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Welcome to your weekend edition of the newsletter — Martin from Big Revolution
June 8 · Issue #440 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to your weekend edition of the newsletter
— Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • The organiser of recent walkouts at Google has quit the company. She says she faced retaliation “designed to intimidate and dissuade other employees from speaking out about workplace issues,” the Guardian reports.
  • YouTube’s new ban on hate speech is catching legitimate uploads. For example, teachers uploading footage of Hitler have found the videos got blocked. Automation hates context.
  • ‘Paywall of paywalls’ startup Blendle has dropped its pay-per-view model for articles. This was a good way of reading individual articles from subscription news sites without having to subscribe to them all, but it hasn’t worked as a business.
  • Nasa will let you stay on the International Space Station for $35,000 per night. But you’ll still need to complete astronaut training and contribute to the $60m price of flights to and from the space station. The ISS is being commercialised as it faces being defunded by the US government by 2025.
Big weekend reads
Why Strangers Are AirDropping You Memes and Photos Why Strangers Are AirDropping You Memes and Photos
Apple’s AirDrop feature is to me just a handy way of occasionally sending a photo to someone at an event, but for some young people it’s a whole culture.
Meet the angry gaming YouTubers who turn outrage into views
“Step 1: Find something to be angry about. Go to online forums, track what’s hot on Twitter and figure out the outrage of the day. Step 2: Rant into a camera for 10 minutes. Step 3: Profit.”
A peek inside Sequoia Capital’s low-flying, wide-reaching scout program
A look at Sequoia Capital’s ‘scouts’ programme, which over the past 10 years has given cash to well-connected individuals to invest on its behalf. It works.
One big tweet
Vox Media employees were celebrating yesterday after their strike on Thursday bore fruit.
Rani Molla
Hurray! @voxmediainc just signed an agreement with the union and now it’s going to be an even more wonderful place to work. Thank you @vox_union and @Bankoff!!! Also we’re hiring! Come work at an organization that respects its workers enough to give them a fair contract!!!
10:26 PM - 7 Jun 2019
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