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Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. As I mentioned earlier in the week, there will now no longer be
 
February 9 · Issue #343 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. As I mentioned earlier in the week, there will now no longer be a Sunday edition, to give your inbox a break. I’ve made up for it though, with a bumper crop of good reads in addition to the news.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • US mobile network Sprint is suing its rival AT&T over its rebadging of 4G as 5G. Sprint says this devalues real 5G, which will start to roll out this year.
  • Revolut’s controversial Tube ads have got the attention of the UK advertising regulator. The fintech firm admitted to the Financial Times [paywalled] that it made up stats that made it look like it had creepily detailed information about users’ financial transactions.
Big weekend reads
How Hackers and Scammers Break into iCloud-Locked iPhones - Motherboard How Hackers and Scammers Break into iCloud-Locked iPhones - Motherboard
A look at theft in the modern world. Stolen iPhones are useless if the thief can’t get into the owner’s iCloud account. Some muggers demand their victims sign out of iCloud, while in other cases, phishing and other techniques are used at a later date.
Ex-Cons Create ‘Instagram for Prisons,’ and Wardens Are Fine With That
“Pigeonly and its ilk have hit on a communication model—a necessarily inelegant one—that meets inmates’ desire for a more tangible connection while serving the social-media habits of their loved ones.”
Google News is broken
Google News is the source of a lot of traffic for publishers, but it can be very difficult to get accepted into its search results. “Google is acting as an unaccountable, uninterested gate-keeper, approving sites at random with little oversight. If you find yourself, like me, on the ‘rejected’ side of the fence, you’ll be wondering why, but don’t have any recourse.”
How Slack’s New Logo Became a Lightning Rod For Everything Bad On The Internet
“Over the past five years, designers have started strategizing about how their imagery will travel on troll-infested platforms, in front of millions of people… a big part of the design thinking process has become How will people twist our idea into something hideous or hateful?”
The Story Behind the Instant Classic “Bezos Exposes Pecker” Headline
Not long after Jeff Bezos published his extraordinary Medium post on Thursday, HuffPost already had the perfect, unbeatable headline for it. The New Yorker looks into how it came about.
This guy holds the Guinness World Record for collecting spreadsheets
Well, if you have to collect something, why not make it spreadsheets software… I suppose? This is also a reminder of how big software boxes used to be.
“Birmingham isn’t a big city at peak times”: How poor public transport explains the UK’s productivity puzzle
An interesting look at how transport data can help us understand the economy of a city.
One big tweet
I like this idea. Too many conferences tell us nothing, because the speakers have to stick to bland company lines on topics they’d share a lot more insight on without a PR rep breathing down their neck.
Christina Farr
Someone should start a conference where the only speakers are folks who are about to leave an industry for good and can therefore say what they really think https://t.co/ZY02RiqnFQ
5:06 PM - 8 Feb 2019
That’s all for today...
Back on Monday with a full weekday edition. See you then!
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