Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

Hi everyone, and welcome to the third edition of Plaintext. I hope that this newsletter has become one more good reason to look...

The US Hits Huawei With New Charges of Trade Secret Theft

Competitors have long accused Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei of corporate espionage. Now the company is facing US federal charges over what prosecutors call a...

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

He had recently read a blog post by venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, in which the author defined two kinds of CEOs: wartime and peacetime....

How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak

With the coronavirus growing more deadly in China, artificial intelligence researchers are applying machine-learning techniques to social media, web, and other data for subtle...

Google, Amazon, and Apple Have a Trillion Dollar Problem

Hi again, it’s Steven Levy, WIRED’s editor at large, with edition two of the Plaintext newsletter. Thanks for all your great comments about last...

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Announces Plans to Step Down

That isn’t to say that LinkedIn is never controversial and has never had a crisis. It continues to do business in China and to...

YouTube’s Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wild Cards, and More News

YouTube is taking a stand and experts are mapping where coronavirus will land, but first: a cartoon about a robotic barista with a human...

The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a ‘Meme Ban’ Behind

Article 13—a controversial piece of copyright legislation that is now called Article 17 but is more colloquially known as "the meme ban"—is no more,...

The US Is Losing Its Fight Against Huawei

Countries like Germany especially have said they felt stuck between the US and China, unable to afford alienating either economic superpower. As the US...

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

Some of the biggest names in artificial intelligence, including two godfathers of the machine learning boom, are betting that clever algorithms are about to...
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