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August 1, 2022, 5:15 AM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
In iOS 16 beta 4, Apple Pay finally works in non-Safari browsers like Chrome and Edge, a move that may be in response to the EU's Digital Markets Act  —  Not just Safari  —  Apple Pay could finally be compatible with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox in iOS 16.
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.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
A cyberattack on Illuminate Education, exposing the personal data of 1M+ students, highlights the dangers of stockpiling school children's sensitive information  —  At a moment when education technology firms are stockpiling sensitive information on millions of school children, safeguards for student data have broken down.
Rest of World:
Inside China's $16B virtual influencer industry, as motion capture actors complain of hard working conditions powering their avatars four to five hours per day  —  Hidden behind the perfect faces of China's $16 billion virtual celebrity industry is an angry, overworked labor force.
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.
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.
Water & Music:
An analysis of music NFT secondary sales and trading activity from late 2021 to mid-2022, to provide a more in-depth and nuanced understanding of NFT markets  —  tl;dr: This article presents an analysis of secondary sales and trading activity across several notable, multi-edition music NFT drops from late 2021 to mid-2022.
Neha Wadekar / Washington Post:
Researchers say Meta is failing to moderate dangerous content in Kenya on Facebook, citing failures in AI, as well as linguistic and cultural expertise gaps  —  NAIROBI — The shooter approaches from behind, raising a pistol to his victim's head.  He pulls the trigger and “pop,” a lifeless body slumps forward.
Shannon Liao / Washington Post:
An interview with Kate Edwards, a geographer and consultant who helps video game companies better reflect international cultures and geopolitics in their games  —  Kate Edwards works to foresee blind spots — and help companies steer clear.  —  In “Stray,” the adorable cat video game that's become …

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