Briefing: Back In My Day, We Used To Pay For Software...And We Liked It, Etc.

01.

So Smile Software was busy today, launching a rebrand, releasing TextExpander 6 for Mac and TextExpander 4 for iOS, before immediately receiving a bucket of butt hurt from basically everyone on this third planet from the sun over their incredibly dumb subscription-based pricing model. Apparently confusing themselves with a company not making text replacement software, the barrier of entry to which, I'm sure, is incredibly low, Smile now wants to charge you $4.95 a month — which includes access to their new and mandatory syncing service that nobody was asking for, and hey cool bonus feature — unlimited usage. As I said on Twitter, Smile is either unaware of who actually uses their software, or has adopted "fucks given: zero" as their new business model.

02.

Messaging service WhatsApp announced it now supports end-to-end encryption, proclaiming in a blog post that "when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us."

03.

Twitter has begun rolling out the ability to share tweets via direct message, because #yolo.

04.

Apple News has signed itself up to Twitter, promising in their first Tweet to deliver "top stories & great reads from your favorite publishers, curated by our U.S. editors." Incredibly a full 30% of the following tweets are sports related — in other words, as worthless as the app — minus the ability to hate swipe to dislike.

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Via @DrBunsen: "The Complete Conceptual History of the Millennium Falcon" — in where Michael Heilemann does a beautiful deep dive on the pre-production evolution of the starship previously known simply as the "Pirate Ship."