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The human cost of a WeChat ban: severing a hundred million ties

  In January, 1989, my 26-year-old father uprooted his life to move to the other side of the world. He had never been on a plane, let alone outside of China. But an American professor had offered him a postdoc, an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. When he landed, he made only one call at an […]

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TikTok clone Instagram Reels is just one of the many times Facebook has copied its competitors

From Instagram knocking off Snapchat’s Stories feature to the already-forgotten Pinterest competitor Hobbi, Facebook has long copied its competition. | Kena Krutsinger/NBAE via Getty Images Here’s a look at some of the most notable times Facebook has copied other social media upstarts. Facebook’s TikTok knockoff, Instagram Reels, is making its big United States debut today. […]

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It’s too late to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans

  Twitter is perfect as a megaphone for the far right: its trending topics are easy to game, journalists spend way too much time on the site, and—if you’re lucky—the president of the United States might retweet you. QAnon, the continuously evolving pro-Trump conspiracy theory, is good at Twitter in the same way as other […]

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What comes after Zoom fatigue

James Bareham for Vox/Recode | Photo of Picturephone 1965: Bettmann/Gettyimages It looks like we’re stuck with video chat. Is that such a bad thing? It’s well over 100 days into the Covid-19 crisis, and I have to make a confession: I hate doing everything over video chat. I hated it at the start, and I […]

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Criminal charges reveal the identity of the “invisible god” hacker

  A notorious hacker who made an estimated $1.5 million by stealing information from more than 300 companies and governments in 44 countries has been identified as a 37-year-old man from Kazakhstan. Known as Fxmsp, the hacker became famous in 2019 when he advertised access and source code for leading cybersecurity companies, amid claims that […]

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The real cost of Amazon

Courtney Bowden, 30, in front of the Amazon flex warehouse in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, on June 14. Bowden was fired in March. | Hannah Yoon for Vox “It’s like I’m risking my life for a dollar” — what the struggle Amazon workers face during the pandemic says about the future of work in America. […]

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The Trump 2020 app is a voter surveillance tool of extraordinary power

Ahead of President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted about the event. “Just passed 800,000 tickets,” he wrote. “Biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x. Saturday is going to be amazing!” Parscale’s numbers for the rally—originally scheduled for Juneteenth and still set to occur […]

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Inside Jack Dorsey’s radical experiment for billionaires to give away their money

Jack Dorsey/Newspix/Getty Images The Twitter CEO’s plan to give away $1 billion shows charity is not as hard as billionaires say it is. Billionaires are notoriously bad at something that should be quite easy: giving away their money. In the pantheon of the ultra-rich, Jack Dorsey, as the world’s 410th-wealthiest person, is hardly the stingiest […]

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SpaceX can now send humans to space. It just needs a market.

SpaceX achieved something historic this past weekend with its Demo-2 launch. The company’s Crew Dragon vehicle became the first private spacecraft to take humans into orbit—a milestone for NASA, the American space industry, and the company itself. Afterwards, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters that the mission had helped establish the success of a new […]

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Trump’s Twitter tantrum is a distraction for everyone — including himself

President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post before signing an executive order related to regulating social media on May 28 in the Oval Office. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images 100,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus, and Trump is worried about a fact-check on Twitter. There is a lot going on […]

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