Welcome to Wednesday!
I’m back! I had a lot of fun reading Scott’s newsletter for you yesterday, especially that Huawei anecdote from his first-ever tech interview. Great stuff!
🔜 I’ll share my (embarrassing) first-ever interview tomorrow. Spoiler: it was in Formula 1!
Google has launched a nifty little Chrome extension called Password Checkup.
What’s it about?
🆕 There are 230 new emoji on the way in 2019: Falafel, yo-yo, Saturn, so much more (Unicode)
📳 Moto Z4 Play specs leak: A 48MP smartphone with Moto Mod support? (Android Authority).
✏ Samsung patent reveals camera-wielding S-Pen, fit for James Bond (Android Authority).
📶 The broadband industry loves bullsh*t names: 10G! (The Verge).
🚮 Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages if you’re fast enough (9to5Mac).
🍎 When Apple hired the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, it looked like high-fashion would come to Apple - starting with the Apple Watch. That more or less failed, but the Apple Watch didn’t because it’s easily the best consumer smartwatch. Following a notable revamp of Apple Stores, Ahrendts is now leaving, after five years. Now an HR exec becomes Head of Retail at Apple, which is intriguing. Is retail all about people? (Apple).
⌚ Speaking of: “Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 4 review: Which smartwatch is right for you?” (Android Authority)
💰 Reddit is raising a huge round near a $3 billion valuation (TechCrunch).
🤳 “The rise on Instagram of meme accounts like @f__kjerry, which plagiarize and steal videos, images, and memes, is a platform failure Instagram refuses to acknowledge” (NYMag).
🦊 Firefox taking a hard line against noisy video, banning it from autoplaying (Ars Technica).
🏢 Office Space turns 20: How the film changed the way we work (BBC). Much of the commentary in the film is sadly, still accurate.
🏧 A bank’s software chief figured out how to withdraw US$1m in ‘free’ cash from ATMs because the bank didn’t properly record transactions at midnight. He was given 10 years in jail. (His bank forgave him, but the courts didn’t.) (The Verge).
😫 France and Germany just cut a deal to save the EU's #CopyrightDirective -- and made it much, much worse (Boing Boing). This is not good.
🌒 Dutch radio amateurs image far side of the Moon using Chinese satellite data (camras.nl). Mind you, “amateur” doesn’t quite mean what you think - part of the technology used is designed by Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist Joe Taylor!
🧠 Study shows female brains stay youthful for an average of three years longer than males' due to differences in brain metabolism (Washington University in St. Louis).
🤐 Why keeping secrets may be damaging your mental health (Scientific American).
🚗 Tesla slashes Model 3's prices by $1,100 (Engadget).
🎮 Apex Legends is the hottest thing in gaming right now, but taking on Fortnite won’t be easy (Kotaku)
📨 “A message from Cardi B's former History teacher” (Jezebel).
📚 What book should everyone read at least once? (r/askreddit).
New Zealand scientists found a USB stick frozen in seal poo, and would like to speak to its owner (ABC News).
"It is very worrying that these amazing Antarctic animals have plastic like this inside them," said volunteer Jodie Warren.
If you happen to recognize the video in this clip (Twitter), New Zealand's finest would like to chat. I assume you're not in trouble. Those Kiwis are too nice for that, they probably just want to know how it happened.
Keep your USBs sealed, people.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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