Afternoon Notes — 10-3-23

What’s interesting today

‘IDK what to do’: Thousands of teen boys are being extorted in sexting scams. From the Washington Post: An unprecedented number of cases is leaving families devastated.

Michael had fallen prey to what online safety and law enforcement experts call financial sextortion, in which predators befriend victims online under false pretenses, entice them to send incriminating photos and then demand payment under threat that they’ll expose the photos to family and friends.

Driving Is The Nemesis Of All Parents. I enjoyed the lede of Drew Magary’s weekly football column.

Pick-up was well after dinner, when daddy would have preferred to be drunk at home than sitting in a darkened parking lot waiting for the girl to saunter out.

The Philips Hue ecosystem is collapsing into stupidity. I’m glad I never got into home automation. This may all work at some point, but I’m going to be late majority on this.

We try out the first legal level 3 automated driving system in the US. This is the first driver assist to allow you to take your eyes off the road.

Is Tesla liable if a driver dies on Autopilot? Juries will now decide. “Tesla faced a jury Thursday over the role its Autopilot features may have played in a calamitous 2019 crash. ”

Why furniture got so bad. Furniture used to last generations. Now it barely survives a move.

Is a Revolt Finally Brewing in US Against Exorbitant Credit and Debit Card Swipe Fees?

Inside Project Nile: Amazon’s secret AI-powered plan to change the way you shop online. Codenamed Project Nile, the initiative aims to add a layer of artificial intelligence on top of the existing search bar on Amazon, enabling instant product comparisons, requests for more details and reviews, as well as recommendations based on search context and personal shopping data.

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