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Vauhini Vara

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Vauhini Vara is the former business editor of newyorker.com and a former contributing writer to the site. From 2004 to 2013, she was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, covering California politics and Silicon Valley; her writing has been anthologized in “Dogfight at the Pentagon,” a 2014 collection of page-one features from the Journal. She is also an O. Henry Prize-winning fiction writer, with stories published in Tin HouseZYZZYVA, and elsewhere.

Reading List: Vauhini Vara recommends Ariel Levy’s  “ Thanksgiving in Mongolia ,” about miscarriage.

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  • News Desk

    A Town Hall with Constituents but No Senator

    Faced with increasingly angry constituents, many Republican congresspeople have been avoiding town-hall meetings—but the constituents of Senator Cory Gardner found a sort of solution.

    By Vauhini Vara

    February 22, 2017
  • Currency

    The Tech Resistance to the Trump Refugee Ban

    Compared to other businesses, tech companies have much to lose from the immigrant ban, and less and less reason to play nice with Trump.

    By Vauhini Vara

    January 31, 2017
  • Currency

    The Ten Best Business Quotes of 2016

    The year’s most memorable lines, from some who wield corporate power and others who have observed it.

    By Vauhini Vara

    December 20, 2016
  • Currency

    Howard Schultz Says Goodbye to His Starbucks Empire

    The departing C.E.O.’s narrative about his company is one of excellence and focus, but it’s really one of unrelenting expansion.

    By Vauhini Vara

    December 3, 2016
  • Currency

    What Snapchat Might Learn from Facebook

    As Snapchat turns into more of a mass-media tool, it can follow Facebook’s path in dealing with the spread of misinformation and vitriol.

    By Vauhini Vara

    November 22, 2016
  • Currency

    How Airbnb Makes It Hard to Sue for Discrimination

    An arbitration clause in Airbnb’s user agreement may keep a claim of racial bias out of the courts.

    By Vauhini Vara

    November 3, 2016
  • Currency

    The Wealth Gap in Philanthropy

    The rise of a new, fast-growing class of charities known as donor-advised funds represents a momentous shakeup in charitable giving in the U.S.

    By Vauhini Vara

    October 27, 2016
  • Currency

    A.T. & T. Wants Time Warner for Eyes, Ears, and Ads

    Since people use A.T. & T. to access “content,” the acquisition might help it do better by creating some of that material itself.

    By Vauhini Vara

    October 25, 2016
  • Currency

    Google’s Software Sell for Hardware

    Google’s history with hardware is not great, so it has to convince users that the software within makes it valuable.

    By Vauhini Vara

    October 4, 2016
  • Currency

    A Hack to Yahoo’s Shrunken Reputation

    Until now, the company has held onto one valuable asset: its number of users. After a huge data breach, even that could be in peril.

    By Vauhini Vara

    September 23, 2016
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