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Aug 14, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris has an apology. Also, Snap is in trouble...again. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Yet another video claims to offer a look at the iPhone 8’s design in black [9to5Mac]

2. Facebook’s willingness to copy rivals’ apps seen as hurting innovation [Washington Post] 

3. Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings [TechCrunch]

4. BuzzFeed is launching a live news show on Twitter [Axios] 

5. SoundCloud Gets 170 Million Lifeline [Arstechnica] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Aug 6, 2017

On this week's episode, we gave you access to the episode a day early because we're nice guys (and Chris is busy running eduWeb Digital Summit this week). Also, it's rumored that Google offered 30 billion for Snapchat. Serious cash. We would have taken it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Hottie with a poddy: VCs give Gimlet the greenlight [The Hustle]

2. Spotify crosses 60M paid subscribers as it prepares to go public later this year [The Verge] 

3. Reddit Raised $200 Million And Is Redesigning to Look More Like Facebook [Gizmodo] 

4. RED’s upcoming $1,200 smartphone is enormous [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Insiders say Google was interested in buying Snap for at least $30 billion last year [Business Insider] 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 31, 2017

On this week's episode, we have a lot of fun. Really, it's not an understatement. There's a lot of fun in this episode. Do a shot every time we say fun and you'll realize how much fun we have. Also, we go into Taco Mode at one point. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Tesla Model 3 interior doesn't look like any car you've ever seen [The Verge]

2. YouTube’s head of music confirms YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge to create a new service [The Verge] 

3. UPS Store Stops Printing from URLs and USB Sticks Ahead of Def Con Hacking Convention [The Verge] 

4. So long, Flash: Adobe will kill plug-in by 2020 [CNN - Money] 

5. Hot Topic: Jeff Bezos Briefly Tops Bill Gates as the World's Richest Person [Bloomberg] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 24, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir has strong feelings about Best Buy. Also, Pokemon Go channels it's inner Fyre Festival. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. YouTube is getting rid of its video editor because no one uses it [The Verge]

2. HDMI 2.1 - What You Need To Know [CNet] 

3. Apple Shows Off New Emojis on World Emoji Day [TechCrunch] 

4. Amazon Launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stories and photos [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Why The Grim Reaper of Retail Hasn't Come To Claim Best Buy [LATimes] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 21, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir is very late. Also, winter would have come - if Amir wasn't late. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon May Give App Developers Access to Alexa Audio Recordings [The Verge]

2. Amazon Sold 3x as many Echo Devices During Prime Day As It Did Last Year [AdWeek] 

3. Facebook Makes Messenger Ads Available Globally [Social Media Today] 

4. Twitter Users Sue President Trump [New York Times] 

5. Hot Topic: We're All Ears - What's Up With Sound Cloud? (multiple sources) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 10, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts get off to a late start thanks to a Balrog. Also, we share helpful hints (completely kidding, kind of) on how to escape jail using a drone. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Uber tipping is rolling out to 121 U.S. and Canadian markets today [TechCrunch)

2. Nielsen: On-demand audio streaming hits record high, is up 62.4% over last year [TechCrunch] 

3. Snapchat lets you add links, voice filters and backdrops to Snaps [TechCrunch]

4. RED is making a $1,200 smartphone with a ‘holographic display’ [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Everything you need to know about Tesla Model 3, which is starting production [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 3, 2017

On this week's episode, we play with Fyre. Also, we're slightly underwhelmed by a number of good stories this week after a blitz of stories the past few weeks. There's normally more humor here - but we're just being honest with you. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube Announce Formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (YouTube)

2. Designing custom geofilters for Snapchat just got easier (Mashable)

3. First Look at SNES Hardware (Polygon) 

4. Facebook Crosses 2 Billion Monthly Active Users (The Verge)

5. Hot Topic: Fyre Festival Organizer Arrested on Fraud Charges (The Verge)

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 19, 2017

On this week's episode, we debate the meaning of life ("The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42"). Also, Amazon continues the march towards world domination. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push (Apple)

2. Snapchat seduces advertisers with new self-serve tools and certified partners (TechCrunch)

3. Twitter's New Look (Twitter) 

4. Katy Perry's Witness World Wide Generated Over 49 Million Views (Billboard) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 12, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the greatest new announcements from Apple's #WWDC17 Event. This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Links for this episode are from The Verge. 

Announcements Discussed: 

1. Apple Homepod

2. iMac Pro

3. iOS11

4. ARKIT

5. New iPad

6. New OS: "High Sierra"

7. New Watch OS

8. And some extras...

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 12, 2017

On this week's episode, we have a dramatic reading involving pizza and a college application. Also, we pay our respects to Adam West. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Customers Are Already Abandoning DIRECTV Now (The Motley Fool) 

2. Apple Is Going To Let Podcast Creators - and advertisers - see what listeners actually like (Recode) 

3. Microsoft XBox at E3 - The 6 Biggest Disappointments (The Verge)

4. It's official: Yahoo shareholders approve the $4.48 billion sale to Verizon (Business Insider) 

5. Hot Topic: Apple Marketing Executive Bozoma Saint John is Joining Uber as its Chief Brand Officer (Recode) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 5, 2017

On this week's episode, our honorable mention is a user-requested session around this week's favorite internet topic (#covfefe). Also, Wonder Woman is a terrific film - wonderful even - so go see it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple WWDC 2017: What to expect (CNet)

2. Google Is Building An Ad-Blocker Into Chrome (Social Media Today) 

3. Elon Must, Google and others decry Paris accord decision (VentureBeat)

4. Microsoft Redesigns Skype (The Verge) 

5. Hot Topic: Facebook Live Audio Rolling Out Discussion
*no articles at time of recording*

Honorable Mention(s)

  • Our favorite #covfefe memes (per listener request!) 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

May 30, 2017

On this week's episode, Dave Chappelle gets the respect he deserves. Also, we delay the episode one day because this podcast would not exist without the men and women who have died for the United States of America. Thank you to those who have/do serve. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Zuckerberg Tells Harvard We Need A New Social Contract of Equal Opportunity (TechCrunch)

2. Instagram Direct Now Supports Web Links and Different Photo Orientations (TechCrunch) 

3. Nest's Next Generation Security Camera Could Shoot 4k Resolution (Digital Trends) 

4. Snapchat Bought A Drone Company (The Next Web) 

5. DJI Unveils Spark (BHPhotoVideo) 

Honorable Mention(s)

  • Thoughts and prayers to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (and family) on the loss of his mother. 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

May 22, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir's lungs battle a smart bottle. Also, we talk about some of (not all, because that would take forever) the announcements from Google IO. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Plans Laptop Upgrades to Take On Microsoft (Bloomberg) 

2. Facebook Lands Deal to Stream 20 MLB Games Live (Business Insider)

3. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram Notifications - In One Space (TechCrunch)

4. Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone is Returning To The Company (TechCrunch)

5. All IO17 Announcements (Google) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

May 15, 2017

On this week's episode, we show appreciation to Moms...and Derek Jeter.. Also, you're right, we forgot to use the womp womp womp sound for dishonorable. We're sorry. We promise it will be back next week. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Sends Out Press Invites WWDC Keynotes on June 5th (Mac Rumors) 

2. Facebook's Rolling Out Group Membership Questions to Improve Filtering Process (Social Media Today) 

3. Snap Stock Tanks After IPO Expenses Run Up A $2.2 Billion Loss for the First Quarter (CNBC)

4. YouTube Is Pouring Millions Into Content Creation and Shows (WERSM)

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28th (TechCrunch)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

May 8, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris have strong feelings about Hulu's new redesign. They also strongly consider following Nicki Minaj on Twitter. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple's Siri Speaker Could Be Announced at WWDC In June (The Verge) 

2. The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft's Expensive Answer to Chromebooks (TechCrunch)

3. Domino's Taps IFTTT to Deactivate Your Garden Sprinkler Automatically In Time for Your Pizza Delivery (The Verge) 

4. Watch How Elon Musk's Boring Company Tunnels Will Move Cars Faster (TechCrunch)

5. (Hot Topic) Hands-On With Hulu's New Live TV Service (TechCrunch)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • The Google Doc Email Heard Round The World including
    • The person who thought starting with the fake email as HHHHH was a good idea
    • Anyone who clicked it (but seriously, we love you) 

Tweet/Post of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

May 1, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris have squad goals. Also, if you want to play a drinking game, take a shot every time Amir says Yaaaas. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon’s Echo Look is a voice assistant with a camera, because that’s not creepy (VentureBeat)

2. 700 Million Monthly Active Users and Counting for Instagram (AdWeek)

3.. 800 Hours of Live Premium Video was Viewed by 45 million viewers in Q1 2017, up 31% + Emoji Search (VentureBeat) 

4. Yik Yak Is Closing (Yik Yak) 

5. Hot Topic: “Rich Kids of Instagram Meets Hunger Games” #FyreFestival (Telegraph)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

  • Lena Schurmann (via Facebook Comment) 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Apr 24, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris avoid all things in the PR Disaster category - as best as they can at least. Also, a lot of people (still) copy Snapchat. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Video)

2. The FTC Has A Reminder for Brands and Influencers (FTC)

3. Netflix Says It's Competing With Sleep, Not Amazon or Hulu (Fox News)

4. Snapchat Drops to One-Star On App Store (The Hindu) 

5. Hot Topic: Facebook's F8 Conference 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune in to Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Apr 17, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris can't avoid making United jokes. Also, Amir broke his drone (again). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts as Apple Podcasts (9to5Mac)

2. Multi-user Support Coming to Google Home (Business Insider)

3. Burger King's New Ad Will Hijack Your Voice-Activated Speaker (Buzzfeed)

4. Instagram Updates - New Stickers and More (Instagram Blog)

5. Hot Topic: United Airlines

  1. Spice/Pepsi/United Joke (original tweet by @LanceBradley) 
  2. Scorpion Stings Man On United Flight (NBC LA)

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • Too many to pick this week - tune in to hear! 

Tweet of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Apr 10, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris debate the value of a recent fortune cookie. Also, the importance of the Walking Dead to OTT is confirmed. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Mac Pro Lives (Daring Fireball) 

2. YouTubers Will Need At Least 10,000 Views To Make Ad Money (Engadget) 

3. Twitter unveils a new API platform, roadmap and vision for its developer community (TechCrunch) 

4. YouTube TV Launches in 5 Cities, Inks Deal with AMC (Variety) 

5. Hot Topic: Pepsi Pulls Ad Accused of Trivializing Black Lives Matter (New York Times) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Apr 3, 2017

On this week's episode, the jokes are everywhere (because it's April Fools day). Also, leggings. Are they pants? Aren't they? You decide. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon quietly launches it's own social media influencer program (TechCrunch)

2. Google Pixel 3 is Coming Next Year (BGR)

3. SpaceX has proven it can reuse rockets - now what? (Popular Science) 

4. A Social Update

5. Hot Topic: April Fools 

Honorable Mention(s): 

  • Delta Tweet  (in relation to DISHonorable mention) (People)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 27, 2017

On this week's episode, our co-hosts abide and make Brad's Wife the show's hot topic. Also, Chris can't read his own notes. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon's Ambitions Unboxed (New York Times)

2. Instagram Updates

3. Analyst says iPhone 8 will cause a ‘paradigm shift’ because of Apple’s lead in AR tech (9to5mac.com) 

4. Congress Moves To Strike Internet Privacy Rules from Obama Era (New York Times)

5. Hot Topic: Brad's Wife Got Fired From Cracker Barrel (Bored Panda)

  • Note: Not #FiveFavorites superfan Brad Parler ;) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 20, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts debate whether or not they'd rather face an army of terminators or zombies (there's really no debate). Also, we discuss the value of jpegs being 35% smaller. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. ‘iPad mini Pro’ is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon (BGR)

2. Google’s new encoder makes JPEGs up to 35 percent smaller (The Verge)

3. Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045 (Futurism.com)

4. Twitter got hacked — even a BBC account. Do this one thing to protect yourself (USA Today) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Puts Alexa In It's Main iPhone App (VentureBeat) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 13, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris opt to find an alternative to drinking water during the show. Also, Pornhub makes it's first appearance on the show (don't worry, it's safe to listen to). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Pinterest Acquires Jelly (Jelly Blog via Medium)

2. Diehard Coders Saved NASA's Earth Science Data (Wired)

3. Trump Related Videos Have Grown SNL's YouTube Channel by 48% (Marketing Hub)

4. Snap's Stock Stumble (VentureBeat) 

5. Hot Topic: A WHOLE Lotta Facebook 

Honorable Mention(s): 

Honorable But Still Somewhat DIS Honorable Mention(s) - Not A Typo: 

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 6, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris literally cheat the system to get in more than 5 stories. Also, Chris recaps his Social Media Week NYC experience while Zonozi gets featured on the BHPhoto Podcast. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. How A Typo Took Down S3 - The Backbone of the Internet (The Verge)

2. Nintendo Switch Users Face Hardware Issues (Polygon) 

3. Social Platform News

4. Phone News

5. Hot Topic: Meet YouTubeTV

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Feb 27, 2017

On this week's episode, an old friend reappears in Amir's life. Also, our hosts discover that Alexa is now VERY skilled. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

 

1. For Generation Z, 'Live Chilling" replaces hanging out (WSJ)

2. Alexa Passes 10,000 Skills (VentureBeat)

3. Booming Android Revenue Shows Its No Longer the Poor Cousin (The Register)

4. Snapchat Faces Tough Questions With Insiders (Business Insider)

5. Hot Topic: Instagram Will Now You Posts 10 Pictures (or videos) at Once (The Verge)

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

 

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