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Some people may look in the dumpster at a grocery store and see trash. But others are starting to see dollar signs.

New facilities are springing up across the US to help tackle food waste through a process called anaerobic digestion, which uses microbes to break down organic materials. Divert, a company working to address food waste, announced today that it has received a $1 billion funding deal to help build and deploy this technology.

It’s just one of several companies focused on turning one person’s table scraps into another person’s energy, with the added bonus of a climate benefit. Read the full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Why the stress around Chinese apps in the US is overblown

If you take a look at the app stores in the US right now, you’ll be surprised to find that they’re dominated by Chinese programs.

On Monday, the top three most downloaded free apps on Apple’s App Store were Temu, TikTok and CapCut (a TikTok video editor); the same chart in the Google Play Store was led by Temu, TikTok and Shein. All four programs are made by Chinese social media or e-commerce companies.

It’s clear that Chinese-made apps are having a moment in the US, which is particularly interesting given that governments around the world are trying to crack down on the use of TikTok on personal devices. The same treatment could easily be applied to other Chinese apps.

But while there are real concerns about the privacy protocols of these apps, most of the anxiety about having Chinese apps on our phones is overblown and politicized. Read the full story.

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