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DevNews is the news show for developers by developers, hosted by Saron Yitbarek, founder of CodeNewbie and Disco, and Josh Puetz, principal engineer at Forem. Each season these experienced devs cover the latest in the world of tech, and speak with diverse guests from a variety of backgrounds to dig deep into meaty topics such as security, the pros and cons of outsourcing your authentication, and the latest bugs and hacks.

DevNews is the news show for developers by developers, hosted by Saron Yitbarek, founder of CodeNewbie and Disco, and Josh Puetz, principal engineer at Forem. Each season these experienced devs cover the latest in the world of tech, and speak with diverse guests from a variety of backgrounds to dig deep into meaty topics such as security, the pros and cons of outsourcing your authentication, and the latest bugs and hacks.

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DevNews is the news show for developers by developers, hosted by Saron Yitbarek, founder of CodeNewbie and Disco, and Josh Puetz, principal engineer at Forem. Each season these experienced devs cover the latest in the world of tech, and speak with diverse guests from a variety of backgrounds to dig deep into meaty topics such as security, the pros and cons of outsourcing your authentication, and the latest bugs and hacks.

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@Dev_Pods

Language:

English


Episodes

S5:E8 - WhatsApp: The Not-So-Private Privacy App, Prohibitory Automated Resume Filters, and Some Updates About Apple

9/9/2021
In this episode, we have updates about more Apple App Store drama, and Apple’s planned surveillance features to battle child sexual abuse material. Then we speak with Lydia X. Z. Brown, attorney, disability justice activist and policy counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology, about a study that found that automated resume filter tools exclude millions from jobs, including those with disabilities. And then we speak with Craig Silverman, reporter at Propublica, about an...

Duration:00:59:29

S5:E7 - Apple’s #SpyPhone, an Apple App Store Settlement, and the Expansion of Government Facial Recognition Software

9/2/2021
In this episode, we talk about an the expansion of government facial recognition software and an Apple App store settlement. Then we speak with Yafit Lev-Aretz, assistant professor of law at Baruch College and the Director of Tech Ethics program at the Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, about Apple scanning iCloud images and iMessages for child sexual abuse material. Then we speak with Anunay Kulshrestha, Princeton Computer Science doctoral candidate, whose team had built a similar...

Duration:00:55:57

S5:E6 - Apple Pay Transparency Survey, and the Battle Against Twitch Hate Raids

8/26/2021
In this episode, we speak with Cher Scarlett, software engineer at Apple, about her endeavor for salary transparency at Apple to battle pay disparity and the challenges she’s faced during this undertaking. And then we speak with Twitch streamer and moderator JustMeEmilyP, and Twitch moderator NLA about the proliferation of Twitch Hate Raids and the tools and resources they and others have built to fight against it. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) CodeLand 2021 (sponsor) Apple Pay...

Duration:00:48:25

S5:E5 - DeepMind’s XLand, Android 12 Beta's Camera Switches, a Colorism Issue With Face Filters, and a Senior’s Robot Companion

8/19/2021
In this episode, we talk about social media face filters perpetuating colorism, and about a new companion robot for the elderly. Then we talk about DeepMind’s new exciting AI training tool, XLand, with Max Jaderberg, senior staff research scientist at DeepMind. And then we speak with Suzanne Aitchison, software engineer and accessibility specialist here at Forem, about Android 12 beta’s “Camera Switches,” which lets users control their phone with facial expressions. Show Notes Scout APM...

Duration:00:46:32

S5:E4 - Inside the Gpt-3-Powered Chatbot That Someone Used to Talk to Their Fiancé Who Passed

8/12/2021
In this episode, we chat with Jason Rohrer, game designer and creator of Project December, whose GPT-3-powered chatbot has been used by people to talk to historical figures and personalities, and was even used by one person to talk to his late fiancé for closure. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) CodeLand 2021 (sponsor) Project December r/ProjectDecember1982 The Jessica Simulation: Love and loss in the age of A.I.

Duration:01:01:31

S5:E3 - GitHub CoPilot, Oculus’ Passthrough API, Security Concerns About QR Codes, and Why Covid-19 AI Predictive Models Fell Short

8/3/2021
In this episode, we talk about Oculus' new experimental API, which blends virtual reality with your real surroundings, and we get into the sudden boom of QR codes, and the security issues it brings. Then we talk about some potential ethical and legal issues regarding Github Copilot with Andres Guadamuz, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sussex and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of World Intellectual Property. Then we speak with Laure Wynants, Assistant...

Duration:00:51:35

S5:E2 - Activision Blizzard Discrimination and Harassment Suit, Security Issues With Some Independent Phone Producers, and the Incredible Gail.com

7/27/2021
In this episode we talk about a major sexism and harassment suit against Activision Blizzard, and what might be one of the best websites on the internet, gail.com. Then we speak with Kyle Rankin, Chief Security Officer at Purism, about their mission to make computers and phones focused on security and privacy, and what people should potentially beware of when using phones from independent phone producers such as the newly announced Freedom Phone. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor)...

Duration:00:50:50

S5:E1 - Pegasus Cyber Espionage Tool, Steam’s New Console, Gunshot-Detecting Tech, and NATO Condemns a Cyberattack

7/21/2021
In this episode, we talk about a gunshot-detecting tech used by law enforcement, the new Steam Deck handheld gaming console, and an unprecedented move by NATO condemning China for a hack exploiting Microsoft's Exchange Server. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) CodeLand 2021 (sponsor) Gunshot-Detecting Tech Is Summoning Armed Police to Black Neighborhoods Nintendo Switch Gets New Rival With Valve’s Portable Steam Console U.S. and key allies accuse China of Microsoft Exchange...

Duration:00:37:21

S4:E8 - An Elaborate Phishing Hack, Autonomous Lethal Drones, a Questionable m1 Security Flaw, and a Devnews Behind the Scenes

6/2/2021
In this episode, we talk about an elaborate phishing hack, a questionable M1 security flaw, and the first autonomous lethal drones targeting humans. Then we chat with our producer, Levi Sharpe to give a behind the scenes look at how we make DevNews. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) CodeLand 2021 (sponsor) BazaFlix: BazaLoader Fakes Movie Streaming Service M1ssing Register Access Controls Leak EL0 State Drones may have attacked humans fully autonomously for the first time One...

Duration:00:49:52

S4:E7 - Freenode’s Mass Resignations, NVIDIA’s Less Crypto-Friendly Chips, Twitter’s Crop Algorithm Investigation, and Remote Employers Excluding Colorado

5/26/2021
In this episode, we talk about companies excluding the state of Colorado from remote opportunities due to the Equal Pay For Equal Work Act, NVIDIA making their graphics cards less desirable for cryptocurrency miners, and Twitters report on its investigation into its cropping algorithm, which many people criticized as having a racial and gender bias. Then we speak with James Eaton-Lee, former staff member at Freenode, and current staff member of Libera.Chat, which was created in response to...

Duration:00:39:36

S4:E6 - Babel’s Money Challenges, What It's Like to Work on Rails, and Coinbase’s End to Salary Negotiations

5/19/2021
This week we’re talking about cryptocurrency company CoinBase refusing to negotiate job offers and a blog post by the Babel core team titled, “Babel is used by millions, so why are we running out of money?” which created a bit of a Twitter storm, and speak with Babel Core Maintainer Nicolò Ribaudo. Then we speak with Principal Engineer at Heroku and Rails Contributor Richard Schneeman, about what it’s like to work on Rails in the aftermath of Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and Rails...

Duration:00:53:49

S4:E5 - Apple AirTag Security Concerns, a Deep Neural Network Hack, an Oil Pipeline Cyber Attack, and a Shortage of Semiconductors

5/12/2021
In this episode, we talk about Apple’s AirTag security concerns, a US oil pipeline cyber attack and shutdown, and a shortage in semiconductors. Then we chat with Sanghyun Hong and Yigitcan Kaya Ph.D. students in Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park, and co-authors of a research paper about how hackers could make AI networks consume much more energy than they already do. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) CodeLand 2021 (sponsor) Review | Apple’s AirTag trackers...

Duration:00:45:58

S4:E4 - Video Game Studio Instability, Basecamp’s Mass Resignations, Apple’s Monopoly, and Donald Trump’s Facebook

5/5/2021
In this episode, we talk about Basecamp’s mass resignations, the European Union saying Apple breaks antitrust laws, and Facebook's decision to continue the ban on Donald Trump's account. Then we chat with Jason Schreier, reporter at Bloomberg and the author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, and now Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry, coming out May 11, 2021. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) CodeLand 2021 (sponsor) Facebook Oversight Board: Case decision...

Duration:00:43:53

S4:E3 - Basecamp Backlash, Remote Work Harassment, Linux Kernel Submission Ban, and Crypto Miners Killing Free CI

4/28/2021
In this episode, we talk about the problematic blog post put out by Basecamp CEO and Co-founder Jason Fried, and we also get into how crypto currency miners are killing free CI. Then we chat with Hector Monsegur, security researcher and former blackhat hacker, about how University of Minnesota security researchers submitted security vulnerabilities to the Linux kernel to show flaws in the approval process leading to a call for a ban on anything submitted by umn.edu emails. Finally, we speak...

Duration:00:55:40

S4:E2 - U.K. Central Bank Digital Currency, the Environmental Impact of Digital Currency, a Problematic Spotify Patent, and WordPress’ Google FLoC Block

4/20/2021
In this episode, we talk about WordPress blocking Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts tracking technology, a web app that received so much negative feedback from food bloggers it was taken down in less than a day, and The Bank of England and HM Treasury creating a joint task force to explore the possibility of creating a central bank digital currency in the U.K. Then we speak with Tim Swanson, founder and director of research at Post Oak Labs, and head of market intelligence at...

Duration:00:52:14

S4:E1 - Platforms as Utilities, Archiving Yahoo Answers, and Companies Rescinding Accepted Offers

4/14/2021
In this episode, we talk about companies rescinding job offers after they have been accepted. Then we speak with Nikolas Guggenberger, executive director of the Yale Information Society Project, about Justice Clarence Thomas arguing for categorizing some digital platforms as utilities and why this is a huge deal for the tech world. Finally, we chat with Jason Scott, co-founder of Archive Team, about their efforts to archive Yahoo Answers which is shutting down after 16 years. Show Notes...

Duration:00:55:10

S3:E8 - Microsoft Mesh, Accusations of Sexism and Racism at Mailchimp, France’s ‘Repairability Index,’ and Framework’s Modular Laptop

3/2/2021
In this episode, we talk about Microsoft Mesh, France’s ‘repairability index,’ and Framework’s 13.5 inch modular laptop and are then joined by Kerry Sheehan, US Policy Lead at iFixit, and Kevin Purdy, technology journalist at iFixit, the gadget teardown and repair guide site, whose CEO was consulted by the French government about the repairability index. Then we talk about a damning report from The Verge about rampant sexism and racism at Mailchimp, and are then joined by Jaime-Alexis...

Duration:00:52:03

S3:E7 - Google’s Termination of Dr. Mitchell, Clubhouse Security, Australia’s News Publisher Law, and Low-Code Tools

2/24/2021
In this episode, we talk about the termination of Dr. Margaret Mitchell, founder and lead of the Google Ethical AI team, Australia’s law requiring Google and Facebook to pay news publishers, and concerns over Clubhouse security. Then we are joined by Rahat Chowdhury, co-founder of Whimser, to chat about the large funding rounds low-code platforms have been receiving, what this means for developers, and where these tools might fit in our own development. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews)...

Duration:00:43:02

S3:E6 - CD Projekt Red Hack, a Florida Water Supply Hack, and a Major ‘Dependency Confusion’ Hack

2/17/2021
In this episode, we talk about engineers unionizing with other workers at Medium, Epic’s MetaHuman Creator, a hacker who broke into a water system in Florida, and a security researcher who breached over 35 big tech companies leveraging something called dependency confusion. Then we are joined by Pierre Leclerc, co-founder of 6 Eyes Studio, and game developer of the tactical RPG, Fell Seal, to chat about the recent hack of the game studio CD Projekt Red, and what one can realistically do with...

Duration:00:36:30

S3:E5 - Developers' Place Within Clubhouse, Margaret Mitchell’s letter to Google, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency, and Tracking Capitol Rioters

2/10/2021
In this episode, we talk about Google AI Researcher Margaret Mitchell’s letter to the company about the firing of former AI Researcher, Timnit Gebru, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency, and smartphone data that was given to The New York Times that was used to track Capitol rioters. Then we chat with Casey Lau, co-host of RISE, one of the Web Summit conferences, and host of the RISE Offstage podcast, to talk about how Clubhouse will impact the future of tech conferences, and what developers'...

Duration:00:47:35