Perhaps you were wondering why we didn’t pay any attention to the Amazon drones story last week? Well, that’s what happens in the rare instance that tech news breaks on a Sunday night, hours after we record the show. Well, we more than make up for lost time with a thorough takedown of Amazon, the NSA, and plenty of other FLUNK-worthy pubic relations nightmares.
Indeed, we kick things off with a look at “Amazon Prime Air,” previewed by Jeff Bezos on 60 Minutes and shown off in a YouTube video. We review some of the reaction to Amazon’s drones idea, including members of Congress planning to hold hearings, UPS researching its own drones, and the fact that no drones of any kind would be allowed in the Washington, DC area, so so much for The Washington Post being delivered by drone.
Yes, there’s even more NSA news to talk about this week! So in the premiere of our seemingly-never-ending segment, ROCK in the NSA, we delve into how the NSA is tracking the location of cell phones worldwide, and how apparently, morale at the NSA has hit rock bottom what with all of the Snowden revelations coming to light.
We move on to our tech headlines of the week:
- Apple Debuts iBeacons in Retail Stores to Guide Shoppers
- Apple Objects to Practices by its Court-Appointed eBooks Monitor and The Wall Street Journal Blasts the Antitrust Judge in a Scathing Editorial (see also: Judge Cote Responds to Concerns)
- 2 Million Facebook, Gmail, Twitter passwords, et al. stolen in massive hacking attack
- Facebook Considers Adding a ‘Sympathize’ Button
- D.C. Campaign Seeking to Legalize Marijuana Becomes First to Accept Bitcoin Contributions
- The National Christmas Tree is on Twitter
Josh brings us a Public Relations edition of FLUNKS:
- FLUNK: SpaghettiOs Apologizes for Pearl Harbor Tweet
- FLUNK: Sports Bar Apologizes for Offensive Pearl Harbor Sign
- OKAY THEN, UMM: DiGiorno’s Pizza Live Tweets ‘Sound of Music Live!’, Hilarity Ensues
- FLUNK: Porn Troll Law Firm Executive Invokes Nelson Mandela in Response to Journalist’s Email
Finally, for those of you looking for a better way to tweet on the go (and don’t mind paying a couple dollars for it), Douglas reviews Twitterrific for iOS.
Stay tuned (err, subscribed) for our first Tech tAUk Reloaded Holiday Special, coming next week!