Bitcoin is a fascinating concept with lots of problems in practice: it's an environmental disaster, it leaves owners completely unprotected from being ripped off, and it is almost exclusively used for questionable things.
This is an example where Bitcoin is used effectively to survive in the midst of a completely collapsed economy. It is incredibly interesting.
This is a completely impractical, unaffordable, probably crappy product. But it has a very high cool factor and I'm a sucker for gadgets. So in my book this is one of the coolest gadgets available today.
The parent company of The National Enquirer tried to blackmail Bezos to get The Washington Post to drop an investigation on their newspaper. Bezos calls their bluff (or is it a bluff?) and decides to publish the blackmail letter.
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This is a very good video essay about the use of disinformation as a weapon by the KGB. Especially interesting, needless to say, given what's happening around the world in the last couple of years.
Everytime I hear someone I know who's reasonably smart and educated say something along the lines of "you don't know who to believe anymore"* regarding the news media, I am filled with a sense of dread over the effectiveness of these campaigns.
Of course the answer is: "You should believe the news organizations that have been around for decades, have a staff of proffesional journalists, and excellent track record; not the crap you receive over WhatsApp or Facebook from questionable sources".