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Staring #FakeNews right in the face: Jigsaw leader Yasmin Green’s keynote goes way off-script at SXSW 

As befits a talk about fake news, the last tech-related South by Southwest keynote for 2017 was a big bait-and-switch. Yasmin Green, director of research and development for Alphabet’s Jigsaw division, was the speaker and she could have spoken about...

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‘Veep’ panel at SXSW avoids Trump talk, says Season 6 will examine post-presidential life

If anybody was expecting the cast and showrunner of the most acidly cynical show on television to unload on the current presidential administration, Monday’s South by Southwest talk might have been a disappointment. Not only does the upcoming sixth...

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Are changes to seating policies causing friction and frustration at SXSW 2017? 

It’s certainly not a new problem at South by Southwest: for as long as there have been lots of people attending the conference, particularly the Interactive portion, there have been full panels and grumbling people waiting outside with hopes of getting...

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Streaming tech fail mars Jennifer Doudna genetics keynote at SXSW

Saturday’s South by Southwest keynote, a talk from geneticist Jennifer Doudna, had all the makings of a standout SXSW presentation. It’s about future-looking technology that could affect the lives of literally billions and that is so in its infancy...

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What’s it like to cover Trump as a journalist? Hard. Really hard. Really really hard, say Jake Tapper, Ana Marie Cox at SXSW. Really, really, really really...

“Unreality” is not a word journalists like to throw around to describe the national state of affairs, but that’s how we’re living, said CNN’s Jake Tapper and MTV News / New York Times / Crooked Media political columnist Ana Marie Cox. In a Friday...

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker preaches love and ‘courageous empathy’ in opening SXSW 2017 talk

If political junkies were looking for fighting words and calls to arms from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, they instead got the oral equivalent of a big, firm hug. In a South by Southwest Interactive opening presentation that followed a conference...

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SXSW begins: Say farewell to Interactive, Film, Music

RIP SXSW Interactive? In an opening presentation on Friday, South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest intimated that 2017 might be the last year that we see clear distinctions between the long-running SXSW Interactive, Film and Music...

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Dear SXSW speaker: No, you’re not a keynote

This may come across as petty, and that’s all right. I will take the petty bullet on this one. Apparently, there are people speaking at South by Southwest this year who are under the mistaken impression that they are giving a keynote talk. I know...

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Do you see yourself in this SXSW infographic?

Who actually goes to South by Southwest and how is the makeup of those attendees changing? That’s something we observers ask ourselves every year with imprecise measurements: Do torn jeans and leather jackets signify an incoming flock of SXSW Music...

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Jake Tapper loses Joint Chiefs of Staff general, gains Wonkette’s Ana Marie Cox for Friday SXSW talk

General Paul J. Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who had some of the most-anticipated hair of a South by Southwest speaker this year, will no longer be attending due to “Scheduling conflicts,” SXSW said on Wednesday. The contagious...

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