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Latest Episodes

#450: Leave Section 230 Alone: Alex Winter and The YouTube Effect

August 10th, 2023 · 62 minutes

Documentarian Alex Winter visits the show to discuss his history with Usenet and Napster, and his new documentary The YouTube Effect. The film covers the history of the platform and its transformation into a massive vector of disinformation.

#449: Don’t Throw Things At People

August 3rd, 2023 · 61 minutes

There are rumors of a Nintendo Switch successor afoot, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it! Then, calling the Canadian link tax what it is: a link tax. Finally, a fan has filed assault charges against Cardi B and we think that’s silly too.

#448: Hey Barbie

July 27th, 2023 · 63 minutes

Samsung’s latest event saw new versions of their folding phones, and they might have Brianna switching sides. Then, yeah, we have to talk about Elon Musk rebranding Twitter as X. But then, Rocket Does Barbie.

#447: The Beginning of the End

July 20th, 2023 · 57 minutes

Big news on the FTC appeal against Microsoft, and what’s next for the merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. Then, Meta has released LLaMa 2. NBC News journalist Kat Tenbarge joins us to talk about James Charles’ attempts to uncancel himself.

#446: Bored Ape Check-in

July 13th, 2023 · 49 minutes

Twitter is unraveling over Threads, with a threatened lawsuit on the horizon. Then, we’re checking in with the Bored Apes! How are they doing? Oh… oh. Finally, an important Slate piece from Luke Winkie asks: was Napoleon hot?

#445: Many People Are Saying This

July 6th, 2023 · 60 minutes

Meta has launched its major Twitter competitor, Threads, and there’s a LOT to talk about – from privacy issues, to onboarding, to BRANDS!! How will it fare in the Twitterclone-verse, much less… the fediverse?

#444: Who are the Mac Pro Pros?

June 29th, 2023 · 71 minutes

This week we’re discussing the Wall Street Journal’s extensive reporting on drug use among tech workers on Silicon Valley and why it’s such a complicated issue. Then, the Mac Pro is here. For dessert, an update on Bri’s search for the perfect drone!

#443: The Thrust is Wrong

June 22nd, 2023 · 55 minutes

The FTC is shaking and baking, with a lawsuit against Amazon for alleged dark patterns in the sign-up and cancellation process for Amazon Prime. Then, a feature at The Verge goes into the human labor that trains AI. For dessert: Brianna buys a drone!

#442: Reddit Black-out

June 15th, 2023 · 58 minutes

The Reddit black-out has begun, and there is a lot of news coming out of Reddit’s conflict with Christian Selig and other third-party app developers, in the wake of Reddit’s API changes Plus, it was Summer Game Fest this weekend!

#441: How to Spend A Lot Of Money

June 8th, 2023 · 85 minutes

In news surprising no one, it’s an almost all-WWDC week here on Rocket! The story is Apple Vision Pro headset. Christina interviews Inverse’s Raymond Wong, who demo’d the headset . Plus, a choice by Reddit threatens beloved third-party apps.