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More Questions Raised About Palantir Data Collection

This deep dive by Bloomberg  into the Peter Thiel-backed firm Palantir raises new concerns about what can happen if the company’s data mining power is left unchecked as it looks to broaden its scope into the private sector. In the case of JPMorgan, one of the company’s early customers in the financial sector, the man in charge of the technology used it, at first, to monitor employees for...

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“It’s Hard to Know Where It Stops”
There are weeks when I read the news and think, “Really? Can all of this be happening?” Nowadays, I’m referring to the wild west of the startup and VC business, which is getting more insane by the term sheet. This week you saw unbelievable stories of rising prices, documented here by Kate. At the same time, there were important cautionary tales about the downsides of excessive...
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Not much was going right early last year at SoftBank-backed construction startup Katerra. Money was drying up, and board meetings sometimes erupted into shouting matches.
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Content Alone Will Kill the Creator Economy
The emerging creator economy is exciting. For the first time ever, more of us can turn our expertise, interests, curiosity or craft into an ongoing income stream funded by 1,000 or even 100 true fans.
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Executives at Facebook, Twitter and Snap recently realized that if they don’t help the people who produce videos and other content for their apps make money, these creators will take their talents, fans and potential revenue streams somewhere else.