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1 Bitcoin merchants don’t care a few recession
Debate over the definition of a recession, and whether or not we’re in a single, looks like a distraction. (CoinDesk)
+ Technically the US might now be in recession, however a lot of the economic system stays sturdy. (The Guardian)
+ Here’s why the favored definition of a recession isn’t official. (The Atlantic $)
+ Bitcoin’s worth is heading in the direction of its greatest month since 2021. (Bloomberg $)

2 Iran is ramping up its drone manufacturing
It needs to promote them to abroad consumers, reportedly together with Russia. (NYT $)
+ Why enterprise is booming for navy AI startups. (MIT Technology Review)

3 The CHIPS Act isn’t going to repair the semiconductor scarcity
Partly as a result of the scarcity appears to be easing anyway. (Recode)
+ The multi-billion package deal have to be invested properly. (Wired $)
+ Chipmakers say they urgently want the subsidies promised by the invoice. (FT $)

4 The Democrats didn’t launch a deepfake video of Joe Biden
Despite conspiracy theorists’ greatest efforts to persuade the web. (BBC)
+ The greatest menace of deepfakes isn’t the deepfakes themselves. (MIT Technology Review)

5 Online outrage is performative and fleeting
Refusing to stoop to their degree could make the entire thing much less annoying to take care of. (The Atlantic $)

6 Sticky patches may revolutionize how we take ultrasounds
Patients may put on them at house, as a substitute of attending hospital appointments. (The Guardian)

7 China’s digital idols are burnt out
Their adoring followers don’t all the time take into account the people behind the animations. (Rest of World)
+ How China’s greatest on-line influencers fell from their thrones. (MIT Technology Review

8 TikTok is pushed by strangers, not associates
The platform rejected the social mannequin championed by Facebook, with nice success. (New Yorker $)
+ Instagram has sheepishly (and solely quickly) retracted a few of its much-hated current modifications. (NYT $)
+ Facebook has vowed to double the quantity of AI-recommended feed content material. (Motherboard)
+ Snap and TikTok supply richer, extra fascinating suggestions than Google. (Slate

9 This growing older analysis institute needs that can assist you dwell higher, not longer
But the shadow of the promise of immortality looms massive. (Neo.Life)
+ Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a yr discovering therapies to gradual growing older. (MIT Technology Review)

10 Meet the people preserving the cloud on-line ☁️
Often beneath extremely punishing situations. (Aeon)

Quote of the day

“What frustrates me most is when I’m accused of twisting the reality. As meteorologists, we report information. There isn’t any conspiracy.”

—Meteorologist and climate presenter Tomasz Schafernaker tells his employer, the BBC, about his frustration on the on-line abuse he acquired from local weather change deniers in the course of the UK’s current extreme heatwave.

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