The Thread-the-Needle Edition Monday, April 10, 2023

Apple Continues Efforts To Keep Retail Stores From Unionizing, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The latest round of meetings was consistent across all of Apple’s US stores, with the corporate side of the company issuing a prepared message to be read to staffers. During the gatherings, management used the state of the Towson store as a bit of a cautionary tale — in what some employees saw as a scare tactic and others as the company simply laying out the facts.


The company did attempt to thread the needle in its messaging, telling employees it believes in the right to vote — but that it just wants them to be fully informed about what they’re voting for. While Apple didn’t say it, the underlying message to the company’s tens of thousands of retail employees was clear: If your store unionizes, you may be at a disadvantage.

Google, Facebook, Amazon And 19 Other Brands Can Not Open Shops Near Apple Mumbai’s Store, by Livemint

As per the agreement, Apple will have a lease of over 11 years with the Mukesh Ambani-owned Jio World Drive Mall. The Apple Store will be located in a space of around 20,800 square feet.

'StopTheFonts' Is New Safari Extension To Block Custom Web And Improve Privacy, Speed, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Indie developer Jeff Johnson is out with a new Safari extension that aims to block web fonts different than the installed fonts on your device. Dubbed “StopTheFonts,” the extension is highly-customizable, allowing you to create rules for different websites, block all web fonts by default, and more.

Two Types Of Software Engineers, by Thorsten Ball, Register Spill

It's embracing the fact that people are not machines and no matter how often they say they're rational thinkers, you still know that even the strongest choose-the-best-tool-for-the-job advocates will sometimes choose a tool because, well, the GIF in the README was cooler.

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I've just heard my first advertisement by Apple Music Classical, in a podcast, read by the host. In fact, this is probably the first advertisement I've heard from Apple in a podcast.

Maybe Apple is diverting some of its advertising money away from a particular social media web site?


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