Following months of fierce debate and threats (AP) over whether Facebook and Google should pay news outlets for content, Facebook went nuclear in Australia.
Catch up quick:
🤷♂️ Today in smartphone strangeness, Poco has a new logo and a mascot, for some reason. It is terrible. but what do you think of it? (Android Authority).
♻ Google Play Store now lets you share apps with others: Here’s how it works (Android Authority).
📅 Realme sets launch date for 2021 Snapdragon 888 flagship: Realme GT 5G, coming March 4 (Android Authority).
🎮 Here are the 20 biggest announcements from the Nintendo Direct show: Zelda port, Splatoon 3, Fall Guys is coming to Switch, more Mario Golf (The Verge).
💻 Is Apple about to admit it was wrong about the MacBook Pro? (Macworld).
🚖 Waymo’s set to test its self-driving taxis in San Francisco (Engadget).
📈 Chromebooks outsold Macs worldwide in 2020, a first (GeekWire).
😬 Ex-Stadia developers dish on Google’s mismanagement and poor communication. Ouch. (Ars Technica).
📦 Posing as Amazon seller, consumer group investigates fake-review industry. Before you click, guess the price of 1,000 positive reviews (Ars Technica).
🔒 Feds indict three North Korean hackers for years of heists and scams, including the notorious cyberattack on Sony Pictures. They’re, um, unlikely to be extradited to the US, but it sends a message? (Wired).
📺 “Which TV show got too big for its boots?” (r/askreddit).
“In some ways, the Internet as we know it really began on February 16, 2001, 20 years ago today, when a three-word phrase blew up: ‘All Your Base.'”
So writes Ars Technica, about the legendary “All Your Base Are Belong To Us” Flash video uploaded to Newgrounds.com, which is essential internet knowledge. Who could forget the original source dialog, but even more so, the Photoshopped imagery in the latter half of the video.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.