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Techmeme Ride Home

The day's tech news, every day at 5pm. From Techmeme.com, Silicon Valley's most-read news…

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Cool Stuff Ride Home

In just 15 minutes, the coolest stuff that happened in the world today. Science, progress…

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SpaceCasts

A live-audio creator collective. All the best Clubhouse Rooms and Twitter Spaces from the…

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Recent Episodes

August 12, 2022

Fri. 08/12 - Micro-Robots Brushing Your Teeth?

Could chewing gum and micro-robots replace your toothbrush? Plus, a Lord Byron-themed RPG. And get paid to indulge in every pumpkin-spiced item at Trader Joe’s.

August 12, 2022

Fri. 08/12 – How Do We Feel About Arresting Open-Source Developers?

Dutch authorities have arrested a developer related to Tornado Cash. But is there a grey area here that is a bit messy? LinkedIn seems ready to go all in on the creator and influencer economy. Apple seems to have confidence that there’s not going to be a slowdown in iPhone sales. And of course, the weekend Longreads suggestions.

August 11, 2022

Thu. 08/11 - Bog Butter Blogs & Predator's Food Vlog

The science and history of bog butter–––still edible butter buried in Irish bogs thousands of years ago. Plus, the first-ever feature film dubbed entirely in the Comanche language, and more cool takeaways from the latest Predator installment. A Lyme disease vaccine has just entered its final stage of clinical trials. And a new weird Coke flavor just dropped.

August 11, 2022

Thu. 08/11 – Disney Half (Plus Ads)

Disney embraces inflation because it kind of has to. How Facebook and Instagram are sneakily still tracking you, even after Apple’s ATT changes. The FCC has rejected SpaceX for a big rural broadband deal. And where the teens are hanging out online, these days. You kind of know the answer, but the data is still interesting.

August 10, 2022

Wed. 08/10 - Mary Shelley & the Cryogenic Tabloid Star

The story of the 197-year-old frozen gentleman–––a tale that will take us from unprecedented weather events and the 19th century version of misinformation to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, a 1980s medical miracle, and brief shout-out to the OG velocipede. Plus, Austrian Burger King say you’re abnormal if you like meat. And the upcoming live-action Pac-Man movie.

August 10, 2022

Wed. 08/10 – The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event

All the headlines from this morning’s Galaxy Unpacked event. Walmart wants to ad video to keep up with Prime. Spotify quietly begins selling tickets. And if someone sends you some dirty ETH, and you can’t block receipt of it, are you in trouble?

August 09, 2022

Tue. 08/09 - Excel eSports Championships

The exciting world of Excel eSports. Plus, a Native American tribe who has had their land returned to them after 350 years. The top scientist who caused a big stir with a tiny bit of sausage. And a group of spiders that have been named after David Bowie.

August 09, 2022

Tue. 08/09 – WhatsApp Privacy Features

WhatsApp rolls out privacy features. The battery icon returns to the iPhone. China is growing restless over its silicon industry. HBOMax will stop getting Warner Movies automatically. The really rugged smartwatch from Garmin. And the real reason Amazon is buying One Medical and iRobot.

August 08, 2022

Mon. 08/08 - Do We REALLY Need Mosquitoes?

What would happen if we just Thanos-snapped all the mosquitoes out of existence? Would there be significantly adverse effects? Plus, from heat indexes to physiology, why the same temperature can feel so different in two different places, or even at different times of the year.

August 08, 2022

Mon. 08/08 – What Data Is Telsa Collecting On You?

Masa Son takes another one on the chin, another record loss. The US Treasury is sanctioning a major crypto mixing service. Netflix Gaming is off to a good start or a terrible one, I can’t tell. One of the streaming services is biting the dust. And since we’re aware of the can industry data tracking issue, how much data is Tesla already tracking about your driving?

August 07, 2022

(Portfolio Profile) Stashpad

Devs! Download the app at Stashpad.com and help us finalize everything before the big launch!

August 06, 2022

(Bonus) Crossover Ep. With Big Technology Podcast - Meta Gonna Survive The Metaverse?

Our friend Alex Kantrowitz returns to my kitchen table for a crossover episode with Big Technology Podcast (subscribe here) to discuss whether or not Meta is going to see its promise land Metaverse? And are we in a recession or just a tech recession? Oh. And tips to survive plane travel.

August 05, 2022

Fri. 08/05 - Your Brain On Horror

Let’s talk about your brain on horror movies. Plus, Mark Cuban wants to turn a Texas town into Jurassic Park. And a virtual map that lets you see what your town looked like millions of years ago.

August 05, 2022

Fri. 08/05 – Amazon To Acquire iRobot

Amazon wants to acquired the company that makes the Roomba robot, or as it’s known in my family, Vrrrrooom. We finally know the legal arguments both sides are making in the Elon/Twitter case. Does crashing semiconductor demand prove we’re in a recession or not? And of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.