The Download: The Money Issue, and the problems with open sourcing Twitter’s algorithms
I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.
1 Nearly 60% of Americans have had covid at least once
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be contracted again (and again.) (Bloomberg $)
Vaccines for under-fives have been delayed by incomplete data. (NYT $)
Millions of Beijing residents are being tested to try and prevent a local outbreak snowballing. (Reuters)
2 Congress is weighing up new privacy laws
Unsurprisingly, Big Tech is attempting to control the narrative. (WSJ $)
The European Union has warned Elon Musk that Twitter still has to follow its rules. (FT $)
The progress Twitter has made on moderation could be squandered. (NBC)
3 Tech giants were duped into handing over data used to sexually extort minors
By imitating police agencies and forging legal requests. (Bloomberg $)
Inside police departments’ cozy relationships with surveillance tech firms. (Motherboard)
Computer monitoring software is making workers’ lives a misery. (The Guardian)
4 Even Facebook doesn’t know what it’s doing with your data
And that lack of control makes it very difficult to change its data-sharing policies. (Motherboard)
5 Could changing how we perceive time make everything less awful? 🕒
For a brighter political future, it could be worth a try. (Wired $)
6 Internet blackouts are now the weapon of choice for authoritarian regimes
They’ve gone from last to first resort. (Rest of World)
But the public is getting quicker and smarter at circumventing censors. (TR)
7 The shine is coming off Netflix
It’s getting more expensive just as the steady stream of quality new content dries up. (The Atlantic $)
Could video games provide it with a crucial new source of revenue? (WP $)
Can Netflix weather the cost of living crisis? (FT $)
8 These days, even toddlers are potential NFT customers
So they can practice becoming “tomorrow’s digital citizens,” apparently. (NYT $)
A place for comfort, fun and distraction in these weird times. (Got any ideas? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.) I really enjoyed this reminder of how different cultures enjoy their tea.
Very cool: music from video games including Pokémon will feature at this year’s BBC Proms classical music season in London.
Finally—an official guide on how to submit your great idea for an emoji.
If returning to the office holds little allure, these sweet little bunnies could change your mind.
This informative look inside the weird and wonderful world of gummy candy is making me hungry.
This ancient shoe uncovered in Norway is surprisingly fashionable.
Maybe Moby was right and we really are all made of stars—the building blocks of DNA have been found inside meteorites.
I’m a journalist who specializes in investigative reporting and writing. I have written for the New York Times and other publications.