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The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Brokers are selling the location data of people who visit abortion clinics
This is an old problem, but it’s taking on a new urgency in the light of the potential repeal of Roe v Wade. (Motherboard)
Overturning Roe v Wade could force tech companies to help states punish people seeking abortions. (Protocol)
It could also criminalize women making even cursory online searchers linked to abortion. (Gizmodo)
Amazon’s $4,000 abortion travel benefit does not extend to many of its poorest workers. (Motherboard)

2 Elon Musk says he may charge businesses to use Twitter
But whether we should take this suggestion seriously is anyone’s guess. (BBC)
Twitter’s testing a new feature to share tweets with a select number of people. (Mac Rumors)
NFT scammers appear to be targeting Twitter users with blue ticks. (The Atlantic $)
It’s getting harder to know what Twitter’s users actually want. (The Atlantic $)
Maybe it’s Neuralink that Musk should be concentrating on, not Twitter. (WP $)

3 India and Pakistan’s heatwave is testing the limits of survivability
Last month, New Delhi saw seven consecutive days that topped 104degF (40degC.) (CNN)
Climate change is making these brutal heat waves worse. (TR)

4 A Shanghai resident was mistakenly declared dead and put in a body bag
The horrifying incident highlights the pressures of the city’s grueling lockdown. (The Guardian)
Shanghai’s lockdown is giving China’s online grocery apps a second chance. (TR)

5 NFT sales have plummeted
But does it mean the market is evaporating, or just that the initial hype cycle is over? (WSJ $)

6 Sensor-equipped offices may be smart, but they’re vulnerable to hacks
Which is a major problem if your staff are locked out from their workplace. (WSJ $)

7 Black voters are being targeted by online misinformation campaigns
And the volume of lies is likely to intensify during the midterm elections. (NBC)
What you need to know about the midterms. (NYT $)

8 Start-ups manned by former executives are trying to fix Big Tech’s mistakes
By employing “conflict coordinators” to crack down on rule violations. (WSJ $)

9 The crypto executive who wasn’t
A cautionary tale for entrepreneurs who ask too few questions. (NYT $)
Crypto lobbyists are following the money–to Albany. (Fast Company $)

10 A sailor’s love song went viral on TikTok 64 years after he wrote it
The timeless melody has charmed a new generation of listeners. (WP $)
Meanwhile, StudyTok is still enormously popular. (BBC)

Quote of the day

“The phone is everything to me.”

–Paola, an inmate in an Argentinian prison, tells Rest of World about the difference having access to a mobile phone has made to her life.

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