Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Dark Side Of Silicon Valley

We're living in an era of incredible promise. But to keep it that way, we need to hold those shaping that era to account.
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The Dark Side Of Silicon Valley: A Note From Gizmodo's Editor Katie Drummond
digg.com
We're living in an era of incredible promise. But to keep it that way, we need to hold those shaping that era to account.
DISRUPTERS, DISRUPTED
SPEED BUMPS
The Kink In Elon Musk's Hyperloop
nymag.com
The dream of zipping from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes has run into a few speed bumps.
TFW U HAVE EGG ON UR FACE
How Hampton Creek Sold Silicon Valley On A Fake-Mayo Miracle
bloomberg.com
With Just Mayo, Josh Tetrick wanted to build the first sustainable-food unicorn. He'll need to fend off the feds first.
SOLID IN, LIQUID OUT
What We Know About Why Soylent Products Are Making People Sick
gizmodo.com
Food replacement startup Soylent halted sales of its Soylent 1.6 powder amidst reports that it was making customers sick. Two weeks prior, the company paused sales of its latest product, the Food Bar, after Gizmodo reported that several customers had experienced nausea, vomiting, "uncontrollable diarrhea," and severe dehydration after consuming the bars.
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INVASION OF THE DATA SNATCHERS
BIG DATA IN THE BIG APPLE
How Palantir Is Taking Over New York City
gizmodo.com
Co-founded in 2004 by Peter Thiel and Alex Karp, Palantir's inner workings remain shrouded in secrecy. But given what we do know, the service Palantir provides to clients appears simple: Entities like New York City (or Coca-Cola, or BP, or the US Marines) draw upon and produce an unimaginable amount of data every day.
INSIDE THE MINES
Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley's Most Secretive Company
buzzfeed.com
A cache of internal documents shows that despite growing revenue, Palantir has lost top-tier clients, is struggling to stem staff departures, and isn't collecting most of the money it touts in high-value deals.
INSIDE FACEBOOK'S BLACK BOX
IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
Inside Facebook's (Unintentionally Gigantic, Totally Insane) Political-Media Machine
nytimes.com
How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds.
SHARE HOLDERS
WATCH: What Makes Things 'Trend' On Facebook?
digg.com
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network's influential "trending" news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project.
A DAY IN THE CONTENT MINES
Want To Know What Facebook Really Thinks Of Journalists? Here's What Happened When It Hired Some.
gizmodo.com
According to five former members of Facebook's trending news team — "news curators" as they're known internally — Zuckerberg & Co. take a downright dim view of the industry and its talent. In interviews with Gizmodo, these former curators described grueling work conditions, humiliating treatment, and a secretive, imperious culture in which they were treated as disposable outsiders.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
TUBES AND WIRES
How To See The Internet Hiding In Plain Sight
digg.com
Have you ever thought about what the internet looks like outside the router box hidden under your couch? If you live in a city, there's a good chance that it's visible all around you—if you know where to look.
That's all for now. Time to go back to sleep forever.

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