Newley’s Notes 170: Chinese Apps: Huge in India – Facebook Exec Reshuffle – Theranos Doc – Kratu’s Jaunt

2019 03 20abstract

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes.

🆕 My latest story came out Thursday. The headline:

India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China.

🔥 “Facebook is boring,” one user told us.

Among the apps seeing huge growth especially among local language users in rural areas: Like, Bigo Live, Helo and TikTok.

I shared some screen shots of some of the wild and wacky content on these platforms in this twitter thread.

Here are ten items worth your time this week:

😢 1) New Zealand Shooting Suspect Ranged Widely Online and Off [WSJ]…

“The internet has made it easier for extremists, whether they are jihadists or white supremacists, to find each other and radicalize, said Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ‘Social media becomes a host for the virus to be transmitted,’ he said.”

😞 2) …and Why Video of New Zealand Massacre Can’t Be Stamped Out
[WSJ]

“The vast cloning of the footage underlines a stark reality in the era of live online broadcasting: These videos can’t be cut off.

💡 3) Mark Zuckerberg is taking total control again [Recode]

"On Thursday, Facebook lost one of its most important, and arguably its most beloved, company executives. Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer and Zuckerberg’s top consigliere, announced that he was leaving the company after 13 years. Chris Daniels, who has been running WhatsApp for the past year, also announced his departure."

🚨 4) All the Crime, All the Time: How Citizen Works [NY Times]

“Under the hood, Citizen is essentially a transcription service for emergency radio. The company employs teams of people to listen to police, fire and emergency radio transmissions and to submit certain categories of incident for including in the app.”

🎮 5) How an App for Gamers Went Mainstream [The Atlantic]

Discord is a real-time chat platform that was founded four years ago as a way to make it easier for gamers to communicate. But over the past year, it has outgrown its origin story and become the default place where influencers, YouTubers, Instagram meme accounts, and anyone with an audience can connect with their community.”

📓 6) The New Canon: What’s the most influential book of the past 20 years? [Chronicle of Higher Education]

“We invited scholars from across the academy to tell us what they saw as the most influential book published in the past 20 years.”

📹 7) Who wants to join the cult of video artist Matthew Barney? [Washington Post]

“Twenty years ago, Barney, who turns 52 this month, was described by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times as ‘the most important artist of his generation.’ If importance can be measured in terms of influence, Kimmelman’s claim has been borne out.”

💉 8) “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” Official Trailer [YouTube]

“From Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney comes a documentary about the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes. Premieres March 18 on HBO.”

💯 9) The best books on Dogs [5 Books]

“José Castelló, author of the delightful field guide, Canids of the World: Wolves, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Coyotes, and Their Relatives recommends some of the best books to read on dogs and other canids.”

🏆 10) Kratu The Happy-Go-Lucky Rescue Dog Has A Mind Of His Own [YouTube]

“Funny video of Kratu the Romanian rescue dog enjoying a run out on the agility course at Crufts 2019.”

Quote of the week:

⚡ "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

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👊 Fist bump from New Delhi,
Newley

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Hi. I'm Newley Purnell. I cover technology and business for The Wall Street Journal, based in New Delhi. I use this site to share my stories and often blog about the books I read, tech trends, sports, travel, and our dog Ginger. Join the growing group of readers who get my weekly email newsletter.

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