Journal 140 — a successful team at Google, a crypto-cruise, Clueless revisited, a dark web hitman service and the news industry

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This week — a successful team at Google, a crypto-cruise, Clueless revisited, and a dark web hitman service.

If you only read one thing — The London Review of Books on the news media industry is worth the time.


The Club and the Mob | The London Review of Books | Society

A review of former Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger’s book about the news industry, and a great potted history of media in the new information age and the challenges associated with navigating our “different geographies of truth”.

The Friendship that made Google Huge | The New Yorker | Business

A look at the successful work pairing of two of Google’s key engineers is full of insights applicable to areas outside computer science, including this one — “To solve problems at scale, paradoxically, you have to know the smallest details.”

Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche | Breaker | Life

A correspondent spends a few days aboard a tech bro cruise, and it makes for good, if excruciating, reading.

‘Clueless’ Was Amy Heckerling’s Masterpiece. Is She Done With It? As If. | The New York Times | Culture

With a new musical launching, and with a film remake in the works, Clueless remains an enduring part of popular culture. This profile of its creator Amy Heckerling asks what happened next.

The unbelievable tale of a fake hitman, a kill list, a darknet vigilante… and a murder | Wired | Crime

A look at the fake hitmen of the dark web, and a scam that got a little too real.


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