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MAXed Out: When Planes, Servers, and Shoes Crash

Mother tech has been angry lately. In brutal, deadly terms, she’s been reminding us of the price of our over-reliance on software and the internet. Just this week, Boeing’s MAX 8 albatross dealt a lethal blow when a plane went…

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How Social Media Shook Up the Shutdown

Everyday Americans ended the madness. Empathy and technology came together last week on the side of the people, and good prevailed. Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor proved their potential as positive change agents, spreading the message that we’re stronger together, mobilizing…

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Shutdown Walls Off Silicon Valley

There’s a new wall around San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The federal shutdown, tariffs and bellicose protectionism have thrown roadblocks in front of the thousands of international entrepreneurs, executives, startup founders, and students who flock here every day. Case in…

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Time for a Bitcoin Reboot?

Exactly a year ago, I was sitting in an elite private social club in Manhattan listening to a fashion photographer expound on the virtues of buying cryptocurrencies, while an all-female audience opened up their laptops to buy. When I wrote…

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