A booming industry based entirely on missed calls helped bring India online — and vanished overnight

A booming industry based entirely on missed calls helped bring India online — and vanished overnight
Added 5 days ago
Summary: In the age of expensive data, missed calls became more than just a cheap way to communicate. But in India, technology moves faster than you’d think.
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Ideas | A defamation lawsuit in Singapore sets a dangerous precedent

Ideas | A defamation lawsuit in Singapore sets a dangerous precedent
Added 5 days ago
Summary: For ordinary citizens, the mere act of sharing a link, without comment, that might showcase a public leader in a negative light is no longer safe.
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The mysterious user editing a global open-source map in China’s favor

The mysterious user editing a global open-source map in China’s favor
Added 20 days ago
Summary: Open-source tools underpin technology used by millions of people, but they’re also vulnerable to manipulation.
Sentiment: positive
16 minute read
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Russia’s government tried to block Twitter. It censored itself instead.

Russia’s government tried to block Twitter. It censored itself instead.
Added a month ago
Summary: Reminder: Internet censorship can have unintended consequences.
Sentiment: negative
11 minute read
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Humanitarian aid or ISIS fundraising?

Humanitarian aid or ISIS fundraising?
Added 2 months ago
Summary: Social media platforms are struggling to figure out how to deal with fundraising campaigns that flirt with the boundaries of what’s legal.
Sentiment: negative
22 minute read
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Inside Asia’s booming online learning industry

Inside Asia’s booming online learning industry
Added 2 months ago
Summary: For ed-tech giants like Yuanfudao and Byju’s, business is booming. But are students learning anything?
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Meet the man behind Koo, India’s free-speech Twitter alternative

Meet the man behind Koo, India’s free-speech Twitter alternative
Added 2 months ago
Summary: Aprameya Radhakrishna insists his app is apolitical, even if India’s right-wing party has driven its success.
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The mysterious photo of a purple flower that receives 78 million hits each day

The mysterious photo of a purple flower that receives 78 million hits each day
Added 2 months ago
Summary: How India’s TikTok ban may have inadvertently caused a random image to become extremely popular.
Sentiment: positive
8 minute read
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Southeast Asia’s hottest tech deal would devastate gig workers

Southeast Asia’s hottest tech deal would devastate gig workers
Added 2 months ago
Summary: If ride-hailing giants Grab and Gojek come together, the new quasi-monopoly would have little incentive to improve working conditions.
Sentiment: positive
26 minute read
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Ideas | India has its own Donald Trumps, but they’re still on Facebook and Twitter

Ideas | India has its own Donald Trumps, but they’re still on Facebook and Twitter
Added 3 months ago
Summary: If social media platforms can silence the most powerful office in the world, why can’t they do the same for India’s anti-Muslim politicians?
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Here are the top ten pirated films outside of the West in 2020

Here are the top ten pirated films outside of the West in 2020
Added 3 months ago
Summary: “Parasite,” “Peninsula,” “One Piece,” and “Ip Man” all feature.
Sentiment: negative
11 minute read
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Inside India’s cybercrime unit fighting to stop content that promotes child sexual abuse

Inside India’s cybercrime unit fighting to stop content that promotes child sexual abuse
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Exploitative materials have proliferated online since the beginning of the pandemic. This police unit in Kerala is leading the effort to catch groups that create such content.
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The meteoric rise of Russia’s Amazon may be too good to be true

The meteoric rise of Russia’s Amazon may be too good to be true
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Wildberries is a genuine success. But its corporate backstory involves a lot of mythmaking.
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How an acclaimed pianist got his hands back

How an acclaimed pianist got his hands back
Added 3 months ago
Summary: João Carlos Martins gave up playing after high-tech treatments failed. Then a pair of low-tech gloves brought the music back.
Sentiment: negative
7 minute read
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How three Pakistani brothers created a billion-dollar unicorn in real estate

How three Pakistani brothers created a billion-dollar unicorn in real estate
Added 3 months ago
Summary: In 15 years, Zameen went from a bland classified ads site to hosting two-thirds of all real estate transactions.
Sentiment: positive
18 minute read
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