Apr 132019
 

The technique illustrates a phenomenon privacy advocates have long referred to as the “if you build it, they will come” principle — anytime a technology company creates a system that could be used in surveillance, law enforcement inevitably comes knocking.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/13/us/google-location-tracking-police.html

Mar 042019
 

Bigger, Saltier, Heavier: Fast Food Since 1986 in 3 Simple Charts – The New York Times:

“The fat and salt content and the sheer size of fast food meals have long been a public health concern. They are often blamed for pushing up the obesity rate among adults in the United States, which rose to 40 percent in 2016 from 13 percent in the early 1960s.”

*40%!? WOW!

Mar 042019
 

Drug Companies and Doctors Battle Over the Future of Fecal Transplants – The New York Times:

“The clash is over the future of fecal microbiota transplants, or F.M.T., a revolutionary treatment that has proved remarkably effective in treating Clostridioides difficile, a debilitating bacterial infection that strikes 500,000 Americans a year and kills 30,000.”

*This is worth reading. 

Mar 042019
 

Luminary Premium: Ad-Free Podcast Listening & Exclusives:

“How to change your podcasting life:

Sign up early (before 4.22.19) for: A chance to win experiences with your favorite podcast creators. Savings when you refer friends. Bonus: first month is always free.”

(Via.) An ad on Google. Yes, I clicked on the ad.

Mar 042019
 

With Big Stars and Paid Subscriptions, Luminary Aims to Be the Netflix of Podcasts – The New York Times:

“Most podcasts are free, but the Luminary app — set to arrive by June — will focus on subscriptions. For $8 a month, subscribers will gain access to Luminary’s ad-free lineup. “

*Another monthly subscription to pay for? If people start to add up their subscription costs they might be surprised. 

Wonder if Apple will try something similar with podcasts and have it part of Apple Music with exclusive podcasts. Apple has the cash to try something like this. Perhaps you could even use third party apps to access this service that helps you make playlists and compelling content.

Mar 042019
 

Instant Pot Maker Bought by Pyrex’s Parent as Old Kitchen Meets New – The New York Times:

“The Instant Pot went on sale in 2010. A confluence of factors — its availability on Amazon, touting of technological advancements like sensors to help optimize cooking relatively low price and popularity among bloggers with evangelical fervor — helped make it a phenomenon.”

*Thought the Instant Pot was from around 2015.