Venmo is a payments app owned by PayPal, which is hugely popular in the USA. Ever since it launched, it’s had a public feed showing real users’ real transactions, in real-time. In 2018, keeping it around is a very strange product decision.
Tech journalism helped big tech companies grow so big without much scrutiny. This piece suggests some significant changes are needed in the way tech journalism works. I think there will always be room for an ‘innovation’ beat. One thing it doesn’t mention, but would also be useful, is more diversity in the kinds of people writing about tech – there are still too many white men from similar backgrounds (he says as one such white man).
On of the New York Times’ best-known journalists reaches Twitter exhaustion point: “Twitter is now an anger video game for many users. It is the only platform on which people feel free to say things they’d never say to someone’s face. For me, it had become an enormous and pointless drain on my time and mental energy.”