#26: Powerplay; Powerplay & Powerplay!
Villains, Davids, and Squircles.
🛑 Sugar Sue
An Indian health influencer recently tried to raise awareness about the high sugar content in Cadbury’s Bournvita and questioned whether it was even legal. However, (not so surprised), he received a legal notice from one of India’s biggest law firms and was forced to delete the content. It's a classic case of a David vs Goliath situation. But it looks like this has sparked some conversation about food labeling and transparency in India.
🥶 Frozen 3, UPI
India’s favorite fin-tech tool, UPI is making the common man’s life a disaster by freezing his account, for receiving a transaction from a flagged bank account. It's a strange scenario where the receiver is punished for something they have no control over while the flagged sender could still send money, and the blame is now on the receiver.
🔎 Censored Search
It looks like this week is dominated with dominated by power play and villainous moves. In a recent development, Twitter has started showing search results for "Newsletter" when you search for "Substack", and you can’t retweet substack links! This move effectively un-brands the search and prevents other brands from getting visibility. #AnotherGoliath!
Btw, Substack introduced ‘Notes’, its Twitter variant a.k.a yet another feed-based social media!
What happens when ChatGPT starts to feed on its own writing? Sigal Samuel’s article is engaging and thought-provoking.
Hardik Pandya recently shared some detailed notes on his design principles for complex problems.
Thinking about moving to Europe? Sooraj has created a detailed ebook that provides guidance. (He runs a telegram group too!)
If you're looking for some UI/Product humor, check out Soren's Daily. He shares satirical feature UI via his tweet and newsletter every day!
Neelavelicham is set to release this Thursday, and I can't wait. Best wishes and congratulations to the whole crew, especially to the additional script writer Mr.Hrishi! 🎉🎉
Here's a simple step-by-step guide on how to make squircles. (Rule 1, don’t start with a square!) Give it a try!
Thanks for reading! I'm Hiran Venugopalan, a digital product designer and coach from India who loves tech, books, and movies. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email, or Substack.