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Web Roundup: Assorted stories by Lily Shapiro

It’s been a very busy week, and I imagine everyone has been reading a lot about Charleston, SCOTUS, the ISIS attacks, and Greece. This web roundup isn’t going to be about any of those things, per se, instead it’s an attempt to fill you in on this month’s interesting stories that you might have missed.

In one quick follow-up to the latest SCOTUS decision, I will start off with a neat piece The Atlantic did about how/whether Facebook will use the data on its users generated by the rainbow profile pictures. The Washington Post, too, has an article on the rainbow profile pictures, and whether they influence social change. Elsewhere in the land of data, Congressional reports have revealed that the US Office of Personnel Management (which suffered a massive data breach earlier this month), “failed utterly and totally” to follow even basic cybersecurity guidelines.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, read this abridged version of a talk by David Tong (theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge).

The New York Times has an article on new tech startups companies that are moving away from the “Uber-model” of contracting and towards actually employing people, while The Atlantic did a very long piece on the future of work/no-work, mostly in America. It’s a fairly gloomy portrait of the possibilities, personal and cultural, if technology replaces a significant number of workers with mechanized processes.

The Pacific Standard has an interesting take on Google’s foray into urban planning, with the launch of their new company Sidewalk Labs.

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