The + That’s Taking Over Streaming Platforms

First there was e. Then came i. Now it’s +. With the proliferation of streaming platforms, the plus sign has become an all-purpose marker that signals endless hours of on-demand shows. Plus-sign streaming services include ESPN+ (started in 2018), Apple TV+ (2019),

Plus + Plus + Plus = Streaming Name Surplus

First there was e. Then came i. Now it’s +. With the proliferation of streaming platforms, the plus sign has become an all-purpose marker that signals endless hours of on-demand shows. Plus-sign streaming services include ESPN+ (started in 2018), Apple TV+ (2019),

Can Clubhouse Move Fast Without Breaking Things?

From the start, there were signs that Clubhouse was speed-running the platform life cycle. Weeks after launching, it ran into claims that it was allowing harassment and hate speech to proliferate, including large rooms where speakers allegedly made anti-Semitic comments. The start-up

The Best Law You’ve Never Heard Of

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Americans should feel angry about companies harvesting every morsel of our data to sell us sneakers or rate our creditworthiness. But a data protection

This Website Is My Pandemic BFF

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. I have two essential pandemic companions: cheese and a website called JustWatch. JustWatch isn’t particularly fancy, but it tells me where I can watch

A New Generation of Wi-Fi to Improve Your Home Network

When the pandemic upended our lives, many of us were forced to stay home and shift our work and hobbies to the internet. Office meetings and classrooms were replaced with video calls. We binged on Netflix, played more video games and shopped

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for California to enforce its net neutrality law, denying a request by telecommunications providers to delay state rules meant to ensure equal access to internet content. Judge John Mendez of the U.S.

A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built with Guns and Wire Cutters

The Myanmar soldiers descended before dawn on Feb. 1, bearing rifles and wire cutters. At gunpoint, they ordered technicians at telecom operators to switch off the internet. For good measure, the soldiers snipped wires without knowing what they were severing, according to

Kazuo Ishiguro Sees What the Future Is Doing to Us

Unlike many future novelists, Ishiguro didn’t spend his teenage years inhaling the canon. He spent them listening to music and making music of his own. In 1968, he bought his first Bob Dylan album, “John Wesley Harding,” and worked backward from there.