Author Archives: Felix

What Went Wrong With IBM’s Watson

The AI project was supposed to change the state of cancer treatment. Here’s what happened instead.

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The Accountable Capitalism Edition

Slate Money on corporate responsibility, Dollar General, and New TV.

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Elon Musk Needs Sleep

More than anything else, that’s the takeaway from his jaw-dropping New York Times interview.

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The Future of Television Is … More Television

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s unicorn newborn is probably going to fail.

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The Never-Ending Shenanigans of Elon Musk

Whether private or public, Tesla will have to contend with its main distraction: its CEO.

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The Momentous Tweet Edition

Slate Money on Tesla, a tweet-inspired diplomatic spat, and Indra Nooyi leaving PepsiCo.

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It’s Not a Crazy Idea for Elon Musk to Take Tesla Private

If big shareholders do really have the option to remain invested, it’s easy to see how they might prefer a life that doesn’t involve having to battle short sellers or worry about stock market volatility.

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The Silicon Bubble Edition

Slate Money on Silicon Valley hiring practices, free lunches, and stock buybacks.

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Uber Is Not Serious About Changing Its Toxic Culture

Just look at who the company chose to be its new chairman.

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Why Did Anyone Think MoviePass Could Have Worked?

The company had deep-pocketed backers and a plan. It just overlooked a few important details.

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The Blame Iowa Edition

Slate Money on tumbling tech stocks, Trump’s tariffs, Sergio Marchionne, and 23andMe.

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Facebook’s fall marks decisive turn in tech

The 19% plunge reflects the fragility of the tech sector as a whole.

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Tronc Is Incompetent, but Gutting Newsrooms Is Just Normal Capitalism

Local papers used to have a financial reason to invest in journalism. Not anymore.

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The Millionaire’s Mortgage

Paying off your house is saving for retirement.

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How Is RAICES Handling Its $30 Million Windfall?

By moving into resettlement services and ramping up its political advocacy.

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The Mobile Monopoly Money Edition

Google’s $5 billion fine, NYC’s public transit woes, and WeWork’s meat ban.

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When Will It Be Safe to Undelete Uber?

It’s hard to turn a bad corporate culture into a good one.

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Netflix Can Either Become the Dominant Media Monopoly of the 21st Century or Go Bust

Netflix stock is essentially an attempt to boil a complex bimodal probability distribution down to a single number.

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The False Tale of Amazon’s Industry-Conquering Juggernaut

Amazon is really nothing to be scared of.

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The Give People Money Edition

Slate Money on universal basic income, Turkey, and Kylie Jenner, billionaire.

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All the Problems With WeWork’s Tyrannical New “No Meat” Policy

When bacon-wrapped figs (pictured at a June 20 storytelling event sponsored by New York Magazine and WeWork) are outlawed, only outlaws will nosh on bacon-wrapped figs.

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The Word “Billionare” Has Lost All Meaning

But congratulations, Kylie Jenner, on your viral cover.

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Universal Basic Income Is Not the Solution to Poverty

So why do lefty wonks keep writing about it like it is?

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Is the New Corporate Boss Going to Wreck HBO?

John Stankey wants HBO to be more like Netflix. Oh no.

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Takeaway From the New Billionaires Ranking: Zuckerberg and Bezos Don’t Give Away Enough Money

Since 1994, Bill Gates has donated more than 700 million shares of Microsoft to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If he’d simply held on to those shares instead, he’d today be some $71 billion richer, and his net worth … Continue reading

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