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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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MAXed Out: When Planes, Servers, and Shoes Crash

Mother tech has been angry lately. In brutal, deadly terms, she’s been reminding us of the price of our over-reliance on software and the internet. Just this week, Boeing’s MAX 8 albatross dealt a lethal blow when a plane went…

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How Social Media Shook Up the Shutdown

Everyday Americans ended the madness. Empathy and technology came together last week on the side of the people, and good prevailed. Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor proved their potential as positive change agents, spreading the message that we’re stronger together, mobilizing…

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