Google released a policy letter promising “more transparency”, “better care and support.”

Chrome 71 will give site owners a 30-day grace period to clean up their act if they are reported for abusive ads.

Amazon has finally chosen it’s location for “HQ2”, its second US Headquarters.

Amazon employees sent an open letter urging the company not to sell the software to law or border enforcement agencies.

Microsoft President Brad Smith spoke about the need for regulation of facial recognition software.

Samsung mythological ‘folding screen phone’ is real!

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People are getting their hands on the new Mac mini and MacBook Air models announced last week.

The new iPad Pro is showing significant upgrade, with Geekbench score nearly double those of the original iPad Pro and rivaling the 2018 MacBook Pro i7s.

Apple will stop announcing iPhone sales numbers, resorting to revenue-only reporting.

Google employees walked out this week in a world-wide protest against Google’s treatment of women and lack of accountability for sexual harassment claims.

A Pew Research report indicates Americans are changing their Facebook usage en masse.

Business Insider ran a pair of fake ads on Facebook for days before being taken down.

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Facebook is being sued by a group of plaintiffs alleging fraud pertaining to the view count of videos played on Facebook’s site and various apps.

Speaking of fakes on Facebook, Facebook product manager Antonia Woodford published a blog post entitled “The Hunt for False News”.

Now entering the Twitterverse, we have the story of Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi’s death this week at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out against a Bloomberg report that Apple was the target of a hardware-based attack by the Chinese government.

Google plus is officially dead, to some folks’ relief…including Morgan Knutson who actually worked on it for 8 months.

Finally, we close this week with the passing of Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and Seattle sports team owner Paul Allen. The 65 year old died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

We start off with a Google confirmation briefing…it’s not an announcement because literally everything was leaked.

Google Strobe is a quote “root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps’ data access”. Today, they announced four findings and the corrective actions they plan to take.

Amazon has decided to shut down a recruiting AI designed to assist in sorting through job applications.

Not to be so easily dismissed, Facebook is getting into the smart screen market with two hardware announcements; the $199 Portal allows voice and video calling through its 10-inch screen and front-facing camera.

For those of you still using Adobe Flash Player, congratulations! You may have been helping hackers mine cryptocurrency.

 

 

We prepare a final farewell to Geocities which will be permanently shut down in March of 2019.

Apple is set to release it’s latest update to iOS in the coming weeks.

Apple has been known for its leakes and now Google apparently wants in on that action.

Speaking of events, Microsoft’s October 2nd Surface event came with few surprises:

On August 10th the FBI served a Columbus, Ohio resident with a search warrant for his phone.

Amazon announced this week that they will be raising the minimum wage of their employees to $15, with those already earning at least that much getting a pay bump as well.

Amazon will reportedly offset the costs of the higher wages by reducing or eliminating several incentive programs including attendance and productivity rewards and annual stock awards.

Google is turning 20– Easter eggs. Facebook Hacked, 50 Million Users Affected. Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information. Snapchat is letting users register to vote from its app. Tesla’s Musk pulled the plug on a settlement with the SEC at the last minute.

Amazon unleashed a ton of new Alexa products. They are trying to lock down the market with a tidal wave of products. New GoPro is impressive and might just be a big hit. FaceBook dating service… are you excited? Youtube burn out is still a thing and it probably will always be a thing.

Apple releases new phones and new watches. Same thing new year. Here are our thoughts.

 

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Ohdoctah we also on Twit this week with a classic Apple Rant….

New Chrome new problems! Should Facebook be ripped apart? Twitter was the last social line of defense for Alex Jones…. but nothing lasts forever! If you could smoke weed with anyone who would it be? Elon Musk is HIGH on my list… I don’t smoke weed so I assume it would end terrible!

 

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Kicking the tires on a new old podcast… IQMZ TECH is back! This episode is mostly about cell phones…New Note 9 is released and some leaked Apple phone images hit the web! We have a hard time picking between the 2 new Mavic Pros. Are you a dog person or an Aibo person? You have to choose sides!

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