Meta Episodes

Facebook news and rumors, including updates on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus.
Meta M&A

Fri. 05/15 – Facebook Buys GIPHY

May 15, 2020

The US strikes at Huawei again. Apple acquires a VR startup and there’s conflicting rumors on those AR glasses. Is Silicon Valley really about to become a ghost town? And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponso…


Wed. 04/22 – Facebook’s Big Play In India

April 22, 2020

Huge Facebook investment in India. Tech earnings season is back, and this promises to be a super interesting one for all the reasons you can imagine. Two iPhone zero days found out in the wild. Patreon does do layoffs but sa…


Tue. 03/24 - Instagram Co-Watching

March 24, 2020

A wicked Windows zero day is out in the wild without a patch. Google is open sourcing a cool new AI architecture. Instagram wants you to co-watch your feed with a friend. A popular “challenger bank” comes to the US. And the …


Fri. 03/20 - Instagram Copies The Last Snapchat Feature Left

March 20, 2020

Yelp is showing how the restaurant industry is in deep trouble. Instagram makes ready to clone the last Snapchat feature it hadn’t copped yet. The very interesting lessons behind a self-driving startup closing its doors. And…


(Bonus) Inside Facebook with Steven Levy

March 7, 2020

I’ve said before, Steven Levy is the dean of the tech writers. All the way back in 1984 his classic book Hackers defined a tech space that wasn’t even fully aware of itself yet. Steven has written book length histories and e…

Guest: Steven Levy

Fri. 10/25 - Introducing Facebook News

Oct. 25, 2019

Introducing Facebook News. Did the major US Carriers do an end-run around Google out of spite? Amazon is back to making as little profit as it possibly can, HBO Max makes its aggressive pricing move, and, of course, the Week…


Fri. 10/18 - Zuckerberg Says Free Speech Is Good! (Facebook, Also Good!)

Oct. 18, 2019

Zuckerberg defends Facebook as a champion of free speech, will iPhone users have unlimited photo uploads to Google Photos while Pixel 4 owners will not, dial back your expectations for the Photoshop iPad app, the Vatican has…


Tue. 10/01 - The Zuckerberg Tapes

Oct. 1, 2019

Listen in on Mark Zuckerberg rallying the troops, GoPro hopes newer cameras revive its fortunes, prepping for the Microsoft event tomorrow, the SEC slaps a crypto company on the wrist, and Tesla’s new Smart Summon feature ha…

Crypto Meta

Wed. 06/19 - The Fallout From Facebook Coin

June 19, 2019

More revelations about the horrible job that is Facebook Moderation, Best Buy now doubles as a Genius Bar—sorta, YouTube has some new AR tricks and is mulling some changes for kids, and the reaction to Facebook’s crypto play…

Crypto Meta

Tue. 06/19 – Is Facebook Now in Crypto... or Just Payments?

June 18, 2019

Facebook announces Libra, Twitch acquires Bebo, are unmanned convenience stores something people even want, Facebook wants more houses in Silicon Valley, and LA real estate is starting to look like Silicon Valley. Sponsors: …


Thu. 05/09 - Chris Hughes Wants To Break Up Facebook

May 9, 2019

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break up Facebook, more developer details from I/O, Uber has an arbitration problem, shoe tech is real, and get ready for 64 megapixel smartphone cameras. Sponsors:…

Crypto Meta

Fri. 05/03 - Facebook Coin Is Coming For Credit Cards

May 3, 2019

This Facebook cryptocurrency is real, people, Microsoft has a blockchain product as well, Verizon is looking to unload Tumblr, Softbank is considering an IPO for the vision fund and, of course, the weekend longreads suggesti…


Tue. 04/30 - All The F8 Announcements

April 30, 2019

All the news from the Facebook F8 conference, Cheddar gets acquired, Alphabet shows weakness, and why does Ring, the smart doorbell, need a news editor? Sponsors: Links Facebook…


Fri. 04/19 - With Facebook, It's Eternally Groundhog Day

April 19, 2019

Facebook finds a new way to handle the privacy scandal of the day, free, ad supported music from Amazon and Google, Dieter ended up reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Fold as best he could, and of course, the Weekend Longreads Sug…


Fri. 03/15 - Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real?

March 15, 2019

Does Chris Cox’s departure from Facebook mean the pivot is real, Apple responds to Spotify’s complaint, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: Links: FACE…