Smitten by 2021 – Biggest stories of the year including Meta, mRNA, Log4j, NFTs, Ransomware

Biggest stories of the year including Meta, mRNA, Log4j, NFTs, Ransomware
•  COVID-19’s impact on tech.
•  Elon Musk in 2021.
•  The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.
•  GM’s heated seats and steering wheels are the latest casualties of the chip shortage.
•  Baby Driver: Philadelphia woman gives birth in the front seat of Tesla on autopilot.
•  The tangled history of mRNA vaccines.
•  Ransomware Jerks Helped Cause the Cream Cheese Shortage.
•  The Harvard Job Offer No One at Harvard Ever Heard Of.
•  Microsoft’s very bad year for security: A timeline.
•  Log4j: The ‘most serious’ security breach ever is unfolding right now.
•  REvil Ransom Arrest, $6M Seizure, and $10M Reward.
•  Billionaires in space.
•  FAA: No more commercial astronaut wings, too many launching.
•  Fact check: Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard rocket launch didn’t emit carbon.
• Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon’s C.E.O., handing the reins to Andy Jassy.
•  In a surprise tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s stepping down.
•  Square is changing its name to Block.
•  The Metaverse Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Escape Hatch.
•  A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived.
•  Lina Khan’s Battle to Rein in Big Tech.
•  Top trend of 2021: The Metaverse.
•  2021 ends with a question: Are NFTs here to stay?
•  Android 12: Everything you need to know about Google’s new big update to the popular OS!
•  Colonial Pipeline: How a major oil pipeline got held for ransom.
•  Sinclair Confirms Ransomware Attack That Disrupted TV Stations.
•  A comprehensive breakdown of the Epic v. Apple Ruling.
•  Tardigrade is first multicellular organism to be quantum entangled.
•  Ever Given container ship leaves Suez Canal 106 days after getting stuck.
•  VW rebrand turns out to be April Fool’s joke.
•  Olympics Broadcaster Announces His Computer Password on Live TV.
•  Don’t be fooled — Amazon’s Astro isn’t a home robot, it’s a camera on wheels.
•  I swallowed one of my AirPods.
•  Woman swallows AirPods accidentally; claims device recorded audio from her stomach.

Host: Leo Laporte
Guests: Ant Pruitt, Mikah Sargent, Jason Howell
This Week in Tech episode 855
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