Facebook's most blatant Snapchat clone
Facebook's been fairly shameless in its copying of Snapchat thus far, but today a new feature in testing is probably the most blatant rip-off: Snapchat's core streaks feature.
Yes, it's copied it right down to the emoji (but added two instead of one, just for extra confusion). Facebook's version sells it as a way to see "fun facts" but it's incredibly obvious how directly this has been copied down to the execution and way it's pushed on users.
Look, I think there's nothing proprietary about Snapchat and Facebook is well within its rights to do things like this but it is surprising that the cloning is so blatant. It started with just the stories feature, then extended into almost every other feature area.
As for Snap, its growth has stalled... so mission succeeded? I had thought that ephemeral messaging would be able to continue a ridiculous growth trajectory but it appears Facebook is well on its way to owning it entirely.
Instagram's stories rip-off now has more than double the users of Snapchat, at 300 million. I guess Snap's supposed brand appeal might not be as sticky as once thought - I suspect at some point in the future, Snap might have to sell itself off for scraps if it's not able to turn this around soon.
Amazon's EU warehouses on strike during Black Friday
As you find yourself furiously clicking around for a deal, Amazon's European workers have gone on strike on one of the busiest days of the year, with 500 staff refusing to work -- they're demanding overtime and better wages.
Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm
How many of us have idolized the idea of doing something like this? I was going to say something like the grass is always greener, but it's interesting to see a change in how people want to spend their days.
Why Mashable flamed out
A great read about what killed Mashable in the end: runaway expenses and yet another push to get generic 'clicks' rather than adding value or focusing on specific niches.
How to explain your tech job to your family
A fun piece on Medium that uses a bunch of metaphors to explain everything from APIs to Machine Learning.
I just don't want to be a software developer anymore
A story about when the industry can be toxic.