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July 31, 2022, 2:55 PM

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Matt Burgess / Wired:
How Tor is fighting Russia's efforts since December 2021 to block the anonymous browser, such as by using Telegram to share details of volunteer-run Tor bridges  —  Russia has been trying to block the anonymous browser since December—with mixed results.  —  For years, the anonymity service Tor …
Joanna Glasner / Crunchbase News:
A look at the rise and fall of Bird, now a penny stock with a public market cap under $160M, as valuations in the scooter and bike rental sector collapse  —  Almost exactly five years ago, the scooters came.  That's when Bird, the first unicorn in this once sizzling startup sector, launched its inaugural scooter-sharing service.
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Illuminate Education, exposing information on 1M+ students, highlights the dangers of stockpiling sensitive info on millions of school children  —  At a moment when education technology firms are stockpiling sensitive information on millions of school children, safeguards for student data have broken down.
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Human rights groups say Facebook approved English and Swahili ads instigating ethnic violence in Kenya, after claiming to “ensure a safe and secure” election  —  Kenya's national cohesion watchdog has threatened to suspend the social network from the country in a week if it doesn't mitigate hate speech.
Washington Post:
A look at the GOP's escalating pressure campaign against Google over Gmail's filters allegedly marking fundraising emails from right-wing candidates as spam  —  As fundraising slows, the GOP is blaming Gmail's spam filter.  The tech giant rejects claims of bias but is moving to placate Republicans, anyway.
Cal Newport / New Yorker:
Chasing TikTok's success and leaving behind the protection of hard-to-replicate, large social graphs could end the lengthy dominance of platforms like Facebook  —  Facebook is trying to copy TikTok, but this strategy may well signal the end of these legacy platforms.
Nikkei Asia:
A look at the supply chain resilience myth, as efforts to replicate the chipmaking process inside single countries or regions reveal and exacerbate bottlenecks  —  TAIPEI — In the sweltering Asia summertime of mid-June, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. urgently dispatched a team …
New York Times:
Some streamers on Twitch, a more intimate platform than others, endure threats and stalkers and say Twitch gives limited support when dangerous situations arise  —  Stars on Twitch, the video game streaming platform, invite viewers into their homes virtually.  What happens when one shows up in person?
Rieko Miki / Nikkei Asia:
The US and Japan plan to open a 2nm chip R&D center in 2022 and start mass production as early as 2025, to establish secure supply chains amid Taiwan tensions  —  Economic and diplomatic chiefs to discuss supply chains at 2+2 meeting Friday  —  Taiwan hosts the lion's share …

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