Whenever two tech titans duke it out, there’s always some perverse pleasure in watching the spectacle. The latest bout is between Apple and Spotify.
Spotify’s initial complaint
The Apple bites back
So, who’s in the wrong?
🙋♂️ The U.S. is home to a 46-year-old skateboarder who was part of one of its first hacker groups, used to play in a punk rock band, and “stole long-distance phone service for his dial-up modem.” He’s called Beto O’Rourke, and he’s running for president. (Reuters)
📱 The Redmi 7 is here with a Snapdragon 632, dual rear cameras, and 4000mAh. Its price? Around $104. Looks set to be another Xiaomi bargain. (AA)
❤ The Apple Heart Study findings have been revealed. More than 400k Apple Watch 3 users took part in the joint study between Apple and the Stanford University School of Medicine. The big takeaway is that detected irregular heart beats in a small few cases, but the wearable isn’t going to replace doctors quite yet. (Business Wire)
🥅 Democrats hit the gas on Net neutrality bill (CNET)
🐲 Chipset showdown: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs 845 (AA)
🎬 James Gunn is returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after being fired over past tweets. (Variety)
📉 WhatsApp co-founder says delete Facebook, again. (Buzzfeed)
💉 ICYMI: Two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are frauds - from a few days ago but still brilliant (ZDNet)
This Friday will mark the six-year anniversary of Redditor brichard94 posting an image to the /r/pics subreddit titled “Bill Gates With A Giant Ping Pong Paddle” (Reddit)
And last week, it was elevated to meme status. (KnowYourMeme)
This image shows billionaire Warren Buffett watching billionaire Bill Gates use an oversized ping pong paddle in a live table tennis match. This is now synonymous with the idea of “overkill” — that is, when a major measure is taken to achieve a minor task.
Its appeal stems partly from the image’s accessibility: it’s easy to interpret the size relationships thanks to the main triangle of reference points: the human, the ping-pong ball, the ridiculous paddle. But the image would be nothing if these were just regular ping pong players.
The overwhelmingly pleasing aspect of this meme comes from the fact that these are billionaires. That is to say, highly professional people.
And they’re being... silly. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Thanks for reading, until next time! Scott Adam Gordon, Editor
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