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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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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Tear Down Show #154: Michael and David's "How To" Guide to Getting Banned from Uber

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

  • Beacon technology at conferences        
  • Are you using Signal?    
  • Amazon Go: Amazon wants to reinvent the grocery store (story)             
  • Clean Your Desk - Amazon interview experience (story)
  • Pebble is no more.
  • How to get banned from Uber (story)   
  • Is the era of gadgets over? (story)          
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will no longer charge after the next update (story
  • The very best "How To" Guide to failing at CRM (story
  • 70 of the Most Useful websites
  • Trumpcast on Slate
  • Moana  

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Tear Down Show #153: We're acquired! Spread it around, even if it's not true

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

  • Buzzfeed does groundbreaking story on the horror of sharting (story)             
  • Along Came Polly          
  • Gooligan Malware (story)          
  • Are you ready for virtual eating, David? (story
  • Pebble rumored to be acquired by Fitbit (story)             
  • When tech is a problem child (story)     
  • Buzzfeed names fake news expert as editor (story)        
  • AT&T and T-Mobile fighting against Net neutrality with zero rating data (story)       
  • Amazon creating new touchscreen device (story)           
  • It's getting worse for retail stores. Amazon Prime members double or triple their spending after they join. This goes into building more fulfillment centers. (story)         
  • You can now download Netflix movies (story)  
  • Man in the High Castle 
  • The Gist with Mike Pesca           
  • Free to Play: The Movie             

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Tear Down Show #152: How Can It Be a Meme if We Never Heard of It?

Tear Down Show #152: How Can It Be a Meme if We Never Heard of It?

Here’s what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Memes of 2016: it's time to decide (story) 
Friend of show has had his company acquired (story) 
Fewer than 3% of cars sold are sold with manual transmission (story) 
Another Gigafactory is coming, this time to Europe (story) 
Airbnb is getting into tour guides (story) 
Social media is altering global events, most notably our election (story) 
Fake news is more viral than real news - Quantity doesn't matter. What matters is the number of people who share it. (story) 
Post Truth: Oxford's word of the year. First used in 1992. But used 2000% this year vs. last year. (story) 
A reviewer got his hands on a $1500 computer-powered oven, and he wasn't happy (story) 
How to remove Trump or anything else from your feeds (story) 
Twitter new controls for hate speech - Not far enough (story) 
Dude sets up netcam, gets infected by malware botnet within minutes (story)
Guy steals credit card and uses it to buy home security camera (story) 
The story of Aardman
Jimmy Fallon - Metallica - Enter Sandman on classroom instruments
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Tear Down Show #151: We can't guarantee this podcast isn't filled with fake news

Tear Down Show #151: We can't guarantee this podcast isn't filled with fake news

Here’s what David and Michael talk about during the show:
My Yelp and Lyft apps have been "Samsungized" and I don't know what that means
McDonalds has a Nutella burger (story)
Facebook's fake news problem (44% of Americans get their news from Facebook). They have objectivity concerns since the backlash on how they were suppressing conservative stories in the news feed. (story)
Google responsible as well. Their top result for "final election count" was a fake news site (story) 
Will my Facebook feed still be filled with Trump? 
Amazon wants to send a Merry Maid to your house (story) 
Parental tracking (not spying) on children - Do you do it? (story) 
What will Trump do with Twitter in White House? (story) 
Facebook responsible for a longer life? (story) 
Snapchat sells spectacles to lifelog, AR, etc (story) 
Mannequin challenge - Yet another viral video sensation (story) 
Amazon forced to pay back for kids making in-app charges on games (story) 
Heavyweight - Podcast Jonathan Goldstein - Wiretap
Patton Oswalt - Talking for Clapping
David Cross - Making America Great Again

Tear Down Show #150: Listen Through Your Favorite Wall-Mounted Fish

Here's what David and Michael talk about:
Research says 20% of people change mind because of social media (story) 
Fish are now talking (story)
Slack open letter in NYTimes (story) 
Bad idea or good idea? (story) 
Why so many friggin' open letters? Why not just a post? 
Google taps brakes on drone delivery (story) 
Speaking of drones, you gotta fight them off, right? (story) 
Macedonia becomes a hub of pro Trump information (story) 
Someone created a butter serving robot like on Rick and Morty (story) 
Samsung recalls exploding washing machines. Samsung has now become the exploding brand (story) 
Samsung releases full page apology ads (story) 
Trump's press page let you put in your own headline (for a while) (story) 
A company's created the flying car radar system (story)
Poof - Fitbit for pets. Poof isn’t the only pet fitness tracker on the market — it competes with others such as FitBark and PitPat, but Tran argues Poof is the most comfortable to wear and has the longest battery life. (story) 
Gawker media settled with Hulk Hogan for $31m, not $140m and removal of three "true stories." (story) 
Catastrophe
Westworld
Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Pandemic - Game

Tear Down Show #149: We're Shocked SHOCKED that Vine is Shutting Down

Here's what Michael and David talk about during the show:
Vine dead - Why it died (story) 
Twitter cuts 9% of its staff (story) 
Follow the #TwitterLayoffs Hashtag (story) 
Uber wants flying cars (story) 
Facebook's new voting app (story)
Dude gives up on self-driving car once he realizes it would be regulated (story) 
Cleantech is rebranding as smartcity (story) 
Microsoft made paint 3D (story) 
Facebook lets you exclude users based on ethnic affinity (story) 
Remember Jason Kilar of Hulu? He started a startup and it got bough and shut down (story) 
Drone hacking, now public (story) 
Screenagers
Muppet Babies is coming back
Hyperbole and a Half
Finished Luke Cage. Awesome series on Netflix. 
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