☕ Good morning! The official spicy snack power rankings via the LA Times dominate my thoughts today.
I’m 99 percent certain that “The sinkhole that saved the Internet” will be turned into a Hollywood film at some point. Or at the very least, a Netflix/Hulu/Apple TV+ release.
This is the title of a new long read on TechCrunch, which focuses on the two British researchers that legitimately saved the internet from the global ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack in 2017.
Today, WannaCry is still rampant:
👨💻 Update Zoom right now, if you’re on a Mac: Serious Zoom security flaw could let websites hijack Mac cameras, and it’s still active right now (The Verge).
🎮 Google updates Stadia FAQ to address local multiplayer, VR support (Android Authority). (Also, games will remain playable even if a publisher leaves the platform.)
🤦♂️More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you explicitly deny permission. Google says a fix won’t come until Android Q (XDA).
🆙 A big OnePlus 7 Pro update has landed (AA).
🆕 Two deals in one: Deals: Get up to 35% off a Samsung Galaxy S10 or $200 off a Pixel 3 (AA).
🥇 Congrats to Gary Sims at Gary Explains who hit 100,000 YouTube subscribers! (YouTube).
📸 Instagram now preemptively shames people before they post sh-tty comments (Gizmodo).
👻 Sigh - all that Windows 1.0 stuff was a “Stranger Things 3” promotion. Microsoft has now launched Windows 1.11, “a special edition Windows 1.0-inspired PC app that has been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things” (microsoft.com).
📺 Also: watch Netflix at work by making it appear as though you’re on a group conference call via netflixhangouts.com, a Google Chrome extension.
🤝 Huawei staff share deep links with Chinese military, new study claims (CNBC).
📉 British Airways faces record £183m ($228m) fine for data breach (BBC).
🕵️♂️ Investigation: Toxic culture and sleaze at the HQ of Bumble’s owner (Forbes).
🏎 VW’s crazy electric car breaks F1 record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (Ars Technica). (Mind you, current F1 cars aren’t allowed to take part, and would definitely beat this record.)
🚀 Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will be the first publicly traded company for human spaceflight (TechCrunch).
🏆 Here’s the latest UNESCO World Heritage sites (unesco.org)
🌳 How much carbon does our lumber sequester? (Ars Technica).
🤔 “Have you ever been scammed? What happened?” (r/askreddit).
I learned something from this viz showing weekly game sales:
Thanks for reading!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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