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July 31, 2022, 8:45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Salesforce, whose logo appeared on Helium's website next to Lime's, also says it is not a Helium partner; Helium has removed both logos from its website  —  Helium listed the two companies as users on its homepage  —  On Friday, Mashable reported that Helium, a crypto project praised …
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.

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