When Jeff Bezos announced on February 7, 2019 “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” a plotline you could scarcely believe emerged around extortion and blackmail, focusing on intimate photos of Bezos, and insinuating the involvement of the government of Saudi Arabia.
Bezos also went to the United Nations, per the Washington Post:
For what it’s worth, Saudi Arabia says it is innocent.
🌑 WhatsApp dark mode is finally here (for some users) (Android Authority).
🍄 Mario Kart Tour multiplayer: Early words on the second beta update and more (Android Authority).
👨⚕️ Google debuts experimental wellbeing apps to help you develop healthy phone habits (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple’s new low-cost iPhone to enter mass production in February, may launch as early as March (Bloomberg).
🍏 Also, Apple is planning to make original podcasts promoting and discussing its TV shows (Bloomberg).
🔓 Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, due to pressure from the FBI (9to5Mac).
📺 Netflix faces down Disney Plus by adding yet more members worldwide, and charted its success on a weird Google Trends graph (CNET).
📦 Amazon Pharmacy may expand to the UK, Canada and Australia after applying for trademark on 'Amazon Pharmacy' in those countries (Engadget).
🍅 Behind the scenes at Rotten Tomatoes: “a website that evaluates films via cartoon tomatoes might be the closest thing our fractured, post-gatekeeper culture has to an arbiter of good taste” (Wired).
🎮 Alleged Xbox Series X photos show off the port selection (The Verge).
🔈 Sonos has announced its older devices “will no longer receive software updates or new features” (Sonos). Given that’s a speaker, I don’t know if claims this will make them obsolete are really accurate.
🚕 Cruise, invited reporters to check out its self-driving prototype that has no steering wheel or pedals and is it still a car or a shuttle? Anyway, another take on the future of mobility. (The Verge).
🚲 Also: If you want to bankrupt Uber, ride their bikes (Lola).
📉 737 Max fix slips to summer—and that’s just one of Boeing’s problems (Ars Technica).
🤯 Study finds shock rise in levels of potent greenhouse gas HFC-23, despite bans in India and China (The Guardian).
🤔 “Does anyone else get to the end of a movie or TV series and realize they never learned a single character’s name? Or forget every single character name within five minutes?” (r/nostupidquestions). (Not my thing but it happens!)
Forget the Dark Web being dangerous and just for hackers. It’s a place for surprisingly wholesome hobbies like modular origami, and, umm, yes counterfeit passports and things. But there’s also music and cats, too.
Have a good and kitten-filled day,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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