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The Shift: On Russia, Facebook Sends a Message It Wishes It Hadn’t

Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the ...

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The Shift: His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming

Alarmist? Sure. But Mr. Yang’s doomsday prophecy echoes the concerns of a growing number of labor economists and tech experts who are worried about the coming economic consequences of automation. A 2017 report by McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm, ...

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The Shift: Kodak’s Dubious Blockchain Gamble

Here’s a photo of Kodak’s magic money making machine. pic.twitter.com/wjWeJqMUBF There is no way your magical Kodak miner will make the same $ 375 every month, unless Bitcoin mining difficulty stays the same. It is currently increasing at around 15% ...

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The Shift: What if a Healthier Facebook Is Just … Instagram?

Research has shown that, in some cases, visual platforms can be good for us. One study, published by researchers at the University of Oregon in 2016, found that the use of image-based platforms like Instagram and Snapchat was associated with ...

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The Shift: Some Things About Tech Were Good in 2017. No, Really.

ESight, a company in Toronto, is building technology for legally blind people, who have impaired sight but have not fully lost their vision. This year, the company released the eSight 3, the latest version of its vision-assistance headset, which uses ...

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The Shift: Inside the Home of Instant Pot, the Kitchen Gadget That Spawned a Religion

The Instant Pot is hardly the fanciest appliance on the market; several models sell for under $ 100. But it has upended the home-cooking industry. During this year’s Black Friday sales, the Instant Pot was among the Top 5 items ...

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The Shift: I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.

“The disparity between virtually no merchant acceptance and Bitcoin’s rapid appreciation is striking,” a team of Morgan Stanley economists wrote earlier this year. As it turns out, while few people want to use Bitcoin as a currency, plenty want to ...

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The Shift: The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

“I’m an investor in Gab,” wrote the user, who goes by the username @AnewThomasPaine. “I believe in the idea, but I’m disappointed in the platform.” In another message, he wrote: “I barely use it as there are few active users, ...

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The Shift: How 41 People in Lithuania Took Over Your Facebook Feed

The company has done all this without raising outside funding, unlike digital powerhouses such as BuzzFeed and Vice, which have collected hundreds of millions of dollars. It also has only 41 employees, and the low operating costs, along with its ...

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The Shift: Snapchat’s New Test: Grow Like Facebook, Without the Baggage

Instagram Stories, a near-clone of Snapchat’s most distinctive feature, has reached 300 million daily active users, nearly twice as many as Snapchat. Facebook’s enormous profits have given lofty expectations to investors in other social media companies, and its more than ...

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