Tear Down Show #174: Amazon Hasn't Bought Us Yet

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Don't Recommend: Lock Artist
All of Uber's culture crisis stories (43, no 55) (story) 
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence
Amazon buys Whole Foods (story) 
Walmart buys Bonobos (story) 
E3 - Stories - Forza 7 on Oct. 3rd. 4K support. XBOX One X new console will deliver (story) 
Original Age of Empires coming back (story) 
Atari is making a console (again) (story)
Robot powered burger joint is getting more $ (story) 
Why people watch gaming content on YouTube (story)
Facebook using Artificial Intelligence to find extremist posts (story) 
Car of the future a living room on wheels (story) 
Troll Cakes (story) 
Orange is the New Black is back
Haley Joel Osment is now a Silicon Valley star
RedBull Illume Photo Contest
Top 45 Free games you can play
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Tear Down Show #173: Michael and David Pick Up the Pieces of Collapsing Taxi Industry

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

IMPORTANT GROUNDBREAKING JOURNALISM: Expose into the life of waiter (story) 
Family throws Quincenera for their cat (story) 
Apple releases first original TV show, Planet of the Apps (of course) (story) 
Uber CEO instructions for sex at Miami party (story) 
Uber executive obtained medical records of a rape victim of a driver, fired (story) 
The cab industry is about to collapse (story) 
An explosion of online video could triple bandwidth consumption again in the next five years (story) 
The U.S. ranks 28th in the world in mobile internet speeds (story) 
Airbnb using platform for refugees (story) 
Economic value of skipping college (story) 
Verizon to lay off 2100 after Yahoo deal (story)
Al Franken on WTF
Al Franken's new book, Giant of the Senate
Cool site – Generate tables
99% Invisible about origins of basketball
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Tear Down Show #172: IT'S ON! Competitive Toddler Balance-Bike Racing

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Let's analyze what happens when a person crosses the line (Kathy Griffin) (story) 
Mary Meeker report (story) 
Walmart is looking to develop service that lets Walmart employees deliver products on way home (story) 
Cut throat world of toddler racing (story) 
Blue Apron going public (story)
Ethiopia shut down the Internet to stop exam cheats (story)
Twitter misinformation (story) 
Gmail rolls out phishing link detection (story) 
Pinboard buys Delicious (story)
Veep
WSJ: The Future of Everything
Pancake Robot
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Tear Down Show #171: We're Waiting for Robots to Fold Our Laundry

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
David saw CEO of YouTube speak about diversity and it was non-diverse
Google can now track online to offline transactions through credit card data (story) 
Sprig - another food delivery company - shuts down today (story) 
Foldmate and Landroid - Robots that fold your laundry (story) 
There's a family friendly home router (story) 
Instagram is the most harmful social network for your mental health (story) 
How many lives does the maker of a $150 technology-laden plate have? (story) 
NFL relaxes endzone celebrations for 2017 season (story) 
Weird Peter Popoff ad on Better Call Saul
Wolf it Down with Tyler Florence - New Orleans
Interview with advisor to Silicon Valley on HBO, Ed McManus
Wow in the World podcast
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Tear Down Show #170: We admit to stealing jokes just to feed our family

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Google Lens (story) 
Google Lens - Google is going bigtime into image recognition (story) 
Glucose monitor on an Apple watch - now that's a useful wearable (story) 
Ransomware is profitable and doesn't require expert skill (story) 
Uber is still top destination for job searchers, apparently (story) 
Suing over jokes (story) 
Medium launches audio versions of stories (story) 
Austin mans sues his date for texting (story) 
Target invested in a mattress company (story) 
Mark Zuckerberg's I got into Harvard video (story) 
Reply all – What kind of idiot gets phished? 
KEXP
The Daily
David’s Forbes article – You’re already sitting on the secret to successful blogging
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Tear Down Show #169: Michael and David Check In for Their Tech Giant Addiction

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Which Tech Giant would you drop Google/Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook (story) 
Comscore offering viewership # s for OTT services
76ers start an incubator offering tips for Fan sports gaming sites like FanDuel (story) 
Andy Rubin backed company Lighthouse debuts - an machine vision company for the home (story) 
Amazon Echo Show (story) 
WannaCry ransomware spreads to 74 countries (story) 
NBC buying a craft site for $230 million (story) 
BCBS offers free Lyft rides to the doctor (story) 
How I built this - NPR
Golf.audio update
Up first podcast
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Tear Down Show #168: Robot Taxation with No Representation

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Facebook hiring 3000 people just to monitor content, especially from live feeds. (story) 
Facebook launching TV as well (story) 
The Race to Build the world's first sex robot (story) 
Taxing robots (story)
Amazon touch screen computer (story)
The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence (story) 
Twitch is looking at choose your own adventure TV (story) 
REALLY poor security practices (story) 
Games of thrones are two-factoring their emails (story) 
Guardians of the Galaxy
Man vs. Snake
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Tear Down Show #167: Our Unlimited Plan Guarantees Zero Connectivity

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Flying car will be available at the end of this year - “hold an altitude of up to 15 feet” and is designed to fly over fresh water. (story) 
How Russian hackers went from credit card phishing to tilting elections (story) 
Amazon's "How Do We Exploit Driverless Technology" Group (story) 
T-Mobile's weird CEO and his unlimited plan appear to be working, while Verizon is struggling (story) 
SlingStudio - Tricaster competitor for $999 (story) 
Tim Cook supposedly threatened to pull Uber from AppStore due to privacy violating behavior (story) 
French presidential leading candidate (story) 
Obfuscation - TrackMeNot, AdNauseum
Fargo
Silicon Cowboys
Guy bowls a 300 game in 86.9 seconds (video) 
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Tear Down Show #166: We’d Like Google Home to Get This Guy to Say Something

Here’s what Michael and David discuss during the show:

 

  • Buzzfeeed guessed my age and height after I picked some fast food (story)               
  • Engaged to a robot (story)                       
  • Airbnbn added 2 factor authentication to prevent scammers from renting out your home (story)                
  • Someone hacked every tornado siren (156) in Dallas. Went off for 95 minutes. (story)             
  • Uber booked 20 billion in rides in 2016 (story)                
  • Google's Autodraw and Quick Draw (story)                                   
  • Bezos: It's always Day 1 because Day 2 is the start of death (story)             
  • Dave’s video of Bezos (story)    
  • Utter uselessness of Job Interviews - Believe that it's actually harmful (story
  • Burger King ad launches Google Home - Google made changes to prevent it from launching their devices. Plus there were changes made to the Wikipedia entry. (story)    
  • S-Town              
  • Filmmaker IQ - How a Director Stages and Blocks a Scene (video)                           

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Tear Down Show #165: Michael and David test Uber’s psychological tricks on each other

On this episode of the Tear Down Show, Michael and David discuss:

  • Walt Mossberg is retiring (story)            
  • Uber's psychological tricks (story)
  • It's not a PR problem at Uber (story)     
  • Google is adding fact checking (story)   
  • It's also using AI to reduce spam on maps (story)           
  • Employee Cyborgs (story)                        
  • There's an open source clone for twitter (story)             
  • Appearing in stock photos was the biggest mistake of my life (story)             
  • Yahoo's new name: Oath           
  • Homeland Security drops demand to unmask Twitter account (story)
  • Michael watches LOVE on Netflix
  • DSLR Video Shooter      
  • What will the Trump administration do to protect your digital privacy?            

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Tear Down Show #164: Special episode with Dave's MOM!

Here's what Michael, David, and Dave's Mom (Barbara) talk about during the show:

 

  • IMPORTANT LEAD STORY –Predicting a friend’s wedding by the pizza you order (story)   
  • Twitter ditches the egg (story
  • Internet Privacy and ISPs – Gone (story)                           
  • Robots are replacing US workers at alarming rate (story)            
  • The argument for just ONE monitor (story)       
  • 2016 was the year streaming music finally became majority of industry revenue (story)        
  • How managers can retain technical women on their team (story)             
  • ESPN is slipping. They're not prepped for the future (story)       
  • S town podcast - apparently its huge    
  • How to Get Kicked Out of an Event       

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Tear Down Show #163: Listen now or we'll be replaced by ROBOTS!

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

  • Senate votes to gut our privacy rights. Overturn Obama's regulation that required ISPs to get our permission before selling our location and browser history to third parties (story)      
  • Mnuchin: AI won't replace US jobs for 50-100 years (story)        
  • 38% of the jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots (story)   
  • Dropping out of the job market to play video games (story)      
  • GIFS are maybe coming to FB comments (story)             
  • Password Rules are BS (story)                 
  • Amazon made their first drone delivery (kinda) (story
  • Apple iCloud Ransom demands from Turkish Crime Family (story)             
  • Eatsa being sued (story)             
  • Have phones replaced teenage drug use? (story)                         
  • Latest episode of Reply All - Alex Blumberg's Uber account hacked. Apparently it happens a lot    
  • LOVE second season      

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Creative Commons photo credit to Steve.

 

Tear Down Show #162: This Episode is Snuggie Approved

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Consumer Reports will assess cybersecurity in product reviews (story) 
Snapchat's $34 billion valuation. 44% increase. David said they were morons for not taking Facebook's $3billion offer. (story) 
Snapchat is taking a beating (story) 
Twitter says its timeline tweaks are a success, but won't get too specific (story) 
MIT Reviews 10 breakthrough technologies for 2017 (story) 
Reddit to Trump in 24 hours (story) 
Google sorry for Google Home spitting out Obama conspiracy theory (story) 
Facebook tests a Dislike button in Messenger (story) 
The Snuggie has been classified as a blanket, not clothing (story) 
Girls final season
Logan
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Tear Down Show #161: Should We Purchase the Trump Troll Doll?

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
How stoned are you quiz
Cloudbleed: Big web brands leaked crypto keys, personal secrets thanks to Cloudflare bug (story) 
An inside look at the failure of Disney's Maker deal (story) 
#DeleteUber - We are deeply saddened response only went out to 40 people (story) 
Uber sued by Google's Waymo for stealing 14000 sensitive documents (story) 
Another passenger sues Uber for sexual assault (story) 
The Trump Troll is killing it on Kickstarter (story) 
Toughest job interview questions – Glassdoor (story) 
Eagles are the new drone killers (story)
Drones are going to kill us somehow (story) 
Missing Richard Simmons Podcast
The Detour
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Tear Down Show #160: David eats a candy bar LIVE on the show!

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:
David has the Lion candy bar from Dwayne Melancon. He saves it to eat on the show for the first time.
RSA highlights - Future of hacking. Worst malware stories. Vendors. Ransomware. Privacy issues. Role of security journalists now. 
Snap starts selling its augmented reality glasses online at spectacles.com (story) 
Sexual harassment at Uber. (story) They're going to look into it. (story) 
Everyone is offering unlimited plans now (story) 
Screens on planes being phased out (story) 
This guy was managing Sweden's Twitter acct when Trump named another fake terrorist attack (story) 
What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border? (story)
The UW has a class called Calling BS in the era of big data (story) 
Big apartment management company sues Airbnb (story) 
Lego Batman, Siri reference
30 for 30 XFL
Pixar training on storytelling

Tear Down Show #159: A sandwich told us we're young actors looking for our big break

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
David, do you know what my subway sandwich habits tell me? (story) 
Hot topics in Cybersecurity for RSA: Security poverty line, Ransomware, machine learning/automation/analytics
Cybersecurity is the new hotness (story) 
Ford dropped a B on self-driving car startup (story) 
Russians engineer a slot machine hack (story) 
The super bowl commercial set off a bunch of Google Homes (story) 
Hard Drive failure rates. 2016 edition from BackBlaze (story) 
New bot lets you autoinvest when Trump mentions a company (story) 
Coding is the new blue collar (story) 
New 24. Comedy series on CNN

Tear Down Show #158: We Want Everyone to Know What We Leaked to the Press

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
How to Leak something to the press (story) 
Google has an app to design a dress for you: "Data Dress" (story) 
Hotel thermostats are placebos (story)
Tinder for orangutans (story)
Uber is still working on flying cars (story) 
Are Adult film stars in danger of losing their job to technology? (story) 
Facebook photo key to getting a job interview (story) 
Electrolux bought Anova, my headline sponsor! (story) 
A smartphone you can wash with soap and water (story) 
Should Elon Musk be advising Trump? (story) 
An app to mend the broken heart. It's called Mend. (story) 
Hater dating app (story) 
Trumpcast on slate
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Tear Down Show #157: In a Panic, Michael and David Hit Amazon's Random Candy Button

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon Says Media Should Keep its Mouth Shut (story) 
Trump still using his insecure Android phone (story) 
Trump staff using private server (story)
The rich are now doomsday preppers (story) 
Apple joins AI ethics consortium with other big 5 (story) 
Biggest Tech IPO in 2016, Line, is losing ground in 2017 (story) 
Managing fake news is not easy (story) 
Amazon has a random-candy button you can press (story) 
What Would Happen If You Never Took Your Earbuds Out? (story) 
There's yet another fat-content startup with big names: Axios (story) 
Facebook says it will promote longer videos with high completion rates in News Feed (story) 
Is Verizon looking at Charter? (story) 
Uber passes Starbucks as business travelers #1 expense (story) 
New music by Flobots
Society is collapsing
The Young Pope on HBO - The big three networks are dead

Tear Down Show #156: We Believe 5 Million Illegal Votes Were Cast Against Us

We recorded on Inauguration Day and here’s what we discussed:

  • Michael’s big announcement
  • The awkward gift exchange       
  • Two carrots hugging (see the picture)   
  • Spark Media Solutions celebrates 10 years in business (story)                 
  • Trump's POTUS Twitter used an Obama Inaguration pic (story
  • Apparently there's ANOTHER social app name we have to learn (story)             
  • Google products appear on top in Google searches (story)         
  • Sonos has a new CEO, who apparently wants to do the things his previous CEO didn't (story)    
  • Uber settles for $20 million overstating income potential (story)             
  • Kristen Stewart wrote a research paper (story)               
  • IDG sold to Chinese investors just before inauguration day (story)             
  • Zuckerberg may be harboring political ambitions (story)             
  • Zuckerberg has a team of people managing his digital presence (story)             
  • Disco Demolition Night - UNDONE         
  • Netflix advertising how much content it's pushing out. 21 shows in 4 days

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Tear Down Show #155: This Episode is PACKED with Fake News, Real News, “Who Cares” News

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

  • CES!     
  • Michael’s AMAZING Mexico border story
  • Trade show of trade shows
  • Amazon to hire 100K new jobs in 18 months (story)      
  • Russia's state TV network took over CSPAN for 10 minutes
  • Journalism, Media And Technology Trends And Predictions 2017 (story
  • Andy Rubin is creating new AI powered consumer hardware (story)             
  • Fake news debunkers: BBC (story)         
  • Chrone Extension from First Draft News (story)
  • Daimler invests in Starship, a robot delivery company   
  • Apple to create original content (story)
  • YouTube institutes Superchat on live streams. Paid messages (story)             
  • Michael Lewis - Undoing Project            
  • Why Oh Why podcast - Randy stories   

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Creative Commons photo credit to Nicolas Alejandro.