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Today, Craig joins Ken and Matt discussing the latest on the web including Google’s new fact-checking feature, and Facebook’s news feed update focusing more on family and friends rather than promotions.

They have also talked about how a tech-wearable like Fitbit can reveal about our sleeping habits. And, why does Uber need to develop a secret system to lock-down staff computers in a police raid?


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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.


Airing date: 01/17/2018


Google Fact Check – Fitbit Sleep Data – Facebook Feed Overhaul – Uber Destroying Evidence



Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Hey good morning, Craig Peterson here. A bit of a snowy morning up in Maine. But I talked with Ken and Matt anyways. We talked about Google’s new Fact Check feature which is almost exclusively targeting conservative sites. What Fitbit’s new six billion nights of sleep data is telling us? Facebook’s overhauling of their news feed and Uber. Yes indeed. They have patterned Ripley from Aliens and develop a secret system to lock down staff computers. All of that and more. Here we go with Ken and Matt. Stick around.


Matt Gagnon: [00:00:42] With Ken and Matt. And we are now talking to Craig Peterson our tech guru who joins us every Wednesday at this time. Craig welcome.


Craig: [00:00:53] Hey good morning. I have most of my voice back. By the way, have you guys gotten the stupid bug?


Ken Altshuler: [00:00:58] Boy it’s been all around.


Matt: [00:01:00] Got one earlier in the year. I know there’s another one going around now. Yeah.


Ken: [00:01:03] It’s fun. Fun. Why would you take a flu shot that worked about 1 percent


Matt: [00:01:06] Because that always works. You know I get more sick when I have the flu shot than when I don’t.


Craig: [00:01:12] Yesterday, the Stad, and I have done no research into this. But you know speaking of flu shots they were looking at these eight people that had died and I forget what community it was.  Seven of them had had the flu shot. out of the eight that died. So it’s obviously not helping very much. At least when it comes to fatalities.


Ken: [00:01:36] So Craig, you know our show is often a political show. I’m liberal on the show and Matt’s the Neanderthal. And I was happy to find that Google, the new Fact Check feature is almost exclusively targeting Neanderthals. I was very happy to see that.


Craig: [00:01:53] Well, I thought that Matt was a classic liberal?


Matt: [00:01:56] That’s a classical liberal. Yes. Don’t confuse the audience if they don’t know that term. You’re going to have me thrown under the bus.


Craig: [00:02:07] He’s been exposed. Yeah this is an interesting problem because you’ve got a number of Web sites out there that are very left leaning that are trying to do some sort of analysis of things in the news. So you even but sites like Snopes tend to lean very far left and Google and some of these other sites are saying well you know we really want to give you the correct news right. We don’t want the fake news. We don’t want that out there which of course is the term that the Democrats were using before President Trump coopted that term. Fake News. So how do we block or stop the fake news? And what Google has done is they go to these “Fact Check” sites.


Now how much fact checking and checking is really going on is up for debate. Most people seem to think that it’s mostly opinion. But Google is using these sites. Well these sites are 95 percent Left-Wing and they’re doing this. So Google therefore is looking to get all the “facts” from the “fact checking” and is saying OK well obviously this news is not true because these fact checking sites all agree about it. So it’s an interesting problem. You know I think if there were more right wing or maybe center or maybe even actual fact checking sites out there this problem might go away. But yeah for now anyways, Ken, it looks like Google’s and Facebook and Twitter actually, all three of them, are going to slam you down if you’re saying things that tend to be considered more conservative and are going to just say wonderful things about you. Like the New York Times where Google is showing you all of the awards they’ve won instead of the facts about the article that you’re looking at that. This is a problem that’s going to go on for quite a while. I don’t think there is a way around it. You know you got sites that are not vetted things like Vox, Think Progress, Slate, The Huffington Post, The Daily Kos, Salon, Vice, Mother Jones they’re all spared any sort of quote fact checking. So don’t believe it if you see it coming up in these little boxes on the right hand side of the Google results. Just don’t believe it because at this point anyways there’s very little truth to what is supposedly a fact check box on the right hand side of your Google results.


Matt: [00:05:00] We are talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru who is joining us as he does every Wednesday talking about all things technology. So speaking of technology let’s go in a nonpolitical direction. If you don’t mind Craig and my wife has a Fitbit and really is addicted and enjoys sort of looking at her sleep patterns and all that fun stuff. I’ve never done it myself. But it is kind of interesting to see with the findings of that kind of thing happens. But there’s a lot of people that use that. What are we learning about people’s sleep habits based on these things?


Craig: [00:05:32] Well this is really cool and I have a couple of kids that are really into Fitbits too. My wife has never really used one. But the whole idea for people that aren’t aware of what this is, these are little devices that you strap onto your wrist just like a watch. And they are designed to keep track of your activity. Now if you have an Apple Watch you’ve got those types of sensors built in. And one of the problems we have with, for instance, sleep studies is that it takes at least a decade for a standard sleep study to really come up with any sort of results that really mean much. And part of the problem is how do you get enough data? Well the Fitbit bands for instance. They’ve got the built in heart rate monitors and they’re able to have very accurate results, the current ones, is about how well you’re sleeping. And they found out some kind of interesting things because now they have billions of points of data. And that’s kind of cool. Apple Watches, much the same thing. In fact the Apple watchers are now being used for earthquake studies. People tend to take them off at night, set them on the table next to the bed and the sensors are sensitive enough to detect minor earthquakes even. It’s kind of cool.


But here’s some of the results. Men versus women. Women tend to sleep 25 minutes longer than men each night. They also are averaging six hours and 50 minutes of sleep. So almost seven hours of sleep for women. And men only get six hours and 26 minutes. So men basically get half an hour less sleep per night. But they’re finding that women get 10 more minutes of the deep sleep and the REM sleep that are needed every night. And that gap tends to widen as you get over the age of 50. So it’s kind of interesting. We’re getting more stats. We’re understanding a little bit better as all of these sensors get better. Not just the Fitbits but the Apple sensors, Apple Watch and the Android watches that it’s just been an absolute boom for researchers because now they’ve even got cardiac rhythms on people that they can look for. Some apps are already available to tell you when you are having a heart dysrhythmia so that you no need to go see your doctor. And we’re even seeing more outpatient care because these types of devices can just be strapped onto your wrist, you’re sent home and the doctor can keep tabs on you even when you’re not in the hospital. In fact closer tabs when you’re in your house than they used to be able to keep on you when you were right there in the hospital. So a lot of really cool stuff going on.


Ken: [00:08:22] We are speaking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru. You can go to anytime you want to get all the latest information on all the tech news. He joins every Wednesday at 7:38. Craig, you probably know that I’m not a big Facebooker, or as I might call my Facespace. And so but now Facebook is really kind of moving the News Feed to content from family and friends and less from publishers. Why don’t you tell us about what the plan is?


Craig: [00:08:50] Yeah. Well you might have seen just this week in fact a bit of a hit on Facebook stock and that was because of an announcement by Mark Zuckerberg that some major changes are coming to the Facebook News Feed. It’s going to cut down on the content that’s displayed from publishers and as you said Ken, we’re going to see more stuff from family and groups. I don’t know. Are you guys using the Facebook group feature at all?


Matt: [00:09:12] I do. Yeah.


Ken: [00:09:13] I don’t know what you’re talking about.


Matt: [00:09:16] You can. Don’t even bother asking Ken questions like that because he has no idea.


Ken: [00:09:18] Yeah. I don’t know what that is.


Craig: [00:09:19] Speaking of Luddites, it’s easy to use this set up these groups. You can have private groups, secret groups and things. And a lot of people use them. I use them. I have a family member who just got married down in Louisiana this last weekend and they put together a special Facebook group and it was great. We got to see you know the wedding dinner and the wedding itself and some of the guests and talk back and forth. And it was all using some of this Facebook technology and Facebook group. So it was very cool. And people that have groups tend to want to get the information from the groups. So Facebook is changing the way it’s doing business. That’s good and it’s bad. A lot of people are really worried about it that our advertisers because remember when it comes to Facebook and Google and Twitter et cetera, you are the product. You are not the customer. So what’s he doing? Well Zuckerberg is doing what needs to be done here frankly and that is he is going to cannibalize his existing business to a degree and try and compete against his old business model. And if you’re a business person and you’re not doing that, if you’re not trying to basically compete with yourself with a new model, a new online model, a new way of generating income etc. If you’re not doing that somebody else will. Because no matter how big your face is today what would you call it Ken?


Matt: [00:10:56] My Face Space.


Ken: [00:10:58] My Face Space.


Craig: [00:11:00] My Face Space. No matter how big my Face Space is today, tomorrow they could be out of business. And that’s you know MySpace right. Facebook and IBM in the 70s. They are struggling today. So make sure you compete against yourself. I think Mark Zuckerberg is doing a good thing here by making this change. Their revenues are likely to go down. He has not made this change yet but it’s coming and it’s must frankly.


Matt: [00:11:27] We’re talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru. Craig, last question for you. Uber and locking down computers and police raids. What is that all about?


Craig: [00:11:33] Oh my gosh. Uber again in the news. Yeah they’ve been accused of developing technology before to stop regulators from seeing what they’re doing. And they have a mode apparently called Ripley. Now if you’re a fan of the Alien movies, which I am, Ripley of course was one of the main characters and the idea that Ripley had was let’s just nuke the planet from space because I’m tired of all of this. Right. So they have this Ripley mode that apparently was used at least two dozen times in countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Hong Kong. This is a report out of Bloomberg. And in one case Ripley was deployed to prevent Canadian tax investigators. Now here’s what happened. The police show up or regulators show up at a Newborough office on one of these countries they send a text back to headquarters and the headquarters goes ahead and nukes all of the computers in that office so that they can go ahead and take anything they want but it isn’t going to do them any good. You know it’s kind of similar to what Hillary Clinton did with taking hammers to their BlackBerries and you know bleach bidding, etcetera, etcetera, which appears to be the way to go nowadays.


So they’re in trouble because of course that’s illegal and their office in Montreal had tax collectors in it and tax collectors weren’t able to get anything off of any of the systems because Uber was nuking their systems from their headquarters in California whenever the investigators showed up. Amazing.


Ken: [00:13:27] Alright. Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us Wednesday at 7:38. Thanks for joining us, Craig. We will talk to you next week. I’m glad you recovered and able to speak to us.


Craig: [00:13:36] Hey gentlemen take care. Thanks.


Matt: [00:13:37] Thank you Craig. Alright. So we will take a break. We will return a moment after Ken over here goes to my Face Space.



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