Today’s edition of The Download, MIT Technology Review’s daily technology newsletter

I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scariest/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Experts are baffled by the deadly plane crash in China yesterday
The plane was flying normally and then suddenly nosed over, killing all 132 people on board. ($Bloomberg)
+ This is bad news for Boeing again. (Quarters $)
+ China’s recent aviation safety record is strong. (NYT$)

2 Russians rush to download Wikipedia before it’s banned
Those who try to get their news from sources not approved by the Kremlin, at least. (Slate $)
+ Why WhatsApp survived the crackdown. (Wired $)
+ A Russian court upheld the ban on Facebook and Instagram. (NPR)
+ Airbnb has cracked down on listings in Ukraine, thwarting efforts by foreigners to help fund stays for people fleeing their homes. (Wired $)

3 New SEC rules would require companies to disclose their emissions 🏭
The devil will be in the detail here, because climate accounting is no stranger to quibbling. (Tech Crunch)
+ How a new global carbon market could exaggerate climate progress. (TR)
+ We already have what we need to quickly move away from fossil fuels. (New Yorkers $)

4 Facebook failed to detect hate speech against Rohyinga Muslims
Again, after it was discovered that he was instrumental in the genocide against them in Myanmar in 2016. (AP)
+ How Facebook and Google Fund Global Disinformation. (TR)

5 Cryptocurrency trading is primarily gambling 🤑
The problem is that the house (almost) always wins. (The Guardian)
+ You still need to understand crypto. (NYT$)
+ Someone is launching a restaurant based on the Bored Ape NFT collection. (Nation Restaurant News)
+ Bitcoin miners are trying to rebrand themselves as eco-friendly. (NYT$)
+ More details have emerged on India’s plan to tax crypto transactions. (Tech Crunch)

6 Big Tech fought Europe. Europe won.
He has lobbied hard against tough new antitrust and data rules, but they are almost guaranteed to go ahead. (FT$)
+ Toronto’s tech sector is booming. (NYT$)

7 NASA has confirmed 5,000 exoplanets beyond our solar system
And we could be on the verge of finding many more, as the James Webb Space Telescope kicks off. (Space)

8 Are we already approaching the peak of the metaverse?
While virtual worlds have been around for decades, it took Mark Zuckerbeg to bring the metaverse into the mainstream, even though we don’t fully understand what it is (CNET)
+ Is the metaverse even technically feasible? (IEEE Spectrum)

9 Video Game Curators Fight To Save Old Titles
When game makers close digital storefronts, curators rush to keep games accessible (Verge)
+ Video games are a welcome distraction, but also a source of guilt for Ukrainians. (Wired $)
+ Saudi Arabia is looking at esports and gaming as a way to boost its reputation. (The Guardian)

10 What does our desire to see people publicly shamed say about us?
Online shame seems not only relentless, but inevitable. (New Yorkers $)


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