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‘Instagram can hurt us’: Mark Zuckerberg emails outline plan to neutralize competitors – The Verge

Antitrust panel says the messages show Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition. They were revealed at today’s hearing with CEOs from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
— Read on www.theverge.com/2020/7/29/21345723/facebook-instagram-documents-emails-mark-zuckerberg-kevin-systrom-hearing

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How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change | WIRED

So van Kooten decided to slim things down. He “refactored” his plug-in, making it more efficient, so now it sends 20 KB less data. Overall, the site would use a little less energy every day.Of course, 20 KB is a teensy reduction. But since 2 million websites use his plug-in, it adds up. By his crude estimate, trimming the code reduced the world’s monthly CO2 output by 59,000 kilograms, roughly the equivalent to flying from New York to Amsterdam and back 85 times.

Source: How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change | WIRED

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Tesla could be the only automaker that doesn’t survive the Great Auto Disruption

But here’s the kicker: to Musk, that wouldn’t entirely matter. His overarching goal has always been to replace the fossil-fuel-powered car with an electric one. In that sense, Tesla has always been a means to an end, and ultimately, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.

https://www.businessinsider.com/can-tesla-survive-the-great-auto-disruption-2019-8

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A solar-powered system can turn salt water into fresh drinking water for 25,000 people per day

Desalination technology is not new, but it uses high-power pumps and is notoriously energy-intensive (and therefore expensive). The solar-microgrid system that GivePower has created, however, can produce almost 20,000 gallons of fresh drinking water each day. It relies on Tesla batteries for energy storage, and it uses two parallel pumps so that the system can run at all times, even if one pump requires maintenance.

Via BusinessInsider

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Japan approves first human-animal embryo experiments

Some bioethicists are concerned about the possibility that human cells might stray beyond development of the targeted organ, travel to the developing animal’s brain and potentially affect its cognition.

www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02275-3