Magic Engine Optimization

Episode 136 · May 25th, 2020 · 33 mins 33 secs

About this Episode

In this Episode:

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's $800,000 donation to their 8 favorite restaurants is like the median US family giving 13 cents to each
  • Utah has rejected the Apple-Google approach to tracing coronavirus, and is using an app made by a social media start-up instead
  • Utah’s governor’s office spent $2.75 million for the app and other improvements, and will pay $300,000 per month in maintenance fees, according to public records cited by, a website focusing on local politics.
  • Uber drivers will need to take selfies proving they’re wearing a mask
  • This Online Calculator Shows How Likely a Person Is to Die During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Lawmakers Demand a Vote to Stop FBI Collecting Web Browser History Without a Warrant
  • The lawmakers go on to say that the internet activity “opens a window into the most sensitive areas of our private life” and that without protection, intelligence officials would have nearly unfettered access “to information such as our personal health, religious practices, and political views.”
  • 'Apple Glass' Rumored to Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses, and More
  • Scoop: Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million
  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company finishes digging Las Vegas tunnels
  • The Loop is supposed to be able to move more than 4,000 people per hour through the tunnels in a variety of Tesla vehicles, taking a cross-campus walk that normally takes at least 15 minutes and turning it into a ride that lasts less than two minutes.

Weird and Wacky:

  • Man makes money buying his own pizza on DoorDash app

Tech Recs:

  • Sanjay -
  • Adam - Apple Calendar (forget Outlook)o
  • Shannon - Libre Office

TV / Movie Recs:

  • Sanjay - Princess Bride
  • Adam - Lost in Space
  • Shannon - Knives Out

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