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Another social network slowly backs away from political groups after the U.S. Capitol riot

Nextdoor recently stopped recommending political groups to its users, OneZero has learned. The company had not publicly disclosed this change, but confirmed it when asked on Wednesday.

“We stopped allowing political groups in the main feed in mid-January,” Nextdoor spokesperson Edie Campbell-Urban told me via email. “The change is permanent.”


Facing weeks or months under lockdown, many of us have turned to hobbies. And while the internet seems to have decided baking bread is the name of the game, I saw being stuck at home as an opportunity to do something I’ve long put off: learning an instrument.

I bought…

Pattern Matching

Trump’s ban on Chinese apps is part of a tide of digital nationalism

Welcome back to Pattern Matching, OneZero’s weekly newsletter that puts the week’s most compelling tech stories in context.

“The dream behind the Web,” wrote the person who invented it, “is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information. …

For Chinese and other Asian restaurants facing racism during the pandemic, Chowbus, an app focused on Asian cuisine, has made a difference

In mid-February, Stacy Jamieson, the general manager of Tian Fu restaurant in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, surveyed his 4,000-square-foot dining room at what was usually the dinner rush time. Every table was empty. …

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and I’m staring at someone’s barbecue grill. I didn’t intend or expect to spend my Saturday examining a stranger’s Char-Griller, but here I am, taking a picture of the grill while the presumptive owner asks me just what exactly I’m doing.

If I was being honest…

Why I miss Crazy Frog

Before the iPhone, Venmo, or Spotify, there were ringtones. You might remember them fondly as those lo-fidelity sounds we used to communicate our highly refined music tastes every time someone called our cell. But ringtones were so much more than that. A billion-dollar industry silenced seemingly overnight, ringtones laid the…

It’s been a long and bumpy ride for loyal users

You are — I am, I should more accurately say — officially old if you can remember a world without Strava, the ubiquitous social fitness app that lets you share activities and workouts and compare performances. …

Among the many things that were lost in the midst of sheltering-in-place this year, one was the annual tradition of students signing each other’s yearbooks. Even if you’re not a student or the parent of a student right now, surely you remember this experience and can relate to a sense…


An antitrust investigation in the EU combined with controversy over a new email app spell trouble for the tech giant

Just days before Apple’s annual developer event, the European Union hit the company with a bombshell: It’s beginning an antitrust investigation into Apple’s App Store rules. …


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