Pattern Matching

What’s Behind Facebook and Zoom’s Big Updates

Platforms are shoring up their vulnerabilities — and their dominance

Will Oremus
Published in
Sent as a


7 min readMay 9, 2020


Photo: Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images

Hello reader,

Welcome to Pattern Matching, OneZero’s new weekly newsletter that puts the week’s most compelling tech stories in context. I’m Will Oremus, senior writer at OneZero.

I’ve been writing about technology full time since 2012, when terms like “disruption” and “big data” were uttered enthusiastically and without irony. Over the years, I’ve covered the tech industry’s innovations and excesses, focusing on how automation and instantaneous virtual connection change the way we live, work, and relate to each other.

In this newsletter, I’ll cull from each week’s tech-news tabs a few that share a common theme and offer a way of thinking about them as part of a broader pattern. Then I’ll throw in a few more that may have slipped below the radar but deserve your attention for the undercurrents they represent. And then a few more on top of that, just for the hell of it.

Tech is running in the background now

The pandemic has forced us to depend on the internet more than ever. It’s still flawed in the ways it was before, and yet it works at a time when…