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Welcome to a weekend edition of Big Revolution, written while watching rolling TV news about the airs
 
April 14 · Issue #48 · View online
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Welcome to a weekend edition of Big Revolution, written while watching rolling TV news about the airstrikes on Syria and waiting to see how Putin will respond.
Anyway, on with the tech…
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- Apple has been cracking down on staff leaks to the press. Bloomberg has the memo about it… that a member of Apple staff leaked. Adding to the inception, some of the staff who were fired lost their jobs for leaking information… to Bloomberg (although their report doesn’t mention that bit). Take the claims people were arrested for leaking with a pinch of salt, though.
- The upcoming Gmail redesign will have a ‘Confidential Mode’, The Verge reports. It will apparently let users “stop recipients from forwarding certain emails, or restricts the ability to copy, download, or print them…. Google will also let Gmail users require a passcode to open emails, which will be generated via SMS, or set an expiration date on sent emails.”
- A British businessman has won his bid to have news reports of a past conviction removed from Google search results under EU ‘right to be forgotten’ rules. Another man lost a similar case yesterday, too. “Explaining his decision, the judge said (the man who lost) continued to mislead the public, whereas (the man who won) had shown remorse,” The Guardian writes.
- Japan is generally bullish on cryptocurrencies and now Yahoo Japan is buying a minority stake in a crypto exchange.
- Theranos staff once made a Space Invaders game that allowed them to shoot the journalist who revealed the company’s wrongdoing. 
Big weekend reads
Letting neural networks be weird • When algorithms surprise us Letting neural networks be weird • When algorithms surprise us
A collection of interesting examples of when algorithms haven’t done what their designers intended them to do, instead finding their own weird understanding of the world.
Facebook shouldn’t block you from finding friends on competitors
“Facebook should change its Download Your Information tool to export our friend list in a truly interoperable format. When you friend someone on Facebook, they’re not just a name. They’re someone specific amongst often many with the same name, and Facebook should be open to us getting connected with them elsewhere.”
My 9.7 iPad (2018) review: Drawn, written, edited, and produced with an iPad
A delightful video review of the new iPad, made with the new iPad.
One big tweet
Rosie the robot maid from The Jetsons is already here.
Benedict Evans
With each wave of automation we imagine machines that think and act like people. We imagined domestic robots doing housework. We got them, but we call them dishwashers. It’s not clear machine learning is any different. And so Google will make lots of dishwashers, not Skynet
4:55 PM - 13 Apr 2018
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