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Hello! As regular readers will know, weekend editions have more 'big reads' and no 'big thought.' I'l
 
April 7 · Issue #41 · View online
Big Revolution
Hello! As regular readers will know, weekend editions have more ‘big reads’ and no 'big thought.’ I’ll be adding something different into the mix tomorrow, too…
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- Twitter has delayed API changes that would make third-party clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific unusable. The delay follows an awareness campaign by affected developers. Even with the delay, the future of these apps hangs in the balance. As The Verge says, “there are still open questions about whether (Twitter’s) new Account Activity API is robust enough for third party Twitter apps to provide the same streaming services they now offer.”
- Common sense prevails at YouTube: BuzzFeed reports it’s going to add an option to its Kids app that will only display videos handpicked by staff, rather than chosen by an algorithm that has proved to be… problematic in the past.
- “Researchers have created a wearable device,” the Guardian reports, “that can read people’s minds when they use an internal voice, allowing them to control devices and ask queries without speaking.” This MIT project seems to be asking for trouble, but it could be very useful for people who are unable to communicate verbally.
- In concerning (but unsurprising) news, the US Department of Homeland Security wants to keep a database of journalists and bloggers around the world, Bloomberg Law reports.
- Facebook is still on the back foot. Just hours after controversy arose over Mark Zuckerberg’s private messages being deleted after a set amount of time for security reasons (a feature unavailable to regular users), the company announced that it will be launching the same feature for everyone else – in a few months. A rushed product decision as a result of journalism, it seems.
- Facebook is getting tougher on who can post political ads. People will have to prove their identity and location if they want to target users on hot-button issues. Also, managers of Pages with large audiences will also need to be verified. That sounds like a big job…
- And Facebook has also suspended API access by AggregateIQ, a small Canadian firm linked to both Cambridge Analytica and allegations of overspending by the Leave campaign in the Brexit referendum.
Big weekend reads
South Korean millennials are reeling from the Bitcoin bust South Korean millennials are reeling from the Bitcoin bust
“Now that the prices of cryptocurrency coins like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple have tanked, many Korean youths are dealing with the mental and financial aftermath of their losses. Korean psychologists have reported an uptick of patients from the so-called ‘Bitcoin blues,’ divorce counselors say marriages are splitting from failed investments, and even the country’s prime minister said that virtual currencies are on track to cause “serious distortion or pathological social phenomena” among Korea’s young population.”
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo
Molly Ringwald writes a thoughtful reappraisal of one her most celebrated movie roles, looking at it in the context of current social attitudes.
Myth busting: Why didn't the Skripals die on the spot?
A useful read to bust the conspiracy theory that the Skripals couldn’t have been attacked with a nerve agent since they’ve survived.
One big tweet
Click through and despair for the state of security at a major telecoms company.
⚡️ Owen
It's official, I found the scariest thread on Twitter https://t.co/tHCLKOPnhb https://t.co/e1rR1rEJFD
8:17 PM - 6 Apr 2018
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