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#6: Printers Are Bad

June 2nd, 2017 · 58 minutes

Andy Rubin unveiled his new phone (and company) this week at the Code Conference. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court rules on our rights to the products we buy and Uber's latest bad news makes us wonder about the freedom to change jobs.

Guest Starring: Christina Warren, Florence Ion, and Mikah Sargent

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Links and Show Notes

All the Essential Phone news - The Verge

Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is launching a new of smartphone, but will it live up the hype?

Why Your Next iPhone Won't be Ceramic - Atomic Delights

At its peak, Apple is manufacturing roughly 1 million iPhones per day. Ceramic wouldn't scale to that sort of production.

Why These 'Revolutionary' Phones Failed So Hard - Gizmodo

"Revolutionary" doesn't always mean "successful."

Essential Home is an Amazon Echo competitor that puts privacy first - The Verge

In addition to a phone, Essential is launching a Echo-like devices based on a brand-new OS that the company promises will integrate with just about everything on the market today.

Lighthouse is an Andy Rubin-backed smart security camera that identifies people and pets - The Verge

The "interactive assistant" that may really just be a smart camera.

Exclusive: The Caavo streaming box is built on game-changing machine vision for TV - The Verge

"Something huge is happening here."

Supreme Court decision lifts ownership rights over patent law - Engadget

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Lexmark can't sue companies that refill old printer cartridges and sell them at a discount.

Kyle Wiens of iFixit - Twitter

“The Lexmark decision is a big win for the rights of tinkerers and the just plain curious.”

Our Fight Against The Keurig 2.0 Monopoly - Rogers Family Company

Rogers Family Company fought back against Keurig's coffee pod DRM.

A Year of Google Maps & Apple Maps - Justin O'Beirne

Google has been hard at work on its Maps product. Apple, on the other hand...

Uber Fires Former Google Engineer at Heart of Self-Driving Dispute - The New York Times

Levandowski has been accused of stealing trade secrets when he left Google.

Uber Fires Anthony Levandowski, But That Doesn't Save It From Google's Waymo - WIRED

Levandowski may be gone, but Uber is still being sued by the software giant.

How Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In - The New York Times

Restrictions once limited to executives are now spreading across the labor landscape — making it tougher for Americans to get a raise.

Flo Ion (@Ohthatflo) - Twitter
Christina Warren (@film_girl) - Twitter
Mikah Sargent (@mikahsargent) - Twitter