Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Fight With the FBI
“The FBI has argued that the new code could be tailored to just that one phone in particular, but modifying the code to attack other phones would be relatively simple. Apple also maintains (and the FBI has as good as conceded) that this case isn’t a one-off: it will set a legal precedent.”
2. US State Department says ISIS committing genocide in Syria and Iraq
“The US has declared that Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities, amid mounting global pressure to recognize atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria as a deliberate drive to wipe out certain religious groups.”
3. Are we alone or are we together?
The Verge’s Dieter Bohn reviews the Aveagant Glyph, a new VR-ish gaming headset, and in the process writes a lot of words about the existential discomfort of technological change.
4. The racial bias of America’s weed boom
“Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the ‘war on drugs.’ Now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America’s profitable marijuana boom.”
5. Faces look more attractive the more you pay attention to them
“First impressions are not final: a new study suggests that people appear more attractive when you pay attention to their faces.”