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Lab Meat! 

No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first time

  • The Guardian is reporting that cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved to go on sale in Singapore
  • This is the first time “lab grown meat” has been approved for sale anywhere in the world.
  • The “chicken bites”, produced by the US company Eat Just, have passed a safety review by the Singapore Food Agency 
  • The approval could open the door to a future when all meat is produced without the killing of livestock, the company said.
  • Discussion: would you eat lab meat? 
  • One of the major reasons to go vegan is the massive carbon footprint of meat, this reduces that as well
  • And we’ve seen slaughterhouses the main point of covid transmission 

Covid killed Cinemas? 

Warner Bros. will release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max

  • WarnerMedia will be releasing every one of its movies in 2021 simultaneously on HBO Max.
  • The movies will only stream on HBO Max for one month before leaving the platform for a period of time. 
  • This helps keep “the release window” deal cinemas have had for decades in place. The movies will be exclusive to HBO Max during the window, then will come to all streaming services after the standard gap 
  • The plan is to run this experiment for one year, with movies like Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad and Matrix 4
  • HBO Max users will not have to pay anything about the standard $15 per month to access these movies 
  • Disney experimented with streaming blockbusters with Mulan earlier in the year, but charged $20 on top of the standard Disney+ sub. 
  • Discussion: Are cinemas dead? Have you been to a cinema post covid? 

Apple open for small business 

Apple opens enrollment for new App Store Small Business Program with 15% commission

  • Apple has opened its small business program for App Store developers earning less than a million a year in sales 
  • Developers can sign up now. 
  • The sign up process is straight forward through Itunes Connect, and examines your 2020 sales, and if eligible, you will be moved to the new pay scale for 2021 

Casey Newton has a nice history lesson on Slack 

How Microsoft crushed Slack

  • Casey says the company was doomed the moment Microsoft released Teams, and bundled it in with 365
  • Casey notes the open letter Slack posted in the New York Times back in 2016, welcoming Microsoft to workplace chat
  • For those that don’t recognise the hubris, Apple wrote a similar welcome to IBM back in the eighties, welcoming them to Personal Computers.  
  • When Teams was introduced, I was running Slack amongst my team at an old job. We eventually moved to teams, even though I hated the UI, because it was easier to get management buy in. 
  • There’s not much more to say here other than it’s a great weekend read

And sticking with Casey Newton, we’re ending the week talking about his tweet on Spotify Wrapped 

  • Each December, Spotify crunches the numbers and produces a little personalised story based on your listening habits for the year that you can easily screenshot or share across your socials. And people love to share their music habits.  
  • It’s a bit of a cultural phenomenon. As Casey Newton tweeted: “Is there a better consumer marketing campaign than Spotify Wrapped? Every year it takes over all my social feeds, and …… I like it” 
  • “Spotify Wrapped is so powerful that it makes people regret having children. How many other marketing campaigns can say that”
  • As ridiculous as this sounds, the main reason I switched to Spotify i few years ago (from Google Music) is I wanted my little end of year stats 
  • What is it about these data spikes that are so appealing? 
  • Also worth pointing out Spotify Wrapped was the work of an intern!