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Photo: The New York Times

The New York Times has hired Jason Sobel, previously the head of infrastructure at Airbnb, as its new chief technology officer.

Details: Sobel will report directly to the company’s chief executive officer, Meredith Kopit Levien, per a statement. Before Airbnb, Sobel worked at Facebook for six years.

What they're saying: "Technology is central to our journalism and business ambitions and one of the most important drivers of our subscription growth," Kopit Levien said in a statement.

“In Jason, we’ve found the ideal leader and executive partner to take us on the next leg of our technological journey.”

The big picture: Sobel joins the Times at an inflection point for the company.

  • The 169-year-old paper has made substantial investments in technology both, in the newsroom and in business operations.
  • The company has launched several new interactive journalism features and has built its own first-party data platform.
  • The Times today employs more engineers than any other role at the company, other than journalists.
  • More than 650 tech workers at the Times in April said they were forming a union. The company’s management said it would not voluntarily recognize a union, but would support the tech workers vote to unionize via an official National Labor Relations Board election.

Sobel is the latest leadership hire by to focus on tech, data and product.

  • In 2019, Kopit Levien hired new product veteran Alex Hardiman as the company's head of product.

What's next: Sobel starts August 23.

Go deeper

Charted: How Philly tech salaries compare

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Data: Hired.com; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

When stacked up against more than 15 major tech markets, Philly is in the bottom tier for tech salaries, according to a report released Tuesday from job search marketplace Hired.

  • Software engineer salaries in the city are comparable to general tech job salaries in other emerging tech hubs like Austin, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
Updated 9 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

Updated 10 hours ago - Science

This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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