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Welcome to Saturday's Big Revolution. As an explanation for recent subscribers, weekend and public ho
May 26 · Issue #90 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. As an explanation for recent subscribers, weekend and public holiday editions are a little shorter than normal weekday editions – I hope you still enjoy it…

Big things you need to know today
- That was quick: Google and Facebook are already facing a GDPR-related complaint from an organisation founded by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems. Meanwhile, the European market for programmatic ads faces challenges.
- Nothing’s ever simple, part 1: Facebook’s new rules to crack down on foreign influence on elections have caught out some candidates in the upcoming US vote on 5 June. They might not have received approval to advertise before the election, and one candidate says this alone may decide the result.
- Nothing’s ever simple, part 2: Spotify is reportedly considering revising its new policy that saw artists like R Kelly banned from its playlists.
- The US may withdraw its visa for entrepreneurs moving to the country. This move would make the States far less appealing to company-builders around the world, naturally drawn to ‘the American dream.’
- iPhones may soon unlock hotel doors, and perform other useful tasks. It’s reported that iOS 12 (expected to be revealed in early June and launched later in the year) will allow developers to make use of the NFC chip that is currently reserved solely for Apple Pay.
Big weekend reads
YouTube Music Review YouTube Music Review
An in-depth review of YouTube’s latest attempt to take on Spotify. I don’t know whether I’d switch personally, but it certainly seems like a solid offering.
How raising a $2+M Seed Round really, actually went
This is a good read about how hard raising startup funding can be, and how press releases about successful new rounds can hide a long, difficult struggle.
Inside Facebook’s anti-sex trafficking hackathon
A look at a hackathon where staff from Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Pinterest “worked through the night to prototype new tools designed to help nonprofits in their fight against child sex trafficking.”
One big tweet
GDPR is already genuinely successful in one way, if you consider it has forcefully caused us to confront the sheer volume of things we have signed up for online. That's why it's funny. Because laughter is a natural response to the absurd
11:50 PM - 25 May 2018
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