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Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Emails suggest that verification was never quite what Twitter said it was and that the company was aware it served as a tacit endorsement long before it admitted so publicly.

www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/internal-emails-show-twitter-struggled-to-interpret-its-own?utm_term=.thvGO4olV

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

Politicians are making decisions to enrich their donors — and at times themselves personally — with a reckless disregard for any kind of objective policy analysis or consideration of public opinion.

www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/19/16786006/looting-of-america/

Productivity is dangerous

Productivity is dangerous

I often see shit like, “Ten Habits I Have QUIT to Get More Done,” and I think, “Maybe quit writing posts like this.” If you’re waking up at 4 a.m. to write 1,000 words about how you write 1,000 words every day, what are you actually getting done? Just stay in bed.

theoutline.com/post/2595/productivity-is-dangerous/

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen – Project Syndicate – Medium

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen – Project Syndicate – Medium

Legal setbacks in the US have forced the tobacco industry to concede that its products are harmful, and that for decades cigarette producers deliberately misled the public about the health effects of smoking. But these “corrective statements” do not mean that the war with the industry is over.

medium.com/project-syndicate/seeing-through-big-tobaccos-smokescreen-2c14bc5be373/

The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again

The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again

The NIH lifted a 3-year funding moratorium on “gain-of-function” research meant to make deadly viruses stronger and more transmissible.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d34vyj/the-us-will-fund-research-to-make-pathogens-deadlier-again/

Karl Smith is a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. He's an art and design, tech, and pop culture enthusiast. Previous gigs include musician, concierge, picture framer, designer and product manager.