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The Facebook / Meta Disruption

The definitive podcast about big tech examines the history and power of Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, as it makes an unprecedented transition.

The viral tweet about Trump refusing to give Biden his @POTUS followers is wrong, even if it is on-brand

The political chief at Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy is stepping down

California will have its first Latino senator

What’s going on with the USPS this holiday season?


How virtual reality tricks your brain

The pandemic could have crushed WeWork. It may have saved it instead.

Corporate America would like the vaccine now

Why Dave Chappelle doesn’t want you to stream Chappelle’s Show

Social media companies are already losing the vaccine misinformation fight

Teachers are sacrificing student privacy to stop cheating

Google’s three antitrust cases, briefly explained

Twitter joins Facebook and YouTube in banning Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Mark Zuckerberg gave $75 million to a San Francisco hospital. The city has condemned him anyway.

Facebook is lifting its political ad ban — in Georgia only

MacKenzie Scott, the Amazon billionaire, is giving away $1 billion a month to charity

Inside the implosion of the $35 million startup meant to fix the Democratic Party

2020 in 20 charts

Tech billionaire Larry Ellison has moved to Hawaii

How influencers are being recruited to promote the Covid-19 vaccine

Disney thinks you’ll be ready to see Black Widow in theaters by May

Disney+ is planning more reboots, Star Wars, and Marvel galore

Why the US government wants Facebook to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp

The controversy behind a star Google AI researcher’s departure 

How to keep the smart speaker you got for the holidays and still keep some of your privacy, too

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You can buy a robot to keep your lonely grandparents company. Should you?

As many seniors face down the winter holidays alone, it may be tempting to give them a companion robot as a gift.

How quickly can the US distribute a Covid-19 vaccine? Here are the four biggest logistical challenges.

The pandemic was great for Zoom. What happens when there’s a vaccine?

What happened to department stores?

How retailers track your every move in exchange for coupons and convenience

WarnerMedia’s CEO explains why he’s blowing up the movie business

What one of Amazon’s biggest critics thinks the future of the retail industry means for workers

AI has cracked a problem that stumped biologists for 50 years. It’s a huge deal.

Online shopping is booming but so are returns. An old-school solution is gaining steam

A surprising number of government agencies buy cellphone location data. Lawmakers want to know why.

The death and rebirth of America’s department stores, in charts

Pop culture’s department stores taught us what to want

Ajit Pai, Trump’s FCC chair who repealed net neutrality, is leaving on January 20

11 films to watch if you loved — or hated — Hillbilly Elegy

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The death of the department store and the American middle class

The collapse of America’s middle class crushed department stores. Amazon and the pandemic are the final blows.

Why streaming devices and streaming networks are fighting over your eyeballs