Cryptographic algorithms are what keep us safe online, protecting our privacy and securing the transfer of information.
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1 Google lost its EU antitrust challenge
He was fined over 4 billion euros after it was found that he had abused his dominance of the Android system. (Reuters)
+ The company has not appealed the charge, which was first announced in 2018. (The rod)
+ South Korea has fined Google and Facebook for breaching privacy. (ft$)
2 The US economy is not out of the woods yet
Inflation has not come down as investors had hoped. (Economist $)
3 Someone digs for dirt on Twitter whistleblower
Whoever is behind this is ready to pay, but his former colleagues keep schtum. (New Yorkers $)
+ Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko’s Senate testimony didn’t paint Twitter in a good light. (wp$)
+ In fact, it is a renewed appetite among senators for stricter regulation. (Bloomberg $)
4 What surgical robots and self-driving cars have in common
We are still reluctant to trust them with life and death decisions. (Knowable Magazine)
+ High-precision robot-assisted surgery has passed its first test in humans. (MIT Technology Review)
5 Hard lessons learned from the California wildfires
And the role that power companies have played in exacerbating them. (TO:)
+ GM crops could benefit from the severe drought in Europe. (Wired $)
6 Brain scans can’t diagnose mental disorders
However, some scientists hope they could help the recovery. (Slate $)
+ The quest to find out if mutations in our brain affect mental health. (MIT Technology Review)
7 Inside Culture Wars Memification
Online tropes mobilized huge groups to insurgency. (Atlantic $)
8 Elon Musk’s biggest fans are moving to Texas 🌵
To get as close to the SpaceX action as possible. (The rod)
+ No one else at SpaceX can access Musk’s emails. (The rod)
9 How to Turn Personal Tragedy into Content
Eva Benefield’s t-shirt business thrives on its dark past. (Hall)
10 America is making the moon a priority again
Despite the difficulties in sending humans back there. (New Scientist $)
+ Ukrainian astronomers continue to spot tons of UFOs. (Motherboard)
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