All the Apple gear, one monthly price
Good morning! This Monday, Facebook makes a moderation to-do list, Apple could finance all your gadgets, and Amazon's almost ready for drone deliveries.
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On Protocol: The whole tech-employee pipeline needs to change, Stanford student Jasmine Sun said:
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said the platform needed better content rules a long time ago, and he plans to fix that:
Human curation is a key part of the future of streaming, WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt said:
For as much as the world has talked about Facebook's moderation policies over the last week, for all the leaks and chatter online, the company itself hasn't said much publicly.
But on Friday, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a long, searching post (as he tends to do from time to time) about his thoughts on moderation. He was surprisingly detailed:
Separately, Facebook deactivated roughly 190 accounts on Instagram and Facebook "linked to white supremacy groups that planned to encourage members to attend protests over police killings of black people," the AP reported.
Take out all the Facebook-specific stuff and there are playbooks here for every company having long-overdue conversations about diversity. Starting with: Who's in the room having those conversations? How should those conversations work, and how should their results be communicated to the broader staff?
And the moderation questions just keep coming. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all pulled a George Floyd-related Trump campaign video after receiving unspecified reports of copyright violation. The president was predictably furious.
Longtime Source Code readers will know I have a deep obsession with the Everything Bundle — a single price for a variety of products, with one bill and one account. For years, rumors and reports and tea leaves have suggested Apple's working on something like that: a way to pay for all your Apple hardware, software and services for a single monthly price.
Now, Bloomberg reports that's getting closer. Apple is said to be planning to let people purchase iPads, Macs, monitors, Apple TVs, HomePods and a bunch of accessories with their Apple Cards, and pay for them over time.
Meanwhile, developer code seems to suggest we're going to see some software-subscription bundles, too.
Even if Apple doesn't technically offer a single Everything Bundle, the Apple Card could help the company to effectively accomplish the same thing. Apple seems to think of the Card as its version of the Power Card at Dave & Buster's: It's your ticket into its world, the passport to all the company's offerings.
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Leah Culver, co-founder of the Breaker podcast app, tweeted this on Friday night: "I refuse to use 'whitelist'/'blacklist' or 'master'/'slave' terminology for computers. Join me. Words matter."
Her thoughts inspired an argument on Twitter (surprise!) but rocketed around the programming community, and quickly led to others following suit. Not long after, Filippo Valsorda, a Google cryptographer and contributor to the Go programming language, suggested replacing all usages of whitelist and blacklist with allowlist and blocklist.
Valsorda tried to sidestep all the hand-wringing. "It's clear that there are people who are hurt by them and who are made to feel unwelcome by their use due not to technical reasons but to their historical and social context," he wrote. "That's simply enough reason to replace them." Plus, he said, the new names are actually far more self-explanatory.
MIT's always-great EmTech Next conference starts today, with Eric Yuan, Stewart Butterfield and a bunch of other interesting speakers.
MongoDB World, a free virtual conference, runs tomorrow through Wednesday.
California is letting film and TV crews get back to work starting on Friday — with some very specific instructions and guidelines in place.
Adobe, Stitch Fix and Chewy reports earnings this week.
It was more than six years ago that Jeff Bezos went on "60 Minutes" to proclaim that he'd solved drone delivery and that Prime Air was about to take over the skies. *Looks at the sky* That hasn't gone so well. Thanks to inner turmoil, regulatory complications, and the fact that nobody's really solved the problem of how to drop a package in someone's backyard without destroying the contents or its recipient, the company's still having trouble getting its drone delivery program … off the ground. (Sorry.) Now, Amazon wants to finally launch Prime Air on Aug. 31, Business Insider reported. And Jeff Bezos is in a serious hurry to make it happen.
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