Can Facebook turn over a new leaf, are Shonky “white label” gadgets worth buying, will Telstra’s 5G home broadband challenge the NBN: Vertical Hold Ep 353

Will Facebook’s promise to dump facial recognition data rehibiliate its image, or is the company now known as Meta irrevocably stained? What are “white label” tech products — and why are some award-winningly shonky?
Special Guests Choice’s Erin Turner (@ErinLTurner) and Finder’s Angus Kidman (@gusworldau)



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Facebook has turned over a new leaf — or at least a new name in Meta — but can it be trusted? Does promising to drop all of its facial recognition data (and we’re talking a BILLION faces) show that it has changed its tune. And if it has, why is it building fake skin?

(No, we’re not making that one up).

Meanwhile, Telstra’s finally launching home 5G broadband as a direct competitor to the NBN, but are its plans good value — and are there hidden catches? Speaking of hidden catches, what should you be wary of when shopping for tech products under unusual “white label” brand names?

Special guests this week Erin Turner from Choice and Angus Kidman from Finder!

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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia’s leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. About/Contact us