This week, Twitter announced that it's removing locked accounts from its platform. That's in an effort to clean up its bot problem. Bots are fake Twitter accounts that spread propaganda and intimidate people. A New York Times story in January suggested that up to 15 percent of Twitter's user base could be bots. Twitter says it was more like 5 percent. But now, as the company is trying to clean up the bot problem, some investors are worried that Twitter may have fewer human users than they thought. Kevin Roose follows social media for the New York Times. He spoke with...
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The summer of 2016.
It may not be the most notable summer in history, but it was most definitely a special summer for some people after the release of Pokémon Go.
For those of you who didn’t happen across the phenomenon that swept the globe like wildfire, Niantic’s Pokémon Go brought the world of Pokémon into the hands of millions of smartphone users across the world through the use of augmented reality.
After its release however, the game quickly lost its popularity amongst casual and avid fans alike.
Major problems included program crashes, which led developer...
China is a huge market for electric cars. Tesla is looking for a place to build and sell lots of electric cars. But the U.S. is in a trade war with China and right now there's about a 40 percent tax on American-made cars being sold in China. That hurts all automakers, but if you're trying to become the dominant electric car maker in the world you need to sell cars in China. This week Tesla said it will open a plant in Shanghai to eventually build 500,000 cars a year without the import taxes. But in the meantime, Tesla...
On Monday, Uber announced a partnership with the electric scooter rental company Lime. Uber already owns Jump Bikes, an electric bike startup. Lyft just bought a bike rental company as well. All of these moves are about creating one-stop shopping for all kinds of transportation — and also about solving a pretty basic problem. The average cab ride is less than three miles, and using a car to make that trip is expensive and inefficient, especially in traffic. Hence this new investment trend in what's being called micro-mobility.
Ralph Buehler is a professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech....
About 20 percent of Americans have one or more disabilities, and just like in the physical world, the digital one is not always readily accessible. So, going to a website, if you're visually impaired, probably involves using a screen reader. "They'll usually have that running, at all times, from the moment they boot up their computer. The screen reader is reading everything that is happening, for them, it's verbalizing every interface," explained Mikey Ilagan, a web developer and accessibility specialist. Ilagan spoke with Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary about the barriers to making tech more accessible. The following is an edited transcript of...
The computer company Dell is going public again later this year. Just five years ago, Dell did the opposite and went private. Back then, company leaders decided they had to retool in order to survive. Making the personal computers that every other kid in your dorm had probably wasn't going to cut it. Dell and its future are the topic we chose for this week’s Quality Assurance, where we take a second look at a big tech story. Klint Finley is a reporter with Wired and has written about Dell. He spoke with Marketplace's Lizzie O’Leary about the company’s motivations...
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