Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How ‘Microcracks’ Undermined San Francisco’s New Bus Terminal

A maintenance worker poking around above the ceiling panels of San Francisco’s brand-new bus terminal found the crack. It was, honestly, hard to miss....

AI Needs Your Data—and You Should Get Paid for It

Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on...

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

The accuracy of facial-recognition algorithms has improved significantly in the past few years. That allows you to unlock an iPhone with your face. But...

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. But even today, many users of those apps don’t realize they are part of Mark...

To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

Every year, people as young as 17 accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt in order to get an education. Students assume massive...

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Google has a solution for the creaking inefficiencies of modern healthcare: push notifications. No, not those annoying reminders to practice your Arabic lesson on...

Amazon’s Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

I sometimes think that if you could look in the safe behind Jeff Bezos’ desk, instead of the sports almanac from Back to the...

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The Justice Department Friday cleared T-Mobile’s long-delayed $26.5 billion merger with Sprint, a deal that critics say will reduce competition for wireless service and...

Apple Is Buying Intel’s Modem Unit to Control Its 5G Destiny

Apple said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to buy most of Intel’s business that makes modems for smart­phones—the crucial chips that connect...

Teen Love for Snapchat Is Keeping Snap Afloat

When 17-year-old Emma Logan wants to make plans with her friends, she turns to Snapchat. “At this point it’s just the easiest way to...
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