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I’ve scoured the internet to find today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Chipmakers already cut for the $52 billion CHIPS funding
While the money is a welcome boost to the industry, the battle is far from over. (FT $)

2 The software that manages organ transplants is dangerously outdated
Annoyed transplant doctors say the system is endangering lives. (WP $)
+ The UK health service will use AI to identify and treat people at risk for hepatitis C. (the guard)
+ A new storage technique could vastly expand the number of livers available for transplantation. (MIT Technology Review)

3 Covid has dealt a hard blow to Americans’ health
The extent of this is only now becoming clear. (WSJ $)
+ Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Elon Musk is suing Twitter
But details are kept secret. (CNBC)
+ Here’s what could happen next. (NY Mag $)
+ Musk has suggested that interactions between Twitter accounts have declined. (Insider $)

5 Data Brokers Sell Data on Billions of Potentially Pregnant People
While the actual number of individuals is unclear, it has chilling implications in a post-Roe world. (Gizmodo)

6 Top Live Streamers Are Being Harassed And Stalked Offline
Obsessive fans take advantage of the intimacy that has become the star’s calling card. (NYT $)
+ China wants to control how its famous live streamers behave, speak and even dress. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Part Of China’s Most Powerful Missile Crashed On Earth
NASA was unimpressed by the fact that the country had not issued a warning about the falling debris. (NBC)
+ The organization is sending a number of helicopters to Mars. (Spectrum IEEE)
+ Here’s what you may have missed from those James Webb Space Telescope photos. (BigThink)

8 True Crypto Believers Keep the Faith
They remain calm and carry on even when other investors are not. (WSJ $)
+ Bitcoin’s recovery month was short and sweet. (Bloomberg $)
+ It’s safe to say that the advice of these “cryptovoyants” should be taken with a mountain of salt. (sieved)
+ Forget breakfast, Tiffany starts with NFTs. (CNET)
+ Crypto bros discharge their expensive Rolexes after the crash. (NY Mag $)

9 These Scientists Want To Use AI To Talk To Animals
The problem is that much communication with animals is rooted in physical movement. (the guard)
+ It’s much easier for AI to show us what traffic-free cities look like. (Motherboard)

10 VR’s Biggest Problem? It doesn’t smell enough
While scent can make it a lot more immersive, it can also be a lot more disgusting. (wired $)

Quote of the day

“I have no control over the price of eggs or milk. When it goes up, it just goes up. I still need it.”

—Shannon Villa, who works in an Amazon warehouse, describes how he and his family are forced to deal with rising prices for shoppers in the US to the Washington Post.

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