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Justice for Jacob Blake is just the most recent of the social-justice-related Carrds shared across Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok as one-stop resources in recent months. Such easy-to-use tools are reinventing the basic building block of the internet—the website—for people who want to share resources and information quickly, safely, and creatively. Along with better-known tools like Google Docs, they are forming the bedrock of a new form of “protest internet” for the 2020s.
-- Tanya Basuarchive, MIT Technology Review

For the shortfall, cranking up a peaking power plant is extremely expensive. It’s one of the reasons countries such as Germany and Australia have such expensive electricity. For managing a surplus, you’re faced with throwing away energy, and that is neither good value for money, nor is it always easy.
-- Jemma Green, Forbes

Samsung Electronics Co will halt operations of its last computer factory in China, the South Korean tech giant said on Saturday...The factory shipped $4.3 billion worth of goods out of China in 2012, a figure that had sunk to $1 billion by 2018...
-- Joyce Lee, Reuters

The SUV-sized rover Perseverance launched at 4:50 a.m. Pacific time aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The rover is slated to land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, landing in the planet’s Jezero Crater. The rover will look for signs of past microbial life and collect rock and soil samples for eventual return to Earth.
-- CBS Los Angeles

Specifically, what are Dell, HP, Asus, and others going to do if Apple offers materially better laptops and desktops and Microsoft continues to improve Windows on ARM Surface devices? In order to compete, PC manufacturers will have to follow suit, they’ll "go ARM" because, all defensive rhetoric aside, Apple and Microsoft will have made the x86 architecture feel like what it actually is: old.
-- Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

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