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No Mercy No Malice

The social media giant’s toxicity and subpar financial results are one and the same problem

Every day, 187 million people open Twitter for news, entertainment, and a social connection. It is the real-time global communications network that sci-fi novelists envisioned. It is also a catalyst for conspiracy theories, a forum for hate speech, and a surprisingly lousy business.

In last week’s issue of New York

His newsletter vaulted him from obscurity to industry expert — a formula everyone is now trying to crack

It was early November 2014, and Nicholas Quah was irritated. Serial had become a pop culture phenomenon, introducing millions to the idea of “the podcast” — which was perhaps a niche form, but hardly the oddball novelty it was being treated as. “I was really frustrated,” Quah recalls, “because people…

Hunter Walk, a VC and YouTube’s former head of product, blogged recently about virtual spaces turning into the “third place” between work and home. The internet is the safest place for social interaction in the pandemic, but Hunter writes about watching this phenomenon evolve from his front-row seat as an…

Like you, we read a lot. Here are the stories from other outlets that made us smarter about business.

Here at Marker, we like to read. We want to know what our competitors are up to — what scoops they have, what access they’ve received, what previously unreported details they’ve confirmed to flesh out the narrative of their pieces. But mostly, we read because, like you, we want to…

An extra chapter from ‘The Attention Merchants’ explains the connection between your morning coffee and your morning news

In this unpublished chapter from Tim Wu’s The Attention Merchants, Wu explains how the coffeehouse came to be not just a social hub, but the center of news distribution and in a way, the forerunner to the modern media industry.

In 1654, on Queen’s Lane in Oxford, a Jewish immigrant…

Between the Lines

Bloomberg is one of the best software companies in history, so good luck and best wishes

“I’m going to kill X” is usually a bad business idea. Generally, there are obvious reasons to kill it (it’s profitable, customers hate it), and there are nonobvious reasons nobody has succeeded yet.

Bloomberg is one of the best software companies in history, and it may be the single best…

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