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Hello and welcome to Friday's Big Revolution.  A big thanks to those of you who spotted a fun typo in
May 18 · Issue #82 · View online
Big Revolution
Hello and welcome to Friday’s Big Revolution. 
A big thanks to those of you who spotted a fun typo in yesterday’s edition. ‘Bricks-and-mortal’ was or course supposed to be 'bricks-and-mortar,’ although given it was in a sentence related to retail’s challenges, maybe I should have just rolled with it as an intentional pun.

Big things you need to know today
- PayPal is acquiring iZettle, the ‘European answer to Square,’ for $2.2 billion. Swedish payments tech company iZettle launched its first product back in 2011 and it now has a footprint across Europe and Latin America. This deal boosts PayPal’s offering for SMEs and will keep Square on its toes, to say the least.
- US immigration authorities have killed plans for A.I.-powered software that would predict “whether a visitor might commit criminal or terrorist acts or was a ‘positively contributing member of society,’” the Washington Post reports. <sarcasm>How could that possibly have gone wrong? </sarcasm>
- Remember that company that tracks all US mobile phone users? Until recently, it had a bug allowing anyone to track any individual phone user without consent, according to ZDnet. What I want to know is, what companies offer similar services in other parts of the world, and what are their security holes?
- Could the mass of data held by tech companies about us be used to change our behaviour and nudge society in different directions? That’s the topic of a Google video uncovered by The Verge. The company says: “We understand if this is disturbing – it is designed to be. This is a thought-experiment by the Design team from years ago that uses a technique known as ‘speculative design’ to explore uncomfortable ideas and concepts in order to provoke discussion and debate. It’s not related to any current or future products.”
The big thought
Google Trips
Feels like I’m tripping
On a flight home last night, I listened to a podcast by my former colleague Owen Williams (hi, Owen!). In it, the presenters discussed the productivity tools they rely on. 
I’ve never been one for ‘the cult of productivity apps,’ but I found it an inspiring listen. And it reminded me that there’s an app I use almost every time I travel, that many people don’t seem to know about.
Google Trips feeds from your Gmail to collect all trip-related information in one place. It’s especially useful if you’re away on business and someone else has booked your travel. What is my booking reference? What terminal should I be at? How do I get to my hotel? 
Having all this information in one place is incredibly handy and reduces the panic you might otherwise feel, and it’s often bundled up with recommended sightseeing tours, travel information and information about things like tipping. Seriously, you won’t believe the number of times I’ve hastily looked up tipping conventions while in the back of a taxi when traveling. 
TripIt offers a similar service you might like to try, but if your life is already bound up in Google services anyway, you might as well get maximum value from all that data. Having existing information, formatted in exactly the right way, at the right time, without you having to do anything – that’s the consumer internet done right.
(Full disclosure: I’m currently doing some work with Google, but this is completely unrelated to that and I honestly just wanted to share a really useful app with you).
One big read
The Unicorn Hunters The Unicorn Hunters
If you’ve ever wanted to understand the world of venture capital, this article is a good place to start. It sets out what VCs do, the history of the sector, and where it’s going next. Some Big Revolution readers will know all of this, but VC remains a mysterious world for many people.
One big tweet
I just thought I’d throw in this tweet as double opt-in intros are such a basic bit on online etiquette, and yet so many people don’t do them..
Alex Iskold 🗽
It is hard to believe that we are 1/2 way through 2018 and so many folks still don't know that you need to do double-opt-in intros that @fredwilson wrote about back in 2009
2:36 AM - 18 May 2018
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