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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How Samsung became one of the world's biggest tech companies

Mar 17, 2020
The South Korean company went from selling groceries in the 1930s to a market leader in technology across the globe.
A Samsung flag flying in South Korea in 2017.
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What to expect from this year's Consumer Electronics Show

Jan 6, 2020
Lots of next-generation 5G wireless, and lots of artificial intelligence
An attendee uses Sony's Playstation VR at the Sony booth during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Is it ethical to hide your data from the machines?

Aug 22, 2019
It’s one thing to try to keep personal information from Facebook. But what if a company is going to use it to save people’s lives?
A staff member stands in a projection of live data feeds from (L-R) Twitter, Instagram and Transport for London by data visualization studio Tekja at the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House on December 2, 2015 in London, England.
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On punishing schedules, China's tech workers are exhausted

Jul 10, 2019
China's tech sector is built on the backs of hard working employees who are often expected to work 12-hour days at a minimum. Some workers are starting to push back.
A Chinese tech firm showcases its facial recognition security equipment at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai June 2019. The success of these companies is partly built on the backs of workers putting in extreme overtime.
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