U.S. Places Restrictions on China’s Leading Chip Maker

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s most advanced maker of computer chips, a measure that could deepen the technology conflict between China and the United States. In a letter on Friday, the Department of Commerce told American companies in the chip industry that they […]


Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic

NAPLES, Italy — Ludovica Tomaciello had never shopped on Amazon before being trapped at her parents’ house in March during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. Bored one afternoon scrolling TikTok, she spotted hair scrunchies that she then tracked down and ordered on Amazon. When the package arrived, she was hooked. She soon signed up for Amazon Prime […]


Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal

One year later, on June 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice charged six former eBay employees, all part of the corporate security team, with conspiring to commit cyberstalking and tamper with witnesses. Their alleged targets were almost comically obscure — a mom-and-pop blogging duo from a suburb of Boston and a Twitter gadfly who […]


Venuto Nicola: Coursera Reports a Surge of 21 Million Learners Since Mid-March

Venuto Nicola IBL News | New York reported yesterday an unprecedented demand on its platform since mid-March, with a surge of 21 million learners and 50 million enrollments, a 353%  and 444% increase respectively over the same period last year. In addition, thousands of colleges and universities now offer Coursera to enrich their students’ […]


California County Enlists Social Media to Thwart a Misleading Election Photo

Election officials in Sonoma County, Calif., asked the broader social media community on Friday to help them rebut a false report about mail-in ballots in the county. After receiving phone calls from constituents claiming they saw online pictures of mail-in ballots in a landfill, the county posted a message on its main Twitter account alerting […]


Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin on Hollywood fear of dark topics

Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin, along with Josh Mond, broke through a little over a decade ago with their Borderline Films collaboration, a company in which one of them would direct and the others would produce. The partnership resulted in a series of acclaimed independent films that were as polished as they were unnerving, including […]


What Went Viral This Week

5. Legal Insurrection: Woman Driver Crashes Car While Flipping the Bird at Trump Supporters (1,326,475 interactions) A right-wing site’s post about a video that it claimed showed a woman losing control of her car while making an obscene gesture to Trump supporters was shared gleefully by many conservatives. 6. The Babylon Bee: Fisher-Price Releases ‘My […]


Vin Diesel’s debut song is ‘Feel Like I Do.’ Yes, really

In what can only be interpreted as another sign of the apocalypse, this inexplicable year has somehow made action star Vin Diesel a singer. Yes, really. “I am blessed that on a year that I would normally be on a movie set — and as you know, that’s not possible — I’ve had another creative […]


‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ review: A moving portrait

When a neurologist develops a second career as a bestselling author due to his talent for turning case studies into what he called “neurological novels,” it’s a wonderful twist to discover that the most fascinating life of all was his own. “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” Ric Burns’ majestic documentary, covers all eight decades of […]