Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
I hope you had a good holiday and that you tried to get our latest seasonal shirt yesterday!
Meanwhile, our top stories today are about: WikiLeaks struggling to stay online, a new report claiming Apple’s privacy isn’t as good as you might think, actress Letitia Wright addressing her anti-vaccine comments, and a viral video from an alleged health inspector about her resturant red flags.
After that, we’ve got a “This Week on the Internet” column from Tiffany and we’ve also got a special section today with movie and show reviews from our team to help you decide what to watch this weekend.
Also: Don’t forget to take our news quiz today! If you answer correctly, you might get a Daily Dot shirt!
⚡ Today’s top stories
WikiLeaks’ website appears to be coming apart at the seams, with more and more of the organization’s content unavailable without explanation.
A new report claims that Apple collects personally identifiable data from iPhone users even when they explicitly ask the company not to.
Wright denies accusations that she holds homophobic or anti-vaccine views.
‘Uh oh. There goes Cheesecake Factory’: Public health inspector shares places she would never eat at
An alleged restaurant health inspector documents her red flags for restaurants to avoid, ranging from employee attitudes to the state of the bathroom in a viral video.
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🛍️ Better ways to shop
Is there someone in your life who is curious about everything science related? Gift shopping for science enthusiasts can feel like being lost on a distant planet, but we’ve got you covered. This gift guide is the perfect source for creative gift suggestions—from serious stargazers to amateur STEM enthusiasts. Find the best science gifts for the holidays with this guide.
🗣️ This Week on the Internet
The internet is still coming for nepo babies
In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Fridays our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly recaps the most pressing online discourse of the week in her “This Week On The Internet” column. If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.
🎬 Looking for something to watch?
Trying to find something to watch this holiday weekend? Well, the Daily Dot’s culture team has got you covered. Here are a few recent reviews for both theatrical releases and things you can stream.
🍿 IN THEATERS
➤ In The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg turns the camera on himself.
➤ Glass Onion is a hilarious and cleverly-plotted sequel to Knives Out.
➤ Bones and All is more road-trip movie than horror.
➤ She Said centers the reporting process in a recreation of the Harvey Weinstein investigation.
➤ Nanny is an eerie and evocative horror debut from Nikyatu Jusu.
➤ Fire of Love blends volcanic wonder with an emotional love story on Disney+.
➤ Apple TV+’s Causeway is Jennifer Lawrence’s most interesting role in years.
➤ After a promising first episode, Wednesday becomes just another Netflix teen show.
➤ What to watch next if you love Andor: Political thrillers, dystopian dramas, and more.
🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
👀 How would you react if your manager disappeared from your job for 3 weeks?
✈️ This TikToker has a “hack” for making sure you don’t lose your luggage at the airport.
🛒 Stay smart in the grocery store with these shopping hacks for saving money.*
🥝 From our friends at Passionfruit, the Daily Dot’s creator economy newsletter: TikTokers are obsessed with the Koopa Troopa dance trend.
☕ A former Starbucks barista went viral on TikTok after revealing how much her store wasted in plastic, causing her to quit.
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