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Welcome to your weekend dose of the newsletter, packed with good reads. – Martin from Big Revolution
 
March 23 · Issue #379 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to your weekend dose of the newsletter, packed with good reads.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Pinterest and Zoom have both filed for IPOs in the USA. Pinterest will list on the NYSE under the excellent ticker symbol ’PINS,’ while Zoom’s news sent shares in a totally unrelated company with the same name shooting up.
  • A consumer spyware vendor has left “incredibly sensitive and private data,” including intimate pictures and private call recordings, freely accessible to all. Motherboard’s report doesn’t say where it is, for obvious reasons, but it’s worrying that the data hasn’t been taken down despite multiple attempts to alert the company to the problem.
  • Microsoft resurrected its old paperclip mascot Clippy this week – and then killed him again. Apparently the company’s ‘brand police’ weren’t happy that Microsoft Teams featured him in a pack of animated stickers. The stickers were quickly removed. So long, Clippy!
Big weekend reads
Russia wants to cut itself off from the global internet. Here’s what that really means. Russia wants to cut itself off from the global internet. Here’s what that really means.
A look at how Russia plans to try becoming isolated from the rest of the internet. It’s only a test, but why? And what are the challenges?
How Twitter's algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric
Some Twitter users are increasingly finding tweets from people they don’t follow in their feed, and it’s amplifying some of the worst behaviour on the site.
No sleep, no sex, no life: tech workers in China’s Silicon Valley face burnout before they reach 30
“Life in China’s tech industry is not easy, with young employees and entrepreneurs battling burnout while also worrying about career ceilings and lay-offs.”
Being An Instagram Influencer Is Hard Work, So This Guy Made A Bot To Do It For Him
What does ‘influence’ mean when it can be automated? And does it even matter if it is?
Inside Garageband, the Little App Ruling the Sound of Modern Music
How Apple’s entry-level music production app became a hit with big-name musicians, too.
That’s all for today...
See you in your inbox on Monday for the start of another week. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend!
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