News ⚡ — Friday, July 19
Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads.’ Amazon accidentally sold $13,000+ camera gear for $100 on Prime Day. K-Swiss and IGC “MIBR ONE TAP” e-sports sneaker.
1. 🧠 Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’
The proposed future technology Neuralink intends to make, a module that sits outside the head and wirelessly receives information from threads embedded in the brain. Mind blown.
2. 🤦🏻 Amazon accidentally sold $13,000+ camera gear for $100 on Prime Day
Photographers scored what may be the best deals of their lives. Thanks to a pricing error, many people were able to purchase high-end camera gear bundles, some worth over $5,000, for just around $100. 93% Off.
3. 🎮 K-Swiss and IGC “MIBR ONE TAP” e-sports sneaker
The “ONE-TAP” was designed in partnership with the Immortals Gaming Club, who specialize in Counter Strike and Overwatch. However, for what it is, do gamers really need “performance footwear?” Dubious.
4. 🌲 Saint Laurent incident underlines environmental cost of fashion shows
After being denied a permit by the local government, Saint Laurent staged a beachside runway show in Malibu that violated a host of environmental regulations, the city says. Out-of-line.
5. 🔏 FaceApp responds to privacy concerns over its ownership of 150 million faces
The app, which has some far reaching terms of service, is responsible for the deluge of selfies of older versions of people, and it does that by uploading user photos to the cloud for processing instead of on their device. AI food.
6. 👩🏻⚖️ Ai Weiwei wins a legal battle with Volkswagen over an ad that featured his refugee-themed art installation without permission
As compensation, the artist will receive $260,000 from the company as ordered by a Copenhagen court, after the artist tried unsuccessfully to sue the car company for over a year. Served.
7. 🗻 Companion stops off in Japan as part of its Asian KAWS:HOLIDAY tour
Unveiled at the Fumotoppara Camping Ground near Mt. Fuji, KAWS’ iconic figure will remain on view through July 24. Snooze.
8. ❄️ Scientists propose pumping 74 trillion tons of artificial snow onto to the west antarctic ice sheet to stop its collapse
Previous wild thought experiments for how to deal with this include a proposal for a massive underwater berm to stop warm water from intruding beneath the glaciers. But the new study looks at another avenue of saving the glaciers by increasing snowfall onto the surface to thicken the ice. The process that could in theory stabilize them by adding heft that would push the grounding line—where the ice, seafloor, and ocean meet—further out to sea. Hollywood Grade.
9. ❌ Netflix lost US subscribers for the first time ever
Despite hoping to add about 300,000 subscribers in the past quarter, Netflix actually lost Instead, 126,000 US subscribers in the second quarter, which ended June 30. The streaming landscape is about to get a whole lot more competitive so this could be a warning sign for investors. Flixed out.
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