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Instagram TV; Facebook Groups; Candy Science; Tesla Spy; Musk Listen
 

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June 22 · Issue #54 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Instagram TV; Facebook Groups; Candy Science; Tesla Spy; Musk Listen

Miss me? Hey folks, I’m back from my London excursion where I learned a lot about how companies can successfully integrate AI or Robotic Process Automation into their businesses without sidelining human workers and frustrating customers. I also had my first British Tea. What’s new with all of you? 
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ITV. Instagram, which happens to be owned by Facebook, just lobbed a grenade into the YouTube camp with a new video app, and-show creation tools. Obviously, Instagram stories already let you share short, ephemeral videos, but this new platform, called IGTV, is different. It’s more like a broadcast network where all the shows are vertical video, and each can last for up to 1 hour. IGTV is launching with a bunch of well-known Instagrammers already creating content (or repurposing favorite content) and Instagram users will have access to the shows via a new core-app button. The big question is if IGTV can be as devastating to YouTube as Instagram Stories was to SnapChat. Even though the app is super-slick, my gut says no.
Instagram launches IGTV app for creators, 1-hour video uploads – TechCrunch Instagram launches IGTV app for creators, 1-hour video uploads – TechCrunch
New Groups. Facebook is experimenting with a key change to its popular Groups feature. Some group managers are now able to add small, monthly membership fees to the group or sub-groups. Facebook, which is not taking a cut, sees this as a way for the group managers to get paid for some of their hard work. Some worry, though, that any kind of monthly subscription fees could hurt membership. Personally, I think having the option to charge is a fantastic idea. If the experiment becomes permanent, it’ll mean better, more engaged members, more active managers and higher-quality groups.
Facebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for access - The Verge Facebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for access - The Verge
Candy Science: Researchers just figured out how to print electrode sensors on Gummi Bears. Sounds ridiculous, but the candy is a stand-in for soft-material that might be more compatible with soft organs inside the human body. It’s yummy science.
Scientists print sensors on gummi candy Scientists print sensors on gummi candy
Saboteur. A Tesla engineer has been accused of stealing and sharing Tesla manufacturing secrets and spreading misinformation about the company. Now Tesla is fighting back with a lawsuit. It’s still unclear why the guy allegedly did it. 
Tesla sues alleged saboteur engineer who also apparently leaked false reports to media | Electrek Tesla sues alleged saboteur engineer who also apparently leaked false reports to media | Electrek
For your ears. Speaking of Tesla, I’ve launched, along with One37PM, a brand-new micro, daily podcast called Musk Listen. Every weekday, I delve into the latest news from the fascinating world of Elon Musk. You can find it here, on Apple Podcasts, and even as an Alexa Skill.
Musk Listen Musk Listen
P.S. When love gets in the way
P.S.S. Sign language for sad.
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