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314: The True Cost is “In The Game”

314: The True Cost is “In The Game”

The True Cost of EA

EA released a new Star Wars game called Battlefront II. One game mechanic got the Internet (represented by Reddit), into a roar: in-game micro-transactions that open random loot boxes. Not only were they expensive, but they also influenced how well you did in multi-player mode, which seemed unfair and greedy on EA’s part. With all the criticism, EA pulled the loot boxes at the last minute, but it begs the question: what is the true cost of a game? Why does EA feel it’s necessary to charge micro-transactions for performance? Is that OK? Or are they going too far?

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313: Facebook Wants To Consume As Much Of Your Attention As Possible

313: Facebook Wants To Consume As Much Of Your Attention As Possible

Attention

Sean Parker said in a speech that they knew Facebook would turn into an addiction, and created it anyways. We discuss a few points of that statement: did they really know? Is Facebook, and social networks in general, addictive? What can be done, if anything, about it? Pay attention because this is important.

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312: What’s Better: A Starving Artist? Or A Fat Artist?

312: What’s Better: A Starving Artist? Or A Fat Artist?

Fat Artists

What happens when a founder/leader gets tired of their main product and decides to take on a  secondary product? For the second product, they’re no longer starving artist, but a fat artist. Does massive amounts of money and people help? We discuss this idea in this week’s podcast with many examples.

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311: It’s Not Marketing, It’s Promoting

311: It’s Not Marketing, It’s Promoting

Apple Marketing Commercial

Guy Hursh wrote and interesting article that discusses why Apple is commanding the share of profits, and the share of premium phone sales. He’s starts from the stance that both phones are functionally similar, and therefore it has to do with Apple’s better ability to promote themselves. In this show we dive deep into that claim.

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310: How To Avoid Failure For Your Startup

310: How To Avoid Failure For Your Startup

Startup Success or Failure

August was acquired by Yale (the lock company) and it got us thinking. What startups will succeed and which will fail? In this episode we talk about the criteria and then run the test against the top startups of 2017.

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309: Top Google Results For AI Hardware

309: Top Google Results For AI Hardware

Google Home Mini Hardware

Google released new hardware with a goal to be radically helpful. They’re doing this by combining Hardware + Software + AI. They showed off 6 new pieces of hardware which we dive into.

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308: How Can Facebook Fix their Fake News and Ad Problem?

308: How Can Facebook Fix their Fake News and Ad Problem?

Fake Facebook News

Facebook has a trust problem.

The issue is fake news, and Facebook’s reaction to it.

People believe, and now there’s some evidence, that Russian operatives bought at least 3,000 dark ads which were seen by 10M people, 4.4M before the election. The aim was to seed discontent by showing over-the-top, extreme ads. Let’s dive into what all this means.

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307: Does iPhone’s Understanding of the World Work?

307: Does iPhone’s Understanding of the World Work?

iPhone Face ID Logo

iPhone X uses Face ID to unlock your device and provide new AR capabilities. We talk about the pros and cons of Face ID and the coolest new AR apps. Will it work as described? Is this really the future? See below for additional articles and detailed description of iPhone’s security.

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306: What you Must Know About the Equifax Hack

306: What you Must Know About the Equifax Hack

Equifax Melting

So… Equifax got hacked. It’s possibly the most detrimental attack… so far (yikes!). Part of what makes this attack so bad is not only all the sensitive personal information stolen, but the total lack of a reasonable response from Equifax. In this show we walk you through the timeline of events and reveal the big reason why they’re having such a problem. Hint: a lack of quality talent willing to work for you. See below for the timeline and articles.

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305: The Truth About Uber’s Road Forward

305: The Truth About Uber’s Road Forward

Uber's Road Forward

Uber has a new CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi. It’s been a long road to get here. And since Uber is still the largest non-public tech company and genuinely changing the transportation industry (just like Waymo in last week’s episode), we’re taking this week to review all that happened and talk about their future prospects.

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