Tear Down Show #182: Ziff Davis outbid us by $50 million for Mashable

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Stocking Stuffer idea: Tesla Semi truck (story) 
Mashable sold for $50 million to Ziff Davis. That's just 20% of what its valuation was two years ago. (story) 
Other companies considering selling to big media at a song (story) 
Listening to podcasts at high speed - podfasters (story)
Williams Sonoma is buying an AR company (story) 
CompuServe forums are closing down 12/15 (story) 
Richard Spencer and other white supremicists have lost their Twitter verifications (story) 
GameStop giving away XBOX 360 consoles for Black Friday (story) 
13 Reasons Why
Hackable by McAfee
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Tear Down Show #181: We Steal Podcast Signs Using the iWatch

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Amazon is building a second HQ in North America
Red Sox steal signs from Yankees with an iWatch (story, story 2) 
Russell Wilson is trying to build a tech company (story) 
Equifax announces an enormous data breach. Could affect 143 million consumers (story) 
Three executives sold a total of $1.8 million in stock before publicly announcing the breach. Stock fell more than 6% (story) 
Futurama is coming back as a podcast (story) 
Speaking of podcasts, companies are still raising money (story) 
Life in the age of facial recognition (story) 
How to hack Siri and Alexa with non-audible sounds (story) 
Social Media growing as news source (story) 
Origins with James Andrew Miller
Michael has a skill on Amazon
D4Darious
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TDS #180: Michael and David Fight the Twitter Bots

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Twitter bots are becoming a problem (story) 
VMworld: VMware Cloud on AWS (story) 
Could it be bad? (story)
Roku files for IPO (story) 
No more Juicero (story) 
You can't block Mark Zuckerberg or Priscilla Chan on Facebook (story) 
Jim Louderback, CEO of VidCon (story) 
Tinder figures out how to make money: let people see who swiped on them (story) 
Google tied search results position to promotion of its own social network: report (story) 
The podcast funding bubble is getting frothy (story) 
SanDisk microSD can take 400 GB (that's for phones). They have SD cards that can handle a terabyte. - Much needed for 4K resolution which eats up a ton of space. 
Michael Dell, who was born in Houston, donates $36 million toward Hurricane Harvey relief, the largest donation to the effort. Dell hopes to raise $100 million in donations. (NYT). Trump claims he's donating $1 million. 
Big Little Lies
American Kingpin - Nick Bilton
Atypical on Netflix
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Tear Down Show #179: We Start Juicing to Dominate the Microsoft Office World Championships

Tear Down Show #179: We Start Juicing to Dominate the Microsoft Office World Championships

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Donald Trump's attack on Amazon (story) 
The right is building an alternative Internet as Google and others turn the screws on them (story) 
Charlottesville video by Vice was amazing and fast (story) 
Leaning on the YouTube and Twitch gamer community to build your successful game (story) 
Rapportive creator has a new email called SuperHuman (story) 
Messy Confusing future of TV (story) 
People are watching NBC's snapchat TV show (29 million in fact) (story)
Microsoft Office Olympics (story) 
Apple investing $1 Billion in new programming. Netflix reportedly investing $7 billion in 2018 (story) 
They spent $6 billion. They're second to only ESPN who spent $7.3 billion (story) 
Ozarks
Jason Bateman on Silver Spoons
13 Reasons Why
7 Mistakes Content Marketers Make When They Try to Be Journalists

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Tear Down Show #178: We're Building our AI-Proof Bomb Shelter

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Story of the Year: No two butts are the same. (story) 
According to Elon Musk, AI is more dangerous than N. Korea (story) 
Video game champ just lost to an AI bot (story)
Lyft will always have human drivers (story) 
HBO Hacker leaks more content (story)
HBO was going to offer $250K bounty payment/ransom payment (story) 
Amazon shutting down "Netflix of Europe" (story) 
New Crowd Surf feature on SnapChat lets you experience concerts from multiple angles (story) 
Alaska's biggest newspaper just went bankrupt (story) 
The original MS Surface had a return rate of 17% (story) 
Frustrated with YouTube TV
Horse heads
Our own video on the spoon! (story) 
Skatetown USA
Roller Boogie
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Tear Down Show #177: We Implant Microchips in Our Hands to Get Easy Access to Break Room Snacks

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Buzzfeed released a kitchen gadget! (story) 
The New Rules for Making it in Hollywood (story) 
The Tesla 3 is not as economy as they touted (story) 
Roomba data up for sale (story) 
Wisconsin Company to Implant Microchips in Employees (story) 
Katie Couric is leaving Oath. Who's Oath? Yahoo. that's who (story) 
Why sitting at your computer all day can wipe you out (story) 
Why create original content when you can just post commercials? That's what BI and Cheddar are doing (story) 
Microsoft Paint to be removed after 32 years, but no people demand it stays. (story) 
Prescription video games (story) 
Reply All – Long Distance
This American Life: The Magic Show
Tech conference list
19 year old magician doing card manipulation
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Tear Down Show #176: We go to Summer Camp for fun, sunshine, and monetizing YouTube

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Blacklist of VCs who sexually harass (story) 
Robots are coming for old people, and it doesn't include insurance (story) 
Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more. (story) 
Amazon Video Direct Program (story) 
Amazon isn't just killing broadcast TV. Now they're coming after Blue Apron (story) 
And Amazon isn't done. They want to bring a bookmobile meets Internet sale to your town (story) 
Summer Camp to be an Internet celebrity (story) 
NBC launches Snapchat TV shows (story) 
Technology to thwart facial recognition (story) 
Sears going to sell Kenmore products on Amazon (story) 
Do not play wedding songs (story) 
Sneaky Pete
"Go Like Hell" 
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Tear Down Show #175: Please Contribute to Our Kickstarter Campaign to Buy a Juicero

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Smart Kitchen Summit coming to Japan
NYTimes Sexual Harassment by VCs article set off a flurry of responses
Can we even trust the security guys? Kaspersky may have connections to Russian govt (story) 
David’s finally cutting the cord (story)
Juicero has laid off 25% of staff in wake of a really bad viral article in Bloomberg (story) 
In Europe, Employers can't check social media accounts (story)
Drones can now go over 160 mph (story) 
DoNotPay - Chatbot helps with 1,000 legal issues - Same one reported on that helps you get out of parking tickets. It's completely free. Although it's only 55% successful (story) 
Hyperloop had its Kitty Hawk moment (story) 
Woman destroys $200K of art taking a selfie (video) 
Dennis Lehane's Since We Fell
Bill Simmons and South Park guys
Louis CK's 2017

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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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