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Welcome to Friday's newsletter. As it's a public holiday in the UK, today's is a short(er) edition. –
April 19 · Issue #402 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Friday’s newsletter. As it’s a public holiday in the UK, today’s is a short(er) edition.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Google and Amazon have ended their long-running streaming video standoff. Fire TV devices wil support YouTube, and Prime Video apps will support Chromecast. At last.
  • Diversity in US venture capital is getting worse. “The percentage of African American and Hispanic decision makers in the U.S. venture capital industry fell last year from already extremely low levels,” reports The Information.
  • BBM is shutting down. Once the messaging service of choice for many, BlackBerry Messenger’s consumer offering will close down at the end of May, but there’s still an enterprise version available… if you care.
A sad note
I just wanted to take time to pay tribute to journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed in violence in Derry, Northern Ireland, last night. Lyra was brilliant. She wrote bravely of Northern Ireland’s past while embodying its hopeful future.
I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times, most memorably when she devoted a whole day to taking me on a tour of the tech companies of Belfast and Newry. She gave up her time because wanted me to write about a nascent tech scene that many people hadn’t heard about – she wanted the story to be told.
And that’s a passion for journalism right there – her drive to tell stories others couldn’t or wouldn’t is a real loss to both Northern Ireland and the world. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and colleagues.
One big read
TikTok Brings Chinese-Style Censorship to America’s Tweens TikTok Brings Chinese-Style Censorship to America’s Tweens
The Belt & Road initiative is only one way China’s influence could expand across the West in coming years. Its push into Western consumer tech could have unexpected cultural effects, too.
That’s all for today...
See you tomorrow for your regular weekend edition, packed with good reads.
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