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Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution, with a bunch of good reads to put your feet up with... – Martin
July 29 · Issue #154 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution, with a bunch of good reads to put your feet up with…

Big things you need to know today
  • Google has updated its Android Developer Policy for the Play Store. As TechCrunch reports, it will now ban “cryptocurrency miners, those selling firearms and accessories, those that aim to trick children into downloading adult-themed apps, and apps built using automated tools or wizard services, or based on templates.”
  • Want to see how much of the web relies on Amazon? With some technical fiddling, you could run a browser plugin that blocks all connections to Amazon Web Services. As The Verge reports, there’s not a lot left that works.
  • Want a $1,500 Tesla-branded surf board? Sorry, it’s already sold out. For all its problems this year, Tesla’s brand value is still in rude health.
Big weekend reads
How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections
An in-depth look at how Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 US election. Despite some bodies improving their security, there’s not a lot that can be done to stop this happening again (or indeed, anyone with enough resources doing similar to any country’s elections).
The man who invented the self-driving car (in 1986)
Meet the man who pioneered autonomous vehicles. He believes his approach is still superior to the techniques used today by the likes of Waymo and Uber. Thanks to BR reader Dave Thackeray for the tip-off on this one.
Apple MacBook Pro (2018, 15-inch) Review: Fast but Flawed
The best review I’ve read of the latest MacBook Pros. I’m torn about whether to replace my aging-but-competent 2012 MacBook Pro with one of these, or to risk a switch to Windows… or even Chrome OS with a Pixelbook.
The 'Guerrilla' Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories
How a group of 120 Wikipedia editors keep a close eye on pages about popular conspiracy theories.
One big tweet
This tweet is part of fact-checking organisation Full Fact’s reaction to the new ‘fake news’ report out of the UK Parliament. Click through for the full, level-headed thread.
Full Fact
One of the biggest risks here is government overreaction, which we’ve seen happen in many countries around the world. The cure could be worse than the disease. Action must be taken that both protects free speech and limits the harm from misinformation.
5:45 PM - 28 Jul 2018
That’s all for today...
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