Category: Business / Tech Culture

July 11, 2019

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

by Alex Baker-Whitcomb in Business
July 3, 2019

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

The audit noted that asking reviewers “to consider whether the user was condemning or discussing hate speech, rather than espousing it, may reduce errors.”

by Paris Martineau in Business
June 26, 2019

To Really ‘Disrupt,’ Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

Opinion: Silicon Valley culture often reveals the optimism of organized ignorance. Rather than lauding “new” experts, we need to respect, sustain, and strengthen the ones we already have.

by Lilly Irani Rumman Chowdhury in Business
May 28, 2019

MacKenzie Bezos and the Pitfalls of Tech Philanthropy

Her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos finalized, MacKenzie has now pledged to give away at least half her fortune.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
May 22, 2019

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren’t Going Away

Amazon’s shareholder resolutions on climate change and facial recognition technology didn’t pass. Here’s why they matter anyway.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
May 21, 2019

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

Marvel at the median income at Google and Facebook, but remember: Reducing the pay of tens of thousands of people to a single number has its shortcomings.

by Scott Thurm in Business
May 20, 2019

Angry Nerd: Kickstarter Has Become No Fun at All

Unless you’re Kickstarting a promise to stop bugging me—or the end of capitalism—I’m not interested in your relentless notifications.

by Klint Finley in Business
May 20, 2019

Why Software Needs to Escape from San Francisco

Think of every city as a platform—each new platform opens up the possibility to explore new ideas. It’s time to give other platforms a chance to change the world.

by Clive Thompson in Business
May 16, 2019

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Google has been known to fire employees for leaking company information. But it hasn’t investigated several recent high-profile leaks.

by Nitasha Tiku in Business
May 13, 2019

Technology That Could End Humanity—and How to Stop It

Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom says technology often has unintended consequences, and that we may have to choose between totalitarianism and annihilation.

by Klint Finley in Business