Rhymes With “Moorabbin”: Uber’s Melb Cup failure, NBN users not getting full speeds, Goldman Sachs sexist checks & Murray back for Ghostbusters [Episode 315]

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

This week’s stories:

I Heart Instagram

Instagram will test hiding likes in the US as soon as next week [The Verge]

Horse Stuff

Uber app crashes, stranding thousands at Flemington [The Age]
Drones watch over Victorian train network on Cup Day [Rail Express]
Man, 52, charged over copper robbery that brought trains to a halt [The Age]

NBN is crap: ACCC

Homes connected to NBN via fibre-to-node only getting 80% of speed they paid for [The Guardian]
NBN Co urged to over-provision downlink on all services [ITNews]

AEIOU

CBA, NAB and Telstra to test govt’s new AI ethics doctrine [ITNews]

Goldman Sachs Is Sexist!

Apple Card issuer investigated after claims of sexist credit checks
[The Guardian]
Five Things You Shouldn’t Do If You Want Your Home Loan Approved [Lifehacker]

AT&T Were Naughty

AT&T fined $60 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans [The Verge]

Cinemas Chuck A Tanty

Martin Scorsese struck a deal with Netflix for The Irishman — and cinemas aren’t happy [ABC News]

Ermagherd Ghersberters

Bill Murray’s “Ghostbusters” Return Confirmed [Dark Horizons]

Star Trek

“Obi-Wan” Writer On Why A Series, Not A Film [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

/r/oldpeoplefacebook [Reddit]

How many days since the Montague Street Bridge has been hit?

Melbourne Cliches [YouTube]

CatGenie

eSim Providers [Apple]

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Disregard electoral process, vote Quimby: ACCC is going after Google, Twitter bans political ads, new AirPods Pro & Telstra’s Xbox deal [Episode 314]

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

This week’s stories:

NSW Digital Licenses Live

NSW digital driver’s licences go live [ITNews]
NSW digital driver’s licence stalls under load [ITNews]
NSW drivers stampede to create 600,000 digital licences [ITNews]

Optus 5G Broadband

About 140,000 homes can now get Optus 5G home broadband [WhistleOut]

WA’s Phone Free Education

Mobile phones to be banned in WA public schools from 2020 under McGowan Government move [ABC News]

ACCC Is Getting Spicy

Google sued by ACCC after allegedly misleading customers over location data collection
[The Guardian]
Google allegedly misled consumers on collection and use of location data [ACCC]
ACCC sues Google over location data [InnovationAus]
ZeniMax Media Inc, ZeniMax Europe Limited and ZeniMax Australia Pty Ltd [ACCC]
ZeniMax ACCC Undertaking [ACCC]

Melbourne’s Electric Bus

First Victorian Built Electric Bus To Hit The Road [Victorian Govt]
Taking charge: Volgren takes a big step into a new era [Volgren]

Alphabit

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion [The Verge]
Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google [Fitbit]

Twitter Good, Facebook Bad

Twitter will ban political ads, Jack Dorsey announces [CNN Business]
Facebook will allow UK election candidates to run false ads [CNN Business]
@jack [Twitter]

Apple’s New Shiny

Apple reveals new AirPods Pro, available 30 October [Apple]
Apple AirPods Pro hands-on: the noise cancellation really works [The Verge]

Telstra’s Xbox Deal

Microsoft, Telstra announce post-paid plans for Xbox consoles [The Age]

Apple TV+ Is Here

Apple TV+ Is Now Available In Oz: But Is It Worthwhile? [Lifehacker]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Melbourne 737 Project (YouTube)

Steve Guttenberg Audiophiliac (YouTube)

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I Don’t Like It, So No One Else Can: Fines Victoria mess, ZuckBucks hearing, SoftPorn mags close & Vale Anne Phelan [Episode 313]

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

This week’s stories:

Banker? I hardly know her!

Bank outage crackdown to publicly name and shame institutions [ITNews]

Facials

Privacy trumps face recognition bill [InnovationAus]
Home Affairs pushes its face-matching service for porn age verification [ZDNet]

A Fine Mess

Victoria govt owed hundreds of millions after latest issues with fines IT system [ITnews]
Fines Victoria crisis deepens, leaving massive hole in state budget [The Age]

Optarse

Thousands of Optus mobile numbers mistakenly published in White Pages [The Age]

Roam If You Want To

Russian eagles’ global roaming sends scientists broke as tracking devices rack up the bills [ABC News]

The Wheels On The Bus

Sydney driverless shuttle merges into live traffic [ITNews]

Farcebook

Facebook’s Zuckerberg grilled in US Congress on cryptocurrency, privacy [ITNews]

Vale Anne Phelan

‘One of the best humans’: Prisoner actress Anne Phelan dies, aged 75 [The Age]

Boobs Are Bad?

Softcore pornography magazines the Picture and People to close amid sale ban and falling circulation [The Guardian]

Store Wares

Final Trailer: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

367 Collins Falcons

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Andrew, Phillip and Marcus: CommBank outage drama, Qantas 787 research flight, Google unveils new hardware & Red Dwarf special on the way [Episode 312]

Andrew Blume, Phillip Edwards and Marcus Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

George Is Back!

Talking Clock continues to tick online after Telstra’s September shutdown silenced ‘George’ [ABC News]

Hands Off My Porn

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system [The Guardian]

CommBank Can…t

CBA lunchtime outage shutters some branches [ITNews]
Massive CBA outage traced to failed infrastructure upgrade [ITNews]

Scammers Are Evolving

ATO phone scammers turn up at Adelaide man’s house dressed as police with eftpos machine [ABC News]

Reckon It’ll Go Well?

Reckon accounting software crippled to force subscription upgrades [Sydney Morning Herald]

Project Sunrise

Qantas to operate “Project Sunrise” research flights – direct New York & London to Australia [Qantas]
On board the 19 hour Qantas flight from New York to Sydney [Sydney Morning Herald]
Flight QF7879 set to make history [AirlineRatings]
Qantas Dreamliner completes longest ever commercial flight [The Guardian]
Qantas flight makes history by touching down in Sydney after flying 19 hours non-stop from New York [ABC News]

Google’s Hardware Event

Google Announces The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: The 2019 Pixels [Anandtech]

Pixelbook Go: Google finally made a reasonably priced Chromebook [The Verge]
Google Pixelbook Go release date, price and features [TechRadar]
Google announces the Pixelbook Go, a premium, MacBook-style Chrome OS laptop [Ars Technica]

Google’s Nest Mini is the second generation of Google Home Mini, and it’s coming to Australia later this month [Ausdroid]

Google’s second generation of home Wifi hardware is here – say hello to Nest WiFi [Ausdroid]

Google’s new truly wireless Pixel Buds will be coming in 2020 [Ausdroid]

Movie News Roundup

“Rise of Skywalker” Trailer Set For Monday [Dark Horizons]
Disney Sets “Mandalorian” Episode Dates [Dark Horizons]
Filming Wraps On Reitman’s New “Ghostbusters” [Dark Horizons]

Smoke Me A Kipper

Red Dwarf feature-length special on the way in 2020 [Den Of Geek!]

Other stuff we mentioned:

1194 Online

Manager (Accounting software)

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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 HKmap.live 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]

Spiderperson

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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