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A team of international scientists have captured a photo of a supermassive black hole for the first time.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facebook is beginning to enforce a ban on white nationalist content this week. The move comes as Australia, Germany and other countries pass tough laws to curb hate speech.

from All Things Considered

In Silicon Valley, some of the world’s biggest startups are going public. Uber already went public last week. Lyft goes public on Thursday.

Can San Francisco handle more millionaires as several startups go public?

In Silicon Valley, some of the world’s biggest startups are going public. Uber already went public last week. Lyft goes public on Thursday.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Tim Cook announced on Monday that Apple is partnering with creative visionaries, including Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg, to create Apple TV+.

Is Apple TV+ the new king of streaming?

Tim Cook announced on Monday that Apple is partnering with creative visionaries, including Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg, to create Apple TV+.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Two female astronauts were set to become the first women to spacewalk together around the International Space Station this week. But they both wear medium spacesuits, and only one was space-ready.

NASA scraps first all-female spacewalk for want of a medium-sized spacesuit

Two female astronauts were set to become the first women to spacewalk together around the International Space Station this week. But they both wear medium spacesuits, and only one was space-ready.

from NPR

Diamonds are a finite resource, so companies like De Beers are learning to make their own diamonds.

Diamonds are not forever: The diamond market turns to synthetics

Diamonds are a finite resource, so companies like De Beers are learning to make their own diamonds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Two high-profile plane crashes. The grounding of its best-selling jetliner. How did Boeing get here, and how can it recover from this crisis of confidence?

Boeing brings 100 years of history to its fight to restore its reputation

Two high-profile plane crashes. The grounding of its best-selling jetliner. How did Boeing get here, and how can it recover from this crisis of confidence?

from NPR

Devin Nunes, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, is suing Twitter for $250 million.

California Congressman Devin Nunes sues Twitter

Devin Nunes, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, is suing Twitter for $250 million.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The video was viewed about 4,000 times before Facebook removed it. Then the social media platform had to contend with more than a million attempted re-uploads.

Facebook admits mosque shooting video was viewed at least 4,000 times

The video was viewed about 4,000 times before Facebook removed it. Then the social media platform had to contend with more than a million attempted re-uploads.

from NPR

The blood testing startup Theranos was once valued at $9 billion. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was once a celebrated tech entrepreneur.

The rise and fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

The blood testing startup Theranos was once valued at $9 billion. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was once a celebrated tech entrepreneur.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A Boeing plane crashed minutes after taking off in Ethiopia this weekend. All 157 people onboard died in the crash.

Should the U.S. ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes?

A Boeing plane crashed minutes after taking off in Ethiopia this weekend. All 157 people onboard died in the crash.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After a series of scandals, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he wants to turn Facebook into a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy above all else.

Facebook to prioritize privacy, will encrypt messages

After a series of scandals, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he wants to turn Facebook into a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy above all else.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After years of exclusively private investors, Uber and Lyft are opening up their shares to the public. But they may hit a few speed bumps.

As Uber and Lyft go public, what’s their long term future?

After years of exclusively private investors, Uber and Lyft are opening up their shares to the public. But they may hit a few speed bumps.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In just three months this year, there have been more than 200 reported measles cases. Measles is extremely contagious. It’s also preventable.

How the measles outbreak is a quintessential political issue of our time

In just three months this year, there have been more than 200 reported measles cases. Measles is extremely contagious. It’s also preventable.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some people are trying "digital minimalism” as a means to wean themselves off of smartphone addiction.

A new app delivers mood-boosting “digital drugs”

Some people are trying "digital minimalism” as a means to wean themselves off of smartphone addiction.

from Design and Architecture

The average American spends around three and a half hours on their phone.

Speakeasies where the prohibition is on phones

The average American spends around three and a half hours on their phone.

from Design and Architecture

Some people are trying to dial back on their phone habit by visiting private clubs with no-phone policies.

Purge your phone: the case for digital minimalism

Some people are trying to dial back on their phone habit by visiting private clubs with no-phone policies.

from Design and Architecture

AT&T acquired HBO’s parent company in June. It was part of an $85 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner. Now AT&T is starting to make major changes.

The future of prestige programming at HBO

AT&T acquired HBO’s parent company in June. It was part of an $85 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner. Now AT&T is starting to make major changes.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facebook has about 15,000 content reviewers who are responsible for removing graphic violence, hate speech and images of child abuse from our feeds.

Facebook moderators suffer trauma for little pay

Facebook has about 15,000 content reviewers who are responsible for removing graphic violence, hate speech and images of child abuse from our feeds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It should come as no surprise that your phone is tracking you when you’re shopping online. But now you can be tracked based on where you go in the real world, like a political rally.

Political candidates are learning a lot about you -- thanks to your phone tracking you

It should come as no surprise that your phone is tracking you when you’re shopping online. But now you can be tracked based on where you go in the real world, like a political rally.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand