Update: I previously mentioned Hong Kong related Chinese propaganda on Twitter , they’ve updated their policy and closed some accounts. See Information operations directed at Hong Kong and Updating our advertising policies on state media.
- 🚓🕵🏼♂️😡 Ring, the doorbell-camera firm, has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance reach. “But legal experts and privacy advocates have voiced alarm about the company’s eyes-everywhere ambitions and increasingly close relationship with police, saying the program could threaten civil liberties, turn residents into informants, and subject innocent people, including those who Ring users have flagged as ‘suspicious,’ to greater surveillance and potential risk.”
- Blogs are slowly coming back, and the fantastic NetNewsWire returns!
(Also @ Daring Fireball).
- 📚Excellent 🧵 on the history of Pelican books by Pulp Librarian on Twitter: It was a university course for the price of a packet of cigarettes: Pelican Books! Maybe the blend wasn’t to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying the addictive nature of the range!Today in pulp I look back at the autodidact’s library of choice.
- 🏃🏼♀️ Awesome! Woman Wins 50K Ultra Outright, Trophy Snafu for Male Winner Follows. “When Ellie Pell took first overall, the surprised race organizers realized they had no trophy for the first place male.”
- 🇦🇺🌋 Massive pumice ‘raft’ spotted in the Pacific could help replenish Great Barrier Reef. “The 150 sq km field of floating rock was created by an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga”
- 🦀😱 Coconut crabs may hold clue to Amelia Earhart fate. “But at night? ‘The crabs close in on you, … If you shine a flashlight, outside the shadow ring there are a thousand crabs.’ Or so it can seem.”
- 🏴🎥 (TED talk) Nicola Sturgeon: Why governments should prioritize well-being. “Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country’s success.”
- 🇧🇷🏗 The Unexpectedly Tropical History of Brutalism - The New York Times. “Long associated with European cities, the style has plenty of history in other parts of the world, too. In Brazil, it reached a surprising apotheosis.”