Can Big Tech be fixed? Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Nuala O’Connor is “long-term optimistic.”

O’Connor thinks we’ll get a federal privacy bill this year. But she’s more concerned about the future of free speech on the internet. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Recode’s Kara Swisher spoke with Nuala O’Connor — the president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology — about how the group is … Read moreCan Big Tech be fixed? Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Nuala O’Connor is “long-term optimistic.”

Recode Daily: Romance-related online scams cost Americans $143 million last year

Plus: Apple’s “Netflix for news” subscription service is getting pushback from major publishers; Activision is laying off 775 people on the heels of its best-ever financial year; affordable Valentine’s Day gifts. More than 21,000 Americans reported falling for romance-related scams in 2018 , losing a total of $143 million and making it the most common … Read moreRecode Daily: Romance-related online scams cost Americans $143 million last year

It will take more than NewsGuard’s team of journalists to stop the spread of fake news

Experts weigh in on whether a for-profit journalism initiative can do what big tech can’t. A battle between fact and fake news is currently playing out on social media and search engines. Foreign and stateside actors alike are using disinformation to sway American politics and to swiftly sow discord and even violence — continued Russian … Read moreIt will take more than NewsGuard’s team of journalists to stop the spread of fake news

Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever

Nintendo has ruined my life, and all our lives, by announcing Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the level-constructing game on Wii U that produced thousands of devious levels for those who think the “real” games aren’t hard enough. Gamers have been asking for this basically since the Switch was first rumored. Mario Maker … Read moreNintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever