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5 Little Things from Google I/O That Could Be Big News for You

Google I/O 2019 was a whirlwind of info about upcoming Android updates, demos of new features in Google Lens and Duplex, upgraded abilities for the Google Assistant, and more. But aside from all the fancy new things that got mentioned in the keynote, there were a number of other small changes and updates that came out of Google’s annual developer conference that didn’t get quite as much attention. So here’s a quick roundup of some news and tidbits that could affect you in the not-too-distant future. Read More >>

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Apparently, Spotify’s Plan for Serving You Podcast Suggestions is Shuffling Them in With Your Music

After announcing its pivot to podcasts, Spotify appears to have kind of a wonky idea for how to get you to listen to them. Read More >>

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Today’s Fresh Hell Brings Us a Spotify Podcast From Mark Zuckerberg

Because each new day delivers an increasingly unbelievable spin on reality, I’m here to report that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg now has his very own podcast—one in which he will be “hosting discussions on the future of tech and society.” Feel free to take a deep breath before reading on. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Reportedly Looking to Acquire Some of Your Favorite Podcasts in Deal With Gimlet Media

Spotify may be in discussions to acquire Gimlet Media and its roster of beloved podcasts, including titles like Reply All and Crimetown. Read More >>

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The ‘My Dad Wrote A Porno’ Christmas Special Is Out Now On Spotify

We've been more breathless than a faux-climaxing adult actor waiting for the 2018 Christmas special of the 'My Dad Wrote A Porno' podcast, and finally the money shot has arrived. Read More >>

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Brits Love Podcasts, Says Ofcom Analysis

Someone was told me that podcasts were a dying media, and that there was no reason why anyone would want to launch one. Clearly they were wrong, because Ofcom has found that the number of podcast listeners in the UK is double what it was five years ago. That means almost 6 million adults listen to them each week. Read More >>

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Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation. Podcasts like “The Alex Jones Show” and “War Room” have been pulled from all of Apple’s directories, but the company has left up the less popular InfoWars podcast “Real News With David Knight.” Read More >>

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How The Satanic Panic Completely Changed The Way We Think About Memory

The Gateway podcast follows Gizmodo’s investigation into the influence internet spiritual guru Teal Swan has over her thousands of followers across the world. Read More >>

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How to Play Google Podcasts Everywhere – Including iOS

Do you podcast? Google has a new app out for Android that’s ready to download and play all your favourite pods. While the functionality is a little on the bare-bones side for now, it does have one ace up its sleeve — the ability to play your podcasts across all your devices with the help of Google Assistant. Here’s how it works. Read More >>

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Google Remembers to Like and Subscribe, Releases Its Own Podcasts App

Lovers of quality audio content you’re probably not paying for, rejoice. Google has finally released its own Google Podcasts app, providing users a dedicated place to enjoy their shows, find personalised recommendations, and soon take advantage of upcoming accessibility features. It’s also one of the few Android-only apps made by the company, which traditionally releases cross-platform apps to satiate users of Google’s services on iOS. Read More >>

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The Dark Origin Story of Internet Spiritual Guru Teal Swan

Last week, Gizmodo launched The Gateway, an investigative podcast about Teal Swan an internet spiritual guru who creates hypnotic YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression. These videos share controversial messages about mental health with her devoted fans who follow her online and in person. Many people get so wrapped up in her messages, they join Swan’s intentional community and move out to her retreat centre in Costa Rica. Read More >>

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The BBC is Putting Adverts in Podcasts Now, Just Not in the UK

Regardless of your feelings on the BBC, we can all agree that it's nice to be able to watch TV or listen to the radio without having advertising forced on up at every available opportunity.  Today headlines have been circulating announcing that the BBC will start putting adverts into its podcasts, but the good news for us is that this only affects the rest of the world. We Brits will remain totally ad-free. Read More >>

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Relive These Scientists’ Year Inside a Simulated Mars on a Hawaiian Volcano With This New Podcast

An igloo-looking habitat sits on a volcano’s rocky soil. Six astronauts have been living there isolated for months, doing geologic field work. It takes around twenty minutes for any message to travel between the habitat and Earth. Read More >>

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Marvel Is Making a Serial-Like Murder Mystery Podcast Starring Richard Armitage as Wolverine

You can’t swing a severed arm laced with adamantium these days without hitting someone who has a new podcast. Everyone’s gotten into the game these days and Marvel’s Wolverine is no exception. Beginning next year, Marvel will launch The Long Night, its first scripted podcast styled after WBEZ’s Serial. And it’ll star The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage. Read More >>

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Podcast Vigilantes Free Swedish Man After 13 Years in Prison

Swedish man Kaj Linna is out of prison after 13 years, and it's all thanks to the most modern form of salvation from the clink -- modern kids and their meddling podcasts. Read More >>