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Democracy Deserves Better Algorithms

Social media companies have the power to promote the truth and defeat lies. But they aren’t using it.
June 2, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 9 comments
Art by Mike Sullivan

Five Ways Web3 Companies Will Have to Adapt to Survive

The next few months—at least—will be darker in crypto land.
May 27, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 8 comments
2022 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City. Photo by Getty

The Upfronts Model Isn’t Dead Yet

Why in-person deal making still matters, even with ad-supported Netflix and Disney+ entering the scene.
May 25, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
Art by Mike Sullivan

VR Is Failing the Very People It Could Benefit Most

Virtual experiences can help users transcend their physical limitations—but only if those users can access them.
May 19, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 1 comment
Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Rupert Murdoch. Photos by AP; Bloomberg. Art by Mike Sullivan

Meta and Alphabet Should Get Used to Paying for News

The two tech giants are gearing up for another fight as Canada takes up Australia-style legislation to protect journalism.
May 16, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 6 comments
Clockwise from top left: Netflix employees walk out in support of transgender employees; Disney employees and demonstrators rally against Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill; Google employees protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct allegations; Activision Blizzard employees protest the company's response to a sexual discrimination lawsuit. Photos by Bloomberg; AP

When Rights Are on the Line, Words Aren’t Enough

With the Supreme Court apparently on the brink of overturning Roe v. Wade, employees want to know their companies will protect them.
May 11, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 6 comments

How Elon Musk’s Twitter Could Boost State Censorship

Part of respecting free speech is resisting the law when necessary.
May 5, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 6 comments
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Netflix’s Best Advertising Bet Won’t Require Software

Let the other streamers invest in precision-targeted digital ad delivery. The old network TV model may be a better fit for the market leader.
April 22, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 7 comments
Art by Haejin Park

Pretty LinkedIn Profiles Are Overrated

Success is impossible without risk, and taking risks means making mistakes.
April 6, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 15 comments
Art by Mike Sullivan

We Need a 911 for the Metaverse

Reporting harassment and abuse in virtual reality should be a reflex, not a puzzle.
March 30, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 1 comment
Illustration by Jesus Escudero

Congress’s Big Antitrust Bills Have a Problem: The Happy Customer

Conflicting political crosscurrents are making it impossible to protect competition in ways that also protect consumers.
March 23, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 4 comments
Art by Mike Sullivan

A Vibe Shift Is Brewing in Streaming

Are Disney and HBO missing it with their pivot to ads?
March 18, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
Illustration by Jesus Escudero

Web 2.0 Investors Aren’t Cut Out for the Web3 World

Getting ready for the decentralized web will require more than a change in mindset.
March 16, 2022 9:00 AM PDT · 10 comments
Illustration by Danielle Davis

Can Hybrid Work Create a More Diverse Workforce?

Yes—if employers put in the work to get there.
March 9, 2022 9:00 AM PST · 2 comments
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The Invasion of Ukraine Dramatizes the Folly of ‘The Sovereign Individual’

A treatise from the end of the last century is gaining currency among Silicon Valley’s futurists. Don’t be seduced.
Feb. 24, 2022 3:30 PM PST · 11 comments
Brian Robbins talks about 'SpongeBob SquarePants' at an investor day event for Paramount+. Screengrab via Vimeo.

Why Disney+, Paramount+ and Legacy Media Streamers Can’t Escape the Past

Chuck Klosterman has a few ideas.
Feb. 18, 2022 9:00 AM PST · 2 comments
Art by Mike Sullivan

How the Myth of the Hot Round Hurts Founders

Even the fastest-seeming raises involve months of careful prep work.
Feb. 16, 2022 9:00 AM PST · 11 comments
Art by Mike Sullivan

Why Startups Shouldn’t Worry About Inflation

Funding is mostly uncorrelated with jumps in the consumer price index. But there is something else to be afraid of.
Feb. 9, 2022 9:00 AM PST · 3 comments
Art by Mike Sullivan

Vinod Khosla: “Stop Asking Me About the Markets”

If you want to fund radical innovation, the short-term ups and downs don't matter.
Jan. 31, 2022 9:00 AM PST · 4 comments
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Bitcoin Is Failing Its Original Mandate. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Worthless

The question is, how to determine a fair price?
Jan. 26, 2022 9:00 AM PST · 12 comments