Ron Howard Will Take Over Directing Job for Han Solo Movie

Charlie Hall writing for Polygon:

Howard is swooping in on short notice and with less than a month left in the schedule.

He has the hopes of an entire fandom weighing on his shoulders. May the Force be with him.

Chris Lattner Leaves Tesla

Chris Lattner on Twitter:

Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all. I’m interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!

That was fast. He’s only been there six months.

Apple’s Presentation About How to Handle Leaks Gets Leaked

Dani Deahl writing for The Verge:

The Outline recently obtained an hour-long audio recording from an internal briefing at Apple titled “Stopping Leakers – Keeping Confidential at Apple.”

Ironic.

Apple Showing Off It’s Editorial Chops

Jason Snell writing for Six Colors:

No, this isn’t independent journalism—it’s curation and marketing. But it’s a sign that Apple sees the value in telling the stories of the apps it’s seen fit to highlight.

When I read the sample content that Apple posted in the App Store as a part of the developer release of iOS 11, I was impressed with the level of detail. These aren’t a few sentences of dashed-off app hype; the Monument Valley piece in the App Store is a full-on feature story, well written and complete with quotes from the developers themselves.

I agree with Jason here, the sample content is compelling. Assuming Apple can keep it up when the change goes live, this could be very good for independent developers.

Apple Adds Annual Plan for Apple Music

Romain Dillet writing for TechCrunch:

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student. But Apple quietly added another option as Tehnot spotted. You can now pay $99 for a 12-month subscription.

This setting is quite buried as Apple doesn’t want you to know that you can pay less than what you’re actually paying.

Looks like it’s only for individual plans, so I can’t take advantage of this with my family plan. Nevertheless, good to see Apple expanding options.

Spicer Reminds Deputy Attorney General That He Works for Trump

Alayna Treene writing for Axios:

There has been a lot of discussion over the independence (or lack thereof) of Mueller's investigation. Rosenstein recently assured the Senate Intelligence committee that he would only fire Mueller if there was "good cause", regardless of Trump's orders. But Spicer is insinuating that the president can still determine the special counsel's fate.

Essentially, if you like your job, do as Trump says.