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    Elizabeth Lopatto36 minutes ago
    Spain’s Transports Urbans de Sabadell has La Bussí.

    Once again, the US has fallen behind in transportation — call it the Bussí gap. A hole in our infrastructure, if you will.


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    Jay PetersTwo hours ago
    Doing more with less (extravagant holiday parties).

    Sundar Pichai addressed employees’ questions about Google’s spending changes at an all-hands this week, according to CNBC.

    “Maybe you were planning on hiring six more people but maybe you are going to have to do with four and how are you going to make that happen?” Pichai sent a memo to workers in July about a hiring slowdown.

    In the all-hands, Google’s head of finance also asked staff to try not to go “over the top” for holiday parties.


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    Jess Weatherbed12:31 PM UTC
    Japan will fully reopen to tourists in October following two and a half years of travel restrictions.

    Good news for folks who have been waiting to book their dream Tokyo vacation: Japan will finally relax Covid border control measures for visa-free travel and individual travelers on October 11th.

    Tourists will still need to be vaccinated three times or submit a negative COVID-19 test result ahead of their trip, but can take advantage of the weak yen and a ‘national travel discount’ launching on the same date. Sugoi!


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    Thomas Ricker11:00 AM UTC
    Sony starts selling the Xperia 1 IV with continuous zoom lens.

    What does it cost to buy a smartphone that does something no smartphone from Apple, Google, Samsung can? $1,599.99 is Sony’s answer: for a camera lens that can shift its focal length anywhere between 85mm and 125mm.

    Here’s Allison’s take on Sony’s continuous-zoom lens when she tested a prototype Xperia 1 IV back in May: 

    Sony put a good point-and-shoot zoom in a smartphone. That’s an impressive feat. In practical use, it’s a bit less impressive. It’s essentially two lenses that serve the same function: portrait photography. The fact that there’s optical zoom connecting them doesn’t make them much more versatile.

    Still, it is a Sony, and like.no.other.


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    Corin Faife10:44 AM UTC
    If God sees everything, so do these apps.

    Some Churches are asking congregants to install so-called “accountability apps” to prevent sinful behavior. A Wired investigation found that they monitor almost everything a user does on their phone, including taking regular screenshots and flagging LGBT search terms.


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    James Vincent8:41 AM UTC
    Shutterstock punts on AI-generated content.

    Earlier this week, Getty Images banned the sale of AI-generated content, citing legal concerns about copyright. Now, its biggest rival, Shutterstock, has responded by doing ... absolutely nothing. In a blog post, Shutterstock’s CEO Paul Hennessy says there are “open questions on the copyright, licensing, rights, and ownership of synthetic content and AI-generated art,” but doesn’t announce any policy changes. So, you can keep on selling AI art on Shutterstock, I guess.


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    Thomas Ricker6:58 AM UTC
    This custom Super73 makes me want to tongue-kiss an eagle.

    Super73’s tribute to mountain-biking pioneer Tom Ritchey has my inner American engorged with flag-waving desire. The “ZX Team” edition features a red, white, and blue colorway with custom components fitted throughout. Modern MTBers might scoff at the idea of doing any serious trail riding on a heavy Super73 e-bike, which is fine: this one-off is not for sale. 

    You can, however, buy the Super73 ZX it’s based on (read my review here), which proved to be a very capable all-terrain vehicle on asphalt, dirt, gravel, and amber fields of grain.


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    Richard Lawler12:25 AM UTC
    The sincerest form of flattery.

    I had little interest in Apple’s Dynamic Island, but once a developer built their spin on the idea for Android, I had to give it a try.

    Surprisingly, I’ve found I actually like it, and while dynamicSpot isn’t as well-integrated as Apple’s version, it makes up for it with customization. Nilay’s iPhone 14 Pro review asked Apple to reverse the long-press to expand vs. tap to enter an app setup. In dynamicSpot, you can do that with a toggle (if you pay $5).


    DynamicSpot app on Android shown expanding music player, in the style of Apple’s Dynamic Island in iOS 16.
    DynamicSpot in action on a Google Pixel 6
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    Richard LawlerSep 22
    TikTok politics.

    Ahead of the midterm elections, TikTok made big changes to its rules for politicians and political fundraising on the platform, as Makena Kelly explains... on TikTok.


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    Richard LawlerSep 22
    The Twitter employee who testified about Trump and the January 6th attack has come forward.

    This summer, a former Twitter employee who worked on platform and content moderation policies testified anonymously before the congressional committee investigating the violence at the US Capitol on January 6th.

    While she remains under NDA and much of her testimony is still sealed,  Anika Collier Navaroli has identified herself, explaining a little about why she’s telling Congress her story of what happened inside Twitter — both before the attack, and after, when it banned Donald Trump.