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Tech News Today explores the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists live each weekday at 7:00pm Eastern, 4:00pm Pacific, 00:00 UTC. Give us your news and views at 260-TNT-SHOW or tnt@twit.tv, or watch recorded shows on our website at http://twit.tv/tnt.

Episodes

TNT 1816: Phelps' Faux Shark Foe  

Alphabet may have been issued a $2.7 billion fine last month by European Union regulators for antitrust violations, but that didn't stop the company from reporting over $26 billion in revenue for the first three months of the year, up 21 percent year over year. Alphabet also announced that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will join the company's board of directors.

Bloomberg reports that NASA wants to speed up your travel time with a new supersonic jet design. NASA claims to have the technology to reduce the effects of a a sonic boom in a plane that could get you from LA to New York in 3 hrs.

In 2015, iRobot released a version of the Roomba that had a camera and sensors for mapping the home to keep it on track as it cleans. Now, iRobot Corp says it could someday sell those home maps to "the Big Three", boosting smart home capabilities and creeping out tin foil hat wearers simultaneously.

We also chat about the end of Microsoft Paint, the CGI shark that fooled no one, and Rene Ritchie is here to tell us about the trials and tribulations of the first Pokemon Go Fest

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Rene Ritchie

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TNT 1815: Don't Blame Amazon for Everything  

The Wall Street Journal reports that Lyft is forming its own driverless car development division. The company says it will develop its own hardward and software, but they won't be building their own cars, just the kits to make the cars self-driving.

It is time to update your iPhone and iPad, especially if you use WiFi. The security update has been available since Wednesday and CNET says if you haven't installed it, you really should.

Axios says Google, Apple, and Amazon have spent record amounts in lobbying this year. Just in the last three months Google has spent 5.93 million dollars. Apple has spent 2.2 million dollars, and Amazon has spent 3.21 million dollars.

Editor in Chief from CNET Lindsey Turrentine is here and we talk about Amazon's possibly sneaky sales and how hardware is hard, essentially

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Lindsey Turrentine

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TNT 1814: Do Nothing in No Tubes  

The US Department of Justice announced the takedown of Alpha Bay and Hansa, two dark web marketplaces selling mostly fake IDs and illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl. The networks also sold hacking tools, guns, and toxic chemicals.

Microsoft released another strong quarterly earnings report, especially in the Cloud. The company also updated its support lifecycle policy in terms of hardware support, saying they will not update the operating systems on some older CPUs, specifically certain older Atom-based Windows devices.

Elon Musk tweeted that he got "verbal approval" for his underground hyperloop from NY to Philadelphia to Baltimore and DC in 29 minutes. The tweet was met with skepticism about what exactly "verbal approval" meant, but a rep from the White House said they have had some conversations.

YouTube TV comes to more markets, a new class on how to find credit card information online, and how Dolby is using skin sensors to determine whether or not you like a particular movie.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Owen JJ Stone

Guest: Selena Larson

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TNT 1813: Bad Millennial  

Apple just launched a new machine learning site at machinelearning.apple.com. Volume 1 Issue One of the Apple Machine Learning Journal is available to read now if you're interested in how using large data sets can increase the success of your neural net.

Google made some updates to its search app on iOS and Android today in order to offer you a steady stream of what Google thinks you want to know BEFORE you search for it. Google will deliver articles, video, and other customized content right to your filter bubble as soon as you turn it on.

The US government will ease restrictions on self-driving cars, according to legislation that passed the House Commerce consumer protection subcommittee by voice vote. Automakers can now manufacture up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles a year, according to the new federal standards which will preempt the state laws.

Mikah Sargent from iMore is here to talk all about these stories, plus buying stuff off the back of a truck that's giving away free candy, smart air conditioners, and why language matters.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Mikah Sargent

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TNT 1812: The Way Zeus Made It  

Netflix released earnings and they are still impressing investors with revenue ($2.785 billion in the second quarter of 2017) and their seemingly endless parade of new subscribers (5.2 million new customers in this quarter.)

The New York Times reports that WhatsApp is the latest service to run up against media censorship in China. The government disrupted service of the Facebook-owned messaging tool today, blocking users from sending photos and videos.

Google announced new security features for G Suite and Apps Script to protect against the phishing scams like the one we saw back in May. Google says they've changed the way they handle plug-ins with a new "unverified app" screen that will appear for all newly created web applications and Apps Scripts that require verification.

Scott Johnson from The Morning Stream is here to talk about all of these stories, plus drowning robots, street fighter, and Google Glass, which is now for people who do real work.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Scott Johnson

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TNT 1811: Breastfeeding Zombies  

Happy World Emoji Day. Apple reveals new emoji coming to iOS 11 including, breastfeeding, zombies, coconuts, t-rex, sandwiches and more. Among the many ways the world is celebrating emoji day, London's Royal Opera House will present 20 well-known operas and ballets in emoji form online.

Security researcher Leigh-Anne Galloway anyone can gain access to your old MySpace account as long as they know your birthday. Galloway notified MySpace of the flaw back in April, but they sent her an automated response and did not fix it. Rest assured it is fixed as of now.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth has reached a record high of $66.7 billion, as shares of his company's stock continue to rise. Meanwhile, he is not running for president, despite his carefully controlled appearances all over the united states.

Georgia Dow from iMore is here to discuss these stories and to lend her expertise to a discussion on smart phone addiction. Plus how to start your car with your Apple watch.

Host: Megan Morrone

Guest: Georgia Dow

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TNT 1810: A Post-Switch World  

The Washington Post says border agents don't have the right to look at your social media accounts. According to a letter obtained by journalists, Customs and Border Patrol are not allowed to search through any data that's stored only in the cloud and that includes social media data. Border agents ARE allowed to inspect anything "physically resident on an electronic device transported by an international traveler."

TechCrunch reports that Google's Life Science division is testing a unique new way to get rid of mosquitoes. More mosquitoes. DeBug Fresno is Alphabet-owned Verily's first foray into solving the global health impact of disease-carrying mosquitoes. The 20 million mosquitoes they plan to release in Fresno carry a bacteria, and they're also sterile males. When they mate with females the eggs won't hatch.

You can now pay nearly $3000 for an Android Smart Watch made by Louis Vuitton, but Business Insider says you'll have to call Louis Vuitton on the telephone if you want one. The Tambour Horizon runs Android 2.0 and with built-in flight tracking and city guide features. Its designed for global travelers.

Plus, Star Wars Land is coming to Disney Land and Disney World in 2019. How one museum is teaching people art through text messages, and Lauren Hockenson from the Nothing Matters podcast is here to talk about the latest news from Nintendo.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Lauren Hockenson

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TNT 1809: Cloth-Covered Tater Tot  

Sources tell Marc Gurman from Bloomberg that Facebook will release a $200 Wireless Oculus VR Headset next year. The device, code-named Pacific will look like the Rift, but will reportedly be lighter and have better graphics than the Samsung Gear VR headset since it will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processor.

Engadget's Devindra Hardiwar's sources say Amazon is working on a competitor to Apple's yet-to-be released HomePod. The upgraded Amazon Echo will reportedly feature a cloth covering, better sound, and an improved microphone.

Axios reports that Dev Bootcamp, one of the first coding schools, is going under. The school was founded in 2012 in San Francisco and acquired by test prep company Kaplan in 2014. In a Facebook post, Dev Bootcamp, which had grown to locations in 6 cities, wrote that its business model was unsustainable.

Mikah Sargent from iMore joins us to discuss all these stories, plus the science behind a battery-free cell phone, what Apple plans to do with lasers in the new iPhone, and how to create a smart home on a budget.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Mikah Sargent

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TNT 1808: Neutrality Noir  

Amazon concluded its Prime Day sale and broke its own records, with sales that were 60 percent higher than last year's event, and more than Amazon's own Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales last year. The sale brought in record numbers of new Prime members, and the Echo Dot was the single most popular product sold during the sale.

Today Microsoft announced a new free iPhone app for people with visual impairments. It's called Seeing AI and its mission is to narrate the world around you, using artificial intelligence.

Microsoft is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, marking the end of the Windows Phone timeline. Microsoft is still supporting Windows 10 mobile, however, most recently with the roll out of the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update.

Plus, the robot lawyer who will get you out of paying your parking tickets will now let you solve all kinds of other legal problems. And Elliot Harmon from the EFF tells us why we need to care about net neutrality right now.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Elliot Harmon

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TNT 1807: The Very Hungry Cannibal  

Microsoft is looking to improve broadband internet connectivity in rural America with a $10 billion dollar pilot program called the Rural Airband Initiative that should reach 23.4 million Americans who don't have access to high speed internet. The plan involves identifying unused white space frequencies in rural areas and repurposing for high speed internet.

According to one CNBC analyst, Amazon's Prime Day could lead to $10 billion in lost productivity. The math works like this. Approximately 85 million Prime members spend about a minute on Amazon every time a new round of deals pop up during the 30-hour event.

Facebook is readying a worldwide rollout of ads in the Messenger home tab. Facebook has been testing the feature in a beta locked to Thailand and Australia since last January, and the ads beta is expected to roll out to all in the coming weeks.

Plus, we discuss facial recognition software in China, what its like for women working in VR and how to turn caterpillars into cannibals.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Doree Shafrir

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TNT 1806: Medium for Fiction  

Amazon has quietly started offering in-home installation of smart home devices, treading on Best Buy's Geek Squad turf. Amazon Smart Home Services is live in seven markets, and has a focus on smart home installations that integrate Amazon's voice assistant platform into the home.

Twitter announced new advanced filter settings for your personal war against trolls and bots. You can now mute any user who doesn't follow you, or any user who has a brand-new account. All of these measures are designed to control how much hate speech and misinformation you see, while simultaneously not blocking anyone's free speech.

Facebook announced another drop in the price of the Oculus Rift VR headset down from $499 to $399, and that includes an Oculus Touch controller! However, this price drop is for a limited time as the deal only lasts during the "Summer of Rift" promotion that should last through the end of the Summer.

We also talk to Adam Burakowski from The Wirecutter about how to find the best deals on Amazon Prime Day and Rob Reid tells us about his new science fiction publishing experiment and his new podcast with Tom Merritt.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guests: Rob Reid and Adam Burakowski

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TNT 1805: Broken Jawbone  

Alphabet has decided to drop 3 of 4 patent claims as part of its lawsuit against Uber, as the ride hailing company no longer uses the technology that those patents covered. Uber considers this a victory, saying it weakens Alphabet's case, pointing out that Waymo is over-promising and can't deliver on its claims.

The Information's sources say that Jawbone is entering into liquidation proceedings, though the company has not yet commented. CEO Hosain Rahman and a number of Jawbone employees have reportedly jumped ship to form a new company, Jawbone Health Hub, which is expected to create health products and services.

Samsung says that its Q2 operating profit has hit new heights, rising around 72 percent from this point last year to around 14 trillion won, or $12.11bn. Samsung's memory chip division is expected to be a boon for the company through the end of the year as the memory chip market is booming at the moment.

Plus, Xiaomi is bouncing back big time, Comma has a new dongle to track the sensors in your car, artists using ethereum blockchain for their releases, and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica joins us to discuss the new Spiderman movie and why it's so darn good.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Ron Richards

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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TNT 1804: Who Has 3 Thumbs and an iPad?  

Microsoft will lay off 10 percent of its sales force in an effort to reorganize the way it sells its cloud platform, Azure. The jobs will likely be mostly outside of the US and some affected workers will be given other jobs within the company in what Frank Shaw, corporate VP of communications and jargon, says are intended to evolve the skill sets Microsoft needs.

In other layoff news, SoundCloud is laying off 40 percent of its staff, according to a blog post by the company's founder, Alex Lyung. The decade old music and podcast streaming service will close offices in San Francisco and London, but Lyung says SoundCloud will still be available 190 countries globally.

Tesla's stock has fallen almost 17 percent this week, despite the news that that the cheaper Model 3 is three weeks ahead of schedule. The Wall Street Journal notes that delivery of Model S cars and Model X sport-utility vehicles were lower than analysts expected due to a battery supply issue, causing many prominent analysts to give the company a "sell" rating.

Jason Snell from MacWorld and Six Colors joins me to talk about all of these stories, plus iPhone rumors for this year and next, how iOS 11 will improve podcasts, and a service that will give you free energy bars in the back of your Lyft or Uber, in exchange for your personal information.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Snell

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TNT 1803: Gettin' Patent Cozy  

Baidu announced its autonomous driving alliance with partners including Ford, Daimler, Intel, Nvidia, TomTom, 12 Chinese automakers, universities, suppliers, startups, and local governments. Like Waymo, Silicon Valley and Beijing-based Baidu wants to develop the technology and AI to power self-driving cars, not create the cars themselves.

Snapchat is updating its app today with a few cool features, including Backdrops that separates you from the background and places imagery behind you. Voice Filters are being broken out from Stories to alter voices in all posted video. And Paperclip lets users attach a link to a website onto videos or images shared to friends.

Nokia and Xiaomi have signed a business collaboration agreement and a patent agreement which will give Xiaomi Nokia patents and give Nokia Xiaomi's network infrastructure equipment.

Plus, Ticketmaster will be tracking ticket holders with inaudible tones, Facebook is developing a group video chat app, the flying car industry got a boost, and Katie Roof from Techcrunch joins to talk about the recent spate of sexual harassment stories that are quickly changing silicon valley's VC industry.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Katie Roof

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TNT 1802: The Kangaroo Uprising  

iPhone rumors, Microsoft layoffs, Kangaroo detection in driverless cars, and the author of the popular blog McMansion Hell tells us how she defended her right to mock turrets.

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg has sources who say that the upcoming and as yet unannounced iPhone 8 might see the end of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. In its place would be a front facing 3-D sensor for advanced facial recognition that is less likely to be tricked as similar 2-D offerings by other manufacturers.

Sources at TechCrunch say Microsoft is laying off 'thousands' in a global sales and marketing reorg as the company downsizes its boxed software program. Several execs sent memos to staff today that mentioned the reorg, but not the layoffs.

Windows 10 users who are looking forward to the Timeline feature will have to wait, according to Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore. Timeline, which allows users to pick up where they left off inside an app regardless of device or platform, is being pushed back beyond the Fall Creators Update.

We also talk about the timeline for the new Tesla Model 3, an update on that car-eating elevated bus we told you about last year and which driverless car companies have kangaroo detection and which do not. Plus, the author of the blog McMansion Hell is here to tell us how she fought Internet Giant Zillow and won.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Kate Wagner

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TNT 1801: A Bunch of Bought Bots  

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies could face fines of up to 57 million dollars in Germany if they fail to remove illegal, racist, or slanderous comments within 24 hours of receiving report of the offense.

The Washington Post says Twitter is prototyping a new feature that would allow its users to actively flag tweets containing misleading information and fake news in an attempt to control the network effect that comes from bot tweeting, among other related problems. Twitter says they currently have no plans to launch this product.

ReCode reports that Facebook is changing its algorithm to reduce the reach of anyone who posts fifty times a day or more, regardless of the content of the links. Facebook VP Adam Mosseri says they've identified a small group of people, not bots, who post spammy links, which he says are likely to contain low quality content such as clickbait, sensationalism, and misinformation.

Plus, Project Fi might get supported by a non-Google phone, the Surface Mini that never was is shown off in leaked photos,and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica talks about Blizzard's remaster of Starcraft and the fate of CastAR.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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TNT 1800: Where We're Going We Still Need Roads  

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. If you, like me, think it feels like we just celebrated the 10th anniversary you'd be right. On January 7th of this year, we celebrated the birth of the iPhone because that's when Steve Jobs stood on stage and announced it. But today is the day you could wait in line at a store to buy one. So, we're celebrating again.

Today Instagram announced a new system to filter out hateful comments called DeepText. It goes beyond filtering keywords and is designed to understand the context of the comment and decide whether it's toxic or benign.

Alphabet is rolling out Google Photos 3.0, now with more facial recognition. The new features, announced at Google I/O back in May, include machine learning that nudges you to share pictures if you forget. Google also says they'll recognize meaningful moments and suggest who you might want to share them with. You can now share with friends and family, even if they don't use Google photos.

Lisa Schmeiser from The SuperSite for Windows and the newsletter So What, Who Cares is here to talk about all of these stories and the female team who manages the Amazon Echo, how technology is changing the trucking industry, and exploding fidget spinners.

Host: Megan Morrone

Guest: Lisa Schmeiser

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TNT 1799: Red Queen Situation  

ProPublica posted a story that illustrates the challenges for Facebook's censors. Internal documents show a number of guidelines Facebook censors must follow to determine the difference between political expression and hate speech, showing in some cases that Facebook is more likely to side with elites and governments over activists and minorities because it's good for international business.

Google News got a much-needed design refresh with a cards-based layout, and a focus on fact checking with a fact-check widget on the right side of the homepage that lists sources like PolitiFact and Snopes to help debunk some of the more recent items of misinformation making the rounds.

Qualcomm is showing off its new fingerprint sensors that work through ultrasonic technology capable of detecting fingerprints, bloodflow, and heart rate through the display panel and even through metal.

Plus, Target Restock is treading on Amazon's turf, Apple wants its Music subscribers to Chill, IBM's Chef Watson is cooking up something good, and Iain Thomson from The Register joins KTLA's Rich DeMuro and me to take a closer look at the Petya ransomware attack.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Rich DeMuro

Guest: Iain Thomson

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TNT 1798: From Michael Douglas to Zoolander  

After a lengthy seven year probe, the European Commission has fined Google 2.42 billion euros, around $2.7 billion dollars, for promoting its own Google Shopping ads in what it deemed to be an abuse of its own dominance for search. Google faces a 90 day deadline for ending the anti-competitive practices before facing additional penalties.

New ransomware is shutting down businesses globally and it might be worse than WannaCry. The Verge says the attack, which some are calling Petya, has affected airlines, banks, and utilities including operations at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant where they've been forced to switch to manual monitoring.

Facebook says the social network has officially hit two billion users, or in other words, one quarter of the world's population uses Facebook every month. The company is 13 years old and hit its first billion users only five years ago, and has more users than any other social media service.

Plus, China is utilizing face recognition and AI to help keep its citizens under constant surveillance, how neural networks and a little engineering known how helped one man end his Lego sorting nightmares, and Matt McFarland joins Engadget's Kerry Davis and Jason Howell to talk about how Drive.AI is taking a different approach to autonomous vehicle fleet tech.

Host: Jason Howell

Guests: Kerry Davis and Matt McFarland

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TNT 1797: Gurman Shows the Show  

Avis Budget Group will help Waymo manages its self-driving car fleet of Chrysler minivans in Phoenix, where it started offering rides back in April. Avis Budget owns the two traditional rental car companies, plus on demand rental car company ZipCar.

Nintendo unveiled the SNES Classic, an $80 mini console of the Super Nintendo with 20 classic games from the era along with an as-yet-unreleased game, Star Fox 2. The package will include two controllers and be available on September 29.

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down. ReCode reports that sources familiar with the matter say Westegren, who founded the company 17 years ago, will stay on until Pandora names a successor.

Plus, HMD is bringing the Nokia 6 to the US, Google said its goodbyes to Google Talk, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman joins to share his thoughts on the Echo Show, Amazon's upgrade to the Echo that includes a touchscreen for video calls.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Mark Gurman

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