How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

On October 27, 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote an email to his then-director of product development. For years, Facebook had allowed third-party apps...

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

A few days after last year’s midterm election, a Google policy manager and lobbyist sent an email to a congressional staffer with a link...

Why Tech Didn’t Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

At least 49 people were murdered Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in an attack that followed a grim playbook for terrorism...

The Mosque Shooter Laid Bare the Post-Shooting Internet Cycle

After each new horrific mass shooting, an all-too-familiar cycle often plays out: Reporters (myself included) race to attempt to unpack an alleged shooter’s possible...

With Tech on the Defensive, SXSW Takes an Introspective Turn

The first five days or so of SXSW in Austin are always heavily weighted toward the interactive portion of the conference. The city’s downtown...

Facebook’s Sloppy Data-Sharing Deals Might Be Criminal

In the past nine days, Facebook has said it is rethinking its business and a presidential candidate said it should be broken up. In...

Facebook’s Head of Product, Chris Cox, Says Goodbye

Last spring, Chris Cox, the chief product officer of Facebook, was promoted to also oversee WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. It seemed, at the time,...

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

Democratic presidential candidate and California senator Kamala Harris is introducing a bill on Thursday that would give state and local governments access to a...

Verizon 5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

5G is coming, and with it a massive boost in bandwidth that will feed artificial intelligence applications, enable the long-fabled internet of things, and...

Spotify’s Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

A wave of antitrust interest is washing over Europe and much of the United States, and Spotify is riding its crest.The Swedish audio-streaming giant...
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