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Featuring Altos Labs, the reverse-aging startup that’s dead serious about eternal youth

Space has always felt like the final frontier for humans. But after billionaire turned it into a destination for tourists, it started to appear within reach. And so, one can’t help but wonder: What’s next?

“Given our past record and our current values, humanity’s next targets are likely to be…

Analyzing the hot new app through the Hooked Model reveals its strengths and weaknesses.

Nir’s Note: This article is part of a series on “The Hooked Model in Action.” Previous analyses have included Slack, Fortnite, Amazon’s Echo, Tinder, and The Bible App. I never take compensation from any company profiled.

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz around Clubhouse, the drop-in audio chat app. It’s a…

After OneZero’s investigation, Banjo became safeXai

Last April, OneZero revealed the CEO of digital surveillance firm Banjo, Inc. was once tied to the KKK and involved in the drive-by shooting of a synagogue. In the aftermath, Banjo’s local and state contracts dried up, and CEO and founder Damien Patton was forced to resign.

But new evidence…

Big Technology

The Austin surge that wasn’t. Plus booming Seattle, miraculous Madison, and sluggish San Francisco.

Preamble: This is Big Technology’s final edition of the year. If you’ve found value from this free newsletter, would you be willing to share it? You can forward it to a friend, drop it in Slack, tweet it, or post it on LinkedIn. In the holiday spirit, will you help…

Pattern Matching

And why tech titans are thriving in a pandemic.

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

As the world wheezes through a pandemic, its richest are profiting as never before. Since mid-March, America’s billionaires have seen their wealth spike 25%, a gain of $755 billion in a four-month…

It could be the future of the smart grid

On September 23, 2019, at exactly 4:55 p.m., I ran around my house frantically switching off anything that uses electrical power. …

How the new streaming subscription service can survive a disappointing launch

When Quibi finally launched a few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the finer details of the platform that skeptics seemed to ignore altogether. …


Bookshop and hope to change your shopping habits. Will it last after the pandemic?

In Microprocessing, columnist Angela Lashbrook aims to improve your relationship with technology every week. Microprocessing goes deep on the little things that define your online life today to give you a better tomorrow.

If there’s one silver lining from the pandemic — at least where our online lives are concerned…

Microscopic organisms can extract precious metals from discarded devices

The world produces 50 million tons of e-waste each year — equivalent to 4,500 Eiffel Towers or 125,000 jumbo jets — from old computers, discarded screens, broken smartphones, and damaged tablets. …

5 reasons the mobile-streaming service just might work

Ever since Quibi was first announced in 2018, the most common sentiment from journalists, consumers, and even many industry insiders has been skepticism. Critics have ridiculed the startup for raising nearly $2 billion before ever launching a product publicly, for charging too high of a price in the middle of…


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