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Bypassing the Waze Maze

“The minutes once gained by using Waze dwindled to seconds or disappeared. Traffic throughout L.A. worsened, and Waze, in particular, with its rebellious brand built on diverting drivers onto side streets, created what transportation wonks call “negative externalities”—and not just…

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Launching to Learn: Lessons from Stanford’s Launchpad

Launching to Learn was the takeaway from last week’s final class in the tenth batch of the remarkable Stanford Launchpad college accelerator. Success was in the air. The talented student teams led by Stanford adjuncts Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley…

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How Uber’s Dream Turned Into a Dud

This was meant to be Uber’s week in the sun, the long-awaited mega IPO for the reigning king of the sharing economy. But then came the strike. Tens of thousands of grossly underpaid drivers, many of whom earn less than…

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Julian Assange: Journalist or Hacker?

Journalist or hacker? Truth seeker, anarchist, or pawn of Putin? Since Julian Assange’s dramatic arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London last week, everyone’s got a strong opinion. Some say his case will have chilling consequences for reporters and First…

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