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June 29 · Issue #124 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Friday’s Big Revolution. If you’ve recently become a member, thank you! Your support is much appreciated. Now, let’s dive in…
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- Firstly, a big one I missed off the newsletter yesterday (I’m human!). Google Duplex – the tech that calls businesses to make bookings on your behalf – is going into slightly more open testing in the coming weeks (although you probably won’t get to try it just yet). Google has let journalists give it a go though.
- Instagram has added music stickers to Stories, meaning you can share clips of songs or add soundtracks to videos. The choice of songs is limited but should expand quickly, although the feature is only available in seven countries for now. Instagram Stories now boasts 400m daily users, nearly double what it had a year ago. The feature has more than twice the daily users of Snapchat’s whole app. 
- Amazon is getting into the pharmacy business. It’s acquired US online drugstore PillPack, in a move that has sent stock prices tumbling at traditional rivals.
- California has passed its own GDPR-style privacy legislation, although it’s not as stringent as the EU law.
- The company behind Pokémon Go will let third-party developers use the underlying tech to build their own apps. The news comes as California-based Niantic Labs acquires London startup Matrix Mill.
- LinkedIn is creating its own journalism. Is it just marketing, or valuable insight? The line is increasingly blurred.
The big thought
Google's Inbox app rewards good email discipline with sunshine
My 3 simple rules for not getting stressed by email
Occasionally I get a glimpse of other people’s email inboxes, and seriously  – how do you people function?
So many people seem to spend their lives with thousands of unread emails. Not only that, but once they’ve finally read them, they just leave them in their inbox, cluttering the place up further. The idea of an untidy inbox stresses me out  – how can you stay productive like that?
I can’t help but think if we all organised our inboxes a little better, we wouldn’t all complain so much about email. It doesn’t have to be hard.
Back in 2011, I spent an hour or two archiving all the read email in my Gmail inbox. What was the point of having pages upon pages of email sitting there if I was never going to look at it again? And if I did need a message again later, I could always search for it.
Now, my approach to email is simple:
  1. I designate a couple of time slots per day to go through email and delete, archive, or reply and then archive.
  2. Anything I don’t have time to deal with, I snooze to reappear the next morning, or on the day I know I’ll be able to deal with it. You can now snooze email in the main Gmail service, and some other email apps.
  3. I aim to have an empty inbox at the end of each session.
It really is that simple. Having an empty, or near empty, inbox most of the time means I can focus on the important emails when they come in. And people appreciate it. They seem surprised when I reply to messages the same day they send them. 
It’s not like I don’t have lots of other things to do, but by giving a little time each day, and a disciplined approach, to email, I rarely stress over it.
One big read
No, Facebook did not patent secretly turning your phone mics on when it hears your TV No, Facebook did not patent secretly turning your phone mics on when it hears your TV
AKA, how to make sure you don’t misread patent applications and get entirely the wrong idea about what they mean.
One big tweet
Finishing and publishing a newspaper the same day five of your colleagues who were working on it are shot dead in front of you – that’s admirable.
Rory Cellan-Jones
This is what courageous journalism looks like - imagine what it must have taken to put this edition out https://t.co/DxMAlkQilf
5:57 AM - 29 Jun 2018
That’s all for today...
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