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Welcome to Friday’s newsletter. This is the last members-only edition while I’m on holiday, but I’ll
 
May 3 · Issue #412 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Friday’s newsletter. This is the last members-only edition while I’m on holiday, but I’ll be back in the saddle with normal service and full editions from Tuesday after the UK’s long weekend.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Verizon wants to sell Tumblr off after largely ignoring it since it took control of the social network as part of its Yahoo acquisition. BuzzFeed reports that Pornhub is interested. 😳
  • Tesla wants to raise $2bn in fresh funding as Elon Musk claims self-driving technology will give the company a $500bn market cap in the future 🤔
  • Microsoft has launched a managed blockchain platform aimed at businesses wanting to build decentralised services.
Big reads
Beyond Meat is getting the Silicon Valley treatment even though it's a food company Beyond Meat is getting the Silicon Valley treatment even though it's a food company
Is Beyond Meat the WeWork of food? “Investors are being asked to value Beyond Meat like a promising tech company because of its growth, IP and research spending, and not pay too close attention to the fact that it’s producing and selling food.“
Satya Nadella Remade Microsoft as World’s Most Valuable Company
“Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has more subscribers than Netflix, more cloud computing revenue than Google, and a near-trillion-dollar market cap.”
How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang, China: ‘Reverse Engineering’ Police App Reveals Profiling and Monitoring Strategies
“Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.”
One big tweet
Ryan Hoover
Stripe’s next “engineering hub” is remote: https://t.co/zLosPtOA8W

Most big co's prefer centralized teams. That’s OK but it heavily limits their talent pool. Those that hire globally are fishing in open waters and will attract stronger talent imho.
2:48 PM - 2 May 2019
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