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Working the Pandemic

42.6 million people — that’s more than a quarter of the total US labor force — have claimed unemployment benefits in the last 11 weeks. Of those, 21.5 million remain without work. The Labor Department is about to release its nonfarm payroll report for May, and economists surveyed by Dow Jones are expecting a decline …

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Droning on About Privacy

Even as certain unnamed world leaders are suggesting people inject disinfectants to treat COVID-19 (…), tracing efforts at least are moving ahead more rapidly than expected.  European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Thierry Breton reports Tim Cook will deliver an early version of Apple’s and Google’s contact tracing tech to developers on April 28. …

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Tracking the Spread

While most of us are getting used to the new normal of quarantine and social distance, for tech companies it is a brave new world of close collaboration. We looked at the mutually beneficial partnership between long-time frenemies Apple and Amazon, and now Apple has entered into an unprecedented, globally beneficial relationship with perpetual rivals …

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Autonomous Angst

We’ve been on board for the autonomous car revolution for a while now. Since the heady days of Apple’s maybe-defunct Project Titan, to counting the number of self-driving cars we see in Palo Alto (simple pleasures), we’re all for it. There’s something about the idea of a fleet of autonomous cars that speaks not only …

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This Decade in Mobile

Photo by Roberto Nickson Ten Years of Tech   We went back and forth about how to talk about the decade. Every columnist and their brother was doing a “best of” — some about which products were most influential and some about which were most successful. But we wanted to tell you which products meant …

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Three Laws of Robotics

Cash or Credit?    The potential of AI has always been a sort of Roddenberry-esque utopia in which bias is eliminated and logic and reason are paramount. But in practice, it doesn’t always work that way.  In theory, AI can reduce humans’ subjective interpretation of data, because machine learning algorithms can learn to consider only …

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To Like or Not to Like

You Like Me, You Really Like Me    Instagram has made a lot of tweaks to its user experience lately, like removing the following tab (simultaneously making it harder to stalk people and easier for us to like really embarrassing things) and changing the “explore” experience. But now it’s doing something that’s got opinions very …

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California Dreaming

Fitbit is Dead. Long Live Fitbit.    Last week we talked about the possible sale of Fitbit to Google’s parent company Alphabet. Well, it has now been confirmed that the struggling wearable company will be purchased for an eye-watering $2.1 billion.  There are certainly plenty of people who think Google is actually looking to throw …

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Up Up Up

Listen Up    This was a big week for product releases, which is great if you were suddenly hit with the terrifying realization that there are only 59 days until Christmas. We’re not entirely sure how that happened, but it’s true. And just in time…AirPods Pro. We’re going to admit to some controversy here at …

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