Evening Reading - October 10, 2019

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Welcome back to Evening Reading. This article will go live around 10:00-11:00 PM ET every day. I will be highlighting Shacknews content as well as some news of the day.

Naomi Osaka chooses Japan citizenship over USA

Osaka will play for Japan at the 2020 Olympics.
Osaka will play for Japan at the 2020 Olympics.

Born in Osaka, Japan, tennis champ Naomi Osaka has announced that she will play for Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Her mother is Japanese and her father is from Haiti, but she grew up in New York. Osaka turns 22 on October 16, which is the age at which Japan requires dual-citizens to choose one. She shared her decision with NHK today. "It's definitely going to be very special. I think there's no other place that I'd rather play my first Olympics. I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me."

Andy Rubin's new Essential Phone isn't just a new phone

The new Essential phone was teased by Andy Rubin this week.
The new Essential phone was teased by Andy Rubin this week.

Lauren Goode from Wired penned a great piece on how it is hard to dissociate crappy people in the tech industry from their products. Rubin had been largely silent since sexual misconduct allegations surfaced nearly a year ago. Rubin has denied many of the claims, but Google investigated the situation and deemed the accusations of misconduct to be credible. Check out Lauren's piece on Wired for more details.

Tim Cook defends Apple's removal of police-tracking app from App Store in Hong Kong

Tim Apple.
Tim Apple.

Good old Tim Apple is out there making sure the company's stance on free speech in Asia is as clear as possible. The company removed a police-tracking app in Hong Kong recently, and Cook tried his best to explain. "This use put the app in violation of Hong Kong law," he said. "Similarly, widespread abuse clearly violates our App Store guidelines barring personal harm. National and international debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts," he continued. "In this case, we thoroughly reviewed them, and we believe this decision best protects our users." We now go to Lord_Amhran for his analysis.

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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