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Weekly Roundup: The Panama Papers And End-to-End Encryption

Five things that happened this week that everyone should read about.

BY WAYNE CHEONG | Apr 8, 2016 | Culture

1 | The recently released Panama Papers are documents that reveal the clandestine relations Mossack Fonseca, a law firm, had with its clients in evading taxes- blah, blah, blah. Yes, you are probably rolling your eyes right now. What does this has to do with you, the average Singaporean? Vice’s Drew Schwartz tells you why you should give a flying damn about the Panama Papers.

2 | Ever wondered about the benefits of human sacrifices? Well, thanks to mathematics and Annalee Newitz from Ars Technica, now you know.

3 | Your favourite Instant Messaging App, WhatsApp just gave the FBI and any other Big Brother agencies the bird—end-to-end encryption for the messages you send and not even WhatsApp employee can crack the data. Wired’s Cade Metz has the story.

4 | And we never thought it would come to this but apparently, in the literary world, a war is brewing about the pronouns for animals: is it "he" and "she" or the common "it"? Cara Giaimo from Atlas Obscura has more.

5 | Gay Talese, the writer of the exceptional Frank Sinatra Has a Cold has a new piece in the New Yorker about a voyeur’s motel. Clearly not your typical Bates motel.