Wednesday, July 29 2020

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This ranks as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history… It’s hard to think of another event anywhere in the world in living memory that has killed or displaced that many animals.

That’s the conclusion of a new report which shows that three billion animals were killed or displaced by the devastating wildfires that swept through Australia. Raging from last July through March, the fires destroyed 6 million acres. The affected wildlife includes 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs. Illustration: Parth Savla.

Big Story

A great trial of tech titans

The TLDR: Four of the most powerful men in the world—Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai—will be grilled in full view of the world today. All four will simultaneously testify in front of the US Congress—which is investigating them for unfair business practices. The reason this matters: It could lead to legislation that forever changes the landscape of the global tech industry.


What’s happening here?

For more than a year, members of the US Congress have been investigating the big four: Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon. They have conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and collected more than 1.3 million documents. Now, the House Judiciary Committee has summoned their CEOs to defend their business practices—side by side on a video conference call. Verge describes it as “15 prosecutors trying four murder cases simultaneously ... on Zoom.”


What are they accused of?

As you know, each of these companies has a very different business model. But all of them are charged with the same crime: using their sheer size and clout to kill competition and gain unfair advantage—which in turn does grave disservice to their consumers. In other words, they are accused of behaving like a monopoly.



In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The high price of air pollution
  • Mumbai serological survey reveals income divide
  • The Booker longlist is out
  • India dominates app downloads
  • #ChallengeAccepted to do what exactly?


Smart And Curious

  • Nothing bad happens to your body when you binge-eat
  • The sun is not at the centre of our solar system
  • New York city now has sub-tropical weather


Reading Habit

  • The secrets behind the success of Netflix
  • Uncovering the story of RAW, and the way it functions
  • Author Roshan Ali on the word he’d like to stop using

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