Did WikiLeaks just do Apple and Google a huge favor?

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When WikiLeaks dumped a plethora of CIA documents this week, it revealed just how many of our devices are vulnerable to hacking. Scary, sure—but should Apple and Google say thank you to Assange and Co. for helping make their devices more secure?

This week’s MashTalk podcast dives into that question, exploring why #Vault7 isn’t as momentous as the Snowden revelations from 2013. This week’s panel is hosted by Tech Editor Pete Pachal, with discussion from Deputy Tech Editor Damon Beres and Assistant Tech Editor Louise Matsakis.

Business Reporter Emma Hinchliffe joins to talk about the tech companies’ response to WikiLeaks and what the takeaway should be for anyone concerned about the “hackability” of their devices. We also highlight some of the silly names the CIA gave their hacking tools. (The “Gibson?” Wha…?)

Then Sex and Relationships Reporter Cassie Murdoch drops by the show (16:05) to talk about a new elite dating service that’s hidden in plain sight. It’s Tinder Select—in a nutshell, it’s Tinder for the Rich and Famous. The service is just testing right now, but it’s real, and we bottom-line it: Is Select good for Tinder? And how do you join?

Finally, the panel shines the spotlight on the latest phone rumors (24:14): Will the Google Pixel 2 have a headphone jack or not? Is Samsung really planning another Note phone after the infamous fall of the Note 7? And “iPhone Edition?” Seriously?

And, as always, don’t forget to leave your questions and comments by tweeting @Mash_Talk with the #MashTalk hashtag. We welcome all feedback.



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