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Walmart’s Loss Is Uber’s Gain

Uber is the likely to become majority shareholder of Cornershop, a grocery delivery company you’ve likely never heard of because it almost exclusively serves Mexico and parts of South America. In itself, this wouldn’t be all that interesting. But Uber is cannily picking up the piece of a deal with Walmart that fell…

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Won’t Someone Please Think of Microsoft?

Late last night, an email leaked to advocacy group Fight For The Future detailed how Github—the code repository Microsoft bought last year for $7.5 billion—would be renewing its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of carrying out the Trump administration’s xenophobic war…

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Bet You Thought You’d Seen the Last of Me

There are some truly extraordinary grifts, and then there’s Theranos, the fraudulent blood-testing startup that promised the moon to some very rich people, potentially endangered some considerably poorer people, and then went up in flames spectacularly as its founder Elizabeth’s Holmes’s web of lies came unraveled.

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AG Bill Barr Is Reportedly Kicking Off a New Encryption War, With Facebook This Time

Attorney General and Droopy Dog impersonator William Barr is set to request Facebook halt its expected expansion of encrypted messaging through its networks, according to a draft of a letter obtained by Buzzfeed and expected to publish tomorrow.

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No One Wants My Hot Dog Salad

Genius often goes unappreciated in its time. Van Gogh died penniless. Galileo lived his final years under house arrest. And several of my (otherwise talented) colleagues rejected the very blog post you’re currently reading: a blog post about hot dog salad.

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Match.com Knowingly Profited Off Romance Scammers, FTC Suit Claims

It’s no easy task finding love online. It’s harder still when some of the many dating service options are littered not with hot singles in your area, but with scammers, as has evidently been the case with Match.com, according to a newly filed lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Google Contractors in Pennsylvania Vote to Unionize

A group of Pittsburgh-based Google contractors is among the first in the company’s history to unionize, following a successful vote this afternoon, 49 to 24. The 80 or so analysts and machine learning trainers will become part of the United Steelworkers Union.

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Netflix Turns Negative

Counter to the standard tech ethos—move fast, break stuff, crowbar stodgy old industry players up by their comfortable roots—the fight to control Americans’ streaming-TV dollars has been more of a slow-motion car wreck, albeit with none of a NASCAR crash’s dark catharsis. And it’s largely been those stodgy old empires…

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Worse Than Previously Reported: The Facebook Story

The most powerful tool in Facebook’s considerable arsenal isn’t its incalculable trove of user data or yearly revenue that exceeds the GDP of more than a few sovereign nations—it’s the platform’s ability to spread out any PR disaster over months or years so that all but the most dogged beat reporters stop giving a…

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