Category: Business

September 20, 2019

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

Seth Vargo removed a tool used by customers of his former employer, Chef. The company quickly restored it, because the software is open source.


by Klint Finley in Business
September 20, 2019

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Employees in Silicon Valley want their companies to do more to help the planet. Will this activism make a difference?


by Louise Matsakis in Business
September 20, 2019

The Feds Need to ‘Grow a Set and Do Their Jobs’

Lawmakers are busy building their case against Silicon Valley’s giants, but they’re less optimistic about the agencies in charge of antitrust enforcement.


by Matt Laslo in Business
September 20, 2019

We All Could Pay a Price for the Latest Slap at Huawei

An international cybersecurity group has evicted the Chinese telecom company to comply with US sanctions. That could allow malware to spread more easily.


by Klint Finley in Business
September 19, 2019

Amazon’s New Climate Pledges Won’t Stop Employee Walkout

CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled ambitious plans to reduce his company’s carbon footprint. But some workers say the efforts don’t go far enough.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
September 19, 2019

The Viral App That Labels You Isn’t Quite What You Think

ImageNet Roulette reveals biases in artificial intelligence algorithms. But the vast majority of tags attached to people are rarely used.


by Gregory Barber in Business
September 19, 2019

Jack Conte, Patreon, and the Plight of the Creative Class

The DIY musician’s crowdfunding platform set out to provide a livelihood for artists on the internet. Is it more than just a band-aid for a broken system?


by Jonah Weiner in Backchannel
September 18, 2019

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

Amazon sellers use the apps to do business more efficiently, but they can also access shoppers’ personal information.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
September 18, 2019

The Myth of Technophobia

Opinion: From the telegraph to cars, we’ve never feared tech as much as we think we have.


by Cal Newport in Business
September 18, 2019

The Facebook Portal Smart Speaker Is Back, Now With More AI

New models of Facebook’s smart speaker plus camera start at $129, and offer improved tech to track body movements during calls.


by Tom Simonite in Business