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Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution, with plenty of good reads to help occupy you on what is hopefully
 
November 18 · Issue #266 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution, with plenty of good reads to help occupy you on what is hopefully a quiet Sunday – unless you’re in a part of the world where the weekend is Friday and Saturday. In which case, get to work!
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s handling of Russian influence campaigns in a Friday call with employees. This follows the New York Times’ revelations about failures in Facebook’s crisis management techniques. Meanwhile, the company’s former security chief has given his side of the story.
  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company is getting into brick-and-mortar retail… literally. It has submitted plans for a store in Los Angeles that will sell bricks made from waste produced by its tunneling project under the city region.
Big weekend reads
Mama Mia It's Sophia: A Show Robot Or Dangerous Platform To Mislead? Mama Mia It's Sophia: A Show Robot Or Dangerous Platform To Mislead?
A look at how ‘artificially intelligent’ robot Sophia has more in common with show robots of the past than true intelligence. And why that’s not healthy for the public’s understanding of A.I.
Mark Ritson: Why Gary Vaynerchuk is wrong about media
A detailed breakdown of the flaws in marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk’s advice for businesses.
Subscription news services flourish as Google, Facebook dominate ads
A few years ago, VC-backed mega publishers were all the rage. Now, smaller, subscription-based publishers focused on quality over quantity of output are showing there are other ways to build an audience.
How Google Photos Became a Perfect Jukebox for Our Memories
I’ve praised Google Photos in this newsletter in the past. This piece sums up why it’s brilliant.
That’s all for today...
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