Weekend Edition

The Battle for the Last Unconquered Screen—The One in Your Car [WSJ /33] The average American driver spends 51 minutes a day in the car —  Volkswagen declared internally it would fast-forward efforts to combat Silicon Valley’s encroachment into cars after a private meeting in 2016 between Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Mr. Diess, then chief for the VW brand, according to people familiar with the matter.  — Mr. Diess was concerned about the privacy of this information and walked away convinced that Google would be more a competitor than partner, the people said.

The Machines That Will Read Your Mind [WSJ/41] The Saturday Essay – “If the kinks can be worked out, crimes of the future may be solved by a ‘reverse lineup’ to determine if a suspect recognizes the victim.” —-“It may become possible to ‘eavesdrop’ on a person’s internal dialogue.”

Making a ‘deepfake’: How creating our own synthetic video helped us learn to spot one [Reuters/13] Post from The global head of UGC newsgathering at Reuters. smartly points out that they are –“acutely aware that this technology is continually evolving and the red flags we identified may not be there in later iterations. We must track how these programmes develop.”

Apple Music Overtakes Spotify in Paid U.S. Subscribers [wsj/41] Key word in this headline is US – Spotify remains far ahead of Apple globally. As of December, Spotify said it had 207 million active users around the world, 96 million of whom are paying subscribers or in a trial period leading to a subscription. The rest of Spotify’s active users have opted for a free, ad-supported version of the service. Apple, which doesn’t offer a free, ad-supported option, has more than 50 million paying subscribers.

James Lavelle: living with contemporary art [ft/9] Mo’Wax and Uncle founders crib – “I’m a huge collector,” he says as he stands opposite a row of 70cm-high painted plastic bears from the Bearbrick range by the Japanese manufacturer Medicom. One is decorated as an astronaut in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Writing Docs at Amazon [usejournal/2] Recently, Ben Bashaw published a good article about the way that Amazon (almost uniquely) uses written documents to make decisions. This was posted to Hacker News and a lively discussion ensued. While I was at Amazon, I wrote or contributed to dozens of documents that were presented to Jeff Bezos. In the HN discussion, I was asked for some clarity on the do’s and don’ts of these documents, so I figured I’d write something up in longer form than a comment.

Asia Pay-TV Heads for Consolidation as Growth Falters (Report) [Variety/45] The Media Partners Asia report, which covers 13 major pay-TV network groups, showed that Asia Pacific revenues grew by just 1% in 2018 to reach $4.9 billion and that pre-tax earnings fell by 5%. Leaving out Star India and Sony India, sector earnings would have dropped 8% last year.

Music Deals for Bytedance’s TikTok and Douyin Are Close to Expiring [WSJ/41] Bytedance Ltd.’s TikTok and Douyin apps allow users to add snippets of music to their own videos—a process that depends on licenses from the three major music companies that collectively control about 80% of music globally. Those licenses are set to expire as early as in the next two weeks, and the people familiar with the negotiations say seven-year-old Bytedance and the labels remain far apart on deal terms.

How 3D printing is transforming our relationship with cultural heritage [theconversation/3 ]  Interestingly, it seems that some of the “no-touch” qualities of the original artefacts have been inherited by the replicas. In these cases, clear guidance, thoughtful design and audience motivation should make the replicas and the environments in which they are displayed as inviting as possible for visitors to interact with.

The Secret Trust Scores Companies Use to Judge Us All [wsj/41] “Sometimes your best customers and your worst customers look the same,” says Jacqueline Hart, head of trust and safety at Patreon, a service for supporting artists and creators, which uses Sift to screen transactions on its site. “You can have someone come in and say I want to pledge $10,000 and they’re either a fraudster or an amazing patron of the arts,” she adds.

Live stream UK National Archives. Annual Digital Lecture:  Algorithms of Oppression

Residents concerned about DNA-for-cash transactions in Louisville  [wave3/12] People are giving DNA samples to a guy in a white van for $20. It’s been happening in some of Louisville’s poorest neighborhoods. However, the offer is only available to Passport customers.  —- “When you do your homework on it, you come to a dead end,” said David, a man who gave his DNA after the car came to his street for at least two days in a row.

The Future Of DEMOCRACIES Depends On How We Deal With PRIVACY TODAY Interview With Enrique Dans (by Borja Moya) [archive.org/0] A conversation with Enrique Dans where we talk about why countries are becoming control freaks, and why the key to the future is privacy. We dive deep into what makes privacy a human right and analyze the scope of the current landscape by understanding Facebook. Finally, Enrique  explains why education is the solution to most of our problems.