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D&T Issue 59

Tesla’s Demise, Doughnut Skyscrapers and TikTok’s Colossal Competitor

Hi there!
Hope you’re having a splendid week thus far. Before we get started, here’s a healthy reminder that people are better than robots.

On another note, here’s a breakdown of how compliant the social media giants currently are in the face of the new IT rules in India.

We’ve got some great reads for you so let’s jump right in.

Note: For any articles behind the paywall, open them on an incognito/private window and you should be good to go.

From Togo to El Salvador, real and wannabe super apps have proliferated across the world, aspiring to become the next WeChat or Alipay.

Companies across the world are tasking executives with being design driven, but how do you actually get there?

The unTower might look strange, but it’s highly adaptable to an ever-changing cityscape—and that’s why it has sparked the interest of major developers like Tishman Speyer and Hines.

Kuaishou, announced it has sailed past the one billion monthly active user (MAU) mark. To put it in perspective, Facebook’s MAUs stood at 2.85 billion as of March.

The $600+ billion company is a game-changer, but it may not exist in 50 years (and Elon Musk Knows It.)

How a lot bit of forwarding thinking about user privacy, and a little bit of UI plagiarism make Brave a surprisingly good browser.

What a decade and a half of confusing services can tell us about the future.

When President Joe Biden took Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning pickup for a test drive in Dearborn, Michigan, in May 2021, the event was more than a White House photo op. It marked a new phase in an accelerating shift from gas-powered cars and trucks to electric vehicles, or EVs.

While comparing cities to living things perhaps isn’t as novel in 2021 as it was when Organism was first released in 1975, the analogy has never been as dizzyingly inventive or convincingly rendered as in this experimental short by the US filmmaker Hilary Harris.

Amazon’s experimental approach to product design can hurt your wallet and the environment. Why does it need our help to figure out what it’s doing?

And that’s the lot! Thanks for checking out what we had to share with you this week, we shall catch up with you next Wednesday.

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