Don’t Worry – Mark’s Back Soon: New gift card laws, Blizzard & Apple appoint China as new CEO and Vale Robert Forster & Reg Watson [Episode 311]

Phil Edwards and Andy Blume are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

More Playstation 5 Details

PS5 Details: PlayStation 5 Specs, Release Window, Haptics, Price, Backwards Compatibility, And More [GameSpot]

Facebook Libra Gets More Deader

Facebook’s Libra currency abandoned by major financial companies [Reuters]

Bunnings Snags New Business

Bunnings looks to reach more tradies, online shoppers [Insider Retail]

Gift Cards: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

New Gift Card Laws [ACL]
New laws to affect businesses that issue gift cards [Mondaq]

NBN Says “Screw You Guys”

NBN Co reinvents broadband speed test rankings [ITNews]

Trump Does Twitch

Germany’s synagogue shooting was live-streamed on Twitch—but almost no one saw it [Technology Review]
About 2,200 people watched the German synagogue shooting on Amazon’s Twitch [CNBC]
Donald Trump joins Twitch, an Amazon-owned company [The Verge]

Blizzard Loves China

The Blizzard China Controversy, and Why #BoycottBlizzard Is Trending, Explained [IGN]

Apple Also Loves China

Report: Apple told Apple TV+ creators to avoid portraying China ‘in a poor light’ [9to5Mac]
Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters under pressure from China [CBS News]
Apple’s China App Store pulls US news app that covered Hong Kong protests [South China Morning Post]
Apple bows to China by censoring Taiwan flag emoji [Quartz]

iPhone SE2 Rumours

Kuo: iPhone SE 2 Launching in Q1 2020 with A13 at $399 Price [MacRumours]

Vale Robert Forster

R.I.P. Robert Forster [Dark Horizons]

Vale Reg Watson

Neighbours creator Reg Watson dies aged 93 [ABC News]


Is Disney Trying to Buy Spider-Man from Sony for $5 Billion? [MovieWeb]

Adverts? In My Streaming? It’s More Likely Than You Think

Millennials are willing to see ads on subscription services if it means they get to pay less for it [Business Insider]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Microsoft Flight Simulator [Microsoft]

You Can’t ‘Waste’ Your Vote [Chicken Nation]

Broadband World Forum

The 2019 Google Event is Tuesday, Oct. 15: Start time, how to watch, livestream, Pixel 4 news [CNET]

Living With Yourself [Wikipedia]

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