(Season 3) Episode 15 – Facebook & Google, Innovation in Violation (Update Episode)

Is it that time again? You bet’cha! Google and Facebook have been announcing some new projects lately- all of which you should avoid. Why is that? Well, simple- nothing’s changed, and neither of them have your best interests in mind.


Check if you’re affected by FLoC here: https://amifloced.org/

Sources:

Facebook Data Leaks:

Mark Zuckerberg on Section 230 Reform:

Android sending more data than iOS:

Google’s killing the third-party cookie & FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts):


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(Season 3) Episode 1 – New Year, Same Old 5#!7 (Follow-Ups)

Welcome to 2021 folks! We’ve finally left the hell hole of 2020, none of the problems from there can possibly get to us. Instead, US Congress made illegal streaming a felony, while Facebook and Google are… well, it’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. (We suppose, then, that 2020 can still affect us)


EPISODE MISTAKES: We referred to the last 2020 stimulus bill as the CARES Act. This was, in fact, the original stimulus bill that passed (which provided $1200 per individual). The bill we are referring to is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which included the felony streaming rider bill.


Sources:

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (includes “Protecting Lawful Streaming Act”):

Proposed DMCA Revisions & Notice-and-take down/stay down:

Section 230:

Facebook & Google Antitrust Allegations / “Jedi Blue”:


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(Season 2) Episode 3 – Apple’s (Not-So) Greatest Hits

The mouse, touchscreen smartphone, and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack; these are all things that Apple has pushed the tech industry towards. Did Apple create all of those things? No (with the exception of the headphone jack)- but they have made these things staples of the platforms they are used on. But, why do they get the credit? And, furthermore, why does it matter?


EPISODE NOTES/MISTAKES: The Xerox 8010 Star was the first computer with a two-button mouse, whereas the Xerox Alto from 1973 was the first computer with any kind of mouse. The Apple Lisa mouse was, in fact, based on the Alto’s.

This episode was recorded prior to the iPhone 12 announcement, with the ~$40 magsafe wireless charger. Still overpriced.


Sources:

The 2007 released Blackberry Curve 8300:

Touchscreen Phones before the iPhone:

Xerox 8010 Star & Alto:

iPhone Woes (glue, headphone jack, notch, in that order):

iPhone 7’s Plastic Spacer & Strange Parts:


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