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Recent Episodes

July 04, 2022

(IHP) The eBay Story Part 1

From my original Internet History Podcast, the first of my two episodes outlining the story of eBay, in-depth, as I make the strong case that it was maybe the most important and overlooked startup of the Web 1.0 era. Part 2 of this story coming on Friday.

July 02, 2022

(TWTR SPC) Aprés Spotify w/ Anchor Founder @mignano

Time for some deep analysis of the podcast industry. Is Spotify gonna take over all of audio? Is the blockchain useful for podcasting? What is the great Michael Mignano doing next, after leaving Spotify and Anchor?

July 01, 2022

Google Talk (Dec. 2018)

While I'm away briefly for vacation, here's a talk I gave at Google in December 2018 around the time my book came out. Just a condensed dose of my entire thesis of the technology industry's history from 1994-2006. Nothing much new if you've read my book, but if you want the cliff's notes version, here it is.

June 30, 2022

Thu. 06/30 - The Kid Who Invented Popsicles... Allegedly

The murky history of Popsicles, and freeze pops or Otter Pops or whatever you call them. Plus, those skin mites that live on your face might be able to reveal your geographic ancestry. And the Canadian radio station that only plays one song by Rage Against the Machine now.

June 30, 2022

Thu. 06/30 – If Sam Bankman-Fried Is Afraid To Give You Money…

One good thing about the crypto crash is you can get affordable graphics cards again. Layoffs come to the Metaverse. Samsung is producing the first 3nm chips. Apple wants you to pay for your gas without getting out of your car. Though, you’d still have to get out to pump, I suppose. And, bit of a surprise, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.

June 29, 2022

Wed. 06/29 - Did "The Dress" Foreshadow Fake News?

Remember the photo of that blue and black dress, or I’m sorry, white and gold dress? It turns out at least one neuroscientist conducted an official study of people’s perceptions about it, and his findings could have larger ramifications on our seemingly increasing inability to communicate and understand each other when it comes to fundamental social issues.

June 29, 2022

Wed. 06/29 – Netflix Running Up That Hill

I joke its Groundhog Day, but if you’re a crypto billionaire, you probably want the repetition to end as much as anyone. Wait, is TikTok suddenly in trouble with the US government again? A new line of chips from Arm. Sony wants to play to PC gamers. And why Netflix doling out Stranger Things in portions is one of the biggest experiments being run in Hollywood right now.

June 28, 2022

Tue. 06/28 - The Return of the Moon Age

NASA’s Artemis mission returning us to the moon has officially begun… sort of. Here’s everything you need to know about today’s first step towards establishing a base in lunar orbit. Plus, why do so many of us love logging the books we read and movies we watch on tracking apps, and at what cost?

June 28, 2022

Tue. 06/28 – Elon Could Let Me Do This Show From A Campsite

Why there’s a HUGE tech angle to the whole Roe V. Wade controversy. Google’s shutting down one of their chat apps, but even I can’t be bothered to figure out which one or why. Airbnb is permanently putting the kibosh on parties. And will StarlinkRV allow all of us to take off into the wild and still do our work?

June 27, 2022

Mon. 06/27 - Why Friends Smell Alike

Do groups of friends all smell alike? Plus, an astonishingly well-preserved 30,000 year old woolly mammoth baby was just discovered. And we finally have photographic evidence of that mysterious rocket stage that hit the moon in March.

June 27, 2022

Mon. 06/27 - Après Mai, Le Apple Déluge?

Are we in for the biggest deluge in new Apple products, maybe ever? Why, though, are the new MacBook Pros with M2 chips sporting slower SSD drives? Is your phone plan about to get more expensive? Is VC activity actually going down? How much should we worry about Tether? And something something, are DAO’s really that decentralized?

June 25, 2022

(TWTR SPC) Variety Special

No guest this week (though the great @EvanKirstel does show up at one point) but we covered a wide range of topic, mostly ones that have been under-discussed lately on the show...

June 24, 2022

Fri. 06/24 – TikTok Turns On The Money Machine

The fire sale on tech companies has begun. More big important hacks to be aware of. Another crypto bridge has been compromised. Amazon wants you to know about their AI coding tool. TikTok turns on the money spigot. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.

June 24, 2022

Fri. 06/24 - The Creatures That Live & Mate On Our Faces

The facts on how risky public bathrooms actually are when it comes to germs and disease transmission. Plus, the secret lives of skin mites––a bevy of new findings on the microscopic creatures that live on our faces. And, as a chaser, animal ASMR.