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The Great Facebook Crash

The Great Facebook Crash

The first months of Donald Trump’s presidency were a fraught and chaotic time in American politics. But in an age of shrinking newsrooms, early 2017 was a bright spot for online news publishers, especially those with some Facebook savvy. People were hungry for political news, commentary, and analysis, and Facebook fed them a steady diet of it. It was where conservatives gathered to crow and liberals went to commiserate and organize.Slate—yes, the publication you’re reading right now—got more than 85 million clicks that originated from external sites and apps in January 2017 alone. Almost a...

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Nextdoor Is Quietly Replacing the Small-Town Paper | by Will Oremus | Jan, 2021 | OneZero

Nextdoor Is Quietly Replacing the Small-Town Paper | by Will Oremus | Jan, 2021 | OneZero

ne year ago, Delaware’s second-largest school district was in trouble. A failed referendum in 2019,on the heels of state funding cuts two years prior, had left it that raised the specter of teacher layoffs, the end of sports and extracurriculars, and the demise of a promising magnet-school program. For a district already pummeled by an to private and charter schools — whose 14,000 students are roughly 75% nonwhite, 40% low-income, and more than 20% with special needs — it felt like the type of blow that could echo for generations.Leaders and parent advocates in the district, the Christina...

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‘Competition Is for Losers’: How Peter Thiel Helped Facebook Embrace Monopoly | by Will Oremus | Dec, 2020 | OneZero

‘Competition Is for Losers’: How Peter Thiel Helped Facebook Embrace Monopoly | by Will Oremus | Dec, 2020 | OneZero

nly one thing can allow a business to transcend the daily brute struggle for survival,” Peter Thiel wrote in his bestselling 2014 book, . That one thing, Thiel stated outright, is “monopoly profits.”In the book, which was embraced as a business bible in Silicon Valey and beyond, Thiel made the case for monopoly as the ultimate goal of capitalism. Indeed, “monopoly is the condition of every successful business,” he asserted. With it, you’re free to set your own prices, think long-term, innovate, and pursue goals other than mere survival. Without it, you’re replaceable, and your profits will...

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Google Photos Just Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Tech | by Will Oremus | Nov, 2020 | OneZero

Google Photos Just Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Tech | by Will Oremus | Nov, 2020 | OneZero

fter five years of Google Photos offering unlimited, free storage of “high-quality” compressed images, Google on Wednesday that its policy is changing. Starting next June, any new photos you upload will count toward the 15 gigabytes of free storage offered to every Google account. (Your old photos won’t.) After that, you’ll have to pay a subscription fee for Google One, its cloud storage service.In one sense, that’s a totally reasnable policy change for a product that has become wildly popular since the initial free-storage offer. Storage isn’t really free or unlimited, after all, and 15...

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