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Episode 119: Is Bill Simmons going to leave ESPN?

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We discuss editorial independence at ESPN and the three week suspension of Bill Simmons from ESPN.

Bill Simmons was suspended a week longer than Ray Rice was initially suspended. Ray Rice knocked his fiancé out cold, and Simmons criticized the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation and suspension. Should a podcaster be able to call a sports league commissioner a liar? What if your own reporters show that he is lying?

We also discuss if Simmons will be leaving ESPN next year and taking the Grantland staff with him. Also, has 538 taken a step back since moving from The New York Times to ESPN? We discuss.

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Episode 118: Apple Watch initial impressions

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Last episode, we said that fashion was really important to making any wearable, well, wearable. Did Apple deliver?

Or did Apple coming out with the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2.0, or worse, Google Glass 2.0?

One of us is probably going to buy an Apple Watch. One of us isn’t going to. Find out why.

We also talk about the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the future of smaller smartphones.

Pat’s quest to keep smaller smartphones going may be coming to an end.

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Episode 117: Wearable fashionistas

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No.

This is first of our podcasts on wearable computing. This one focuses on fashion, and how that is important to getting people to want to wear technology. Hello Google Glass!

Our next episode is all about the Apple Watch and our impressions of it.

How important is fashion to wearable devices? People wear watches mostly because they look good. Any smartwatch will have to at least look good, let alone work well.

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Episode 116: Brienne of Wisconsin

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We discuss the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and what it means for philanthropy and whether or not you should feel obligated to donate to it.

Neither of us has taken the challenge. Find out why.

We also discuss the celebrity photo hacking scandal and what users and phone makers can do to help secure data better.

This show has not one but two encore endings, so stick around.

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Episode 115: God, I’ve got to click on that! What happens next?

Upworthy, the shitty website on the Internet.

Upworthy, the shittiest website on the Internet. The original click-bait whore.

Click-bait, click-bait, click-bait. It makes our blood boil.

We discuss click-bait headlines. Facebook empowered them and now wants to do away with them. You can personally thank Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for the rise of Upworthy and its crappy brethren.

Facebook killing click-bait is good for news publishers and blogs that don’t want to trade in click-bait.

We also discuss Facebook vs Twitter for getting news and information. A lot of people have complained that news shows up slower on Facebook than on Twitter. Can you get news in real time on Twitter? Does it even matter if Facebook is different at showing news than Twitter?

We finally discuss how Uber is trying to illegal kill competition in the ride sharing business. There’s a rant involved about that.

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Episode 114: #Ferguson

The Twitter hashtag #Ferguson has been very active over the last week. Right now it's mostly people posting opinions back and forth, but at night it becomes lively with first-hand accounts.

The Twitter hashtag #Ferguson has been very active over the last week. Right now it’s mostly people posting opinions back and forth, but at night it becomes lively with first-hand accounts.

We start off the show discussing Twitter parodies and satire.

Journalism Professor Jeff Jarvis has had enough with the parody account Prof. Jeff H. Jarvis. Could Twitter handle parody accounts better? We discuss the value of satire and parody on Twitter.

We then transition into a discussion of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and how they are being broadcast around the world via social media. What exactly is a “free speech zone,” and how do you decide who is a journalist today? We begin talking about Ferguson around the 40 minute mark, if you’d like to skip ahead.

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Episode 113: Jeremy the bootlegger

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We discuss Gannett spinning off its print products into a separate company from its broadcast stations. This follows a similar trend that other media giants have done.

What is the future of print journalism? Is this good or bad for newspapers? Well that depends on debt. Debt is the big thing that no one talks about when it comes to journalism and innovation.

It’s a short episode this week because Jeremy has dreams of being a 1920s bootlegger and is off to Canada to score some booze.

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Episode 112: Daddy bloggers (also streaming video for sports sucks)

MLS Live may be cheap, but the blackout restrictions are onerous. A bad way to grow a new sports league is to make it really hard for people to watch your games. That's a pro tip right there.

MLS Live may be cheap, but the blackout restrictions are onerous. A bad way to grow a new sports league is to make it really hard for people to watch your games. That’s a pro tip right there.

Pat is back from paternity leave.

Jeremy and him discuss becoming Daddy Bloggers, because parenting blogging could use a softer touch. Tech. Dads. Awesome.

We also discuss streaming video with the NFL, MLB, MLS, etc. None of these leagues do it well, and it’s really holding back soccer from catching on in the U.S., in particular. Also, Jeremy is not “eligible” to get NFL Sunday Ticket streaming this year after having it for a few years. What is up with that? Blackout restrictions suck.

You can get around most blackout restrictions be either using a VPN or a proxy, which may be or may not be what I do with MLS.

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Episode 111: Facebook doesn’t believe in IRB or telling users before they’re test subjects

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Pat gets ready to have a baby.

We also discuss Facebook experimenting on users without telling them, and we explain the important of IRB (Institutional Review Boards) when conducting research on human subjects.

We discuss why IRB approval is important for conducting research on human subjects, and the terrible experiments that led to it.

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Episode 110: The king of the neckbeards!

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We are really, really late on posting episodes. Why? Because I just had a baby. Maybe baby Cara will make a guest appearance or two on the show.

We have another episode launching very soon too.

We kick off this episode by discussing The Battle of the Wall, which was the most technically-stunning episode of Game of Thrones so far. But was it enough? Was it great?

Should Game of Thrones have more episodes per season? Is 10 hours of Game of Thrones enough Games of Thrones goodness for each year?

On to the tech discussions! We kick off the tech discussion at 14 minutes in about how smartphones will increasingly become the center of people’s homes with the ability to control lights, home security systems, temperature, etc.

We then discuss using smartphones for health and fitness as well. We really think these areas will truly make smartphones personal computers. This is the next big thing with smartphones (that and controlling cars entertainment systems).

And of course, we somehow discuss net neutrality again. Verizon and Netflix are not BFFs right now. Is it ethical to sell users “bandwidth” they are not actually getting? You can pay for 100 mbps on Verizon and still not be able to stream a 5 mbps Netflix stream because of Verizon.

That sounds like a bait and switch to us.

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