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Launches, collapses and busts I’m back! Or is it you who is back for more cool links and musings from


March 2 · Issue #2 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Launches, collapses and busts
I’m back! Or is it you who is back for more cool links and musings from me? Either way, welcome subscribers old and new.

First thoughts
It’s been a busy couple of days on Twitter (my social platform of choice). First we got bookmarks. I was a little down on the concept of saving Tweets to follow or even share later, but now that I’m running a newsletter, it doesn’t seem like such a silly idea.
The bigger story was Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s admission that they’d been doing it wrong on abuse for, like, ever. Dorsey posted a revealing Twitter thread on Thursday. Here’s a salient bit:
“…We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough.
While working to fix it, we‘ve been accused of apathy, censorship, political bias, and optimizing for our business and share price instead of the concerns of society. This is not who we are, or who we ever want to be.”
The solution, Jack wrote, may be focusing on the health of conversation based on these metrics: shared attention, shared reality, variety of opinion, and receptivity.
What sticks out for me is “shared reality.” Ask two people to describe something right in front of them and you may get two very different responses. I wish Twitter good luck in this effort, since I don’t know what I’d do without it.
Let’s dig into some of the good stuff I found for you.
This slingshot is busted. Angry Birds, the franchise that launched, well, a million birds, along with an IPO, countless offshoots, co-branded games, and a movie, isn’t flying so high any more. Finnish developer Rovio gave investors some very bad news. More proof that even the most popular mobile games have a limited shelf-life. 
Which leads me to HQTrivia. I’m still playing as often as possible, but, as I’ve said before, HQ simply proves that this style of in-your-phone game show with money prizes can work. What will happen to HQ when we have Live $25,000 Pyramid and Mobile Family Feud? Will Quiz Daddy be ready?
Read more about Rovio’s troubles:
Angry Birds maker Rovio sinks to new low on missed Q4 sales of €73.9M and EPS of €0.10 | TechCrunch
How’s the weather in Alaska? Yesterday NASA successfully launched its second GOESS satellite (aboard one of its own Atlas V rockets – sorry, SpaceX). This is the second satellite of its kind and it’s designed to sort of hang in a geostationary orbit over the western half of the U.S. It, along with one already-launched satellite and another two slated to launch in the coming years, will supercharge our weather tracking capabilities, especially for extreme weather events like wildfires and cyclones. If you wonder why we need this new weather network, you might want to pay better attention to the weather and climate news.
Also, I love space, so don’t be surprised if you find more rocket, SpaceX and launch stories in here. I mean, it’s not like the weather’s getting any crazier is it?
GOES-S Now in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit above Earth – GOES-S Mission
Step inside my bubble. To date, I do not own a single penny(?) of cryptocurrency. I called Bitcoin a bubble late last year and many financial experts appear to agree with me. Even so, those same experts and people I’ve been speaking to believe digital currency and its more distributed technology is probably going to change financial systems. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney spelled it all out at the Scottish Economic Forum.
Cryptocurrencies failing as money, but technology has promise: Carney | Reuters
You left your memory behind Door 3. Scientists now believe that walking through doorways has a real effect on memory. I wonder if this also means that chairs have the opposite effect (or that some part of short-term memory is situated in your posterior). When I sit down, I remember everything I forgot.
Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget - Scientific American
Quick Tip
Can’t find AirDrop under iOS 11? This GIF might help. Use 3D touch (an extra hard screen press) on the Bluetooth icon under the control panel to reveal additional settings, including AirDrop.
AirDrop still exists
AirDrop still exists
Coming Up
Oscar, Oscar, Oscar! Sunday marks my Super Bowl. I’ve been watching the Academy Awards Oscar Telecast every year for 40 years. One year, I even watched it through Skype. This year, I’ll be at home rooting for the performances and movies I loved. Granted, I still haven’t seen four out of the nine Best Picture nominees, but I think I can cram in a few over the next 48 hours. This is a nice list of all the nominees and some decent guestimations on winners, though I think they got Best Actress and Best Director wrong. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where I’ll live tweet the three-hour-plus marathon and all the awkward reactions to Jimmy Kimmel’s #MeToo jokes.
SXSW 2018: Stay tuned to my Medium for a look at what to expect at this year’s big interactive event (Nope, I don’t get to stay for the music and movies 😞).
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