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Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution, and for I think the first time in this daily newsletter's seven-m
 
October 14 · Issue #231 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution, and for I think the first time in this daily newsletter’s seven-month history, there’s no news worth sharing with you. Well, it is the weekend after all.
Never fear, I’ve lined up six big reads and a big Twitter thread. Read on…
Martin

Big weekend reads
The Pentagon’s Plans to Program Soldiers’ Brains The Pentagon’s Plans to Program Soldiers’ Brains
How DARPA wants to use neural implants and brain-machine interfaces to enhance human brains to gain a military advantage – kind of like The Men Who Stare At Goats, but underpinned by technology.
Sorry Civil, 'crypto-economics' and 'constitutions' won't save journalism
An enjoyably-written takedown of much-hyped ‘journalism on the blockchain’ project, Civil.
The Magic Leap Con
As Magic Leap continues to offer little in the way of compelling reasons it should exist, this piece asks if it deserves any of the hype it’s received so far.
“Any apparent eagerness to prop up this company’s cute and whimsical efforts perplexes me a bit. It seems to me we should, at the very least, be holding Magic Leap up to the standards and product descriptions put forward by its own founder and creators—and by those standards, right now, Magic Leap is bad.”
‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’
Another technologist has his ‘what have I built?!’ moment. “I think there’s just a complete breakdown in the kind of thought process behind how your technology is going to affect the users that use it and the world at large, and the incentive structure that is behind Silicon Valley start-ups and how they’re formed.”
No One Knows How Bad Fake News Is On WhatsApp, But If Brazil's Election Is Any Indication, It's Bad
A look at the dark (in more ways than one) world of political misinformation on WhatsApp.
How An Amateur Rap Crew Stole Surveillance Tech That Tracks Almost Every American
A bunch of small-time crooks (who were also rappers) illegally accessed and abused a database of information about most Americans. Yet another reminder how fragile a lot of data security is.
One big tweet
In this mega-thread, a designer recounts his weird time working on the team behind Google+ in 2011/2012.
Morgan
Now that Google+ has been shuttered, I should air my dirty laundry on how awful the project and exec team was.

I'm still pissed about the bait and switch they pulled by telling me I'd be working on Chrome, then putting me on this god forsaken piece of shit on day one.
5:52 AM - 9 Oct 2018
That’s all for today...
Back tomorrow with a full weekday edition. See you then!
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