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June 20, 2021, 3:20 PM

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Betsy Ladyzhets / MIT Technology Review:
An analysis of the usage of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in 25 US states and DC finds that only 13 have enough usage to benefit from exposure notification  —  A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure.  Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Andreessen Horowitz's Future doesn't compete with journalism because it offers up essays, not reporting, limiting its potential to promote tech-positive views  —  I've been dragging my feet on writing about Andreessen Horowitz's much-anticipated new publication, which the firm revealed Tuesday.
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Drought-stricken communities in the US push back against data centers' water usage; a typical data center uses same water per day as a city of 30K-50K people  —  On May 17, the City Council of Mesa, Arizona, approved the $800 million development of an enormous data center …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
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Kristen Sinclair / The Verge:
A look at some Twitch streamers using the service to showcase minority languages like Galician, Welsh, Basque, and te reo Māori  —  Minority languages are often associated with aging rural communities, thought to have fallen out of use or confined to textbooks.
Chuq Von Rospach / 6FPS:
Apple, whose arrogance and sense of entitlement let it treat developers as a hassle for two decades, will find few allies as it fights looming regulation  —  If this issue seems late, believe it or not, it's not.  But given the vagaries of our calendar, this is the latest possible …
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Some US unemployment applicants say facial recognition models used by ID verification service ID.me are failing to identify them, locking them out of benefits  —  ID.me's CEO says unemployment fraud is costing taxpayers $400 billion, but his own company is denying claims because of problems with its tech, users say.
Juan José Relmucao / Rest of World:
How an Argentinian govt. program that issued netbooks to 4M low-income students from 2011 to 2015 helped indirectly create a new generation of teen musicians  —  Working-class teens turned junked machines into musical instruments.  —  • BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

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