☕ Good morning! I didn't see the sun at all yesterday so Mercury's transit was a little more hidden than what you might expect. Also, sadly, we lost Stan Lee a year ago today :(
The big story overnight is Google’s involvement in healthcare, working with Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the US, a Catholic chain of 2,600 hospitals, doctors' offices and more.
The problem is the WSJ broke the news that Google has quietly (or secretly) been working with millions of people’s health data in the US, without their knowledge, under a project called “Nightingale”.
The problem is obvious:
📺 Disney Plus is now live, a little ahead of schedule: Everything you need to know (Android Authority). One nice surprise: The entire Star Wars series has been remastered in 4K with Dolby Vision and Atmos support.
🦥 Google plans to give slow websites a new badge of shame in Chrome (Android Authority).
📂 “What I want from Motorola’s foldable RAZR reboot” (Android Authority).
💻 A week or two ago we ran the first reviews of the Microsoft Surface Pro X, which were not good. Wired’s later review is brutal: “The Surface Pro X will go down in history alongside Microsoft Bob and Clippy as one of the worst mistakes it has ever made. I expect it will be quietly discontinued in a year or so.” (Wired).
🚫 Apple has lost one its streaming service's top executives, just a couple of weeks after TV+ went live (Deadline).
🎮 It’s weirdly taken until Google Stadia is a week away, but we finally know what games are launching with the service, and it includes Red Dead Redemption 2 (Android Authority).
🚀 SpaceX successfully launched its second set of 60 Starlink satellites, and Falcon 9 landed safely on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean (Space).
👟 Adidas backpedals on robotic shoe production, closes factories (TechCrunch).
🚕 Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick sold half a billion dollars in stock after lockup period ended (CNBC). Still owns more than 75 million shares in Uber, or around $2bn on current prices.
The Bitcoin Rich List, or the number of addresses holding more than 1,000 BTC, has grown in the past 12 months:
TOGETHER WITH FLASHROUTERS
You connect to a router to access the internet at home or at the office every single day. The action has become as seamless as an automatic door at the entrance of a grocery store. However, like any storefront, a router has the tendency to let anything in and out of its network, and prevent users from accessing certain information.
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Your run-of-the-mill router in between your devices and the Internet provides a minimum amount of security. Therefore, you can still be susceptible to cyber-attacks through exploits that router manufacturers may not ever fix. Utilizing a VPN from your router can prevent this type of malicious behavior by hiding the traffic your devices generate.
Next time you think about protecting your home network, think FlashRouters.
Yours from an account sadly holding 0.0000BTC,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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