Between what Pompeo said, IPL (final) results, Apple M1 launch (without any real apps I use) – my internal processor is feeling overclocked right now. #2020 Me on Twitter  

Silicon Valley prays at the altar of data. And so does our civic and societal infrastructure. Unfortunately, thanks to rampant politicization in Washington DC, we are starting to see data denialism become the new religion — and that’s not good as it undermines good governance. I highly recommend this piece, Disappearing Data.  

Beginner’s guide to TikTok is a wonderfully written introduction to the current social media phenomenon. I am just a passive consumer and use it to alleviate the anxiety that comes from paying too much attention to the news.

What do they mean when they say – technical debt. This guide should be a good jumping-off point

These are strange days — imagine that if Zoom met the $600-a-share price target set by analysts, then it would have a market capitalization that will exceed that of AT&T. While you ponder that, welcome to yet another Friday in the pandemic. It is so hot in San Francisco that I can’t think straight. How is that for an excuse for not writing today? Instead, I am sharing three good reads. 

Who owns the song when AI creates the song? Who owns the music when you use AI to create a song or some art. Tyler Hayes tries to answer the question in this report. [Tyler Hayes] 

The pandemic has proved to be a boon for streaming video services. Limelight Networks, a content delivery network, notes that nearly (47 percent of people worldwide subscribed to a new streaming service in the last six months. An average global viewer is watching almost eight hours (seven hours, 55 minutes) per week. In my previous publication, w named this cord-cutting, and it is one of the many reasons we see the slow death of the Great American Cable Bundle. [Bloomberg]

As a diabetic, I know one fact: no sugar is the only good sugar. However, that doesn’t stop researchers from working on a low-calorie variant of real sugar. This long read in the New Yorker is a brilliant exploration of those efforts. [The New Yorker.]

3 Good Reads

One of Internet’s pioneers, Leonard Kleinrock, now a distinguished computer science professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, in an opinion piece for The Los Angeles Times wonders: What went wrong with the Internet?

The Walrus takes a look at how amateur inventors and app developers are working around the clock to fight the pandemic in this well researched and in-depth piece: “Hacking Covid

Are you ready for some kindness? On a social network? I am, and that is why I am excited about the emergence of Telepath. Technology Review explains why you should be excited.