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Voters were targeted by disinformation online in 2016. How screwed are...

Before November 2016, most people weren’t thinking about disinformation on social media. Now we’re talking about it a lot — but disinfo expert Renée...

Pando CEO Sarah Lacy is spending most of her time on...

Pando CEO Sarah Lacy has been running a daily tech news site for nearly six years. But recently, she’s been pouring more time into...

Pando CEO Sarah Lacy is spending most of her time on...

Pando CEO Sarah Lacy has been running a daily tech news site for nearly six years. But recently, she’s been pouring more time into...

In her new book, ‘The Uterus Is a Feature, Not a...

Women are being lied to on a massive scale, Pando CEO Sarah Lacy says, and they might not even realize it. On the latest episode...

In her new book, ‘The Uterus Is a Feature, Not a...

Women are being lied to on a massive scale, Pando CEO Sarah Lacy says, and they might not even realize it. On the latest episode...

This week’s showdown between Congress and Silicon Valley, explained

If, by now, you’ve caught up on the first day of congressional testimony by top lawyers from Twitter, Google and Facebook, then you already...

Meet David Rosenblatt, the e-commerce CEO who’s not afraid of Amazon

On an earlier episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, guest Scott Galloway explained how Amazon can perform “Jedi mind tricks” on everyone...

Michael Barbaro explains why you love the New York Times’ podcast,...

For many decades, people read the New York Times because they wanted an authoritative, definitive take of the news that was “fit to print.”...

What will Facebook, Twitter and Google do about Russia?

An upcoming congressional inquiry into how some of Silicon Valley’s giants handled interference from Russian agents in the 2016 elections, “could be pretty disastrous,”...

Samantha Bee is sick of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world...

Sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein are everywhere, in every industry. It’s time to stop tolerating them, “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee says. “I can’t even...

How Donald Trump broke Twitter for ‘Full Frontal’ host Samantha Bee

The increasingly nasty tone of politics has made social media less fun for a lot of people. But if you think your Twitter feed...

What can Leonardo da Vinci teach us about tech?

For the past decade and a half, Walter Isaacson has been writing about a big idea: “What is creativity and how do we achieve...

How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or...

There are many valid reasons you might want to quit Facebook. Maybe you spend too much time there. Maybe you’re tired of its cluttered...

Where do people use Snapchat? A lot at parties, but not...

If you’re in an interesting place, you might assume you’d want to tell people you’re there, regardless of where you are. But you’d be wrong,...

What phone should I buy if I’m on a budget?

In the era of $1000 smartphones, it may seem like the newest, best stuff is only available to big spenders. But with a little...

Former Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile wants to save the media industry...

Once upon a time, newspaper publishers had a great business model: Selling ads that were printed on paper, then selling bundles of those papers...

‘WTF?’ author Tim O’Reilly says tech and business elites are setting...

O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly says he’s trying to prevent a “disaster.” On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, O’Reilly explained...

Why YouTube doesn’t (yet) spend as much as Netflix on original...

The “quintessential YouTube video,” according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, was once short, simple and — most importantly — amateur: “Oh, here's your cat,...

YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki explains why the ‘Google memo’ author had to...

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was on vacation when Silicon Valley suddenly plunged into a bitter debate over sexism. The now-infamous “Google memo,” written by engineer...

Can Google catch up to Apple in hardware?

This time last year, we were asking if Google is now a hardware company. Now we have our answer: Yes — or, at least,...

How to launch a company when you’re 25 years old, according...

If you’re in the not-very-exclusive club of 130 million people that Brit + Co reaches every month, you know what it does. But for...

Broadcast TV is not dead, ‘Empire’ showrunner Ilene Chaiken says

Ilene Chaiken, the creator of Showtime’s “The L Word” and currently the showrunner of “Empire” on Fox, doesn’t think much when she’s writing about...

Shonda Rhimes is amazed by people who don’t understand diversity

For TV producer Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” hiring people of multiple races, genders...

Why Shonda Rhimes left TV for Netflix: ‘I love the creative...

After creating the hit television shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” it seemed like superstar TV producer Shonda Rhimes...

Jared Leto’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ character was partly inspired by real...

Editor’s note: The podcast embedded below discusses the themes and story of "Blade Runner 2049," including the fate of some of the major characters....

My data was compromised in the Equifax hack. What now?

As you almost certainly know by now, the credit bureau Equifax suffered a massive hack this year, exposing the confidential information of some 143...

Why the Wall Street Journal let its sports columnist get high...

It may be one of the best headlines of the year: “When Boxing Goes Low, I Go High.” “I wrote that headline!” said Gay on...

#TakeAKnee is new, but sports have always been political, says the...

If you want all your favorite athletes to “stick to sports” and stay out of politics, you’re going to wind up disappointed, the Wall...

Don’t take Silicon Valley’s ‘free speech’ ideals at face value, Ellen...

As the editor of her college’s daily student paper, Ellen Pao was “one of those people” who ardently defended free speech online. But after...

Why did Ellen Pao lose her gender discrimination lawsuit? ‘People were...

In 2015, when investor Ellen Pao lost her $16 million gender discrimination lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, it...

Can consumers save their own privacy?

Two decades ago, Consumer Reports started sharing its product reviews with subscribers online. Now, the 81-year-old magazine is making an even bigger change: Doing...

What it’s like to get a $500,000 phone call from the...

On an ordinary day in 2011, Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad was in the airport when he got a phone call informing him he’d won...

Why the creator of Radiolab, one of the internet’s most popular...

For the past decade and a half, Jad Abumrad has co-hosted Radiolab, a radio show and podcast, for WNYC. In that time, the show...

What the media gets wrong about Donald Trump, according to the...

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is known for her deeply sourced stories about what’s really happening at the Trump White House. She says...

How Maggie Haberman and David Fahrenthold accidentally became Trump experts

Maggie Haberman started working at the New York Times in 2015 — with just one little problem. She didn’t know what she was supposed...

Is it safe to give your genetic data to 23andMe?

23andMe has been around for more than 11 years, but it’s just now getting to “critical mass,” CEO Anne Wojcicki says, thanks in part...

The U.S. government is raring for a fight with Silicon Valley,...

Facebook says it's not legally allowed to share everything it knows about advertisers, even political ones. But New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg...

When is the internet going to change TV ads for real?

Tech companies like Facebook and YouTube think their businesses will continue to grow by absorbing the ad dollars once reserved for linear TV. Simulmedia...

There’s no ‘female Mark Zuckerberg,’ and that’s a problem for women...

Getting rid of sexual harassers in tech is challenging enough. But getting the men who are left to take away the right lessons about...

Why one venture capitalist is ‘cringing’ at recent tech IPOs

Maha Ibrahim has been an investor since March of 2000, joining Canaan Partners just before the dot-com crash — and she’s worried about the...

Should I pay $1,000 for the iPhone X?

On Tuesday, Apple announced three new phones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the all-screen iPhone X (pronounced “ten”). No, we don’t know...

Why Ken Burns won’t leave PBS for HBO

Every single one of Ken Burns’s documentaries has run on public television in the U.S. — and that’s not going to change, even though...

Everything you think you know about the Vietnam War is wrong,...

If you watch Ken Burns’s new 10-part documentary series “The Vietnam War,” which premieres this Sunday, you might think you know what you’re getting...

What’s the secret to Apple’s brand? Boiled down to one word,...

No matter what Apple announces today at its fall product event in Cupertino, millions of people will buy it. And consciously or subconsciously, NYU...

In the 1980s, conservative was cool. Today, companies should brand themselves...

L2 founder and NYU professor Scott Galloway likes to break companies down into individual concepts like “God” (Google) or “frat rock” (Kalanick-era Uber). But...

Should Amazon buy Nordstrom next?

The last time he was a guest on Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, NYU professor and brand expert Scott Galloway casually (and accurately)...

Which Android phone should I buy?

After last year’s exploding battery debacle, Samsung has a new Note device, the Galaxy Note 8. And according to our sister site The Verge,...

How Mother Jones makes serious journalism in the age of cat...

Like a lot of news outlets, Mother Jones puts all of its content on the internet for free. But unlike many of her peers,...

Why is Silicon Valley obsessed with biohacking?

Counting calories. Tracking steps. Being more efficient. Extending life. Ending death? Silicon Valley is in something of a health craze, and one of the companies...

One of the biggest challenges of self-driving cars: The humans inside...

Replacing human-driven cars with fully autonomous vehicles will take 30 years or more, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson says — but there are some important...

A super-serious list of iPhone 8 features we’d like to see

Apple’s annual fall product event is on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at its new campus in Cupertino, Calif. Expect to see a new iPhone, new...

In a continued appeal to Trump, Tim Cook says 250 Apple...

On Thursday, a group of 300 business leaders co-signed a letter to President Trump and leaders in Congress, imploring them to continue to protect...

Going to the doctor is a pain. Can Silicon Valley help?

It may seem like Facebook and your doctor’s office don’t have much in common. But that should change, Forward CEO Adrian Aoun says. “When Facebook...

What Yahoo and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong learned from Patch’s struggles

Tim Armstrong runs a “house of brands” at Oath — the Verizon subsidiary that contains AOL, Yahoo and all of the organizations that they...

Yahoo and AOL boss Tim Armstrong’s plan to take on Google...

As an early sales exec at Google, Tim Armstrong was well paid, but itchy for a bigger challenge, so he left to run AOL....

Yahoo and AOL boss Tim Armstrong’s plan to take on Google...

As an early sales exec at Google, Tim Armstrong was well paid, but itchy for a bigger challenge, so he left to run AOL....

Venture capital is headed for a ‘huge, rude awakening’

Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya says if they want to survive, investors need to seek out a deep, operational understanding of their businesses. Investment...

As Tropical Storm Harvey hits Houston, locals document the worst of...

The app’s new feature Snap Maps lets you see videos from anyone — including people trapped by torrential flooding. Harvey — the hurricane-turned-tropical-storm sweeping...

‘Game of Thrones’ is the only appointment TV I still watch

And I watch it even before HBO thinks I want to watch it. Here’s why. If I turn on the TV at 9:00 pm...

Should tech companies be able to shut down neo-Nazis?

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince and Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn debate the future of free speech on Too Embarrassed to Ask. In...

A guided tour of pro-Trump media, from Drudge to Breitbart to...

CNN's Oliver Darcy and BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel explain this wild world on Recode Media: "It’s not as organized at people think it is, and...

Coal country is ready for tech jobs — if techies will...

Recode’s Kara Swisher heads to Louisville, Ky., to talk about the future of work on the latest Recode Decode. A major theme of the...

Can bike-sharing services take cars off the road?

LimeBike President Brad Bao talks about what has to happen first on Too Embarrassed to Ask. If you have to travel a short distance...