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Issue 79

Debt-fuelled unicorns

Masayoshi Son's Vision Fund released its earnings results last week, which contained a few odd graphics on horses and unicorns, such as this one: Son wants us to believe that despite some of his investments falling into the 'valley of… Read on →

Delivered on 25 May 2020. About a 5 min read.

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Issue 78

Australia's COVIDSafety theatre

Australia's coronavirus tracing app, COVIDSafe - which has also become the political buzzword of choice being dribbled ad nauseam in every.single.speech - passed three milestones this week: Nearly 6 million people have downloaded the app.The COVIDSafe legislation… Read on →

Delivered on 18 May 2020. About a 6 min read.

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Issue 77

Zoom is secure enough

Regular readers should be well aware of the privacy and security revelations that plagued videoconferencing platform Zoom last month. It was a long list: What wasn't clear was whether or not Zoom would be able to recover from the public… Read on →

Delivered on 11 May 2020. About a 3 min read.

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Issue 76

Forecasting lessons

Eleven years ago programmers at Google thought they had solved a long-running problem: early detection of disease activity. As they wrote in a 2009 Nature journal article, such an innovation could save millions of lives: In addition to seasonal influenza,… Read on →

Delivered on 04 May 2020. About a 6 min read.

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Issue 75

Australia's contact tracing app

Australia finally released its COVID-19 contact tracing app on Sunday, dubbed "COVIDSafe". The good news is that it's based on the protocol open sourced by the Singaporean government, BlueTrace: Like TraceTogether, Australia’s tracing app will use Bluetooth to identify… Read on →

Delivered on 27 April 2020. About a 5 min read.