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Life In Pixels

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    Facebook’s New Competition: The U.S. DollarFacebook just introduced Libra, a new cryptocurrency designed to blow up the global financial system.
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    Force Majeure Going Viral on Twitter Can Save CinemaOne Weird Trick for getting audiences to watch foreign and art house films.
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    Does Facebook Have a Leaks Problem?Facebook employees are increasingly talkative and increasingly polarized — and a lot of them have access to private user data.
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    Petitions Are Everywhere Because We Don’t Know How Else to Do PoliticsHow are you supposed to fix the government — or Game of Thrones?
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    The White House’s ‘Tech Bias’ Reporting Form Is a Masterpiece of TrumpismThe White House’s call for stories of bias on social media is the apotheosis of the administration’s belief system.
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    Group Chats Are Making the Internet Fun AgainThe triumphant return of aimless digital chatter.
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    Is Instagram’s Future Just Snapchat’s Past?The platform is testing getting rid of like counts.
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    On the Internet, You Can Run But You Can’t HideSomebody blocking you on Instagram doesn’t mean you can’t still see their posts.
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    Joe Biden’s Bad Announcement Tweet Was a Good Boomer PostThe oddly punctuated tweet in which Joe Biden announced his presidency was the most authentic possible format for a 76-year-old man.
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    New York City Could Destroy Uber (If It Wanted To)Uber’s S-1 filing reveals that the cities the company has run roughshod over have an awful lot of leverage over it.
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    Why We Fake College Applications and Facebook ProfilesRick Singer’s college admissions fixing scheme has a lot in common with scams and catfishing on social media.
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    Who Pays for Silicon Valley’s Hidden Costs?Magically convenient services and devices are often subsidized by exploitative labor arrangements.
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    With Social Media Disinformation, What — and Who — Should We Be Afraid Of?We may have more to fear from wealthy donors than from geopolitical adversaries like Russia.
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    Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times?After weeks of grim news out of the media industry, the Times’ revenue numbers are a bright spot.
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    Facebook Is Going to Have a Supreme Court. Will It Work?Facebook’s new “oversight board” sounds a lot like a judiciary. So where are the other branches?
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    Facebook Doesn’t Need to Fool YouIs the #10YearChallenge meme a conspiracy to steal your data?
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    Zuckerberg’s 2019 Personal Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is GoodMark Zuckerberg’s series of “public discussions about technology” is more likely to be a series of public defenses of his life’s work.
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    How Much of the Internet Is Fake?Turns out, a lot of it, actually.
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    Why YouTube’s Biggest Star Can’t Be CanceledYouTube megastar PewDiePie keeps accidentally sharing anti-Semitic jokes — and keeps getting more popular. Why?
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    Did Facebook Cause Riots in France?If you’re blaming the gilets jaunes on Facebook, you might be missing the forest for the trees.
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    Brett Favre Is a Social NetworkIt sounds nuts to say that anti-Semites took advantage of Brett Favre to spread racist memes. But that’s because you think of Favre as a quarterback.
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    Why Is Tucker Carlson Mad About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?Like the water cycle, the content cycle is a beautiful, natural process that sustains a multitude of organisms at all levels.
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    The End of the Tech-Industry OmertàIs Silicon Valley’s legendary secretiveness on its way out?
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    The Decline and Fall of the Zuckerberg EmpireDo we need Facebook?
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    Fake News Isn’t Just a Problem for Facebook. It’s Also a Solution!Having learned about the dangerous effects of “fake news” influence campaigns, Facebook has finally landed on a solution: Create its own.
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    Fox News’ Silent War on TwitterThe network has found a way to treat Twitter with the same bitter contempt it’s always treated the New York Times.
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    Facebook Stopped Russia. Is That Enough?Facebook’s “misinformation problem” is a lot bigger than Facebook.
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    Nick Clegg Isn’t Leaving the World of Politics, He’s Reentering ItOnce you’ve formed a coalition with David Cameron, how bad can one with Mark Zuckerberg really be?
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    DNA Testing Can’t Tell Us Who We Really Are. It Can Tell the Cops.Like Elizabeth Warren, millions of Americans have taken DNA tests in a search for their heritage, with unintended consequences.
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    Donald Trump, Kanye West, and the Reign of Human ClickbaitMedia outlets created “clickbait” to stand out in a crowded environment. What’s the psychological equivalent?
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    Does Facebook Need a Constitution?Facebook’s gestures toward “free speech” make it sound like a liberal democracy. But where are its checks and balances?
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    The Rise of Busybody JournalismIn “see for myself” reporting, individual sentiment crowds out institutional facts.