Elon Musk sold $8.5B in Tesla stock after agreeing to $44B Twitter deal

Enlarge / CEO Elon Musk at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on October 10, 2019. reader comments 10 with 10 posters participating Share this story Elon Musk has raised $8.5 billion from selling part of his stake in Tesla, boosting his cash position ahead of his planned purchase of Twitter. The sales were made between […]

The Download: China’s delivery apps, and why Russia’s invasion has stalled

1 Why Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is falling apartIt doesn’t appear to be learning from the mistakes it’s made, and it’s made a lot of them. (Foreign Affairs $)+ Meta’s attempts to curb misinformation about the war in Ukraine are harming local publishers. (Coda Story)+ The conflict in Ukraine could last for years, Nato says. […]

Shanghai’s lockdown is giving China’s online grocery apps a second chance

But things started to take a downturn last year. Despite the hype and money, these companies struggled to make a profit as lockdowns eased and people simply went back to shopping in person. What’s worse, they were caught in China’s new fight against antitrust behavior. The Chinese government was quick to impose fines and pen […]

Griffin on Tech: Where the money is in tech right now

Peter Griffin, Editor. 29 April 2022, 11:48 am If you want to maximise the financial return on the IT skills you have acquired, contracting has long been the obvious path to take.  I know senior business analysts and project managers who have had contracts with government departments rolled over numerous times amounting to a decade […]

One of the most powerful DDoSes ever targets cryptocurrency platform

reader comments 25 with 21 posters participating Share this story A cryptocurrency platform was recently on the receiving end of one of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attacks ever after threat actors bombarded it with 15.3 million requests, content delivery network Cloudflare said. DDoS attacks can be measured in several ways, including by the volume of […]

Modern data management, the hidden brain of AI

The typical adult brain weighs about 3 lbs. and consumes 20 WATTs of power. It is a remarkably efficient machine. Nobel prize-winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman alludes to this efficiency-seeking function when he describes System 1 and System 2 thinking. He proved that we have a subconscious, and thus low-powered, method of processing information. It operates […]

The Download: Police used social media to surveil Black people, and India’s worsening heat waves

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Elon Musk attacked Twitter’s top lawyerHis tweets criticizing her triggered a wave of racist abuse. (WP $)+ Women and minorities are all too familiar with how it feels to be harassed on Twitter. (NYT $)+ Republican senators gained followers […]

Climate change is making India’s brutal heat waves worse

To support MIT Technology Review’s journalism, please consider becoming a subscriber. Some local governments are trying to adapt to extreme heat. Ahmedabad, a city in western India, experienced an especially devastating heat wave in May 2010: the official death count reached 800 people, and up to 1,300 deaths have been attributed to it indirectly. In […]

Kiwi tech helping keep workers safe in the Pacific

Peter Griffin, Editor. 28 April 2022, 1:35 pm A location-based app developed by Gisborne-based start-up ThinkSafe is helping Pacific Island workers stay safe as they tackle biodiversity loss in the region. ThinkSafe’s mobile phone-based app has been picked up by a United Nations environmental programme operating across 20 pacific nations and aimed at removing invasive […]

Minneapolis police used fake social media profiles to surveil Black people

“Since 2010, of the 14 individuals that MPD officers have killed, 13 of those individuals were people of color or Indigenous individuals,” the report states. “People of color and Indigenous individuals comprise approximately 42% of the Minneapolis population but comprise 93% of all MPD officer-involved deaths between January 1, 2010, to February 2, 2022.” A […]