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:
“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.
“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…”
“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,