Venmo emoji use is changing in the coronavirus economy

Apr 21, 2020
The payment app's public transactions reveal consumer spending habits during COVID-19 restrictions.
Recent mask emoji usage has grown by 2000% compared to March 2017, according to Quartz's analysis of Venmo data.
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Why this Washington Post reporter crossed the urban-rural divide

Sep 9, 2019
Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham once called Red Lake County, Minnesota the "worst place to live in America." Now? He lives there.
Christopher Ingraham, author of the new book "If You Lived Here You'd be Home by Now" with his family.
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Before facial recognition tech can be fair, it needs to be diverse

Feb 18, 2019
A new data set aims to help researchers measure diversity in faces.
Current facial recognition technology identifies white men far more accurately than it does black women.
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An American's quest to track down his digital data... in the UK

Jan 25, 2019
One man takes on a multiyear legal battle with Cambridge Analytica.
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Using smartphones to better understand homelessness

Jan 24, 2019
In Southern California, where homelessness is high, a new app gets better data.
A woman pushes her walker past tents housing the homeless in Los Angeles, California.
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Will techlash show up at the CES trade show?

Jan 4, 2019
Privacy features could take center stage at this year's show.
Sony's artificial intelligence-capable Aibo robot is on display at a 2018 CES press event in Las Vegas.
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The partial shutdown could delay economic data, too

Dec 26, 2018
We’re now five days into the partial government shutdown. While the Senate is expected to reconvene Thursday and resume negotiations over how to end the shutdown, odds are that it’ll continue into January. The impasse is already cutting into the…
The sun begins to rise over Washington as the federal government is in a partial shutdown, on Dec. 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. 
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Google’s CEO could face tough questions on Capitol Hill about the company's data practices

Dec 11, 2018
Privacy, money and data promise to all be topics of discussion.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California.
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Palantir may go public, but can it turn a profit?

Nov 16, 2018
The surveillance software giant may be preparing for an IPO amid concerns about its business.
Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Palantir, named for a crystal ball in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook asks federal regulators to bring it on

Nov 1, 2018
At an industry conference in Europe, Cook called for tougher regulations to protect data privacy