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Big Revolution - The death of the critic

Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution, full of good reads for the last day of the week ( or the first de
May 13 · Issue #77 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution, full of good reads for the last day of the week ( or the first depending on how you set your calendar, and where you are in the world).

Big things you need to know today
- Apple has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over the allegedly defective keyboards in recent MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Many people who use them find they work poorly – a mere crumb under a key can leave you making typos for days. 
- Russian ads targeted a dodgy Chrome extension at teenage girls. The extension, promoted in May 2016, “gained wide access to the Facebook accounts and web browsing behavior of those who installed it,” reports Wired.
- YouTube wants you to stop watching videos… sometimes. As part of Google’s ‘digital wellbeing’ drive, the YouTube app for Android can be set to remind you to stop watching every 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes.
Big weekend reads
Childish Gambino's This is America and how the internet killed the cultural critic Childish Gambino's This is America and how the internet killed the cultural critic
What’s happened to proper cultural criticism? It’s been replaced by cheap, hot takes that react quickly before we all move on to the next exciting, new thing. A big cultural moment like the current Childish Gambino video deserves more in-depth, long-lasting analysis.
Don't Skype Me: How Microsoft Turned Consumers Against a Beloved Brand
Skype isn’t what it used to be. I can barely work out how to use it these days. It’s sold in bulk to big corporations while the interface is dumbed down to the point that’s hard to work out how to use it properly.
When Spies Hack Journalism
How the media is being increasingly manipulated by hostile nation states. “Reporters usually care little about a source’s motives, provided their information is true and newsworthy. But what if the source is a foreign spy agency?”
What do AI and blockchain mean for the rule of law?
“What happens when technologies such as deep learning software and self-executing code are in the driving seat of legal decisions? How can we be sure next-gen ‘legal tech’ systems are not unfairly biased against certain groups or individuals? And what skills will lawyers need to develop to be able to properly assess the quality of the justice flowing from data-driven decisions?”
Rise of robots threatens to terminate the UK call-centre workforce
A look at whether the UK’s huge call centre workforce is at imminent threat of automation and the general shift to online commerce. “ContactBabel, the customer-service centres expert, predicts that 45,700 jobs will disappear from the sector between now and 2021.”
That’s all for today...
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