Delicious Digest #27 - Billie Cocaine, Pig Brains, and Home Circus

A tasty newsletter of what I’ve seen in (mostly) tech & games and thought was interesting. This week: Billie Cocaine, Pig Brains, and Home Circus.

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😳 Must reads of the week

◼ Epic vs Apple (and, let’s not forget, Google): Apple and Google removed Fortnite from the App Stores, but Apple was blocked by a judge from removing Epic’s full developer license, a move that would have affected the Unreal Engine severely and which felt retaliatory. Epic is forfeiting quite a bit of revenue to fight this. Legally, all this seems to boil down to how to define the relevant markets. See also: Ben Evans' take on “App stores, trust and anti-trust”.

◼ TikTok, meanwhile, is now shy of a CEO and still up for a government-forced sale. Fitting these strange times. Link

🗞 News

◼ Google’s own engineers are confused by Google’s privacy settings. Don’t be evil. Link

◼ “The ecommerce surge” – great summary and insights on the effects of Covid-19 on ecommerce. Link

◼ Facebook is trying to get better at dealing with election ads. Kind of. Link

◼ Google and UC Berkeley researchers create AI that can remove shadows from images. AI is everywhere. Link

◼ “Elon Musk’s Pig-Brain Implant Is Still a Long Way from ‘Solving Paralysis’”. Elon does have a Steve-Jobsian reality distortion field, I am sure some people are convinced he’s invented space travel. Question is: will this really be a breakthrough or the next fully autonomous auto-pilot that is always juuust 1-2y away for the past >5y. Time will tell. Link
See also: “Astronomers warn SpaceX Starlink satellites may hinder scientific observation and discovery” Link

🕹 Games

◼ Mario Kart Live: Home Circus is the coolest, most Nintendo-y thing I have seen in a long time. Can’t wait to play with it. Link

◼ Marvel’s Avengers nets over 6m beta downloads for Square Enix, setting a new record for a PS4 beta along the way. Not too shabby. It launches tomorrow. Link

◼ Falls Guys, meanwhile, sold 7 million copies on Steam and became the most downloaded PS Plus game ever. Happy waddling! Link

◼ Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment seems to be off the market again as the publisher and franchise were “seen as having too much growth potential to sell”. Going out on a limb here saying that the overall Covid-19 growth spurt in gaming had something to do with it. Link

◼ Call me biased but Destiny’s new Guardian subclass looks finger-licking delicious. Yum! Link (Video)

◼ The German government has revealed a major funding programme for the national games industry, which will allow companies to claim back as much as 50% of development costs. Zis is fery gut! Link

◼ 4K Nintendo Switch coming in 2021? Link

◼ “Controllable Video Sprites that Behave and Appear like Professional Tennis Players”. Link (Video)

◼ Brazilian Studio Wildlife is now valued at $3b after raising $120m in funding. Impressive. Link

◼ The Verge’s “The Best Games of 2020” list. Apparently, those lists now come as early as Christmas candy in supermarkets… Link

😋 Tasty Tidbits

◼ “Billie Cocaine” – absolutely delicious Pure Internet Gold. I cannot hear either song now without the other and my foot won’t stop tapping! Link (Video)
See also: “Bad Mother”. Everything really is a remix, eh? Link (Video)

◼ “A camera made of 23,248 coffee stirrers, powered by a Raspberry Pi, and controlled with a Nintendo controller”. Absolutely amazing! Link

◼ This optical illusion will trick your brain into adding color to a black-and-white photo. Link (Video)

◼ “Mystery of Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Gets Trickier”. Hmmmm… when a scientific paper publication meets book publishing PR. Still, what if… Link

◼ Capturing insect flight take-offs and flying at 3200 frames per second. Nature as beautiful and ingenious as ever. Link (Video)

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