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Trump’s looming trade war over steel is all over the news at the moment, but a similar battle has been bubbling for years in the tech world. Companies like Amazon, Google and Apple simultaneously market their own products and sell those of competitors via their stores.
We’ve seen pot-shots in the past where these companies have stopped selling their rivals’ products. This is the latest example, and it reflects just how huge and multi-faced tech giants have become – almost like nation states.
In situations like this, it’s only consumers who lose.
Big things you need to know today
- Snapchat Spectacles aren’t dead. Cheddar reports that an improved version will launch this year, and an even better version next year. I stopped using my v1 pair of Spectacles after a couple of months as they didn’t have much utility beyond the novelty. Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel apparently sees them as far more important to the future of the company than the camera-glasses’ popularity so far would have you believe.
- Flash is nearly dead. “The percentage of daily Chrome users who’ve loaded at least one page containing Flash content per day has gone down from around 80% in 2014 to under 8% in early 2018.”
- News articles could be smarter. Remember the Circa app with its ‘atomised’ news that broke stories down into easy-to-digest, trackable snippets? The Guardian is experimenting with the awfully named (but very clever) 'smarticles’ to take that idea further. Here’s what it’s learned so far.
- What do you do when your boss won’t let you use social media? If you work at the UK’s Royal Mail, you go to the unofficial social network for posties. It’s been running for 12 years and allows staff to vent about their jobs without (much) fear of retribution. This is an interesting read.
One big tweet
Theresa May’s big Brexit speech yesterday didn’t convince everyone that the UK has everything under control…