Jul 16th 2017
This Week in Tech 623
Binders Full of CEOs
Disney will build a Star Wars-themed hotel where each guest gets a story. Uber says they are getting lots of applications for their open CEO post, but nobody big seems interested. Apple iPhone 8 rumors abound. Google is trying to eliminate Zika by releasing 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitos in Fresno, CA. Amazon is creating a new messaging app called Anytime. Prime Day was Amazon's biggest sales day ever, and Best Buy stock dropped $1 billion over the rumor that Amazon is developing a Geek Squad competitor. If you don't want Homeland Security to scan your face, you shouldn't travel. Windows Phone 8.1 is dead. US welcomes Afghan girls robotics team, and the "world's first robot lawyer" - meanwhile, Elon Musk warns that we need AI regulation sooner rather than later.
- Devindra Hardawar is still mad that new iPhones have no headphone jack.
- Georgia Dow needs a house with two VR rooms.
- Jill Duffy is learning Romanian on Duolingo.
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- Disney's immersive 'Star Wars' hotel is a Jedi dream come true
- China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February
- China may not be blocking VPNs after all
- Uber Offers a Thankless Job, and the Applications Flood In
- Uber CEO Search: Sandberg? No. Wojcicki? No. Mulally? No. Staggs? No. Arianna? No. (And Mayer? No way.)
- The only way to stop another WannaCry is with regulations
- iPhone 8' to Come in Four Colors Including New 'Mirror-Like' Option
- Apple Predicted to Become Trillion Dollar Company Within 12 Months
- Exclusive: This is the 2017 Google Pixel "XL," with low-bezel AMOLED display and squeezable frame
- Google is releasing 20M bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Fresno
- Amazon is reportedly working on a messaging app called Anytime
- Amazon’s Prime Day was the biggest sales day in its history, up 60% on 2016 led by the Echo
- Best Buy lost $1 billion in value on the news of Amazon’s Geek Squad competitor
- Amazon AI Designed To Create Phone Cases Goes Hilariously Wrong
- Twitter lets you avoid trolls by muting new users and strangers
- U.S. free-speech group sues Trump for blocking Twitter users
- Six major US airports now scan Americans’ faces when they leave country
- Homeland Security says Americans who don't want faces scanned leaving the country "shouldn't travel"
- Net neutrality Day of Action organizers estimate at least 10M saw Wednesday's protest
- AT&T’s ‘support’ for net neutrality means tricking customers to fight against it
- Comcast says net neutrality supporters “create hysteria”
- Microsoft will try to bring better broadband to two million rural Americans in the next five years
- Nielsen: on-demand audio streaming hits record high, is up 62.4% over last year
- Afghan girls granted US visas for robotics competition after twice being denied
- ‘World’s first robot lawyer’ now available in all 50 states
- Here's our first look at Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' movie
- 22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn't Read the Terms
- Elon Musk just told a group of America’s governors that we need to regulate AI before it’s too late
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