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Today’s edition of Download, MIT Technology Review’s daily tech newsletter


I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s most interesting/important/scary/fascinating stories about tech.

first Experts are confused by the deadly plane crash in China yesterday
The plane was flying normally when suddenly exploded, killing all 132 people on board. (Bloomberg $)
+ That’s worse news for Boeing. (Quartz $)
+ China’s recent aviation safety record is strong. (NYT $)

2 Russians are racing to download Wikipedia before it gets banned
At least those who are trying to get their news from sources not approved by the Kremlin. (Slate $)
+ Why WhatsApp is still surviving the crackdown. (Wired $)
A Russian court upheld the ban on Facebook and Instagram. (NPR)
+ Airbnb cracked down on listings in Ukraine, thwarting efforts by outsiders to help fund accommodation for people leaving their homes. (Wired $)

3 New SEC rules will require companies to disclose their emissions
Evil will be detailed here, as climate accounting is no stranger to chicanery technology. (TechCrunch)
+ How a new global carbon market could magnify climate progress. (CHILDREN)
+ We’ve got what we need to rapidly phase out fossil fuels. (New Yorkers $)

4 Facebook fails to detect hate speech against Rohyinga Muslims
Yet again, after it was discovered to have played a decisive role in the genocide against them in Myanmar in 2016. (AP)
+ How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation. (CHILDREN)

5 Cryptocurrency Trading Is Mostly Just Gambling
Trouble is, the house (almost) always wins. (Guardians)
+ You still need to understand cryptocurrencies. (NYT $)
+ Someone is opening a restaurant based on the Bored Ape NFT collection. (Nation’s restaurant news)
+ Bitcoin miners are trying to build eco-friendly brands. (NYT $)
+ More details on India’s crypto trading tax plan. (TechCrunch)

6 Big Tech fought Europe. Europe won.
It has lobbied vigorously against the strict new antitrust and data rules, but all are guaranteed to continue. (FT $)
Toronto’s tech sector is booming. (NYT $)

7 NASA has confirmed 5,000 planets beyond our solar system
And we may be on the cusp of finding more, when the James Webb Space Telescope kicks off. (Space)

We’re almost at the top of the metaverse, aren’t we?
Although virtual worlds have been around for decades, it took Mark Zuckerbeg a while to pull the metaverse into the mainstream — even if we don’t fully understand what it is (Cnet)
+ Is the metaverse technically possible? (IEEE Spectrum)

9 Video game conservationists are fighting to save older titles
As game makers close digital stores, conservationists rush to keep the game accessible (Verge)
+ Video games are a welcome pastime, but also a source of guilt for Ukrainians. (Wired $)
+ Saudi Arabia is eyeing e-sports and gaming as a way to bolster its reputation. (Guardians)

10 What do we want when we see people openly embarrassed to say about us?
Online shame doesn’t just seem to be incessant, it’s also inevitable. (New Yorkers $)



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