Delicious Digest #30 - Censoring, Sausage King, and Boiling Frogs

A tasty newsletter of what I’ve seen in (mostly) tech & games and thought was interesting. This week: .

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😳 Must reads of the week

◼ “DALL·E: Creating Images from Text”. This GPT-3 for images, generating images from text descriptions such as “a chair shaped like an avocado”. Uncanny. AI is everywhere. Link

🗞 News

◼ “imagine if keeping your car idling 24/7 produced solved Sudokus you could trade for heroin”. Bitcoin, in a funny nutshell. Link
See also: NFTs are becoming a thing. Maybe. Probably. Inevitably. Link

◼ Adobe predicts 2021 creative trends: “Compassionate collective”, “Mind boosting color”, “Comfort zone”, and “Breath of fresh air”. Phew, glad we got that sorted out. Link

◼ “Silicon Valley’s “boiling the frog” moment?” – Ben Evans has some insightful slides on European Tech Unicorns. Link

◼ App Annie’s published it’s yearly “State of Mobile 2021” report. Lots of interesting charts and figures, not just on games. Link

◼ Five star ratings are useless – but how emotional people talk and write about a product can be highly predictive for future success. Link

◼ MIT’s Technology Review on “How Facebook got addicted to spreading misinformation”. Link

◼ Amazon’s warehouse workers in the US voted against unionization. Link
See also: Amazon added 427 thousand employees in 10 months, now employs more than 1.2 million people. Link

◼ “Apple reportedly developing an Apple TV with a built-in camera and speaker”. Can it bake and eat my cake too? Link

🕹 Games

◼ “From ‘Fall Guys’ to ‘Among Us,’ How America Turned to Videogames Under Lockdown”. Link ($)

◼ Epic’s investing quite a bit of money into growing their Games Store, losing roughly $330m in 2020 from minimum guarantees to 3rd parties. This will be interesting to watch. According to Tim Sweeney, it’s just an investment and players spent $700m (total lifetime?) on the Epic Games Store and it has about 56m MAU. That’s impressive but >60% of that revenue is Fortnite and one can assume so is the MAU. Link

◼ Speaking of Epic and investments: they just raised $1b additional funding (an evaluation of $29b) to “build the metaverse”. Hmmm… Link

◼ Roblox had a soaring IPO, so they had to release some interesting figures: 31m DAU, $1.24 billion bookings, and more interesting stuff. Link

◼ Zynga has shut down Farmville on Facebook at the end of 2020. Marc Pincus shared some stories on the game’s history on Twitter. Link

◼ Age of Empires IV is coming back! Here’s to hope that this means good RTS are coming back too. Link

◼ PlayStation is apparently looking into bringing its biggest franchises to mobile. Link

◼ “Twitch sets new record with over 2bn hours watched in March”. I am more amazed by the fact that GTAV was the number one game watched. What a juggernaut. Link

◼ “Could Apple and Google pull the plug on mobile game monetisation?”. No. Link

😋 Tasty Tidbits

◼ “Russian ‘Sausage King’ killed in sauna with a crossbow”. I didn’t read the article. It can never be as good as this headline. Link

◼ Fortnite? Nice one? Throw a knife?! How many can you hear? Note: this might drive you mad. Link (Video)

◼ 1980s Mercedes Benz Dealer Salesman Training. Link (Video)

◼ “Ice Dropped Down Borehole in Antartica Creates Unusual Sound”. Indeed it does. Link (Video)

◼ Hamsterkauf is Zeitgeist. Zee germans know zee rite vords! Link

◼ “Photographing” the magnetic fields at the edge of a black hole. Science, at its coolest. Link

◼ Winners of the 2020 World Nature Photography Awards. Link

◼ A real lightsaber anyone? My yes, by all means! Link

◼ “Deep Nostalgia”. Eery or creepy. Hard to tell. Link

◼ “I’m being censored, and you can read, hear, and see me talk about it in the news, on the radio, and on TV”. True Story. Link

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