Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes.
🇮🇳 It’s a big week here in India: the country’s massive election, with 900 million eligible voters, comes to an end today (Sunday) after more than a month.
Exit polls should be available any hour now, with final results on Thursday. All eyes on are Prime Minister Modi, whose ruling BJP is fighting to maintain a majority in parliament five after his stunning rise to power.
🛍️ In other news, an exclusive from me out last Wednesday: India grocery delivery startup Grofers has raised a fresh $200 million from SoftBank. It’s the Japanese firm’s latest bet on India tech. You can find the story online here.
Here are ten items worth your time this week:
⚠️ 1) WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones [Financial Times]
“A vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said.”
➕ Bonus link: If you’re a WhatsApp user, here’s how to update the app.
🇨🇳 2) Trump Steps Up Assault on China’s Huawei [WSJ]
“President Trump on Wednesday said he signed an executive order that enables the U.S. to ban telecommunications network gear and services from ‘foreign adversaries.’”
“While some in the LGBTQ community have been critical of the filters as making a joke out of a serious matter, others say the filters have allowed them to explore themselves in the safety of a digital world.”
🎞️ 4) The Hulu/Disney/Comcast divorce, explained [Vox]
“The giant media companies are consolidating and getting bigger so they can take on the giant tech companies. The result for consumers: You’re going to need to work harder to find your favorite TV shows.”
🐅 5) Longread of the week: Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild [Texas Monthly. Hat tip: PB]
“If you think for one minute I was nuts before, I am the most dangerous exotic animal owner on this planet right now.”
“…Word spread quickly last month after a disheveled 30-year-old man appeared on the trail in North Carolina, acting erratically and clad in a heavy winter coat and knit cap instead of the usual shorts and T-shirt.”
⚙️ 7) The Complete Guide to Deep Work [Doist]
“As information expands and shifts, keeping up involves learning hard things quickly and applying that knowledge to produce work that’s exceptional.”
📚 Related: my 2016 blog post with notes from Cal Newport’s book, “Deep Work.”
😿 8) Grumpy Cat, whose grumpiness brought joy to the internet, has died [The Verge]
👑 9) The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones [Scientific American]
“In fact, the souring of Game of Thrones exposes a fundamental shortcoming of our storytelling culture in general: we don’t really know how to tell sociological stories.”
💕 🐶 10) A mighty conqueror vanquishing a disability. Kudos to the humans who made it possible. [Twitter: @sehnaoui]
💡 Quote of the week:
“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” – Charlie Munger
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👊 Fist bump from New Delhi,