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Deputy business editor at the Los Angeles Times, overseeing tech coverage. FAQ: It's burr-KOH-vih-see.

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@Ugarles This is also more or less how Elon Musk got away with calling someone a pedophile, no? @tolles Eh, a difference of degree is often a difference of kind. Beer isn’t everclear, a bazooka isn’t a glock. Th… https://t.co/CENO2KQavC @tolles No question, affecting brain chemistry directly > doing it indirectly. Most people who smoke cigarettes eve… https://t.co/uTmh91aqxN @tolles Every metaphor has its limitations. But the high-order bit, as you say, is that Facebook is more like the w… https://t.co/xzZCbx6lkK @tolles The variable ratio reward schedule of a news feed is EXACTLY like gambling! The people who designed it will… https://t.co/K3lala3NEK @tolles This is a really dumb point. You could say the same thing about playing cards or a slot machine. Do you thi… https://t.co/SypgCqhFUj
9/25
2020
A day after the officer who shot Breonna Taylor wasn’t indicted, Facebook employees face disciplinary action if the… https://t.co/3T47ea5MNt
Retweeted by Jeff BercoviciBetween "Person X contracts illness after refusing to take precautions" and "Politician says winner of election mus… https://t.co/eyQpPRd05gRise of the ghost kitchens: How virtual restaurants are reshaping L.A.'s dining economy https://t.co/mlzDlmceIZ
Retweeted by Jeff Bercovici @LuxAlptraum lolol @LuxAlptraum yeah, something about the frenetic way he postures around his positions gives off that vibe. Like that… https://t.co/bOW3GWnBay @LuxAlptraum Underdeveloped sense of self. Facile enough mind but it's not rooted in anything so he just washes aro… https://t.co/tDhFoPezJFAccurate https://t.co/EekVqqAJUY
9/24
2020
California’s agricultural heartland Central Valley has suffered with some of the worst air pollution in the US for… https://t.co/Ba2e3qNmhU
Retweeted by Jeff Bercovici @timmullaney no, it's not. and lying to a judge about who's bankrolling your client's lawsuit isn't groovy and ough… https://t.co/cK0djTDvOdIn Florida, if a billionaire publicly helps you pay off your legal fines so you can exercise your right to vote, th… https://t.co/SBjhxkd3NU @bcmerchant Weird that he is dragging feet on climate while getting a reputation as a seat-of-his-pants, no-red-tap… https://t.co/Env2tEZFPA @ClaraJeffery the both-sidesness is even more glaring than in a certain newspaper whose front page headlines we all… https://t.co/WkNCrWXseUSales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035: What you need to know https://t.co/j2OENFlD67
Retweeted by Jeff BercoviciThings that are now "luxuries" in America *Going to the doctor *A public school college education *A small starter… https://t.co/3E5Sdv5CQs
Retweeted by Jeff BercoviciIt's funny how the people who get bent out of shape about "stolen valor" are the same ones who dress up as commando… https://t.co/WqJahC8i08This is why clean air policy matters — led with intentionality and purpose — to improve the human condition, especi… https://t.co/xNpahEbZfZ
Retweeted by Jeff Bercovici"Bezos’ wealth now sits at $182 billion, and I’m sitting on a couch I got from my parents’ basement wondering why I… https://t.co/w0n2cRb7IW
Retweeted by Jeff BercoviciCalifornia's air, once a health tonic, now regularly gets so bad you can't go outside. While you tape an AC duct… https://t.co/DdwHzU1rc7 @MichaelEndelman Also that thing where all the adults you knew were reading like “the hunger games” and “twilight”… https://t.co/dJszH3op0S @caleweissman Sy Montgomery and what's the other one?
9/23
2020
You ever think about the fact that two of the world's three richest people are building spaceships because they thi… https://t.co/iVx3uTW38a @ppolitics right? everyone thinks they're principled and almost everyone thinks they're a fan of democracy. i just… https://t.co/OD0RM1w8vfAnother possibility of course is you see the states as sovereign, which is obviously an idea with historical legs f… https://t.co/90PdGUrqk6 @tolles lol. to answer your question - no, there is no such society, but that's exactly why a principle of our soci… https://t.co/2BZaG7GXnL @tolles "one person one vote" is a principle. regional self-determination is also a principle, one that can weigh a… https://t.co/k0Z1fuyN0y @tolles also, a concern isn't a principle. "People's needs vary by geography and therefore we must make sure to rep… https://t.co/6HdHecRYmD @timmullaney It's the only polite explanation for sure, but then you can't lock in the number of states and expect to maintain legitimacy @tolles But there's no inherent reason in that rationale not to split up some of the most populous states, or even… https://t.co/W37mQgxUcS @Dan_OMahony I don't think *democratic* legitimacy necessarily matters, but there is some "why" there, whether it's… https://t.co/RcSfTcbnAF @mbgerring Self-evidently true, but people tell stories, to themselves and to each other. @LuxAlptraum Clearly there is no shortage of people for whom that's enough, for sure. But I'm also interested in th… https://t.co/JIU5SBgxrBIs it just "politics is a game with rules and whoever plays it better is the winner"? Are there serious people who… https://t.co/NZWKmNrNANSo, what then? Is the idea that, if you govern as a minority effectively enough, you'll eventually win over enough… https://t.co/L9PipOII86People will argue minority rule is legitimate if the minority wins elections in a majority of states, but if you re… https://t.co/GGZOxIuXnWSerious question: If you believe your party deserves to control all the branches of federal government long-term de… https://t.co/CQvHdh1EWl @RMac18 really feel like the only people with the leverage to get him to field or at least acknowledge questions ab… https://t.co/y79Miyad2D @jkostecki_rei Of course it’s not a one off. I am saying the difference between school being closed 25% of the time… https://t.co/xuBziIfgHx @jkostecki_rei That's a valid calculus and if anyone dropped into your mentions telling you you're doing it all wro… https://t.co/JiveuD0bxQ @jkostecki_rei Why are your kids in public school? Why are you still using public distance learning, or using publi… https://t.co/r6U1LFzLFv @jkostecki_rei There's a compelling argument for radical self-reliance but "The government of the future won't be a… https://t.co/ZLkLJ3f4oq @jkostecki_rei You are coming from a very different place than most people on these questions and your arguments ar… https://t.co/Tu9JxtGnHm @jkostecki_rei This is ridiculous. Rapid accurate testing would let all the parents at my school (and every school)… https://t.co/zcjKf0iQMP @jkostecki_rei If your point is people should arrange their economic lives on the assumption the government will do… https://t.co/LeVW7jWHEx @jkostecki_rei But it's not the future, it's now. I (finally) understand the point you're driving at, but this is t… https://t.co/jLdrGMxf6F @jkostecki_rei Cool. The government should not attempt to maintain conditions that allow people to do their jobs. T… https://t.co/GvxwdVmP7s @jkostecki_rei Is any level of the government supposed to care about productivity or economic growth? I don't expec… https://t.co/aKnMvQpGNC @jkostecki_rei I think you want to brag that you and your partner chose to take care of your kids full time instead… https://t.co/Ivq9BsE0Yn @jkostecki_rei I think you're trying to make a point here that's orthogonal to my point. No, teachers are not nanni… https://t.co/vm3yltmC8F @kashhill It'll only show people who set their rides to public. I don't use Flybys much but occasionally, eg. if so… https://t.co/u97T4unLhP @kashhill That's not a Flyby. Strava will attempt to figure out who was in your riding/running group and occasional… https://t.co/IxJtjVxthY @jkostecki_rei I'm still baffled by what you think I should be doing differently. Are you a parent? Do you know any… https://t.co/jQscu1JC5U @jkostecki_rei Without blaming my school for closing, because I prefer them to be conservative about this, if I'm s… https://t.co/iAjnK9N3krIf you’re one of the large and growing number of dopamine fasters I advise against reading this story, it’s too stimulatingPretty sure anyone looking this hard for supporting examples would have written that if it were justifiedAm I understanding this right, marching protesters exhorted spectators to repeat their slogans and gestures? Ah yes… https://t.co/NZMQAvc6yF @JMBooyah I got my start in journalism as a media reporter at WWD with a mandate to cover Conde Nast, our owner, as… https://t.co/9U0y931bvu @juliacarriew only seen the trailer but somehow the dude reminds me of the guy who made Tiger King, which is abhorrent @jkostecki_rei I have no idea what this is supposed to mean @JennyHuang This is through One Medical @JamesSurowiecki It seems to vary with demand but I don’t know of anywhere in the Bay Area promising same day resul… https://t.co/xKhula6k1ato everyone who has ever said/tweeted/screamed "reopen the economy" RAPID TESTING IS HOW YOU REOPEN THE ECONOMYA few kids at my daughter's preschool came down with (what I think are) colds & now school is closed until all the… https://t.co/RpxB1eUQzQ
9/22
2020
You're probably gonna see the phrase "million-mile battery" on your timeline tomorrow thanks to Elon Musk.… https://t.co/NeCI5x7T7g @SFShag @vanessagrigor OR we could not do that but a handful of people could afford Hawaiian islands and private sp… https://t.co/Eecjx4PnWC @ScottNover in practice, that is what canceled means. if you throw out all the instances of "had to endure people s… https://t.co/1xLWFlVpRC @daweiner extending the Castle Doctrine to anyone behind the wheel of their SUV during a protest feels chancy too @jbouie as future governor of New Southwest South Dakota, I endorse this strategy, which couldn't possibly go wrongIn a low-key way this is maybe the craziest Monday of headlines I can remember in this, our most bizarre yearThe LAPD lied to me last year when I wrote about police use of facial recognition. Their quote: "We actually do no… https://t.co/5XkT5B9yvD
Retweeted by Jeff Bercovici @fmanjoo the framers made a shitty compromise to get the Constitution signed, the nature of the compromise makes it… https://t.co/vWdPBRPfeTThis is the closest thing we've seen to an actual Deep State agent and of course he's pro-Trump https://t.co/Uq2WS2McXp @DanBeucke @SamAugustDean Yeah, SC is not a show I feel particularly strongly about but the first few eps are annoy… https://t.co/BQdK5RZlbx
9/21
2020
@AndrewCorsello It’s CalvinballICYMI, yesterday I wrote about Trump approving in concept a deal where Oracle and Walmart would own part of TikTok… https://t.co/quql644SJQ
Retweeted by Jeff BercoviciTrump’s WeChat ban is on hold after a U.S. District Court judge granted a preliminary injunction Saturday. The ban,… https://t.co/SkDVFQMTdU
Retweeted by Jeff Bercovici @sm The problem for me with having a 3rd is first we’d have to have a 2nd and no way are we up for that @WillOremus Feel this way often. The knowing cynicism is a form of laziness/pain aversion, like the most important… https://t.co/QitqIsRgv6
9/20
2020
Yes, elections have consequences, but the consequences should be policy, not whether future elections are fair. It… https://t.co/GOpsI0l9A8A big reason our politics are so uniquely awful: The consequences of elections are too great. A presidency can set… https://t.co/D4SqylOSlZ @micsolana Weren’t you singing the praises of our anti-democratic “balance of powers” like 3 days ago?For years Reddit let r/BlackFathers channel exist as one big cruel racist joke about absent Black fathers. Today, i… https://t.co/Yj2lxZE5x9
Retweeted by Jeff BercoviciIf we’re gonna turn this election into a referendum on the question of whether America should have one permanent ru… https://t.co/9LTvrYlKJq
9/19
2020
Who's impacted by Trump's TikTok & WeChat bans? Will you still be able to use the apps? What are popular creators s… https://t.co/NxR0FFy76n
Retweeted by Jeff Bercovici @DanBeucke imagine the stories those fish are telling right now @MichaelEndelman I remember you saying you wanted to foot fuck two inside out sheep sometime, never thought you'd do it @realdumbrunner confused by that photo and now wondering if I've been doing it wrong @alexlmiller i have seen some people on here who are like "don't pet my dog, I don't want your covid on my dog"! se… https://t.co/DYR0QAuoQY @alexlmiller an off-leash french bulldog ran up to me yesterday and was snuffling my feet and I was like, c'mon, SU… https://t.co/sHi2nPjbznI donated and I'm an asshole. Don't be a bigger asshole than me, fund this thing https://t.co/zAAFj1bOlypandemic really putting a fine edge on the dichotomy of "capitalism exists to meet needs" / "to exist capitalism mu… https://t.co/XbP9SqHboxhaven't been going anywhere because I don't want to get sick and everything's closed anyway but Lyft keeps sending… https://t.co/35IIu98eXX @levie you would think the party that runs out to buy guns every time it looks like a Democrat might be elected wou… https://t.co/ZZeGWy6xCh
9/18
2020
@tolles in this one rare case I'm not ragging on the internet! I think whatever they do, Trump will push them to th… https://t.co/p7jwNwpyuZ @tolles Amending that -- what Twitter/FB do is similar to the networks going live to a Trump presser and letting hi… https://t.co/GmLRbiKmPI
9/17
2020

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