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Big Revolution - The invisible hand of the billionaires

Hello and welcome to Saturday's weekend format Big Revolution. – Martin
June 23 · Issue #118 · View online
Big Revolution
Hello and welcome to Saturday’s weekend format Big Revolution.

Big things you need to know today
- Apple has finally acknowledged the widespread issues with keyboards on recent models of MacBook Pro. It will offer free repairs to people who suffer from problems. Even better, if you’ve already paid for a repair, you can get a refund. And surely this means future models will have a redesigned keyboard?
- Uber’s self-driving car tech seems unlikely to be wholly to blame for the recent death of a pedestrian. It’s emerged that the safety driver was streaming TV talent show ‘The Voice’ on her phone up until the crash.
- Netflix has fired its PR chief for using the ‘n-word’ on two separate occasions. How was it even in his 'tip of the tongue’ vocabulary? He worked in PR for a media company! Baffling.
- Facebook is joining the ‘time well spent’ trend and building features to help you limit the time you spend on the service.
Big weekend reads
How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country
A look at how the billionaire Koch brothers use grassroots tactics to kill public transit projects around the USA that are against their interests. “The Kochs’ opposition to transit spending stems from their longstanding free-market, libertarian philosophy. It also dovetails with their financial interests, which benefit from automobiles and highways.”
How Tech Companies Conquered America’s Cities
This piece argues that a media focus on big, national and international issues sidelines local politics and has allowed big tech companies to gain even greater influence on how we live.
American media keeps falling for Russian trolls
“Many publishers do not attempt to verify the authenticity of an account before embedding a tweet or post. In many cases, including that of @wokeluisa, publishers may not see any need to do so because the posts are lighthearted, even humorous. But featuring such tweets and posts increases the credibility and reach of those accounts.”
That’s all for today...
See you tomorrow!
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