Tech News Today

Feb 17th 2017

Tech News Today 1708

Dollhouse Secrets

Hosted by Jason Howell
Facebook, Sprint, T-Mobile, My Friend Cayla, RSA, Android
Although the show is no longer in production, you can enjoy previous episodes from the TWiT Archives.
Guests: David Spark
Category: News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a comprehensive 5,800-word letter detailing how Facebook can help facilitate a global community that is informed, supportive, engaged and inclusive in an ever-changing and polarized world. He also writes about battling a trend of misinformation on the network and beyond.

Sources to Reuters say that SoftBank, Sprint’s parent company, might pursue a sale of Sprint to T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom. Softbank's dissappointment with Sprint’s lack of growth in the US is given as the impetus for the sale. Negotiations would likely begin in April.

German regulators say the My Friend Cayla doll is an espionage device and as such, sales have been banned in the country. The doll takes voice questions from children and transmits that data via WiFi to a server that sends the answer back, raising privacy concerns. It's also been shown to be easily hack-able.

We discuss how connected cars are increasingly hack-able, how YouTube is getting rid of the 30 second unskippable ad, and guest co-host David Spark tells us all about his time at the RSA Security Conference all week.

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