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The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers In A Hole

The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers In A Hole

Long Reads, Tech, World

Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s chief executive, was hailed as a kingmaker in 2016 when he unveiled the Vision Fund. Using the cash hoard, Mr. Son poured money into fledgling companies across the world, many of which have a business model of hiring contractors who deliver their services. Above all, he urged these start-ups to grow as fast as possible.

What Are Third-Party Internet Cookies, And Why Is Google Killing Them?

What Are Third-Party Internet Cookies, And Why Is Google Killing Them?

Tech

Killing the cookie might be a good first step in finally respecting consumer privacy. But when it comes to fixing what ails the modern internet, it’s a drop in the bucket. The effort is belated, murky, and not quite the revolution it’s being portrayed as.

How To Tell If You’re Talking To A Bot

How To Tell If You’re Talking To A Bot

Apps, Explainers, Tech

It’s important not to be swayed by fake accounts or waste your time arguing with them, and identifying bots in a Twitter thread has become a strange version of the Turing test. Advances in machine learning hint at how bots could become more humanlike.

The Secret History Of Facial Recognition

The Secret History Of Facial Recognition

History, Long Reads, Tech

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper’s son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished. He died on October 4, 1995. His obituary in the Austin American-Statesman made no mention of his work on facial recognition. Who was Woody Bledsoe, and who was he working for?

Where The Bodies Are Buried

Where The Bodies Are Buried

Crime, Tech

Mexico’s drug war has left tens of thousands of casualties in secret graves. Now, the mothers of the missing are digging them up, armed with iron rods and quadcopter drones.

Google And Amazon Are Now In The Oil Business

Google And Amazon Are Now In The Oil Business

Business, Tech, Videos

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have been very vocal about their efforts to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. But as The Wall Street Journal has reported, these same companies are currently teaming up with fossil fuel industry to help them squeeze as much oil and gas out of the ground as possible.

Farmer’s Fridge Wants To Make Eating Healthy Food As Easy As Getting Money From An ATM

Farmer’s Fridge Wants To Make Eating Healthy Food As Easy As Getting Money From An ATM

Food, Innovation, Tech

Farmer’s Fridge retrofits vending machines to serve up healthy foods — salads, sandwiches, granola, etc. — for people on the go. In order to ensure restaurant-quality food, Farmer’s Fridge has a chef on board who receives feedback from customers to constantly tweak the menu and the food.

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

The speed of machine learning is startling, often creepy. It is hard to tell what is creepier: the feeling that someone is somewhere out there, following your every step, or the fact that no one is, just the tracking device you carry with you in your pocket.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
Big Tech Takes Aim At The Low-Profit Retail-Banking Industry

Big Tech Takes Aim At The Low-Profit Retail-Banking Industry

Business, Economics, Innovation, Tech

After years of timidity Big Tech, with its billions of users and gigantic war chest, at last appears serious about crashing the fintech party. Amazon and Apple introduced a credit card. Facebook announced a new payments system and Google said it would start offering current (checking) accounts in America.

You’re Tracked Everywhere You Go Online. Use This Guide to Fight Back.

You’re Tracked Everywhere You Go Online. Use This Guide to Fight Back.

Apps, Tech

I recently did an online privacy checkup: Google was sharing my creditworthiness with third parties. If you would like Hearst, the publishing giant, to stop sharing your physical mailing address with third parties, you have to mail a physical letter with your request to the company’s lawyers.

What Would Happen If Facebook Were Turned Off?

What Would Happen If Facebook Were Turned Off?

Apps, Life, Tech

Facebook is blamed for all sorts of social horrors: from addiction and bullying to the erosion of fact-based political discourse and the enabling of genocide. New research—and there is more all the time—suggests such accusations are not entirely without merit. It may be time to consider what life without Facebook would be like.

Inside X, Google's Top-Secret Moonshot Factory

Inside X, Google's Top-Secret Moonshot Factory

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Within Alphabet, Google’s parent company, it is grouped alongside Deepmind in “Other Bets”, although in that metaphor, X is more like the gambler. Its stated aim is to pursue what it calls “moonshots” – to try to solve humanity’s great problems by inventing radical new technologies.

The Start-Ups Building ‘Dark Kitchens’ For Uber Eats And Deliveroo

The Start-Ups Building ‘Dark Kitchens’ For Uber Eats And Deliveroo

Business, Food, Innovation, Tech

Venture capitalists have all aligned on the best solution: kitchens that only serve delivery customers, known as “cloud”, “ghost” or “dark” kitchens, that use a combination of advanced food preparation, underused real estate and algorithm-driven optimisation to lower overheads and increase output.

Russian Cows Fitted With Virtual-Reality Headsets

Russian Cows Fitted With Virtual-Reality Headsets

Innovation, Nature, Tech

The grass is greener in a virtual world. That’s what Moscow region farmers were aiming for when they fitted their dairy cows with virtual-reality headsets to test their milk production. “Experts noted reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd” during the VR experiment, said the regional agriculture administration.

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

Apps, Politics, Tech

In April 2014, a public relations firm representing the Saudi Embassy asked Ahmad Abouammo, part of Twitter’s global media team, to verify an account belonging to a Saudi news personality. This request for a blue checkmark opened the door to a working relationship with the country’s government.

Uber Wars In Argentina

Uber Wars In Argentina

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

Since Uber arrived in Argentina in 2016, taxi drivers have come out in force, torching ride-share cars, beating drivers, and shaming passengers. There have been more than 1,041 fights — that have been reported to police, anyway.

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That

Explainers, Tech

Every digital camera uses algorithms to transform the different wavelengths of light that hit its sensor into an actual image. What makes the iPhone XS’s skin-smoothing remarkable is that it is simply the default for the camera. Snap a selfie, and that’s what you get.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

Long Reads, Tech

Miners now pouring into Eastern Washington are building sites with tens of thousands of servers and electrical loads of as much as 30 megawatts, or enough to power a neighborhood of 13,000 homes. And in the arms race that cryptocurrency mining has become, even these operations will soon be considered small-scale.

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

Explainers, Innovation, Science, Tech

Instead of the bits that today’s network uses, which can only express a value of either 0 or 1, the future quantum internet would utilize qubits of quantum information, which can take on an infinite number of values. A quibit is the unit of information for a quantum computer; it’s like a bit in an ordinary computer.

Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, And Go To Sleep

Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, And Go To Sleep

Apps, Health, Life, Tech

Our devices are a gift that connect us to so many people and so much information, but they do not have to raise our anxiety and harm our all-important sleep. We need to control our devices, rather than letting them control us.

The Floating Utopia Of Salesforce Park

The Floating Utopia Of Salesforce Park

Architecture, Cities, Tech

Salesforce Park, in downtown San Francisco, sits atop the Salesforce Transit Center. It is a lush, five-and-a-half-acre rooftop arcadia of rolling meadows and meticulously landscaped, climatically harmonious, drought-tolerant flora. San Francisco’s newest public space reflects Big Tech’s influence—and a city’s anxieties.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Crime, Science, Tech

Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies.

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

Business, Long Reads, Tech

The great trick of online retail has been to get us to do more shopping while thinking less about it – thinking less, in particular, about how our purchases reach our homes. This divorce of a product from its voyage to us is perhaps the thing that Amazon has sold us most successfully.

The Apps On My Phone Are Stalking Me

The Apps On My Phone Are Stalking Me

Apps, Tech

Your location, your purchases, video and audio from within your home and office, your online searches and every digital wandering, biometric tracking of your face and other body parts, your heart rate and other vital signs, your every communication, recording, and perhaps your deepest thoughts or idlest dreams.

Where Amazon Returns Go To Be Resold By Hustlers

Where Amazon Returns Go To Be Resold By Hustlers

Business, Tech

Liquidity Services, the operator of liquidation.com, became a major (though not exclusive) handler of Amazon’s American liquidations. The company calls dealing with returns “the reverse supply chain”—a part of the retail business that has been growing in importance as online shopping becomes more popular.

Destroyer Of Worlds

Destroyer Of Worlds

Tech

The story of 8chan’s founder, Fredrick Brennan, is a perfect expression of this: born with a profound disability and shuttled in and out of foster care, his creation of the site was born not out of cold calculation or political ambition, but from a need to find community in loneliness.

Did The Advent Of The First Desktop Computer Lead To Murder?

Did The Advent Of The First Desktop Computer Lead To Murder?

Crime, History, Tech

In the summer of 1965, the Olivetti P101 made it to the New York World’s Fair but only just. It was hidden away in a small room behind the main stand. If anyone found it, it was supposed to be an accident. But a few people did. Soon more and more began to squeeze their way in.

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