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Why The New York Times is moving its hub to Seoul

(n.news.naver.com)
NYT exec on moving our Asia hub from HK to Seoul: “Our experience is that our journalists are being evicted from mainland China, and we think they are likely to get evicted from Hong Kong in the future.” via

TikTok Wellness Influencers Want You to Tape Your Mouth Shut

(vice.com)
An original Mark Cuban quote, sketchy weight loss claims, hygge-lite Instagram content and TikTok pseudoscience collide in my latest, a story about taping your mouth shut at night... for wellness via
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Exposed: Special procurement channels for 'VIPs' and Cabinet contacts - Good Law Project

(goodlawproject.org)
Leaked Government documents reveal special procurement channels for ‘VIPs’ and Cabinet contacts - and opportunities for 35-45% profit margins for insiders. #goodlawproject via

Column: How Latinos raised in Southern California are changing politics in small-town America

(latimes.com)
MY LATEST @LATIMES COLUMNA: How Latinos raised in Southern California are changing politics in small-town America. RT, porfas! via

US Senators Can't Be Bothered To Pronounce The Google CEO's Last Name Correctly

(buzzfeednews.com)
US senators haven't had problems saying "Peter Orszag", "Austan Goolsbee", "Eric Shinseki", "Dan Brouillette", and even "Steven Mnuchin"! So why oh why do they screw up "Sundar Pichai" so much? via

The ‘very, very bad look’ of remdesivir, the first FDA-approved COVID-19 drug

(sciencemag.org)
Remdesivir is the first drug approved to treat #covid19 in the US. Which is surprising given how little data there is of it helping patients much. @sciencecohen and I looked at how the drug failed its way to the top. Story here, thread tk tomorrow via
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A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air

(english.elpais.com)
The graphics in this article are excellent— this is a huge part of communications that has been missing. If you want to understand how layered interventions reduce #covid19 spread— why masks are indispensable but not always “enough” — read this. via

Masks must be worn at all Texas polling locations, federal judge rules

(dallasnews.com)
Masks must be worn at all Texas polling locations, federal judge rules The judge, in San Antonio, struck down Gov. Greg Abbott’s exemption for wearing masks at election sites. All workers, voters and voter assistants are now required to wear them. via

Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

(apnews.com)
The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. via
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A room, a bar and a class: how the coronavirus is spread through the air

(english.elpais.com)
This article has some fantastic illustrations of the major risks for coronavirus transmission. Mak… via

Radhika Jones on December Cover Star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

(vanityfair.com)
Meanwhile, @radhikajones edlet 👀👀👀👀👀👀 via
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Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

(bloomberg.com)
I tumbled down the k-pop stans rabbit hole for @BW... 🐰 If you’re curious about how #Kpop fans became such a force in US politics or why they might just be the only antidote to #QAnon, the answers are here 👇🏻. (P.S., I 💜 @BTS_ARMY + @BTS_twt now, too) via

Student Loan Voter Townhall and Phone Bank with Alyssa Milano and Anjelika Washington Joe Biden for President

(mobilize.us)
TONIGHT: Join the @TeamJoe #StudentLoanVoter Town Hall and Phone Bank Event with actors and activists @Alyssa_Milano and @AnjelikaW! Advocates and experts from @RiseFreeOrg @BySavi will join the discussion to share student loan and voter resources 📣📣📣 via
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Vermont secretary of state formally asks Kavanaugh to correct opinion

(cnn.com)
Vermont's secretary of state has formally asked Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to correct an opinion he wrote Monday that mistakenly said Vermont had made no changes to its election rules due to the pandemic. via

The Useful Libertarian Idiocy of The Great Barrington Declaration - Niskanen Center

(niskanencenter.org)
I really think those who support the Great Barrington Declaration should read this rejoinder by @willwilkinson. It situates this proposal at the far fringes now not only of science, but of libertarian politics. via

2020 Christiane Amanpour Lecture

(harrington.uri.edu)
I’m honoured to be giving the annual Christiane Amanpour Lecture (!!!!!) at URI, tomorrow (Thursday) 5pm ET, about reporting on the pandemic. It’s free (registration required). It may not be happy but it’ll at least be in a British accent. via

Keep Scrolling: This TikTok Is for Ladies Only

(melmagazine.com)
I've been feeling like TikTok is reviving a form of confessional blogging, wherein people (women in particular) exploit their biggest tragedies and embarrassments for Internet attention. This piece for @WeAreMel is partially about that phenomenon. via

Herman Cain’s Life And Death Were More Complicated Than That

(buzzfeednews.com)
Since my former boss died, I've been overwhelmed with media requests to discuss his life and legacy. I declined all of them - until @RosieGray reached out. I knew she'd tell the truth, be fair and provide a total picture. And her piece proves she did: via

Meet the YouTube team leader who identifies the latest platform trends, from sourdough to true crime, and subscribes to over 1,000 channels

(businessinsider.com)
Meet @earnestp the YouTube team leader who identifies the latest platform trends, from sourdough to true crime, and subscribes to over 1,000 channels via

The 2021 Women's Leadership Accelerator — ONA

(journalists.org)
Women in journalism, applications are now open for @ONA's Women's Leadership Accelerator! You should apply! Yes, you! #ONAWLA #digitalwomenleaders via

The Pandemic App Ecosystem: Investigating 493 Covid-Related iOS Apps across 98 Countries

(d1gi.medium.com)
Every Covid-related iOS app since March, every permission, every known SDK, mapped, neatly coded, and visualized. via

Facebook Wanted To Register Millions To Vote. These Republican States Tried To Stop It.

(buzzfeednews.com)
NEW w/ @RMac18: 6 Republican Secretaries of State sent Mark Zuckerberg a strongly worded letter in Sept asking FB to stop its Voting Information Center, warning it could foster “misinformation and confusion.” FB estimates it registered over 4 mil ppl. via

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

(reuters.com)
This is wild: Juniper had a back door in its gear—placed at the request of the NSA—compromised by a hostile foreign government. NSA informed @RonWyden they wrote a "lessons learned" report after the episode, but now says it cannot locate that document. via

A Pure CSS Game - You Must Build a Lighthouse.

(codepen.io)
You Must Build A Lighthouse: a puzzle game in pure CSS via
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Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

(bloomberg.com)
Bloomberg scoop: Halo Infinite director and longtime 343 executive Chris Lee has left the project. This is the second Halo Infinite director to depart in two years, and another sign of the game's turbulent development. via

Banished From Facebook, Far-Right Militias Prepare for the Election on Zello and MeWe

(onezero.medium.com)
Zello and MeWe have become sleeper sites for militia groups recently deplatformed by Facebook + Twitter. I listened to people discuss the use of lethal force in preparation for the election, and somehow inadvertently became the admin of a Minutemen group via

'Watch Dogs: Legion' Promises Revolution, But Mostly Delivers Distraction

(vice.com)
I'm hopefully asleep right now, but I'm scheduling this tweet to share my Watch Dogs: Legion review. If you know my history with the series, you know why I temporarily came out of review retirement to tackle this one! I'm... mixed on it, let's say. via

Press Reset

(grandcentralpublishing.com)
My next book is PRESS RESET: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry, coming May 11, 2021. It's a book about what happens to people when video game studios shut down, including stories from Irrational, Visceral, 38 Studios, and more. Pre-order here: via

Watch The New Yorker Documentary | What Do Foreign Correspondents Think of the U.S.? | The New Yorker Video | CNE | Newyorker.com

(newyorker.com)
Swiss journo: "Trump makes it hard on us because some of the things he does makes me wonder whether I'm covering an election in the United States, one of the oldest democracies in the world, or whether I'm actually reporting from almost a failed state."   via