Tuesday, February 1 2022

Dive In


If I pissed you off, I'm sorry. I will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people's perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.

That’s what controversial host Joe Rogan said to calm the raging controversy over his Spotify podcast (watch his 10-minute Insta video here). Furious at the controversial podcast hosted by Joe Rogan, music legend Neil Young asked Spotify to remove all his music from its platform. Spotify picked Rogan. Spotify’s shares tanked but thanks to Rogan’s apology, they have since jumped by 12%. The company also unveiled new content policy rules—and will add content advisory labels to episodes, including those by Rogan. Plus: Young is giving out a free four-month subscription to Amazon Music to all his fans. In case you have no idea what this is about, we suggest checking out our explainer.


Editor’s note: Our edition is a little late today and will be the same tomorrow—primarily because we have to wait until the early morning to pull together our budget-themed explainers.

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Big Story

Economic Survey 2021-2022: A quick guide

The TLDR: Each year, the government rolls out the Economic Survey one day before it unveils the union budget. It is meant as a report card on the year that has gone by–and offers analysis of key opportunities and challenges. This isn’t an in-depth analysis, but a quick guide to key issues to pay attention to when the budget is announced today.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Boris Johnson says ‘sorry’
  • North Korea releases missile image
  • WhatsApp gears up for elections
  • Malayalam news channel taken off air
  • Netaji hologram goes kaput
  • Say hello to the AI nanny
  • WFH gives you more time… to work


Sanity Break

  •  ‘A Restaurant Review of the Kitchen Floor, Written by Me, a Dog'


Smart & Curious 

  • The fascinating story of the Vageeswari—one of the world’s iconic cameras
  • 'Mission Impossible’ wasn’t entirely based on fiction
  • Say hello to ‘joots’
  • Simon Beck's intricate works  that use acres of snow, snowshoes and a compass


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