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Too big to fail? Tech's decade of scale and impunity

Big tech behaves as though power absolves them of responsibility. Have we learned nothing since the financial crash? Towards the end of the last decade, two American social networks Facebook and MySpace were locked in a battle to conquer the rest of the world. The two companies took radically different approaches to their global expansions,

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Superheroes swoop to boost Hollywood but Netflix shadow looms

While US box office grew about 9%, summer attendance figures are the second worst since 1992 A case of superheroes to the rescue in the form of Disneys Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 has fuelled the biggest boost to the US summer box office in more than a decade. However, Hollywood bosses have been

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Terrorist, Superman, feminist, messiah: Barack Obama's life as a cover star

He has appeared on more magazines than most supermodels. From Black Enterprise to Rolling Stone, the author of a new book traces the rise, fall and legacy of the cover-star-in-chief In October 2004, Barack Obama, then an Illinois state legislator, appeared on the cover of Black Enterprise, a popular African-American business monthly. It was his

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled

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Fyre Festival: social media 'influencers' traded posts for lavish perks

Leaked pitch from the doomed festival shows celebrities and models were given flights and tickets for deceptive promotional posts, violating trade law The disastrous leaked pitch deck. The festival which was billed as a luxury Bahamas getaway for the wealthy, but basic functioning amenities brought on more than 400 influencers with huge social media followings