Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis
How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules
After lobbying from nice organizations like the major telecoms, advertisers, Facebook and Google, while everyone else was distracted by the Trump shitshow, Republicans gutted Obama-era laws preventing ISPs from selling your browsing history. Because clearly what the world needs is more creepy microtargeted psychometric manipulation
Apple Is Manufacturing a Siri Speaker to Outdo Google and Amazon
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is reportedly building a $100 million ‘air yacht’ to help the poor
Valley douchebag charity poseur syndrome
‘Theresa May Has Totally F*cked It Up’ Tory Candidate Lets Rip At Dire Election Campaign
Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump
Trump ‘gaining weight’ and ‘emotionally withdrawing’ as Russia probe swamps White House: report
Commenting on the White House’s less-than-strategic handling of all matters Russia, another ally remarked, “These guys don’t play chess. They play checkers.”
We Bought a Crack House
Everyone’s favourite hate read this week, in which a yuppie couple evict a bunch of poor people so they can renovate their third property and blow $1-million through a series of poor decisions
India Cancels Mega Plans To Build Coal Power Stations Due To Falling Solar Energy Prices
For the first time solar is cheaper than coal in India and the implications this has for transforming global energy markets is profound.
Sources: Russians discussed ‘derogatory’ information about Trump and associates during campaign
“according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source”. Does sound like the NSA is up to something here, as this is from signals intelligence.
Tainted buffet at Jacksonville strip club blamed after severe diarrhea incident on stage
Onion made real
UPDATE: too good to be true. Fake news.
Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’
Aleppo After the Fall
Incredible look at the state of Syria today
Bryan Fuller Has Pitched ‘Hannibal’ Season 4 to Mads Mikkelsen
11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida
You can marry a child in 38 US states. WTF
The Physics of Forbidden Love
Winning “Modern Love” student essay
Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin
That’s nuts. See Josh Marshall’s post as well.
Exclusive: NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia
the NSA apparently has the dirt, as mentioned in a town hall with NSA agents worldwide:
a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.
My daily commute by bike turned me into a witness of a truly tragic event
We will look back on how our roads are structured in decades to come and consider it barbaric.