Targeted ads are one of the world’s most destructive trends. Here’s why | Arwa Mahdawi

They have led to a proliferation of fake news and clickbait, fuelled surveillance capitalism and normalised pervasive tracking and data-mining. Then there’s their effect on democracy …We have been arguing about political advertising on social media a…

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Even Amazon and the tech giants could fail to click in a changing market

If the online retail giant has felt some pressure on profits, what price other, less secure, Silicon Valley firms?The march of Amazon and other US tech giants to world domination can sometimes seem unstoppable. Investors who have bought into the Amazon…

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Government’s secret post-Brexit plan must rule out the Singapore model

Whitehall should publish the findings of ‘Project After’ to clarify the direction of UK industrial strategy in the case of no-dealThere are plans under discussion in Whitehall to cope with the long-term consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Dubbed Project …

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The trillion-dollar question: can the tech giants keep growing?

A startling stock-market landmark for Apple has been offset by big falls for Facebook and Twitter. Is this tumultuous period just a blip, or the first sign of trouble?It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for America’s high-flying technology stocks,…

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The Guardian view on Elon Musk: a billionaire in need of humility | Editorial

Attacking a British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue was ridiculous. He should concentrate on fixing his businessElon Musk is 47 years old and terrified by artificial intelligence. The Silicon Valley billionaire thinks we’re living in a version o…

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