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The Brutal Ageism of Tech

Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete


A behind-the-scenes report from the most ageist place in America: Silicon Valley.

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Facebook is cracking down on illegal gun sales through the social network. It's a small step, but shows where the gun control movement is heading.

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NFL Fans Are Crazy, Say Facebook Scientists

Surprising patterns emerge from millions of fan posts

After kickoff, fans start acting anxious and depressed for two to three straight hours

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Are tech entrepreneurs replacing Wall Streeters as the rich bad guys in the popular imagination? It’s starting to seem that way, at least in the media.  The clearest example of this new rich-guy-bad-guy casting shift was the summer’s hullabaloo surrounding Sean Parker’s wedding. A fictional Parker, an early investor in Facebook, played the role of corrupting influence in the Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher film The Social Network.

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Shirley Jackson died 48 years ago today. In her honor, her sharp-witted reflection on working retail, as originally published in The New Republic.

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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that U.N. investigators have asked for the private details of Somali pirates’ Facebook profiles—and that top Facebook officials, chastened by Edward Snowden’s revelation that the company had provided the NSA with emails and pictures, said no.

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Is there a more annoying type of article than the kind that laments the Facebook "like"? America used to be a place with moral standards, the story invariably tells us, and now kids these days constantly "like" everything, and all the false praise leads to etc. etc. etc. Jenna Wortham, in The New York Times yesterday, has a surprisingly thoughtful short essay on the subject. But although her tone is pleasingly non-judgmental, she still allows for some of the same assumptions about the Internet's supposed effect on society. 

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Big Data Is Not Our Master

Humans create technology. Humans can control it.

Humans create technology. Humans can control it.

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Julius Genachowski: The Exit Interview

The outgoing FCC boss on net neutrality, political polarization, and free speech

In a lengthy conversation, the outgoing FCC boss sounds off on net neutrality, political polarization, and free speech 

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Cynical, Necessary Washington Strategy

FWD.us is playing a familiar game to get immigration reform passed

FWD.us is playing a familiar game to get immigration reform passed.

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