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Welcome to your weekend dose of the Big Revolution newsletter, packed with plenty to keep you reading
 
February 23 · Issue #355 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to your weekend dose of the Big Revolution newsletter, packed with plenty to keep you reading during your downtime.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • More than 50 Microsoft employees object to being asked to develop battlefield training technology. They have signed a letter asking for the company to cancel its contract to develop Hololens apps for the US army.
  • Publishers of anti-vax videos will no longer earn advertising revenue on YouTube. It’s part of a wider push among tech companies to reduce the impact of videos that claim – against scientific evidence – that vaccination is a bad idea.
  • Apple plans to stop patent trolls getting an easy ride… by closing two stores in Texas. Closing the stores will mean companies wanting to sue Apple won’t be able to file their lawsuit in a district with a court that is notoriously easy on claims that would elsewhere be seen as without merit.
  • Twitter co-founder Ev Williams is stepping down from the company’s board. “I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects,” said Williams, who is also CEO of Medium.
Big weekend reads
Former Facebook Employees Say The Company’s Prioritization Of Privacy Is About Optics Former Facebook Employees Say The Company’s Prioritization Of Privacy Is About Optics
How Facebook puts PR wins ahead of real improvements to users’ privacy. A ‘Clear History’ feature was dreamed up last year to show Facebook is strong on privacy, but it seems work hadn’t begun on it when it was announced, and it is still yet to emerge.
YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?
A look at the challenges YouTube faces when it comes to conspiracy theories and the harm they can cause.
A Deep Dive on the Recent Widespread DNS Hijacking Attacks
‘DNSpionage’ is a new kind of security threat, that targets the very workings of the internet to steal sensitive information.
Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared
What do emoji mean in a court of law? 🤔
Which Weird As Hell Tech Founder Are You?
A bit of weekend fun, if you haven’t taken this quiz yet. Apparently I’m… Peter Thiel, which worries me slightly.
One big tweet
Here’s the founder of Oculus with a counterpoint to tech workers opposed to military uses of their products:
Palmer Luckey
The United States needs the support of our greatest tech companies more than @Microsoft needs these 50 workers. The future of combat will include augmentation of all our senses, and @HoloLens is a great step towards that future. https://t.co/rPMx1YoHRG
6:33 AM - 23 Feb 2019
That’s all for today...
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