☕ Good Monday morning. Big week ahead with Google’s much-anticipated launch of the Pixel 4, and presumably lots of new software ideas and features. But first, something fun...
Fortnite players witnessed another event in the world's biggest multiplayer game: no game at all. This normally would not be big news but Fortnite really is gone, for now. See:
So what’s going on?!
🔜 The Pixel 4 launches tomorrow in New York City, but there’s still time to complete every last possible leak: now the box and accessories (Android Authority).
🔧 Here’s how to get Android 10 on Samsung Galaxy S10 phones with One UI 2.0 beta, right now (Android Authority).
🛍 Staff picks: 8 things David uses every day: including Fujifilm X-T3, Peak Designs bags, Sony WH-1000XM3, and more (Android Authority).
🎧 Speaking of: Sony WH-1000XM3 review: Still the best (Android Authority).
⌚ Huawei Watch GT 2: Why I prefer a dumb smartwatch (Android Authority).
💵 The iPhone SE 2 has a price, according to Kuo: launching Q1 2020, A13 chip, $399 (MacRumors).
🍎 How safe is Apple’s Safe Browsing? That depends on how you see its new admission that it shares data with Chinese conglomerate Tencent (blog.cryptographyengineering.com)
🚫 “Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies,” argues TechCrunch.
💸 Google bans predatory payday loan apps from the Play Store, and that’s a good thing in my view although it is complicated (Engadget).
🔋 Porsche has a new, cheaper version of the all-electric Taycan: Taycan 4S (TechCrunch).
⛓ There’s a big Libra meeting today, and ahead of that, big names dropped out: Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook (TechCrunch).
📦 On Friday, I linked you to the two major Jeff Bezos and Amazon stories: Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan (The Atlantic) and Is Amazon Unstoppable? (New Yorker). I read both again, more slowly over the weekend and they’re incredible pieces, probably especially Franklin Foer’s piece in The Atlantic. Yes, they’re vast reads, but really worth your time: I didn’t realize how badly Bezos wants to take humanity to space).
🛒 Also: Silicon Valley takes on Amazon’s cashierless ‘Go’ stores (WSJ, $)
💲 Yahoo could owe you $358 or more as part of a privacy breach settlement, which makes the email you got from Yahoo not a fake, in theory (CNET).
🤔 “Chocolate is now illegal. What’s its street name?” (r/askreddit).
Live television and children. First BBC Dad, now MSNBC Mom (Twitter):
Have a good start to the week,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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