Threads for Thursday
"Today, to our shame, Anne Frank is a Syrian girl," writes NYT's Nicholas Kristof under a headline stating the same (one of today's most popular pieces, already at 14,000+ shares so far). As Kristof points out in a later tweet, "Anne Frank studied English as her dad pleaded for a US visa--and was rebuffed. History rhymes." The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg praises Kristof for a piece that "usefully reminds us that Jewish refugees 80 years ago were seen as threats, just as Syrians are today." At ABCN, Natasha Mitchell reminds everyone, "On our watch. ... Rwanda...Srebrenica...Darfur...Dachau...on our watch."
A lot of tech news trending today:
- It turns out Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in the first half of 2016. "So if you've been wondering why UberX rides have been so cheap recently, thank venture capital," suggests Laura J. Nelson at the LA Times.
- Meanwhile, the world’s first self-driving taxis just hit the road in Singapore. "Take that Uber," chides WSJ's Scott Thurm.
- Apple is weighing an iPhone video editing app in its renewed push on social. "I look forward to ignoring another Apple app on my iPhone," declares Bloomberg's Shira Ovide.
- Whatsapp is going to share your phone number with Facebook. "Phone #s are the new email. Brace yourselves," warns Texas Tribune's Amanda Zamora.
- Mylan is expanding its EpiPen cost-cutting programs after all those charges of price-gouging.
- By now you may have noticed comedian Leslie Jones’s website appears to have been hacked in the worst way: right on the heels of being trolled on Twitter for her appearance and race, Jones became the target of renewed personal attacks when hackers uploaded Harambe memes, explicit photos and the actress's personal information, among other things, to her site. "I just want to give Leslie Jones the biggest hug and tell her how special she is," tweets Soulpepper's Jason Carlos.
And in politics, both here and abroad:
- Columbia and FARC announced a deal to end the Americas’ longest war, i.e., Colombia 's government and the largest rebel group in the country are putting an end to more than 50 years of conflict. "HARK! FARC, MARX AND NARC BULWARK, TO GO DARK," quips The Atlantic's David A. Graham.
- Your absolute must-read for today: This Princeton health economist who thinks Obamacare’s marketplaces are doomed. "TLDR: The mandate needs to have teeth," summarizes NYT's Aaron E. Carroll.
- Team Ted Cruz says "told you so" on Trump’s immigration shift: "Everything Trump promises comes with an expiration date."