EdTech Situation Room Episode 136

Welcome to episode 136 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 29, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed school cybersecurity, a shocking iPhone security vulnerability for WhatsApp, NASA’s free media library, and copyright issues in Houston ISD as well as for YouTube Creators. Distorted political videos about Nancy Pelosi, Google’s disappointing move to disable ‘modern browser ad blocking extensions,’ and the new iPod Touch from Apple were also discussed. The availability of “Adobe Premiere Rush” for Android, Chromebook support expiration dates, and projected price increases for cheap Chromebooks were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a Google Home podcast mystery, the killer robot documentary, “Slaughterbots,” and the “Against the Rules” podcast, from Michael Lewis. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  8. School fights fear as part of defense against network intrusions (Oklahoma City Free Press, 29 May 2019)
  9. WhatsApp Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone (NYTimes, 13 May 2019)
  10. Auction for a laptop full of malware closes at $1.2 million (Engadget, 27 May 2019)
  11. NASA Makes Their Entire Media Library Publicly Accessible And Copyright Free (DIY Photography, 20 April 2019)
  12. Federal jury: HISD staff repeatedly violated copyright laws, owe company $9.2M (Houston Chronicle, 24 May 2019)
  13. Houston Got Sued And Now You’re Freaking… (Heather Lister, 28 May 2019)
  14. Youtubers And Record Labels Are Fighting, And Record Labels Keep Winning (The Verge; 24 May 2019)
  15. Distorted Nancy Pelosi videos show platforms aren’t ready to fight dirty campaign tricks (The Verge; 24 May 2019)
  16. Google to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users (9 5o 5 Google; 29 May 2019)
  17. New iPod touch delivers even greater performance (Apple.com; 28 May 2019)
  18. Apple releases new iPod touch featuring A10 Fusion chip, 256 GB storage option (9to5 Mac, 28 May 2019)
  19. Buying A New Chromebook? Don’t Forget To Check The Expiration Date (Chrome Unboxed, 28 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: “Against the Rules” podcast, from Michael Lewis
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: VIDEO: Slaughterbots (8 min, Nov 2017) via “Controlling Killer Robots” (Episode 30 of “What’s New Podcast” @podcastwhatsnew @dancohen interviewing @DeniseGarcia100)