👋 Good morning! It’s “Männertag” or Father's Day here in Germany today.
🍻 What’s fun is that it’s always on a holiday day, so men are given license to wander the streets and parks with beer, cook up various foods on grills, and all get very sunburnt together. The reason it’s so popular? There are four days to recover until Monday!
On this Father’s Day here in Germany (yes, a few weeks before the U.S. brethren!) it just so happens that Ferrari have some news: its fastest ever supercar (or hypercar, as this elite tier of car is truly known) is also a plug-in hybrid.
Of course, looks matter - although Ferrari weren’t letting anyone take photos at the launch in Maranello in Italy, releasing just a few rendered-looking snaps:
🍎 Apple released a website defending its besieged App Store, called App Store Principles and Practices (Apple.com). I contend within even the first 18 words, Apple isn’t telling the truth: it made the App Store to make money. The Verge has a nice take on many other reasons Apple’s words are hollow, noting how hard it is to compete when you can’t offer a default app on an Apple device, keeping the playing field uneven.
🚫 Google’s Chromium team relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users only (The Register).
👨✈️ In two years’ time, Wi-Fi on airplanes might finally stop being garbage (Android Authority).
💻 Epic custom PCs from Computex: the Iron Throne, a working beer dispenser PC, and more that arguably should not exist (AA). Jokes, I love PCs that make no sense.
🚔 Google Maps speed limits and radar locations arrive in over 40 countries and on both iOS and Android, though not France or Germany because laws (Engadget).
💸 Google CEO Sundar Pichai turned down part of his bonus, again (Bloomberg).
🎢 “I flew the Millennium Falcon and it was good” (TechCrunch). “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” opens tomorrow at Disneyland, California.
👽 What we know about the Navy’s UFO problem (Jalopnik).
Donald Trump’s Wikipedia Entry is a war zone: Behind the scenes, editors are fighting a brutal, petty battle over every word (Slate).
📔 “People who have signed NDAs that have now expired or for whatever reason are no longer valid: what couldn't you tell us but now can?” (r/askreddit).
There’s been an image of a congested ascent of Mt Everest doing the rounds this week. It was taken by @nimsdai / Project Possible, and shows a hard to believe queue to reach the top of the great mountain:
I wanted to throwback to 66 years ago yesterday, May 29, 1953, when Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
And in 2019? NYT: ‘It was like a zoo': Death on an unruly, overcrowded Everest.
Yours from much closer to sea level,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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