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early morning edition


The 35th Chaos Communication Congress has begun, streams are up and the schedule is online []

Without trees we are lost [ft]  But we city dwellers, reared on concrete and litter-bins, are running out of distractions: the high streets are closing, our tiny magical computers teleport us to hell. Fortunately, in most towns, there remains one source of calm.

Hi, my name is ___, and I’m addicted to tech’ [ap]  It hasn’t been easy for her son, who still relapses every month or two with an extended online binge. He’s managed to keep his job. But sometimes, he wishes he could be more like his co-workers, who spend a lot of their leisure time playing video games and seem to function just fine.

Our Cellphones Aren’t Safe  [nyt] Anyone who can connect to the SS7 network can use it to track your location or eavesdrop on your phone calls. A more recent alternative to SS7 called Diameter suffers from many of the same problems.

Theaster Gates  NYT –  His ambition, he would argue, is more circumscribed. I’m super-interested in the color black, the history of black painting,” he said. “My daddy made black paintings on roofs.”

A Flood of Questionable Cryptocurrency Offerings [wsj]  Search for hundreds of projects showing signs of plagiarism, identity theft and promises of improbable returns.

Whats on Weibo Reporting social trends in China.

ICYMI Your weekly selection of awesome (holiday themed) robot videos [ieee]  We are at the point where you can curate a collection of robot Christmas card videos