Gizmodo: New York Times Runs Bizarre Softball Article on FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried. “FTX filed for bankruptcy on Friday, leaving reasonable people to wonder how a cryptocurrency platform founded in 2019, which reached a valuation of $32 billion in 2021, could plummet to zero in such a short time. There’s a new piece in the New York Times which gained exclusive access to FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, but if you’re looking for answers, you’re not going to find it there.” I was wondering about the NYT article, which has a “What a scamp, boys will be boys” vibe. Gizmodo breaks down why it’s so weird.
New York Times: Personal Tech Has Changed. So Must Our Coverage of It.. “Our tech problems have become more complex, so we are rebooting the Tech Fix column to focus on the societal implications of the tech we use.”
New York Times: Showcasing 27 Published Experiments in AR Storytelling. “Spatial data, real-scale explainers, interactive visual stories, 3D art, and immersive environments can enhance our readers’ understanding of the world. Since 2020, R&D has experimented with dozens of these stories in collaboration with the newsroom using Instagram’s Spark AR platform.”
Lifehacker: This Bot Can Tell You How Good You Really Are at Wordle. “If you’ve played Wordle recently, you can visit the tool in the same browser and it’ll know how you made your guesses—but you can also upload a screenshot of a Wordle you have played in the past. I’m going to introduce you to the bot with some older screenshots, but then we’ll dive into strategy for today’s puzzle, number 293, so either stop reading or go solve it now if you don’t want to see spoilers.”
GameRant: New York Times Shuts Down Wordle Archive. “Wordle Archive was a service dedicated to the preservation of previous Wordle answers, allowing fans to dip into the backlog and play older puzzles, dating all the way back to the first one. However, the service has since been shut down at the request of the New York Times, as announced by an update on the application’s webpage.”
NiemanLab: The New York Times debuts a fellowship for crossword constructors. “The New York Times announced a new fellowship for crossword constructors on Monday aimed at increasing the number of puzzles created by underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, and those in the LGBTQ community.”
New York Times: How We Built a 3-D Model of the Collapsed Surfside Condo Tower. “To help readers understand more about the possible reasons for the building’s failure, one of the worst in U.S. history with 98 people killed, a Times team also began an investigation. Journalists from the Graphics and National desks, including two editors who are trained architects, collaborated to review the original designs and construct a 3-D model of the building. They also examined videos, engineering reports, 911 calls and photographs to glean details about what might have gone wrong.”
Deseret News: This tool shows you the smoke forecast for Utah and the West. “The New York Times has a new tool that will help you see the forecast for wildfire smoke in the coming days. The tool — which you can find here — tracks wildfires across the West. Right now, it shows three major fires in California.” I tried opening this in an incognito window and I was not paywalled.
New York Times: The Experts Making High-Tech Storytelling Possible. “While ‘research and development’ might evoke images of locked offices full of analysts and inventors secretly building futuristic prototypes, the reality is a bit different. Members of the 35-person team of technologists, designers, producers and strategists work closely with the newsroom involving technologies that are either already in use for other mediums, such as gaming, or are expected to be soon.”
New York Times: Introducing Gift Articles, a New Way for Times Subscribers to Share Articles. “New York Times news subscribers can now share up to 10 gift articles with nonsubscribers each month on NYTimes.com and soon, on iOS and Android.”