Instanews #19: 2012-04-11

44 mins - Published Wed, Apr 11, 2012 by Breki Tomasson and Jack Marshall

This is Geek Positive for Wednesday, April eleventh!

Today, Jack and I talk about Facebook acquiring Instagram for one billion dollars, leading us into a discussion about Google Latitude, private and public information and Merlin Mann’s funny post about Instagram. We also discussed Christwire’s 12 reasons that Game of Thrones should be boycotted, as well as how Poe’s Law works. That also brings us to The Onion and Literally Unbelievable.

The musical feature of the day is Skyrim by Peter Hollens & Lindsey Stirling, both of whom have amazing YouTube channels that should be subscribed to.

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Find us at @BrekiT and @Tofu_Jack; we’ll be back in a couple of days!


Instanews was another one of Breki's attempts to create a tech news podcast in the long chain of iterative podcasts that includes Geek Positive, CSICON Radio, The Brainstorm and Geekdays. It ran for 129 episodes, initially co-hosted by Jack Marshall and, in the final run of episodes, by Teppo Tastic.

Both Petter Mårtensson and Arkenor Oakshadow featured as regular guests for a segment known as The Deathmatch of Death and More Death, a ladder-style competition that pit heroes and villains from popular culture against each other. Petter and Arkenor would argue the case for their randomly picked hero of the week, and listeners would vote via the website.

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