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Social platforms are neither communication services nor publishers, and society will have to evolve new norms to regulate speech on them (Benedict Evans)

Benedict Evans:Social platforms are neither communication services nor publishers, and society will have to evolve new norms to regulate speech on them  —  What mattered in tech this week?  —  Once a week, I send a newsletter to 150k people – what happened in tech that actually mattered, and what it means.


18 January 2021 0

Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air. It’s a Gamble.

A surge of corporate money could soon transform carbon removal from science fiction to reality. But there are risks: The very idea could offer industry an excuse to maintain dangerous habits.


18 January 2021 0

A Harvard medical student used OpenAI’s GPT-2 to submit comments on Idaho’s Medicaid draft proposal; volunteers couldn’t tell them apart from those by humans (Will Knight/Wired)

Will Knight / Wired:A Harvard medical student used OpenAI’s GPT-2 to submit comments on Idaho’s Medicaid draft proposal; volunteers couldn’t tell them apart from those by humans  —  A Harvard medical student submitted auto-generated comments to Medicaid; volunteers couldn’t distinguish them from those penned by humans.


18 January 2021 0

HK IPO market gathers steam with Kuaishou leading the way

Kuaishou Technology, a video-sharing and social media platform, has begun drumming up interest among investors for a multi-billion-dollar Hong Kong IPO.


18 January 2021 0

Chinese borrowers keep up bond flow

Chinese companies were undeterred from selling bonds last Friday, usually a quiet day of the week for deal flow, with four borrowers raising funds.


18 January 2021 0

China Fortune Land bonds plummet on rating hit

China Fortune Land Development Co’s bonds were the worst performing among Asian high yield notes last week amid rising pressure on the company’s international ratings.


18 January 2021 0

The dominant business model of social media platforms, which emphasizes scale over everything else, makes them particularly vulnerable to disinformation (Joan Donovan/HBR.org)

Joan Donovan / HBR.org:The dominant business model of social media platforms, which emphasizes scale over everything else, makes them particularly vulnerable to disinformation  —  Summary.  —  The attack on the U.S. Capitol building was the culmination of years of disinformation and conspiracy theories that had been weaponized on social media networks.


18 January 2021 0

E-cigarette maker RLX Tech covers $1.2bn IPO

Chinese e-cigarette manufacturer RLX Technologies has drawn enough early demand to well oversubscribe its US IPO worth up to $1.16bn, according to a source familiar with the matter.


18 January 2021 0

Lithium & Battery Stock Explosion, UK Gigafactory Request, Tesla Cybertruck Love — CleanTechnica Top 20

The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the past week included a look at increasingly popular lithium, nickel, and EV battery stocks


18 January 2021 0