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Welcome to Saturday's Big Revolution, with plenty of news and good reads to start your weekend. – Mar
 
June 2 · Issue #97 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution, with plenty of news and good reads to start your weekend.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- Spotify is backing down from its policy of removing controversial artists like R Kelly from its playlists and promotions. CEO Daniel Ek said: “While we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines.”
- Facebook is killing its trending news feature next week. Given how much of a headache it has been in like of ‘fake news,’ and how 'trending’ never really made sense on a relatively slow-paced network like Facebook, it makes perfect sense.
- Google will reportedly not seek to renew its contract with the US government to provide A.I. analysis of drone footage. According to Gizmodo, the news was announced to staff yesterday. Multiple reports in recent weeks have spoken of staff protests and resignations over the work.
- Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to acquire GitHub. CNBC says the developer platform could go for $5bn or more.
- Another WWDC leak! Ahead of Apple’s big keynote on Monday, Reuters reports that the new version of iOS will let two users share augmented reality experiences with their phones. Meanwhile, it’s reported that Apple is planning a new ad network across apps distributed through the App Store.
- Where would you see a lobster, a kangaroo, and a superhero together?  In the new batch of new emoji launching next week
Big weekend reads
Don’t Use Software to Spy on Your Spouse Don’t Use Software to Spy on Your Spouse
A look at the dark world of people who use surveillance tech to spy on their spouse. “A 2014 NPR investigation found that 75 percent of domestic violence shelters they surveyed across the US encountered victims whose abusers used eavesdropping apps. For a partner escaping an abusive situation, the ability of their abuser to track them can literally mean life or death.”
Silicon Valley Takes on the Future of Fertility
How startups are helping women think about their fertility in a new way.
Meet the modders who play GTA 5 as mild-mannered British cops
What would it be like if Grand Theft Auto was about playing as the police, rather than the criminals? And what if it involved routine, day-to-day police work? A group of modders decided to find out.
One big tweet
The cofounder of Etherium speaks out at crypto enthusiasts who look down on people who don’t want any cryptocurrency of their own.
Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin
I deeply dislike the "nocoiner" insult. No, people who do not hold cryptotokens are not uncool losers. They are people using very reasonable heuristics in not personally participating in an industry that they do not understand and there are many justifiable reasons to be wary of. https://t.co/25ZBMVmhvx
4:33 AM - 2 Jun 2018
That’s all for today...
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