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Tech’s Global Catch-22: SF Scooter Snafu

San Francisco startups assume everything is possible. And why not? Countless originals – from Airbnb to Uber, Twitter and Slack – have succeeded here by challenging the status quo. Ask for forgiveness, not permission, goes the mantra. But attitudes are…

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Attacking Amazon: Trump’s War on the New Economy

Last week, Trump railed against his favorite corporate nemesis, Amazon, whining that retailers were sucking wind, reminding us that “Making America Great Again” is about dusting off the mythical golden-oldie past ­– coal mines, steel mills and the good old…

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Blowing the Whistle on Trump: The 50-Million-Voter Facebook Fraud

The Russians aren’t the only dark power gaming our elections through social media sabotage. Trump consultants conned Facebook and deployed deception and trickery in a “grossly unethical experiment” to sway 50 million American voters, according to Britain’s Observer and the…

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So You Want to Be a Platform? Booking.com or Airbnb

These days, it seems everyone ­– venture capitalists and founders alike – considers platforms the ultimate stage in tech evolution. They’re all the rage in retail, finance, travel, fitness, you name it. But what makes one platform expand, while another…

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