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Ohio Becomes First U.S. State To Allow Businesses To Pay Taxes With Bitcoin

Ohio has just become the first U.S. state and one of the first governments in the world to allow businesses to pay taxes, including sales and public utility taxes, with bitcoin. State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Monday that businesses can now register for the program through the website OhioCrypto.com, a portal that will, via a […]

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State of the Art: The Problem With Fixing WhatsApp? Human Nature Might Get in the Way

State of the Art The Problem With Fixing WhatsApp? Human Nature Might Get in the Way ImageCreditCreditDoug Chayka By Farhad Manjoo Oct. 24, 2018 Should the world worry about WhatsApp? Has it become a virulent new force in global misinformation and political trickery? Or, rather, should the world rejoice about WhatsApp? After all, hasn’t it […]

Emerging Tech

Behind the unsettling sci-fi landscapes of Simon Stalenhag’s ‘Electric State’

A boxy blue car, like the old Volvo my dad used to drive, sits parked in a desolate lot in one of Simon Stålenhag’s dystopian illustrations. Fastened to its roof rack is a kayak. A young woman in white sweatpants, a hooded leather jacket, and red backpack stands on a nearby hill. It’s a familiar […]

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How Apps Are Helping State Inspectors Save Time And Taxpayer Dollars

By Jenni Bergal Apps are old news, and more than three-quarters of American adults now own a smartphone. But state inspectors only recently have turned to mobile apps, which are saving some of them hours a day and millions of taxpayer dollars. In New York, horticultural inspectors visiting plant nurseries had to lug thick, heavy […]

Gaming

15 countries and one US state team up to fight gambling in video games

Enlarge / Buying this innocuous-looking Overwatch loot box could be considered a form of gambling. Thus far, the fight to regulate video game loot boxes has been a piecemeal effort moving forward in very different ways in different jurisdictions. Today, though, an international group of regulators from 15 European regulation bodies and Washington state in […]

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State of the Art: What Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg Taught Congress and Vice Versa

State of the Art What Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg Taught Congress and Vice Versa ImageCreditCreditGlenn Harvey By Farhad Manjoo Sept. 6, 2018 We are at a consequential juncture in the technology business and in society. A handful of tech giants have become the guardians of global speech, amplifying certain kinds of voices and limiting […]

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State of the Art: Here’s the Conversation We Really Need to Have About Bias at Google

State of the Art Here’s the Conversation We Really Need to Have About Bias at Google ImageCreditCreditGlenn Harvey By Farhad Manjoo Aug. 30, 2018 Let’s get this out of the way first: There is no basis for the charge that President Trump leveled against Google this week — that the search engine, for political reasons, […]

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State of the Art: ‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?

State of the Art ‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There? ImageCreditCreditGlenn Harvey By Farhad Manjoo Aug. 29, 2018 Over the summer, my wife and I traveled with our two young kids on a two-week vacation through Europe. It wasn’t as highfalutin as it sounds. In London, our Airbnb had ample […]

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State of the Art: Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem?

State of the Art Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem? ImageFacebook has shifted from “reactive to proactive detection” of coordinated propaganda operations, said its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.CreditFrancois Lenoir/Reuters By Farhad Manjoo Aug. 22, 2018 In theory, Facebook’s announcement on Tuesday that it had discovered and shut down a wide-ranging Iranian misinformation […]

Photography

The (Technical) State of Photography

When digital cameras first started becoming mainstream, pros were not impressed. I remember more than one experienced photographer back around the early part of the 21st century saying that digital would never come close to film. That started to change with the advent of sophisticated digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras, which offered interchangeable lenses, large […]

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State of the Art: What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer

State of the Art What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer ImageFacebook executives from Mark Zuckerberg on down have been almost comically tripped up by some of the most basic questions the site faces.CreditGerard Julien/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Farhad Manjoo July 19, 2018 Facebook was once the most […]

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State of the Art: How to Combat China’s Rise in Tech: Federal Spending, Not Tariffs

State of the Art How to Combat China’s Rise in Tech: Federal Spending, Not Tariffs ImageCreditDoug Chayka By Farhad Manjoo July 18, 2018 查看本文简体中文版查看本文繁體中文版 At the heart of the trade war between the United States and China lies a profound and unsettling question: Who should control the key technologies that will rule tomorrow? It is […]

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State of the Art: How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet

State of the Art How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet ImageCreditDoug Chayka By Farhad Manjoo July 11, 2018 Pottery, improbably, is the latest escapist pastime to sweep the nation. Because making ceramics requires persistence and all-consuming concentration, it is said to be a perfect salve for a particular set of modern […]

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State of the Art: We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.

State of the Art We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air. ImageCreditDoug Chayka By Farhad Manjoo June 27, 2018 Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry — and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too. In the 11 years since the iPhone made […]

Gaming

State of Decay 2’s technical beta is live

State of Decay 2 is one of the biggest upcoming game releases, and developer Undead Labs is running an early test right now to ensure the launch goes well. You can get into the “technical beta” now by signing up on the State of Decay 2 website. Undead plans to use the test results to […]