While SpaceX’s Internet Satellites Launch, a Rival’s Stock Price Blasts Off

Elon Musk’s SpaceX got a stratospheric number of headlines this week for lofting into orbit the first 60 operational satellites for its planned Starlink Internet service. But the startup will need to launch hundreds more satellites before offering even rudimentary Internet service from space–and almost 12,000 satellites to offer global, high-speed coverage. Meanwhile, almost no […]

Could Ford Buy Tesla? Here’s How Likely A “Doomsday” Scenario Is

Former Tesla bulls have been bailing on the company. The stock continues to drop. Bond prices are at low levels. The auto maker is burning through $1 billion in cash a quarter, the cash from the latest $2.7 billion funding round will be gone within ten months, and demand is falling off. One of the […]

The Best Business Documentaries to Watch This Weekend

If you’re like me, there’s nothing you enjoy doing more than drinking a fine glass of wine while watching your favorite business documentary. Two that I’ve seen recently seen and enjoyed include Panic and Minimalism. (As my editor said, “Polina, you need a hobby that doesn’t involve financial services…”) ?_(?)_/? (As my editor said, “Polina, […]

Data Sheet—What’s Wrong With San Francisco

It is open season on the technology industry and its capital city. And not without reason. The behemoth tech companies that created so much excitement, value, and utility for consumers everywhere have worn out their welcome for the time being. Facebook abetted the ruination of democracy. Twitter has helped foul the national discourse. Apple has […]

Baking a “Jellyroll”: How Batteries Get Made

Every day around the globe, millions of run-of-the-mill lithium-ion batteries are cranked out. Typically these workhorses of the electronic economy are produced in cavernous, highly automated factories, quiet and soulless places with long linoleum hallways, bright fluorescent lighting, three or four stories of interconnected assembly lines, and workers scurrying around in protective masks and suits […]

The Race Is on to Build a Better Battery

At first glance, all seems serene on a spring morning at the research-and-development campus of SK Innovation, one of Korea’s biggest industrial conglomerates. The campus sits in Daejeon, a tidy, planned city an hour’s high-speed-train ride south of Seoul that the national government has built up as a technology hub. Dotting SK’s rolling acres are […]

Mark Zuckerberg Answers Critics Who Want to Break Up Facebook

Facebook is being inundated by fake accounts and violent content more than ever. But the company wants you to know that it’s doing a better job of combatting the problem even as it admitted that the job is difficult and often imperfect. Facebook revealed the details on Thursday in a so-called transparency report that covered […]

Alexa, I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About Amazon’s Emotion-Detecting Wearable

From video streaming to prescriptions, cloud services to doorbell cameras, Amazon is in our lives in more ways than we count. But there’s one particular place–my emotional health–where I really don’t want the e-commerce giant poking around. Amazon is working on an Alexa-powered wearable that can read emotions, Bloomberg is reporting, citing people who claim […]

Facebook Removed 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts This Year. It Only Has 2.38 Billion Active Users

Facebook released its community standards enforcement report Thursday morning, offering a much more in-depth look at the inner workings of the company than previously seen. One of the most surprising insights came from Facebook’s removal of fake accounts. The company said it removed 2.2 billion accounts in the first quarter of the 2019. That’s a […]