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📡 Black [and white] magic 🎩

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January 10 · Issue #119 · View online
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Hello and welcome to Pulse — the weekly techie/businessy newsletter from @perspectiveix that wishes you a happy new year and missed you so very much! I’m your host Behrouz, and I’m delighted to be back!
Not writing Pulse for a couple of weeks helped me take a step back and look at it from various perspectives.
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🗞 NEWS
  • After Apple and Google, now Amazon is about to kick Parler off its AWS servers [link]
  • Trump got banned from Twitter, tried to cheat it, but it didn’t work [link]
  • Social platforms flexing their power, Jeff Bezos losing his spot to Elon Musk, and Boeing’s $b fine [link]
  • Trump, Pro-Trumps, and Social platforms [link]
  • US-China wrestling, US-Iran sanction exemption, and Amazon buying Boeings [link]
  • Unionisation at Google, Update in Instagram Stories, and Apple rumours 2021 [link]
  • SolarWinds keep blowing in the US, Zyxel’s backdoor, and Bitcoin’s surge [link]

🧠 INSIGHTS
Artem Maltsev on Unsplash
Artem Maltsev on Unsplash
Consumer products come in various colours. Apple launched the iPhone 12 in black, white, blue, green, and red. At IKEA, consumers can purchase Billy bookcases in white, brown, birch, and black-brown.
Does buying a product in a certain colour affect how consumers think and what they do afterwards?
an interesting piece of research by Yan Meng and Eugene Y. Chan published in Psychology & Marketing, in which they study how buying a product in white affects people’s charitable behaviour as opposed to the purchase of the black version of the same product…
Read more here.


📊 STATISTICS
Worldwide & US Download Leaders 2020 Worldwide & US Download Leaders 2020
Virtual concerts: A new video format | Music Industry Blog Virtual concerts: A new video format | Music Industry Blog
📱 TOOLS & APPS
  • Describe a movie: when you don’t remember a movie’s name, you can describe it.
and it works pretty well…

  • Col.or: Explore colors with AR [iOS]
such a well-designed app

my favourite podcast listening app, Breaker, has been acquired by Twitter, so this is my current favourite… i’m also testing Shuffle (iOS) as well… and i think their transcription is pretty cool… (Android waiting list)


  • FreeTrade: Invest in stocks (even a fraction of a share!) & ETFs for free, get started in seconds.
also, earn a free share (could worth up to £200) when you use this link to sign up for it.

it’s time for tiktok stuff to become more routine…


🔍 SPOTTED
  • Twitter continues working on Birdwatch [link]
  • Notion is working on auto dark mode that uses system setting [link]
  • Notion is working on supporting more languages: 🇪🇸🇫🇷🇯🇵🇵🇹🇨🇳 [link]
  • Facebook is working on the vacation mode for the marketplace profile [link]
  • Tumblr is working on the possibility of filtering activities also on the mobile app [link]


🐦 TWEETS of the WEEK
Naval
The price of productivity is creativity.
Thoughts Are Seeds
“The desire to know your own soul
will end all other desires.”

~Rumi
Matthew Kobach
If no one is copying you, it means your stuff isn’t that good
Ashley Mayer
I now exist solely to impress my Apple Watch.

😂 FUN STUFF
Tonald Drump
Hi there, I'm new to Twitter and looking to make new friends.
If you've ever felt like your job is useless, just remember these security guards are working crowd control for cardboard cutouts. - Credit: loanme20/Reddit
If you've ever felt like your job is useless, just remember these security guards are working crowd control for cardboard cutouts. - Credit: loanme20/Reddit
old flash tricks - Credit: @KarlOferdon
old flash tricks - Credit: @KarlOferdon

That's all for this week...
and see you next week :]
and see you next week :]
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