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Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution – if you want today's news and good reads, you've opened the right
 
May 20 · Issue #84 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution – if you want today’s news and good reads, you’ve opened the right email.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- High-end camera maker Red is working on a smartphone with a difference: it will allow you to attach DSLR lenses to its camera, and offers 3D and holographic effects. It’s a long way from launch, but The Verge has a look at a prototype.
- The UK government wants to get tough social media companies, with regulation and fines for issues like age verification, political advertising, and terrorist communication. The details aren’t clear yet – a white paper is planned for later in the year. The Times has a paywalled report
The government might face problems though, as it’s not just Facebook snubbing the UK government. On the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme today, digital and culture secretary Matt Hancock said just four of 14 tech companies invited to a meeting to discuss regulation showed up.
Big weekend reads
Screwing Your Vocal Minority Screwing Your Vocal Minority
Upcoming API changes will make third-party clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific a lot less appealing. These apps may be used by a small group but that doesn’t mean harming them doesn’t have consequences, as MG Siegler observes here: 
“What I think Twitter (and again, others) miss is that it’s not so much about the explicit influence, it’s far more implicit. And some of it is painfully obvious. It’s the fact that such users are often the most devoted, caring, and passionate ones. And sometimes, they’re at the forefront of what the rest of the user base will eventually feel because they’re so into the product.”
Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate
An interesting look at Facebook’s ‘deletion centre’ in Germany. It helps the company comply with the country’s tough hate speech laws. 
In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'accelerators' aim to bring startups home
How China is trying to attract Western tech companies. This isn’t just happening in Silicon Valley, either. A similar programme has recently run in Newcastle in the North of England.
How gamers with disabilities shaped the Microsoft Adaptive Controller
A look at the development of Microsoft’s new game controller – the first to be designed to support gamers with disabilities that stop them getting the most from normal controllers.
One big tweet
Patrick is correct to a degree here, although even the biggest ‘yes, and’ proponents can be ground down by the 'no, but’ folk in time.
Patrick Collison
The people I know who get a lot out of Twitter approach it with a “yes, and” mood; those who find it frustrating seem to see it more as a “no, but” medium.
5:18 AM - 20 May 2018
That’s all for today...
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