If forests go up in smoke, so can carbon offsets

Raging fires across the Amazon and the start of California’s fire season have put the heat back on a controversial method for balancing the carbon budget, called offsets. Here’s how offsets work. Let’s say a person or a company wants to contribute less to global warming. One option would be to cut down on air […]

How Weird Is Andrew Yang’s Tech Policy? Only About As Weird As America’s.

Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is famous for his plan to implement a universal basic income to help Americans who lose their jobs to robots. And that isn’t the only place tech innovation takes center stage in his platform. He also advocates that your online data be treated as personal property that you can choose (or […]

Jony Ive’s Departure Means Big Changes Are Coming to Apple

Shockwaves ran through Apple’s universe this week after the company’s iconic design guru, Jony Ive, announced his departure. Ive told the Financial Times on Thursday that he plans to start a new design firm, LoveFrom, after he leaves Apple later this year. He’ll run it alongside longtime Apple industrial designer Marc Newson, who is also […]

Will Facebook’s Libra Become the Go-To Payment System Where Banks Fall Short?

Europeans and Americans have their Visa and Mastercards. For everyone else, here comes… Libra? Facebook’s new Libra digital currency is aimed at a huge potential market for financial services—the entire developing world, with billions of people in areas such as India and Sub-Saharan Africa, where financial services are often less sophisticated and many people don’t […]

Trade War Be Damned, Apple Is Moving Its Mac Pro Production to China

Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, moving production of what had been its only major device assembled in the U.S., according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. The company will use Quanta Computer to make the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai, […]

Spotify’s Pre-Save Feature Gives Record Labels User Data, Account Access

If you saved Drake and Chris Brown’s “No Guidance” to a Spotify playlist before the track’s release, you may have unknowingly given Sony the ability to upload images to your profile. If you added Little Mix’s “Bounce Back,” you gave the label access to take actions in your account on your behalf. This isn’t a […]

AMD Denies Improperly Giving Sensitive Chip Technology to China

Advanced Micro Devices on Friday denied a report that it had improperly transferred critical microprocessor technology to Chinese partners. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that AMD’s 2016 joint venture known as Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment, or THATIC, allowed a company with ties to the Chinese military to obtain chip technology that could […]

The Real Surprise of Jony Ive’s Exit From Apple Isn’t the Exit—Data Sheet

A few longer reads that I came across this week that may be appealing for your weekend reading pleasure: How One Nonprofit Is Using Venture-Capital Tactics to Help Save Africa’s Last 20,000 Wild Lions (WSJ Magazine)In an era of Instagram-length attention spans, wildlife conservation philanthropies are trying new tactics to bring urgent attention to threatened […]

Jony Ive, Star Designer of the iMac, iPod, and iPhone, to Leave Apple

Apple chief designer Jony Ive announced Thursday that he is opening his own design firm, LoveFrom, and will be leaving Apple later this year. The iconic designer, whose products helped Apple claw itself back from the brink of bankruptcy, has been a key figure at the world’s most successful consumer electronics company for more than […]