Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Silicon Valley’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week — OK, month

From Facebook’s advertising and fake-news issues to Google’s pay practices and antitrust woes, Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies are feeling the heat lately. The...

Off topic: Museums’ Twitter war, Cassini’s voyage, best-seller scandal, talking Minnesotan

Natural History Museum vs. Science Museum Twitter war is the best kind of Twitter war. A National Geographic tour of Cassini’s 20-year voyage, which...

Facebook, Google, ISPs fight California broadband privacy bill

A broadband privacy bill in California is running into big-time resistance from ISPs — and Google, Facebook and the tech industry — as it...

Off topic: History of chocolate, history of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, best space movies, feature-packed...

Short and sweet: a history of how people went from drinking chocolate to eating it. More food history: “A health movement arose to fight for...

Facebook fake-news labeling doesn’t work, study says

Labeling fake news on Facebook isn’t working very well, a new Yale study shows. Nearly a year after the U.S. presidential election, the fallout...

Off topic: Animals not in their usual habitats, feeding a zoo, band names’ origins,...

Tree goats, hanging snakes, swimming pigs and other animals in unexpected places. Speaking of animals, how zoos feed them when disaster strikes. Steely Dan,...

Melinda Gates wants to fix the VC gender gap

Saying she’s both outraged and optimistic about gender issues in the tech world, Melinda Gates is shining a spotlight on the gender gap in...

Off topic: History of napkins, gender and jobs, refrigerate this (or not), old-school grooming

“People wiped their hands and faces with bread, their shirts, whatever else was around”: how napkins have changed over time. Speaking of changes over...

Amazon in San Jose? Ro Khanna questions company’s call for tax breaks

San Jose says it might be interested in making a pitch to become Amazon’s second home, joining the growing list of cities that have...

Off topic: Kid governor?, all the storms, America’s sorriest bus stop, snacks in the...

“Hitting the campaign trail will mean getting rides from his parents,” but a 13-year-old is running for governor of Vermont anyway. A history of...

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