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Welcome to Saturday's Big Revolution, full of news and good reads to fill your weekend. – Martin
 
October 27 · Issue #244 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution, full of news and good reads to fill your weekend.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • The developer behind hit game Fortnight has raised $1.25bn investment an enormous amount by any measure. While it surely has other tricks up its sleeve, it had better hope the Fortnite cash cow doesn’t keel over any time soon.
  • Unlike Google, Microsoft has no qualms about taking military contracts. And perhaps with good reason beyond cash: “to withdraw from this market is to reduce our opportunity to engage in the public debate about how new technologies can best be used in a responsible way.”
  • Snapchat for the desktop? Well, kind of. Snap Camera brings Snapchat’s visual effects to the likes of Twitch, YouTube, Skype, and Zoom
  • Google’s got a clever new way for you to create Drive documents. It uses the .new top-level domain. Simply type ‘doc.new’ into your browser’s address bar to create a new Google Doc. It also works with presentations, spreadsheets, forms and more.
One big read
It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly
‘Swatting’ isn’t just a harmless prank - it can have deadly consequences. “Barriss became addicted to the thrill of swatting. He loved having the power to transform police into playthings as if they were videogame characters.”
Apple’s Radical Approach to News: Humans Over Machines
A look behind the scenes at Apple News, Apple’s highly ambitious news aggregator powered by humans rather than algorithms.
An anonymous 4chan post could help solve a 25-year-old math mystery
I barely understand this, but it’s fascinating.
Do androids dream of electric beats? How AI is changing music for good
How automation is transforming songwriting and musical performance.
One big tweet
The Simpsons’ producers are reportedly set to drop Apu after complaints about his stereotyped portrayal…
Alex von Tunzelmann
What a cowardly, uncreative response. The producer here says he tried to “crowdsource” scripts. FFS. *Hire* actual qualified South Asian writers & an actor, listen to them, & find a way to make Apu funny & clever. https://t.co/j8f5KZZBMq
9:03 AM - 27 Oct 2018
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