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I Got 99 Clips, Are they Legal?
Number 3797
Broadcast Date JUNE 8, 2020
Episode Length 30:27
Hosts Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang

Despite the predicted doom and gloom over Airbnb’s future due to COVID-19 the latest numbers from the company suggest a resurgent interest in the company’s services.

Quick Hits

Sony rescheduled its PlayStation 5 event to Thursday, June 11 at 4 PM Eastern time. Sony plans to show off games for over an hour at playstation.com/ps5.
Google updated Google Maps to show COVID-19 related information, including locations that require a mask to be worn, COVID-19 checkpoints, and how crowded public transit is likely to be. Google Maps will also show requirements when going to a testing or medical facilities, including if an appointment is needed for COVID-19 testing in some countries.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman's sources say Apple's preparing to roll out interest free payments on Apple devices paid with the Apple Card. The company will reportedly offer 12-month interest-free payments for iPads, Macs, Apple Pencil, and iPad keyboards, with 6 months no interest on AirPods, Apple TV, and HomePod. Last year, Apple introduced 24-month 0% financing on iPhone models.
Motorola announced the One Fusion+ smartphone, which features a 6.5-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 730 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a 5000mAh battery. It also has a popup 16MP self cam, and 4 rear cameras, including ultrawide, macro and depth sensing cameras. The phone runs Android 10 and comes to Europe later this month for €299.
Apple published Password Manager Resources on GitHub, designed for developers of password managers to “create strong passwords that are compatible with popular websites." The resources include the requirements of particular websites to generate compatible passwords, groups of websites with shared credential backends and the URLs of sites to change passwords. Apple hopes the resources will improve overall quality of all password managers and provide an incentive for websites to use standards to improve password manager compatibility.
The Chinese car-battery maker Catl announced it's ready to manufacture a battery that can power a car for 1.2 million miles over 16 years. According to Catl chairman Zeng Yuqun, the battery will cost 10% more than its existing batteries. Automakers currently warranty electric car batteries for 60,000 to 150,000 miles from 3 to 8 years. The company currently supplies batteries to Tesla, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Facebook published new group moderation guidelines. Facebook recommends groups create specific lists of topics that aren't allowed. Facebook also recommended mods educate themselves on the issues, “create opportunities for new and diverse members” to join as moderators, and acknowledge current events with a post that outlines group rules.

Top Stories

Twitter user Yannick Eckl noticed that when visiting the cryptocurrency exchange Binance in the Brave browser, the browser automatically redirected to an affiliate version of the URL, and review of the browser's code on GitHub found similar redirects for the exchanges Ledger, Trezor and Coinbase. Referral URLs inevitably track clicks in order to pay a percentage to the affiliate, in this case, Brave. Brave promotes itself as letting users receive advertisements without revealing personal data. According to Brave CEO Brendan Eich, the affiliate links were only meant for the opt-in trading widget on a new tab page. Autocomplete should not have added the referral code. Eich wrote on Twitter, "we are clearly not perfect, but we correct course quickly." According to Eich, the redirects never revealed any user information.
Michael Specter of MIT and J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan release a report called Security Analysis of the Democracy Live Online Voting System. It analyzed the security of OmniBallot, that has been deployed in Delaware, West Virginia and some other jurisdictions. Omniballot works by letting you download a blank ballot that you can then choose how to mark and return. The report recommends avoiding using OmniBallot if possible or otherwise downloading the blank ballot and printing it, then marking it by hand and mailing it back. They recommend to confirm the mailing address. Omniballot can mark the ballot on screen but that will share your identity and the selections with the Democracy Live servers. DemocracyLive says the ballots are secured with AWS ObjectLock and that selections are encrypted. The report notes that potential vulnerabilities could be software engineers and sysadmins at Democracy Live either corrupted or phished, AWS employees or access through javascript running on the Omniballot website. Potential attacks would be to mis-deliver ballots from the wrong precinct, or not include all races, interfere with ballot return to delay, ore replace return envelope instructions to cause printed ballots to be mailed to the wrong location.
The digital safety app maker Qustodio released a survey of 60,000 families looking at apps used by children aged between 4 and 14 from the US, the UK and Spain from February 2019 to April 2020. The survey found YouTube is watched by 69% of kids in the US, 74% in the UK and 88% in Spain, while YouTube Kids was used by 7% of kids in the US, 10% in the UK, and not meaningfully used in Spain. Overall viewing was down in all three countries by a few minutes, still accounting for 86 minutes a day in the US. Netflix remained the second most watched video app with 33% in the US, 29% in the UK, and 28% in Spain. As of February, TikTok was used by 16.5% of US kids, 18% in the UK and 37% in Spain, with watch time up 116% to 82 minutes a day in the US, peaking at 95 minutes during COVID-19 lockdowns. In gaming, Roblox dominated in the US and UK with 54% and 51% of kids playing, respectively. In Spain, the game only saw 17% playing, with Brawl Stars being the big hit. On average, children played Roblox 20 minutes longer than any other video game app, with 81 minutes per day in the US in February. Interestingly, COVID-19 increase time spent on Roblox by as much as 45% in Spain, but didn't significantly alter the percentage playing.
Twitch posted on Twitter that it has received a "sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips with background music from 2017-19. The claimant is listed as the Recording Industry of America Association. If you’re unsure about rights to audio in past streams, we advise removing those clips. We know many of you have large archives, and we're working to make this easier." Clips are snippets of a live stream that are saved by users to help promote a channel. The music is usually allowed to be streamed live as part of a game like Beat Saber, but not allowed to be used in stored video. Like most services, creators can be suspended if they get three copyright strikes, which leaves many creators racing to delete clips they didn't create, sometimes in the thousands. The DMCA is an exception to Section 230, which says that platforms are liable for copyright infringement.
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) launched a project to create an unmanned, AI-driven fighter jet back in 2018, hoping to show progress on the project in 18 months. Now the head of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, says its researchers are working on a autonomous drone that can take down a fighter jet in air-to-air combat, with hopes to begin trials in July 2021. If the trial is successful, AFRL team leader Steve Rogers said the system could be integrated into human-operated planes to help humans to make tactical decisions in combat situations. Lt Gen Shanahan said the military should heed the lessons of the self-driving car industry, that these kind of technical advances are not always immediately successful, saying that despite billions in investment, there aren't yet any level 4 autonomous vehicles.

Discussion

Bloomberg reports that Airbnb saw more nights booked for US listings from May 17 to June 3rd than it did in 2019, and has seen a similar boost in domestic travel in other markets, with more listings available now than prior to March. Expedia, VRBO and Booking Holdings are seeing similar rises in searches for vacation home rentals. Searches at VRBO are up year over year, down 10% at Airbnb. Hotel searches on the other hand are down 60%. Vacation rental searches on Google are equal to last year while hotel searches are down. Searches seem to be happening within days of travel and bookings are for more than a week at a time. Airbnb said more than 50% of May booking were within 200 miles of a users home, compared to less than a third in February. Booking Holdings has seen domestic destinations shifts from 45% of business to 70%.

Mailbag

I just wanted to give you a possible use case for the Samsung Sero that was a topic and the namesake of DTNS 3793 “Rotate Me For Two Grand.” Samsung make a Commercial version similar to this called the Flip, and Flip 2. My job is to design Audio and Video systems for corporate and government clients. We have been specifying these in collaboration spaces for years now. The Flip has Touch and annotation capabilities which make it useful in huddle and collab situations. The ability to rotate the orientation, display video from sources like your laptop, phone, or tablet, and to annotate on these, make it an invaluable tool. Without touch capabilities or the ability to annotate I am not sure if the consumer version would work as an “at home” version of this use case.
Sent by Gain


I heard Tom mention using Twitter to see civil unrest near him. Someone showed me Snap Map at maps.snapchat.com. I watched things happening near me and other places. It isn't intuitive, but if you click on the map, you will Snap Stories near where you clicked. It helped me see the protests near me were civil.

Thanks,
Sent by Chris

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