👋 Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here, right when you need it. Today's newsletter is just over 800 words, and less than four minutes reading time!
(Liftoff! Photo by K. Scott Piel, via Reddit)
The much awaited Space X launch of 60 Starlink satellites to provide a new source of broadband across the globe went off last night seemingly without a hitch, as Elon Musk and the Space X team tweeted their delight.
Here’s what we learned:
🤳 Snapchat employees abused data access to spy on users for years using “SnapLion” tool, raising enormous questions considering typical Snapchat content (Motherboard).
💻 Samsung said to be providing Apple with OLED displays for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pros (Android Authority).
🥞 Google is making food delivery easier in Search, Assistant, and even Maps (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple removes original Clicker Heroes game after Chinese company allegedly cloned, trademarked, requested takedown (r/apple).
📞 Senate agrees robocalls suck, votes to make penalties more severe (AA).
🚫 Facebook has taken down over 2 billion fake accounts in 2019, so far (Engadget).
🤖 New Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video clip of you from a single photo (CNET).
🍅 Rotten Tomatoes is fighting review bombing by now only allowing reviews from users with a verified ticket (Rotten Tomatoes). Fighting the trolls, whack-a-mole style.
🧠 After two years, the cause of the mysterious neurological symptoms reported by dozens of US staff in Cuba remains unknown (NY Times)
💲 AT&T now accepts cryptocurrency to pay bills, and it’s probably a bad idea (The Next Web).
📺 5 upcoming shows on HBO that could be better than Game of Thrones (AA).
🌄 “When we say “Everest is crowded,” this is what we mean” (Outside Online).
🌔 NASA officially orders its first segment of a lunar space station: "This time when we go to the Moon, we're actually going to stay." (Ars Technica).
🎮 Get The Sims 4 free, right now. EA’s giving it away via Origin, instead of $40 (CNET)
⛏ “Archaeologists of Reddit, what are some latest discoveries that the masses have no idea of?” (r/askreddit).
Most clicked link this week:
🤦♂️ Here’s how the four major voice assistants respond to sexual harassment (Twitter). Siri does it worst, which surprised me.
This is a very fun Friday for British band The Verve, securing a massive turnaround in fortunes involving one of my favorite weird music facts that’s now historical, and not current.
Best for the weekend!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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