Will OremusOne of Amazon’s bestselling products is the AmazonBasics AA battery.
Amazon won’t say where it’s made, how, or by whom. But @SarahNEmerson tracked its life cycle, starting in Indonesia, and found its environmental footprint shocking. Great story
Wirecutter called Molekule ‘the worst air purifier we’ve ever tested’
Will OremusWirecutter called it “the worst air purifier we’ve ever tested.”
So naturally the startup behind this sleek-looking $400 piece of junk is using promoted Instagram posts to target people affected by the California wildfires.
People with lots of followers used to see very few ads. That finally changed.
Will OremusHave you been seeing *way* more ads on Twitter in the last couple weeks?
If so, then congratulations on your high follower count. And condolences on it no longer saving you from seeing the same ads as everybody else. I wrote about what happened
Inside the company’s powerful recommendations tool — and their strategies for keeping it under control
Will OremusYou don't hear a lot about Pinterest's algorithm spreading lies and breaking democracy. I wrote about how the company has sacrificed virality and left some potential growth on the table to keep it that way—and why it's harder than you might think.
Documents reveal the Manhattan DA subscribes to a program that lets authorities break into iPhones in-house
Will OremusRemember when the FBI demanded Apple open the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, Apple said no, and the FBI hired a secretive Israeli form to crack it?
That firm has been contracting w/ the Manhattan DA to crack iPhones for the past year. @ozm scoop
No one knows. And it might be time to stop asking.
Will OremusHow much do people *really* care about online privacy? I wrote about the academic studies that try to put a dollar value on it—and why the researchers behind those studies are starting to think it was the wrong question all along.
Will OremusAndrew Yang's new privacy plan calls for treating online data as a property right, giving users clearer disclosures and more control over their info.
But a growing body of research suggests this is a flawed model for privacy. I wrote about it last month