Meet a Lunatic: A Chat with Graphic Novelist Dan Mazur

by Mike Rhode Out of nowhere last fall, Dan Mazur sent me an advance copy of his excellent wordless fantasy graphic novel, Lunatic. Lunatic is the story of a late-Victorian woman obsessed with the Moon, or perhaps more correctly, the man in the Moon. I recommend it highly. In fact, I liked it so much I bought a copy for myself when he did a book talk, and sent the first one to Michigan State University's Comic Art Collection. I also reached out to thank Dan, and asked him to do an interv...
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Facebook, TikTok Least Trusted By Americans, Google Most Trusted, Says Survey

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Forty percent of Americans don't trust Facebook and TikTok and Google appears to be winning the trust wars, according to a survey from SeoClarity. SeoClarity surveyed 1,057 American residents to gauge trust in tech companies and found a majority of US citizens think social media companies need more regulation. The findings are notable due to how tech companies are stacking up on trust. Google tops Amazon, Microsoft and Apple on the trustworthy scor...
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Why Putin Wants Alexei Navalny Dead

From Vox: “In 2006, a lawyer named Alexei Navalny started a blog where he wrote about corruption in his home country of Russia. It’s the most prominent problem under the regime of Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia since 2000. Putin has systematically taken over the country’s independent media, oligarchy, elections, and laws to cement his own power and wield corruption to his advantage. That’s what Navalny set out to expose. And in 2010, he published a groundbreaking investigation into...
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The best cheap Samsung Galaxy S20 deals for March 2021

If you're after Samsung Galaxy S20 deals, Galaxy S20+ deals, or Galaxy S20 Ultra deals, we've got them here.
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How China’s synthetic media startup Surreal nabs funding in 3 months

What if we no longer needed cameras to make videos and can instead generate them through a few lines of coding? Advances in machine learning are turning the idea into a reality. We’ve seen how deepfakes swap faces in family photos and turn one’s selfies into famous video clips. Now entrepreneurs with AI research background are devising tools to let people generate highly realistic photos, voices, and videos using algorithms. One of the startups building this technology is China-based Surreal. Th...
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Compass files S-1, reveals $3.7B in revenue on net loss of $270M

Compass , the real-estate brokerage startup backed by roughly $1.6 billion in venture funding , filed its S-1 Monday. The move comes just under one year after the New York-based company laid off 15% of its staff as a result of the shifting economic fortunes created by the global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the IPO, SoftBank’s Vision Fund holds slightly more than a one-third stake in the company. Other investors include the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Bo...
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SolarWinds Blames Intern for 'solarwinds123' Password Lapse

As cybersecurity researchers continue to piece together the sprawling SolarWinds supply chain attack, top executives of the Texas-based software services firm blamed an intern for a critical password lapse that went unnoticed for several years.  The said password "solarwinds123" was originally believed to have been publicly accessible via a GitHub repository since June 17, 2018, before the [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
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Google TV phone app prepares to add Android TV remote possibly to replace all-but-abandoned app

The Google TV app for Android has received an update which includes the beginnings of a universal remote to connect to Android TV devices.
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T-Mobile plans explained: 5G, pricing, and features

T-Mobile offers a range of plans with different prices and features. Here's a rundown of what's available, including the new 5G-capable T-Mobile Magenta Max.
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Best cheap MacBook deals for March 2021

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook, our deals roundup will help make your choice a little easier.
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All Apple retail stores in U.S. open for first time in almost a year; stock jumps

As of Monday, all 270 Apple stores in the U.S. were open in some capacity, though some still have restrictions, such as being appointment-only.
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Boondocking near the Dragoon Mountains

 This morning I left the Hot Well Dunes Rec Area soon after breakfast, it was forecasted to be a cool day with a high of only 60 degrees so might as well displace further south!Couple of hours later, and one wrong route by Google Maps, I had dumped tanks, taken on fresh water, replenished propane and found myself a camping spot at the base of the Dragoon Mountains near Tombstone, AZ. The main road is FR 687 and takes you to several designated camping areas, I'm on the southern end of this str...
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Daily Crunch: Klarna valued at $31B

A challenger bank raises funding at a massive valuation, Instagram adds Live Rooms and Google updates Workspace. This is your Daily Crunch for March 1, 2021. The big story: Klarna valued at $31B The Swedish challenger bank and buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) service has raised $1 billion at a post-money valuation of $31 billion. Klarna says it will commit 1% of the capital to “key sustainability challenges around the world,” with the initiative formally launching on April 22 (Earth Day). For its BNPL...
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Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked

The far-right social media platform Gab says a trove of its contents has been stolen in a security breach -- including passwords and private communications. Wired reports: On Sunday night the WikiLeaks-style group Distributed Denial of Secrets is revealing what it calls GabLeaks, a collection of more than 70 gigabytes of Gab data representing more than 40 million posts. DDoSecrets says a hacktivist who self-identifies as "JaXpArO and My Little Anonymous Revival Project" siphoned that data out of...
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Apple alum’s jobs app for India’s workers raises $12.5 million

A startup by an Apple alum that has become home to millions of low-skilled workers in India said on Tuesday it has raised an additional $12.5 million, just five months after securing $8 million from high-profile investors. One-year-old Apna said Sequoia Capital India and Greenoaks Capital led the $12.5 million Series B investment in the startup. Existing investors Lightspeed India and Rocketship VC also participated in the round. The startup, whose name is Hindi for “ours,” has now raised more t...
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Hyzon Motors’ hydrogen fuel ambitions include two US factories

Hyzon Motors plans to produce fuel cells, including a critical component required to power hydrogen vehicles, at two U.S. factories in a move aimed at kickstarting domestic production at a commercial scale. The hydrogen-powered truck and bus manufacturer has already leased a 28,000-square-foot facility in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook and plans to expand it by an additional 80,000 square feet. Production at the Chicago facility is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021. The announce...
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READ: Robert Reffkin’s letter announcing Compass’ public debut

"I started Compass because of my mom, Ruth," the CEO of the soon-to-be-public firm wrote in an SEC filing.
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Square’s bank arm launches as fintech aims ‘to operate more nimbly’

Known for its innovations in the payments sector, Square is now officially a bank. Nearly one year after receiving conditional approval , Square said Monday afternoon that its industrial bank, Square Financial Services, has begun operations .  Square Financial Services completed the charter approval process with the FDIC and Utah Department of Financial Institutions, meaning its ready for business. The bank, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, will offer business loan and d...
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Kaltura files to go public on the back of accelerating revenue growth, rising losses

Kaltura, a software company focused on providing video technology to other concerns, has filed to go public. The Kaltura S-1 filing only partially surprised. TechCrunch previously covered the company as part of our ongoing $100 million ARR series focusing on private companies that have reached material scale. (TechCrunch has also covered its product life to a moderate degree.) The company’s IPO documentation details a business that did more than merely accelerate its growth in 2020, and more spe...
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Popular LA Restaurant Closes After High-Tech 'Dine and Dash' Scheme

quonset writes: "The Korean Fusion Cafe 'Spoon by H' had the ingredients to become an L.A. success story but is the epitome of a small business, with owner and chef Yoonjin Hwang working 15-hour days to run the restaurant with her mother and brother," reports CBS News. "'We have no staff. We have no cooks. I have to do everything by myself,' said Hwang. 'Like so many other small businesses we were hit hard by the pandemic. All we could do was just like take it day by day and do whatever we could...
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U.S. asks Google for detailed search data in antitrust case

The request suggests the DOJ wants to compare how Google presented search results and ads six years ago versus one year ago. 
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Apple Lobbying Against Arizona Bill That Would Let Developers Use Third-Party Payment Options

Arizona is considering legislation that would prevent developers from being forced to use Apple's in-app purchase options, and as the bill heads to the Arizona Senate, Apple and Google are lobbying heavily against it. As outlined by Protocol, Apple has been working against the bill since last month. Apple lobbyist Rob Didiron began fighting the legislation before it had been formally introduced, with Apple also hiring additional lobbyists and sending lawyers to Arizona. "We went through a ve...
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Bitcoin Could Either Become Preferred Currency For International Trade Or Face a 'Speculative Implosion,' Citi Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Bitcoin rose nearly 7% on Monday as risk assets rallied after last week's bond rout cooled, with Citi saying the most popular cryptocurrency was at a "tipping point" and could become the preferred currency for international trade. With the recent embrace of the likes of Tesla and Mastercard, bitcoin could be at the start of a "massive transformation" into the mainstream, the investment bank said. Goldman Sachs, meanwhile, has restarted its crypto...
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The best online sales happening now, including Baublebar, Hydro Flask, and Best Buy

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, including savings at Baublebar, Hydro Flask, and Best Buy.Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons. The best deals available right now 25022 Lawn...
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EU Law Requires Companies To Fix Electronic Goods For Up To 10 Years

Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers, or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent. Euronews reports: The "right to repair," as it is sometimes called, comes into force across the 27-nation bloc on Monday. It is part of a broader effort to cut the environmental footprint of manufactured goods by making them more durable and energ...
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Google restarts updates for some iOS apps after long pause triggered by lack of privacy labels

Google over the weekend began to update many of its flagship iOS apps after a lengthy delay caused by the company’s failure to add Apple’s newly required privacy labels in a timely fashion. Though Google earlier this year said it would “soon” begin to add the labels to its apps as they were updated, it has still yet to do so for a number of key properties — including Search, Photos, Assistant, Maps, Pay, Chrome, and others. Per Apple’s policy, developers cannot issue further updates until privac...
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All U.S. Apple stores now open one year after closures began

Many sites are still operating by appointment only or as an Apple Store Express, however.
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Corporate sustainability initiatives may open doors for carbon offset startups

Commitments to carbon neutrality keep coming from all corners of the business world — over the past few weeks, companies ranging from the fast-casual restaurant chain Sweetgreen to the security-focused networking IT company Palo Alto Networks to the online craft retailer Etsy committed to net-zero carbon emission plans. As the companies look for ways to reduce their energy consumption, they’re turning to carbon offset programs as a stopgap measure until the energy grid decarbonizes, they impleme...
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AWS reorganizes DeepRacer League to encourage more newbies

AWS launched the DeepRacer League in 2018 as a fun way to teach developers machine learning, and it’s been building on the idea ever since. Today, it announced the latest league season with two divisions: Open and Pro. As Marcia Villalba wrote in a blog post announcing the new league, “AWS DeepRacer is an autonomous 1/18th scale race car designed to test [reinforcement learning] models by racing virtually in the AWS DeepRacer console or physically on a track at AWS and customer events. AWS DeepR...
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Thriving In A Post-2020 Workplace: How Lawyers Can Leverage Lessons Learned

The past year has forever shifted how attorneys and firms work. But with unprecedented challenges came new lessons and opportunities.
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