(To those of you who already filled it in, thank you! We’re all in this together so I’ll pass on some survey stats/trivia through the week: so far, two-thirds of you who clicked the survey actually submitted it! Interesting!)
Back around Valentine’s Day the world got wind that Apple was planning an event on March 25th to release a subscription streaming video service and a subscription news service.
Now the date is official:
Bonus for Apple users (no really, an actual bonus): Apple is surprisingly offering a 10% bonus when adding funds to accounts for App Store and iTunes purchases (MacRumors) until March 14th. It looks like North America only, though.
📞 This Google Pixel 3 mic issue is bad news if you use it like a regular phone (AA).
📴 Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Gleaming hardware, unpolished software (AA).
🔘 Vivo Apex 2019 Concept hands-on: What’s it like to use a phone with no buttons or ports? (AA).
📩 US tells Germany to stop using Huawei equipment or lose some intelligence access (The Verge).
📦 In better news, Huawei says it has shipped 10 million Mate 20 series smartphones (AA).
🕸 The www is 30 years old today. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, wrote his proposal on March 12, 1989, for "linked information systems" (CERN). (“Vague, but exciting” is what his boss wrote on the proposal.) Anyway, Berners-Lee has some thoughts on what’s next (webfoundation.org). Fighting dysfunction is a central theme. There’s a Google Doodle, too.
🤳 Instagram founders talk for the first time since leaving Facebook: discuss Snapchat and breaking up Facebook at SXSW 2019 talk (Engadget).
🧹 Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go, has shared gameplay details for its upcoming 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' AR app. It looks like a more advanced Go game in the same style: players will have to hunt for “magical artifacts” instead of Pokémon, and use spells (rather than Pokéballs) to capture them (official site). You can pre-register now, too (AA).
😐 The US government will be scanning your face at 20 top airports, documents show (BuzzFeed).
😎 “Scientists: Maybe if we only dim the sun a little it won’t backfire horribly” (Earther).
🦠 How Organelles’ secret conversations inside cells are transforming biology (Nature).
🗿 Italian art history prodigy unveils Leonardo da Vinci's 'only surviving sculpture', from 1472, around 30 years before Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa (The Guardian).
🚗 Here’s Elon Musk’s note to employees about Tesla keeping retail stores open (CNBC).
🤖 Also, OpenAI the non-profit founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman to save the world from artificial intelligence has ...decided to pursue profits (BusinessInsider). “Returns for our first round of investors are capped at 100x their investment.” ...right. Is this the start of the end for the AI bubble?
🤔 The human population is at 7.7 billion. Has any other mammal ever reached that population level? (r/askscience). Some great stories in here.
Captain Marvel took $455 Million in its opening weekend, the second most of any Marvel Cinematic Universe movie:
Have a good one!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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