Selected Features & Scoops

How Shein Beat Amazon at Its Own Game — And Reinvented Fast Fashion (Rest of World)

Corner Stores Are the New Darlings of the Tech Industry (The Atlantic)

Why an American Gig Work App Was Accused of Working for Russia (NBC News)

 

How Starbucks Uses Dubious ‘Connection Scores’ to Evaluate Its Workforce (NBC News)

How a Facebook Group for Sexual Assault Survivors Became a Tool for Harassment (Wired)

China

ByteDance’s Baby Bump: Why Did the TikTok Parent Buy a Chain of Birthing Centers? (The Information)

Amazon Suppliers Linked to Forced Labor in China (NBC News)

How the West Got China’s Social Credit System Wrong (Wired)

The Cutthroat War to Dominate China’s Grocery Delivery Industry (Rest of World)

China Is Home to a Growing Market for Dubious “Emotion Recognition” Technology (Rest of World)

TikTok

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security? (Wired)

The Sneaky Way TikTok Is Connecting You to Real-Life Friends (Wired)

The Year of TikTok (Rest of World)

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok (Wired)

On TikTok, There is No Time (Wired)

Amazon

 

Why Amazon Really Built a New Warehouse on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Rest of World)

New Documents Shed Light on Amazon’s Controversial Africa Headquarters (Rest of World)

These Trump Socks Went Viral—and a Nightmare on Amazon Began (Wired)

Why Amazon Really Raised Its Minimum Wage to $15 (Wired)

Essays & Oddities

Mackenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder (Wired)

Why I Love My Teeny-Tiny Knockoff Nokia (Wired)

The Ringification of Suburban Life (Wired)

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms (Wired)

What Would Really Happen If Russia Attacked Undersea Internet Cables (Wired)

Why So Many People Make Their Password ‘Dragon’ (Wired)