There are two stories from today regarding unlocking your phone. Both have caveats, but both are emblematic of a wider problem: device security isn’t foolproof, just yet.
📶 Here’s why Google didn’t launch a 5G Pixel phone this week: “It will get there, but now is not the right time to buy a 5G phone” (Android Authority).
☠ Google killed off Google Clips, too (Android Authority).
🤝 Google Pixel 4 will receive updates until October 2022 at the very least (Android Authority)
🔌 Thought you’d cut the cord with Stadia’s wireless controller? Think again (Android Authority).
📈 Netflix reported its numbers, and subscriber numbers weren’t great but the outlook was good enough to send stock soaring (CNBC).
🤔 Netflix also says competition from Apple and Disney will help (9to5Mac). Interesting.
📉 Inside Facebook’s botched attempt to start a new cryptocurrency (WSJ, $). The world was going to change, and then it ..wasn’t? Facebook seems to have misjudged many elements of its Libra project, to put it mildly.
🎤 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will give his 'most comprehensive take' on freedom of speech in a livestream today at 1pm ET, apparently (Business Insider)
💸 Inside Apple's long, bumpy road to Hollywood: two years in a steep learning curve (Hollywod Reporter). Another fun insidery read, with some of the money being sloshed around utterly crazy for first seasons, as this fun reaction suggests.
💸 How a massive Facebook scam siphoned millions from unsuspecting Boomers (BuzzFeed News). Facebook appears to have made $50m from scam ads… and BuzzFeed is doing the work that Facebook should be?
🌳 Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard talks about the sustainability myth, the problem with Amazon—and why it’s not too late to save the planet (FastCompany).
🔋 Volvo XC40 Recharge: its first fully electric car, with Android Auto embedded, and pledged to go carbon-neutral (The Verge).
🚗 Tesla Model Y prototype spotted in Washington – start of long-distance testing? (Electrek).
☕ The FrankOne is a simple and portable coffee brewing gadget (TechCrunch).
🕹 Analogue Pocket is a modern handheld for playing your old Game Boy games, coming 2020 (The Verge).
🚁 China’s Z-20 helicopter, aka the CopyHawk, looks awfully familiar (Jalopnik).
🔫 I mean, this is a pretty late article for this Fortnite stuff, but “Fortnite is exciting again” isn’t wrong (The Verge).
🐜 Also, here’s a headline I didn’t expect to see today: Fastest ants in world found in northern Sahara, researchers say (The Guardian).
Biology is probably the one area of science where I can confidently say I know a vanishingly small amount. So, someone else might have explain the details of this one: The Paris Zoo now has a new attraction: the "blob".
Blob, zoo, together, and we’re all learning something,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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