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Christopher Mims
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I think last week's Facebook bias story (which has become this week's Facebook bias story, with CEO Zuckerberg meeting with Glenn Beck et al.) was hugely overblown.

After talking to people who actually study the measurable effects of Facebook's (and Google's) algorithms, I thought that

a) The question of whether there is bias in Facebook's "Trending" stories box is a non-story

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b) The "clever" take on this -- that the "real bias" is in Facebook's news feed -- is in fact a data-free example of confirmation bias, and that when placed in proper historical context, Facebook may actually be doing a better job of informing us than its antecedents in the media

BUT this does not mean we should not be concerned about the way online distribution of news both shapes it and potentially insulates us from viewpoints different from our own.
Focus should be on service’s news feed, rather than its trending topics
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The go-go days of easy money for tech startups are over -- look for more high-profile flameouts in the next 6 months http://www.wsj.com/articles/this-tech-bubble-is-bursting-1462161662

And, for those of you who aren't subscribers, you can now buy my articles one at a time, through Blendle.

https://blendle.com/i/wsj-com/this-technology-bubble-is-ready-to-burst/bnl-wsj-20160502-SB10387286440153804044004582041781897500696
Startup investment is cooling. Valuations are falling. But many investors and entrepreneurs haven’t yet grasped the reality that there is a correction in the offing, writes Christopher Mims.
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"Writing is like prostitution: first you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, then you do it for money." - Moliere

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Apple said the iPad Pro is for the 600 million "sad" people using old PCs in the world. Ha.
More is needed for the iPad Pro to win over PC users
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This week's column:

Oh, the irony -- Venture capitalists are being disrupted by the very software with which their investments disrupt others.
CircleUp’s Classifier shows algorithms now play bigger role in prescreening investments
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Got frustrated explaining Apple v. FBI to regular people, wrote this.

Share it with the regulars in your life.
The technical details are irrelevant in the fight between Apple and the FBI. The real issue is that, if a judge agrees, Apple could be forced to make the data on any iPhone available to any law-enforcement agency demanding it.
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Mark Zuckerberg's miscalculation in bringing internet to the developing world: It doesn't want his help.
Keywords columnist Christopher Mims writes that Facebook’s strategy to get people in the developing world onto the social-media site is no longer suited to its organization’s goals.
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I believe Mark contributes huge relief to developing and developed nations as a whole otherwise how would a remotest nation on earth get in touch with America Europe everywhere on this planet at real time if he did not found Facebook.Nobody can denay the fact facebook shrink the world and create happiness among many
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This week's column:

How to (really) make America great again: Transform it through the lessons of Google and other tech companies

...and Blendle link for those of you who aren't WSJ subscribers:

https://blendle.com/item/bnl-wsj-20160509-SB11305738992493283823404582050761477719288
Estonia offers an example of the kind of innovation possible around government services, a competitive factor for modern nations, writes Keywords columnist Christopher Mims.
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This week's column:

Big brands are dying out as startups intro ever more consumer goods. The unexpected driver: Facebook.
Facebook’s power as an advertising engine is felt in niche personalized marketing
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Why your home Wi-Fi is lousy (and what you can do about it)

This week's column is kind of a prequel to excellent work done by colleague Geoff Fowler

Startups, and Google, race to solve the ‘home-spectrum crunch’
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Monday's column: What if you could inexpensively 3D print things you could use, instead of just prototypes or toys? It's happening.
Christopher Mims looks at the possibilities from combining carbon-fiber technology with 3-D printing
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This week's column for +Wall Street Journal:

Apps are fundamentally broken; teams at both Google and Facebook are working on what will replace them
Apps now crowd our devices, but alternatives are in the works
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Soylent, the food substitute of the future favored by startup types and coders looking to crush it by eliminating any time spent not working, used to be inedible and kinda dystopian.

But now it's something I have 3-4 times per week, and swear by. Here's the logic:
The current version of Soylent, the meal replacement of choice for techies and early adopters, is much evolved from its nearly unpalatable first version.
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+Alvin Brinson Try the soylent green. It's delicious. Just don't read the ingredients.
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Formerly: freelance journalist and occasional editor at outlets including Scientific American, Smithsonian, Popular Science, BBC, The Atlantic, Grist, Slate, Nature, Technology Review, WIRED, others.
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