Biden Town Hall Ratings

Dueling Town Hall Ratings

Episode 327 – October 17, 2020


  • Zoom Zaps
  • Google Analytics 4
  • No Politics Policy
  • Town Hall Ratings
  • Hacking Pays
  • Echo Notifies
  • Ancient Recipes
  • LiDAR Lenses
  • We’re Not Okay
  • Funeral Home Flyers
  • Cord Cutters

During episode 327, BL and David discuss the viewership of the dueling Trump/Biden Town Hall forums; an array of new Zoom apps; Google Analytics version 4; Coinbase’s no-politics policy; Alexa notifications; Apple pays hackers to hack; Snapchat’s LiDAR lenses; vintage downloadable cookbooks; a social media wellness check; funeral flyers;…and much, much more.

Best Practices

Zoom Zapps

Thirty-five apps will be integrated into Zoom. These include Asana, Dropbox, Salesforce, Slack, Survey Monkey, Unsplash and Zen Desk. Developers will be able to create new ones.

Google Analytics 4

The new Google Analytics will give you the essential insights you need to be ready for what’s next.

6 Months Pay To Quit Coinbase

“Life is too short to work at a company that you aren’t excited about,” Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong wrote in an email to employees after many objected to his controversial new policy banning political activism by employees.

Town Hall Ratings

This morning, when early TV ratings numbers were released for President Donald Trump’s and former Vice President Joe Biden’s competing Thursday-night town halls on, respectively, NBC and ABC, Biden was beating Trump.

Chart: Trump MSNBC Town Hall Viewership

Apple Pays Hackers

In response to Apple’s Bug Bounty challenge, 20 year-old and a team of white hat hackers found 55 vulnerabilities.

Alexa Notifications

Echo’s yellow ring means you’ve got an audio notification.

10,700 Vintage Cookbooks Digitized

The collection contains everything from cookbooks by Martha Stewart to the oldest one, dated 1529.

LiDAR Lenses

Snapchat confirmed it will be among the first to put the new technology to use in its iOS app for a lidar-powered Lens.

Worst Practices

We’re Not Okay

Researchers are looking at online behavior to gauge public mental health. The results aren’t pretty.

Funeral Flyers

An Italian funeral home handed out flyers advertising its services at a ‘March of Liberation’ rally for COVID-deniers in Rome.

Volantinaggio alla #marciadellaliberazione ! Business is Business— TAFFO (@taffoofficial) October 10, 2020


This appears to be source of #springsteen emoji, by the way (cover of “Born in the USA” single.)@SpringNuts_ , @backstreetsmag— Jay Lustig (@jaylustig) October 14, 2020
Happy— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) October 10, 2020

Shiny New Stuff

B.L.’s Finds

You can see how your podcasts perform in search, and get listener analytics.

Google Search is an important and growing way to find podcasts. Today we’re introducing a new feature to help podcasters understand how listeners discover their content on Search. Check it out in Podcasts Manager ⇒— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) October 13, 2020

David’s Finds

The Yoast SEO WordPress plugin will now feature tight integration with SEMrush’s extensive keyword database and SEO products.



Demonstrated his mental decline, trump referred to his henchman Matt Gaetz as Rick Gates three times during a campaign rally.

He’s just not that into you!— Wearing a mask in NC (@tweettweetnc) October 17, 2020
We’ve got to come together to defeat Donald Trump –– Democrats, Independents, Republicans, and yes, even Demo-cats.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 17, 2020

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