Do you need smart clothes? (story
  • Other Google announcements: Google Daydream, Allo messaging, Duo a competitor to Facetime (story)
  • Apple renames Genuis Bar to Genuis Grove, gives Silicon Valley HBO writers more material. New Hangout. Apple store in SF. (story)
  • Google has patented sticky glue on cars to catch pedestrians (story)  
  • 85% of Facebook Video is watched without sound (story)
  • Hey Steve Miller for Yahoo!: Take the money and run (story)
  • YouTube prank videos that go wrong (story)        
  • Chewbacca mask lady
  • The Internet's favorite book - You'll be surprised  

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Tear Down Show #126: Michael and David Suppress All Conservative Stories

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • IMPORTANT LEAD NEWS STORY: 70s Stars and what they look like now (story)
  • What is Apple doing with podcasts? Why have they never capitalized on it? (story)
  • Apple confirms the music erasing bug in iTunes and will update (story)  
  • Donald Trump's press spokesperson John Miller is amazing (story)  
  • Trump going after Jeff Bezos (story)        
  • Zuckerberg says they're not surpressing conservative stories on trending topics, but will investigate (story)          
  • Vine is dying on the vine (story
  • Return of the dumb phone (story)           
  • Finally, an all purpose Amazon button (story)      
  • France may make it illegal to send after hours work emails - They don't have a siesta or the sabbath, so this is what they have to resort to. (story)                           
  • Tinder...for buddies? (story)       
  • Half of your friends don't consider you a friend. (story)                  
  • An obituary: The Muppets were cancelled (story)             
  • Great videos for filmmakers. Indy MogulGriffin Hammond
  • Videos on how to make a teleprompter for your iPad.      

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Tear Down Show #125: Michael and David Tickle Trump's Taco Bowl

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

 

  • IMPORTANT LEAD STORY: why tickling is dangerous (story)             
  • Apple Music deleting files off of people's hard drives - If this is "common" practice why is it only reported by one user? (story)             
  • Turns out Apple Music is not good. It's confusing. But it's not deleting files off the HD without explicity permission. (story)             
  • Google using romance novels to make AI more conversational (story)  
  • Trump's taco bowl tweet blows up the Internet (story)    
  • Why does every platform need an editor in chief? (story)
  • An argument for yelling at customer service (story)         
  • Who is Palantir, and why is Business Insider still calling them a startup? (story)
  • Why so much VR press NOW? No story, I'm just amazed that the VR pr world coordinated to raise everyone's interest in VR right now. Is it solely because of the release of Oculus?   
  • Zynga HQ worth more than Zynga (story)
  • Budweiser themed VR headsets at Cavalier games: why? (story)             
  • Space Invaders and Sonic the Hedgehog added to the Video Game Hall of Fame. Why did it take so long for Space Invaders? (story)  
  • Did you know there's an Angry Birds movie coming out? 
  • Alan Meckler's Elevator Pitch videos       
  • United Shades of America - W. Kamau Bell - on CNN       
  • My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Available for free on iTunes - how long?     

 

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Tear Down Show #124: Michael and David Are Busted for Taking Voting Booth Selfies

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • Chandler and Joey hung out in London (story)                   
  • Comcast purchases Dreamworks Animation $3.8 billion (story)             
  • Tesla has bioweapon mode on its cars (story)      
  • Future of driverless vehicles. Lobbying group with Google, Ford, Uber (story)                    
  • Ready to McAfee your Car? (story)          
  • Does Google's Big Data analytics already know the outcome of the election? (story)      
  • Business Insider some type of boiler room for journalists? (story)  
  • An iPad goes on a journey, it's owner follows it online (story)             
  • Snapchat fighting for your right to take selfies in the voting booth (story)    
  • More advice from Michael? Hey Steve Miller - Don't be like Ted Cruz. Also, crack jokes like Barack Obama.
  • Traffic lights on the sidewalk so you don't have to look up from your phone (story)                       
  • The Term Sheet - Lucas Carlson   - former Gigaom friend
  • The Ip Man movies - Great martial arts films     

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Tear Down Show #123: Michael and David Admit to Producing 38 Less Albums Than Prince

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • Prince didn't want his music on the Internet (story)         
  • Medium raised another monster round (story)    
  • SpyEye Makers Get 24 years in Jail (story)            
  • John McAfee goes behind the scenes of his viral video (story)             
  • Virtual weapons turning teens into serious gamblers (story)
  • Yik Yak founders settle lawsuit (story)    
  • Changes in Facebook News Feed rankings (story)
  • Staples Connect going away, Mike kinda helps break story (story)  
  • Google and Microsoft call a truce - really? (story)             
  • Holy White HoundsFaction Radio on Sirius         
  • Podcast Rank    

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Tear Down Show #122: All “Pepper Spray” References Have Been Erased From This Episode

Here’s what Michael and David discuss on this episode:

 

  • Buzzfeed combines faces of couples using Photoshop (story)             
  • UC Davis and Chancellor Katehi try to erase "pepper spray" references from search results (story)
  • Nest/Revolv relents, offers full refund for bricked hub (story)             
  • Uninstall Quicktime Now if you're on Windows (story)    
  • Sharp launches RoboHon, a robot...phone (story)
  • The Textalyzer for motorists in accidents in NY (story)     
  • Apple Watch: A flop? (story)      
  • Why do we go into the office if everything is digital? (story)             
  • Mike's new segment: Advice for a colleague. This week's colleague: Steve Miller of Steve Miller Band
  • Louis CK losing millions on Horace and Pete (story)
  • Serial Season 2 
  • Disrupted: Dan Lyons book about Hubspot          
  • The Warriors – The movie
  • Season 2 of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt      

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Tear Down Show #121: Michael and David Blow up Watermelons

On this episode, Michael and David discuss:

 

  • Buzzfeed blew up a watermelon with rubberbands (story)                           
  • Panama Papers - THIS is the lead story - Why this isn't getting more press? (story)        
  • Children of wealthy flaunting wealth online/Instagram (story)             
  • Mashable Layoffs (story)             
  • Twitter wins NFL deal for Thursday night games (story)                 
  • Fleet of trucks drove self across Europe (story)    
  • Brave Software gets cease and desist for digital ad substitution (story)  
  • What Every Web Browser Knows About You (story)         
  • Medium offers tons of new features (story)                       
  • People are being less annoying on Facebook (story)
  • WhatsApp End to End Encryption (story)
  • Hearthstone      
  • Electric Boogaloo - Story of Cannon        

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Tear Down Show #120: We Stand in Line to Buy a Tesla 3 That Doubles as a Juicer

Here’s what David and Michael talk about with in studio guest and laugh track, Bill Biggar:

 

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Tear Down Show #119: Michael and David On the Lam for VHS Rental Late Fees

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

 

  • Goodbye Garry Shandling – Check out Judd Apatow book and Marc Maron WTF
  • Microsoft Tay is the best story of the week (story)           
  • The mess at Nest (story)
  • The other side of that disturbing Silicon Valley lawsuit (story)
  • Redbox launching video service...again (story)
  • Netflix caps video stream quality for Verizon and AT&T customers (story)           
  • Only in Seattle: Man in tree becomes national story (story)
  • Man arrested for not returning VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered from 2002 (story)
  • Google Maps Gets Wrong Texas House Torn Down (story)
  • Dave Attell's Road Work (Watch now on YouTube)

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Tear Down Show #118: Michael and David Vie for the ‘Husband of the Year’ Award

Tear Down Show #118: Michael and David Vie for the ‘Husband of the Year’ Award

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:

 

  • Hulk Hogan wins $115 milliion against Gawker (story)     
  • Target launched Project Goldfish, a secretive project to reinvent retail (story)    
  • Microsoft had schoolgirl dancers at GDC (story)                
  • Evernote is killing itself. Stop it. (story)   
  • Virtual Elvis. Brought to you by the same people who bring you hologram Michael Jackson. (story)          
  • 13 Annoying Communications that Must End in 2016 (story)             
  • Soundcloud nets Sony, ready for pay music service: Begs question - do we need it? (story)             
  • Click fraud in streaming music (story)     
  • Mark Zuckerberg takes jog, gets mocked (story)  
  • The coolest LA girls on the Internet (story)                         
  • Canva  
  • Noir films on Archive.org             

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Tear Down Show #117: Michael and David Have a Face for Pancakes

Here’s what you’ll hear on this episode:

 

  • The fun parts of election: Fake PACs, etc (video)
  • GM to make driverless cars. Car sharing. Changing economy for standard businesses (story)      
  • the next Elon Musk? Kyle Voigt (story)   
  • Pancake printer - ask about if I ever try to make cool shapes w/pancake batter (story)         
  • Instacart lowers pay for delivery people (story)   
  • Obama's speech at SXSW (story)
  • End of Moore's Law (story)         
  • Sonos is struggling (story)           
  • VRTually There News Show being produced by USA Today (story)  
  • VidAngel and Movie Swap Legal? (story)
  • Tool to move from Evernote to OneNote (story
  • Charlie Kaufman on WTF            
  • Love - on Netflix

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Tear Down Show #116: David Mocks Michael’s Late Night Breakfast Injury

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • Microsoft rejects Slack acquisition idea (story)    
  • Ashley Madison Fallout (story)                 
  • Meerkat pivots. This isn't going to end well (story)           
  • New Yorker using snapchat (story)                        
  • Amazon adds Dot and Tap (story)            
  • Spotify's Fresh Finds (story)                      
  • Intuit Sells Quicken. This makes me sad. (story)   
  • Student forwards nude photos of teacher from her phone (story)  
  • Calacanis gets reality show. Can he finally make VCTV work? (story)  
  • The Internet is Rigged (story)                   
  • Virtual Reality on Rollercoasters (story)  
  • k-poparazzi - Radiolab 
  • Great Trailer: It's a Mad Mad Mad Max Fury Road           
  • Horrible Trailer: New Ghostbusters

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Tear Down Show #115: Michael and David Don't Know Which Facebook Reaction to Choose

Here’s what David and Michael talk about during the show:

  • Google's Neural network image search is scary (story)     
  • Apple-FBI iPhone hack isn't about privacy-security (story)
  • Google docs let you voice type - and edit, format – now (story)             
  • Kevin Roose invited two hackers to hack him (story)                      
  • What's your reaction to Facebook reactions? (story)        
  • Zuckerberg dealing with a form of racism at Facebook (story)             
  • Amidst VR mania, Google apparently has Project Tango (story)             
  • Computer Science Is Now A High School Graduation Requirement In Chicago’s Public School District (story)    
  • 4G for drones (story)     
  • Amazon pays $15 million for Woody Allen's film unseen (story)             
  • Netflix changing the model of TV (story)
  • Len Peralta's Poster (story)         
  • Smithsonian photo contest (story)

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Tear Down Show #114: Michael and David want to hack Donald Trump’s iPhone

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • The great iPhone hack debate. Can tech companies just defy court orders? This will be a landmark case. (story)                          
  • Trump wants boycott, McAfee wants to hack iPhone (story)                           
  • A unified IoT standard (story)     
  • The launch of Cheddar - a Millennial focused finance streaming show. (story)     
  • Cofounder of YouTube starting video network about food (story)                
  • Men make more money on ebay than women (story)      
  • Yahoo Originals shut down (story)           
  • The secret lives of Tumblr teens (story)  
  • Star Wars Fan Films (story)         
  • Vinyl    
  • Togetherness - Duplass Brothers

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Tear Down #113: Michael and David Argue Over What Qualifies for a Lead Story

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • Apple's Creating a Dr. Dre scripted series (story
  • Zenefits created a backdoor program to bypass the required 52 hour course to get a license to sell health insurance (story)             
  • The Fitness app rollup is about done (story1) (story2)      
  • Sony hackers still alive and well. Are they from N. Korea? Evidence shows common tools, techniques and procedures or TTPs (story)       
  • Twitter puts recommended tweets on top of timeline (story)             
  • Independent newspapers closing and going digital (story)             
  • Andy Rubin unleashing AI: good piece in Wired (story)    
  • NOOOO. Experiments with vertical video (story
  • NBC launchd a pay reality TV streaming service. Really. (story)             
  • James Woods gets the green light to go after the twitter defamer in court (story)
  • Mad Dogs on Amazon
  • Wild (screenplay)           
  • Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project

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Tear Down Show #112: Michael and David Tell Amazon Echo Who's the Boss

Here’s what Michael and David discuss in this episode:

  • Man spends $21k on Super Bowl tickets, does interview and says to keep a secret from his wife (story)           
  • Hashtags used in 45% of Super Bowl ads. (story)               
  • uber, Dominos Pizza, and Spotify via Echo (story)
  • Amazon plans to open 400brick and mortar bookstores (story)             
  • Technologies to watch in 2016 (story)    
  • About time: Instagram announces account switching (story)             
  • Google Hangouts Confirms it will use P2P connections to improve call quality and speed (story)     
  • New York Times launched Latin America edition (story)   
  • The New York Times’ new Slack 2016 election bot sends readers’ questions straight to the newsroom (story)        
  • Verizon exploring buy of Yahoo (story)   
  • Bustle and the Industrialization of Confession (story)       
  • Hail Caesar!      
  • Funny Tweeter 

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#111: Tear Down Show: Michael and David's Pending Rap Feud with Ghostface Killah

Special guest for this episode is Marshall Kirkpatrick (@marshallk), Founder of Little Bird.

Here’s what Michael, David, and Marshall discuss in this episode:

  • Amazon investing in podcasts (story)      
  • Future is conversational commerce (story)           
  • Is creative arts the future to success in age of automation? (story)  
  • Twitter CMO   
  • You Share. I “Like.” Is That the Extent of Our Friendship? (story)             
  • The VR and AI Rollups by Apple, Google and Amazon (story)             
  • Remote work is not about productivity (story)    
  • What My Wife and I Lost and Gained Running a Business Together (story)
  • Is Martin Shkreli punking us? (story)       
  • HuffPost to publish anti-Trump kicker with all Trump coverage (story)  
  • What's cool/not cool with teens - Apps  (story)   
  • Little Bird, the influencer discovery and relationship tool, just had a big update. Subscribe at GetLittleBird.com
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Latest Season of Project Greenlight         
  • The Future of the Future - Bonnie Graham - podcast - SAP sponsored       
  • "Overweight Sensation" and rediscovering Allan Sherman on Spotify  

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#110: Michael and David Violate a Social Media Restraining Order

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • Samsung and VR in Restaurants (story)   
  • Facebook Sports Stadium (story)
  • We're all Hunter S. Thompson Now: F Bombs on Medium - Just look at top stories in Medium
  • The recurring bad password story (story)
  • Apple releases Music Memos, for those annoyed with Garage band (story)      
  • Tech layoffs. VC funding drops (story)     
  • About.Me Redesign (story)         
  • Violating restraining order by tagging ex in-law on Facebook (story)  
  • Baskets with Zach G    
  • Master of None
  • Boston Accent  

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#109: Michael and David Penalized in League of Legends for Unnecessary Roughness

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:

  • CES: smart home, smart food, and IoT everywhere. Some cool drones too      
  • ESPN covering e-sports (story)   
  • PewDiePie Launches on Content Network with Disney, Revelmode (story)         
  • Nest outage (story)        
  • Udacity offers guaranteed jobs or your money back for four specific courses (story)  
  • Crowley and Foursquare (story
  • Social media isn't the biggest distraction at work (story
  • Intel invests in robotics company (story)
  • Vidmob - at CES - Like Magisto, but with real editors, for a small cost (about $55-$65)
  • Serial going bi-weekly (story)     
  • Blue apron review        
  • Bob and Dave shows on Netflix  

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#108: Michael and David Attempt to Rewind 2015

Michael and David look back and the biggest stories of 2015:

  • Ashley Madison – The story that kept giving and giving.
  • Amazon's IoT Strategy
  • Year of the drone personal/commercial - Fireworks video.
  • The Car Hack - Jeep Cherokee
  • AI comes into its own: Alexa, Siri, acquisition binges, Innit
  • Google's Reorg: Confusing but important
  • Year that Internet programming hit mainstream.
  • Unbelievably great programming on Netflix.
  • Podcast industry maturity: related trend: Midroll acquired, Gimlet gest more money.
  • The struggles of independent tech media (Gigaom, ReCode gets bought, ReadWrite, Pando)
  • Rise of Uber and Lyft and death of taxi.
  • Windows 10 - A free OS, and a hassle free upgrade.
  • Terms we didn't use until 2015: Unicorn, Selfie Stick, and the poop emoticon.
  • Awareness of online harassment of women in gaming. Anita Sarkeesian.
  • Lack of diversity in Silicon Valley and being aggressive to change that. Ellen Pao and Kleiner Perkins.
  • Late night changed and stop being so pointlessly vicious.
  • Rise of investigative comedy (Daily Show and John Oliver)
  • Death of Radio Shack. How can any retail brick and mortar tech outlet survive?
  • Michael and David also offer up their favorite books, movies, TV shows and podcasts for 2015.

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