A picture illustration shows a WeChat app icon in Beijing. [REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic]
The popular messaging WeChat, whose Chinese name translates to "micromessage", is on the Chinese government's ban-list. State media reported today that the government is initiating a month-long crackdown on the service, which is used in China to share news that the country's heavily censored internet would otherwise not permit.
"Some people are using this platform to disseminate negative or illegal harmful information to the public, seriously damaging the internet system and hurting public interest, causing dissatisfaction among internet users," an unnamed person responsible for the campaign told the state-owned China News Service.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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