Washington Post
Return-to-office mandates at some of the most powerful tech companies — Apple, Microsoft and SpaceX — were followed by a spike in departures among the most senior, tough-to-replace talent, according to a case study published last week by researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.
Turns out!
New York Times
Since 2015, there has been this strong desire to make Trump more complicated than he is, as if his power and influence mean that he must have depth and substance. But he doesn’t. Trump is a glorified bully. And like all bullies, he wilts in the face of anyone willing to stand up and say no.
This is a rare good reminder in the NYT. The media needs this invincibility narrative but it doesn’t match reality.
The Atlantic
The fundamental flaw of Apple’s commercial is that it is a display of force that reminds us about this sleight of hand. We are not the powerful entity in this relationship. The creative potential we feel when we pick up one of their shiny devices is actually on loan. At the end of the day, it belongs to Apple, the destroyer.
Now that Apple is also an entertainment company they would prefer that everyone else stop creating things. What a bleak vision of the world these tech companies have. Matt makes this message explicit in his parody: Dream On.
Ben continues in his thread, "[The moderator crackdown is] just a reminder that anything you post on any of these platforms can and will be used for profit. It's just a matter of time until all your messages on Discord, Twitter etc. are scraped, fed into a model and sold back to you."
These user conflicts highlight the way site owners extract monetary value from the community in ways that aren’t shared back. Now some 3rd party will be making money from their time and energy. So disappointing to see companies being bad stewards of good impulses like the desire to pitch in and help share knowledge.
The Verge
Music League makes music social in a way that social media algorithms, ironically, do not. Every league I am in has a group chat that erupts when a new playlist drops, and again when the votes are in. The comments on the songs are often very funny and might be my favorite part of the game.
I've been playing Music League with friends for a while and it has been a great way to hear new music. Lots of conversations about music and sharing memories about music that wouldn't happen otherwise. Highly recommended!
One student I met outside the Low Library after Johnson’s speech, who only identified himself by an initial, K, summed up the dissonance between Johnson’s description of the protesters and the reality of the encampment: “It’s as if there’s some kind of armed insurrection here—there isn’t,” K told me. “There’s maybe, like, 100 students sleeping in tents on a lawn.”
I think it’s good to keep in mind who really has power in these situations. Is it the administration and politicians who can direct militarized police or college kids? Showing up on campus to get some headlines while punching down is awful.
Talking Points Memo
It’s a rogue court, a thoroughly corrupt one, one that is so far gone in its corruption that it feels free even from the practical obligation to clothe its corruption for the sake of appearances.
Hard not to be completely depressed about the state of things. This is the consequence of having a billionaire class and a large number of non-billionaires voting for their chosen sociopath. Please vote for people who care about other living people.
It’s important to be clear here: there is no chance a critical mass of people will ever leave X without a major shock to the system. Musk is not a smart person but on some level he recognises that many of those who have stuck with X through every single depraved shift in its centre of gravity will happily stick with X as it gets significantly more hateful and harmful. But that doesn’t mean you should stay, and prolong its decline.
The best time to leave was 2018, but the 2nd best time is now. It's painful to shut off a regular source of information. It's also very possible. Experimenting and rebuilding how you get info sounds like a lot of work and it is! Sharpening your Internet skills will make you feel young again and you get to stop working for that weirdo.
McKinsey is to the middle class what flesh-eating bacteria is to healthy tissue.
Edward Zitron reads Google's internal emails revealed in a DOJ suit and names names:
These emails are a stark example of the monstrous growth-at-all-costs mindset that dominates the tech ecosystem, and if you take one thing away from this newsletter, I want it to be the name Prabhakar Raghavan, and an understanding that there are people responsible for the current state of technology.
CBS News
…in the meantime, you have tens of thousands of people who are pregnant or will become pregnant who will either need to drive or fly or get sick in order to receive care and their health will be very much at risk." 
As I always ask, please vote for people who care about other people and want them to be healthy. Please help living people here and now. Abstract ideas will continue to be ok but real living people might not be ok.
ABC News
"Relative to undocumented immigrants, U.S.-born citizens are over 2 times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, 2.5 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes, and over 4 times more likely to be arrested for property crimes," according to a 2020 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It's good to see fact checking like this happening in the media. It's very difficult to correct lies when the media is flooded with bs, but the attempt to correct the record is important.
404 Media
Google Books is indexing low quality, AI-generated books that will turn up in search results, and could possibly impact Google Ngram viewer, an important tool used by researchers to track language use throughout history.
AI is why we can’t have nice things. Also maybe having a private for profit company organize the world’s information was a terrible idea. They make decisions to maximize their profits, not provide a data heritage for humanity.
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