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June 13, 2021, 1:35 PM

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Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
A new generation of young workers at China's technology giants is demanding an end to forced rankings, harsh working conditions, and the “996” work culture  —  By the time he arrived at Alibaba, Tim had been working to get there for years.  Raised in a small town in Zhejiang province …
Alex González Ormerod / Rest of World:
After El Salvador's president, many Latin American politicians are expressing interest in adopting cryptocurrencies, as a PR exercise to elevate their profiles  —  El Salvador's president Nayib Bukele set off a movement for political opportunists and crypto-enthusiasts alike.  —  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum:
As carmakers integrate 100-150+ chip-based electronic control units in each car, a look at the challenges of an auto industry that is more dependent on software  —  The trend toward self-driving and electric vehicles will add hundreds of millions of lines of code to cars.  Can the auto industry cope?
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Taproot, a significant Bitcoin upgrade promising better transaction privacy and smart contracts, got approved by miners globally, due to take effect in November  —  - The first bitcoin upgrade in four years has just been approved by miners around the world.  It's called Taproot, and it's due to take effect in November.
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China pushes to subject data-related activities to government oversight, as it worries tech giants could use collected data to build alternative power centers  —  Beijing is calling on tech giants to share their information—and asserting its authority over data held by U.S. companies in China as well
Sophie Zhang / Rest of World:
Many Latin American Facebook users are self-compromising their accounts to fuel fake engagement through “autoliker” websites and unwittingly joining bot farms  —  Global South users often share their accounts with shady middlemen.  The practice is corrupting civil discourse around the world.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to limit anticompetitive practices of tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook  —  The proposals could reshape the tech industry as we know it  —  On Friday, House Democrats introduced five new bills meant to chip away at the power …
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Caroline Lester / New Yorker:
A look at the rise of BitClout, a burgeoning crypto service monetizing social influence, valued at more than $1B in April, but operating in a legal gray zone  —  BitClout collapses everything—art, humor, personhood—into money, laying bare just who, and what, we are willing to pay for.

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