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July 29, 2023, 4:35 PM

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Washington Post:
Adam Mosseri and current and former employees recount how Threads came to life with a small team focused on shipping a bare-bones app on a breakneck schedule  —  A company in crisis went back to basics to deliver a viral hit.  But can Adam Mosseri's bare-bones Twitter clone reinvigorate an aging tech giant?
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
A profile of Mike Masnick, who founded Techdirt in 1998, considered by lawmakers, CEOs, and activists as an essential guide for what's happening in tech  —  Mike Masnick, who founded Techdirt in 1998, writes for an influential audience of lawmakers, C.E.O.s and activists.
BBC:
An investigation citing hundreds of Turkish people claims Android's earthquake warning system failed to send alerts for the 7.8-magnitude quake on February 8  —  James Clayton and Ben Derico in San Francisco & Anna Foster in Turkey  —  Google's earthquake warning system failed …
Matthew Orf / Counterpoint Research:
US smartphone shipments fell 24% YoY in Q2 2023, the third consecutive quarter of decline; Samsung shipments fell 37% YoY, and Apple's fell 6%  —  - Shipments declined YoY for the third consecutive quarter amid weak consumer demand.  — Android smartphone shipments declined 38% while Apple shipments fell 6% YoY.
New York Times:
Sources: the Biden admin is looking for malware it believes China hid inside critical infrastructure, mainly aimed to disrupt the military if a conflict emerges  —  American intelligence officials believe the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow American deployments or resupply operations …
Stephanie Hirschmiller / Decrypt:
The British Museum partners with Ethereum-based metaverse game The Sandbox to create NFTs showing the museum's collections and offer “new immersive experiences”  —  The cultural institution plans to establish an interactive space within the Ethereum-based world, as well as offer up NFT collectibles.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter/X officially rolls out its ads revenue sharing program for eligible users globally, after giving some creators payouts earlier this month  —  Twitter, which Elon Musk is currently rebranding to X, is officially rolling out its ads revenue sharing program for creators.
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Internal Meta emails: Facebook removed content about COVID-19 under pressure from the Biden administration, including posts claiming the virus was man-made  —  Internal Meta emails say pressure from Washington was behind a decision to take down posts attributing pandemic to man-made virus
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
A look at Indian nonprofit Karya, which sells AI training data and redirects all the profit to its workers, who retain ownership of the data they create  —  In the shade of a coconut palm, Chandrika tilts her smartphone screen to avoid the sun's glare.  It is early morning in Alahalli village …
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
A Hong Kong judge rejects a government bid to ban the online dissemination of pro-democracy song “Glory to Hong Kong” on Google and other sites  —  Judge refuses to issue order blocking online dissemination of protest anthem, saying criminal acts can be punished by the city's current laws

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