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Felix Salmon / Wired:
Amazon has built its empire by playing freely with new ideas; besides book-selling, there isn't any market where Amazon has really disrupted the incumbents   —  AMAZON IS ONE of the largest and most formidable companies in the world.  It's run with brutal efficiency, a keen focus on keeping …
Jul 19, 2018, 5:00 AMIn context
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
Reddit begins rolling out live chatrooms, organized by subreddit and created by admins only, currently in beta   —  A FEW MONTHS into Jason Lee's new job at Reddit, the office was buzzing with excitement.  It was April 2017 and Reddit had just launched r/place, a collaborative project …
Jul 18, 2018, 2:20 PMIn context
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Interview with nine engineers who worked on Google's Safe Browsing, which now underpins user security in all of Google's major platforms and runs on 3B+ devices   —  IN THE BEGINNING there was phone phreaking and worms.  Then came spam and pop ups.  And none of it was good.
Jul 18, 2018, 8:55 AMIn context
Lauren Goode / Wired:
Interview with Panos Panay and other Microsoft executives on how the Surface Go was made, and why they think it has an edge over Chromebooks and the iPad   —  PANOS PANAY IS the betting type.  You can see the evidence in Microsoft's Building 37, where two $1 bills stick out from beneath a Surface tablet sitting on a shelf.
Jul 15, 2018, 1:55 AMIn context
Scott Thurm / Wired:
Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for government regulation of facial recognition, says Microsoft's ICE contract did not involve facial recognition   —  OVER THE PAST year, Silicon Valley has been grappling with the way it handles our data, our elections, and our speech.  Now it's got a new concern: our faces.
Jul 13, 2018, 12:38 PMIn context
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Twitter Will Hide ‘Locked’ Profiles From Follower Counts   —  Perhaps a healthier Twitter is one with smaller follower counts—even if that comes as a blow to your ego.  That's what the company is hoping, anyway.  Over the last several months, Twitter has embarked on a renewed push to fight abuse and spam …
Jul 11, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
DOJ has quietly settled with 3D printable gun inventor Cody Wilson, who argued that gun blueprints were protected speech, five years after the takedown order   —  Cody Wilson makes digital files that let anyone 3-D print untraceable guns.  The government tried to stop him.  He sued—and won.
Jul 11, 2018, 8:15 AMIn context
Adam Fisher / Wired:
Interviews with Zuckerberg and other employees shed light on Facebook's wild early days from 2004/2005 and the corporate proto-culture that shaped the company   —  EVERYONE WHO HAS seen The Social Network knows the story of Facebook's founding.  It was at Harvard in the spring semester of 2004.
Jul 11, 2018, 2:35 AMIn context
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
YouTube says it will invest $25M in grants to news organizations looking to expand video operations as part of Google's larger $300M Google News Initiative   —  FOLLOWING A YEAR in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland …
Jul 9, 2018, 6:20 PMIn context
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Profile of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's GEOINT App Store that hosts Android, iOS, desktop, and web apps for the Department of Defense   —  EVERY DAY, COMPANIES like Google and Apple wage a constant battle to keep malicious apps out of their marketplaces and off people's phones.
Jul 9, 2018, 2:40 AMIn context

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