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Daily Tech News Show

Keep up to date with independent, authoritative and trustworthy discussion of the tech news of the day. Tom Merritt and co-host's home for daily tech news.

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S1NG for NFT - DTNS 3981

China?s parliament is meeting to approve the party?s five year plan which includes plans to become self-sufficient in technology. While China is home to tech assembly factories, it imports $300 billion worth of chips annually and does not produce its own chipmaking gear which would be needed to ramp up production. The US continues to target China with export controls on high-end semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Patrick Norton, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-03-05
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Tidal Square Wave - DTNS 3980

Apple is facing scrutiny over its App Store policies that force companies to use only Apple?s payment system which Apple takes a cut from. What are investigators looking to charge with and how will Apple respond?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-03-04
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What the Flock is Going On - DTNS 3979

Flock cameras are used for neighborhood surveillance and can detect people, animals, and bicycles, but are best at detecting cars, specifically their license plates. Motherboard obtained hundreds of emails from about 20 police departments in the US detailing the use of a program called TALON to look up information collected from Flock cameras. More than 500 police departments in more than 1,000 US cities have access. Flock claims it helps police solve 4 to 5 crimes per hour. Is this a dangerous trend or one we should welcome?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Roger Chang, Joe

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2021-03-03
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Flipped locally - DTNS 3978

Microsoft?s Ignite developers conference starts today. We take a look at all the big announcements from this year?s show and share what excites us most.

Starring Tom Merritt, Chris Ashley, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-03-02
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Google Delivers Suite Updates- DTNS 3977

Google updated its Workspace productivity suite (formerly known as G Suite) with new features focused on fostering ?collaboration equity? between employees who work from home and employees who work in the office.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Nicole Lee, Amos, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-03-01
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Zooming in on Zoom Fatigue - DTNS 3976

Scientists at Stanford University studied why video conferencing is exhausting. We discuss their findings and share our own experiences with Zoom and video conferencing fatigue.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Lamarr Wilson, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-27
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Super Tweets Get Super Follows- DTNS 3975

It?s no secret that Twitter has been looking into subscriptions as a source of revenue. At its Analyst Day presentation, the company announced its first offering in this lineup, Super Follows, which will let users charge their followers for access to additional content. In the demo, Twitter showed one example of a user paying $4.99 a month for access to exclusive tweets, deals and discounts, a supporter badge, newsletter, and community access. Will this new model payoff for the company?

Starring Sarah Lane, Rich Strophollino, Justin Robert Young, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-25
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Go Update Roomba, You're Drunk- DTNS 3974

Facebook Vice President of global affairs Nick Clegg wrote a blog post Wednesday saying Facebook plans to spend more than $1 billion on the news industry over the next three years. The post also reiterated Facebook?s position on the Australian Media Code which is to say, it prefers to make deals without being subject to the code. What does this mean for the average Australian and for Aussie news outlets?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Peter Wells, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-24
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Getting Your Game On! - DTNS 3973

Video game development is a popular career path for many people. But exactly how do you get into the industry? Is it something you can study for in college, gain a degree in and then apply for a job after graduation? We invited Bungie EP, Carrie Gouskous, to share her insights on how to break into the video game industry.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Carrie Gouskos, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-23
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Meme Weaver - DTNS 3972

We share a clip of our interview with Dr. Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa, about Australia?s ongoing issues with Google and Facebook, and what it means for the broader internet and media outlets around the globe.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Trevor Croker, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-22
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I'm My Own Ferret Grandpa - DTNS 3971

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom unanimously upheld a lower court ruling in a 2016 case that Uber drivers are not independent contractors. What does this mean for Uber in the UK and will this set a precedent for governments elsewhere?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Robb Dunewood, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-19
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The Land Down Under Facebook's Thumb - DTNS 3970

Facebook had just started blocking news links from Australian sources worldwide and blocking Australian Facebook users from seeing any news links, in anticipation of Australia passing a law that would require Facebook to pay publishers to link to news content. What were the effects of the Facebook?s block and will it change anything?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-18
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Paying the Iron Price for News - DTNS 3969

YouTube announced several new products coming this year but the most interesting is YouTube Shorts. It will come as a beta to some creators in the US in March. We discuss YouTube?s strategy and its likely success against the incumbent short form video platform TikTok.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Patrick Norton, Roger Chang, Joe

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2021-02-17
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Does work from home really work? - DTNS 3968

Allison Sheridan shares her thoughts on SaleForces?s recent decision to allow a majority of the its employees to work from home.

Starring Sarah Lane, Rich Strophollino, Allison Sheridan, Roger Chang, Joe

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2021-02-16
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Microsoft Testing Browser-Based xCloud - DTH

Microsoft is reportedly testing a browser-based version of its xCloud game streaming service, India removes licensing requirement for geospatial data for local firms, and Jaguar to release only all-electric vehicles by 2025.

 

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2021-02-15
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Not Big Spying. Just Super Micro Spying! - DTNS 3967

Bloomberg?s sources say that in 2010, the US Department of Defense found that Supermicro servers in unclassified networks were sending network data, including a partial map of the unclassified network, to China. Undetectable countermeasures were put in place and the attack was allowed to run in order to determine its aim. So What Did they find?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Shannon Morse, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-12
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Server Side Puppy Training - DTNS 3966

New York Times? sources say Facebook is building a Clubhouse competitor. It?s in the earliest days, so early that the sources say the secret code name is even subject to change. So how do we think Facebook will do at copying Clubhouse? Or should it just buy it?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-11
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You Are the Weakest, StarLink. Goodbye! - 3965

Salesforce posted to its blog Tuesday that the ?9-5 workday is dead.? And will give employees three categories to choose from for their work schedule. Flex would see employees come in 1-3 days a week into the office. The other two categories are fully remote and office based.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Roger Chang, Joe

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2021-02-10
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Scared Chipless - DTNS 3964

A worldwide chip shortage is growing. NXP and Infineon both say chip constraints are no longer limited to automotive. Apple and Sony have both said their newest models are affected by production bottlenecks and component shortages.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Ashley Esqueda, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-09
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Bucket Of Parts: ASSEMBLE! - DTNS 3963

The largest ever study of facial-recognition data shows how much the rise of deep learning has fueled a loss of privacy.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Patrick Beja, Roger Chang, Joe

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2021-02-08
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Patrick is All About that Bass - DTNS 3962

When you shop for home theaters you?re going to see a lot of info about subwoofers. Their Size, power and placement. But why do you need a subwoofer, how do you pick one and where the heck do you put it? Patrick Norton from AVExcel is here to give us the basics on what you need to know about subwoofers?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Patrick Norton, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-02-05
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How's My Driving? Take a Picture! - DTNS 3961

The incoming head of the Senate antitrust subcommittee Senator Amy Klobuchar, plans to introduce a new antitrust bill that would place limits on acquisitions by large tech platforms. If the bill became law here?s it would shift the burden of proof on to companies with more than 50 percent market share.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe

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2021-02-04
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Amazon's Prime Candidates for AWS - DTNS 3960

Yesterday the news broke right before the show that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will stop being CEO in Q3 (which starts in July) and become Executive Chair of Amazon?s board. AWS CEO Andy Jassy will take over as CEO. What will Bezos be doing as Executive Chair and will it matter to the day to day operations of Amazon?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Roger Chang, Amos, Joe.

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2021-02-03
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See Spot Scout - DTNS 3959

Uber announced it intends to buy the alcohol delivery company Drizly for $1.1 billion. The company aims to integrate Drizly services into Uber Eats, but also wants to maintain the separate Drizly app. DoorDash, Instacart, Minibar, Craftshack and more all offer alcohol delivery in the US.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Dan Benjamin, Roger Chang, Amos, Joe.

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2021-02-02
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WeChat If It's Allowed - DTNS 3958

Independent publishers thrive in China on platforms like WeChat and Toutiao. Chinese TV shows and movies are often made based on successful web novels. In China self-publishers are referred to as ?We Media? both a reference to WeChat and being fan-driven. In 2020, 360 million users read articles published on WeChat public accounts. Self-publishers have always had to make sure they don?t attract the attention of Chinese censors. A regulation published January 22nd by the Cyberspace Administration of China requires accounts that ?provide online news service to the public shall obtain the Internet News Information Permit and other relevant media accreditation.?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Rich Strophollino, Amos, Joe.

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2021-02-01
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Wireless Charging is Just a Phase - DTNS 3957

Xiaomi announced Mi Air Charge Technology, a wireless power charging system that uses a phase control array to send up to 5 Watts of power to multiple devices using beamformed millimeter-wide waves within a radius of several meters. Will this end up being vaporware?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Lamarr Wilson, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-29
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Robinhood Takes Stock - DTNS 3956

Facebook?s Oversight Board has reached decisions on a number of accounts directing the company to restore four posts in its first ruling.

Starring Sarah Lane, Rich Strophollino, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-28
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Gamestop Loses Its Shorts - DTNS 3955

What does short selling have to do with GameStop? And why is a subreddit r/wallstreetbets in the middle of allegations of stock price shenanigans?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Molly Wood, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-27
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Urban Amenities for Suburban Prices - DTNS 3954

During this pandemic much has been made about tech workers fleeing cities for other parts of the country due to cost of living and natural disasters. But what exactly is going on and is this shift a much deeper and older set of human behaviors?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Annalee Newitz, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-26
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Kroger Putting the Cart Before the Checkout - DTNS 3953

Peacock used to be notable for being a streaming service that hasn?t yet added Plus to its name. But recent moves by NBCUniversal look to make it a destination for sports. Internally the company plans to wind down NBCSN by the end of the year, with its sports coverage, including Hockey, Tennis, and NASCAR going to USA Network and/or Peacock.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-25
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Getting Quantum with Kiki - DTNS 3952

We examine the state of Quantum Computing from China?s perspective and how it might impact the wider world.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Dr. Kiki Sanford, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-22
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The Only Way To Win Is Not Play - DTNS 3951

Amazon chief executive of worldwide consumer business, Dave Clark, sent a letter to the US President, offering to help reach the goal of vaccinating 100 million people against COVID-19 in 100 days. Can Amazon really help with the deployment of vaccines across the country and should the country take them up on their offer?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-21
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Netflix will sooon pay for itself - DTNS 3950

The European Commission fined Valve and the game publishers Focus Home, ZeniMax, Koch Media, Capcom, and Bandai Namco a combined 7.8 million Euros for geo-blocking roughly 100 PC games, preventing them from being played outside certain EU countries and breaking EU?s Digital Single Market rules.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-20
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WhatsApp With That Privacy Policy? - DTNS 3949

Company gets approval for self-flying drones away from line of sight, Brave browser offers new IPFS functionality and Pizza Hut in Israel plans on testing drone pizza delivery to drop-off points for final delivery by a driver.

Starring Tom Merritt, Robb Dunewood, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-19
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DuckDuckGo Surpasses 100M Daily Search Queries - DTH

DuckDuckGo sees a new peak in daily search queries following 62% annual growth in 2020, Grab considers a US IPO, and researchers find smartwatches can detect COVID-19 before its detectable is tests.

 

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2021-01-18
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ROUND TABLE - What Section 230 Actually Does

Are Facebook and Twitter protected by a shield that stops them from being responsible for any of their content? We bring on Mike Masnick from TechDirt and Shoshana Weissman from the R Street Institute to talk about what Section 230 is, what it isn?t, and whether it needs to be changed. 

SHOW NOTES:

Shoshana Weissmann, Senior Manager of Digital Media and a policy Fellow at the R Street Institute.

https://senatorshoshana.medium.com/who-am-i-ff164b02707e

Mike Masnick, founder and CEO of the Copia Institute and editor of the Techdirt blog.

https://www.techdirt.com/user/mmasnick

Our discussion isn't a substitute for, nor does it constitute, legal advice. The goal of this discussion is to explore some of the legal issues surrounding CDA 230.

The central text of Section 230

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

(1) Treatment of publisher or speaker

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

There is also a section right after that on Civil Liability that offers further protections for taking certain moderation actions. 

-- What is Section 230 designed to do?

-- What are some of the major misconceptions about Section 230?

-- If section 230 were repealed with no replacement, what do you think the effect would be?

-- Do you believe Congress should replace 230? If so, with what? If not, why?

Mike:

-Fix a typo

-Reverse FOSTA

-Remove intellectual exemption property

 

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2021-01-16
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CES 2021 Interview with the CTA - DTNS Special

We interview the CTA's Senior Manager, Industry Communications Danielle Cassagnol on the challenges the organization faced moving the tradeshow online.

 

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2021-01-16
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Google Taunts Australia - DTNS 3948

Allison Sheridan is back with her take on the rest of CES 2021, plus we talk about the future of Podcast Media LLC as it goes up for potential sale.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Allison Sheridan, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-15
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AMD Rises to the Top of CES - DTNS 3947

It?s the final day at CES 2021. We take a look at the winners of Engadget?s Best of CES and the highlights from Samsung?s announcements.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-14
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Touch is so 2019 - DTNS 3946

CES 2021 wraps up as we talk home automation trends, a new heads-up-display for cars and a new open world Star Wars game.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Richard Gunther, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-13
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Virtually Filled With TVs - DTNS 3945

It's Day 2 of CES 2021. We discuss the latest developments in High and Ultra Definition TV and Home Theater technology with Robert Heron and Patrick Norton. Plus all the chip announcements from AMD, Intel and Nvidia.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Patrick Norton, Robert Heron, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-12
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Unrolling CES 2021 - DTNS 3944

CES 2021 has arrived. We sort through all the press releases and discuss all the gadgets, hardware and services announced at the first day of the trade show.

Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Chris Ashley, Peter Wells, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-11
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Twitter Suspends US president - DTNS Headline UPDATE

Twitter permanently suspended the president of the United States from its platform, Apple warns Parler to improve moderation and Google delists Parler from Play store.

 

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2021-01-09
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SolarWinds - The Gift That Keeps On Giving - DTNS 3943

Roku has agreed to acquire exclusive global distribution rights to more than 75 Quibi shows and documentaries, some of which had not been released before Quibi shut down. After the exclusivity deals expire Ibn a bit more than a year, Roku will have the rights to show the content until 2027. The content will have to be presented in its original increments of 10 minutes or less. Why did Roku make this move and how will they benefit?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Shannon Morse, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-08
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One Struum to Rule Them All - DTNS 3942

Former executives from Discovery and Disney are launching a streaming service called Struum. Struum will not have its own content but will partner with smaller streaming content providers, instead, to offer subscribers the ability to sample content from multiple places for one monthly fee. What?s the business model for Struum and do we think it will work?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-07
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Tracking You, But In A Good Way - DTNS 3941

Verizon?s 3G network will seemingly get another stay of execution. Verizon had initially said its 3G network would be shutdown at the end of 2019, later delaying it to the end of 2020. What?s causing the delay and are there practical reasons why it?s still running?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-06
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We All Live in An AI Submarine - DTNS 3940

We examine three cryptocurrency news items including the US Office of the Comptroller of Currency Interpretive Letter 1174, that says banks may use stablecoins and the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is proposing requiring financial institutions to collect personal information like name and address, for anyone involved in large cryptocurrency transactions.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Robb Dunewood, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-05
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State of the Google Union - DTNS 3939

It?s 2021 and this year many of the major auto makers will be introducing all-electric models into their lineup. What can we expect and from whom? CNET's Roadshow Editor-in-Chief, Tim Stevens is here to fill us in!

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Tim Stevens, Roger Chang, Joe.

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2021-01-04
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2021 Tech Predictions - DTNS 3938

With 2020 coming to a close it's time to cast predictions of what will happen in tech in the year 2021. See what bold insights our contributors have this time around and what we all think of their prognostications.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Lamarr Wilson, Patrick Norton, Robb Dunewood, Roger Chang

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2020-12-31
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2020 Tech Predictions Results - DTNS 3937

Welcome to our 2020 Tech Predictions Results episode. Back at the end of 2019 we brought on a group of contributors to share what they thought might happen in the world of tech in the year 2020. See who was right, who was wrong and compare what we worried about with what actually happened.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Jenn Cutter, Shannon Morse, Allison Sheridan, Roger Chang.

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2020-12-30
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