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    Apple Rejects Facebook’s Gaming App, for at Least the Fifth Time

    Apple rejects Facebook’s gaming app five times. No grey area at all: Apple has always very clear...

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    Apple’s App Store ecosystem facilitated over half a trillion dollars in commerce in 2019

    Apple lobbying. Apple released a third party research report saying that the App Store drove $500bn of...

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    Apple to Require Game License for Non-free Games on China’s App Store in July - Pandaily

    Apple bends again in China. A contrast to some other stories here: in China, Apple will require...

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    European tax czar: EU ready to launch digital tax if U.S. stalls talks

    Cross-border digital taxes, again. The USA pulled out of a meeting to discuss how to tax...

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    Why are Google and Apple dictating how European democracies fight coronavirus? | Ieva Ilves

    A Latvian civil servant on the Apple/Google contact tracing platform: why should they decide what we can do? 

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    The App Store Debate: A Story of Ecosystems

    Steven Sinofsky (ex head of Windows) comparing the app store debate with similar debates around Windows...

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    L’Oréal glimpses its digital future amid pandemic

    The impact of lockdown on digital at L’Oréal. ($)

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    How a $0-budget movie ‘topped the US box office’

    How a $0-budget movie ‘topped the US box office'. Genius.

  • © Kevin Twomey Photography

    Kevin Twomey: photographs of mechanical computers.

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    YouGov Research Methods

    This year's Reuters global news study is out. Lots of data on consumer behaviour and attitudes. 

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    The Global AI Talent Tracker - MacroPolo

    The Global AI Talent Tracker: lots of interesting data about how researchers move country (for now,...

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    Kids now spend nearly as much time watching TikTok as YouTube in US, UK and Spain – TechCrunch

    Kids now spend nearly as much time watching TikTok as YouTube in US, UK and Spain.

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    Unity data on games use in lockdown.


    80% of US households have a connected TV and 40% watch something with that daily.

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    ‎Meeter for Zoom, Teams & Co

    And if you do lot of video calls with different apps on your Mac, you need...

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    Face recognition and AI ethics — Benedict Evans

    From last year: face recognition and AI ethics.  

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    Exclusive: ByteDance Cuts Domestic Engineers' Data Access to TikTok, Other Overseas Products- PingWest

    Tiktok in China - apparently, Chinese engineers are annoyed that the parent company Bytedance has limited their...

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    Zoom closed account of U.S.-based Chinese activist “to comply with local law”

    Zoom keeps shooting itself in the foot. This week, it closed the accounts of US-based Chinese activists after they...

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    Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman Struggle With Their Startup—and Each Other

    Quibi is missing its numbers and blame is flying. Lots of insider quotes here, but under it...

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    Zynn, the Hot New Video App, Is Full of Stolen Content

    Zynn: buy, borrow or steal? Zynn is a Tiktok clone from a Chinese Bytedance rival that bought its way...

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    WhatsApp finally launches payments, starting in Brazil – TechCrunch

    WhatsApp has quietly launched person-to-person payments, starting in Brazil (and not using Libra, Facebook's bitcoiny payment platform...

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    Snap announces Minis to bring other apps into Snapchat

    Snapchat had a developer conference: it will let developers build mini-apps inside the main app for...

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    Six Former eBay Employees Charged with Aggressive Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Natick Couple

    eBay stalking?! A really bizarre story: a group of senior eBay security staff have been arrested and accused of running...

  • Google Receives $25 Million in Equity Funding

    This week 21 years ago, Google raised $25m from Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins. (Bonus - to understand the...

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    The Global Implications of “Re-education” Technologies in Northwest China

    A detailed study of China's 're-education' program for Uighur Muslims. Lots of Chinese tech companies involved, and...

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    What It’s Like to Get Doxed for Taking a Bike Ride

    What it’s like to get doxed for taking a bike ride. Don't join mobs.

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    Mastering TikTok Mobile Ads

    Analysis of TikTok mobile performance.

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    Caught in the mushy middle: How Quartz fell to earth - Digiday

    Long profile of Quartz's troubles: neither mass scale nor narrow premium. 

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    Inside London Fashion Week's new digital plans

    Inside London Fashion Week's new digital plans. How do you replace week-long trade-fairs around the world with...

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    Osborning The Mac. Or Not.

    JLG's thoughts on the outlook for Apple switching from Intel to its own ARM chips (the WWDC...

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    IRS programming mystery continues | Federal News Network

    A weird (but not surprising) story about the IRS's attempts to write modern software. 

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    The Observer Effect – Marc Andreessen

    Interesting long interview with Marc 'Netscape, a16z' Andreessen.

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    A Tour of Karl Lagerfeld’s Most Fabulous Chanel Sets

    A tour of Karl Lagerfeld’s sets (from last year). Probably the last time anyone will do fashion shows...

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    WSJ News Exclusive | Amazon in Advanced Talks to Buy Self-Driving-Car Tech Company Zoox

    Apparently Amazon is looking at buying Zoox. Zoox is one of the last fairly big indie autonomous...

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    Why the Golden Gate Bridge Is Now a Giant Orange Wheezing Kazoo | KQED

    New fences on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco make it whistle when the wind...

  • Massive 3,000-year-old ceremonial complex discovered in 'plain sight'

    Another great LIDAR archeology discovery: a massive 3,000-year-old Maya ceremonial complex.

  • Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

    Businessweek on Chinese influencers selling things (lots of things) with live streaming.