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Hello. Today I'm heading to Liverpool to give a talk about the future of mobile. I actually have a sl
March 22 · Issue #25 · View online
Big Revolution
Hello. Today I’m heading to Liverpool to give a talk about the future of mobile. I actually have a slide that just has the word ‘BORING’ on it. Don’t worry if you’re going to the talk, there’s actually a lot more in the presentation, but phones are certainly pretty boring these days…
Anyway, onwards to the events of the past 24 hours…

The biggest saga of the week chugs on...
Mark Zuckerberg talks trust, on CNN
- Zuckerberg speaks! After five days of silence, the Facebook CEO has addressed the Cambridge Analytica scandal in a post in which he says “a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that.”
- He stopped short of admitting any meaningful culpability or apologising.
- Facebook is auditing all apps with “suspicious activity” around their use of data.
- There will also be new controls launching in the next month to help users manage what apps have access to their data, and developers will lose access to a user’s data if they haven’t used an app in three months.
- Zuckerberg did a media tour to help get the ‘we’re going to sort this out’ message across. The Verge has a roundup of what he told the various outlets he spoke to.
- Still, it feels like a watershed event for Facebook, and things will probably never be the same – whether due to government regulation or shifts in user attitudes. 
Big things you need to know today
- Google is working on blockchain-related technology for internal use in its cloud division, according to Bloomberg. It’s hard to imagine other tech giants aren’t doing the same. 
- LGBT support groups aren’t happy with Facebook. It removed the ability to target people by sexual orientation, in a bid to help clean up abuse of its platform. But BuzzFeed notes that this also means legitimate organisations can’t target the people they need to reach. When you serve over a billion users, nothing’s ever straightforward.
- Another trip up the Path? In the wake of the Facebook furore, Dave Morin is thinking of rebuilding his briefly much-loved ‘share with small groups’ app, Path. Do it, Dave!
- Netflix has developed its own typeface, which will save it a fortune in font licensing costs. 
The big thought
Happy Slack users, as depicted on the company's homepage.
The importance of complaining about the boss
There was a bit of a stir on Twitter yesterday, as word spread that Slack was changing its terms of service to make it easier for companies to read employees private messages.
As it turns out, this only affects companies on the Plus or Enterprise Grid plans (i.e., likely big corporations) - most Slack accounts will see no change. But still, it may well give some people pause to think about what they’ve written in ‘private’ in the past. 
There’s also a serious point here about working effectively as part of a distributed team. In a normal office environment, people complain about the boss – it’s just part of working life. You vent a bit about what you’re asked to do, and then you get on with it. But the venting is important for sharing experiences and building bonds between team members.
Online, that venting takes place in private messages and hidden groups. While bosses may have a reflex urge to crack down on hidden chats, these secretive communications often simply replace the gossip people would normally do in hushed tones by the photocopier, or in the pub after 5pm.
If workers feel their communications may easily be accessed by their boss, they’ll likely censor themselves, making them unhappier and potentially less productive as a result.
One big read
How the Internet Breaks Your Brain How the Internet Breaks Your Brain
This look at internet addiction is both fun and depressing. And I found a lot i could identify with. I probably couldn’t do this newsletter each day without an internet addition!
“Sometimes, Feinberg tells me, she’ll step off the subway and start writing a tweet before realizing a minute later that she’s standing there in the way of other passengers, only to soon forget what it was she even tweeted.”
One big tweet
This tweet is the start of a good, short thread about a certain type of young-ish man online. Click through to read the rest.
Alan White
There’s a really interesting thinkpiece to be written on the rise of “rational” shitposting 20s-mid 30s white male British YouTubers and the infantilization and alienation of that generation produced by the socioeconomics of the last 20 years
11:01 PM - 21 Mar 2018
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