We Can’t Trust Uber
Two academics make the case that Uber and other companies collecting sensitive information about our lives should be subject to independent oversight of how they use and protect our data.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Is Lyft Too Cute to Fight Uber?
“Like communism, the pink mustache makes sense on paper, less so in real life.”
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Behind the Alarming Rise of the Online Vigilante Detective
An independent writer’s recent attempt to reveal the true identity of “Jackie” in Rolling Stone’s controversial story about campus rape is just the latest instance of reckless online vigilantism.
— Mike Orcutt, research editor
It’s Official: Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter
Viewing images vs. text as a way for friends to share “what’s going on” is like a whisper compared to the constantly rotating letters and words of other social networks. Go, Instagram!
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Tell, Don’t Show
A deftly made case for plain-text “data verbalizations” over the more prevalent dashboard-style visualizations as a way of reporting data.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Need for Speed
A small, remote Alberta town invests in crazy-fast Internet speed.
From the Alps to the Arctic: Tech Companies’ Weirdest Outposts
A very interesting look at where the world’s tech companies are storing your data.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
Inside Charm Industrial’s big bet on corn stalks for carbon removal
The startup used plant matter and bio-oil to sequester thousands of tons of carbon. The question now is how reliable, scalable, and economical this approach will prove.
The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it
Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.
How Charm Industrial hopes to use crops to cut steel emissions
The startup believes its bio-oil, once converted into syngas, could help clean up the dirtiest industrial sector.
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