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An Online Retailer Walked Into a Salad Bar

An Online Retailer Walked Into a Salad Bar

Hey, did you hear the one about organic drones? When Amazon announced on Friday that it would buy the grocery retailer Whole Foods for more than $13 billion, the news that one business behemoth would be swallowing another was too juicy for the armchair comics of Twitter and Facebook to let pass without comment.

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The App That Does Nothing

The App That Does Nothing

Binky is an app that does everything an app is expected to do. It’s got posts. It’s got likes. It’s got comments. It’s got the infinitely scrolling timeline found in all social apps, from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Snapchat.

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Toasting the Ad Industry and a Book Predicting Its Doom

Toasting the Ad Industry and a Book Predicting Its Doom

New York media types aren’t quick to pass up a party, even one celebrating a book that predicts their demise. So it was on Wednesday night that several guests who work in advertising were at the Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa, where the wine and old-fashioneds flowed freely and a new book called “The End of Advertising” and its author, Andrew Essex, were being saluted. Mr. Essex, chief executive of Tribeca Enterprises, the firm behind the Tribeca Film Festival, is a relatively recent defector from the ad world, where he was a co-founder and the chief executive of the agency Droga5.

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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors, and it showed the rising power of artificial intelligence. The car didn’t follow a single instruction provided by an engineer or programmer. Instead, it relied entirely on an algorithm that had taught itself to drive by watching a human do it.

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A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe

A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The master plan for MASS MoCA in 1986 was a wildly ambitious dream: to simultaneously rehabilitate all 28 buildings of a shuttered 19th-century factory in this depressed Berkshire County town for the long-term display of monumental art installations.

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Don’t Expose Yourself: A Guide to Online Privacy

Don't Expose Yourself: A Guide to Online Privacy

You wouldn’t walk naked through Times Square. Stop being naked online. Your laptop and that smartphone grafted to your hand are double agents. What you look at, where you go and even what you say can be used to paint a portrait of you leaving you as exposed as the day you were born. Much of Silicon Valley wants you to think the price of using the internet is letting them data-mine your life. This is a beginner’s guide to fighting back.

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BankThink Community banking’s future is in offering advice, not products

BankThink Community banking’s future is in offering advice, not products

The familiar face that is always available to help; the person you visit during life’s most exciting events (your first house, your business startup); the individual who generously gives back to the community. That was my perception of the community banker when I was growing up. Bankers were trusted community leaders. If you attained such a label, you made your parents proud and found purpose in your calling. Today, however, some parents may be less eager for their children to grow up and become bankers.

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Life in a Banking Desert

Life in a Banking Desert

A neighborhood saturated with fast-food restaurants and bodegas but lacking a grocery store would make it difficult to stick to a healthy diet. It would be similarly hard to manage finances and build wealth without a bank branch nearby. Unfortunately, that is exactly what an increasing percentage of U.S. households are being told to do: manage their finances and build wealth without access to a nearby mainstream bank branch. Economists from the New York Fed recently investigated the increase of “banking deserts,” or communities with little to no access to mainstream banking services, in their Liberty Street Economics blog.

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When You See Something (Fake), Say Something

When You See Something (Fake), Say Something

Facebook began stepping up its efforts to combat the spread of false information and hoaxes late last year in a number of ways, including working with third-party fact-checkers who adhere to a set of standard principles to flag disputed articles. The site is also tweaking its algorithms and providing tools for users to report posted stories that appear to be inaccurate. This spring, the company promoted an educational page of tips for spotting suspect stories on user news feeds and took out advertisements in British newspapers to help inform the public ahead of that country’s general election next month.

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‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors. Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of Blogger — set everyone free, providing tools to address the world. In the history of communications technology, it was a development with echoes of Gutenberg. And so here we are in 2017. How’s it going, Mr. Williams? “I think the internet is broken,” he says. He has believed this for a few years, actually. But things are getting worse. “And it’s a lot more obvious to a lot of people that it’s broken.” People are using Facebook to showcase suicides, beatings and murder, in real time. Twitter is a hive of trolling and abuse that it seems unable to stop. Fake news, whether created for ideology or profit, runs rampant. Four out of 10 adult internet users said in a Pew survey that they had been harassed online. And that was before the presidential campaign heated up last year. “I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.”

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