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Yesterday saw a depressing, and much-analysed, press conference from Donald Trump. Today's lead story is a step away from that as the New York Times has run a revealing interview with one of the President-Elect's most high-profile fans, Peter Thiel.
New York Times
– Jan 11, 2017, 1:29 PM
At the recent meeting of tech executives at Trump Tower — orchestrated by Mr. Thiel — the president-elect caressed Mr. Thiel's hand so affectionately that body language experts went into a frenzy. I note that he looked uneasy being…
Martin BryantSometimes I think Peter Thiel says wildly contrarian things just to get a reaction. Apparently corruption can be a good thing, as it stops things getting boring. Hmm... Either way, this is a revealing look at how he justifies his support for Donald Trump.
As you may have heard, last week we were sued for $15 million by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email. We have written, at great length, about his claims and our opinion — backed up by detailed and thorough evidence —…
Martin BryantFar less amusing is the legacy of Thiel's anti-Gawker crusade. Now Techdirt, one of the best sources of news and commentary on tech policy, is under threat thanks to a frivolous lawsuit.
When Donald Trump gathered the press at Trump Tower 20 months ago to announce his unlikely candidacy for president, he reportedly paid actors to fill the marble lobby and cheer. Not much — and everything — has changed since. On…
Martin BryantPresident Trump's press conferences, it seems, will be like Apple events with staged applause. But there was also a worrying level of media hostility from the soon-to-be leader of the 'free' world.
The most confrontational moment of Donald Trump's first press conference in 168 days featured the President-elect pointing his finger at a CNN reporter and declaring, “You are fake news.” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim…
Martin BryantGiven the high-pressure environment, I'm not surprised this didn't happen, but it would have been ideal if the media had rallied to support CNN against Trump's refusal to answer its reporter's question when he branded them 'fake news.'
New York Times
– Jan 11, 2017, 7:00 AM
The effort is Facebook's most explicit acknowledgment that it has some responsibility for the consumption and mass distribution of media. The company's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has previously said he considers Facebook a technology entity…
Martin BryantFacebook has started working directly with some media outlets to make sure they offer tools that support journalism.
Xiaomi has forgone its tradition of revealing how many smartphones it sold the previous year. The strategy yielded many headlines for the highly-regarded Chinese outfit, but today its CEO admitted that Xiaomi has been in transition after growing…
Martin BryantAfter several years as one China's hottest tech success stories, a bumpy turn for Xiaomi.