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Welcome to a weekend edition of Big Revolution. Hopefully tomorrow's edition won't be too full of Apr
March 31 · Issue #34 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to a weekend edition of Big Revolution. Hopefully tomorrow’s edition won’t be too full of April Fools stuff.

Big things you need to know today
- Google is shutting down its popular URL shortenerover the coming weeks.” The company says that in the nine years since the service launched, “many popular URL shortening services have emerged and the ways people find content on the Internet have also changed dramatically, from primarily desktop webpages to apps, mobile devices, home assistants, and more.” Existing URLs created with the service will continue to work.
- Also closing, is Uber’s UberRUSH courier service, that delivered small packages around NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago. The company is increasingly focused on its core taxi business and UberEATS food delivery.
- An under-appreciated source of web traffic: Traffic from the mobile Chrome browser’s ‘Articles for You’ feature “grew a shocking 2,100 percent in 2017 — from driving 15 million visits per month to publishers using Chartbeat to 341 million visits per month.”
- Facebook’s recent algorithm change hasn’t hurt hyperpartisan sites like some might have thought or hoped. That’s according to data from NewsWhip.
Weekend big reads
The real threat to Facebook is the Kool-Aid turning sour The real threat to Facebook is the Kool-Aid turning sour
Facebook didn’t used to suffer many leaks from staff, but now leaks, and increasing press and public scrutiny, is impacting morale.
“How to stop morale’s downward momentum will be one of Facebook’s greatest tests of leadership. This isn’t a bug to be squashed. It can’t just roll back a feature update. And an apology won’t suffice. It will have to expel or reeducate the leakers and those disloyal without instilling a witch hunt’s sense of dread.”
Mozilla's open-source move 20 years ago helped rewrite rules of tech
How Netscape making Navigator open source in 1998, helped shape the next two decades of tech, and beyond. 
“A gamble 20 years ago unleashed the source code for the browser that became Firefox. The approach is now core to Facebook, Google and everyone else.”
One big tweet
Reminder: tomorrow is April Fools Day. Ugh. I used to quite like all the jokes until I covered tech for a living, and every company had to have their own ‘hilarious’ pitch in my inbox.
Farhad Manjoo: bob honey who just do stuff
Tech companies:

This is your last possible moment to decided not to do an April Fool’s joke.

I know yours is the awesome one. I know yours is different. It’s the one we’ll want to see.

Trust me: we won’t. Don’t do it.

8:27 PM - 30 Mar 2018
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