What are we reading? April 29, 2021

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

As the world begins to thaw after a deep-freeze of COVID-19 restrictions, travellers may face vaccination discrimination as borders reopen. The European Union, for one, plans to allow entry by Americans who have received vaccines made by companies on a select list. Conspicuously not on the list are China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd. – Bloomberg



Apple’s new iOS update has a long-awaited privacy feature that directly asks mobile users whether they want to opt out of being tracked by apps from developers that share data with third parties. Winners: people worried about lack of privacy online. Losers: companies that have long relied on user data. – Vox



Glen Korstrom, reporter

Interesting interview with U.S. Democratic Party strategist James Carville, who reveals his fears that the party is shifting too far left, and could lose control of Congress in the 2022 election. – Vox



Having now had one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, I’m eager to get my second dose. There is speculation that the second dose could be a different vaccine, and there are studies ongoing about the efficacy of mixing and matching vaccines. One U.K. trial is enrolling 1,050 adults, aged 50 years or older, who received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the past eight to 12 weeks. – Clinical Trials Arena



Having covered the B.C. wine industry for years, and watched battles across Canada to liberalize wine sales across provincial boundaries, it was no surprise to see this quirky legal battle in Quebec. The government has seized allegedly “illegal” communion wine from religious stores with owners who say that such wine is not produced or listed in the province so they are forced to seek outside suppliers. – Food & Wine



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Actions needed to build agile, innovative companies initiated by Steve Jobs that are paying trillion-dollar dividends 10 years after his death. – Inc.



This week's hottest commodity of the decade: dead trees. Too bad for B.C. that the pine beetle has limited the province's ability to meet market demand for that commodity. – The Atlantic 



Another rainy day on the Sun. Better grab your hot plasma umbrella. – SYFY Wire



Good news: electric car sales are booming; bad news: dead battery disposal problem created by those cars is looming – BBC