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March 3rd, 2017

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Before every episode of The Vergecast I sit down, read through a bunch of news, and take a bunch of notes. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my week, and I started thinking it might be fun to do every day on the site. So, every day this week I’m sitting down and writing some notes on the news as though I’ll be talking about it later. Are you into this? Am I into this? I don’t know. But it’s fun to do! Give me some feedback and we’ll keep mutating this into something good.

A short Friday edition today — highlighted by an insanely dumb startup trying to get positive coverage in the worst way possible.

VERGECAST

Here’s this week’s episode of The Vergecast! It got... weird at the end. Also, Link is an elf.

BIG THINKS

  • I really like this piece by Lux Alptraum on how “free speech” trolls on Reddit and 4chan have somehow found themselves in alliance with the Trump administration, which wants to... crack down on obscene speech. Nothing about how Americans think about free speech and the internet is easy or simple, and Lux does a great job of lining up all the weirdness that ensues when too many people assume the ends justify the means.
  • Our First Click essay this morning was about Amar Toor turning to audio recordings of his son instead of taking photos and videos because the kid isn’t in love with the camera. I read it as sweet, as did a bunch of other parents I know, but there’s an interesting debate in the comments over whether this is creepy or not.

FUCK NO

GADGET NEWS

AJIT PAI NEVER SLEEPS

  • The FCC’s Lifeline program has long subsidized traditional landline phone access for the poor. Under Wheeler, the agency moved to allow those subsidies pay for broadband as well. Then Ajit Pai, yadda yadda, the FCC is now asking if that’s such a good idea after all.
  • It’s a good idea. Come on, people.
  • Pai’s furious pace is really something to behold, but at some point you have to figure changing this much policy so fast is going to have at least some unintended consequences. Which again, does not seem very conservative.
  • Any time Pai wants to talk to us about this, he’s welcome to.

LITERALLY MOONSHOTS

  • Finally, here’s Loren Grush on SpaceX’s plan to fling two people around the Moon — there was quite a debate about crewed vs. uncrewed spaceflight among science nerds (and in our science Slack channel!) today.