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Newley’s Notes 190: Facebook Dating; New iPhones; Vaping Risks; Puppy Pool Party

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Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos.

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Here are ten items worth your time this week:

➡️ 1) MIT Media Lab Director Resigns Over Epstein Donations [WSJ]

“The director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned following the publication of a news report detailing his ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and Mr. Epstein’s donations to the highly esteemed institution.”

➕ Related, recently released New Yorker longread by Ronan Farrow: How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

💘 2) Facebook’s dating service finally hooks up with Instagram [Axios]

“Instagram’s role in Facebook’s dating service will be limited for now to a ‘secret crush’ feature and letting users link select photos from the app to their dating profiles (a feature rivals like Tinder and Bumble already offer).”

🎹 3) Apple Music launches a public beta on the web [Tech Crunch]

“The web version is now one of several ways Apple is making its music service more accessible across platforms.”

📱 4) Shot: Everything to expect from Apple’s iPhone event [The Verge]

“Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models at its event on Tuesday: the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone 11, replacing the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, respectively. ”

📵 5) Chaser: A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone [Medium]

“It’s there: in your pocket. On the desk. In the cup holder of the car. You want to use it…”

🚬 6) People Urged to Stop Vaping Following More Deaths, Hundreds of Illnesses [WSJ]

“Health authorities are urging people to stop using electronic cigarettes and other vaping products while they investigate three more deaths from a mysterious illness that federal officials say may have affected over 450 users of the devices around the U.S.”

🏠 7) Why Can’t California Solve Its Housing Crisis? [Rolling Stone]

“It’s the epicenter of the tech industry and the wealthiest, most progressive state in the union, but homelessness is surging – and no one can agree on how to fix it”

💯 8) We’re Not In Whoville Anymore: Welcome to Goose Creek Tower [YouTube]

“When he’s not working as one of Alaska’s top trial attorneys, this DIY architect is building his ’poem to the sky.’​”

📻 9) Radio Garden [Radio Garden]

“Explore live radio by rotating the globe.”

🐕 10) Lots of doggos frolicking in a pool [Reddit]

💡 Quote of the week:

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman

👊 Fist bump from New Delhi,


By Newley

Hi. I'm Newley Purnell. I cover technology and business for The Wall Street Journal. I use this site to share my stories and often blog about the books I'm reading, tech trends, sports, travel, and our dog Ginger. For updates, get my weekly email newsletter.

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