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July 22 · Issue #147 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution. I’ve got lots for you to read today…
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- Ecuador is gearing up to kick Julian Assange out of its embassy in London, The Intercept reports.
- Facebook is working on a new satellite system to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world.” This news comes after the company recently killed a project with the same purpose, involving enormous drone planes.
- A driver working for Uber and Lyft live-streamed videos of hundreds of his passengers without consent. It was legal for him to do so in the state of Missouri, but that doesn’t mean it’s not creepy.
- Google Translate can be made to spit out strange religious prophecies. Motherboard looks into why it happens.
Big weekend reads
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Why mobile phones are NOT a health hazard
Good on The Observer/Guardian for running this level-headed response to their hysterical and misleading article last week about mobile phones and cancer.
Between You, Me, and Google: Problems With Gmail's “Confidential Mode”
Gmail’s new ‘confidential mode’ might seem like a useful way of having secret conversations in your regular email app, but it’s not perfect. “Because Confidential Mode emails are not end-to-end encrypted, Google can see the contents of your messages and has the technical capability to store them indefinitely, regardless of any “expiration date’.” What’s more, 'expired’ messages live on in your Sent folder.
Revealed: The People Behind an Anti-Breitbart Twitter Account
After recently being identified in the media, the once anonymous people behind an activist movement that opposes far-right news site Breitbart tell their story.
Droppers Is How Android Malware Keeps Sneaking Into the Play Store
A look at how harmful software flies under Google’s radar and into the Play Store.
‘I felt colossally naive’: the backlash against the birth control app
A ‘digital contraceptive’ app has led to unwanted pregnancies. “Perhaps this false sense of intimacy is why it felt more like a betrayal to find myself pregnant than if the pill were at fault.”
One big tweet
Twitter’s CEO addresses recent criticisms about the company’s product. Twitter is gradually addressing a lot of its problems, but it still has much work to do. Click the tweet below for Jack Dorsey’s thread.
jack
A few thoughts on @maggieNYT’s article on Twitter. A lot of fair critiques within. https://t.co/iXM2KJMI6t
9:29 PM - 21 Jul 2018
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