9 great reads from CNET this week: Spotify, Wordle, Porsche and more – CNET

9 great reads from CNET this week: Spotify, Wordle, Porsche and more – CNET

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Spotify. Legendary rocker Neil Young yanked his music from the service, calling it out for the COVID-19 misinformation served up on Joe Rogan’s podcast, an exclusive to Spotify. Other musicians, including Joni Mitchell and India Arie, followed suit, and for a while at least, the hashtag #DeleteSpotify was trending on social media. 

Spotify’s response sent a mixed message: The company noted its “obligation to do more” to tamp down misinformation, but also said it wouldn’t be a “content censor.” Then on Wednesday, even as it sounded some positive notes for its fourth quarter, it projected a slower-than-expected start to 2022, which had investors souring on the company’s shares.

So what now for Spotify? At least as far as the protests are concerned, says CNET’s Joan Solsman, it’s going to take more than some disgruntled legacy artists to budge the company very much. 

Her story is among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss.  

And even then, Spotify still might not, despite backlash to COVID misinformation. 

The Weeknd at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The Weeknd accepts the Song of the Year award for Blinding Lights at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Commentary: Wordle’s acquisition might be the beginning of the end, but it’s been a source of comfort and connection in hard times.

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Sarah Tew/CNET

A classic example of how being wrong can be oh-so-right. 

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TangentVector/Porsche

The follow-on to Sex and the City can’t keep up with today’s evolving sexual landscape.

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in HBO's And Just Like ThatCynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in HBO's And Just Like That
HBO

As with most things in this convoluted industry, it’s complicated, though the situation should start getting better later this year.

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Nvidia

Leonardo’s aerial screws actually can work when built with modern materials, University of Maryland engineers find with a drone called Crimson Spin. 

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Austin Prete/University of Maryland

Commentary: Meta’s rebranding of its popular VR headset has happened, but I don’t care.

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Scott Stein/CNET

A new wearable designed at Stanford University is much more accurate at calculating calorie burn than your smartwatch. 

Graduate student Delaney Miller runs wearing Stanford University's leg tracker.Graduate student Delaney Miller runs wearing Stanford University's leg tracker.
Andrew Brodhead

We talk with developer Techland about the challenges and triumphs of making Dying Light 2 and where it can go from here. 

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Techland

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