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Engineered Obsolescence? Apple is being sued for the practice of degrading performance of older iOS devices through software updates. The company claims the changes were required to compensate for old batteries. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Sean MacEntee / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) and Jenny Spadafora / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

A Scrooge Walks Among Us (Jimmy)

The author writes, “An astute social commentator who in 1843 wrote with an eye toward exposing the cruel disregard for humanity that infected that powerful men of his times, Dickens could simply update his protagonist: make the miser younger and more conniving, put him in a crisp suit, give him better hair, perhaps make him the Speaker of the US House of Representatives.”

It’s a Random Winner in Virginia (Reader Steve)

Really. The winner of the hotly-contested 94th district delegate race will be picked at random. Read why.

$180bn Investment in Plastic Factories Feeds Global Packaging Binge (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase dramatically over the next 10 years after multibillion dollar investments in a new generation of plastics plants in the US.”

The Dark Side of Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Clampdown (Reader Pat)

Stifling opposition and stoking extremism. Likely not what Zuckerberg intended to do.