Can Twitter be saved?

1_TOP NEWS

Jack Dorsey on How the Platform Needs to Change


Can Twitter be saved? TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers explored that question in a wide-ranging interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at TED 2019. Dorsey discusses the future of the platform—acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fundamental changes.


2_BUSINESS

How the Apple-Qualcomm Deal Reshapes the U.S. Chip Business

 

Apple's surprise deal with Qualcomm not only resolved one of the biggest legal disputes in the tech industry, but changed the balance of power in the chip industry, Axios reports. Shortly after announcement of the settlement—which included a multiyear agreement for Qualcomm to supply chips to Apple—Intel said it was scrapping plans to release a 5G modem chip next year.


3_BUSINESS

Amazon May Launch an Ad-Supported Music Service


Amazon might launch a free, ad-supported music service, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard. The move would intensify Apple’s competitive threat to global streaming leader Spotify. The world’s biggest e-retailer would market the free music service through its voice-activated Echo speakers, sources say, offering a limited catalog possibly as early as next week.


4_LEADERSHIP

The Steady Hand at the Helm of YouTube

 

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki appears exceedingly normal, bordering on boring, yet elements of her digital realm in recent months have burst into the real world in forms that are increasingly grotesque and sometimes dangerous, the New York Times reports. Is her deliberate style "at odds with the pace and scale of horrors and just plain stupidity that relentlessly arises on YouTube"?


5_INTERNET

DNS Hijackings Are Worse Than Previously Thought

 

The wave of domain hijacking attacks hitting the Internet over the past few months is worse than previously thought, Ars Technica reports. A new report says state-sponsored actors have continued to brazenly target key infrastructure despite growing awareness of the operation. They have gone so far as to compromise multiple country-code top-level domains, putting all the traffic of every domain in multiple countries at risk, Wired notes.


6_BROWSERS

A Web Pioneer’s Privacy-First Browser


Brendan Eich’s Brave browser is designed to make browsing faster and more private—and though it blocks ads, it has a plan for paying publishers, Fast Company reports. Eich, a cofounder of Mozilla, in 1995 invented JavaScript–the browser code that makes websites interactive rather than static pages of text and images. Eich’s new browser spends much of its time blocking that JavaScript code so that pages load faster and more securely.


7_TECHNOLOGY

Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame

 

Andrew Tallon, a pioneering architectural historian who died in November, dedicated his life to the study of medieval architecture, melding in his interest in technology to create novel ways of studying centuries-old buildings, The Atlantic reports. Starting in 2010, Tallon painstakingly scanned every piece of Notre-Dame, inside and out. His work may help restore the fire-ravaged cathedral.


8_GEAR

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Has a Troubled Trial Run


On Monday, Samsung officially let the press handle the Galaxy Fold after it was shown off in a tightly controlled demo in February. Just two days later, 9to5Google reports, the first review units are encountering multiple issues all focused on the foldable display.


9_PODCASTING

In the Pivot to Paid, Who Benefits?


On April 23, a venture-backed podcast app called Luminary will launch to the public, offering more than 1,000 hours’ worth of exclusive, ad-free content to subscribers paying $7.99 per month for access, Digiday reports. With podcasting poised for a major infusion of consumer revenue in the next few years, the question is: Will audio platforms, rather than individual creators or studios, will reap all the benefits?


10_SAY WHAT?

Run into the Ground

 

Adidas has introduced a new sneaker, named Futurecraft.Loop, that’s a performance running shoe with a difference: It can be 100 percent ground up and melted back into raw materials for a brand-new shoe—without any waste, Adidas says. In a beta run, the company has given the sneaker to 200 “leading creators” from across the world’s major cities, Quartz reports.