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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.






S7:E2 - Safari 15’s IndexedDB Vulnerability, An Attack of the Wordle Clones, Walmart Ponders NFTs, and More

In this episode, we talk about Walmart’s plans to get into NFTs and cryptocurrency, telecom operators starting to block Apple’s iCloud Private Relay, and an attack of the Wordle clones. Then we speak with Valentin Vasilyev, co-Founder and CTO at FingerprintJS, whose team spotted a vulnerability in Safari 15’s IndexedDB API. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) Walmart is quietly preparing to enter the metaverse Apple under fire over iPhone encryption tech The App Store clones are here to...


S7:E1 - The Pudgy Penguins NFT Debacle, a Dev Intentionally Breaks His Own Open Source Libraries, and Gen Z’s Distaste for Green Text Bubbles

In this episode, we talk about a developer who broke around 19-thousand projects by intentionally corrupting his own open source libraries, and how iMessage won in the smartphone battle for favor amongst Gen Z. Then we speak with Dr. Merav Ozair, Leading Blockchain expert and FinTech Professor at Rutgers Business School, about NFTs and the turbulent removal of the founders of the Pudgy Penguins project. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) Dev corrupts NPM libs 'colors' and 'faker'...


S6:E8 - The Web3 Debate and the World’s First Organic Reproducing Robots

In this episode, we talk about some criticisms of web3, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey wrote this week, and then we’ll speak to Samina Kabir, developer advocate at Decentology and Niharika Singh, product manager at Decentology, a web3 company about what in the world web3 is and their perspectives on it. Then we’ll speak with Sam Kriegman, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and Tufts about his research with the world’s first reproducing organic robots. Show Notes...


S6:E7 - An Intricate Job Recruitment Scam, a Law Against Some AI-Powered Recruitment Software, and We Give You Holiday Tech Support, Support

In this episode, we talk about a lawsuit filed by Riot Games against fraudsters of an intricate video game studio scam, and a New York City law that will ban employers from using potentially biased AI-driven recruitment software to screen candidates. Then we speak with Rob Frelow, co-founder & chief AI officer of The StoryGraph, who has 15 years of experience being a tech support engineer, to give you lifehacks for your holiday family tech support woes. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews)...


S6:E6 - TikTok’s Algorithm, JetBrain’s Fleet IDE, Timnit Gebru’s New Research Institution, and More

In this episode, we talk about Timnit Gebru’s new research institute, researcher’s contentious relationship with Facebook, and a company that has been secretly helping governments track people’s mobile phones. Then we chat with Dennis Ushakov, Fleet Developer at JetBrains, about Fleet, the company’s new IDE. Finally, we speak with Julian McAuley, computer science professor at the University of California San Diego, about an internal TikTok document the New York Times obtained titled, TikTok...


S6:E5 - Jack Dorsey Resigns, Apple Self-Repair, and the Threat of Post-Quantum Cryptography

In this episode, we talk about the resignation of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Apple’s new self-service repair announcement. Then we speak with Dustin Moody, a mathematician in the National Institute of Science and Technology’s Computer Security Division, about the looming threat of post-quantum cryptography. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) Jack Dorsey Resignation Twitter Post Apple announces Self Service Repair The Future Is Now: Spreading the Word About Post-Quantum Cryptography...


S6:E4 - Trojan Source Attacks, Features in .NET 6, Another Apple Settlement, and No More Contacting Employees Off Hours...At Least in Portugal

In this episode, we talk about a new Apple settlement and a big win for workers in Portugal. Then we speak with Nicholas Boucher, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge about new research into something they are calling a “Trojan Source” attack. And finally, we chat with Safia Abdalla, senior software engineer at Microsoft about new updates and features in the recently released .NET 6. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) Apple to Pay $30 Million Over Store Workers’ Security Checks...


S6:E3 - New CSS Features, a New Search Engine, and Facebook’s Facial Recognition System in the Metaverse

In this episode, we have an update about Facebook’s Facial Recognition system, and then we get into, which calls itself “the world’s first open search engine.” Then we speak with Stephanie Eckles, software engineer at Microsoft and author of about exciting new CSS updates that were just announced at Chrome Dev Summit 2021. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) Facebook is backing away from facial recognition. Meta isn’t. AI-driven search engine takes on...


S6:E2 - Software Complexity, Facebook’s Facial Recognition System, and the Use of AI in a Mass Layoff

In this episode, we talk about Facebook’s plan to shut down its Facial Recognition System, and a mass firing at a Russian payment services company fueled by AI productivity measurement tools. Then we speak with Scott Carey, enterprise technology journalists at InfoWorld, about how the growing complexity of modern software systems might be “killing” software developers. Show Notes Scout APM (DevNews) (sponsor) The Metaverse Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Escape Hatch An Update On Our Use of Face...


S6:E1 - VS Code in the Browser, Facebook Internal Documents, and Corporate Open Source

In this episode, we talk about the explosive Facebook internal documents, a merger between Ruby Central and Ruby Together, and the short lived removal of .NET’s Hot Reload feature, which had a lot of developers frustrated and confused by the decision. Then we speak with Brigit Murtaugh, Program Manager II at Microsoft, and João Moreno, Principal Software Engineer for VS Code about how they created a new lightweight version of VS Code that can run fully in the browser. Show Notes Scout APM...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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) Apple Pay Transparency Survey...


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

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...


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

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) Project December r/ProjectDecember1982 The Jessica Simulation: Love and loss in the age of A.I.


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

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...


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

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, 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)...


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

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) 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 cyberattacks ReliaQuest...


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

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) 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 startup's quest to take on...


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

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...