#StuffWeReadThisMorning

At this thread we’ll keep set of articles from different sources. Usually it will be tech spaces, but can be random stuff as well.

@natasha @david Let’s share what we read :slight_smile:

My first set:

Nice @arthur.tkachenko - here’s the best thing I’ve read so far today:

https://messaging-custom-newsletters.nytimes.com/template/oakv2?uri=nyt://newsletter/65f2e48f-6a2b-4edd-89de-6d6f5a9e7a68&te=1&nl=the-privacy%20project&emc=edit_priv_20191029?campaign_id=122&instance_id=13454&segment_id=18333&user_id=a1a69ed3e1166018fffc717afb573adc&regi_id=93029239

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Internet of brains https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-demonstrate-direct-brain-to-brain-communication-in-humans/

Make your own black hole https://gizmodo.com/how-to-make-a-black-hole-in-a-science-lab-1838674389

Why spider webs don’t rot https://www.sciencenews.org/article/spider-webs-dont-rot-easily-scientists-may-have-figured-out-why

New dwarf planet? https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hygiea-may-be-solar-system-smallest-dwarf-planet

Give a shit for science https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2019/10/29/this-site-dares-you-to-literally-give-a-shit-for-science/

Where were the first humans born? https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/experts-question-study-claiming-pinpoint-birthplace-all-humans

3D printing prosthetic dolls for kids with prosthetics https://www.forbes.com/sites/annapowers/2019/10/29/revolutionary-science-using-3d-printers-to-make-dolls-for-kids-with-prosthetics/

Migrating eagles disrupt Russian study https://www.sciencealert.com/soaring-eagles-bankrupt-scientists-with-excessive-global-roaming-charges

Hospital risk scores favor white people https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/hospital-risk-scores-prioritize-white-patients

Study of how moles walk https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/moles-have-one-most-unusual-walks-earth

Girl can sleep for over month at a time https://www.livescience.com/girl-with-sleeping-beauty-syndrome.html

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https://blog.dropbox.com/topics/company/thank-you--guido Great read on python, and more importantly, how different generations can work together

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https://mailchi.mp/5d11b7bbd7a8/dmg1nle26g?e=3a56b323e1

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**** Airbnb bans ‘party houses’ following mass shooting

Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda. Here is what we are doing:

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People renting houses on Airbnb and throwing massive parties is not a new phenomenon — nor are associated shootings. In 2017, a party at an Airbnb in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco ended in gunfire. In June of 2019, a house party at an Airbnb in Elk Grove, near Sacramento, also ended in a shooting.

JACK MORSE for Mashable

Google’s big plan to fight tech addiction: A piece of paper

Paper Phone is not a joke—it’s part of the company’s “digital well-being experiments.” Digital detox experts aren’t having it.

Paper Phone is not a joke. It is real. “It hopes to give people an alternative solution to carrying a phone all day by offering information on a printed piece of paper,” says Emma Turpin, team lead at Google Creative Lab. “We think it might be a useful experiment for people to try.”

But Julie Albright, whose book Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream tackles the complicated dynamics between young people and technology, says Google is confusing digital well-being with ditching your phone. Albright says a phone and digital well-being can coexist.

“Digital well-being is striking the proper balance between our time spent on devices and our ‘outside’ physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs,” she says. “The problem with people using their phones too much is that time spent on social media, gaming, texting—[that’s] supplanting other healthy activities, like exercising, spending time in nature, or socializing in an unmediated fashion with friends and family.”

Tanya Basu for MIT Technology Review

Saudi Aramco: The message from the world’s biggest and wildest IPO

The oil industry may decline, but it won’t go quietly

Consider the imminent stockmarket flotation of Saudi Aramco, which produces 10m barrels of oil a day, or 11% of the global total. As well as Arabian super-light, Aramco pumps out superlatives and controversy (see Briefing). Worth well over $1trn, it could, once listed, be the world’s most valuable public firm, squeezing past Apple. The initial public offering has been delayed several times; a big Aramco processing plant was hit by a missile strike in September and the firm is ultimately controlled by Muhammad bin Salman, an autocratic royal with blood on his hands. But take a moment to look beyond this. Aramco’s underlying strategy is to be the last oilman standing if the industry shrinks, pointing to the upheavals to come.

the economist, print edition

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined

Cryptocurrency mining now uses more of the Nordic island nation’s electricity than its homes.

The facility, called Enigma and established by Genesis Mining in 2014, is easily the loudest environment that British photographer Lisa Barnard has ever documented. She visited two years ago while shooting her project Bitcoin . “The biggest thing I remember was just the noise and the flashing lights and wiring,” Barnard says. “It was like being inside a computer.”

LAURA MALLONEE for Wired; Photos by LISA BARNARD

The Story of Us [Series] by Tim Urban of Wait But Why

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is the background facebook blue behind jack and twitter blue behind mark? steamy

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The Changes In Science And Technology Over The Last 4 Decades https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776666415/how-science-and-technology-has-changed-since-morning-edition-began Even experts can’t agree on whether technology is dangerous for kids https://qz.com/1699489/experts-disagree-on-the-effects-of-technology-on-children/ The Future of Data Is Streams, Not Snapshots https://www.ctpost.com/business/article/The-Future-of-Data-Is-Streams-Not-Snapshots-14811005.php Apple updates privacy website to highlight data protection tools https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-updates-privacy-website-to-highlight-data-protection-tools/

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via Forbes:

"The initial coin offering (ICO) boom of 2017 brought significant attention to the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry as startups capitalized on the new way to raise significant amounts of funds. With these ICOs came new job opportunities.

The ICO bubble burst in 2018, however, causing the total cryptocurrency market cap to plummet 85%, HackerNoon detailed in an article. More than 1,000 cryptocurrency projects died in 2018, as reported by TechCrunch last year. Regulation also flooded to the space as authorities investigated numerous projects and companies.

Amid the ashes of many, a number of companies continued to grow, such as Coinbase and Binance. Additionally, many mainstream giants such as Amazon, Walmart and JPMorgan Chase have taken steps to incorporate blockchain technology in various capacities."

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Uber CEO calls Saudi murder of Khashoggi “a mistake,” scrambles to backtrack

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told “Axios on HBO” that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “a mistake” by the Saudi government, and then he compared it to Uber’s self-driving accident in which a woman died.

An hour later, Khosrowshahi called Axios to express regret for the language he used. The next day he sent the following statement:

“I said something in the moment that I do not believe. When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.”

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia is Uber’s fifth-largest shareholder and the head of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is on its board of directors.

Dan Primack, Mike Allen for axios

[and in geographically related news] saudi arabia reportedly recruited twitter employees to steal personal data of activists

Saudi Arabian officials allegedly paid at least two employees of Twitter to access personal information on users the government there was interested in, according to recently unsealed court documents. Those users were warned of the attempt in 2015, but the full picture is only now emerging.

Devin Coldewey for tech crunch

Apple’s credit card is being investigated for discriminating against women

The incident began when software developer David Heinemeier Hansson complained on Twitter that the credit line offered by his Apple Card was 20 times higher than that offered to his spouse, even though the two file joint tax returns and he has the worse credit score.

James Vincent for the verge

Instagram Will Begin Hiding Likes On Your Pictures — Here’s How People Are Reacting

“It’s gonna humble a few.”

Ryan Schocket for buzzfeed

Just putting it out there: Fuck dark mode

If you like dark mode and post about it, you’re part of the PR machine. You’re part of the problem.

Callum Booth for the next web

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