Links of the week

A portrait of stand-up comedian Stewart Lee, wearing a black jacket and looking serious against a dark red background.

Stewart Lee Improvised Around Industry Prejudice To Make His Name (YouTube) — stand-up comedian Steward Lee having a conversation with stand-up comedian Jamali Maddix. A nice insight into the behind-the-scenes of comedy. Also available as a podcast.

One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI (Buzzfeed News) — The FBI does not have the ability to freely browse genetic profiles but can match suspects samples against the Family Tree DNA database. Probably not what users expected to happen when they just wanted to find their ancestors.

The Welfare Effects of Social Media (Stanford University Research Paper) — researchers from Stanford University and New York University recruited over 2000 people. Half of them turned off their Facebook accounts for four weeks in return for $102 – a value in line with previous studies of Facebook’s “worth” to users. The “quitters” spent more time with their friends and family and were also noticeably happier.

All Our Patent Are Belong To You (Tesla) — Elon Musk announces that people are free to use Tesla-patented technology “in good faith” without being sued by Tesla.

Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla – https://www.tesla.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

What the most interesting things you saw on the web this week? Let me know in the comments.

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