Sunday, 24 Oct 2021

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Opinion | Brazen Is the Order of the Day at Facebook

Would I like to write about anything else in tech except Facebook? I would. Can I write about anything else in tech but Facebook? I cannot. Every week seems to bring fresh hell — largely self-inflicted — to the social media company, capturing all of our attention and blocking out other seemingly important stories. Did […]

Opinion | Just What Is Happening With Facebook?

To the Editor: Re “Facebook Apps Crash, Leaving Billions Cut Off” (front page, Oct. 5): Count me among those who didn’t notice much wrong on Monday. I do have a Facebook account, but the outage must have fallen during one of the 8,760 hours I do not spend on the platform every year (that is, […]

Opinion | Ozy Shows That Serious Black Media Needs a New Business Model

Like many others in the media business, I couldn’t look away from the drama that unfolded last week around Carlos Watson and his company Ozy Media. Once a Black-run media darling among investors and advertisers, it’s now at least temporarily shuttered after a New York Times column exposed its inflated audience metrics, a fraud allegation […]

Opinion | Texas Is the Future of America

AUSTIN, Texas — California is “America on fast-forward,” it is often said. Liberals quote the maxim with pride, pointing to the state’s diversity and its outsize share of economic output, technological innovation, venture capital and growth. Conservatives put scare quotes around it, warning about the dystopia that awaits if America becomes any more like California, […]

Payments firm AvidXchange files for U.S. IPO

(Reuters) -AvidXchange Holdings Inc is looking to raise up to $506 million in a U.S. initial public offering (IPO), according to a regulatory filing on Monday, that could value the business payments firm at about $4.4 billion. The company, which is backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, was valued at $2 billion in a funding round […]

Opinion | What if Monica Lewinsky Had Twitter in 1998?

Produced by ‘Sway’ Truth and context may seem elusive today, but for Monica Lewinsky they both “went out the door in 1998.” As the investigation into Bill Clinton unfolded, Lewinsky came under scrutiny as the most infamous intern in Washington, but kept largely silent due to an immunity deal with investigators. In this conversation with […]

Opinion | These Young Singers Still Carry the Torch of Black Freedom

NASHVILLE — In an account of her years as assistant director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ella Sheppard, a gifted musician who had been enslaved as a child, recalled one of the student ensemble’s earliest excursions outside Nashville, only a handful of years after the Civil War. The singers were all students at Fisk University, […]

Grab to take majority stake in Indonesia's OVO

FILE PHOTO: A sign of OVO payment is seen at a mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 8, 2018. Picture taken November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File PhotoSINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian ride-hailing and payments firm Grab has increased its stake in Indonesian e-wallet OVO as part of ownership restructuring, a deal pending regulator approval, the Indonesian firm […]

China may have gained Meng's freedom but at what price?

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia. It was a moment orchestrated for TV cameras – Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou waving to the crowd below, her bright red dress matched by the red Chinese flag emblazoned prominently on the side of […]

Opinion | I Used to Look Up to Elizabeth Holmes

When I was a student at Harvard in the early aughts, Mark Zuckerberg and some other classmates dropped out to become the young kings of tech. They were smart, competitive and hard-working — like most people there. But I never could exactly relate. They had a confidence that was hard to describe, a peculiar kind […]