Silicon Valley portrays itself as a hotbed of free market enterprise. A new book explains how the government helped build it.


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Margaret O’Mara’s new book explains how government, women and marketing pizzaz helped build up Silicon Valley.

A conservative YouTube star just lost his income stream for homophobic slurs.


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YouTube isn’t ready to deal with political controversy.

The attorney general’s FBI conspiracy theory is all conspiracy and no theory


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Modern conspiracy theories don’t even try to explain what is happening in the shadows.

AOC and Elizabeth Warren want higher taxes on the rich. Selling that is tricky


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People want fair taxes — but they often do not want rich people to pay more.

Trump confused everyone by canceling North Korea sanctions. The explanation may have been a coverup.


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Trump’s inconsistency is damaging U.S. power.

America’s financial power over the world faces a big, big challenge


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America has tried to impose its Iran policy on the world. Now Europe is pushing back

People used to joke about ‘Democrats in disarray.’ They’re not joking now.


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If Hillary Clinton or even Henry Cuellar are the bugaboos of the left, something’s changed.

The problem with Brexit is that there’s no obvious next step


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There’s no obvious deal that the E.U. and U.K. can both agree to.

Blame Fox, not Facebook, for fake news


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Without Fox’s megaphone, right wing conspiracy theories would die

Academic ideas are supposed to thrive on their merits. If only.


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Good ideas spread widely. Mediocre ideas spread just as well if they come from prestigious universities.

China is secretly hacking computer motherboards. The economic fallout is huge.


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If China is weaponizing global supply chains, the world economy may suffer.

China is weaponizing online distraction


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Democracies like the U.S. are vulnerable to “flooding” attacks too.

There’s an old conservative playbook behind Donald Trump’s threat to regulate Google


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Here’s where conservative anger at “liberal media bias” came from.

Hackers used a fish tank to break into a Vegas casino. We’re all in trouble.


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A world where everything is connected to the Internet is going to be horribly insecure.

This is why Alex Jones has been able to get away with exploiting social media


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Alex Jones found the perfect way to exploit platforms, which assume that everyone is operating in good faith.

It’s no accident that Facebook is so addictive


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The Facebook problem began long before the recent controversies.

Online labor markets may look competitive. They aren’t.


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Online workers may want to get organized.

Theresa May’s Brexit speech tomorrow may break the Northern Ireland peace process


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Theresa May is about to backslide on the Brexit ‘backstop’ that was supposed to support peace in Northern Ireland.

Europe has just hit Google with a record $5 billion fine. Expect fireworks.


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Europe and the United States are on a long-term collision course.

The FBI blunder on phone encryption explained


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If the FBI wants to fight about cybersecurity, it needs to tech up.