The tech industry doesn’t kill off its services or apps with much fanfare, usually a quiet release on a Friday evening, usually hiding in some kind of upbeat confusion.
On that note, here’s Microsoft’s admission (on late Friday) that Cortana is being made “as helpful as possible” by, er, being killed off:
Curtains for Cortana:
🔋 Ford just pulled the wraps off its first mass-market electric car with a big LA event: the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric longe-range SUV set for late 2020, with Mustang performance (The Verge).
🤦♂️ Today the web fundamentally changed for the worse: The .org TLD has been sold, moving from a not-for-profit owner to private investment ownership. The new owner is called “Ethos Capital,” which is probably more irony than ethos (The Verge).
🔙 The later Google Pixel 4 reviews aren’t getting any better. First, from my boss at Android Authority: My Pixel 4 pickle: I love it and hate it at the same time, which includes the line: “I wouldn’t recommend this phone to anyone but I still use it every day.”
😬 And also, over at Ars Technica: Overpriced, uncompetitive, and out of touch “[Google] mostly just produces cookie-cutter smartphones at a very high price, doing the same thing as other companies often a year or two behind the competition.” Brutal.
🤔 Google’s reputation is becoming its biggest problem: Are perceptions of being fickle, unreliable, distant, yet unavoidably everywhere, fair? (Android Authority).
📸 How are smartphone cameras becoming so good in low light? (Android Authority).
🔓 Why streaming services let you share your password, for now (from me!) (Android Authority).
⚽ Google Stadia will have 10 more games at launch, which is tomorrow, including NBA 2K2020 (Engadget).
📍 Wow, here’s a must-read: Someone is using unknown and unprecedented technology to mess with GPS in the world’s busiest port in Shanghai. A fascinating mystery (MIT Technology Review).
🦊 Firefox’s fight for the future of the web (The Guardian).
💳 WeChat started as a chat app, now it's a superapp with more than a billion monthly active users. China shops on WeChat, pays on WeChat, reads news on WeChat, lives all aspects of life on WeChat. Welcome to the completely integrated WeChat internet (NY Times).
🙅♂️ HP board unanimously votes no on Xerox takeover (ZDNet).
⛓ Bored of the coins (TechCrunch). Is this the trough of disillusionment for crypto?
💘 The largest study ever undertaken focusing on the use of heart stents found they are mostly ineffective in reducing the risk of heart attacks when compared with taking medications (STAT).
🩺 Related: How fake surgery exposes useless treatments (Scientific American).
A universal, cross-culture, cross-border, international meme:
Yours in lifelong commitment to only drilling walls at sociable times,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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