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Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Profile of philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, who worries that Silicon Valley is undermining democracy and whose book tour was well-received by its tech elite   —  The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin.  So why do the digital elite adore him so?
Nov 10, 2018, 1:55 AMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
As children of Silicon Valley's elite move away from screen-based schooling, US public schools are touting devices with screens, presaging a new digital gap   —  America's public schools are still touting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools.  The rich are banning screens from class altogether.
Oct 27, 2018, 2:45 PMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Former ProPublica reporters are starting The Markup, a news site to investigate big tech, with a $20M gift from Craigslist's Craig Newmark and other funding   —  The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists.
Sep 23, 2018, 8:10 PMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
A look at Standard Cognition's tech, which uses cameras and AI to track shoppers and what they buy, as it opens San Francisco's first cashierless store   —  A start-up uses visual tracking and behavioral data to operate a new San Francisco market, which lets shoppers walk out unimpeded.
Sep 13, 2018, 10:00 PMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Experts say domestic abusers increasingly use connected home devices like smart locks, security cameras, and lighting to scare or spy on victims   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.
Jun 24, 2018, 2:00 AMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
As Fortnite's popularity grows, companies are turning malls and movie theaters into neighborhood esports arenas and content farms are cultivating gamer talent   —  Gamers are the new stars.  Esports arenas are the new movie theaters.  —  Video games are beginning their takeover of the real world.
May 3, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Profile of Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships; sources say she controls a $90M budget that will pay partners to make original news programs   —  It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.
Apr 21, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Early Facebook, Google staffers, others form Center for Humane Technology, a group planning anti-tech addiction lobbying and ad campaign at 55K public schools   —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects …
Feb 5, 2018, 10:50 AMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Dozens of people, rich from blockchain startups and cryptocurrency, try to build “Sol”, a Puerto Rican city where money is virtual and contracts are public   —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — They call what they are building Puertopia.  But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness …
Feb 3, 2018, 5:20 PMIn context
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Inside the community of early cryptocurrency investors, now multimillionaires, and how they manage newfound riches and the explosion of interest in the industry   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg.
Jan 14, 2018, 3:50 PMIn context

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