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August 18 · Issue #51 · View online
Welcome to this week’s Pulse!
How was your week? Mine: super busy! Plus, I hurt my knee playing football (soccer to my American friends), so limping-ly slow!
There’s a lot to go through in this issue, so let’s just dive in. Btw, make sure not to miss the Insight section and the last few lines of this issue… Thank you so much!
- Ben from [ perspective ix ]

📰 News
  • Telegram - my favourite cross-platform messaging app - turned six this week. You can read its (not so) brief history of Here.

  • The world’s top deepfake artist, Hao Li, “has spent his career perfecting digital trickery. Now he’s working to confront the problem of increasingly seamless off-the-shelf deception.” [MIT Technology Review]

  • WordPress owner, Automattic, reportedly bought Tumblr, the pretty much forgotten microblogging service from Verizon, for $3 million, a stunning drop in value from the $1.1 billion Yahoo paid for it in 2013 [Verge], but the internet needs Tumblr… now, more than ever [Wired]!

  • Snap’s Sleeker and Chicer Spectacles 3 [Vogue] - updated design and a second HD camera.

  • Apple’s new credit card comes with forced arbitration—but you can opt out! [ArsTechnica] Arbitration lessens your ability to hold companies accountable for their screw-ups.

  • YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue when their music is used in very short or accidental ways in the videos [TechCrunch] - sounds fair!

  • Smart(!) ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 degrees [Verge] - a reminder of how I love my “dumb” home!

🧠 Insights
no love - Credit: Prateek Katyal on Unsplash
no love - Credit: Prateek Katyal on Unsplash
‘I’ve Seen The Worst In Humanity’: The Hard Reality Of Being A Brand Social Media Manager
Just because you can turn on the stove doesn’t make you a chef.
The one thing that has never changes, regardless of the industry, is the omnipresence of trolls… From death threats to abuse to when someone can pinpoint where you live… It’s horrific.
And always under-appreciated…
Just because many people use Facebook and Twitter people assume the role of a social media specialist is easy.
Read the full story on Digg.

📊 Statistics
The decline in Lite apps downloads - Credit: Apptopia
The decline in Lite apps downloads - Credit: Apptopia
Lite App Downloads Declining
Lite Apps, the solution to push growth in developing markets with problems such as less space on smartphones, poor telecom infrastructure, and high cost of quality mobile data, are on a decline.
Read more on Apptopia.

Your time on media - Credit: Statista
Your time on media - Credit: Statista
What Types of Media Take Up Most of Your Time?
The time people spend with print newspapers and magazines has dwindled, with media attention being dominated by the internet in 2019. That trend will only increase over the next two years, according to Zenith Media.
Consumers have limited time and attention, pushing print to the side as they move onto digital channels. The daily time each consumer worldwide will spend on the internet this year is forecasted to hit 170 minutes daily, roughly 3 hours a day. By 2021, consumers are estimated to spend 192 minutes per day on the internet.
Read more on Statista.

📱 Tools & Apps
  • ClippyApp: Copy and paste multiple items, with ease. [macOS]

🎧 Audio [and Video] Stimulation
IRL - Online Life Is Real Life - The Internet's Carbon Footprint
🐦 Tweets of the Week
92nd Street Y
What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now?
Best answer to 👆 was 👇
And some parts of the world are just simply… different!? Wow! 👏
Vlad サボ
A colleague lost/dropped his phone while cycling to work yesterday, and if you think this tweet is heading toward me telling you it was returned to him in perfect condition by the Tokyo authorities this morning, you'd be right.

🎮 Fun Stuff
😂😂 If you’re a FIFA fan, don’t miss this 👇
Martin Tyler FIFA Rap ft. Alan Smith
And if you want more super fun stuff to 🤯, follow TiiikkTokk on Instagram. Just sayin’!

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