Zach Seward's Top Stories

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  1. Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong
    Source: Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others. That's because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that...
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  2. So We Beat On: Another Year in the Hot Seat
    So We Beat On: Another Year in the Hot Seat ANOTHER year has come and gone in my stint as public editor, which began in September 2012. Or, to use another measure, that’s about 45,000 emails — more than 800 a week. Times readers have written to me...
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  3. How Apple’s Siri Became One Autistic Boy's B.F.F.
    To Siri, With Love How Apple’s Siri Became One Autistic Boy's B.F.F. By JUDITH NEWMANOCT. 17, 2014 Photo Credit Louie Chin Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and...
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  4. On GamerGate: A letter from the editor
    Over the last few months, we've seen many people — some of them friends, some of them colleagues, some of them professional acquaintances — harassed, threatened, bullied for daring to suggest that video games can and should do better. It's no...
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  5. IBM Agrees to Pay Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Chip Unit
    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) agreed to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion to take an unprofitable chip-manufacturing unit off its hands, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. IBM will also receive $200 million...
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  6. How Facebook and Google Now Dominate Media Distribution
    The news media sector has become heavily dependent on traffic from Facebook and Google. A reliance now dangerously close to addiction. Maybe it’s time to refocus on direct access.  Digital publishers pride themselves on their ability to funnel...
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  7. Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For
    On Shouting White Racial Slurs in Public I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I...
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  8. Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle
    I got a lot of flack when I suggested in May that a network like AMC may be in a good position to unbundle from cable, and charge consumers for a Netflix-style service that would be available to anyone, even cord cutters. Many smart people said that...
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  9. What Whisper Is All About
    What Whisper Is All About Brad and I founded Whisper to give people a safe place to be authentic. For that reason our top priority is to ensure people feel comfortable sharing their most intimate and personal thoughts. So you can imagine our dismay...
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  10. You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
    Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of Wikis When he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the...
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