Meta Episodes

Facebook news and rumors, including updates on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus.
Meta Regulation

Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry

Dec. 14, 2018

Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry - Direct RSS feed starting this weekend, just in caseThe bomb scare email scam that demanded bitcoin, Facebook’s Photo API gave away too many photos, Ap…

Meta Regulation

Wed. 12/05 - Facebook Gets Docu-dumped by the UK

Dec. 5, 2018

The UK Parliament docu-dumps on Facebook, Qualcomm fires the starter pistol on 5G rollout, an actual test drive on Waymo’s new ride hailing service, and behind that $100 million Friends…


Thu. 11/15 - The Bombshell NYTimes Story on Facebook

Nov. 15, 2018

That huge New York Times story behind the scenes of Facebook, Google adds business messaging to Google Maps, Uber eats is a monster business, Amazon Go has a rival and there’s a new King of YouTube. Links: Delay, Deny and …


Wed. 10/31 - Facebook's Earnings Are Not a Disaster

Oct. 31, 2018

Facebook earnings were not a disaster, another Alphabet employee is out because of scandal, Waymo has a permit to test real driverless cars on California roads, and if you don’t know what computational notebooks are, let me …

Apple Meta

Wed. 10/24 - Tim Cook Attacks the "Data Industrial Complex"

Oct. 24, 2018

Tim Cook attacks the “data industrial complex,” why political texts are flooding your phone, the US, China and the AI cold war, and how Facebook Messenger got its new look. Links: Apple’s Tim Cook Makes Blistering Attack O…

Meta Security

Fri. 10/12 - Facebook Reports on its Breach Investigation

Oct. 12, 2018

Facebook announces the results of their investigation into that data breach, the market downturn is biting some tech companies, has Spotify ruined music, and, of course, the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: An Update …

Meta Security Tesla

Fri. 09/28 - Facebook Breached, Musk Faces A Ban

Sept. 28, 2018

A new Facebook scandal—but this time it’s different, Slack is preparing for an IPO, an exciting new episode of Today in Elon Musk, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Slack Actively Preparing for Ear…


Wed. 09/26 - Facebook Dirty Laundry

Sept. 26, 2018

More fallout from the Instagram departures and some pretty dirty laundry aired from inside Facebook, Google reverses course on Chrome, Coinbase opens its doors to alts, and maybe I was right about Amazon Homes! Links: Excl…


Tue. 09/25 - The Instagram Founders Ghost Facebook

Sept. 25, 2018

Instagram’s founders turn in their two weeks notice, Samsung accuses Apple of stealing, lots of changes coming to Google Search, and a “Netflix for open source.” Links: Why Instagram's founders are resigning: independence…


Fri. 09/21 - Instagram Fighting #hashtagoverload

Sept. 21, 2018

More fallout from that monster Alexa event yesterday, Facebook is gonna take another swing at Portal, Instagram wants to cut down on #hashtagoverload, Gmail was too willing to say “I love you,” and the Weekend Longreads Sugg…


Tue. 7/31 - Facebook Finds More Election "Bad Actors"

July 31, 2018

Facebook reveals fresh election meddling, Galaxy 9s might not be selling well, but Nintendo Switches sure are, and Playstation 4s still are, Uber stops truckin’ and Google Maps will predict which restaurant you’ll like. Sto…

Meta Regulation

Wed. 7/25 - China to Facebook: Not So Fast!

July 25, 2018

Another internal Facebook memo leaks, China tells Facebook “not so fast,” Steam battles Discord, why the iPhone can’t compete in China, and a Y2K bug for the new millennium. Links:Departing Facebook Security Officer's Memo: …


Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Instagram Debuts IGTV

June 20, 2018

The immigration controversy comes to Silicon Valley, Instagram debuts IGTV, Disney ups its bid for Fox, and a new phone finds a new way around “the notch.” Links:Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video (T…


Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Hour-long Instagram Videos?

June 6, 2018

A whole slew of product announcements. New Sonos speakers. A new Motorola smartphone. A new AMD chip. Instagram may soon allow you to post hour-long videos. Plus: why Microsoft sunk a data center off the Scottish coast and w…


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Uber Gets a Panic Button and Facebook Gets Paused

May 29, 2018

Uber adds a panic button, Apple updates HomePod, the Chinese trade war is back on, Facebook gets a month-long timeout, another EU privacy regulation, and less-desirable dogs get better PR. Tweets from from @lcmoser, @heldavi…