By Nicole LaPorte
Earlier this month, Netflix sent out an email announcing titles on its service for that week. The flurry of personalized (for the subscriber) titles included its teen romance hit To All the Boys: Always and Forever; the Nickelodeon series iCarly; and War Dogs, a Netflix original movie starring Bradley Cooper. There were also promos for recent Netflix originals: Bridgerton, Shonda Rhimes’ buzzy period drama; the teen film We Can Be Heroes; and George Clooney’s sci-fi film The Midnight Sky.
Disney also sent out an email that week announcing what it was touting on its streaming service, DisneyPlus…
By Katharine Schwab
Timnit Gebru — a giant in the world of AI and then co-lead of Google’s AI ethics team — was pushed out of her job in December.
Gebru had been fighting with the company over a research paper that she’d coauthored, which explored the risks of the AI models that the search giant uses to power its core products — the models are involved in almost every English query on Google, for instance. The paper called out the potential biases (racial, gender, Western, and more) of these language models, as well as the outsize carbon emissions required…
By Mark Sullivan
The SolarWinds cyberattack on U.S. government agencies and private organizations was and is frightening in its scale and success. It proved no match for the government agencies charged with defending against such things, and brought into sharp focus the fact that the government’s current model for responding to cyberthreats is lacking.
The Senate Intelligence Committee hosted some of the main players in the SolarWinds saga Tuesday for some soul-searching on how the government and private tech companies should work together to stop future attacks. …
By Ruth Reader
In the first-ever season of Sesame Street, in 1970, cast member Bob McGrath appeared in a memorable sketch where he receives a delivery from his local grocer, a grumpy blue muppet. “Did you get everything I ordered?” McGrath asks. “No,” comes the reply, but he’s helpfully supplemented the delivery with other fresh veggies. McGrath breaks into song, a version of the now iconic “People in Your Neighborhood,” to explain to kids the role a grocer plays in the community. The grocer is the bearer of sustenance.
A few weeks ago, during Super Bowl LV, “People in Your…
By Art Markman
In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, February 15, my house, like many others across the state of Texas, lost power during a winter storm. For the next 48 hours, we wore layers of clothes and huddled under blankets as temperatures indoors dropped to about 40 degrees. Even after the power came on, water supplies were low, and the city of Austin was under a boil-water order.
This cold snap and series of storms were by far the worst I have encountered in the 23 years I have lived in town, but longtime Texans do…
By Joe Berkowitz
The Democrats have a lot of good excuses to explain why they have not yet delivered a third round of COVID-19 stimulus checks.
It’s only been a month. The Republicans haven’t cooperated. The previous president required some seeing-to.
Unfortunately, desperate Americans can’t feed their kids with excuses.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears to grasp this concept, if mostly while taking digs at her colleagues across the aisle. As bipartisan talks around a proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package collapsed recently, Pelosi declared, “Americans need help. House Republicans don’t care.”
But Democrats have not yet effectively demonstrated…
By Todd McKinnon
Before I was a CEO, I made decisions faster. Now that I have the final call on many critical decisions that will affect my entire company and its future, I spend much more of my time pondering them and thinking about their downstream effects.
I’m often asked about my decision-making process — the backstory behind what goes into every choice, large and small, that I make at Okta. Here’s a look into my tried and true five-step process that helps me delegate, think through, and reevaluate the most important ones.
My role as a CEO comes down…
By Jared Lindzon
In early February, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and one of the planet’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, dropped the bombshell announcement that he would be stepping down as CEO to free up more time for his other passions. Though Bezos listed a few targets for his creativity and energy — The Washington Post and philanthropy through the Bezos Earth Fund and Bezos Day One Fund — one of the highest-potential areas is his renewed commitment and focus on his suborbital spaceflight project, Blue Origin.
Before space became a frontier for innovation and development for privately held companies, opportunities…
By Katie Paxton-Fear
Scam emails aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days of fraudulent emails filled with typos and Nigerian princes promising riches if only we hand over our credit cards. Today’s phishing emails can be quite convincing, often addressed to us by name or with specific personal details. Modern hackers can find everything they need to know about a potential target through Google or social media and use this information to architect the perfect scam. How do I know this? …
By Brian Kateman
It’s been a few years since the Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat burgers began showing up in grocery stores and restaurants. Despite their popularity, critics note that high-tech meat alternatives don’t exactly deserve a health halo. Perhaps in response, Impossible Foods released its 2.0 version in 2019, with 36% less sodium and 43% less saturated fat. Late last year, Beyond Meat announced its plans to debut a newer, leaner patty with less saturated fat as well.
This seems like a good thing — companies making their products healthier is always a step in the right direction, isn’t…
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