INSIDE THE TWO YEARS THAT SHOOK FACEBOOK—AND THE WORLD
How a confused, defensive social media giant steered
itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.
By: NICHOLAS THOMPSON, FRED VOGELSTEINBY NICHOLAS
THOMPSON AND FRED VOGELSTEIN 02.12.1807:00 AM
ONE DAY IN late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a
memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the
ranks. His message pertained to some walls at the company’s Menlo Park
headquarters where staffers are encouraged to scribble notes and signatures. On
at least a couple of occasions, someone had crossed out the words “Black Lives
Matter” and replaced them with “All Lives Matter.” Zuckerberg wanted whoever
was responsible to cut it out.
“ ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t,”
he wrote. “We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls,”
the memo went on. But “crossing out something means silencing speech, or that
one person’s speech is more important…
How Amazon’s Bottomless Appetite Became Corporate
By Shira Ovide March 14, 2018
Amazon makes no sense. It’s the most befuddling,
illogically sprawling, and—to a growing sea of competitors—flat-out terrifying
company in the world.
It sells soap and produces televised soap operas. It
sells complex computing horsepower to the U.S. government and will dispatch a
courier to deliver cold medicine on Christmas Eve. It’s the third-most-valuable
company on Earth, with smaller annual profits than Southwest Airlines Co.,
which as of this writing ranks 426th. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is the
world’s richest person, his fortune built on labor conditions that critics say
resemble a Dickens novel with robots, yet he has enough mainstream appeal to
play himself in a Super Bowl commercial. Amazon was born in cyberspace, but it
occupies warehouses, grocery stores, and other physical real estate equivalent
to 90 Empire State Buildings, with a little left over.
Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten
Rob Lever • February 24, 2018
Washington (AFP) - For those looking for free news
online, the search is becoming harder.
Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted
digital paid subscriptions at many news organizations, amid a growing trend
keeping content behind a "paywall."
Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves
by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions is
forcing free-riders to scramble.
For some analysts, the trend reflects a normalization of
a situation that has existed since the early internet days that enabled consumers
to get accustomed to the notion of free online content.
"I think there is a definite trend for people to
start paying for at least one news source," said Rebecca Lieb, an analyst
who follows digital media for Kaleido Insights.
Lieb said consumers have become more amenable to paying
for digital services and that investigative reporting on politics i…