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
Oct. 18 2018 6:15 PMThe Big Lie Behind the “Pivot to Video”The false metrics that Facebook is being sued over masked a deeper dishonesty: that users actually wanted more video.
If Then
Oct. 17 2018 3:59 PMHow Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Crack Down on TechThe Senate Intel Committee’s top Democrat on how government might regulate tech and what his colleagues need to learn to catch up.
Future Tense
Oct. 12 2018 5:51 PMThe Facebook Hack Could Haunt Its Victims for Years to ComeWe finally know more about what happened—and it’s not good.
Future Tense
Oct. 10 2018 5:07 PMPrivacy Not IncludedNew gadgets from Google and Facebook look fun and useful. But that’s no longer enough.
The Industry
Oct. 5 2018 10:36 AMWhy LADbible Is the Most Popular Publisher on FacebookA British lad mag’s social media dominance reminds us that the social network was never really meant to be a news site.
The Industry
Oct. 2 2018 4:31 PMThe SEC’s “Punishment” of Elon Musk Is Exactly What Tesla NeededFinally, a check on the rogue CEO’s power—and his Twitter habit.
The Industry
Sept. 28 2018 5:41 PMFacebook Can’t Say Why Users Should Still Trust ItA new, massive security breach let hackers take control of at least 50 million accounts. And Mark Zuckerberg has no answers.
The Industry
Sept. 25 2018 8:00 PMThe Temptation of Apple NewsThe world’s most valuable company is wooing the media with a human touch and a huge audience. One thing it hasn’t delivered: money.
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.
The Industry
Oct. 17 2018 4:52 PM“America’s Failure to Lead Is Going to Come Back and Bite Us”Sen. Mark Warner wants Congress to get tough with Big Tech. How would he do it?
The Industry
Oct. 16 2018 5:43 PMThe Many Lives of Paul AllenHis wide-ranging accomplishments are a testament to his spirit, a monument to inequality, and a preview of how today’s tech titans might one day spend their billions.
If Then
Oct. 10 2018 5:18 PMIs Privacy a Right?Tech lawyer Tiffany C. Li explains how privacy law has evolved in the digital age—and how it hasn’t.
Future Tense
Oct. 9 2018 4:56 PMEditing the Internet’s Second ScreenHow Wikipedia deals with vandals, harassers, false news, and its diversity problem.
If Then
Oct. 3 2018 5:56 PMFact and Fiction on WikipediaThe Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director explains how the site’s volunteer editors fight misinformation and harassment.
The Industry
Sept. 28 2018 6:26 PMThe Massive Facebook Hack Might Have Affected Users’ Other Apps and Websites, Too
If Then
Sept. 26 2018 5:47 PMReshuffling the Podcasting DeckHot Pod’s Nick Quah says the industry is on the precipice of big changes.
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.

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