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NN282: Dads Doting on Dogs

Sent as an email newsletter November 21, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

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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.

Image of the week, above: taking in a recent sunset here in Hong Kong.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ A group of cryptocurrency investors nearly succeeded in an attempt to purchase a rare copy of the U.S. constitution, raising more than $40 million but losing out to private collector.

2) ๐Ÿฆ  New research on Covid–19’s origins in China points not to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but to the market where animals that can carry the virus were sold.

3) ๐ŸŽจ A massive new contemporary art museum, called M+, just opened here in Hong Kong; there are concerns about censorship. (I haven’t visited. Yet!)

4) ๐Ÿช› Apple is introducing a self-service repair program so people can fix their own iPhones and Macs.

5) ๐Ÿ“ท Here are the winning photos from the first-ever Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

6) ๐Ÿž๏ธ The National Park Service will for the first time be headed by a Native American: Charles โ€œChuckโ€ Sams III, who is Cayuse and Walla Walla and hails from Eastern Oregon.

7) ๐Ÿ“บ Netflix now provides a list of the top ten most watched movies and shows around the world (also viewable by country).

8) ๐Ÿ‘ The ATL Rap Map, painted by designer Joseph Veazey, shows Atlanta spots mentioned in hit songs through the years.

9) ๐Ÿด FoodTimeline.org catalogs things humans have eaten over the millennia.

10) โšก Forget Tesla. Is Hyundai making the coolest looking electric vehicles these days, or what?

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

Dads with dog they say they didn’t want GIF

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œA genius is the man who can do the average thing when everyone else around him is losing his mind.โ€ – Napoleon

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NN281: Caring Canines

Sent as an email newsletter November 16, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

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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.

Image of the week, above: a Hong Kong alleyway on a recent evening.

๐Ÿ†• My latest story, an exclusive out Friday, is headlined:

Facebook Is Stifling Independent Report on Its Impact in India, Human Rights Groups Say

It begins:

Human rights groups say Facebook is stifling an independent report it commissioned to investigate hate speech on its services in India, the companyโ€™s largest market by customers and where scrutiny of its operations is increasing.

Representatives for the organizations say they have provided extensive input to a U.S. law firm that Facebook commissioned in mid–2020 to undertake the report. The groups say they supplied hundreds of examples of inflammatory content and suggested ways Facebook could better police its services in India.

Facebook executives from the companyโ€™s human rights team, which is overseeing the law firmโ€™s effort, have since narrowed the draft reportโ€™s scope and are delaying a process that has already taken more than a year, the groups say.

โ€œThey are trying to kill it,โ€ said Ratik Asokan of India Civil Watch International…

Click through to read the rest.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Evan Osnos on Xi Jinping and China’s past, present and future.

2) ๐Ÿ”ซ Longread of the week: “My Father, the Hitman.”

3) ๐Ÿฅพ “Nimblewill Nomad” just hiked the more than 2,000-mile-long Appalachian Trail. He is 83 years old.

4) ๐Ÿ… “Tiger King” season two is out on Netflix Wednesday. Here’s the trailer.

5) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท “Sesame Street” is getting its first Asian-American muppet: Ji-Young, a seven-year-old Korean American who loves skateboarding and the electric guitar.

6) ๐ŸŽง Airpods are no longer cool. It’s all about wired headphones these days.

7) ๐Ÿ—ž “Storm Lake” is a new PBS documentary about the future of local news, centered on Northern Iowa’s Storm Lake Times. The trailer is here.

8) ๐ŸŒ Enjoy this “Timeline of the human condition.”

9) ๐Ÿšข MarineTraffic provides an amazingly detailed, clickable ship tracking map.

10) ๐Ÿ  McMansionHell is a blog that “roasts the worldโ€™s ugliest houses from top to bottom, all while teaching about architecture and design.” (Thanks, Anasuya!)

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

How dogs react when kissed… ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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NN280 Dynamic Disco Dogs

Sent as an email newsletter November 7, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

๐Ÿ‘‹ 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.

๐Ÿ™ If you like NN, please share this link so others can subscribe.

๐Ÿช” Image of the week, above: Happy Diwali from Hong Kong! Anasuya and I celebrated the holiday over dinner with friends.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿ‘ This feels like big Covid news: Antiviral pills, which lessen Covid’s effects on those infected, appear to be coming soon.

2) ๐Ÿฆ  Also in Covid updates: vaccines for kids are imminent. The CDC recommended children ages 5 to 11 get Pfizer’s short.

3) ๐Ÿ’ป Wondering what to make of Facebook – er, Meta – and the so-called metaverse? Here’s Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” on “productizing reality.” (Thanks, Stuart!)

4) ๐Ÿ”จ File under “the world in 2021”: Transitory workers are moving around the U.S. helping fix climate-related disasters.

5) ๐Ÿ” Marginalia is a search engine made to “help you find some things you didn’t even know you were looking for.”

6) ๐Ÿ  The pandemic is breathing life into America’s suburbs.

7) ๐Ÿ˜ด Eleven artists explain their bedtime rituals.

8) ๐Ÿ  Arquitectura Libre features Adam Wiseman’s photos of “fantastical” houses funded by workers who have sent home money to relatives in Mexico, India, and Romania’s Transylvania region.

9) ๐Ÿ“บ David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” seems to suggest what many have long assumed: that Tony was whacked in the series finale.

10) โœ๏ธ Wes Anderson’s latest film, now out: “The French Dispatch,” about (if I’m discerning the plot correctly) the publication of a New Yorker-like magazine by expat staff in mid-century France.

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

๐Ÿ• “4 puppies walking to Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive full song.” (Via PB)

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Dog-related reader submission of the week:

Mike and Marsha

Thanks to NN reader Mike S., who sends along this photo of him and his wife, Marsha, in their award-winning Halloween “101-Dalmatians” costume!

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œThe beginning is always today.โ€ – Mary Shelley

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NN278: Puppy Foam Parties

Sent as an email newsletter Sunday, October 17, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

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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.

Image of the week, above: Mr. Nudly. I continue to derive joy, even after all these years, from Starbucks baristas’ amusing spellings of my (admittedly unconventional) name. I’ve yet to add this newest gem to my Starbucks Misspellings gallery, but will do soon.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿ“ฑ Is TikTok causing an increase in tics among teenage girls?

2) ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Why the pandemic is driving a “Great Resignation” in the U.S.

3) โœ๏ธ A New York Times Magazine longread by Robert Kolker that’s been getting a lot of buzz: “Who Is the Bad Art Friend?”

4) ๐ŸŒฒ A trip to Skellefteรฅ, Sweden, home to tons of stuff made of wood, including a 20-storey building.

5) ๐Ÿ”ซ Weaponry innovation of the week: quadrupedal robots with guns.

6) ๐ŸŽต The 200 best albums of the last 25 years.

7) ๐ŸŽฅ Coming December 24: “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, written and directed by Joel Coen. Here’s the trailer. Can’t wait.

8) ๐Ÿ“ธ Photographer Ola Maddams snaps beautiful nighttime photos of wildlife – right in her back yard.

9) ๐ŸŽฌ Map of the week: What the 1988 comedic classic “The Naked Gun” was called in various European countries.

10) ๐ŸŽง Podcast of the week: “The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty,” featuring my WSJ colleague Valerie Bauerlein discussing tragic events in rural Hampton County, S.C.

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

Weeeeee!

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œThe rarest of all human qualities is consistency.โ€ – Jeremy Bentham

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NN277: The Facebook Files — Follow Up

Sent as an email newsletter Sunday, October 10, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

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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.

Image of the week, above: Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, testified before Congress Tuesday.

So: A lot has happened since my last dispatch, on September 22, which I sent after the initial batch of stories in our Facebook Files series ran.

I wanted to devote this edition of Newley’s Notes to share some notable developments since then, though you may have seen several. Here goes, in roughly chronological order:

1) ๐Ÿ“ธ Instagram said it is pausing its project for kids.

2) ๐Ÿ—ž Facebook argued that we mischaracterized its internal findings in our Instagram article; we published several of the documents that formed the basis of that piece.

3) ๐Ÿ“ฑ My colleagues Georgia Wells and Jeff Horwitz published another piece in the series. The headline: Facebookโ€™s Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show.

4) ๐Ÿ‘‰ Members of a Senate panel grilled Facebookโ€™s global head of safety, Antigone Davis.

5) ๐Ÿ“บ Then Haugen appeared on “60 Minutes.” Worth a watch, if you haven’t seen the segment.

6) โœ๏ธ And don’t miss Jeff’s profile of Haugen.

7) ๐ŸŽง Also excellent: Haugen on The Journal podcast.

8) ๐Ÿ—ฃ Another good podcast: Jeff speaks with CNN’s Brian Stelter, on Reliable Sources, about how he first met Haugen and the stories came about.

9) ๐Ÿข We ran another piece in the Facebook Files series. The hed: Is Sheryl Sandbergโ€™s Power Shrinking? Ten Years of Facebook Data Offers Clues.

10) ๐Ÿ‘ And finally, a lighthearted moment: On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert joked about Jeff sporting a headband during TV interviews.

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NN276: The Facebook Files

Sent as an email newsletter Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

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Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes.

I missed sending NN out last Sunday, as I usually do. This will be a shortened, dog-video-less version, sent in the middle of the week. But I wanted to highlight some reporting I’m really proud of.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Image of the week, number one, above: The Facebook Files, a WSJ series we published last week.

WSJ Facebook Files page one

๐Ÿ—ž And image number two: The front page of last Fridayโ€™s WSJ, featuring a piece I wrote with my colleagues Justin Scheck and Jeff Horwitz for the series. It went online Thursday.

The headline of our story: Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Companyโ€™s Response Is Weak, Documents Show.

Click through to read the story; you don’t have to be a WSJ subscriber to read it.

๐ŸŽง And there’s an accompanying podcast with additional material.

The series, which began on Monday, Sept. 13 and contained contributions from a team of us at the Journal, has already had a sizable impact.

My outstanding colleague Jeff, who covers Facebook and has led our reporting, has also done several media appearances to discuss the series. Here he is on CNN, CNBC, and NPR, among others.

โญ Here are links to the rest of the stories in the series (again, these links are non-paywalled), each containing unique revelations about how the world’s largest social network operates:

– Monday: Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite Thatโ€™s Exempt.

๐ŸŽง Podcast here.

– Tuesday: Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show

๐ŸŽง Podcast here.

– Wednesday: Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead.

๐ŸŽง Podcast here.

– Friday: How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerbergโ€™s Bid to Get America Vaccinated

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NN275: Dog โ€“ or Luck Dragon?

Sent as an email newsletter September 12, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

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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.

Image of the week, above: I’m proud to say that my colleagues Jeff Horwitz, Rajesh Roy and I are finalists for a Loeb award for our stories on hate speech and Facebook in India.

Here are more details on the awards. Winners will be announced September 30.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week, all related to the 20th anniversary of 9/11:

1) ๐Ÿ‘‰ A WSJ piece on Saturday’s events: U.S. Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11 With a Day of Memorials.

2) ๐Ÿ“ธ Separately, another moving WSJ piece: Photos That Defined 9/11, and the People in Them – 20 Years Later.

3) ๐Ÿ“บ PBS Frontline documentary: America After 9/11.

4) ๐ŸŽง Podcast: interview with Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.”

5) ๐Ÿ” Related, from Wright in The New Yorker: Did the C.I.A. stop an F.B.I. detective from preventing 9/11?

6) ๐Ÿ“ฐ How The Wall Street Journal Published on 9/11.

7) ๐Ÿ“† 9/11 in Realtime is a collection of video and audio media from the day, designed for educational purposes.

8) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Spencer Ackerman: How Sept. 11 Gave Us Jan. 6.

9) ๐Ÿ—ž A collection of local newspaper front pages across the U.S. on the anniversary.

10) โœˆ๏ธ Remembering what air travel in the U.S. was like before 9/11.

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

โ€œHaving a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a quest. –Falcore โ€

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œSuccess is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.โ€ – Robert Collier

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NN274: Joyful Jack Russells

๐Ÿ‘‹ 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.

If you like NN, please share this link so others can subscribe.

Image of the week, above: Out and about with Ginger.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿฆ  On Covid and parenting.

2) โœˆ๏ธ RIP business travel.

3) ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Given that Australia won’t let citizens leave the country during the pandemic, can it still be considered a liberal democracy?

4) ๐Ÿ–๏ธ I was unaware that there is a Margaritaville Resort – a Jimmy Buffet-themed hotel, bar, and restaurant – in Times Square.

5) ๐Ÿ‘‰ As the 20th anniversary of September 11th approaches, and given the U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan, Netflix has a timely five-part documentary I’ve been watching: “Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror.”

6) โญ Related: “The Children of 9/11: Lessons in Resilience” is a moving WSJ feature by my colleague Leslie Brody.

7) ๐Ÿฆ Here are the year’s best photos of birds.

8) ๐ŸŽƒ Bud Light pumpkin spice hard selzer? You better believe it. (Via the sharp-eyed PB)

9) ๐ŸŽง Podcast of the week: Elizabeth Holmes’s trial is beginning; don’t miss “Bad Blood: The Final Chapter,” hosted by John Carreyrou, who broke the Theranos story for the WSJ.

10) ๐Ÿ€ Capybaras are running wild in Buenos Aires. Video is here.

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

Not new, but new to me: “Hilarious Jack Russell Goes Crazy with Excitement at Crufts 2017!

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๐Ÿ“– What I’ve been reading

After finishing the superb “Blood and Oil,” I’ve turned to some World War II history. I’d been searching for some time for a single volume that encapsulates the conflict, and think I have found it in Max Hastings’ “All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939–45.”

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œYou can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another." – Ernest Hemingway

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NN273: Bouncing Border Collies

๐Ÿ‘‹ 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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โ˜€๏ธ Image of the week, above: A recent sunset here in Hong Kong, seen from a ferry.

I’m happy to resume weekly delivery of Newley’s Notes after a brief break. If you’ve taken time off this summer, I hope your getaway was restful. If you haven’t yet, I hope you’re able to get some downtime. Onward!

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿงช A remarkable development yesterday in the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes: she may argue she was being abused psychologically, emotionally and sexually by then Theranos President Ramesh โ€œSunnyโ€ Balwani.

2) ๐Ÿ˜” RIP Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

3) ๐Ÿ‘‰ As the twentieth anniversary of September 11th approaches, a moving longread: “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind.”

4) ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธWhy great thinkers are serious about walking.

5) ๐Ÿ’ฌ A look at why Google has failed to build a successful messaging app.

6) ๐Ÿงฌ A list of the 50 best sci-fi and fantasy books of the last decade.

7) โ“Did mega-bestselling thriller author Dan Brown write, under a pen name, a humorous 1995 dating guide called “187 Men to Avoid”?

8) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท What’s the secret to Costa Ricans’ longevity?

9) ๐ŸŽง Podcast of the week: sociologist Stephanie Jaros on the always-excellent Cool Tools.

10) ๐Ÿ’ฏ I love this gallery of beautiful old cassette tapes.

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

Hopping into the weekend

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๐Ÿ“– What I’ve been reading

I’m nearly finished with the riveting “Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power,” the 2020 book by Bradley Hope (co-author of the smash hit “Billion Dollar Whale”) and my WSJ colleague Justin Scheck. If you care about the Middle East, geopolitics, oil and energy, or just how power is wielded, you have to read this book.

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

“You donโ€™t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt with. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones youโ€™re holding.” – Cheryl Strayed

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NN272: Histrionic Huskies

Me with Giorgio Chiellini

Sent as an email newsletter July 18, 2021. Want in? Join my email list.

๐Ÿ‘‹ 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.

โšฝ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Image of the week, above: that time in 2015 I bumped into the great Giorgio Chiellini in Jakarta. Chiellini, you may have seen, just captained Italy in their Euro 2020 championship win over England. I still can’t believe I actually have a photo with him ๐Ÿ™‚ More on the Azzurri’s success below…

๐Ÿšจ โœ๏ธ Programming note: NN will be on summer holiday beginning next week. It’ll be back in your inbox in mid-August!

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿงค Italy beat England to win Euro 2020. Defender Chiellini, pictured with yours truly above, was outstanding, as usual. But goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was out of this world: He made the winning penalty save and was named player of the tournament – a first for a goalkeeper. Epic. And he’s only 22!

2) ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ The Biden administration issued an advisory cautioning U.S. businesses in Hong Kong that the “new legal landscape” here could “adversely affect businesses and individuals” as Beijing asserts control.

3) ๐Ÿงญ โ€œRoadrunner,โ€ the new documentary about Anthony Bourdain, has just come out – and features an AI speaking in Bourdain’s voice.

4) ๐Ÿš€ Richard Branson flew into space. Is a new era of private spaceflight upon us?

5) ๐Ÿ’ป Longread of the week: Cal Newport on making remote work last.

6) ๐ŸŽฅ Here is a lovely collection of old movie posters.

7) ๐Ÿ“Ž Microsoft is bringing Clippy back.

8) ๐Ÿงธ Toys based on dead startups.

9) ๐Ÿ“ป Radiooooo is a “musical time machine” that spans the globe. Super cool.

10) ๐Ÿ”‰ Emergency alarm sounds from around the world, rated.

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๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

Just like kids.

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๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œEnjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.โ€ – Robert Brault

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