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Sonia Faleiro / Rest of World:
An in-depth look at how a team of fact-checkers at Alt News in India is struggling against misinformation spread by the ruling BJP party on Facebook services   —  As the pandemic rages across the country, one team of fact-checkers contends with a post-truth dystopia.
May 12, 2021, 1:25 PMIn context
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed News:
Apple hires ex-Cisco communications chief Stella Low as new VP of worldwide corporate communications; Phil Schiller has been overseeing Apple's PR since 2019   —  Apple has hired a new vice president of worldwide corporate communications.  Stella Low, former communications chief at networking giant Cisco …
May 7, 2021, 3:05 PMIn context
David Pierce / Protocol:
ByteDance announces that its CFO Shouzi Chew will now also become the CEO of TikTok; TikTok's interim head Vanessa Pappas will be TikTok's COO   —  Shouzi Chew, the CFO of ByteDance, got a new job title on Friday: CEO of TikTok.  Vanessa Pappas, who's been running the company …
Apr 30, 2021, 10:25 AMIn context
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Netflix launches Play Something, an opt-in viewing mode that gives the service a more TV-like feel to fight viewers' decision fatigue   —  Ten years ago, Netflix got the idea that its app should work more like regular TV.  This was early on in its transition from DVD delivery to streaming on demand …
Apr 28, 2021, 10:00 AMIn context
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Interviews with Basecamp staff on how a “funny” customer names list sparked an internal reckoning and spurred Basecamp's societal and political discussion ban   —  How a list of “funny” customer names triggered an internal reckoning  —  I.  —  The controversy that embroiled …
Apr 27, 2021, 8:35 PMIn context
R.T. Watson / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix, Disney, and Amazon are slowing Hollywood exports and spending billions of dollars to make international content as the US market saturates   —  With U.S. market saturated, companies are slowing Hollywood exports and spending billions of dollars to make international content
Apr 25, 2021, 2:00 AMIn context
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Mapbox is in talks to go public through merger with a SPAC backed by SoftBank, in a deal that could value the mapping company at between $1.5B and $2B   —  A New York-listed blank cheque company set up by SoftBank is in merger talks with Washington-based Mapbox, Sky News learns.
Apr 23, 2021, 2:30 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Ethical AI group was in turmoil long before the ouster of Gebru and Mitchell, after friction over handling of harassment and bias allegations   —  The ouster of lead researchers Gebru, Mitchell followed years of friction over how Google handled allegations of harassment and bias
Apr 21, 2021, 1:35 PMIn context
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Officials say USAGM CEO Michael Pack and others pushed to subsidize software built by Falun Gong adherents, diverting OTF money from other tech for dissidents   —  Of all the disruptions unleashed by the Trump White House on how the federal government typically works, the saga of one small project …
Apr 16, 2021, 5:55 AMIn context
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
In his final letter to shareholders as CEO, Bezos says Amazon needs a better vision for its employees' success and he will focus on making its warehouses safer   —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday issued his final letter to shareholders before turning the helm over to AWS CEO Andy Jassy.
Apr 15, 2021, 9:25 AMIn context

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