☕ Good morning! It’s Google Day. A bunch of new Google things will be announced, including the new Pixel 4 and 4 XL, and much much more. Live on YouTube about three hours after you get this email.
(Most of Google’s secrets are out by now, and more leaked even today, but most companies manage to keep at least one or two surprises for events...)
On this Google Pixel 4 launch day, a quick reminder of what is in the promised land over at Apple, following new reports that things are going, well, great.
🦈 Meetup.com has wildly, wildly jumped the shark, decided to charge event organisers or attendees for all RSVPs, even if people don’t show up, and even if the event is free. People are, rightly, mad (Twitter). (As it turns out, there is an easy explanation: Meetup is owned by We(work), which is now circling the drain, and needs money from every outlet it has. There is no obvious moat here, other than the network effect, but this kills the network effect. Expect multiple free new platforms, rapidly, or Meetup to walk this back. Or, people will do this).
🔉 Lots of Google Nest Mini leaks ahead of today’s launch, and it now has a wall mount (Android Authority).
🆕 Realme X2 Pro review: The best value smartphone of 2019 (Android Authority).
💻 Google is releasing a USB-C Titan security key (The Verge).
🐭 Disney+ tweeted out every single Disney title card with an individual tweet for each. That was 622 tweets, and title card images, and a lot of work (Twitter). Also, some pretty weird/niche/strange stuff in there, as Polygon explains.
📺 YouTube Regrets: Read 28 real stories of how YouTube led people down shocking rabbit holes (Mozilla Foundation).
🎣 Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer has dropped: new map, new island, boats, pogo sticks, fishing, a power plant, and more.
⛅Also, Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming preview is now live (The Verge).
🚗 I watched over 100 Tesla Smart Summon videos—here’s what I learned (Ars Technica).
📈 Used cars cost almost double what they did nine years ago, and there’s lots of reasons for that (Jalopnik)
😐 “Instagram’s algorithm believes I might enjoy these teeth” and, er, no thank you (The Verge).
🥪 How to pack a Norwegian sandwich, the world’s most boring lunch (Vox). “It’s not supposed to taste like anything ... It should be a disappointment when you eat it. You’re not supposed to look forward to your lunch in Norway.”
👟 How the greatest marathon runner of our generation, Eliud Kipchoge, pulled off his epic sub-two-hour marathon (that wasn’t counted as a world record, by the way) (Wired).
Here’s a graph showing the quantity versus quality of original Netflix offerings over time, via IMBd data and posted over on r/dataisbeautiful:
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More on what it all means out of Google's event tomorrow...
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