Weibo crashed after users rushed to track Nancy Pelosi’s plane on the way to Taiwan

The global outbreak of monkeypox has so far caused more than 24,000 cases in more than 80 countries, and the World Health Organization has warned that the window of opportunity to contain the disease and prevent it from becoming endemic is outside Africa it is closing fast. Vaccines represent a potentially crucial measure.

Monkeypox vaccines are already being rolled out around the world, and news reports have described a “scramble” as countries desperately try to secure some of the limited number of doses available. There is concern that poorer nations will not. At the same time, there is much we do not know about the effectiveness of vaccines. We spoke to vaccine manufacturers, virologists and epidemiologists to get answers to the most pressing questions. Read the whole story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

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I’ve combed the internet to find you the funniest/important/scary and fascinating stories about technology.

1 Kansas has voted overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights
It’s a major victory for conservative pro-choice groups. (BBC)
+ The decision is good news for Democrats. (The Atlantic $)
+ The backlash after Roe could influence the average tests. (CNN)
+ Where to get abortion pills and how to use them. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Weibo caved to an influx of users following Nancy Pelosi’s plane
Chinese netizens are closely following his controversial trip to Taiwan. (Bloomberg$)
+ He will meet with the chairman of Taiwan’s largest chip maker. (WP$)
+ An article explaining how Chinese can buy cheap houses in Taiwan “after reunification” has gone viral. (vice)
+ 7-Eleven store TVs in Taiwan were hacked to show anti-Pelosi messages. (Insider)

3 The Earth recorded the shortest day in history in June 🌏
It suddenly spun faster, completing its spin in 1.59 milliseconds less than 24 hours. (The Guardian)

4 Uber is making money for the first time
It’s only taken 13 years and $25 billion in losses. (FT$)
+ Bookings on the travel platform have reached an all-time high. (The Guardian)
+ Fraud charges against the company’s former security chief have been dismissed. (Reuters)
+ Gig workers fight against algorithms. (MIT Technology Review)

5 We are making progress in the fight against HIV
It will take time and money, but experts are optimistic that the virus is under control. (Economist $)

6 Your favorite gadget is to die for
Sticky, non-replaceable batteries are to blame, and consumers are expected to just suck it up. (WP$)
+ Here are some of the worst offenders and some that can be repaired (for a price). (WP$)

7 Thousands of Solana crypto wallets sold out
For an amount of about 8 million dollars in funds. (CoinTelegraph)
+ Robinhood has been fined $30 million for violating anti-money laundering rules. (The Register)
+ Man who dumped £150m worth of bitcoins in landfill plans to retrieve it with robot dogs. (The Guardian)

8 Lab-made collagen isn’t just for vegans
Scientists want to use it as a basis for making new proteins. (NYT$)

9 Inside the candy racket on Amazon with a sour twist 🍭
Sellers complain that rivals “drop ship” directly from companies are undercutting them. (Bloomberg$)

10 Judges consult Wikipedia before making decisions
Although there is no way to verify the modifications before making them. (via cable $)
+ Wikipedia has had enough of people screwing up their “recession” entry. (Bloomberg$)
+ This algorithm browses Wikipedia to automatically generate textbooks. (MIT Technology Review)

quote of the day

“The party is already over.”

—Serkan Toto, founder of video game industry consultancy Kantan Games, tells Reuters that the golden age of gaming ushered in by the pandemic has come to a screeching halt, with the number of players playing and paying for games.

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