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14 May 2018

And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet New York Times

For years, Ev Williams was saddled with doubts. As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the chief executive of the digital publishing platform Medium, Mr. Williams transformed the way millions of people publish and consume information online.

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10 May 2018

The web is under threat. Join us and fight for it. by Tim Berners-Lee Medium

Today, the World Wide Web turns 29. This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s population will be online.

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09 May 2018

From 'pretty please' mode to Digital Wellbeing, Google unveils tech with a responsible message Washington Post

Google’s annual developer conference is normally a relentlessly positive cheerleading session to excite developers to create products for the company and its Android operating system. But this year, there is a hint of a more serious tone as the company discusses creating technology that is not simply innovative, but responsible.

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08 May 2018

Microsoft Tries a New Role: Moral Leader New York Times

Facebook and Google are under the microscope for the ways their technologies can spread misinformation, while Amazon’s growing market power is a regular target of President Trump. And Apple pioneered the modern smartphone, a device increasingly seen as too addicting.

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At Google, 'responsibility' upstages new technology Washington Post

Google on Tuesday plans to wade into the debate over whether technology - and the time spent on devices - is harmful to people’s health, criticism that it has dodged more than Apple and Facebook.

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24 April 2018

Google's Parent Company Spends Like It's Thinking of a Future Beyond Ads New York Times

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is spending like it is beginning to prepare for life after advertising.

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09 February 2018

Why Twitter is now profitable for the first time ever Washington Post

Twitter posted a surprise profit in its Thursday earnings report — marking the first time it's ever made money as a public company.

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29 January 2018

Why Cloudflare Let an Extremist Stronghold Burn Wired

In the fall of 2016, Keegan Hankes, an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, paid a visit to the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. This was not unusual; part of Hankes’ job at the civil rights organization was to track white supremacists online, which meant reading their sites. But as Hankes loaded the page on his computer at SPLC’s headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama, something caught his eye: a pop-up window that announced “Checking your browser before accessing … Please allow up to 5 seconds.” In fine print, there was the cryptic phrase “DDoS protection by Cloudflare.” Hankes, who had worked at SPLC for three years, had no idea what Cloudflare was. But soon he noticed the pop-up appearing on other hate sites and started to poke around.

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14 December 2017

The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017 New York Times

Let’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.

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Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back Into China, Announces A.I. Center New York Times

Google pulled some of its core businesses out of China seven years ago, after concluding that government controls and surveillance ran counter to its commitment to a free and open internet.

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08 December 2017

Why Has Bitcoin's Price Gone Up So Fast? New York Times

Bitcoin has been in a bull market like few the world has ever seen.

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06 December 2017

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India? New York Times

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first internet phone last week.

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05 December 2017

Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error Wired

The notorious 404 error, “Not Found,” is often, not totally erroneously, referred to as “the last page of the internet.” It’s an obligatory heads-up with an outsize reputation; it is a meme and a punch line. Bad puns abound. The error has been printed in comics and on T-shirts, an accessible and relatable facet of what was once relegated to nerd humor and is now a fact of digital life.

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01 November 2017

Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search) Bloomberg

More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it’s not with a search engine.

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08 October 2017

Chinese factory supplying major laptop brands accused of student labour abuses The Observer

The world’s biggest laptop brands rely on Chinese student labourers as young as 16 to work 12-hour days on factory production lines, with their funding and graduation at risk if they fail to comply, a labour watchdog has claimed.

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13 September 2017

The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors New York Times

After the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month where a man drove a car into a crowd, killing a counter-demonstrator, the American neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer published a long, hate-riddled post mocking the victim.

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10 September 2017

Libraries Stand for the Internet's Future and Join the Call to End Shutdowns Internet Society

Human development cannot happen without inclusive access to information. This, along with reading and applying knowledge helps us to make better decisions and to create and innovate. The Internet has brought this much closer. It is easier to create, communicate, and collaborate than ever before. E-commerce has given us new markets, e-journals are allowing us to learn, and e-health is keeping us fit.

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Why workers' rights don't matter in Silicon Valley The Observer

One of the stranger sights of June was watching the titans of Silicon Valley meekly obeying Trump’s summons to a tech summit (dubbed his American Technology Council) at the White House. Those attending included Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Safra Catz of Oracle, Tim Cook of Apple, John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins (the venture-capital firm), Brian Krzanich of Intel, Tom Leighton of Akamai, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Eric Schmidt of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and Steve Mollenkopf of Qualcomm. The only tech leader who was invited but explicitly declined was Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and other ventures. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cited diary clashes as an explanation for his non-attendance.)

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07 September 2017

Cryptocurrency boom stalls as regulators focus on ICOs The Guardian

The latest cryptocurrency boom is beginning to stall as regulators worldwide turn their attention to the “initial coin offerings”, which have driven a precipitous rise in the sector’s market value reaching a high of $177bn (£136bn).

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25 August 2017

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn't prepared for its effect on my kids. Washington Post

When my youngest child was born in 2002, the flip phone was still the coolest piece of tech you could get. Now I’m told that all three of my children are part of what demographers are calling iGen.

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21 August 2017

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise MIT Technology Review

Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

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19 August 2017

The World's Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American New York Times

The technology world’s $400 billion-and-up club — long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — needs to make room for two Chinese members.

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16 August 2017

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle BBC News

The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle.

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25 July 2017

For Alphabet, a Record Fine is Both a Footnote and a Warning New York Times

Not many companies can turn a $2.7 billion fine into a financial footnote. But that is what Google’s parent company, Alphabet, did with its quarterly earnings. The results, announced on Monday, were a microcosm of the opportunities and the risks in front of the company. On one hand, it was hitting on all cylinders with its core search engine. Its various internet services were as essential as ever with the shift to smartphones. And its YouTube video platform was shaking off a short-lived boycott by big brands.

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04 July 2017

Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment New York Times

More than two dozen women in the tech start-up industry spoke to The New York Times about being sexually harassed by investors and mentors.

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