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August 4 · Issue #49 · View online
Welcome to the 49th Pulse!
We’re almost there! Next week, Pulse will turn one with 50 issues in 52 weeks! (Yes, I took two weeks off! It was the new year, and I was travelling!)
Thank you for supporting Pulse and making it what it is today.
- Ben from [ perspective ix ]

📰 News
  • Apple Card is coming, but it can’t be used if your device is jailbroken or to buy crypto, lottery tickets, casino gambling chips in any form, physical or virtual, or foreign currency or travellers’ checks [Reuters].

  • For the first time in more than half a decade, Facebook wants to inform you that it owns Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its own brand name alongside the two — in the following format: ‘Instagram from Facebook’; ‘WhatsApp from Facebook’ [TechCrunch].
  • Facebook is still working on a brain-computer interface (BCI), detailed in a Facebook-funded UCSF research paper published in Nature today entitled, “Real-time decoding of question-and-answer speech dialogue using human cortical activity.”

  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest streamer ever, has announced his intention to leave the Twitch in favour of Microsoft’s Mixer. Twitch is by far the biggest video game streaming platform on the internet, claiming 72% of all hours watched, according to StreamElements. Mixer, by comparison, owns 3%, which is approximately 112 million viewership hours this most recent quarter [TechCrunch].

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10: all of the leaks and rumours so far via the Verge.

  • TikTok owner ByteDance says its smartphone won’t be coming to the US [Verge], and also is getting into mobile search [TechCrunch].

  • Google to auction slots on Android default search ‘choice screen’ in Europe next year, rivals cry ‘pay-to-play’ foul [Verge].

🧠 Insights
Success - Credit: Zac Durant on Unsplash
Success - Credit: Zac Durant on Unsplash
Five stories from five different people that reveal the mindsets of the most successful among us, by Mark Manson.
  1. You always have a choice;
  2. Adopt a bias towards action;
  3. Let go of the need to be right;
  4. See the world for what it is, not for what you wish it could be;
  5. Define success internally, not externally.
Read them on Mark Manson’s blog.

📊 Statistics
Ad-Supported Netflix Tier? - Credit: MarketingCharts
Ad-Supported Netflix Tier? - Credit: MarketingCharts
How about an Ad-Supported Netflix Tier?
Netflix reigns supreme when it comes to OTT services in the US, reaching three-quarters of American households as well as being considered the most indispensable TV network by many viewers. However, what would happen if Netflix went from being an ad-free service to having an ad-supported tier? New research from TDG has found that more than one-quarter (27% share) of subscribers would definitely not switch to a less expensive, ad-supported tier of Netflix if given the option, and that about half would be unlikely to.
🔗 Read more on MarketingCharts.

News Consumption in the UK (2019) - Credit: Ofcom
News Consumption in the UK (2019) - Credit: Ofcom
News Consumption in the UK (2019)
Key findings:
  • While TV remains the most-used platform for news nowadays by UK adults, usage has decreased since last year (75% vs. 79% in 2018). At the same time, use of social media for news use has gone up (49% vs. 44%). 
  • Use of TV for news is much more likely among the 65+ age group (94%), while the internet is the most-used platform for news consumption among 16-24s and those from a minority ethnic background.
  • Fewer UK adults use BBC TV channels for news compared to last year, while more are using social media platforms.
  • When rated by their users on measures such as quality, accuracy, trustworthiness and impartiality, magazines continue to perform better than other news platforms, followed by TV.
🔗 Read more on Ofcom, or download the complete report [PDF].

Top Countries Worldwide for 2Q19 by App Downloads - Credit: SensorTower
Top Countries Worldwide for 2Q19 by App Downloads - Credit: SensorTower
Top Countries Worldwide for Q2 2019 by App Downloads
The country with the largest number of new app installs in Q2 2019 was India with approximately 5.4 billion first-time downloads, reaching a new milestone in the quarter, up 13 percent from 4.8 billion in Q1 2019.
The second-ranked country in terms of worldwide app downloads in Q2 2019 was the United States with three billion new installs. The next highest performing country was Brazil, followed by Indonesia and Russia.
🔗 Read more on SensorTower.

📱 Tools & Apps

  • TOKO: Create & share polls directly on your Snapchat Stories [iOS | Android]
If you’re on Snapchat, add me: perspectiveix!

🎧 Audio Stimulation
TED Radio Hour - Digital Manipulation
🐦 Tweets of the Week
This is unsurprisingly real and sad! ↓
Joe Pettersson
I saw a tweet asking why sometimes when you unsubscribe from an email list it says it can ‘take a few days’. Buckle up, as I have a RIDICULOUS story about this happening in The Enterprise™️...
Karen Chee
Every conversation is a podcast if you close your eyes
🦅 [ perspective ix ]
@bibisiones @karencheee @Nat129 Every podcast is a film while you're doing the dishes.

🎮 Fun Stuff
How my internet works! Relatable? - Credit: Reddit/u/NavdeepSinghThind
How my internet works! Relatable? - Credit: Reddit/u/NavdeepSinghThind
👆Mixed sea food Iraq government office surface, anyone?
This is not goodbye...
This is to inspire you not to stop because someone else doesn’t believe in your dream!
You can change the world... Credit: Mikael Cho on LinkedIn
You can change the world... Credit: Mikael Cho on LinkedIn
See you next week. I’ll be one then 😉
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