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Big Revolution - Issue #500(!!!)

Welcome to your weekend big reads edition of the newsletter. This is also issue 500! A special hello
August 17 · Issue #500 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to your weekend big reads edition of the newsletter. This is also issue 500! A special hello to those of you who have been here from the start.
— Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • 1.5% of website logins use credentials that have been compromised, Google data shows.
  • Bluetooth has a vulnerability that can cause some devices to be snooped upon or hijacked. There’s no evidence that this ‘KNOB attack’ has been exploited yet.
  • More evidence that Facebook moderators have a rough life: The Intercept reports that outsourcing giant Accenture tried to violate the privacy of trauma counselling sessions the moderators take as a result of their harrowing work,
  • YouTube is to stop copyright owners from videos that use their music in very short or accidental ways. This sounds sensible.
  • Google’s experimental app team Area 120 has created a new monetisation suite for YouTubers. Fundo “allows creators to invite their fans to virtual meet & greet sessions and other paid online events,” Variety reports.
Big weekend reads
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil How YouTube Radicalized Brazil
Did YouTube recommendations help Brazil’s far right rise much faster than they otherwise would have done, taking them all the way to presidency?
The techlash has come to Stanford.
“Even in the famed computer science program, students are no longer sure they’d go to work for Facebook or Google… A competing dream appears to be growing in fervor: to use technical skills as an insurance policy against dystopia.”
I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.
Your phone number can expose a surprising amount of information about you.
Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr
A transcript of a conversation with Automattic’s chief about what he has planned for Tumblr’s future.
Damn near everyone is queer in the Borderlands franchise and I'm here for it
As much as Gamergate influenced modern culture in negative ways, it hasn’t stopped developers from building games with increasingly diverse characters,
Startup Success Outside Silicon Valley: Data from Over 200 Exits in 17 Cities
Why there’s never been a better time to build a tech startup outside Silicon Valley.
How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell
“Security researcher Joseph Tartaro thought NULL would make a fun license plate. He’s never been more wrong.”
One big tweet
Casey Newton
Welcome to the newsletter era, where the average length of an email in your inbox is now pushing 2,000 words 😆
That’s all for today...
Back on Monday for the start of another week. See you then.
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