Amazon Switches to Slack and Slack Switches to Amazon

Slack is partnering with Amazon in a multi-year agreement that means all Amazon employees will start to use Slack. The deal comes just as Slack faces increased competition from Microsoft Teams, and it will also see Slack migrate its voice and video calling features over to Amazon’s Chime platform alongside a broader adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/4/21280829/slack-amazon-aws-partnership-amazon-chime-voice-video-calls

I always feel like stuff like this doesn’t always work out well for the smaller fish.

Flying High

After nearly two decades of effort, Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, successfully launched its first two people into orbit, ushering in a new age of human spaceflight in the United States. The flight marked the first time astronauts have launched into orbit from American soil in nearly a decade, and SpaceX is now the first company to send passengers to orbit on a privately made vehicle.

From The Verge

Those suits look super spiffy too.

Shocker: Facebook Promotes Divisive Content

Facebook Inc. team had a blunt message for senior executives. The company’s algorithms weren’t bringing people together. They were driving people apart.

“Our algorithms exploit the human brain’s attraction to divisiveness,” read a slide from a 2018 presentation. “If left unchecked,” it warned, Facebook would feed users “more and more divisive content in an effort to gain user attention & increase time on the platform.”

That presentation went to the heart of a question dogging Facebook almost since its founding: Does its platform aggravate polarization and tribal behavior?

The answer it found, in some cases, was yes.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knows-it-encourages-division-top-executives-nixed-solutions-11590507499

How shocking. Really. I’m shocked. Completely.

Mr. Zuckerberg and other senior executives largely shelved the basic research, according to previously unreported internal documents and people familiar with the effort, and weakened or blocked efforts to apply its conclusions to Facebook products.

Again, shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

Kara Swisher on The Unexpected Joys of the Coronavirus Lockdown – The New York Times

There will — though we can’t see it now — be an end to this crisis. And that is perhaps the most important analog lesson of this terrible moment: There is always an end. The crisis will end. And, eventually, all of our lives will come to pass.
Those of us with great jobs, savings and solid health care coverage have had an easier time during the crisis than those who struggle every day with financial and mental health challenges, and worse.
But we all share in life’s fragility. We’re all being reminded again that life is capricious, for every one of us, and that it can change and be done whenever it chooses and without warning.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/opinion/coronavirus-family.html

I love it when Kara Swisher turns introspective and evocative.

Don’t Trust That Twitter Bot

Nearly Half of Twitter Accounts Pushing To Reopen America May Be Bots https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/05/21/2147232/nearly-half-of-twitter-accounts-pushing-to-reopen-america-may-be-bots?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

Well that makes sense. These bots are all about convincing us Americans to do stuff that will damage ourselves and our nation.

Trust the experts. Trust the doctors and nurses and epidemiologists. Do NOT trust that guy on Twitter with the username @eijjeei73795.

Apple Ramps Up Original Podcasts, in Part to Help Promote TV+ – Bloomberg

The technology giant has begun acquiring two types of original podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter: one category is audio spinoffs of existing movies and programs on its Apple TV+ service, and the other is original programs that could eventually be adapted into future TV+ video content.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-21/apple-ramps-up-original-podcasts-in-part-to-help-promote-tv

Sounds a lot like vertical integration, doesn’t it? Something Apple has been increasingly emphasizing and reminds me of what they’ve already done on iOS (controlling the chipset and OS) and what they’re likely to do next year with macOS (ARM MacBooks). I dig it; it makes a lot of sense to acquire media properties that can be repurposed to feed other aspects of the business.