Bill Gates says Paul Allen ‘deserved more time in life’ in a moving tribute to his Microsoft cofounder

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  • Bill Gates has published a tribute to his Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen in The Wall Street Journal.
  • He reflects on meeting Allen in high school and starting Microsoft together.
  • "Paul deserved more time in life," Gates wrote.

Following the death this week of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen at the age of 65, Bill Gates has written a moving tribute to business partner and friend in The Wall Street Journal.

Gates said he met Allen when he was in 7th grade and it changed his life forever. He reflects on sneaking off with Allen to tinker with computers. "It sounds geeky, and it was, but it was also a formative experience, and I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do it without Paul," said Gates.

He also remembers the moment that Allen came to him in 1974 and Microsoft was born.

"One day he came and got me, insisting that I rush over to a nearby newsstand with him. When we arrived, he showed me the cover of the January issue of Popular Electronics. It featured a new computer called the Altair 8800, which ran on a powerful new chip. Paul looked at me and said: ‘This is happening without us!’ That moment marked the end of my college career and the beginning of our new company, Microsoft."

He remembers fondly Allen’s ability to explain complex ideas in simple terms, his musical talent, and his generosity.

"His generosity was as wide-ranging as his interests. In our hometown of Seattle, Paul helped fund homeless shelters, brain research, and arts education.

"He also built the amazing Museum of Pop Culture, which houses some of his huge collection of music, science fiction, and movie memorabilia," writes Gates, who is himself a famous philanthropist.

He concluded: "Paul deserved more time in life. He would have made the most of it. I will miss him tremendously."

You can read Bill Gates’ full tribute on The Wall Street Journal.

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Movies Every Millennial Dad Should Introduce to Their Kids

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I’m a Millennial dad approaching middle age. My young kids are finally at the ages (7 and 5 respectively) where they’ve developed an attention span that allows them to watch a film for longer than 20 minutes. We’ve watched a lot of Cars and Toy Story movies together, but something that has given me a lot of enjoyment is introducing them to the movies that served as the backdrop of my childhood. 

My parents did the same with me. Thanks to them I got steeped in the archetype of the cowboy by watching plenty of John Wayne, learned why Steve McQueen is called the King of Cool by watching The Great Escape, and discovered how well spooky suspense can be built in the absence of blood and gore by watching some Hitchcock. The movies they shared were classics and enjoyable to watch, but they also gave me a window into who my parents are. When you’re a kid, your parents kind of seem like un-relatable aliens, but when you watch a movie with them that they enjoyed in their youth, you get in touch with a bit of their personality and human-ness. You also get a taste of the era that they grew up in; even when the film they show is a period piece, a certain “flavor” of the time in which it was made comes through.

It’s been fun to continue this tradition with my own kids — it creates a little bridge between us, a shared cultural reference point. Plus it’s just fun to watch a movie you personally enjoy with your children.

Below is my non-definitive list of movies every Millenial dad should introduce to their kids — the movies that feel like nostalgic “classics” from my childhood. Being at the very oldest end of the Millenial generation, these are films that came out roughly between 1982 and 1995. If you’re a younger Millenial, you might have some different, later picks, but really, come on, this was a golden time for movies and it’s hard to get better than these. That’s what everyone says about the movies of their childhood, sure, but in this case, it’s totally, actually true.

The Goonies

The ultimate kid adventure movie. Treasure maps, secret tunnels, pirates, booty booby traps, an awesome cave water slide. The Goonies has it all. I watched this movie over and over again as a six-year-old and even demanded that my family call me “Mikey,” just like the film’s young protagonist. When I was in kindergarten, I got hit in the eye with a rock during a dirt clod fight in a field by my house. I nearly lost my right eye, but I took solace in the fact that I got to wear an eye patch just like One-Eyed Willy. And of course, I watched The Goonies again and again while recovering. 

Watching The Goonies with your kids will hopefully inspire them to go on their own adventures for hidden treasure. 

The Karate Kid (I and II)

Oh man. The Karate Kid. This movie had a huge influence on my childhood. I learned the importance of standing up to bullies from Daniel (or was Daniel really the bully?) and why you should always look people in the eye from Mr. Miyagi. The Karate Kid: Part II was pretty good too. The Karate Kid: Part III fell off a cliff quality wise. And let’s not even mention the later movies made with Hilary Swank and Jaden Smith.

The Karate Kid is so wholesome and sincere and full of legitimately good lessons, and yet somehow doesn’t seem cheesy. It’s magic.

A few months ago, I introduced The Karate Kid parts I and II to my kids and they fell in love with the movies. We went through a phase where we watched them every day for a few weeks. Lines from The Karate Kid have become part of our family vernacular. Gus will ask me every now and then “Live or die, man?” before honking my nose, and Scout will bark at me “Look eye! Always look eye!”

I’ve succeeded as a father.

Aside: The new YouTube Red series Cobra Kai is really good. The writers did a great job balancing the earnestness of the early Karate Kid movies with the snark and edginess of 21st century humor. Probably should wait until your kids are teenagers to watch it, though. Includes adult humor and language.

Back to the Future Trilogy

Why should you watch the Back to the Future series with your kids? The story is amazing (time-travel!), the acting is top-notch, and the music score is one of the most iconic in film history. Yes, you should watch the Back to the Future trilogy with your kids for all those reasons — it’s pure joy. But I think the reason these films have become modern, timeless classics is that the heart of the story is a kid coming to grips with the inadequacies of his parents, the difficulties of adulthood, and his own place in the world. By going back to 1955, Marty gets an upfront and personal look at his folks in their youth; he sees they were young like him once and had dreams and foibles just like he does. When he travels to the future in Part II, he sees a possible adult life for himself filled with stunted teenage ambitions. And when he travels to the 19th century in Part III, he sees firsthand how his ancestors’ decisions shaped who he is today.

Every kid should see Back to the Future because it shows in a very entertaining way that who we are is not only shaped by the decisions we make, but also the decisions of our family. It teaches you to have grace for yourself, but also for those who came before you.

Also, let’s not forget the allure of power laces and hover boards. I’m still waiting for that legit hover board.

Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator is a lesser-known time-traveling adventure that subtly teaches the importance of family. 12-year-old David Freeman goes out into the woods to look for his little brother in 1978. Along the way, he takes a fall that knocks him out. When he awakes, it’s 1986, and though David hasn’t aged at all, his family has. What happened? Well, he got picked up by an alien ship flown by a robot eye with Pee-wee Herman’s voice and dropped off in the wrong time. The rest of the story is him trying to get back to his “real” family in 1978. 

I watched this movie with Gus a few months ago. I think the story of a kid getting back to his family really hit home with him. After the movie he gave me a big hug and said, “I love you, Dad.”

Compliance.

The Sandlot

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that The Sandlot is the best movie about being a boy ever. My friends and I would watch this movie over and over again during the summer (in between our games of Pickle and Pepper), and have a great time laughing at and repeating all our favorite lines (“You’re killing me, Smalls!” “You play ball like a girl!” “FOR-EV-ER!”) and drooling over Wendy Peffercorn. The Sandlot doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a simple movie about close boyhood friends and their shared love of baseball. 

I introduced this movie to my kids last year and it’s become a beginning of summer tradition in the McKay household. Both kids have incorporated “You’re killing me, Smalls!” into their verbal lexicon.

Indiana Jones (Original Trilogy) 

The hat, the whip, the legend. There aren’t too many films today that inspire adventure like the Indiana Jones series does. I still remember seeing The Last Crusade in the movie theater on the 4th of July in 1989. And, of course, when I got home I immediately donned my grandpa’s old cowboy hat, fashioned a whip for myself, and started fighting imaginary Nazis. The first three are the best. I tried watching the one where Indy finds the alien skull. Just didn’t do it for me. Can’t wait to watch these with Gus, soon.

Heavyweights 

Hot take: Heavyweights is Ben Stiller’s most underrated and overlooked movie. His crazed fitness guru Tony Perkins is one of the funniest bad guys in film history. Plenty of fart jokes and awesome montage scenes of kids having fun and taking part in hijinks. I still want to try out the Blob, thanks to this movie.

The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad is an oft-overlooked kid’s adventure flick. People typically go to The Goonies to scratch that itch. But The Monster Squad will do the trick too. I had a buddy say it’s the edgier, cooler version of The Goonies: “The Monster Squad is to The Goonies as a Greaser is to a Soc. The Monster Squad is The Goonies’ scarier, more rebellious cousin that wears a leather jacket, carries a switch blade, and gets all the girls.”

Dracula, Wolf Man, Mummy, and Gill-man descend upon a small town, and a group of plucky kids take it upon themselves to kick some monster ass. This movie is a cornucopia of quotes: “My name is, Horace!” “Bogus!” and of course, the greatest line in movie history “Wolf Man’s got nards!”

Ghostbusters

I was a big-time Ghostbusters fan as a kid. The raunchy, adult humor definitely went over my six-year-old head (it wasn’t until I was 17 that I finally caught on to the sexual innuendos), but when you’re a kid, you don’t watch Ghostbusters for the jokes — you watch it for the ghost-fighting scenes. What makes Ghostbusters a good introduction to scary movies for kids is that the humor tamps down the fright factor. A monster-sized Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is scary, but not too scary, because he’s, well, made out of marshmallow. (The shushing ghost in the library is legit scary though.) I just wish they still made Ghostbusters toys. Christmas 1988 was Ghostbuster Christmas for me — got the firehouse, a proton pack, and lots of bottles of ectoplasm. 

Home Alone

This past Christmas, Home Alone became a new McKay family holiday tradition. The kids pretty much watched it non-stop all through December and they even started watching it again in March. Why do kids love this movie? First, it’s funny, but the story of a kid facing the world all by himself without grown-ups lights up a child’s imagination. Our kids seem both scared of what parent-less life would be like, and intrigued by such independence. So a perfect encapsulation of how it feels to grow up.

The Princess Bride

A great, action-adventure movie for kids filled with heady humor for adults. Plus, The Princess Bride is filled with classic one-liners that can be pulled out for almost any occasion (“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.”).

E.T.

My in-laws introduced my kids to E.T. this summer and they loved it. A troubled boy named Elliott musters the courage to help a lost, cute alien return to his planet. Such great storytelling in this movie. It also contains one of the best product placements in film history. Every time I watch it, I want to eat Reese’s Pieces. 

SpaceCamp

It was every ’80s and ’90s kid’s dream to go to Space Camp. While I never managed to get on Double Dare to win a trip there, I was able to vicariously experience Space Camp thanks to the campy 1986 movie of the same name. A bunch of kids go to Space Camp and get the chance to sit in the Space Shuttle for a test run. Fate steps in and they actually get launched into space. The rest of the movie is them trying to get back home. Not an award-winning film — just a good time flick.

The Buttercream Gang 

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, there was a production company called Feature Films for Families that put out direct-to-VHS movies for kids that were designed to teach moral lessons. My mom bought my brother and I bunch of them. They were super cheesy, but I’ll be damned if we didn’t wear those tapes out. The Buttercream Gang was the particular movie in the collection that got lots of playtime in our household. It’s about a “gang” of boys who do good deeds in a small town. One summer, the leader of the Buttercream Gang, Pete, moves to Chicago where he joins a real juvenile delinquent gang. When Pete returns, he starts another bad dude gang. The Buttercream Gang rallies together to try to save their wayward friend. 

It’s a nice story about friendship, love, and grace. The overly-dramatic acting makes it a hoot to watch. Pete’s meltdown in the general store is epic. It’s also got some great lines that I still drop into my conversation today (“Is that a threat? No, it’s a promise.”)

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There’s now proof that quantum computers can outperform classical machines

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The hype around quantum computing is real. But to fully realize the promise of quantum computing, it’ll still take a few years of research and scientific breakthroughs. And indeed, it still remains to be seen if quantum computers will ever live up to the hype. Today, though, we got mathematical proof that there are really calculations that quantum computers will definitely be able to perform faster than any classical computer.

What we have today are quantum computers with a very limited number of qubits and short coherence time. Those limitations put a damper on the amount of computation that you can perform on those machines, but they still allow for some practical work. Unsurprisingly, researchers are very interested in seeing what they can do with the current set of available machines. Because they have such short coherence time before the system becomes chaotic and useless for any computations, you can only perform a relatively small number of operations on them. in quantum computing speak, that’s ‘depth,’ and today’s systems are considered shallow.

Science today published a paper (“Quantum advantage with shallow circuits”) by Sergey Bravyi of IBM Research, David Gosset of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, and Robert König of the Institute for Advanced Study and Zentrum Mathematik, Technische Universität München. In this paper, the researchers prove that a quantum computer with a fixed circuit depth is able to outperform a classical computer that’s tackling the same problem because the classical computer will require the circuit depth to grow larger while it can stay constant for the quantum computer.

There is very little that’s intuitive about quantum computing, of course, but it’s worth remembering that quantum computers are very different from classical computers.

“Quantum circuits are not just basically the same but different from classical circuits,” IBM Q Ecosystem and Strategy VP Bub Sutor told me. Classic circuits, […]they are bits, they are zeros and ones, and there’s binary logic, ANDs, ORs, NOTs and things like. The very, very basic gate sets, the types of operations you can do in quantum are different. When these qubit are actually operating, with this notion of superposition you have much much more to operate elbow room, not just two bits. You actually have a tremendous amount of more room here.” And it’s that additional room you get because qubits can encode any number and not just zeros and ones, that allows them to be more powerful than a classical computer in solving the specific kind of problem that the researchers tackled.

The question the researchers here asked was if constant-depth quantum circuits can solve a computational problem that constant-depth classical circuits cannot? The problem they decided to look at is a variation on the well-known Bernstein-Vazirani problem (well-known among quantum computing wonks, that is). You don’t need to jump into the details here, but the researches show that even a shallow quantum computer can easily outperform a classical computer in solving this problem.

“We tried to understand what kinds of things we can do with a shallow quantum circuit and looked for an appropriate model for a type of computation that can be done on a near-term quantum device,” IBM Research’s Sergey Bravyi told me. “What our result says is that there are certain computational problems for which you can solve on a quantum computer with a constant depth. So as you increase the number of input bits, the depth of the quantum algorithm that solves the problem remains constant.” A constant depth classical computer can not solve this problem, though.

Sutor was very quick to note that we shouldn’t over hype the current state of quantum computing or this result, though. “We try to be extremely cautious and honest in terms of saying ‘this is what quantum computers can do today’ versus what classical computers will do,” he told me. “And we do this for a very specific reason in that that this is something that will play out over the next three to five years and decades — probably decades.” But what this result shows is that it’s worth exploring quantum algorithms.

As Sutor noted, “there is still this core question, which is, ‘why are you bothering?’” Today’s result should put that question to rest, but Sutor still stressed that he tries to stay grounded and never says quantum computing ‘will’ do something until it does. “There’s a strategy through this, but there’s going to be little left turns and right turns along the way.”

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Laura Palladino on Using the Nikon DF to Clear Her Mind

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All images and text by Laura Palladino. Used with permission

I’m Laura Palladino, a freelance photographer currently residing in a small beach town near Los Angeles. I was born and raised in New Jersey by parents who got me involved in everything from sports, to dance to art. Luckily, art stuck and eventually the drawing and painting transformed into photography. Ever since, I have been shooting film and digital imagery at school, for personal projects, for corporate clients, and for small businesses. I use a Nikon DF with a Sigma Art 24-105 lens when I shoot digitally. When I shoot film, my go-to is my old Minolta or Polaroid Land Camera. Digitally, I shoot in RAW, then edit in Lightroom and/or Photoshop. With film, I develop in a traditional black and white darkroom using Fiber paper.

This year, I followed my dream and moved out to the west coast in search of new adventure and inspiration. This move has opened up my mind to the fact that life’s experiences are more important than working a 9-5 job and I feel that this emotion is showing through in my work. I like to photograph little moments and details that make the viewer pause and feel emotion. I love when I see other photographers’ work and it takes my mind through a small story and I hope my images do that for others.


Why did you get into photography?

I’ve always been an artist, from a very young age. I was painting and drawing ever since I could hold a crayon. In high school, I applied to be in the film photography program and loved it immediately. I was drawn to the meditative nature the darkroom provides as well as seeing the images come to life.

What photographers are your biggest influences?

I love William Eggleston’s aesthetic, Tim Walker’s creativity and execution, Chef Magnus Nilsson’s nordic imagery, Stephen Shore’s ordinary road trip details, and I could go on and on…

How long have you been shooting?

I have been photographing film and digital for 8 years.

Why is photography and shooting so important to you?

Capturing memories and feelings is very important to me. I love to live in the moment and I feel that when I capture those memories, it brings me back to those feelings, such as a cool salty breeze from a sailboat.

Do you feel that you are more of a creator or a documenter? Why?

I feel that I lie in the middle. I love documenting a moment, but I can’t help to frame it my way. Whether that’s moving something out of the frame or telling the subject to move a certain way. The photographs are for my personal use and I’ll adjust what’s in front of the camera (but not always) to get a shot that I love.

What’s typically going through your mind when you create an image? Tell us about your processes both mentally and mechanically?

When I am photographing, I feel like I am in a bubble. It is a little escape to be behind the camera capturing someone else on the street, little life details and even on product/commercial shoots. I shoot with a Nikon DF which is designed like a film camera. It makes me stop and think about what I shoot since I shoot completely manually. When I got into photography, my dad gave me his old Minolta film camera. I love shooting and developing film. Seeing the image come to life on the paper, each being one of a kind, is magical. Being in the darkroom is a little bubble too. It’s a time to escape from reality and meditate by myself with my work.

Want to walk us through your processing techniques?

I always shoot in RAW when shooting digital. I process them lightly in Adobe Lightroom, then edit further in Photoshop. I like to stick to minimal edits because I want the photos to seem natural. Sometimes, I’ll play with color balance and edit out any details I don’t like. When shooting film, I shoot 35mm black & white and color film then process the rolls and print in a traditional darkroom.

Tell us about the project that your pitching, or your portfolio.

This project is a collection of digital photographs that I made while traveling Australia. Before this trip, I was turned down by every job I applied to and my boyfriend (at the time) and I decided to take a break. I needed an escape, and my best friend and I decided to backpack Australia’s east coast.

I brought my camera everywhere and photographed everyday. It was an outlet for my emotions. No one was seeing what I took, it was as if I was creating a visual journal for myself. At the time I was just shooting to clear my mind. But, when I looked through the body of work I had captured, I saw my emotions in the imagery. Photographing subjects alone, showing unclear identities, capturing my mood in the colors and showing constant movement, were emotions I was working through internally. Seeing my images flutter between happy moments and lonely ones was just showing life’s journey.

When I saw that even the sad moments were learning ones, I really began to embody that everything happens for a reason. There are always ups and downs and you just move through it, and through capturing these images I was able to start a new beginning with a clear mindset.

It was a game changer. All the people I came across valued like and experience so much more than making sure they got a great job. The photos show a mix of emotions, from sad and broken to brief happy moments to quiet peace. It also shows contemplation of self and the journey of figuring out who one is. This trip gave me a new outlook on life and the courage to eventually quit my job and relocate from NJ to LA for a new adventure (which I did this summer!).

I think my project has a theme that is common among many individuals: how to deal with relationships and life changing its course. I love how I can see my emotional journey, having individuals shown alone or not showing their identities, as I search for mine. I want others to see there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

What made you want to get into your genre?

I think I fall under the Lifestyle genre. I enjoy capturing moments and details of everyday life, as well as product and portraiture images for commercial use. It’s a broad category but everyone/everything has a story that needs to be told, and I like to help tell it.

Tell us a bit about the gear that you use and how you feel it helps you achieve your creative vision.

Currently I use a Nikon DF with a Sigma Art lens. I love how the DF is set up like an old film camera and the Sigma Art lens could not be crisper! It takes great photos and the film set-up still reminds me to stop and think about the image as I capture it. Recently, I’ve been thinking about investing in a Sony mirrorless camera, as it’s lighter and has video capability. I feel that there are many moments I wish I could capture in video that with the Sony I’ll be able to achieve.

What motivates you to shoot?

I am motivated by everything around me. I am constantly going to art shows, gaining inspiration from social media, and have an amazing group of photographer friends. It makes photography seem like a small community, where we all support each others’ work and life goals.

Visit Laura Palladino’s website to see more of her work.

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Sick of managing your Airbnb? Vacasa raises $64M to do it for you

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Airbnbing can be a ton of work. Between key pickups, tidying, and maintenance emergencies, renting out your place isn’t such a passive revenue source. But Vacasa equips owners with full-service vacation home management, including listings on top rental platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway, as well as local cleaners who come between guests. It now manages 10,000 vacation rental properties in over 16 countries.

With the peer-to-peer housing market maturing and Airbnb looking to go public, private equity firms see an opportunity in who controls the end relationship with home owners like Vacasa does. So today the startup is announcing it’s raised $64 million in a Series B bridge round led by Riverwood, and joined by Level Equity, Assurant, and Newspring. The cash will fuel Vacasa’s expansion into real estate as it seeks to sell property to people who want to own and rent out a vacation home.

Vacasa was impressively bootstrapped from 2009 until 2015. “I’ve always been passionate about vacation rentals. When traveling with friends or family, I love having common spaces to come together in” says CEO Eric Breon. He founded the company after owning a vacation cabin on the Washington Coast. He’d go up in the Spring, spend a weekend fixing up the place, it’d sit idle all summer, and then he’d have to spend another weekend closing it up. He considered a local property manager, but they massively underestimated how much he could earn off renting it out. So Breon built Vacasa to make it easy for home owners to earn the most money without a hassle.

After years growing the business organically, Vacasa raised a $35 million series A from Level Equity in 2015, then $5 million more from Assurant. Then in fall of 2017, it raised an $103.5 million series B. Now it’s topping up that round with $64 million and a new valuation warranted by the startup’s growth this past year. That brings Vacasa to a total of $207.5 million in funding

While that’s just a fraction of the over $4.4 billion Airbnb has raised. But Vacasa caters to a more upscale market that don’t want to manage the properties themselves. With plenty of popular listings sites out there, Vacasa gets easy distribution. But eventually as the other giants in the space become public companies, they’ll be forced to chase bigger margins that could see them compete with Vacasa after years of partnership.

Breon remains confident, though. When I ask him the biggest existential threat to the business, he declares that “We’ve reached a point where failure isn’t a realistic outcome. We have great retention of our homeowners, and strong recurring revenue. The question is more about how quickly we can continue scaling into the huge $32 billion market we’re focused on.” Getting to an exit might not be quite so straightforward, but with life seeming to get more stressful by the year, there’ll be no shortage of people seeking a getaway.

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Inside Facebook’s ‘war room’ is a battle for public trust

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The internet has a misinformation problem. Symptoms include fake news, election interference, hate speech, trolling — it goes by many names. It’s become increasingly clear over the past few years that social media platforms should bear some responsibility for policing what’s shared on them. None more so than Facebook. For many, it’s the front page of the internet. The place they go to like friends’ baby pictures, watch viral videos and read the news. Facebook’s doing its part to tackle misinformation, and talking about what it’s doing to tackle misinformation even more. And so today, we’re hearing more about the ‘war room.’

On the grand scale, these policing efforts aren’t altruistic. Pressure from governments is one thing, but public opinion is far more important. Every time the integrity of Facebook comes into question, it has a potential effect on the bottom line. You need people to trust and use your service to sell ads. You may have read about the war room several times before, around about when it opened in September. The specifics haven’t changed. It’s a room, as the name suggests, full of Facebook employees, desks, computers, TVs and flags. It’s a place where stakeholders from different teams like “community operations” and “legal” comb the signal.

The focus has recently shifted from the Brazilian to the US mid-term elections. All manner of screens show, in real-time, politically leaning chatter. The tools allow Facebook to take down viral posts claiming the election in Brazil is being delayed by a day, as a non-fictional example. Cool, so Facebook’s doing what it should be doing, and what it’s been told it should be doing. The reason we’re hearing more about it today, though, is simply because the social network invited journalists to come and actually step inside the room.

I get it. Tech companies are notoriously inaccessible. When you get an invite Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ, you go. But there’s a fine line between access and spoon-feeding. There are a number of reports today from visitors of Facebook’s war room, all dressed up in colorful language to disguise the fact there’s no real news value in standing among its inhabitants. Again, I get it. All publications are guilty of this at times. Taking an appointment knowing you’re not going to cover the outcome is wasted time. Everyone has an agenda. Just as Facebook is controlling the spread of misinformation from the war room, it’s also controlling what’s said about the war room — or rather, how much is said about it. Shoving it down our throats, the idea every effort is being made to create a safe space, in turn guides how you think and feel about Facebook.

Opening the door to the war room is Facebook doing what Facebook does best: Advertising.

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