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WeWork gets worse

SoftBank takes over WeWork. The board of the shared office company chose the Japanese conglomerate over a competing offer from JP Morgan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Co-founder Adam Neumann will lose control of WeWork—but get a $1.7 billion payout.

Neumann to Get Up to $1.7 Billion to Exit WeWork as SoftBank Takes Control

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed to unrealistic valuations.

And now SoftBank will have to live with the creature it helped create...

Marking 30 years of the web

China's new place in the world

Parliamentary politics

India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

Lebanon protests inequality

Making immigration work

Politics on Facebook

Shifting Middle East

Team Trump is heading to Davos in the Desert. The administration has apparently gotten over its outrage at the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, so now senior adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin are heading to Saudi Arabia for a major business conference.

Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last year, and brushing aside his cruel murder signals US indifference to the crime.

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, where the event is being held. So they booked 45 rooms at the nearby Burj Rafal, instead.

Biased agenda

Class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds. A Yale study shows hiring managers' decisions are influenced in ways that perpetuate wealth inequality.

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe, right? But it might be class,” Kraus says.

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Facebook is hiring 'news credibility specialists' — after saying it didn't want to be in the business of judging news trustworthiness (FB)

Facebook is hiring 'news credibility specialists' — after saying it didn't want to be in the business of judging news trustworthiness (FB)

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From Our Members

  • Somehow, this still doesn't feel like they have gotten it. A few people editing content seen by hundreds of millions can go wrong rather quickly. Especially those for whom Facebook is a primary source of news. But again, I understand their dilemma in trying to solve this problem. Maybe a focus on the

    Somehow, this still doesn't feel like they have gotten it. A few people editing content seen by hundreds of millions can go wrong rather quickly. Especially those for whom Facebook is a primary source of news. But again, I understand their dilemma in trying to solve this problem. Maybe a focus on the accounts rather than the content may be more effective. I remember reading about PayPal's struggle to stop fraud on its platform. After a while it became so good at predicting what accounts were likely to be fraudulent and kept tabs on them even before the fraud occurred. A page (not personal account) that shares false news should be penalized. As for extreme bias. Well, all media is biased. Question is how much. Bias that toes the line on being false would be harder to curtail because then personal bias comes into play. Except, of course, if they can build in great checks and balances.

  • news credibility specialists. Or as we call them at NewsPicks - Editors.

  • Facebook should hire out of work journalists for these roles.

  • unfortunately, after 14 years in higher ed in the NE and more years living among fundamentalists in the South, and in light of current standards of journalism I have reached the conclusion that something is credible if you agree and hate speech if you don't. it is very difficult to get facts w/o interpretation

    unfortunately, after 14 years in higher ed in the NE and more years living among fundamentalists in the South, and in light of current standards of journalism I have reached the conclusion that something is credible if you agree and hate speech if you don't. it is very difficult to get facts w/o interpretation in today's news as it is and silicon valley doesn't have a great record of even handedness.

  • When the title of the job tells you all you need to know about how poorly they are attacking the problem.

  • Poor Zuckerberg needs some cucumber slices for those dark circles.