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March 9 · Issue #12 · View online
Big Revolution
Hello! Just a few days left before the newsletter officially launches next week. Let me know if there’s anything that springs to mind that you think urgently needs changing before I focus my attention on the actual launch (most probably next Wednesday).

Big things you need to know today
- On Twitter, false stories travel faster than the truth, according to newly published analysis of more than 4.5 million tweets and retweets posted from 2006 to 2017.
- Google wants to speed up the whole web. It wants web standards authority the W3C to adopt some of the ideas behind the controversial AMP project. Don’t understand? This article explains it clearly.
- Barack Obama is in talks with Netflix to make a show about inspirational stories. When it comes out, new data shows you’ll probably watch it on a TV, rather than any of the other devices Netflix is available on. 
- McAfee has acquired TunnelBear: the most user-friendly and cuddly VPN out there. I’ve recommended TunnelBear for some time, so it’s good to know that the developers will keep doing their own thing after the deal.
- Musicians can now post tweet-like updates directly into their Google search results. Well, famous musicians, anyway.
The big thought
Through today's lens, the NYT ignoring Charlotte Bronte's death seems crazy.
Heroes of legend?
To mark International Women’s Day yesterday, the New York Times published obituaries of famous women it ignored at the time of their deaths.
History doesn’t stand still. The way we view the past depends on what’s happening in the present. Just look at how statues of Confederate ‘heroes’ in the South of the USA have been taken down recently, as present day context makes them less appealing than they were to some in the past.
It got me thinking about how your actions today might not always be remembered in the same way as they’re viewed today. 
So don’t get too caught up in thoughts about your 'legacy’ as you make your way through your life. After all you can’t control what other people think about you today – let alone in 200 years from now. Maybe even the achievements of Elon Musk and Steve Jobs might be reappraised in centuries to come. 
All the better reason to live for the moment.
One big read
For an antidote to all the blockchain hype consuming much of the tech world right now, read this refreshing piece by Adrianne Jeffries.
“There are countless blockchain explainers in text, audio, and video around the web. Almost all of them are wrong because they start from a false premise. There is no universal definition of a blockchain, and there is widespread disagreement over which qualities are essential in order to call something a blockchain.”
One big tweet
Let’s face it, the internet is probably political trolls all the way down.
emily bell
Serious q : has anyone analyzed the Daily Mail comments section for activities by the Russian troll factories?
8:48 PM - 8 Mar 2018
That’s all for today...
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