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The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Stop saying Ukraine is winning the information war
Look beyond the West, and you’ll see Russian disinformation is gaining a worrying amount of traction. (The Atlantic $)
  + Russia is targeting internet users who speak Spanish. (ABC)
  + Twitter has limited content from more than 300 official Russian government accounts. (BBC)
  + Russia has become a major target for hackers. (NBC)
  + Russian troops seem to have tortured and murdered civilians in the town of Trostianets. (The Guardian

2 Protection from second boosters wanes quickly, a large study found 💉
But protection against severe infection seems to hold up. (Reuters $)
  + Could computer models help us to make better covid vaccines? (Nature)
  + Covid deaths may rise among older people in England, experts have warned. (The Guardian

3 Elon Musk is going to join Twitter’s board
Instantly shattering any illusion he was going to sit quietly and collect his dividends. (WSJ $)
  + We can expect him to push for his version of free speech. (The Atlantic $)
  + This is going to be yet another headache for regulators. (WSJ $)
  + Twitter is going to get an edit button. (NBC

4 The global impact of the invasion of Ukraine is becoming clearer
Higher energy and food prices are going to have far-reaching consequences around the world.  (Nature)
  + Surging food prices will exact a huge toll on poorer countries, for example Sri Lanka. (The Economist $)
  + European companies are struggling to adjust to sanctions. (NYT $)
  + German law enforcement agencies have shut down a vast Russian-language dark web site. (Wired $) 

5 Women face relentless misogynistic abuse on Instagram
And it seems the platform does very little about it. (WP $)
  + Why are so many gaming communities still so toxic? (FT $)
  + A feminist internet would be better for everyone. (TR

6 The Amazon union wave may just be starting
Staff at more than 50 US warehouses have contacted organizers expressing an interest in creating unions of their own. (The Guardian)

7 Elizabeth Warren is frustrated by the lack of progress to break up Big Tech
She’s not the only one. (Recode)
  + Big Tech firms aren’t going to stop tracking you voluntarily. (NYT $) 

8 Can we teach computers common sense?
It’s much harder than it sounds. (New Yorker $)
  + Meta’s new learning algorithm can teach AI to multi-task. (TR

9 NFT-based portrait piracy is a growing problem 
Who’s making money off your image? (Wired $)

10 Google Docs is getting emoji reactions 
👎 (The Verge)

Quote of the day

“I’m just wiped out. I don’t know how I used to do it.”

—Lauren Scott, a 37-year-old assistant at a media company, tells the Washington Post that even going into the office three days a week feels exhausting after two years of fully remote work.

We can still have nice things

A place for comfort, fun and distraction in these weird times. (Got any ideas? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

  + This TikTok of a guy being fed a five-course meal via conveyor belt is horrifying and amazing in equal measure.
  + No way I’m going to share any controversial food takes on Twitter, but I’m enjoying reading other people’s
  + Prince had masses of respect for teachers.
  + You can book castles (yes, actual castles) on Airbnb.
  + The Bob’s Burgers movie looks like chaos. Fun, silly chaos. 
  + Christy Lee Rogers takes photos of people underwater, and they look totally otherworldly.
  + Tetris, but everyone gets to vote on the next move.
  + The Wordle clones just keep coming. This one’s for guessing movies.
  + A train is an excellent way to travel around Europe. 
  + Love surfing? Get yourself over to North Devon.

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