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Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution, packed with good reads to kick off your weekend (unless you’re
 
October 20 · Issue #237 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution, packed with good reads to kick off your weekend (unless you’re in one of the countries that has a Friday and Saturday weekend).
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Facebook has hired former UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg as its new Head of Global Affairs and Communication. The BBC spoke to Clegg about the background to this surprising announcement.
  • Google could charge manufacturers up to $40 per device to install Google Android apps is the EU, according to The Verge. This is part of Google’s response to the EU’s antitrust ruling around Android. But manufacturers may not end up paying anything, as Google will offer financial incentives for installing Chrome and Search that may offset the entire fee. Clever!
  • Pro-Brexit ‘dark ads’ have been running on Facebook over the past year, aimed at 10 million Brits. It’s unclear who has paid for them, TechCrunch reports.
  • Apple’s Tim Cook has called for Bloomberg to retract its ‘spy chips’ story. “There is no truth in their story about Apple,” he told BuzzFeed News. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”
Big weekend reads
Video doorbell firm Ring says its devices slash crime—but the evidence looks flimsy Video doorbell firm Ring says its devices slash crime—but the evidence looks flimsy
Do video doorbells really cut crime? Despite what Amazon’s Ring may tell you, they might not be all that effective at all.
The Poison on Facebook and Twitter Is Still Spreading
This piece from the NYT Editorial Board argues that Facebook and Twitter are going about dealing with misinformation entirely the wrong way. “At this stage of the internet’s evolution, content moderation can no longer be reduced to individual postings viewed in isolation and out of context. “
Chartbreakers: How spammers are gaming the podcast
A look at how a bunch of little-known podcasts found their way into the upper reaches of Apple’s influential podcast charts using less-than ‘official’ methods.
‘She was becoming a star’: what happens when your Instagram-famous pet dies?
“Chloe the bulldog, who had 180,000 followers and several brand partnerships, is a case study in a new kind of celebrity death”
That’s all for today...
Back tomorrow for more weekend Big Revolutioning.
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