Ford’s big electric push will start with this Mustang-style crossover

This week, Ford showed off the first teaser image (seen above) of an all-electric performance SUV codenamed “Mach 1.” The drawing comes almost nine months to the day after the company announced the Mach 1 at the Detroit Auto Show, alongside the news that it was upping its investment into electric vehicle technology to $11 billion.

And just like any other official teaser image issued by a big company, we only see what Ford wants us to see, which is that this car is clearly styled like a Mustang, at least to a certain degree. So while this new car is all about what’s next for Ford, the company is also leaning on a product with a proven heritage, which lets Ford leverage a little nostalgia as it points its customers toward the future.

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Serena Williams Goes Ballistic Over Umpire Calls, Loses US Open Final

Serena Williams is not happy

Serena Williams blew up in her losing bid for the US Open title Saturday and many were upset on her behalf—including her opponent and eventual winner of their match, Naomi Osaka. 

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who first penalized her for receiving what appeared to be signals from coach Patrick Mouratoglou then later for breaking her racket, may have contributed to Williams’ loss. Some observers thought so. 

Williams’ responses to the umpire’s calls have been characterized as meltdowns, but that may not be totally fair. She reacted like pretty much any world-class athlete to what she saw as unfair rulings

This from a writer for the Washington Post was typical the pro-Serena camp:

Williams abused her racket, but Ramos did something far uglier: He abused his authority. Champions get heated — it’s their nature to burn. All good umpires in every sport understand that the heart of their job is to help temper the moment, to turn the dial down, not up, and to be quiet stewards of the event rather than to let their own temper play a role in determining the outcome. Instead, Ramos made himself the chief player in the women’s final. He marred Osaka’s first Grand Slam title and one of Williams’s last bids for all-time greatness. Over what? A tone of voice. Male players have sworn and cursed at the top of their lungs, hurled and blasted their equipment into shards, and never been penalized as Williams was in the second set of the U.S. Open final.

Pretty good case, especially the last sentence.

That said, the words Williams spoke in anger sparked less even-handed coverage. She reportedly told Ramos “You will never, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You’re the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? Say it! Say you’re sorry! You’re a thief too.”

Some felt she overshadowed Naomi Osaka’s win. Osaka was a model of good sportsmanship through it all, but clearly upset after her win, saying “I know everyone was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this.” 

Williams was compassionate toward her opponent. “I felt bad because I’m crying and she’s crying (…) I was like, wow, I definitely don’t want her to feel like that. Maybe it was the mom in me that was like, ‘Listen, we got to pull ourselves together here.'”

Viewers used social media to vent for and against Williams’ behavior.

In statements following the match, Williams has been clear about what she felt: “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.”

When past umpire reactions to the words and actions of men on the court are compared to Williams’, you can see her case. 

Regardless of whether Serena Williams is right about sexism or not, she’s apparently going to pay for this.

Still, it sounds like professional tennis should address issues regarding differing standards for the behavior of players—standards that may be based in gender. 

Maybe they’re already overdue.

Inside Jaws is a Steven Spielberg biopic in podcast form

There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about.

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws is a cinematic classic, a film that set the mold for the modern blockbuster. This summer, Wondery debuted a new podcast from Mark Ramsey, the podcaster who was responsible for two earlier series, Inside Psycho and Inside the Exorcist. Inside Jaws opens with an infamous incident that occurred in July 1916: 25-year old Charles Epting Vansant takes a swim at in New Jersey with his dog, and became the first victim of a series of shark attacks that summer in the area. It was an incident that cemented the image of a killer shark…

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This beautiful map shows everything that powers an Amazon Echo, from data mines to lakes of lithium

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We are all dimly, unsettlingly aware that our lives are enmeshed in systems we can’t fully comprehend. The last meal you ate probably contained produce grown in another country that was harvested, processed, packaged, shipped, then sold to you. The phone in your hand is the end-product of an even more convoluted chain; one that relies on human labor from mines in Africa, assembly lines in China, and standing desks in San Francisco.

Explaining how these systems connect and the effect they have on the world is not an easy task. But it’s what professors Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler have attempted to do in a new artwork and essay, unveiled last Friday at the…

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Instagram adds emoji shortcuts for quicker comments

Instagram has added personalized emoji shortcuts to its app, placing your most used emoji above your keyboard when you begin to comment on a post. The new feature was widely rolled out on Thursday, but it has been in public testing since May on both Android and iOS.

The new emoji bar won’t show up in other areas that the keyboard is used, like responding to a story or captioning your own posts. But given the huge number of people that comment with emoji, this should help cut down on the time it takes to post a comment.

The new personalized emoji shortcuts are now available in the latest Instagram…

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