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Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Bezos’ $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

A $10 billion climate fund has been proposed and bluetooth devices are exposed, but first: a cartoon about a modern day Lion King. Here's the news you need to know,...
The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

Hi everyone, and welcome to the third edition of Plaintext. I hope that this newsletter has become one more good reason to look forward to Friday. (I now...
Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News

Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News

Disparity in tech jobs is still a thing, and holiday deals are in full swing, but first: a cartoon about how video conferences spiral out of control.Here's the news you...
Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today. Yet that same world so summarily excludes disabled individuals today that...
Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness

Google Shakes Up Its ‘TGIF’—and Ends Its Culture of Openness

Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email blast to his 100,000 or so employees, cutting back the company’s defining all-hands meeting known as TGIF. The famous free-for-alls had...
Cambridge Analytica, Whistle-Blowers, and Tech's Dark Appeal

Cambridge Analytica, Whistle-Blowers, and Tech’s Dark Appeal

We’re in a whistle-blower moment. An administration truth-teller has helped ignite an impeachment investigation. Another whistle is allegedly perched on the lips of someone at the IRS, who might...
The Danger of Thinking We’re All ‘Addicted’ to Tech

The Danger of Thinking We’re All ‘Addicted’ to Tech

Does repeating a falsehood make it true? It seems so, at least when it comes to the myth that technology is addicting us all. While a reassessment of the role...

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