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YouTube’s Performative Sociopaths

From the Paul brothers to the vlogger who fed toothpaste to a homeless man, the platform has ruined the long and honorable tradition of filming yourself doing dumb stuff.

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April 23 2018 12:26 PMFacebook’s Ties With Kogan and Cambridge Were Even Cozier Than We Thought
Gizmos
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Users
April 20 2018 6:48 PMThe Best Thing on the Internet This Week Was When Chrissy Teigen Logged Back Into Neopets
Users
April 20 2018 1:24 PMSarah Palin Is Now Hawking Skinny Tea on Instagram
The Industry
April 20 2018 10:30 AMWhat Can Starbucks Accomplish?Starbucks scheduled a day of implicit bias training after last week’s arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia store. It probably won’t work.
The Industry
April 19 2018 9:33 PMThe Watchdogs That Didn’t BarkThe digital crusaders who pushed back against America’s surveillance state are crucial to reining in Facebook. Why are they silent?
The Industry
April 19 2018 3:53 PMFacebook Already Has Our Data. Can It Use It to Combat Racism?A conversation with the founder of Data for Black Lives.
Science
April 19 2018 1:36 PMThe Strange History of Bicycle DayHow April 19 became a blissed-out tribute to both two-wheeled transport and medicinal chemistry.
Medical Examiner
April 19 2018 10:48 AMPeople With Autism Aren’t Protected From Opioid Addiction. They Might Be at Higher Risk.We’ve gotten much better at integration since the start of the autism wave, but it comes with risks, too.
Future Tense
April 19 2018 9:41 AMThere’s No Easy Tech Fix for Online Hate SpeechMark Zuckerberg says A.I. is on the way to help. But you should be skeptical.
The Industry
April 18 2018 11:01 PMWe Finally Know How Many People Subscribe to Amazon Prime
The Industry
April 18 2018 5:41 PMThe Wall Street Journal Thinks Old People Can’t Handle Instant Messaging
The Industry
April 18 2018 2:51 PMTesla Is Starting to Sound a Little Like Donald Trump
Future Tense
April 18 2018 9:00 AMThe U.S. Is Finally Getting a System to Warn When an Earthquake Is ComingBut will its alerts come in enough time to make a difference?
Users
April 17 2018 5:01 PMThe Most Popular YouTube Video in Turkey Right Now Is an American Porn Star Eating Turkish SnacksTurkish snacks is not a euphemism.
Gizmos
April 23 2018 11:46 AMAmazon Is Reportedly Building a Mobile Home Robot
The Industry
April 21 2018 8:00 AMWhy Netflix Might Want Its Own Movie TheatersBecause it hasn’t disrupted film the way it has TV.
Users
April 20 2018 5:22 PMGoogle Just Shut Down One Chat Service and Is Launching Another. Remind Us Why It Ditched Gchat?
Users
April 20 2018 12:42 PMOK NoWhat it’s like for an indie artist to fail—and fail and fail and fail—to make a viral music video.
Future Tense
April 20 2018 9:00 AMHow Much Is Facebook Really to Blame for Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar?The notion that it’s wholly responsible may be a bridge too far.
The Industry
April 19 2018 5:09 PMHow a JPMorgan Security Team Reportedly Used Palantir’s Tools to Spy on Its Employees
The Industry
April 19 2018 3:41 PMWhen Did Rey Become Amazon’s Chess Piece?If you’re not a Prime member, the online retailer won’t sell you The Last Jedi on DVD. It’s a minor annoyance—and a revealing one.
Future Tense
April 19 2018 11:51 AMHow Facebook Can Prove It Doesn’t Discriminate Against ConservativesMore transparent moderation policies would help everyone.
The Industry
April 19 2018 10:08 AMHow a Premium News Subscription Fits Into Apple’s Larger PlansAs consumers keep their iPhones longer, the company needs to grow its services revenue.
Future Tense
April 19 2018 7:34 AMWhat the Manic Market for Trading Technicolor Blockchain Cats May Tell Us About the Future of ArtThe “cryptocollectibles” frenzy may be coming for fine art, music, film, and more.
Users
April 18 2018 6:48 PMYouTube Taught Me How to ShowerAlso how to get out of bed, how to get dressed, and how to write this article.
Future Tense
April 18 2018 4:34 PMFuture Tense Newsletter: What Happens When the Government Deletes Its Tweets?
Medical Examiner
April 18 2018 11:00 AMWhat the New Medical Podcast DDx Gets Right About DiagnosisUnlike medical TV dramas that pedal in rarity, Figure 1’s new nonfiction show finds instructive lessons in everyday medicine.
Gizmos
April 18 2018 7:30 AMApple Needs to Reconsider Its HomePod StrategySales are lagging on Apple’s smart speaker. Here’s what it can do to increase interest and challenge Amazon and Google.
Future Tense
April 17 2018 2:31 PMGeorgia’s Governor Is About to Sign a Terrible Cybersecurity BillIt would put networks in the state at greater risk.

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