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16 Dec 2018  •  View in browser
We made it.
to the 50th edition! This feels great. We've come a long way from 8 to 3600 readers this year. Decent right? Much has happened this year, and continues to do so
🚗 The future of electric cars. The world awaits an electric-car future, but that future is rapidly becoming the present in China. The country is on track to sell more than 1 million electric vehicles in 2018.
📽 Why widescreen feels epic. Widescreen feels cinematic. It feels more like a movie. More intense. More epic. The shape of a screen changes how we feel about it, and wide just feels different. And that feeling is an invention.
🔥 How General Electric burned out. A story of the company that was once America’s biggest, the maker of power turbines, the seller of insurance, the broadcaster of ‘Seinfeld,’ became a shadow of its former self.
🥳 The world is getting much better. I'm an optimist. Here are 23 charts and maps that show how things like poverty, hunger, and child labor are on the decline.
🏨 Hotels are the new co-working spaces. WeWork’s getting in on the hotel action with its chain WeLive, a lined of fully furnished short-term apartment rentals and Sheraton is investing in overhauling 450 of its hotels to include “productivity tables,” which come equipped with outlets, USB ports, and rentable drawers.
🌋 The startup that stranded customers overseas. One day, you’re a millennial working remotely from Myanmar, the next you’re homeless in Tahiti. WeRoam’s broken promises about a new life of remote work are an object lesson in the darker side of startup turnover.
🚦 How Google tracks your personal information. For as long as you’ve been using Google, Google has been building a “citizen profile” on you. This is an insider’s account of the dark side of search engine marketing.
🏎 Volvo doesn't want to sell cars. They want you to subscribe to them and swap out high-end models multiple times a year for roughly $1,000 to $2,000 a month.
🚩 How Uber will become an ad company. Uber will first offer restaurants rankings boosts for discounts. But could also use its “logistics expertise” to sell restaurants data to target new customers, predict demand spikes, and boost rankings.
🤐 The story of lie detectors. A $2B-per-year industry is based almost entirely on shoddy pseudoscience where the tests have been discredited by numerous studies — yet 2.5m of them are still conducted in the US every year.
Fun facts 
😱 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was financed by Quaker Oats to promote their new Wonka Bar. Link.
😮 The Danish Navy accidentally fired an anti-ship missile at its mainland destroying several properties. They later called this the 'oops' missile.  Link.
🙄 After reading about science, students remembered 81% of it. Those who listened to the same material only remembered 59%. Link.
😵 In Denmark, they assess fines for drunk driving as follows: (blood alchohol percentage) x 10 x (monthly salary). Link.
😳 The world's most expensive painting, Leonardo's $400 million Salvator Mundi, had been sold for $127.5 million 2014, before that for $75 million in 2013, and before that for less than $10,000 in 2005. Link.
Free ideas
💡 A women’s clothing line called “Pockets” that prioritizes storage space over everything else.
💡 Make bathroom doors that wont unlock unless you flush the toilet and wash your hands.
💡 A service where someone picks you up in their car and straps you into an adult-sized car seat, and then drives you around for an hour or two while you take a nap. Call it Uber Sleeps.
💡 Your credit card's website should have a list of all repeating payments on that card, along with a way to cancel each of those subscriptions.
💡 Make a drone that follows you, transferring footage to a VR headset so that you can live in 3rd person.
✌️
Gaurav Baheti
@gbaheti
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