With Amazon opening its platform to advertisers in a massive way, we sift through the WSJ article and discuss as thought leaders (!) how old world common sense like selling physical things, not only makes sense but is just what Amazon is doing. Why isn’t anyone else? It’s odd when you sit and think about it – where other sites are specifically after selling our data, Amazon’s busy selling us actual stuff whether you’re online or not. Looks like we’d better warm up to our new overlords. And Linux squeezes in a tiny appearance in today’s episode.

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Righteous motivations steer massive entities to the strangest ends! A quick visit to add on to episode 34’s net neutrality with some new information that came in last night and a longer look at Google’s funny actions. The DOJ and Google both work to appeal to the base consumer but in different ways. Their individual and different-pointing tacks both find an appeal to the masses as the way to go with furthering knowledge of their quests. Google’s march on such grassroots like behavior strikes me as an oddity I can’t shake.

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What does it take to get a break from technology? Technology (sometimes). It’s not entirely strange; decompressing on a rainy day or when time is limited can use the aid of hardware to make the livin’ easy. Techxiety, remember, revolves a great deal around the intangibles that were previously private unto us that software is exploiting. So a look at hardware undoing some of that stress also seems a fitting revenge.

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Although I can argue for and against Chrome’s ditching of privacy when moving from site to site, I’m exhausted at the prospect of having to switch browsers.

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You wont believe how many skills new smart speakers have or what asinine direction some may be headed!

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A little primer today with information going back just months or, in a few cases, almost ten years. The future is unmanned.

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No double entendre name today – just straight up ideas of accountability in a cyber world full of zigs and zags. Google’s stripes again confronted, “Oath:” Advertising techniques against the grain of industry and sworn ethical standards, unaccounted robocalls (for, no one seems to have funded them!) and a couple other items off the news roll that insist we’re all after the head honcho. When things go wrong, where do the people go? Where’s the…

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How can we not talk a little and guess a little about the biggest story in tech? Google always managed to grab headlines from making ‘search engine’ a household word, to the evening news coverage of Google’s font change. It’s always been such a pal. Then, the mission to not be evil disappeared; then the defense contracts, then the location tracking, now, getting a job with China. With so much being decided in private, it’s an episode and topic ripe for chatter and guesswork. Even with best sympathies though, we have to ask, Is Google still a pal?

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