Will Oremus
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Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer. Email him at will.oremus@slate.com or follow him on Twitter.

The Industry
Sept. 21 2018 11:48 AMThe New Media BaronsWhat Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan makes of the tech billionaires taking over the new business—including her boss.
The Industry
Sept. 14 2018 7:41 PMFacebook’s Crackdown on Misinformation Might Actually Be WorkingA new study finds that suspected hoax and propaganda sites have been getting less engagement on Facebook since the 2016 election—and getting more on Twitter.
Gizmos
Sept. 13 2018 8:22 AMApple Has Normalized the $1,000 iPhoneThe world’s most valuable company had a problem. Exorbitantly priced devices solved it.
The Industry
Sept. 6 2018 4:00 PMThe Spotify EffectThe streaming era has transformed the way music—and money from music—is made, and cemented who holds most of the power.
If Then
Sept. 5 2018 4:33 PMWhat Streams May ComeIf Then on how artists are faring in the streaming music economy and what Justice Brett Kavanaugh could mean for the future of the internet.
Future Tense
Aug. 30 2018 4:25 PMThe New Social Network Dodging Government Surveillance—and NazisThe founder of Mastodon is trying to build a social universe that can push back against data collection and white supremacists alike.
If Then
Aug. 29 2018 4:11 PMTwitter Without the NazisThe founder of Mastodon on how he built an alternative social network, and why people are flocking to it.
Gizmos
Aug. 23 2018 8:17 PMAlexa Is Losing Her EdgeA year ago, everyone was buying an Amazon Echo. Here’s how Google turned the tables.
The Industry
Aug. 21 2018 5:55 AMSocial Media Companies Aren’t Liberal or ConservativeThey’re capitalist. And their real biases are against labor costs and controversy.
If Then
Aug. 15 2018 4:46 PMMaking Sense of Elon MuskTesla and SpaceX reporter Dana Hull on what drives tech’s most enigmatic CEO.
The Industry
Aug. 10 2018 10:05 AMWhy Twitter Is Tolerating Alex Jones and Courting the Right WingFour theories.
The Industry
Aug. 7 2018 3:00 PMFacebook and Apple Moved the Goal Posts to Ban Alex JonesThey did it messily and far too late—but it’s still an encouraging sign.
The Industry
July 26 2018 4:23 PMThe Shape of Mis- and DisinformationIt spreads in different ways on different platforms. And we’re still coming to grips with how to deal with it.
Future Tense
July 24 2018 3:28 PMMaybe Trump Isn’t the Internet’s Fault, After AllA new study shows Trump did best among voters who were extremely offline.
The Industry
July 19 2018 12:25 PMWhen Twitter Blows the WhistleThe social network’s chief of trust and safety explains the company’s approach to free speech, why it’s booting more trolls, and why it hasn’t kicked off Alex Jones.
If Then
Sept. 19 2018 5:39 PMTech Barons Are the New Media BaronsA conversation with the Washington Post’s media columnist about the billionaires buying news organizations—including her own.
If Then
Sept. 13 2018 3:11 PMWhy Apple’s New Gizmos MatterSoaring iPhone prices, machine-learning privacy, and the life-saving potential of the Apple Watch.
If Then
Sept. 12 2018 4:27 PMGoogle’s Real BiasesDespite what Ted Cruz might say, conservatives are not the communities most harmed in internet searches.
The Industry
Sept. 5 2018 8:49 PMRepublicans Were Mad at Twitter for Banning Alex Jones. Then They Met Him.Perhaps they now see why the internet finds right-wing trolls so insufferable.
The Industry
Aug. 30 2018 6:49 PMWhat Trump’s Attack on Big Tech Is Really AboutAnd why both Silicon Valley and its critics should be wary.
The Industry
Aug. 29 2018 5:51 PMTwitter Tested Personalized “Unfollow” Suggestions
Future Tense
Aug. 28 2018 5:50 AMBeware of Tech Companies Bearing Privacy LawsFederal regulations are the right idea. But Silicon Valley shouldn’t get to write them.
If Then
Aug. 22 2018 2:30 PM“No Results Will Be Shown”Google’s secret project to censor search in China.
The Industry
Aug. 17 2018 5:19 PMThe Other Brains Behind Tesla and SpaceXEccentric, brilliant, and now troubled, Elon Musk is synonymous with his companies. Good thing he’s not the only one running them.
The Industry
Aug. 15 2018 4:19 PMiPhones and Androids Need a GPS ButtonSmartphones deliberately make it a hassle to turn off location tracking. Apple and Google should fix that right now.
If Then
Aug. 8 2018 3:00 PMEmbracing Deplorable StatusA conversation with the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer on QAnon, Pizzagate, and why so many Trump supporters are falling for online conspiracy theories.
If Then
Aug. 1 2018 3:00 PMDon’t Call Them Flying CarsThe former head of “urban aviation” at Uber says they’re coming. The question is how soon.
If Then
July 25 2018 3:20 PMF*** NewsThe press has to cover “fake news.” That helps it take hold.
The Industry
July 20 2018 12:28 PMWhy Facebook Keeps Stepping In ItThe social network can defend hateful ideas on its platform, or it can purge them. It keeps blundering because it doesn’t want to do either.
If Then
July 18 2018 6:38 PMHow a Top Twitter Exec Tackles TrollsVijaya Gadde explains why harassers must go, but conspiracy theorists can stay.

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