What Twitter’s collapse would mean, and crypto’s meltdown

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Believe it or not, the crypto crisis could be even worse
Traditional financial institutions are still protected from the worst. (Atlantic $)
+ At least $1 billion is still missing after the crash of FTX. (Guard)
+ AAX, another crypto exchange, has halted withdrawals. (Bloomberg $)
+ The collapse of FTX came as no surprise to everyone. (slate $)

Twitter’s New $8 Verification Is Basically Worthless
It’s incredibly easy to dress up as someone you’re not. (WP $)
+ Twitter Blue has been paused while it tries to resolve many of its problems. (Information $)
+ Two weeks is a long time when Elon Musk is your boss. (NYT $)
+ Why the dark humor of black Twitter is one of the funniest corners of the platform. (Atlantic $)

3 It is difficult to predict how Gen Z will vote
Partly because they ignored pollsters’ attempts to reach them over the phone. (precipice)

4 How North Korea Became a Dangerous Cyber ​​Threat
The rest of the world worries that any retaliation will incite a cyberwar. (FT $)
+ The FBI came close to deploying the Pegasus spy tool last year. (NYT $)
+ How North Korea Used Advanced Cryptocurrency Laundering To Steal Millions Of Dollars. (MIT Technology Review)

5 mysterious ships passed near the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in September
The sighting, just days before its leak was discovered, fueled speculation that the pipeline had been intentionally sabotaged. (Wired $)
+ This is how Nord Stream gas pipelines can be repaired. (MIT Technology Review)

6 Joe Biden and Xi Jinping “look forward to working together”
The two met for the first time since Biden became US President. (NYT $)
+ China’s chip suppliers are struggling amid US export controls (FT $)

7 The FBI Has Seized One Of The Web’s Largest Piracy Libraries
Its users will no longer be able to access journals, academic texts and other textbooks for free. (motherboard)

8 Long and difficult road towards growing more sustainable crops
The ability to withstand more extreme weather will become more important than ever as the planet warms. (Knowledge Magazine)
+ Seaweed can be turned into pretty vegan bacon. (Fast company $)
+ Solar panels that are not bulky and ugly are on the way. (WSJ $)
+ Heat is harmful to plant health. Here’s how gene editing can help. (MIT Technology Review)

9 AI’s latest work? Website content writer
But its clients don’t want you to know their posts aren’t written by humans. (WSJ $)
+ The naps help the AI ​​remember what it has learned. (motherboard)
+ DeviantArt’s Users Hate Its New Generation AI. (Ars technique)

10 Silicon Valley seems to be turning its back on alcohol
Not drinking is considered a badge of honor. (Information $)

Quote of the day

“Honestly, his iPhone could also be Borg’s implant.”

—Tyler McClure, a father of two from Tennessee, likened his 75-year-old father’s obsession with his iPhone to the Star Trek mind-control implant in an interview with Washington Post.

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