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It’ll take more than a rebrand to fix the company

Didn’t you hear? Facebook is more than a social media company; it’s a Metaverse company. If you’re confused by the term, join the club.

The metaverse is best described as a virtual-reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users, but how others will interpret this…

Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp went down — and we survived

What a day it was. Starting around noon on Monday, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all went offline. These ultra-popular social networks and communication platforms didn't just sputter, they essentially disappeared.

It was a calamity for Facebook (which owns all three services) and its investors, but a rare opportunity for the…

Facebook is waking up to what some of us knew all along

Facebook’s head-slapping, obvious decision to press pause on the development of Instagram for Kids is not just the right move, it’s an important seeming admission that social media isn’t for everyone.

The announcement comes months after Facebook announced it was working on experiences specifically designed for Tweens (11–13). That bit…

The human conscience is our ‘inner voice,’ but we can’t hear it without mindful focus on where we direct our attention

Once, while sitting in my car waiting to get onto the Bay Bridge, I was physically assaulted by a man with a bag of rocks who seemed to be strung out on drugs. The experience was disconcerting, to say the least, but what I also remember is the shock of…

Facebook’s old whitelisting system created an unbalanced, tiered system of moderation

Social media is where the world comes together, where everyone from the Pope to the grocery store clerk, and the megawatt pop-star to the Uber driver can share their thoughts equally.

Except nothing is equal. The status we have in real life (IRL) carries through to our digital ones. And…

A new Netflix series is suffused with slightly off-kilter technology and some interesting, if not always relevant, ideas

For Clickbait, most of the thin but enjoyable new Netflix series plot hinges on a seems-possible interpretation of 21st-century technology, social media, and digitally influenced psychology.

It probably shouldn’t work as an 8-episode limited series and yet, somehow, the Zoe Kazan- Adrian Grenier starrer does. Without giving away too much…

Can a Twitter account of Canadian paintings save the country?

If you want to know a country, look at its art. This is the advice the curator of the Twitter account @CanadianPaintings once gave as a tour guide in Europe. It’s advice she now thinks Canadians might well consider taking, too. …

Clifford Stoll’s 1995 Newsweek column is the worst thing ever written about the internet. Or is it?

“After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community.”

In 1995, Clifford Stoll wrote for Newsweek…

Your security is more valuable than a little social media entertainment

When my wife [NAME REDACTED FOR SECURITY REASONS] and I log into our bank account [NAME NOT SHARED FOR SECURITY REASONS] we’re often confronted with a series of “Security Questions,” basically privacy hurdles we have to jump to access our accounts from a different phone or computer.

It’s funny how…

It’s not just a virtual world that we can step into, but one we can embody ourselves

While billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos took their space-crafts for a spin into outer space, another billionaire focused on the challenge of competing in an entirely different universe. The driving ambition to expand and explore is driven by a primal urge to escape our origins and reach for the…


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