Louise Matsakis, Rest of World

Louise Matsakis

Rest of World

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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  • Rest of World
  • British GQ
  • Ars Technica
  • VICE

Past articles by Louise:

How Shein beat Amazon at its own game — and reinvented fast fashion

By connecting China’s garment factories with Western Gen-Z customers, Shein ushered in a new era of ‘ultra-fast’ shopping. → Read More

Why Amazon really built a new warehouse on the U.S.-Mexico border

The fulfillment center in Tijuana is a symbol of how the pandemic has changed the way the world shops. → Read More

Venmo is halting some payments referring to Palestine

The app stalled a transaction from a Rest of World reporter for “Emergency palestinian relief fund.” → Read More

Amazon shut out merchants from Pakistan, but they’re still finding a way onto the platform

The e-commerce giant is courting the country’s largest manufacturers, but smaller sellers must still use workarounds to reach customers. → Read More

China is home to a growing market for dubious “emotion recognition” technology

A new report from Article 19 says the tools, like facial recognition for behavior, have troubling implications for human rights. → Read More

I'm Done Being Mistaken for Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott

Google’s search algorithm has presented my phone number and email address as belonging to the billionaires for over a year. → Read More

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

One year after organizing a walkout, employees are calling for a more ambitious environmental agenda. → Read More

Trump's TikTok Deal Is Still an Unresolved Mess

The president’s ban on WeChat has also hit a roadblock. → Read More

TikTok Is paying creators. Not all of them are happy

Users say the platform’s new Creator Fund is opaque and riddled with problems. The company says it’s listening. → Read More

Trump’s TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences

The larger issues around China’s technological rise aren’t going away. → Read More

TikTok Is Paying Creators. Not All of Them Are Happy

Users say the platform’s new Creator Fund is opaque and riddled with problems. The company says it’s listening. → Read More

Amazon Deletes Job Posts Seeking Analysts to Track 'Labor Organizing Threats'

The company says the descriptions of the roles were incorrect. Critics say it's a warning shot. → Read More

A Grim Reality of Reopening: More Mold

Unoccupied buildings, abandoned during the coronavirus shutdowns, give fungi a great opportunity to move in. → Read More

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

In China, the messaging platform blocked thousands of keywords related to the virus, a new report reveals. → Read More

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

Conservative influencers say they understand the president's moves to shut down the platform in the US, even if it costs them their audience. → Read More

How Four Brothers Allegedly Fleeced $19 Million From Amazon

The scheme involved 7,000 $94 toothbrushes, according to law enforcement. → Read More

Trump's Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

The president's latest actions against China may affect US tech firms, and Americans who communicate overseas through the social apps. → Read More

Will TikTok Lead Trump to Build America’s Own Great Firewall?

Plus: Absurd takes from the archives, a tribute to small devices, and another setback for Covid testing. → Read More

The Subtle Tricks Shopping Sites Use to Make You Spend More

Through deceptive designs known as “dark patterns,” online retailers try to nudge you toward purchases you wouldn’t otherwise make. → Read More

Trump's TikTok Drama Is a Distraction

As the White House zeroes in on a single app, some experts say more pressing issues are going by the wayside. → Read More