🥋 Good Monday morning! Join me in dodging “Game of Thrones” spoilers all day while researching everything the internet has at the same time… also it’s Boston Marathon day today. Here’s why just qualifying can feel like a marathon.
The dream of the late Paul G. Allen finally came to pass over the weekend, with the successful initial flight of the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch - the world’s largest ever aircraft:
Does it have a future?
🆕 OnePlus 7 “series” tipped to launch globally on May 14 (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple is spending “hundreds of millions” on its upcoming Arcade video game service, with indications this is going to drive more sales over the more star-studded TV+ offer (FT). This will restrict a host of games to iOS, and leave Android devices with less options.
📸 Why the Google Pixel 3a could be a game-changer (AA).
👆 We asked, you told us: Gesture navigation on Android isn’t perfect, but it’s the future (AA)
📶 “5G networks will change our lives for good — But at what cost?” - from me (AA).
🤖 On that note: “One month, 500,000 face scans: How China is using AI to profile a minority” (NY Times). AI ethics be damned.
📺 “I’m going to ditch Netflix for Disney Plus – here’s why” (DGiT).
🎮 Leaks suggest a disc-free Xbox is coming as soon as tomorrow, at Microsoft’s Inside Xbox launch (Xbox)
🔋 Tesla said on Thursday night that the cheapest $35,000 version of its Model 3 would no longer be offered online. The Times tried to buy it offline, and learned a few things (NY Times).
🚖 Lyft vs Uber: A Tale of Two S-1’s (Benjamin Tseng).
🚗 Also, the biggest tech fund in history has put $60 billion in 40 mobility companies, explored by Reuters.
🎶 'Baby Shark' mixed into 'Sandstorm' at Coachella is really quite something (Mashable)
🏴☠️ Mutiny at HQ Trivia: attempt to oust CEO failed, core mutineers fired, and popular host Scott Rogowsky has now left for DAZN (TechCrunch).
🏋️♂️ The internet history of bodybuilding forums, as told by the trolls and counter-trolls who made them huge (MEL) (NSFW language).
🛫 In Sweden, people are feeling guilt for flying - known as ‘flying shame’ - and airline passenger numbers are dropping, as Swedes catch more trains (Bloomberg).
❄ The annual competition to guess when Alaska’s Tanana River will thaw ends on earliest date since 1917 (Earther)
🧭 Heard that Earth’s Magnetic Field is eroding at a new rate of 5% per decade? Not quite. (Forbes)
Oh, and happy birthday to Leonardo da Vinci, born 567 years ago today!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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