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A Critic of Technology Turns Her Gaze Inward

In the spring of 1977, when Sherry Turkle was a young professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Steve Jobs came to visit. While he toured the campus and met…

F.C.C. Approves a $50 Monthly High-Speed Internet Subsidy

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved an emergency subsidy for low-income households to get high-speed internet, an effort to bridge the digital divide that has cut off…

AT&T, loaded with debt from its DirecTV deal, sells part of its TV business to a private equity firm.

AT&T is selling part of its TV business, which consists of the DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse brands, to the private equity firm TPG in a spinoff deal as it…

Dispo, David Dobrik’s Photo-Sharing App, Is Taking Off

Dispo, a new photo-sharing app that mimics the experience of using a disposable camera, is taking off. People are clamoring for invites to test the beta version. Early adopters are…

Airbnb posts a $3.9 billion loss in its first report as public company.

Airbnb, which has faced sky-high expectations since its blockbuster initial public offering in December, posted declining revenue and a whopping $3.9 billion loss on Thursday in its first earnings report…

Twitter Shakes Off the Cobwebs With New Product Plans

For years, Twitter remained pretty much the same. One of its most memorable product updates was in 2017 when it doubled the number of characters that could fit into a…

The long, painful path of net neutrality

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. People may scream at me for saying this, but net neutrality is…

Why Plus Is a Minus When Naming Your Streaming Site

First there was e. Then came i. Now it’s +. With the proliferation of streaming platforms, the plus sign has become an all-purpose marker that signals endless hours of on-demand…

My Year of Grief and Cancellation

Stuck at home, I devoted myself to Tumblr. What was I trying to accomplish? Mostly, I was interested in knocking people off their pedestals. I also enjoyed being popular, controversial,…

Can Clubhouse Move Fast Without Breaking Things?

From the start, there were signs that Clubhouse was speed-running the platform life cycle. Weeks after launching, it ran into claims that it was allowing harassment and hate speech to…