Happy Monday! 💃 Here's what everyone was talking about last week...

🍔 Vice is putting...food porn on OnlyFans.

Vice's food vertical, Munchies, was launched back in back in 2014. It has seen growth during the pandemic after more people have been staying at home making food, and its YouTube channel currently has over 4.12 million subscribers.

Now, Vice is becoming the first verified media publisher to launch on OnlyFans. It will be charging users $4.99 per month to access exclusive weekly, uh, sexy food videos.

OnlyFans is a subscription-based social media platform that allows users to sell or purchase original content -- typically, pornography. It has been credited with changing the dynamic of sex work by putting X-rated content in the hands of its creators.

According to Cliff Gulibert, Vice's executive producer, "there's an intimacy whether doing something risqué or not," and, "a platform like this is about deep interaction."

🎨 Forget computer science degrees and MBAs, social sciences are the key to success.

“For years now, we have been hearing that the only way to fix the tech skills gap is to get more children, specifically girls, to take STEM subjects at primary schools, which is actually reinforcing the problem,” says Amy Golding, founder of JavaScript coding bootcamp, nology.

As Jill Carson put it in her tweet last week: "Don't bother studying humanities. Just spend your time on STEM and I will later bestow on you the gifts of philosophy, ethics, and history via my Twitter thought leadership and my Medium posts."

But simply stated, you can’t achieve diversity when all your talent stems from a pool full of diehard left-brain thinkers with the same narrow educational background.

And you can’t expect diversity while at the same time demanding armies of young people sacrifice going for more liberal subjects they feel passionate about just so they can fit into your narrow description of the technological sector.

👟 'Sneaker bots' are snapping up limited edition shoes.

People are paying hundreds of dollars for 'sneaker bots' so they can buy out limited edition shoes and resell them for profit. Websites have been trying to crack down on sneaker bots for years, but right now there are no laws against it -- unless you're specifically buying tickets.

On Black Friday 2018, U.S. politicians introduced the Stopping Grinch Bots Act, designed to “prohibit the circumvention of control measures used by Internet retailers to ensure equitable consumer access to products, and for other purposes.”

But now it's over two years on, and the bill is still in the first stage of the legislative process. According to Skopos Labs, it only has a 3% chance of being enacted.

It's not just sneakers that people are snapping up using bots -- they can be applied to virtually anything. Even Amazon Flex drivers have been using bots to get more work.

🐦 Twitter changed retweets back to the way they used to be.

Back in October ahead of the 2020 US election, Twitter changed the way retweets worked by automatically showing the Quote Tweet (QT) prompt when a user tried to retweet something. The reason behind this, according to Twitter, was to "encourage more thoughtful amplification."

But last Wednesday, Twitter announced that they "don’t believe that this happened, in practice. The use of Quote Tweets increased, but 45% of them included single-word affirmations and 70% had less than 25 characters," and that "[t]he increase in Quote Tweets was also offset by an overall 20% decrease in sharing through both Retweets and Quote Tweets."

📚 Goodreads is retiring its current API.

Goodreads has remained pretty stale ever since Amazon acquired it back in 2013. Everyone agrees that it sucks -- and yet, it remains the biggest social network for readers out there.

Goodreads recently announced that it will no longer be issuing new developer keys for its public developer API and that it plans to retire those tools.

Many Goodreads users were still using the API to manage their book collections, and have expressed their disappointment about Amazon's sudden decision to discontinue the API.

💻 Zoom is lifting its 40 minute call limit on free accounts over Christmas.

As COVID cases continue to surge, Zoom has announced that it will be lifting its 40 minute meeting cap for free accounts during specific periods over Christmas.

The cap will be lifted over the following periods:

  • 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 17, to 6 a.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 19
  • 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 23, to 6 a.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 26
  • 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 30, to 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 2

And here I was thinking that Zoom's 40 minute cap was its best feature.


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Have a great week!

Today's newsletter was written by Aimee Pearcy.

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