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I Went On A Hunt For The Best Pakistani Food In The U.S.
In a college dorm full of Pakistanis lazily singing along to Qawwali, I experience two firsts: one, I see a group of my people getting high for the first time,…
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3 days ago
Self-Publishing a Book for Fun and Profit
I wrote and self-published a book called Atomic Design , and I’m really pleased with how the whole thing turned out. I want to share my experience largely…
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4 days ago
India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours claim two more victims
Indian police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men had stopped to ask…
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7 days ago
This is how Donald Trump is getting away with the biggest scandal in American history
Chip Somodevilla/Pool via CNP via AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The other evening I was on a cable news show to cover…
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13 days ago
‘Out!' Boyle Heights activists say white art elites are ruining the neighborhood...but it’s complicated
A century ago, if you'd uttered the word "artist," chances are it would have been accompanied by the modifier "starving." Consider the tubercular waifs of…
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17 days ago
LA's Art Community and Activists React to the Closing of 356 Mission
Wu Tsang, The Luscious Land of God is Sinking installation view at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, 2016 (photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy the artist and 356 Mission)…
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17 days ago
These Tricks Make Virtual Reality Feel Real - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus
I am standing a few feet away from a conference table, about to test something called a “Holojam.” It is made of head-mounted displays, motion capture cameras…
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19 days ago
The King of Wrong: Final Words (Many of Them)
Those who are not into reading long self-referential articles can content themselves with the short version of this article posted two days ago. If I’d known…
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4 weeks ago
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock claimed Americans needed to wake up to government plot to seize guns - NY Daily News
A man who met Stephen Paddock less than a month before the Las Vegas massacre said the mass shooter ranted about a government plot to confiscate guns and called…
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4 weeks ago
4chan users seize Internet's power for mass disruptions
One morning in June, Google's list of the top global searches began to fill up with random words: "fried chicken," "comic book stores," "gyms." Before anyone…
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4 weeks ago
Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet’s own bogeyman
A protester at a 4-chan organized anti-Scientology rally, in 2011. (Melisa Toh/Flickr) 4chan , that most elusive of Internet beasts, has seen a whole lot of…
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4 weeks ago
Science news: Octopuses came to Earth from space as frozen eggs millions of years ago
The extraordinary claims were made in a report entitled Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic? which was co-authored by a group of 33 scientists…
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5 weeks ago
Kumiho. — ethanmarcotte.com
Yesterday, Google announced Duplex , a new product that can conduct natural-sounding conversations over the phone, and can complete “real world” tasks while…
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5 weeks ago
Reflections on Random Kitchen Sinks
Ed. Note: Ali Rahimi and I won the test of time award at NIPS 2017 for our paper “Random Features for Large-scale Kernel Machines”. This post is the text of the…
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5 weeks ago
The Last Word On Nothing | How Things End
Some of the best shows on television should have ended before they did. Dexter, Weeds, some even think The Office dragged its feet out the door a few seasons…
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5 weeks ago
People think she’s a Parkland ‘crisis actor.’ It’s terrifying.
Emma Jane Gonzalez has been dragged into a bizarre Internet conspiracy. People think she is a “crisis actor” portraying the Parkland, Fla., teen with the same…
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6 weeks ago
Beyond Engagement: the Content Performance Quotient
Recently, Josh Clark , Gerry McGovern and I have been questioning our industry’s pursuit of “engagement.” Engagement is what all our clients want all the time.…
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6 weeks ago
The Terribly Thin Conception of Ethics in Digital Technology
Thanks in part to ongoing revelations about Facebook, there is today a louder discussion than there has been for a while about the need for deep thinking about…
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6 weeks ago
What can a fake gorilla teach us about the search for space aliens? | SETI Institute
SETI Institute Home For Scientists For Educators and Students Projects Our Scientists Colloquium Careers at the Institute For Educators Programs GGTM Science…
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6 weeks ago
Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now
There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of…
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6 weeks ago
Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone
Robert Daly / Caiaimage / Getty Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, made a remarkable announcement during a keynote at the company’s big conference…
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6 weeks ago
Laura Steenberge: Humble Objects, Imaginary Sounds, and Ancient Myth in Los Angeles
All photos taken by jen byers’ at Steenberge’s apartment. Credit: jen byers (Instagram: @cl.ou.dy) Laura Steenberge is a particular artist. Her work is…
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7 weeks ago
When Science Gets Demoted: The Case of Vitamins
Proponents of science-based medicine are fond of saying that there’s a name for alternative treatments that pass scientific tests: medicine. But what they don’t…
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7 weeks ago
How I Accidentally Wrote the Antithesis of a Spielberg Blockbuster
I’M USED TO the comparison. Nearly all of the reviews of my new novel Bash Bash Revolution (2018) mention Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011). But, when the…
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7 weeks ago
“She Paid for Everything”: How a Fake Heiress Made My $62,000 Disappear
Anna, in Marrakech’s medina on May 16, 2017. Photograph courtesy by Rachel DeLoache Williams According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet…
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8 weeks ago
On Surveys
Surveys are the most dangerous research tool — misunderstood and misused. They frequently straddle the qualitative and quantitative, and at their worst…
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8 weeks ago
The 9 Rules of Design Research
All Nine Puppies by Kathleen Borgmeyer Lately, I’ve noticed a lot more ambient enthusiasm for research among both early stage start-ups and established…
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8 weeks ago
Europe Was Once Obsessed With Fake Dilapidated Buildings
If you walk through Belvedere House Gardens and Park in Westmeath, Ireland, a dramatic sight rises through the trees: an enormous, shattered abbey, a staircase…
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8 weeks ago
Have Algorithms Destroyed Personal Taste?
The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.” — George W.S. Trow, Within the Context of No Context , 1980 The Seeing Robot The camera is a small,…
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9 weeks ago
Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?
It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASA ’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a…
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9 weeks ago
Sources: Mueller has evidence Cohen was in Prague in 2016, confirming part of dossier
The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague…
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9 weeks ago
FootPrints Service Core - Pomona Service Desk
76534 IMPORTANT Please change DNS for edtech.pomona.edu to externalhost4 at 50.28.105.115 When DNS has resolved, this page --…
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9 weeks ago
Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Your Future Actions for Advertisers, Says Confidential Document
Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted in March, Facebook has been attempting to make a moral stand for your privacy, distancing itself from the…
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9 weeks ago
Social Bots: The Emerging Social AI Market – IQT – Medium
By Nick, IQT Staff Mobile messaging platforms and social networking services combined with recent advancements in natural language understanding and processing…
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9 weeks ago
One extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'
Health benefits from drinking alcohol? Sorry, but it’s just another case of something that is too good to be true, say experts.Photograph: Inti St Clair/Getty…
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9 weeks ago
Moonshot: That Time American Intelligence Collected Soviet Communication Signals Via the Moon
A U-2 spy plane captured a strange photo in 1960; the Soviets had built a massive new antenna near a missile test range. The CIA and others immediately…
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9 weeks ago
Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence
Defecating ducks, talking busts, and mechanised Christs — Jessica Riskin on the wonderful history of automata, machines built to mimic the processes of…
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9 weeks ago
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Log in Sign up Patrick @ TrickFreee Longtime 'Donkey Kong' record holder gets high scores stripped away. Billy Mitchell was used to create the character "Eddie"…
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9 weeks ago
How Every Campaign Will Have a Troll Farm of Its Own
Mark Zuckerberg heads to the nation’s capital this week for some lashings from America’s legislators. On Tuesday, he’ll appear in front of joint sessions of the…
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10 weeks ago
Opinion | The Conspiracy Theory That Says Trump Is a Genius
Opinion Last week Roseanne Barr — who, with the hit reboot of her show, has become one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters in the country — tweeted…
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10 weeks ago
Why believing conspiracy theories feels so good
In the days after the Parkland Shooting, the term “crisis actor” started circulating on Youtube, with one momentarily top-trending video claiming that survivors…
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10 weeks ago
When conspiracy theories become weaponized
For a brief, unsettling moment this past weekend, one of the internet’s nastiest conspiracies bubbled to the surface. Like most terrible things, it began with a…
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10 weeks ago
These Messages Show Julian Assange Talked About Seeking Hacked Files From Guccifer 2.0
Jack Taylor / Getty Images Twitter DMs obtained by BuzzFeed News show that in the summer of 2016, WikiLeaks was working to obtain files from Guccifer 2.0, an…
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10 weeks ago
Comfort Measures – Member Feature Stories – Medium
We use euphemisms to talk about death, clichés worn smooth with use. We say things like “passed away” or “gone home” or “departed” or “at peace,” all to make it…
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10 weeks ago
As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln Heights find their American dream slipping away
F idela Villasano’s entire world was upending. In August, her landlord sold the tiny clapboard bungalow where she had lived for 55 years, and the new owner…
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10 weeks ago
AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers - Vonnegut's Rules for the Short Story
Recommended Books A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman APE: Author, Publisher,…
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11 weeks ago
Tragically Lost in Joshua Tree’s Wild Interior
Philip Montgomery for The New York Times Dark Zones By GEOFF MANAUGH Photographs by PHILIP MONTGOMERY MARCH 22, 2018 In June 2010, Bill Ewasko traveled alone…
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11 weeks ago
Why so many Mexicans revile the Colonial Californiano architectural hybrid that spread from SoCal
It is Mexico as filtered by California and then re-appropriated by Mexico in a different guise. The story of the architectural style known as "Colonial…
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11 weeks ago
This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook
After five days of silence, Mark Zuckerberg finally acknowledged the massive data compromise that allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain extensive psychographic…
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11 weeks ago
Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This
By Daniel Biskup/laif/Redux. After embarking on exactly the kind of cringe-inducing apology tour one would expect following the revelation that Cambridge…
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11 weeks ago
Political Feelings: The Purest Kind of Ideology — The Revealer
Pitt Rivers Museum Facebook Cover Photo The organizing principle for the collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England is simple: everything. Spawned…
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12 weeks ago
My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data
For a spell during 2010 and 2011, I was a virtual rancher of clickable cattle on Facebook. It feels like a long time ago. Obama was serving his first term as…
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12 weeks ago
What Took Facebook So Long?
On Friday night, Facebook suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica, the political-data company backed by the billionaire Robert Mercer that consulted on…
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march 2018
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
The first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle.…
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march 2018
Does Recovery Kill Great Writing?
I didn’t vomit or black out or even embarrass myself. I just loved it. I loved the crackle of Champagne, its hot pine needles down my throat. We were…
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march 2018
Melody Mixer: Using Deeplearn.js to Mix Melodies in the Browser
This experiment came from a simple idea: what would it sound like to blend between two different musical melodies? What if we asked a computer to start with one…
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march 2018
How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy
In the sprawling Trump-Russia investigation, one name constantly pops up: Felix Sater. In story after story, Sater is described as Donald Trump’s former…
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march 2018
Stop Calling Women Nags — How Emotional Labor is Dragging Down Gender Equality
For Mother's Day I asked for one thing: a house cleaning service. Bathrooms and floors specifically, windows if the extra expense was reasonable. The gift, for…
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march 2018
Twitter’s Great Depression
I left Twitter on January 1st. Yet, I am jonesing. I’ve been on Twitter for over 10 years. I’ve met a ton of great people on there. And up until recently it’s…
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march 2018
Retweets Are Trash
Acouple of months ago, I made a small tweak to my Twitter account that has changed my experience of the platform. It’s calmer. It’s slower. It’s less…
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march 2018
The Perfect Man Who Wasn't
By the spring of 2016, Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity. At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of…
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march 2018
Creating a twitter bot with Blender and a Raspberry Pi
Recently I wrote my first twitter bot. Since I know a little of Blender and Python I thought I would combine the two of them to make something. As I could not…
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february 2018
#84: Staying Focused Long Enough to Write a Novel
Hi, Story Nurse, I want to get this novel written. Badly. Or not necessarily THIS novel, but A NOVEL. (Though THIS novel would be a really good one, except for…
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february 2018
Why can’t we recognize fat anger?
On owning anger & seeing it in others. Photo by Wang Xi on Unsplash It was nearly midnight when I first read about Zeta Beta Tau’s so-called “pig roast” at…
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february 2018
The Earth Harp turns an L.A. skyscraper into world's longest stringed instrument
William Close is getting ready to string a skyscraper. As the inventor of the Earth Harp, which holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest stringed…
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february 2018
Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech
Like a lot of science fiction fans, I read William Gibson's visionary novel Neuromancer not long after it came out in 1984. It painted a dystopian world where…
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february 2018
Listening to the Dolphins: Leo Szilard on Nuclear War
LEO SZILARD’S short story “The Voice of the Dolphins,” published in 1961, imagines a history of the world written in 1990. The story begins with the sentence,…
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february 2018
Why Would a Tech Journalist Be Friends With a Neo-Nazi Troll?
The New York Times opinion section announced a new hire Tuesday afternoon: Quinn Norton, a longtime journalist covering (and traveling in) the technology…
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february 2018
William S. Burroughs and the Dead-End Horror of the Centipede God
Mark Dery takes a deep, dark look at the world of Chilopodophobia, compliments of William Burroughs. In the annals of centipede phobia, William S. Burroughs…
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february 2018
The Reality of Twitter Puffery. Or Why Does Everyone Now Hate Bots?
The Reality of Twitter Puffery. Or Why Does Everyone Now Hate Bots? Flickr: Rosa Mendoza A friend of mine worked for an online dating company whose audience was…
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february 2018
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
In mid-2016 , Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few…
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february 2018
Los Angeles, Houston and the rise of the unreadable city
This is not going to be a column about all the things the New York Times got wrong about the Los Angeles Times in its recent front-page story by Tim Arango and…
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february 2018
Why most scientists don't care about these incredible UFO videos
If you've been online recently, you've probably seen this. This is one of two clips released by the Department of Defense. Both videos show a thermal image of…
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february 2018
The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time | Pitchfork
Wallpaper music? None here. These are the albums that have shifted moods and created new worlds Pitchfork Lists & Guides Electronic Rock Experimental Global…
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february 2018
This Ancient Civilization Was Twice As Big As Medieval England
View Images View Images Laser technology known as LiDAR digitally removes the forest canopy to reveal ancient ruins below, showing that Maya cities such as…
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february 2018
The Plot Against America
I. The Wisdom of Friends The clinic permitted Paul Manafort one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, his voice…
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february 2018
How the Industrial Age Fuels Our Belief in UFOs | Essay | Zócalo Public Square
In 1896, newspapers throughout the United States began reporting accounts of mysterious airships flying overhead. Descriptions varied, but witnesses frequently…
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january 2018
Democrats should lose sleep over their inability to Internet
If Casper can turn 20-somethings into mattress evangelists, why can’t Dems turn out more voters? Image by Wesson Wang via Unsplash November of 2016 was a weird…
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january 2018
‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.
Oobah Butler, a freelance writer who created a fake restaurant listing as a hoax that he wrote about for Vice, taking a call from someone he said was hoping to…
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january 2018
“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral
Zuckerberg photographed at the Samsung Electronics Co. Unpacked event in 2016. By Pau Barrena/Bloomberg/Getty Images. Years ago, long before Mark Zuckerberg…
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january 2018
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