Jack Dorsey on How the Platform Needs to Change
Can Twitter be saved? TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers explored that question in a wide-ranging interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at TED 2019. Dorsey discusses the future of the platform—acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fundamental changes.
How the Apple-Qualcomm Deal Reshapes the U.S. Chip Business
Apple's surprise deal with Qualcomm not only resolved one of the biggest legal disputes in the tech industry, but changed the balance of power in the chip industry, Axios reports. Shortly after announcement of the settlement—which included a multiyear agreement for Qualcomm to supply chips to Apple—Intel said it was scrapping plans to release a 5G modem chip next year.
Amazon May Launch an Ad-Supported Music Service
Amazon might launch a free, ad-supported music service, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard. The move would intensify Apple’s competitive threat to global streaming leader Spotify. The world’s biggest e-retailer would market the free music service through its voice-activated Echo speakers, sources say, offering a limited catalog possibly as early as next week.
The Steady Hand at the Helm of YouTube
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki appears exceedingly normal, bordering on boring, yet elements of her digital realm in recent months have burst into the real world in forms that are increasingly grotesque and sometimes dangerous, the New York Times reports. Is her deliberate style "at odds with the pace and scale of horrors and just plain stupidity that relentlessly arises on YouTube"?
DNS Hijackings Are Worse Than Previously Thought
The wave of domain hijacking attacks hitting the Internet over the past few months is worse than previously thought, Ars Technica reports. A new report says state-sponsored actors have continued to brazenly target key infrastructure despite growing awareness of the operation. They have gone so far as to compromise multiple country-code top-level domains, putting all the traffic of every domain in multiple countries at risk, Wired notes.
A Web Pioneer’s Privacy-First Browser
Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame
Andrew Tallon, a pioneering architectural historian who died in November, dedicated his life to the study of medieval architecture, melding in his interest in technology to create novel ways of studying centuries-old buildings, The Atlantic reports. Starting in 2010, Tallon painstakingly scanned every piece of Notre-Dame, inside and out. His work may help restore the fire-ravaged cathedral.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Has a Troubled Trial Run
On Monday, Samsung officially let the press handle the Galaxy Fold after it was shown off in a tightly controlled demo in February. Just two days later, 9to5Google reports, the first review units are encountering multiple issues all focused on the foldable display.
In the Pivot to Paid, Who Benefits?
On April 23, a venture-backed podcast app called Luminary will launch to the public, offering more than 1,000 hours’ worth of exclusive, ad-free content to subscribers paying $7.99 per month for access, Digiday reports. With podcasting poised for a major infusion of consumer revenue in the next few years, the question is: Will audio platforms, rather than individual creators or studios, will reap all the benefits?
Run into the Ground
Adidas has introduced a new sneaker, named Futurecraft.Loop, that’s a performance running shoe with a difference: It can be 100 percent ground up and melted back into raw materials for a brand-new shoe—without any waste, Adidas says. In a beta run, the company has given the sneaker to 200 “leading creators” from across the world’s major cities, Quartz reports.