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This is pure gold, a fairy tale about social networks and the current state of the web: The Serfs of Facebook, by Zach Alberico 😀
#HongKong swiftly approves a law effectively extending the Great Firewall of China to Hong Kong. There is no doubt that this is the end of Hong Kong that we know today. Source: https://protonmail.com/blog/china-censorship-hong-kong/
This is scary https://www.nothingprivate.ml/
We all carry symbols of modern-day slavery in our pockets https://ethical.net/technology/the-slavery-supported-the-device-in-your-pocket/
I missed this great news from a couple of months back. The EU has standardised what #repairability means. Soon we might see score (on scale from A to E) when buying electronics evaluating its repeatability. https://de.ifixit.com/News/35879/repairability-standard-en45554
If Spotify chooses to continue on their current path of exclusive content it will break interoperability with other podcast apps and force listeners of those shows to use the Spotify podcast client. I suspect that many listeners will also transfer their existing subscriptions into Spotify to avoid needing two separate podcast clients.
A nice write-up by ProtonMail of Apple's practices that help regimes in many countries to silence their opposition: https://protonmail.com/blog/apple-app-store-antitrust/
Facebook gives US users power to turn off political ads ... Plus, to make political ads more transparent, Facebook will show “Paid for by” disclaimer on the ad, even where you share it.
Finally! Why did it take so long? Next step: show “Paid for by” for all ads, not just when they are political.
"I think it is wrong to teach maths without teaching programming. We all learn to use calculators at school. This was an innovation of the 20th century. Now it is 2020 and it is time to move on." --- Alex Kurz
A wonderful example when somebody in industry is doing a wonderful (academical) research, and delivers a great talk: Alexis King - “Effects for Less”