World influence: One of many areas underneath lockdown, Shenzhen, is a significant tech hub and residential to firms like Foxconn which provide Western firms, together with Apple. It’s scheduled to stay underneath lockdown for at the least one other 5 days whereas native residents bear a number of rounds of testing, that means a point of influence on world tech provide chains is inevitable.
What’s taking place elsewhere: In the meantime, Europe additionally appears to be beginning to enter one other covid surge, with circumstances ticking up in nations throughout the continent. Within the UK, circumstances are up almost 50% week-on-week and, worryingly, hospitalizations are up by 17%. A mix of looser restrictions, waning immunity and BA.2, a extra transmissible omicron sub-variant, are believed to be behind the rise in circumstances.
I’ve combed the web to search out you right now’s most enjoyable/vital/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.
1 Clearview says Ukraine is utilizing its facial recognition AI to determine Russian troopers
However is it correct sufficient to be relied upon? (Reuters $)
+ Kyiv is underneath more and more heavy hearth. (AP $)
+ Low cost drones are making a significant dent in Russia’s aerial assault. (NBC)
+ The UN’s chief says a nuclear battle stays a chance. (Axios)
+ Maps that monitor the invasion. (NYT $)
+ The conflict is jeopardizing tons of of medical trials in Ukraine. (Wired $)
2 A NASA spacewalk goes forward right now regardless of worldwide tensions
House-based cooperation between the US and Russia continues to be holding, for now. (WP $)
+ Russia says it is not going to depart an American astronaut stranded in area. (The Verge)
3 Pfizer says we’re going to want fourth covid photographs
Provided that lower than half of totally vaccinated folks within the US have even acquired a 3rd dose, this feels bold. (Ars Technica)
5 It’s getting so much more durable to be an influencer in Russia
They’re seeing complete livelihoods disappear in a single day as platforms get banned. (The Guardian)
+ Russia has adopted by way of on its promise to ban Instagram, which had 80 million customers there. (The Verge)
+ The far-right within the US is boosting Russian propaganda. (NBC)
+ Fb says customers can’t name for Putin’s demise (however Russian troopers are truthful sport.) (CNBC)
+ A web site lets folks e mail Russians to inform them the reality concerning the conflict. (WSJ $)
+ An worker for a Russian TV station interrupted a dwell broadcast with a protest. (The Guardian)
6 Crypto miners are having to flee Kazakhstan simply months after arriving
It regarded like a secure haven after China’s ban got here in. Now blackouts and authorities strain are pushing them out. (Remainder of World)
7 TikTok is getting philosophical
And philosophy professors will not be totally certain learn how to reply. (Slate $)
8 TV continues to be too dazzled by tech founders ✨
New reveals about Uber, Theranos and WeWork find yourself pulling their punches. (Vox)
+ It’d be good if they may focus extra on the folks impacted by their dramatic rise. (Wired $)
+ Tech firms have been rebranding just lately. Don’t purchase it. (WSJ $)
9 Astronomers preserve discovering black holes in sudden locations 🕳️
Dwarf galaxies weren’t supposed to have the ability to deal with objects of this dimension and mass. (Quanta)
10 Why we’re all going ‘goblin mode’
We’ve lived by way of two years of a pandemic, and have now totally embraced the comforts of depravity. (The Guardian)
—Anastasia Tischchenko, a 31-year-old girl fleeing Ukraine, tells the New York Occasions she and a pal used Tinder to discover a place to quickly keep in Romania.
We will nonetheless have good issues
+ (Very!) Excessive tea.
+ It seems to be like these large tortoises have been mislabeled for a really very long time.
+ Going to have to look at Pixar’s new film, Turning Crimson.
+ Music critics from the New York Occasions discuss concerning the songs they flip to when instances get powerful.
+ Does it actually matter all that a lot the place Scotch malt whisky is made?
+ This query on Reddit about learn how to translate board video games for Ukrainian refugees gave me some hope for humanity right now.