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.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, published a 5,800 word article (12 pages if typed out) on the future of Facebook. Basically, he wants to go beyond simply connecting everyone and build communities that are supportive, safe, informed, civically engaged, and inclusive. It’s a lofty goal that’s still a little fuzzy. Functionally, it means you’ll see less sensationalized (ie. fake) news on the site. The rest of the stories are below, including a really cool one about future telescopes.
Samsung, Google & SpaceX each appear to be experiencing their own types of explosion: Samsung’s batteries, Google’s experimental products, and SpaceX’s rocket. It’s been a tough week. On the bright side, Lenovo has a cool tablet, Lytro’s technology is finding a niche, and Zuckerberg’s house is getting smarter. Check out all the stories and links below.
Dare to dream! Laptops are getting so thin that they can double as cheese cutters. But are they getting too thin? Maybe the “cheese cutters test” isn’t the right area laptop makers should be competing. Maybe it should be about battery life and speed.
We try every week to bring basketball into the discussion, and this week Wired helps us (despite their AdBlocker policy) with a look a the latest tech trends in the NBA. It was also the week of the Code Conference with plenty of interviews to talk about… Mostly Elon Musk’s philosophical thoughts. See all the show notes below.
We round up all the coolest CES news in this episode. Despite James’ downer attitude last week, CES proves that the future is bright, smart, and automated. The show notes below contain a huge laundry list of all the different products Matthew looked into. And yes, we talk about every single one. Think of this show like CES: a whirlwind of stories that’ll be mostly forgotten in a month.
This week we talk about Interstellar, Google updates to material design with Inbox, Calendar, Maps and Lollipop, Flite Test makes a hellicarrier, Taylor Swift pulls her music from Spotify, Microsoft releases Word, Excel & PowerPoint on iOS the way it should be, Core Gamers are now mobile gamers, Amazon Prime allows unlimited photo storage and the ability to buy Echo on discount, Nest updates and goes free in Ireland, Apple Pay drives Google Wallet usage, OnBeep enables 2-way communication over wi-fi, and Mark Zuckerberg puts on an AMA.
Is that the Loch Ness Monster? Will Nike drop the FuelBand? Will the iPhone 6 costs an extra $100? We answer these questions, plus so much more.
Like for example, we talk about Nest Lab’s plans to manage a network of homes and charge the utilities for reducing their peak load. We also talk about Dropbox’s purchase of Loom and the future of photo management, the rumors of Nike killing the Fuelband and somehow partnering with Apple, Mark Zuckerberg unbundling Facebook, AOL’s history with AIM, and Amazon’s 3D phone.
In classic Furlo Bros fashion, we wax philosophically about just how awesome the future is going to be. Here’s what we talked about in episode 74:
The first artificial hand with feeling is to be installed, Sunrise redefines the iOS calendar app, Supercapacitors come closer to reality with a way to cheaply print Graphene, Sony fails to show the PlayStation 4 console at their PlayStation 4 event, Google announces the Chromebook Pixel and Google also shows off more of Glass.