Issue 1596 - Friday 29th April, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

Declaration for the Future of the Internet wankfest

The US government along with 60 other countries, including Australia, have signed a non-binding statement called the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. These countries "reaffirm the vision of an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet and reverse negative trends in this regard". It all sounds good. Hard to disagree with making the internet easier to access and cheaper, allowing information to flow freely, protecting privacy and so on, but as Access Now says, "we have seen so many global principles and statements come and go without meaningful progress". I doubt this one is any different.

Telstra takes 51% chunk of set top box competitor Fetch TV

Telstra is buying 51% of Fetch TV (if the ACCC lets them). According to an announcement on Facebook, "the Fetch team will continue to operate standalone, servicing all of our existing ISP and retail customers as well as Telstra". For now it's business as usual, but over time "Telstra will start to migrate Telstra TV customers onto the Fetch platform". I guess that means the Telstra TV set top box (which was a rebranded Roku device and quite good) is dead? Will also be interesting to see if any of the Foxtel apps or properties (Binge, Kayo, etc) make their way onto the Fetch TV unit.

Belkin's wireless electricity thing is vapourware, not coming this year actually

You know that wireless electricity thing I mentioned yesterday that Belkin was gonna release some time this year? It's steaming hot bullshit. Belkin told The Verge that "our agreement with Wi-Charge only commits us to R&D on some product concepts so it's too early to comment on timing of viable consumer products". There's no product launch imminent. It looks like Wi-Charge's founder and chief business officer Ori Mor was getting too excited and the story took hold across the internet. Yet another false start for this technology that's been "6 months to a year" away for almost a decade.

Something I Saw On The Internet

Straight to Spam, for when you need an email to go straight to spam instead of the inbox

Inspired by Nathan For You (fucking brilliant show, go watch it!), someone's made Straight 2 Spam. Simply copy the text on the website and paste it into your email so that email ends up in the other person's spam folder. Perfect for the scenarios where you want to say you emailed someone, but you don't want them to actually see the email, or add a delay to when they see it. Delightful.

Friday Forum Update

Here's five interesting discussions over on The Sizzle's paid subscriber forum for you to enjoy over the weekend. If you are not a paid subscriber but want to get involved, visit to get onboard.


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