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Welcome to Saturday's Big Revolution. For the benefit of new subscribers (welcome!), weekend editions
 
November 17 · Issue #265 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. For the benefit of new subscribers (welcome!), weekend editions are shorter than during the week and focus on giving you a bunch of good reads to help fill your Saturday and Sunday.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Microsoft is building a disc-less Xbox One according to Thurrott. The device will solely offer games as downloads, and buyers will apparently be able to trade their physical games in for a digital version at certain brick-and-mortar stores. While this seems to be a budget device, it could test the waters for a disc-less ‘proper’ new Xbox in the future.
  • Windows users were alarmed to see ads appear in the Mail app. Microsoft says this was a test that accidentally rolled out too widely, and has apologised.
Big weekend reads
How Podcasts Became a Seductive—and Sometimes Slippery—Mode of Storytelling How Podcasts Became a Seductive—and Sometimes Slippery—Mode of Storytelling
A deep look at storytelling in podcasts, and how all is not always quite as it seems.
How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense
Working around the limits of deep learning as a way of training A.I. “We need to start figuring out how to imbue AI with everyday common sense, the stuff of human smarts. If we don’t… we’ll keep bumping up against the limits of deep learning, like visual-recognition systems that can be easily fooled by changing a few inputs, making a deep-learning model think a turtle is a gun.”
How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit
This is a really interesting read about how email app startup Superhuman has worked to find product/market fit by focusing on only its most passionate advocates.
Will Stanich's Ever Reopen? Why America's Best Burger Spot Closed Down
When you’re awarded the honour of ‘best burger in America’ your business might not survive very long. A look at popularity in the internet age.
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That’s all for today...
See you tomorrow for more good weekend reads.
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