Thursday, December 2, 2021

Steven Levy

Jack Dorsey Was the Soul of Twitter

Jack Dorsey was glum. It was 2009, and we were in Baghdad, among a group of Silicon Valley movers and shakers on a State Department junket to visit businesses, universities, and the eerily deserted Iraq National Museum. But back...

Whistleblower Frances Haugen Still Believes in Silicon Valley

When the Wall Street Journal launched a series of explosive articles based on internal Facebook documents in September, people naturally wondered about the source. Apparently, an unnamed employee had left the company, taking with her hundreds of documents that...

Inside X’s Mission to Make Robots Boring

Hi, everyone! A “decentralized autonomous organization” (translation: a group of crypto lovers) has decided to buy an original copy of the Constitution. Maybe they’ll add Satoshi’s signature? Every afternoon at 1:30, the robots file into the...

‘AR Is Where the Real Metaverse Is Going to Happen’

We can all agree that leaving the house is a marvelous thing. But what if your city stroll was enhanced by encounters with historical figures who walked those streets when they were cobblestoned? Or if it featured sightings of...

Facebook Failed the People Who Tried to Improve It

The “badge posts” of the company's former researchers offer the parting thoughts of the disillusioned.“Hi, all,” reads a note on Facebook’s internal Workplace system that was posted on December 9, 2020. “Friday is going to be my last day...

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