MacVoices #23269: MacVoices Live! – More “Scary Fast” Speculation, The 23andMe Hack (2)

The MacVoices Live! panel of Chuck JoinerWeb BixbyDavid GinsburgBrian Flanigan-ArthursJeff GametBen RoethigEric BoldenJim Rea, and Guy Serle before digging into a “right to repair” announcement from The White House that involves Apple. They also touch on social media Pebble’s closure, X’s message posting fee test, and the declining luxury tech accessories market. Then, the hack of 23andMe and the resulting disclosure of biometric data generates disagreement between the participants. (Part 2)

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Show Notes:


0:00:00 Speculation on Apple’s Scary Fest event
0:08:56 Concerns about Twitter’s Charging Model
0:11:04 Debating the Potential Impact of Charging on the Platform
0:11:41 Elon Musk’s Approach Contrasted with Isaacson’s Book
0:13:57 The Importance of Credit Card Information for Elon Musk
0:14:46 Elon’s Vision for Company X as an All-Encompassing Financial Thing
0:16:35 Trust Issues and Apple’s Potential to Fulfill Musk’s Vision
0:17:33 Company Shutting Down Due to Strong Headwinds
0:19:09 Significant Sale and Limited Supplies
0:20:35 Luxury Goods: Apple Watch Bands and Air Tags
0:22:22 The Market for Luxury Device Cases and Accessories
0:25:33 The Need for Next Generation Repair Options
0:26:09 Consumer Rights vs. Negligence and Destruction
0:29:02 Hackers Steal 23andMe User Records: Concerns about DNA Privacy
0:30:56 Biometric Data: Potential Uses and Manipulation
0:32:35 Concerns about the Profitability and Security of Biometric Data
0:34:22 The Vulnerability of Biometric Data and its Potential Misuse


Twitter/X rival T2 rebrands as ‘Pebble,’ saying the old name was never meant to be permanent

X begins charging new users $1 per year to send tweets

Apple Accessory Maker Pad & Quill Shutting Down, Offering 50% Off Sitewide

Apple set to announce next-level ‘right to repair’ support nationwide, says White House

Apple Backs Federal Right-to-Repair Law, Commits to National Repair Program For iPhones and More

Hacker leaks millions more 23andMe user records on cybercrime forum


Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitterby email at [email protected], on Mastodon at @[email protected], and on his blog, Trending At Work.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Jeff Gamet is a technology blogger, podcaster, author, and public speaker. Previously, he was The Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and the TextExpander Evangelist for Smile. He has presented at Macworld Expo, RSA Conference, several WordCamp events, along with many other conferences. You can find him on several podcasts such as The Mac Show, The Big Show, MacVoices, Mac OS Ken, This Week in iOS, and more. Jeff is easy to find on social media as @jgamet on Twitter and Instagram, jeffgamet on LinkedIn., @[email protected] on Mastodon, and on his YouTube Channel at

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected]

Jim Rea built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on  Twitter and Mastodon.

Guy Serle, best known for being one of the co-hosts of the MyMac Podcast, sincerely apologizes for anything he has done or caused to have happened while in possession of dangerous podcasting equipment. He should know better but being a blonde from Florida means he’s probably incapable of understanding the damage he has wrought. Guy is also the author of the novel, The Maltese Cube. You can follow his exploits on Twitter, catch him on Mac to the Future on Facebook, at @[email protected], and find everything at



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