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Welcome to today's Big Revolution. For newcomers to the newsletter, weekend editions are shorter than
 
June 9 · Issue #104 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to today’s Big Revolution. For newcomers to the newsletter, weekend editions are shorter than on weekdays – there’s no daily op-ed, but still lots for you to click through to.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- China hacked a US Navy contractor and stole a trove of secrets on submarine warfare, including plans for a secret new anti-ship missile, the Washington Post reports.
- Spotify is signing independent artists up for direct deals, cutting out middlemen. The non-exclusive arrangements mean artists get a much bigger cut of streaming revenues. In some cases, they’ll even get huge advances. This is different to Spotify ‘signing’ artists, though – something it’s not done yet.
- A new EU copyright directive could destroy meme culture, campaigners have warned. I reckon memes will be just fine, even if it might look a bit hairy for a while.
- Another day, another Facebook data scandal. This time it’s emerged the company gave some companies extra time to access users’ information after it locked down third-party data access in 2015.
- RIP Yahoo Messenger. The veteran chat app closes down next month. If for some reason you still use it, Yahoo has a new app called Squirrel for you.
Big weekend reads
`Very Lonely.’ The Unsettling Hum of Silicon Valley’s Failure to Hire More Black Workers `Very Lonely.’ The Unsettling Hum of Silicon Valley’s Failure to Hire More Black Workers
Tech’s well-documented gender diversity problem is only the tip of the iceberg. “Among eight large firms, the portion of black employees in technical roles has risen less than a percentage point since 2014.”
We Built A Powerful Amazon Facial Recognition Tool For Under $10
This piece highlights just how commoditised facial recognition tech has become. And you can bet not everyone who uses it will follow the law.
Revealed: How Britain's Biggest Local TV Company Has "Gamed" The BBC For Licence Fee Payers' Money
A deep dive look at how the UK’s drive to boost local TV has in many cases turned into a trashy operation designed to cream as much money off the BBC as possible.
That’s all for today...
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