Poor Americans Face Hurdles in Getting Promised Internet

The people behind a nonprofit that helps workers at the famed Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., had spotted a great opportunity.
With the city’s schools closed because of the coronavirus, some of the workers at the racetrack needed fast internet access for their child..

Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds

Restricted to our homes for months now, many of us have been putting up with a persistent annoyance: a lousy internet connection.
When we are working, a video call with colleagues becomes pixelated, with delayed audio. When we are relaxing, movies and video games take ages to dow..

How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online

Conspiracy theories about the pandemic have gained more traction than mainstream online events. Here’s how.

The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse

SAN FRANCISCO — Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley investor, published a rallying cry last month that quickly ricocheted around the tech industry. In it, he placed the blame for America’s dismal response to the coronavirus on “smug complacency, this satisfaction with the status qu..

Tesla Owners Try to Make Sense of Elon Musk’s ‘Red Pill’ Moment

Owning a Tesla, the luxurious electric car, is a major liberal status symbol. It signals nothing more than good taste — the perfect balance of wealth with care for fossil fuels. But the man behind the brand is crafting a very different persona online that may now prove to be a ch..

A Little E-Commerce Has Big Ripples

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Online shopping is not as big a deal as you think, and it’s a much bigger deal than you think.
In the “meh” camp: While for some it can feel like e-commerce is the only commerce, American..

‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak

Therese Kelly arrived for her shift at an Amazon warehouse on March 27 to find her co-workers standing clustered in the cavernous space. They were awaiting a buildingwide announcement, a rarity at the complex known as AVP1. Over a loudspeaker, a manager told them what they had fe..

Disney’s Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, Becomes TikTok C.E.O.

LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company’s top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, resigned on Monday to become the chief executive of TikTok, the app for making and sharing short videos that has exploded in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Mayer, 58, will also serve as..

SoftBank in Crisis Amid Record Losses

TOKYO — His flagship tech fund is losing money. His company just posted billions in losses. And a key ally, the Chinese technology mogul Jack Ma, stepped aside.
Yet Masayoshi Son, the exuberant chief executive of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, mustered another spirited defen..

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Brain

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To understand the world, you need to understand Mark Zuckerberg. I’m serious.
That’s because Zuckerberg rules absolute over Facebook, a product that helps shape what billions of people be..