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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.
Image of the week, above:
Spotted on the MTR here in steamy Hong Kong: a guy wearing what appears to be a Japanese fan jacket to keep cool.
Here are 10 items worth your time this week:
1) 📸 Trump’s mug shot has triggered a merchandising boom, from (yes) mugs to shot glasses to tee shirts, my WSJ colleagues report. <— free link
2) 🇷🇺 On the downfall of Yevgeny Prigozhin: “a killer on the make, hired by other, more powerful killers to commit more of the same, at larger scale, is ultimately offed by those same killers.“
3) 🛒 How product review site Wirecutter has changed: "The internet of 2023 is not the internet of 2011, nor are the products, nor are the consumers.”
4) 🎤 RIP Bob Barker, host of “The Price is Right.” He was 99.
5) 🛸 A profile of Avi Loeb, the controversial Harvard astrophysicist and proponent of searching for extraterrestrial life.
7) 🗣️ A new accent is emerging among workers in Antarctica.
8) 🪐 Trigger warning: may be angst-inducing: The Sounds of Space.
9) ✨ A New York City park for retired playground animals contains dolphins, an elephant, an aardvark, a camel and a frog.
10) 🇺🇸 Best 4th of July ever: Launching beat-up cars off a 300-foot cliff in Alaska.
🦴 Dog-related video of the week:
💡 Quote of the week:
“Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that's what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.” — Steve Jobs
👊 Fist bump from Hong Kong,