Tech Hangover: People are seriously pissed off at Peloton
Relax people, it’s just an ad.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
He Gave a Cryptocurrency Talk in North Korea. The U.S. Arrested Him.
Uhhhh, maybe don’t go to North Korea?
A self-styled “disruptive technologist” was arrested after speaking at a conference in Pyongyang on using digital currencies to launder money. –New York Times
Peloton responds to ad criticism, says it’s ‘disappointed in how some have misinterpreted’ the spot
Peloton seriously needs to hire a new PR agency.
The maker of high-end at-home fitness equipment last month rolled out a holiday ad that implores viewers to “give the gift of Peloton,” which had onlookers complaining about what they saw as undertones of sexism and classism in the ad. Though the ad first ran on Nov. 4, according to iSpot.tv, the commercial more recently went viral on Twitter. –CNBC
Chicago Cops Use Social Media to Track Grieving Families of Gunshot Victims
What the literal fuuuuuuuuuck……
Hundreds of pages of internal documents obtained via FOIA requests by the ACLU of Illinois and the Lucy Parsons Labs, a Chicago-based police transparency and accountability nonprofit, reveals for the first time how the CPD surveils the social media accounts of victims of gun violence, as well as their friends and family members. –OZM
Pinterest And The Knot Will Stop Promoting Wedding Content That Romanticizes Former Slave Plantations
Pinterest and the Knot Worldwide, two of the country’s biggest online wedding-planning platforms, are changing their policies to stop promoting wedding venues and content that romanticize former slave plantations, representatives for the companies exclusively told BuzzFeed News. –BuzzFeed News
Podcasts and Travel Apps? Facebook Is Working on Those
Facebook is exploring the creation of new products such as apps and programs for podcasts, travel, workplace services and newsletter tools, according to three people with the knowledge of the company’s plans, as it looks to expand out of its comfort zone. –New York Times
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- Instagram will now require new users to enter in their birthdates for safety purposes
- AudiBrow is a news app that reads the news to you
- FBI sees FaceApp and other Russian-owned apps to be counterintelligence threats
- Jay-Z is back on Spotify because apparently Tidal isn’t cutting it
- 25 years of PlayStation – Looking back at the games and memories
- This special edition Xbox One controller is just $50 right now
- Score these TaoTronics noise cancelling headphones for just (usually )
- Ford partners with McDonald’s to repurpose its trash coffee bean chaff
- Amazon has a sweet deal that gets you an Echo Dot and a smart plug for just
- PSA: If you’re using these Chrome and Firefox extensions, delete them right now
- You can snag The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for 33% off on Amazon
- This infographic explains why the future of security is biometric
- After a 5 year wait, Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem, is here
BMW reverses decision to charge vehicle owners an annual fee to use Apple CarPlay
Sources: Microsoft Is Still Planning A Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox
Plex launches a free, ad-supported streaming service in over 200 countries
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