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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.
Felix Salmon, author of Capital
1 hour ago - Technology

Facebook's scandals have been great for shareholders

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios

Facebook has been embroiled in scandal for the past five years, and while the specific allegations change over time, a central theme is constant. Given the choice between commercial and moral imperatives, Facebook always seems to choose the option that is best for the share price.

Why it matters: Facebook's stock chart supports that narrative. Since the 2016 scandals alleging that the social network was infiltrated by foreign actors trying to influence the outcome of democratic elections, Facebook's revenues — and its stock — have been soaring.

Biden to tap telecom trio for NTIA, FCC posts

Jessica Rosenworcel. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

President Joe Biden on Tuesday is expected to name Alan Davidson as head of the telecom arm of the Commerce Department, Jessica Rosenworcel as chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission and Gigi Sohn as a commissioner at the FCC, according to a person familiar with the process.

Why it matters: Internet availability and affordability has been a key policy priority for the White House, but the administration lagged in tapping people for the agency posts that oversee the issues.

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