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Governor Newsom to lift stay-at-home orders for the state tomorrow. Mayor Breed to hold press conference at 1:15 pm with more info on San Francisco.
Incredibly hopeful to be eating a burger on a patio drenched in the pouring rain by week’s end
Clubhouse just announced it raised a new round of funding, led by Andrew Chen at a16z, and now has 180 investors. No comment on round amount or valuation.
Weird social case where Facebook seemingly has no role in its future.
Won’t/can’t compete bc of scale of moderation nightmares, can’t buy bc of antitrust headaches, and this will likely be the case for most future social cos. Competition probably sits wholly in Twitter’s court.
I learned about a new feature Lyft quietly rolled out a few months ago. Drivers hate it. It's called priority mode and Lyft pitches it to drivers as a way to "stay busy... We'll prioritize you over other drivers." But it comes with a 10% pay cut.
Lyft pm: hmm, what's the inverse of surge pricing?
In celebration of Medill's Centennial year, today we launched the Medill Centennial website, which explores both Medill’s unparalleled past and charts our path for our unlimited future. Visit the site: #Medill100
Happy centennial @MedillSchool!
Working virtually through the pandemic, this group self-organized, invited additional experts, and created a review of the ecosystem around protocols for social media. You can read it here:
Bluesky just released the ecosystem review of the decentralized web space
The fact that we are all connected via communication nets can feel abstract. Here's a time when it was less so: in the 19th century, individual telephone wires were needed for each phone, with scenes like this telephone tower in Sweden, streets in Kansas & 80 foot polls in NYC.
This piece by @kevinroose really beautifully explains the appeal of QAnon. Q offers an overarching theory to make sense of a frightening world, and it gives adherents a feeling of control and community. They become part of a team revealing the truth.
Twitter is quietly powering an open source standard that could mean a ton of smaller, decentralized Twitters with their own rules. It's called @bluesky.
.@lucasmtny looks at what that grand plan means for the crossroads social media is at right now
Folks in the decentralized community involved are grappling with a lot of questions, to Twitter and Jack the most pertinent one tied up in bluesky is likely how they can avoid being stuck deciding whether to ban a future global leader to the web's sidelines
Doug Leone, one of Donald Trump's biggest donors in Silicon Valley, is renouncing his support.
"After last week’s horrific events, President Trump lost many of his supporters, including me."
Leone was the longtime head of Sequoia Capital.
Witnessing everyone to the left of lindsey graham and right of mitt romney race to drop a mea culpa this week is something else
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