This week’s must-reads: Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction (The New York Times) Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

The Psychology of Startup Growth (NfX)
Growth is not a one-time gimmick. Growth comes from adopting the right psychology. The right mindset.

The Information Diet (Future Crunch) Humans behave strangely when we have too much money, power, choice or free time. Information used to be scarce but now it’s abundant.

Why you’re likely going to hear more about being ‘sober curious’ (Vox)
As more young people opt for wellness-oriented lifestyles, brands are offering more non-alcoholic products.

Notes on AI Bias (Benedict Evans)
With machine learning, we don’t use hand-written rules to recognize X or Y. Instead, we take a thousand examples of X and a thousand examples of Y, and we get the computer to build a model based on a statistical analysis of those examples. But there’s a catch.

A Regulatory Framework for the Internet (Stratechery)
The U.K.’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Secretary of State for the Home Department released a white paper calling for significantly increased regulation for tech companies.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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