Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix Suspended Amid Scandals

Data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, announced Tuesday that it has suspended its chief executive officer, Alexander Nix, pending an internal investigation. The news comes as Cambridge and its British counterpart, SCL, face a barrage of questions over how their companies managed 50 million Facebook users’ data, and […]

You Know Who’s Really Addicted to Their Phones? The Olds.

Millennials, we’re assured by endless headlines, are the people most addicted to their devices. Addled by social networking, obsessed with taking selfies and hustling for likes, youngsters can’t put their damn phones down. Amirite? Nope. That is wrong. The data suggests that the ones most hooked on their devices are those graying Gen Xers. Research by […]

Here’s Why Putting Porn in the Blockchain Won’t Kill the Technology

Last week the internet jumped on a new research paper proclaiming that the bitcoin blockchain contains child pornography. The authors of that paper conclude that if you’re one of the thousands of people running a full copy of the bitcoin software, or even just a curious researcher downloading the transaction history, you’re breaking the law. […]

Zipline’s Blood-Toting Drones Aim for American Skies

When I first visited Zipline, two years ago, the startup was operating out of a pile of shipping containers, in a cow-filled field on the Pacific Coast, in Northern California. Now, when I round the corner on the dirt road leading to the startup’s new test range, I’m met by what looks like a prototype […]

One Woman Got Facebook to Police Opioid Sales On Instagram

Eileen Carey says she has regularly reported Instagram accounts selling opioids to the company for three years, with few results. Last week, Carey confronted two executives of Facebook, which owns Instagram, about the issue on Twitter. Since then, Instagram removed some accounts, banned one opioid-related hashtag and restricted the results for others. Searches for the […]

How to Share Songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Music

If you’d rather not sign up for yet another external service, the streaming platforms themselves offer some tools for sharing songs, artists, and playlists with friends. Options vary from service to service, but the popular streaming apps at least have some social features built in. These methods are still only truly effective if the recipient […]

Inside Nokia’s 3310 and 8110 Feature Phone Nostalgia Trip

Let’s all agree that this has not been a year of feel-good stories in tech. Whether it’s Facebook privacy or YouTube algorithms, the headlines out of Silicon Valley have been a dismal parade of lapses and letdowns. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the one thread development everyone can get behind: Nokia’s perfect throwback […]

Can This Man Help Uber Recover From the Travis Kalanick Era?

In January, Uber shareholders agreed to sell $8 billion worth of stock to a group of investors led by Softbank. The deal also eliminated the super-voting stock rights that gave some board members, including Kalanick, heightened decision­making control. And a few weeks later, the company settled its lawsuit with Waymo, paying between $163 million and […]

Mercedes’ Electric Maybach SUV Has a Built-In Tea Kettle

The future of the auto industry is China. It’s the world’s largest auto market, it’s growing quickly, and its emissions regulations—among the strictest on the planet—are even pushing the world’s automakers to abandon the internal combustion engine. Chinese customer preferences have also led designers to increase rear seat legroom and offer in-car perfume systems. And […]

Joy Reid Blames Hackers, Just Like Everyone Else

“We talk about the intersection of intent, opportunity, and capability. This attack makes no sense in the intent or capability categories. If you have the intent to harm Joy Reid, given the capabilities you must possess to modify the Internet Archive, you can do far worse,” says Williams. Reid’s lawyer, John H. Reichman, said in […]