The iPhone Xs and Xs Max are more water-resistant than prior models. Photo: Apple
The first iPhone Xs and Xs Max reviews are in —and while there's a consensus that the Max's big is truly beautiful, there's also a raft of critics saying you might want to wait for the more humanly priced iPhone Xr next month.
Why it matters: The iPhone is Apple's most important product and the iPhone X has been its best seller. The new phones are modest updates, with the big-screen Max option being the most visible difference, along with a faster processor and new camera tricks.
What they're saying:
Go deeper: Here's our hands-on first look at the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. We'll have our full review in the coming days.
Early sales: Loup Ventures' Gene Munster measured the earliest pre-order data and found significantly shorter lead times for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max than for last year's iPhone X. However, given that the iPhone X was a big leap forward, that's not terribly surprising.
Twitter confirmed Monday that it will offer users a choice between the current algorithmic feed and old-style Twitter, where you are presented with the most recent tweets from the people you follow, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
The details: As seen in the tweet above, the platform plans to allow users to switch between possible timelines, and will be testing this in coming weeks.
How it works: As of Monday, according to the company, users who turn off the "Show the best Tweets first" setting will only see tweets from accounts they follow, in reverse chronological order (newest first). The new feature Twitter says it's working on will make it easier to toggle back and forth between the filtered and unfiltered mode.
Why it matters: Longtime users, especially those who visit the site frequently, complain they often see tweets that are hours or days old.
Yes, but: That's just one of the big complaints against the service, as is pointed out by this tweet from CNN's Heather Kelly:
"Twitter’s going to be usable again! Well, except for the bots and harassment and racism."
European laws and proposals meant to rein in the tech giants are inadvertently empowering them, Axios' Sara Fischer and David McCabe report.
Why it matters: The laws — governing everything from from privacy to copyright to content filtering — stem from concerns about the behavior of big platforms, like YouTube and Facebook. But big companies have more resources to comply with complicated regulations than small firms.
Go deeper: Sara and David have more here.
"The Fixer" book cover art. Image: Tusk Strategies
"At the end of the day, politics comes for you."
Quoted: That's a hard reality that startups must face and embrace, according to Bradley Tusk, an ex-Mike Bloomberg campaign manager turned tech investor.
Why it matters: Tusk has parlayed his career’s lessons into a new book, “The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics,” which he hopes can help startups operating in highly regulated industries like transportation, sports betting, and cannabis.
Top lesson: “You've got to take government and politics seriously because it can make or break your business,” Tusk tells Axios. After years in politics, he decided to open a consultancy to help businesses launch political-style campaigns on public issues.
The big picture: Tusk’s book includes guides to help startups deal with a number of political dilemmas, but he also argues for the value of applying a “basic conscience” in those situations.
Today I learned something new about Duck Hunt for the original Nintendo — information that junior-high-school me would have greatly appreciated.