The Enormous-Liabilities Edition Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Looming Digital Meltdown, by Zeynep Tufekci, New York Times

We have built the digital world too rapidly. It was constructed layer upon layer, and many of the early layers were never meant to guard so many valuable things: our personal correspondence, our finances, the very infrastructure of our lives. Design shortcuts and other techniques for optimization — in particular, sacrificing security for speed or memory space — may have made sense when computers played a relatively small role in our lives. But those early layers are now emerging as enormous liabilities. The vulnerabilities announced last week have been around for decades, perhaps lurking unnoticed by anyone or perhaps long exploited.

Silicon Valley Is Having Its “Just Say No” Moment, by Maya Kosoff, Vanity Fair

But neither Palihapitiya, nor other born-again tech critics, need worry about the hand that feeds them. Silicon Valley is changing in real ways. As my colleague Nick Bilton recently noted, social media might one day seem as antiquated (and dangerous) as Cocaine Toothache Drops—an artifact of a bygone era. Other tech products, however, are only becoming more integrated into our lives. If society decides that device addiction is a real problem, Apple isn’t going to respond by renouncing the iPhone—it’s going to find a way to take away the screen. Mark Zuckerberg isn’t going to shut down Facebook—he’s going to ensure it merges so seamlessly with your daily routine that you’re no more aware of liking a photo than smiling at a co-worker.

China Firm To Run Apple iCloud Accounts, by BBC

Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed.

It has contacted customers based in China, advising them to examine new terms and conditions.


Apple said it had made the move to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations.

Apple Exec Angela Ahrendts Recalls Telling Tim Cook, 'I'm Not A Techie,' In First Meeting, by Anieze Osakwe, ABC News

When Apple came calling, Ahrendts had several years in the fashion industry under her belt. But technology, not so much. What drew her to the tech giant was the opportunity to step into a new industry, but also Apple’s strong emphasis on company values.

She recalled reading about Steve Jobs’ early approach to opening the first retail stores saying, "When he was hiring teams for the very first retail store 16 years ago, he told them their job was to enrich lives and that has so stuck in retail all these years.

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Singapore-style noodles, as the always-right Wikipedia reminds us, does not exist in Singapore.

It's not that we Singaporeans do not enjoy a plate of fried noodles. It's just that there are many styles of fried noodles in Singapore, and there isn't one Singapore-style in frying up some noodles in a wok. (Or pan.)

My favorite Singapore-style noodle, when growing up here, is the Mee Goreng. A good blend of soy sauce and chilli will give it a hot spicy flavour with just a good hint of sweetness.

But lately, I've rather enjoyed a variation of this traditional dish: Maggi Goreng, which uses the thinner instant noodles instead. Perhaps I didn't open my eyes big enough, but I don't really recall having this in Singapore when I was younger. Now, this dish is readily available everywhere I look.


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