In this episode:
- The Google Home Mini is officially a disaster after it’s found to be recording you 24/7.
- And Switzerland literally flushes $2m worth of gold down the toilet each year.
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The Google Home Mini is officially a disaster
Last week, Google announced the Google Home Mini — a smart speaker meant to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Dot — to generally positive reviews. Now, they’re in some deep water: turns out, some of the test units released to press members and giveaway contestants were randomly recording users’ conversations “thousands of times a day” and relaying the data back to Google. — ARS Technica
Switzerland flushes $2m worth of gold down the toilet every year
A recent study commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has found that roughly 43 kg (95 lbs) of gold — about $2m worth at current market value — passes through the country’s wastewater in the average year. After examining 64 water treatment plants, researchers concluded that the gold is likely runoff from Swiss gold refineries and watchmakers. — The Hustle
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