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Does Google’s Duplex Violate Two-Party Consent Laws?

Devin Coldewey, writing for TechCrunch: “It may be possible with careful design to extract the features you need without keeping the original, in a way where it’s mathematically impossible to

Rebecca Solnit: ‘The Coup Has Already Happened’

Rebecca Solnit, in a compelling essay for Literary Hub: The current situation of the United States is obscene, insane, and incredible. If someone had pitched it for a thriller novel or film a few

Washington Post: ‘Trump Administration Preparing to Hold Immigrant Children on Military Bases’

Nick Miroff and Paul Sonne, reporting for The Washington Post this week: The Trump administration is making preparations to hold immigrant children on military bases, according to Defense

Samsung Compares Galaxy S9 to Very Slow iPhone 6 in New Ad

Two thoughts on this Samsung ad trying to get iPhone 6 users to upgrade to a Galaxy S9: I’m glad they’re making fun of the notch rather than copying it, like every other Android maker. Samsung should

Federal Judge Accused ICE of Making Up Evidence to Prove That Dreamer Was ‘Gang-Affiliated’

This is really an extraordinary report for Slate by Mark Joseph Stern: On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez shot down the federal government’s efforts to strip Daniel Ramirez Medina of

‘No, of Course No.’

Jack Morse at Mashable, following up on DF reader Jay P’s deduction of the actual restaurant where Google claims two of its employees enjoyed a meal booked via Google Duplex: And sure, this could be

★ The Restaurant Where Google Claims to Have Booked an Actual Meal Via Duplex

The fact that I had an answer to my question in just 22 minutes shows that having a large follower count on Twitter is a bit of a super power.

Republican Lawmaker Says Rocks Falling Into Ocean to Blame for Rising Sea Levels

Avery Anapol, reporting for The Hill: A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline,

Axios Looks Into Google’s Duplex Demo

Dan Primack, reporting for Axios: When you call a business, the person picking up the phone almost always identifies the business itself (and sometimes gives their own name as well). But that didn’t

Espresso Creator Jan Van Boghout Moves to Framer

Longstanding Mac editor Espresso (mentioned here at DF numerous times over the years) is changing hands to the newly-founded Warewolf, and Espresso creator Jan Van Boghout is closing shop at MacRabbit

★ The End of Third-Party Twitter Clients?

Twitter may not care about a native Mac client, but the users of these apps, and the developers who make them, certainly do.

Simpsons Editor Taylor Allen Teaches Us How an Episode Comes Together

I had no idea staffers at The Simpsons were such sharp dressers. ★

StopTheMadness

From developer Jeff Johnson: StopTheMadness is a Safari extension for Mac that stops web sites from making Safari harder to use. Some web sites disable Mac user interface features in Safari that you

Microsoft Previews Surface Hub 2

Very impressive-looking successor to the current Surface Hub. I particularly like the way you can tile up to 4 of them next to each other. No pricing details yet, and it’s not shipping until sometime

Facebook Closed 583 Million Fake Accounts in First Three Months of 2018

Alex Hern and Olivia Solon, reporting for The Guardian: In its first quarterly Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook said the overwhelming majority of moderation action was against spam

Google Lowers Prices on Storage

Shannon Liao, writing for The Verge: Google One will get a new $2.99 a month option that gets you 200GB of storage. The 2TB plan, which usually costs $19.99 per month, will now cost $9.99 a month.

How Soon Is ‘Soon’?

I got a lot of email and Twitter feedback regarding my skepticism regarding Google’s Duplex over the weekend. Here’s a point: Google has a history of making product announcements that they claim are

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Regarding MacBook Keyboards

Casey Johnston, writing at The Outline: Late Friday night, Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit over the finicky butterfly-switch keyboards that have plagued its customers since they were

Donald Trump and Sean Hannity’s Late Night Calls

Fantastic piece for New York Magazine by Olivia Nuzzi: The call to the White House comes after ten o’clock most weeknights, when Hannity is over. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sean

John Carmack on His Interactions With Steve Jobs

Some great anecdotes here, but it breaks my heart that he posted them on Facebook, of all places.Update: Here’s a copy of the story posted to Hacker News. ★