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2020

  1. Media outlets are still struggling to understand what "viral" means

    Every day, thousands of events happen. The job of a journalist is to decide what is – and what isn’t – worthy of bringing to a broader audience.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  2. India’s Extended Reality (XR) startups are booming

    From Vadodara, a small (by Indian standards) city in Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India, concept designer and tech visionary Ankit Patel, and software science engineer Sanket Kale launched a new app that may shake the way we share content to the core.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Startups desk

  3. Twitter restricted the New York Post in the same way as BlueLeaks

    Today, the New York Post published an article that claimed to have obtained videos and emails from a laptop allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The leaker is President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Silicon Valley’s corporate ‘mindfulness’ hypocrisy

    Silicon Valley is notorious for its idiosyncratic blend of free-market libertarianism and ersatz corporatist spirituality. Perhaps it all started at Apple with Steve Jobs and his dilettantish interest in Zen Buddhism, even though he often called his employees shitheads and was seen as a tyrant and bully. Little did Jobs know of the dark side of Zen’s long history of militarism and its cooptation by Japanese imperialism.

    By Ron Purser , written on

    From the Delivering Happiness desk

  5. Facebook will halt political ads...after the polls close

    For the past few weeks, Facebook has been seriously struggling to get the balance right between raking in advertising dollars, and not warping the outcome of the entire 2020 U.S. election.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Big Tech responds to “oil barons and railroad tycoons” comparisons by House Democrats

    Last night, House Democrats dropped a juicy 449-page document. The long-awaited report, which compared Big Tech to “oil barons and railroad tycoons,” was packed with evidence collected over the past 16 months that was designed to prove the companies held "monopoly power".

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Facebook just said it will ban QAnon

    Facebook has gained a reputation for drastically failing to crack down on the spread of fake news, and has been receiving a mounting number of pleas from exhausted users to do something about it.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Twitter bot armies are creating fake viral threads to push diet pills

    "Detoxes" and "cleanses" have become all the rage for people desperate to shed pounds. While there's still little evidence that they actually work, that hasn't stopped marketers from trying to push them.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Twitter desk

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