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And all the ways China helped Apple

Apple launched the iPhones late. Had to close some of its retail stores. Priced products higher. Yet still earned an all-time high $111.4 billion, up 21%. Compare that with 2019’s numbers: $91.8 billion, up only 9%.

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So just nod your head when I say the pandemic did wonders for Apple. iPhones did $65 billion. iPad sales up 41%. Mac sales up 21%. Apple now has 1B customers using 1.65B Apple devices.

But why exactly?

  • Mac and iPad sales went up because all of a sudden students threw out their notebooks and pens and asked for an iPad with Apple Pencil instead.
  • The Chinese…

Twitter is crowdsourcing the work to remove or label false tweets.

When you allow people to say anything on the internet some of them say things that shouldn’t be said. Like stuff that’s violence encouraging, racist, abusive, fake etc. Social media platforms deal with this problem with content moderation.

Basically, when you report a FB post — or when a lot of people do so — it’s sent to a human moderator sitting behind a screen deciding if it should be taken down.

  • Life of those moderators is miserable. And sadly, FB can’t make an AI to do this dirty job anytime soon.

The result? mental illnesses and PTSD to many…


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This is for Facebook’s personal Supreme Court, the Oversight Board to answer.

Facebook banned Trump’s account in the first week of the new year because of all the violence he encouraged. And now Facebook has a big question to deal with: Should Trump’s banned FB account be restored?

And Facebook can’t decide it on its own. Because:

  • If it bans Trump permanently, some people will complain that FB, a private company, has so much unaccountable power on its hand.
  • If it brings Trump back, some people will complain Facebook’s doing it for the engagement and hence ad revenue Trump drives. Plus, Trump can again share misinformation and violence encouraging posts.

BUT Facebook…


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What’s happening with WhatsApp today is exactly why Brian Acton left Facebook and started Signal, a non-profit privacy-focused messaging app.

2009: After failing to get a job at Facebook and Twitter, Brian bought an iPhone and saw the growing industry of apps. Inspired, he launched WhatsApp with his friend Jan Koum on his birthday, 24 Feb.

2014: WhatsApp was growing so fast that it started competing with Facebook. So Facebook — as it always does — hurriedly convinced its co-founders to sell the company for $19B over a weekend. And Brian agreed, with his net worth now at $3.8B.

2017…


Trump signed an order to ban 8 Chinese apps including Alipay, CamScanner, WPS Office and SHAREit. Because the Chinese Communist Party can use data from these apps to track location and private data of federal employees and contractors.

  • China says Trump is abusing national power to suppress foreign countries. Which is ironical because China uses its own national powers to access data from China-based companies like Zoom.
  • However, President-elect Joe Biden can undo this order on his first day as the president (20th Jan).

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Comments from Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella

Tim Cook tweeted:

Mark Zuckerberg (in a memo to employees):

“saddened by this mob violence. The peaceful transition of power is critical to the functioning of our democracy, and we need our political leaders to lead by example and put the nation first,” per the New York Times.

Sundar Pichai (in a note to employees):

“Holding free and safe elections and resolving our differences peacefully are foundational to the functioning of democracy.”

“The lawlessness and violence occurring on Capitol Hill today is the antithesis of democracy and we strongly condemn it.” per CNET

Satya Nadella retweeted Microsoft’s Chief Counsels comment:

“This is a day to speak up for our Constitution and its values.”


Soon, WhatsApp will ask you to either accept its new terms and privacy policy or delete your account right now. Before you decide, know that accepting this means WhatsApp will send *all* of your data (except messages) to Facebook to show you ads. This includes:

  • Your phone number
  • Who you send money to using WhatsApp Pay
  • How you chat with your contacts (and when)
  • Which phone you use and it’s IP address.
  • And more.
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WhatsApp has this data collection since mid last year but unlike now, it was not mandatory then.

This is an extreme violation of privacy. The popular…


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Flying a drone and not sharing your location isn’t something you will be able to legally do in the US in 2023. The US Federal Aviation Administration issued the single biggest set of changes to the US Drone Law. And here’s a brief:

  • You’ll have to broadcast your and your drone’s location when flying a drone in the US.
  • And a private supplier company should store this location data for at least 6 months, for a monthly fee.
  • And that doesn’t mean you can fly your drone anywhere. It still needs to be in sight all the time.

Currently: To…


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Founder, Deepinder Goyal: “Team ki fati hui hai.” With 4250 orders every minute, Zomato reached its an all-time high. Failure/Complaint rate got to an all-time low. GMV of 75 crores in a single day. 100k delivery partners delivering 1.4 lakh live orders. 20k Biryanis. 16k Pizzas. 300 Salads.

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