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The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Pakistan is reeling from its devastating flooding
Poor policy making, mixed with a climate change-driven monsoon, has displaced millions of people and destroyed homes, food and livelihoods. (Vox
+ These images highlight the extent of the destruction. (The Guardian)
+ Residents are trying to salvage their belongsides from the waters. (BBC)

2 California has passed new online child safety rules 
The legislation will force websites and apps to add protective measures for under-18s. (NYT $)
The state also wants to punish doctors who spread health misinformation. (NYT $) 

3 NASA will try to launch its Artemis rocket again on Saturday
An inaccurate sensor reading is believed to have caused the botched lift-off on Monday. (BBC)

4 Elon Musk has found a new tactic to try to wriggle out of buying Twitter
He’s using the recent whistleblower allegations. (FT $)
+ What you need to know about the upcoming legal fight. (WSJ $)
+ Twitter is failing to adequately tackle self-harming content. (Ars Technica)

5 Deepfakes are infiltrating the mainstream
The technology is improving by the day, and we should be worried. (WP $)
+ A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click. (MIT Technology Review)

6 Cyber insurance isn’t equipped to deal with cyber warfare
Insurers can’t agree on what should and shouldn’t be covered. (Wired $)

7 A program to clean polluted Nigerian wetlands worsened the problem
Ogoniland residents have been left to deal with the oil-soaked lands. (Bloomberg $)
+ The companies that caused an oil spill in California have been fined $13 million. (CNN)

8 How giant isopods got so giant
The roly-poly relative’s genes explain why it can grow to the size of a chihuahua. (Hakai Magazine)
+ The primordial coelacanth was an energy-saving expert. (New Scientist $)

9 Gen Z is really into making collages
Naturally, there’s an app for that. (The Information $)

10 Dadcore fashion has gone viral 🎣
Leaving a generation of iconic fishing fans in its wake. (Input)

Quote of the day

“I’ve definitely had days where I’ve achieved all of that, but it’s exhausting.”

Source: MIT Technology Review

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