Wildfires Are Obliterating Australia’s Iconic Ecosystems

Australians haven’t seen anything like the bushfires currently tearing through their country. The conflagrations are obliterating landscapes and their ecosystems, reshaping the continent in irreparable ways.Bushfires aren’t supposed to behave like this. In a normal world, every so often a lightning-sparked fire will roll through a landscape, clearing away old foliage to make way for…

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Quibi Bets On a Future of Quick Clips and Tiny Screens

TV, but on phones! You know—for kids?That’s it. That’s the pitch.The company making that pitch is called Quibi—a portmanteau of “quick bites.” Its product: less-than-10-minute fiction, reality-show, and news videos streamed exclusively to mobile devices. The shows will be high-end, glossy even, with the production values that only international news divisions and Hollywood studios can…

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TikTok Overhauls Community Guidelines to Ban ‘Underage Delinquent Behavior’

As TikTok ballooned in size and cultural influence over the past few years, the social video platform remained noticeably dinky compared to its Silicon Valley competitors in one area: its Community Guidelines. Whereas Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have developed lengthy policies covering hundreds of circumstances, TikTok provided a short list of bullet points addressing only…

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