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Articles by Robert Hackett

Robert Hackett is a senior writer and tech editor at Fortune. He is a co-chair of the Brainstorm Tech and Brainstorm Finance conferences and creator of The Ledger, Fortune’s crypto franchise. Robert co-authors Fortune's daily technology newsletter Data Sheet and weekly fintech newsletter The Ledger, and he frequently hosts video series. He writes on a variety of topics ranging from hacking to… → Read More

Cryptocurrency-based decentralized finance (DeFi) takes on Wall Street

The tech rebels behind 'decentralized finance' want to change the way the world borrows, lends, and saves. Can they pull it off? → Read More

Microsoft jabbed Apple, then thwacked Slack with a Windows 11 club

At Microsoft's Windows 11 event, CEO Satya Nadella talked about the PC software being "open," unlike Apple's app store. Microsoft Teams-rival Slack disagrees. → Read More

Will the Fed embrace a de facto digital dollar?

Fidelity-backed Circle aims to win converts to its dollar-backed USD Coin, including the Fed. → Read More

Andreessen Horowitz raises $2.2 billion for a third crypto fund

Riding high off Coinbase’s stock market debut and price run-ups in Bitcoin and Ethereum, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm is pouring more fuel on the crypto fire. → Read More

The real feat of Microsoft's $2 trillion milestone

Microsoft has mostly managed to escape the antitrust scrutiny leveled at its Big Tech peers, like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook. Why? → Read More

Why China is cracking down on Bitcoin

The Chinese government is sending Bitcoin "miners" packing and cryptocurrency prices down because it perceives the crypto industry as a threat. → Read More

The problem with El Salvador’s Bitcoin law

Defenders of El Salvador's bitcoin law say the cryptocurrency promotes financial freedom, but critics say the government is being too heavy hand. → Read More

What Google's first store, which just opened in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC, looks like inside

A tour of Google’s first non-popup retail store in New York City, which showcases Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G phones and earbuds, Chromecast dongles, Stadia video gaming gear, laptops, and Nest thermostats, smart speakers, and security cameras. → Read More

Google's new store and laser-eyed car rides—a day in nearly post-pandemic NYC

As New York City lifts COVID-19 restrictions, Fortune senior writer Robert Hackett attends a Luminar car tech demo day and tours Google's first-ever retail store. → Read More

Bitcoin Miami: 21 photos of the crypto bonanza

Fortune sent a photographer Roger Kisby to document the thousands of crypto fans who flocked to Miami for Bitcoin 2021, America’s first major tech conference since the pandemic started. → Read More

Who paid $28 million for 11 minutes in heaven with Jeff Bezos?

Someone paid rocket company Blue Origin $28 million to go on a maiden mission with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Who was it? → Read More

Warren Buffett’s latest big investment likes cryptocurrency

Brazilian digital bank Nubank plans to let customers invest in cryptocurrency after landing major funding from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. → Read More

Bitcoin, IPOs, and post-pandemic travel—here's what tech CEOs are saying at Fortune Global Forum

The CEOs of Airbnb, Cisco, Microstrategy, and Nasdaq had much to say at Fortune's marquee conference this year. → Read More

Apple WWDC 2021: New iPhone features reveal rivalries beyond Epic

Every new feature announced at Apple's WWDC 2021 event shows the iPhone-maker's rivalries extend well beyond Epic v. Apple to companies like Facebook, Amazon, Zoom, and Netflix. → Read More

This new iPhone feature could make airport security lines a breeze

Apple iPhone users will be able to scan and add digital driver’s licenses and IDs to Apple Wallet when iOS15 debuts in the fall. → Read More

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is going to space. What will the 'overview effect' inspire in him?

After visiting space, will Amazon founder Jeff Bezos seek to rehabilitate his company's image during the next phase of his career, as Bill Gates did at Microsoft? → Read More

Anyone can lie about being an AMC shareholder for the perks. Crypto prevents this.

Shareholder perks programs, like AMC Investor Connect, should be mediated by crypto NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, to prove people have skin in the game. → Read More

Cloudera: Can a $5.3 billion buyout beat back Amazon and Snowflake?

KKR is taking the “big data” firm Cloudera private in an effort to revive its laggard business while under fire from Amazon Web Services, Snowflake, and others. → Read More

Coinbase crypto partner Circle raises $440 million from Fidelity and others

Circle, which partners with Coinbase on a popular crypto stablecoin called USDC, just raised new funding from Fidelity and others while reportedly seeking to go public in a $4 billion SPAC deal. → Read More