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“Successful independent journalists will realize how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between cultivating enough of an audience to effectively monetize and becoming beholden to their whims.” In 2020, we saw the lines…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Taylor Lorenz is right. The independent media people are existing on patronage, like Renaissance artists. So the patron can tell you what to paint if she wants.
– Dec 16, 2020, 7:56 AM
The wedding photographer had already spent an hour or two inside with the unmasked wedding party when one of the bridesmaids approached her. The woman thanked her for still showing up, considering “everything that's going on with the…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Taking Bridezilla to new levels. Not usually deserving of hazard pay, but perhaps in these days...
The Washington Post
Jeff Stein, Mike DeBonis
– Dec 16, 2020, 5:48 AM
Today's WorldView • Analysis Personal Finance • Perspective Congressional leaders are near an agreement to add a new round of stimulus checks to a roughly $900 billion relief package as they rush to complete a deal before the end of…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸I think if the stimulus check is the $600 they're talking about, it's almost an insult to people who have been without money since June.
Twitter announced Wednesday that it will remove tweets making false or misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccinations. Any tweets claiming that vaccines “intentionally cause harm to control populations” or invoke conspiracy theories…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸So much misinformation. But also lack of information, because this is a new vaccine.
Larry Ellison, one of the world's wealthiest people, has moved to the state of Hawaii. He's the latest billionaire to leave California in 2020. Ellison, the founder of the software giant Oracle, made the disclosure to employees in a company-wide…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸The future of work. Ellison in Hawaii, Oracle in Austin. Every company will be like this.
San Francisco Chronicle
– Dec 16, 2020, 4:00 AM
Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia plans to donate $25 million to help two organizations combat homelessness and help people suffering economically from the pandemic, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday. The large donation, the second…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸They are the perfect company to so this, as they drove up property prices enough to create homelessness.
– Dec 7, 2020, 7:58 AM
Social Strikes Back is a series exploring the next generation of social networks and how they're shaping the future of consumer tech. See more at a16z.com/social-strikes-back. Audio has become omnipresent: we command our lights and music to match…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸I've totally switched to audiobooks, podcasts, and Clubhouse. If you haven't already, you will.
– Dec 15, 2020, 7:25 PM
In November 2019, the president announced he was moving his permanent residence from his tower in Manhattan to his resort at Mar-a-Lago for reasons that seemed pretty straightforward: Trump was reluctantly coughing up millions in state and local…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸NIMBYs are NIMBYs no matter how pricey the backyard is.
The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled students, teachers, and parents across the globe to embrace relatively new forms of education technology (edtech) quickly and on an unprecedented scale. At a glance, it would appear that edtech startups and their…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸What an opportunity wasted.