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Here's What Could Sink Uber, According to Uber
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Here's What Could Sink Uber, According to Uber

Apr 13, 2019

Uber, the money-losing ridehailing platform which by its own admission in its S-1 filing claims it has "incurred significant losses since inception" and "may not achieve profitability," has overcome a lot on the road to today's initial public offering. It's entire business model however--which involves cost-cutting by...

China wants to ban bitcoin mining
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China wants to ban bitcoin mining

Apr 11, 2019

China's state planner wants to eliminate bitcoin mining in the country, according to a draft list of industrial activities the agency is seeking to stop in a sign of growing government pressure on the cryptocurrency sector.

Google Is Serving Ads on Very Expensive TVs [Updated]
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Google Is Serving Ads on Very Expensive TVs [Updated]

Apr 7, 2019

Boy that big gorgeous Sony TV you spent a paycheck on is nice, too bad Google has implemented a "pilot" program that now serves ads on it. Sony's televisions, as well as the Nvidia Shield and other products running the latest version of Android TV, has been hit with an irritating update from Google that serves ads on...

Australia Absolutely Considering Jail Time for Tech Execs Who Can't Scrub Hate Off Their Platforms
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Australia Absolutely Considering Jail Time for Tech Execs Who Can't Scrub Hate Off Their Platforms

Mar 27, 2019

In the immediate aftermath of a horrific act of violence, it's disturbingly easy to watch the gruesomeness unfold on social media--even if you don't want to. We witnessed this inevitability during the Christchurch attack this month, as videos of a gunman opening fire in two mosques were uploaded at breakneck speed to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. These companies have promised more moderators and improved AI to prevent this unwanted virality in the future, but an official in Australia sees jail time for tech execs as a fitting solution.

British Airways Flight Goes 525 Miles in the Wrong Direction
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British Airways Flight Goes 525 Miles in the Wrong Direction

Mar 26, 2019

Once you're on a plane, your fate is in the hands of the pilot. You're going where they want to go. Unfortunately, the pilot of a recent British Airways flight from London to Düsseldorf, Germany, ended up in Scotland, 525 miles away from a whole plane full of people's intended destination, all thanks to some shoddy...

Waitr Delivery Drivers Say They're Being Screwed, Too
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Waitr Delivery Drivers Say They're Being Screwed, Too

Mar 9, 2019

Two drivers have filed a class-action lawsuit against their employer, Waitr Holdings, Inc., alleging the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to meet minimum wage requirements. The suit also claims that some drivers had been misclassified as contractors while performing the work of employees.

FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Abruptly Resigns
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FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Abruptly Resigns

Mar 6, 2019

In what might be one of the most surprising departures from the Trump administration yet, Scott Gottlieb has tendered his resignation as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, effective next month. The abrupt decision, initially reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, comes in the middle of several...

Recycling Is Broken
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Recycling Is Broken

Mar 6, 2019

In Philadelphia, people like to recycle. Together, all 1.6 million of us generate about 400 tons of recyclable material each day. But since last fall, roughly half of the bottles and cans my neighbors and I have placed dutifully curbside in our blue bins every week haven't made their way to a sorting facility. They've...

Now Is a Really Good Time to Buy a New GPU
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Now Is a Really Good Time to Buy a New GPU

Feb 27, 2019

If you've been thinking of a graphics upgrade, now is the perfect time to pull the trigger: Fresh new GPUs from Nvidia and AMD promise a lot of bang for not much buck, there's downward pressure on prices across the board as existing hardware gets older, and we won't see any new launches for several months (think the...

C'mon, people, let's leave poor Jar Jar out of this
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C'mon, people, let's leave poor Jar Jar out of this

Feb 18, 2019

First, a word of reassurance to anybody who woke up this morning and saw that Star Wars' least-favorite Gungan was trending on Twitter: Jar Jar Binks isn't dead. (It's not his birthday, either. Or hatch-day? We're sure someone out there knows if Jar Jars do live birth, and if they could do us a favor and never, ever @...

How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History
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How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History

Oct 16, 2018

History is rife with fakes. In 1983, the German magazine Stern announced that it had acquired previously undocumented diaries written by Hitler, a find British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper initially heralded as "an archive of great historical significance." In reality, however, an illustrator named Konrad Kujau had penned the volumes himself. Thanks to the scrutiny of historians at the German Federal Archive, they were soon revealed to be forgeries and the so-called "Hitler Diaries" became a cautionary tale about media frenzies.

Elon Musk Resigns as Tesla Chairman, Must Pay $20 Million Fine in SEC Settlement Over Catastrophic 420 Tweet
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Elon Musk Resigns as Tesla Chairman, Must Pay $20 Million Fine in SEC Settlement Over Catastrophic 420 Tweet

Sep 30, 2018

In August, Tesla CEO Elon Musk set off an entirely preventable and catastrophic chain of events by tweeting that he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." Musk provided no financing details, and the Securities and Exchange Commission later determined that he never finalized any kind of deal with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund behind the ostensible buyout. Last week, it slapped him with fraud charges for making "false and misleading" statements and not complying with regulatory requirements.