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Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy—it’s replacing it

October 11th, 2017 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

If you want to understand the threat that Silicon Valley poses to culture at large, consider Apple’s $5 billion headquarters. The Cupertino, California, building may seem like paradise to some, with striking architecture—a donut-shaped building featuring the world’s largest piece of curved glass—and lavish details like iPhone-inspired elevator buttons and patented pizza boxes that prevent […]



Facebook just bid $600 million to stream Indian cricket matches. Will it try NFL games next?

September 23rd, 2017 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg didn’t get the IPL but he may have a shot at pro football.



Facebook has mapped the population of 23 countries in incredible detail

September 18th, 2017 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

In its research into the best way to provide the internet to the entire world, Facebook has mapped where all 7.5 billion people on the planet live. By combining government census data and satellite images along with some help from Facebook’s image recognition neural network, the company can now locate every single man-made structure to […]



The average age of employees at all the top tech companies, in one chart

September 12th, 2017 at 5:07 pm » Comments Off

Silicon Valley is known for its youth-obsessed culture.



The most-loved social network among Americans isn’t the one you think

August 3rd, 2017 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

Google+ has topped the American Consumer Satisfaction Index’s 2017 list evaluating how users feel about Internet social media companies. Yes, Google+.



AI is inventing languages humans can’t understand. Should we stop it?

July 24th, 2017 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.



Facebook’s A.I. system that learned to lie to get what it wants

June 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am » Comments Off

We’re beginning to get a glimpse of some of the built-in limits to artificial intelligence. Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should start, when you can take time off work, or how many cookies you can take from […]



A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

May 5th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by the company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of course, social […]



The danger behind the algorithm economy

January 6th, 2017 at 4:04 pm » Comments Off

A few months ago The Washington Post reported that Facebook collects 98 data points on each of its nearly 2 billion users. Among this 98 are ethnicity, income, net worth, home value, if you are a mother, if you are a soccer mom, if you are married, the number of lines of credit you have, if […]



The top five battlegrounds for tech platforms in 2017

January 4th, 2017 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Large platform companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft want to provide the operating system for our lives, and they will fight hard in 2017 to establish their foothold in the emerging technologies we will likely come to rely on in the future. Who will succeed?



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