1. vision 2020
    Twitter Backs Down After Squelching New York Post’s Hunter Biden StoryAfter two days of backlash, the platform announced new rules for dealing with possibly hacked materials. But the damage had been done.
  2. silicon valley
    Is Palantir’s Crystal Ball Just Smoke and Mirrors?An inside look at how Big Data’s scariest, most secretive unicorn got its start.
  3. tiktok
    Oracle to Partner With TikTok in the U.S. After Microsoft Deal Is RejectedThe partnership comes two days before Trump’s deadline for a deal to remove control of the video-sharing app from its Chinese-owned parent company.
  4. the top line
    Softbank Found Another Dumb Way to InvestNaturally, the tech behemoth that lost billions on WeWork has found a new, weird thing to do with its investors’ cash.
  5. encounter
    ‘There’s a Need for Organizers Everywhere’Representative Pramila Jayapal on sparring with Bill Barr, Jeff Bezos, and Joe Biden.
  6. conservatism
    The Big Tech Hearing Showed That Anti-Monopoly Is a Partisan IssueWith token exceptions, Republicans don’t want Silicon Valley’s giants to be less powerful, only more conservative.
  7. the top line
    Why the Stock Market Is Soaring Even As the Economy FaltersHere, some good explanations for why stocks would appear to shrug off the very serious economic problems the virus has caused this summer.
  8. conspiracy theories
    Twitter Bans Thousands of QAnon AccountsThe platform will suspend accounts pushing the conspiracy theory, along with other measures meant to limit its spread.
  9. twitter
    Twitter Accounts of Bloomberg, Obama, Apple and Others Hacked in Bitcoin ScamThe accounts of Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Kanye West, and Bill Gates all posted messages encouraging followers to give to the same Bitcoin wallet.
  10. pivot
    Can the Trump Administration Really Ban TikTok?Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway parse over the administration’s potential ban of the wildly popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app.
  11. pivot
    Amazon Finally Sees the Problem With Facial RecognitionKara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss big tech’s recent turn away from facial recognition and the racial-bias problems with the technology.
  12. pivot
    The Sorry State of Diversity on Tech BoardsKara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss Alexis Ohanian’s resignation from Reddit’s board and the lack of diversity on Silicon Valley boards.
  13. technology
    Was the Obama Administration Too Soft on Big Tech?Kara Swisher talks with a key member of the president’s economic team about why companies like Google and Amazon were largely left unchecked.
  14. pivot
    Does the Government Have a Chance Against Google?Pivot’s Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss whether the DOJ’s antitrust investigation of the tech behemoth is doomed to fail.
  15. pivot
    Can Amazon, Uber, and Lyft All Thrive After the Coronavirus?Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway argue that there may not be space for all three giants to survive in the post-coronavirus landscape.
  16. coronavirus
    Four Tech Giants Are Solidifying Their Domination of the Post-Coronavirus WorldScott Galloway examines the staggering gains anticipated at Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon during the historic economic downturn.
  17. covid diary
    How Do You Get Laptops to 1.1 Million Public-School Students?An East Village principal, sick at home, tries to take his school remote.
  18. quarantine
    These Students Re-created Their Closed High School on Minecraft“In the past week, the fact that I’ve seen the school in Minecraft more than real life, it’s kinda sad.”
  19. coronavirus
    Lower Your Video Quality for the Greater GoodEveryone working and playing from home is taxing our internet infrastructure. You don’t need to watch everything in 1080p.
  20. sports
    The Last Sport Still StandingWith every other league suspended, it’s time to get really into watching marble races on YouTube.
  21. no uggos
    TikTok Is Not The Internet’s EdenAccording to a report, moderators were advised to keep those with “ugly facial looks” & “dilapidated housing” off its front page.
  22. encounter
    The Twin Blockchain Entrepreneurs Who Dream of “Digital Air Jordans”Forecasting the future of art collecting with Duncan and Griffin Cock Foster.
  23. technocracy
    A Lurkers’ History of the InternetIn Lurking and other new books, writers are constructing an alternative history of the internet.
  24. learn to code
    Lambda Coding Boot Camp Claims 86 Percent of Students Get Tech Jobs. They Don’t.Coding boot-camp start-up Lambda School has been valued by investors at $150 million — but its job placement rate is much lower than it claims.
  25. vision 2020
    Here We Go Again? Fears Spread of Iowa-Style Chaos in Nevada Caucuses.On top of some of the same problems Iowa had, Nevada is introducing early caucusing without an obvious way to calculate results.
  26. technocracy
    I Got a Ring Doorbell Camera. It Scared the Hell Out of Me.What it’s like to live with an Amazon Ring security camera.
  27. technocracy
    5 Theories About Conspiracy TheoriesWe live in the age of red yarn and corkboard. There’s no easy explanation — but here are five theories why.
  28. technocracy
    The Real Problems With the Iowa Caucuses’ ‘Shadow’ AppTechnical failures were amplified by institutional failures, which were amplified by communications failures, creating a cascade of incompetence.
  29. vision 2020
    The Mourning After in IowaIt’s unclear what the nominating process will look like in 2024. But for Iowa, these caucuses were a tragedy.
  30. just asking questions
    Why Video Game Workers Need a Union: a Q&A with Emma KinemaEmma Kinema of the CWA’s new initiative to organize workers in video games and tech explains why new-economy workers need a union too.
  31. select all
    Peter Thiel’s Latest Venture Is the American GovernmentHow the VC learned to love Big Brother.
  32. facebook
    Facebook Exec: Facebook Is Like the One Ring, Helped Trump WinAndrew Bosworth compares Facebook to an evil ring from fantasy books. He also thinks it helped Trump win.
  33. ufos
    About Those Mystery Drone Swarms Over Colorado …It is ominous that so many robot planes can operate for so long, over so huge an area, without anyone — even the authorities — knowing what they are.
  34. vision 2020
    How Low Will Democrats Go? Probably Not Low Enough.In a world of fake news and dank memes, this means they’re no longer very good at the internet.
  35. select all
    The Characters Who Dominated the Internet in 2019The VSCO Girl, the Area 51 Raider, the Wife Guy, the Too-Online Boomer, and more.
  36. ranking
    Big Tech’s Most Powerful Apostates, RankedSelf-criticism is suddenly huge in Silicon Valley. But not all critiques are created equal.
  37. the future issue
    What Life in 2019 Can Tell Us About Life in 2029A calendar of predictions about the near future as seen through the recent past.
  38. the future issue
    In 2029, AI Will Make Prejudice Much WorseIf you think structural bias is bad now, just wait until the machines take over.
  39. the future issue
    There Will Be No Turning Back on Facial RecognitionIt’s not perfect yet, but it’s already changing the world.
  40. self
    Peloton Is Spinning Faster Than EverThe company may have unwittingly created a fitness cult, but their business model is a little more complicated.
  41. spooky szn
    How ‘Spooky Scary Skeletons’ Became the Internet’s Halloween AnthemThe 23-year-old track, from the writer of the ‘Golden Girls’ theme song, has become a mainstay of the Skeleton War.
  42. wework
    How WeWork Went from Unstoppable Unicorn to Postponing Its IPOFive months ago, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann was riding a unicorn to riches. Now his company has postponed its IPO. What happened?
  43. the ttp project
    Gaze Upon the Terrifying Visage of Jake Tapper’s DilbertThe CNN anchor drew the comic strip for charity, and the results will burn out your retinas and scar your brain.
  44. politics
    Big Tech’s Big Divorce From DemocratsInside the collapsed marriage of Silicon Valley and the Democratic Party.
  45. technology
    A Cynic’s Guide to Killing It at StanfordMany of the 1,700 freshmen arriving in Palo Alto this September didn’t come for the Romantic poetry but to network, raise capital, and drop out.
  46. checking in
    You Might Not Be Checking In on Foursquare, But Foursquare Is Checking In on YouThe company has become a data-harvesting success story — and is still trying to figure out whether that’s “cool or creepy.”
  47. social media
    Why Celebrities Fall for the ‘New Instagram Rule’ HoaxPlatforms need broad licenses to exist. That doesn’t mean users shouldn’t be worried.
  48. the zucc
    Facebook Exacerbates One Problem by Trying to Solve AnotherIn reintroducing human editors, Facebook is making it easier for bad-faith critics to claim bias.
  49. encounter
    At the Fortnite World Cup With the Game’s Youngest Star YetH1ghSky1, a.k.a. 12-year-old Patrick Bragaru, is too young to compete in the tournament, but still has plenty of fans.
  50. life in pixels
    Is Andrew Yang the Doomer Candidate?Andrew Yang’s climate fatalism during Wednesday’s debate seemed to reflect a strange, esoteric nihilism taking root in the internet’s weirder corners.
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