The Download: Twitter’s decline, and explaining fusion

This is today’s edition of Download, Our weekday newsletter provides daily coverage of what’s happening in the tech world.

We are witnessing the brain death of Twitter

Twitter’s status since Elon Musk’s takeover is like brain death: the processes that keep it online are somehow still working, but what Twitter was before Musk will never return .

In recent weeks, Twitter has disbanded its Safety and Trust Council, and welcomed the return of high-profile extremists, far-right individuals, covid deniers and public figures. others have been banned before. Those who don’t support Musk’s vision for the platform will leave, and Musk’s enthusiasm for eliminating jobs, cutting costs, and destroying Twitter’s secure infrastructure has also led investors to The ads are leaving.

MIT Technology Review performed an analysis in Hoaxy, a tool created by Indiana University to show how information spreads on Twitter by looking at both keyword frequency and interactions between individual accounts. core. The results hint at Musk’s new role in this network: effectively as a hall custodian for the far right, placing himself at the center of problematic conversations that have previously been pushed to the edge. Read full story.

—Abby Ohlheiser

What you really need to know about that merger news

There has been a consolidation breakout. No, it’s real this time. While researchers have talked about using it to create an inexhaustible source of clean energy for decades, their claims never made much sense—until now.

A national lab has hit a major research milestone, it was confirmed earlier this week, that has finally run a reaction that produces more energy than is contained in the powerful lasers used. to launch it. Here’s why the announcement is important, what it means, and what you should learn from it. Read full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Casey’s story is from The Spark, her weekly newsletter on climate and energy. Register to get it in your inbox every Wednesday.

Podcasts: Optimized for Convenience

We are in the midst of another major disruption in retail—one that has been rapidly fueled by the pandemic and appears to take advantage of the convenience of e-commerce and apply it to other businesses. actual environment. In this episode, we’ll look at how AI is at the heart of this transition. Listen to it on Apple Podcastsor anywhere else you often hear.

Must read

I’ve scoured the Internet to find you today’s most interesting/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 FTX Lawyers Say They ‘Do Not Trust’ Bahamian Government
They claim that the authorities may be trying to suck digital assets from the collapsed crypto exchange. (Reuters)
+ Bahamian regulators have been exposed by an associate of FTX. (FT $)
+ Sam Bankman-Fried has always said he’s in favor of regulation. He can get his wish. (Atlantic $)

2 Twitter has suspended accounts dedicated to tracking private jets
Including a private jet tracker of Elon Musk. (Bloomberg $)
+ Twitter has changed its policy to prohibit users from sharing a person’s “live” location. (intercept)
+ Musk sold off billions of Tesla shares again. (precipice)

3 Russia is quickly running out of ammo in Ukraine
According to the Pentagon, its military will soon be reduced to using supplies from the Cold War. (motherboard)
+ An Iranian-made drone was shot down in Kiev. (Guard)
+ The war will only get worse for Russia. (FT $)
+ GPS signals are also being disrupted in the country’s cities. (Wired $)

4 A group of influencers have been accused of securities fraud
US authorities claim they manipulated stock prices through Twitter and Discord. (NBC News)
+ Seven men raised about $100 million through a “pump and dump” scheme. (motherboard)

5 The golden age of mobile gaming is over
Revenue is set to fall for the first time. (FT $)
+ Overall, it’s been a rough year for tech. (economist $)

6 Lab-grown seafood is appearing
But unlike the majority of farm-raised meats, lab-grown seafood replicates expensive cuts of meat. (Vox)
+ Microplastics are filtering into plankton. (slate $)
+ Will lab-grown meat make it to our plates? (MIT Technology Review)

Quantum computing locked in a two-horse race
Both China and the US seem to think the other is really leading. (New Yorkers $)
+ Quantum computing has an exaggeration problem. (MIT Technology Review)

8 We’re Getting Closer to Finding More Dark Matter
However, we still don’t know what it’s made of. (Wired $)

9 Ways Pokémon Upped Its Fashion Game
Design themes are imperative for wannabe trainers. (NPR)

10 Traveling around the world technology market
From smartphone repair to karaoke mics, there’s something for everyone. (The rest of the world)

Quote of the day

“He has become a flute player for other serious people…it feels like in Silicon Valley after Trump was elected and the families are a little bit apart.”

—Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief information security officer, describes how Elon Musk split friendships among California tech workers during an appearance on the Dead Cat podcast, Insiders report.

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Metaverse is a new word for an old idea

February 2022

In less than a year, the metaverse has graduated from a niche term to a household name. Its transformation began in July 2021, when Facebook announced that it would spend the next decade bringing the metaverse to life: a rich, immersive digital world that combines aspects of social networks, online games as well as virtual and augmented reality.

But we would be remiss not to take a step back and ask, not what the metaverse is or who created it, but where it came from. Knowing the history of a technology, or the ideas it embodies, can reveal potential pitfalls and lessons learned, and open doors into the lives of those who have learned. get them. Metaverse — not nearly as new as it looks — is no exception. Read full story.

—The Genevieve Bell

We can still have good things

A place for comfort, fun and entertainment in these strange times. (Any ideas?Drop me a lineortweet them with me.)

+ The Dutch approach to “total football” seems to be a great way to cultivate an inquisitive mind.
+ Radio oooo is a great site for music from any country, any decade.
+ Beer is big business these days. Here’s all the slang you need to know to make sure you know what you’re talking about the next time you’re at the bar.
+ Creating a textured gingerbread house is surprisingly difficult. Here are some advice to help you get started.
+ Why are some video games only gets better with age.


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