The 404 1,460: Where it’s still so early (podcast)

On today’s 404 episode we’ll tell you how Microsoft is breeding the next generation of young exterminators, why you’ll never see the words “massive,” “epic,” and “amazeballs” on Gawker sites ever again, and how seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can play a big part in crowdsourced local business reviews.

    



The 404 1,454: Where you’re not invited (podcast)

Oh, you thought weddings were expensive? You probably didn’t hire a “social media concierge” for $3,000. Yes, it’s a thing. That story plus the world’s first cybernetics-assisted Olympics, called the Cybathlon; an app that sends someone to the post office for you; and checking in with the Million Dollar Homepage nine years after the fact.

    



Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

First time accepted submitter tor528 (896250) writes “Patent troll Personal Audio has sued top podcasters including Adam Carolla and HowStuffWorks, claiming that they own the patent for delivery of episodic content over the Internet. Adam Carolla is fighting back and has started a Fund Anything campaign to cover legal fees. From the Fund Anything campaign page: ‘If Adam Carolla loses this battle, then every other Podcast will be quickly shut down. Why? Because Patent Trolls like Personal Audio would use a victory over Carolla as leverage to extort money from every other Podcast.. As you probably know, Podcasts are inherently small, owner-operated businesses that do not have the financial resources to fight off this type of an assault. Therefore, Podcasts as we know them today would cease to exist.’ James Logan of Personal Audio answered Slashdotters’ questions in June 2013. Links to the patent in question can be found on Personal Audio’s website. The EFF filed a challenge against Personal Audio’s podcasting patent in October 2013.”

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The 404 1,450: Where we play by ear (podcast)

3D printers have come a long way…

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Leaked from today’s 404 episode:

– That story of the marooned woman on a Hawaiian island getting saved thanks to Google Earth is totally fake.

– Chordify makes it easy to cover any song by transcribing sheet music from YouTube and Soundcloud links.

Funk band games the Spotify system to fund upcoming nationwide tour.

Virtual screaming babies squirm their way into teenage cellphones in new pregnancy campaign.

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The 404 1,448: Where rich or poor, it’s nice to have money (podcast)

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Leaked from today’s 404 episode:

– Jill’s appearance on CBS News: Is WhatsApp really worth 19 billion?

– Financial Spring cleaning: what to keep, what to shred.

Enter our Gamespot PS4 giveaway!

– Follow Aunt Jill on Twitter and check out her radio show, Jill on Money.

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