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Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
If Silicon Valley is sincere about “changing the world”, it should return Saudi billions until alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi has been suitably investigated   —  Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.
Oct 13, 2018, 2:00 AMIn context
New York Times:
Walmart announces joint venture with NY-based interactive storytelling startup Eko to develop original content; sources say investment is worth $250M   —  Walmart is going Hollywood.  —  The world's largest retailer, in a constant battle with its rival Amazon, said this week that it was teaming …
Oct 11, 2018, 11:55 AMIn context
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
Employees at Facebook's fact-checking partner in the Philippines, online news site Rappler, say they're struggling to “clean up Facebook's mess”   —  MANILA — The fictional news stories pop up on Facebook faster than Paterno Esmaquel II and his co-workers can stamp them out.
Oct 10, 2018, 10:05 AMIn context
New York Times:
Trump campaign's Rick Gates sought proposals in 2016 from Israeli firm Psy-Group to make fake online accounts and use social media to influence and win election   —  WASHINGTON — A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities …
Oct 8, 2018, 9:40 PMIn context
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
A look at the Internet Bill of Rights, framed by a Democrat on request by Nancy Pelosi, for how tech and telecom companies should treat Americans online   —  If Democrats win back the House, they promise to start regulating Silicon Valley.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.
Oct 5, 2018, 9:10 AMIn context
Alex Marshall / New York Times:
The National Theatre in London is offering “smart caption glasses” that display live subtitles synchronized by software and transmitted over Wi-Fi   —  LONDON — If you have hearing difficulties, the idea of spending hours watching a play may not be that attractive given the risk of key dialogue slipping from your grasp.
Oct 5, 2018, 4:25 AMIn context
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources describe the internal turmoil at Facebook following Joel Kaplan's appearance in support of Brett Kavanaugh during his testimony to Congress last week   —  SAN FRANCISCO — “I want to apologize,” the Facebook executive wrote last Friday in a note to staff.
Oct 4, 2018, 5:25 PMIn context
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
More worrisome than foreign interference in US elections is how tech companies feed and profit from deepening domestic political polarization   —  More worrisome than foreign interference in our elections is how our own tech and media companies feed and profit from our deepening domestic political polarization.
Oct 3, 2018, 9:55 AMIn context
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A look at Elisabeth Murdoch's Vertical Networks, which engages teenagers on Snapchat, Facebook, and YouTube with popular original shows and a digital magazine   —  GLENDALE, Calif. — A young actor with a bushy goatee, cast as a Satanist on a murder-mystery show called “Solve,” sat facing a camera on a stuffy, no-frills set in July.
Oct 2, 2018, 8:15 AMIn context
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Instagram co-founders, dubbed by some at Facebook as not “team players”, were needed at the company to challenge Mark Zuckerberg and its groupthink culture   —  Kevin Systrom, a founder of Instagram, wasn't a “team player.”  That was exactly what the company needed.
Sep 29, 2018, 12:15 AMIn context

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