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How the typewriter propelled women into the office

Nov 24, 2021
Typewriters were "crucial" to the rise of women's workforce participation in the 20th century, says economic historian Elyce Rotella.
Typewriters were "crucial" to the rise of women's workforce participation in the 20th century, says economic historian Elyce Rotella.
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Defunct devices now a treasure trove of precious metals for Britain's Royal Mint

Oct 21, 2021
The Royal Mint is using new technology to extract precious metals from defunct devices.
Blank coins that have been produced at the Royal Mint are sorted before being sent to be stamped in the coin press on Aug. 1, 2014 in Llantrisant, Wales.
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Are tech companies influencing politics more than governments?

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, believes we're increasingly becoming citizens of Facebook and Twitter rather than of nations.
Are we becoming citizens of tech?
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Could the Steel City become a silicon city? A look at a post 9/11 Pennsylvania

This weekend marks 20 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We check in on Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed in a field. Marketplace's Nova Safo joins us from Pittsburgh.
 In Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood, which used to be majority Black, longtime businesses mix with newcomers popping up amid redevelopment spurred by tech industry growth.
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Big Tech companies saw growth accelerate amid COVID

Apr 28, 2021
Now, these firms have to figure out what their roles might be if and when more people start going back to the office.
A more widespread return to in-person work could affect subscription-based services, says Scott Kessler of Third Bridge.
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A primer on Corporate Memphis, Big Tech's favorite design trend

Apr 15, 2021
Sans-serif fonts, pastel palettes, long-limbed cartoons. Why are these designs so popular? And why do they garner criticism?
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What Google's union means for Silicon Valley

Jan 4, 2021
This union's main aim is to support employee activism, rather than negotiate a contract.
Google employees stage a walkout over sexual harassment in New York in 2018. Some employees of the giant internet company have created a union to support worker activism.
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App wars between China and U.S. caught in tit-for-tat dynamic

Oct 1, 2020
Chinese officials seem to ignore the fact that they put up many obstacles for U.S. tech firms to operate in China.
Chinese smartphone users in Shanghai are largely blocked from accessing U.S. social media apps because of longstanding trade barriers.
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The tech cold war with China is ratcheting up

Jul 24, 2020
"The next few months are going to be really dangerous," says Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer.
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The collapse of tech giant Wirecard triggers national angst in Germany

Jul 22, 2020
Has a $2 billion hole in the accounts of one of Germany's most prestigious companies damaged the country’s reputation for high tech and high finance?
Wirecard recently declared bankruptcy and its executives are being investigated for fraud.
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