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317: Amazon and Google are Feuding. Is it Good or Bad for Customers?

317: Amazon and Google are Feuding. Is it Good or Bad for Customers?

Tigers Feuding

Amazon wants Youtube on the Show. Google doesn’t, unless the experience is the same as their other players. Google would also like their products, like the Chromecast, sold on Amazon. Amazon doesn’t. The feuding is starting to pick up steam and we’re here to talk all about it. Show notes are below.

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316: Should the FCC Repeal the Open Internet Order (a.k.a. Net Neutrality)?

316: Should the FCC Repeal the Open Internet Order (a.k.a. Net Neutrality)?

Broken Net Neutrality

Next week the FCC will vote to repeal the Open Internet Order (a.k.a. Net Neutrality). Matthew and I get into a hot debate on whether or not the FCC should and what would be the ideal outcome. It’s a great show with a ton of notes from the show below.

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315: How Truckers Can Stop The Automation Revolution

315: How Truckers Can Stop The Automation Revolution

Teslas Automation Revolution

Tesla announced their newest contribution to the automation revolution: a new electric semi-truck. It’s sleek, safe, and high performing (also, not cheap, though the total cost of ownership should be lower). But this is one step in a much bigger trend to automate semi-trucks. For example, a new law to install ELDs (Electric Logging Devises) is already one huge step in automating the tracking of drivers… Drivers, btw, don’t love these new devices. There’s definitely some friction with something called the “Golden Triangle of Freedom”. We dive deep into each of these in our show.

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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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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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