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The EU's Copyright Directive charm offensive pats Europeans on the head and tells them leave it up to the corporations

When it comes to the new Copyright Directive, some in the EU would prefer that Europeans just stop paying attention and let the giant corporations decide the future of the Internet. In a new Q&A about the Directive, the European Parliament – or rather, the JURI committee, which, headed by Axel Voss, spearheaded the shepherding of Article 13 and 11 through a skeptical Parliament, sets out a one-sided account of the most far-reaching regulation of online speech in living memory, insisting that ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, Copyfight, News, US, America, Eu, Parliament, Big Tech, Juri, Axel Voss, Article 11, Article 13, Fixcopyright


America at War: Infographic Reveals How the U.S. Military Is Operating in 40% of the World’s Nations

Earlier this month, NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin ended a 30-year career as a journalist, announcing in a “scathing letter,” Democracy Now! reports, that “he would be leaving the network. Arkin accuses “the media of warmongering while ignoring the, quote, ‘creeping fascism of homeland security.’” He does not equivocate in a follow-up interview with Amy Goodman. “The generals and the national security leadership" are also now, he says, “the commentators and the analysts who populate the...
Tags: Google, Maps, Politics, Nbc, College, Africa, America, Cnn, Fox, Current Affairs, Middle East, Army, Smithsonian, Cornell, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones


Everfi appoints Patterson as COO

Everfi Inc, an edtech company, has named Ellen Patterson as chief operating officer. Previously, she was the company’s chief revenue and partnership officer. Everfi’s backers include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund and Advance Publications. PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EVERFI Inc., a leading education technology innovator, today announced the appointment of Ellen Patterson as its Chief Operati...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Washington, America, Trends, People, Canada, Aol, Ellen, Jeff Bezos, West End, Evan Williams, The Washington Post, Patterson, Eric Schmidt, EVERFI Inc


YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone

The popular image of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be a large company like Enron failing, or maybe some lazy drifter trying to shirk their financial responsibilities. The reality is anything but those sorts of images. Today in America, the most common reason for bankruptcy is to discharge egregious sums of medical debt [1], which might have been incurred in a short stint in a hospital emergency room. Bankruptcy allows people to get out from under a debilitating and permanent state of financial cr...
Tags: Google, Startups, New York, Government, America, Tech, Bankruptcy, Harvard University, Illinois, Intuit, Eric Schmidt, Non-profit, Yc, Eric Eldon, Danny, Enron


Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is now offering free access to Apple Music. The music streaming service is available on select Verizon Wireless plans starting on January 17, 2019. Previously, Verizon and Apple offered a free 6-month trial to the streaming service. This comes as Apple is clearly looking for partners to help extend the reach of Apple’s services. Just last week, at CES 2019, multiple consumer electronic companies announced compatibility and support for several of Apple’s services including Air...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Verizon, America, Tech, Verizon Wireless, Netflix, Sprint, Hulu, Homekit, Apple Music, Tidal Sprint, Verizon Media, HBO Cinemax SHOWTIME, Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited


‘This is Happening’ in Upwork’s Colorful, Freelance-Powered World

Duncan Channon has released new creative work for Upwork. The campaign titled “This is Happening” has fun with an experience familiar to us in corporate America: the “oh sh**, how am I going to get this done!?” moment when an ambitious goal or project lands on our desk. In a colorful, quirky world that’s hip to Upwork’s freelance platform, managers in three TV spots transform this fleeting anxiety into the thrill of making things happen -- thanks of course, to skilled freelancers easily found on...
Tags: Technology, La, Advertising, America, Smith, Upwork, Trump, Nilsson, Greenberg, Peckham, McCormick, Lem, McKinsey Global Institute, Gustafson, Duncan Channon, McComas


In rural America, state laws warp high-speed internet access

Mississippi relies heavily on electric cooperatives, which aim to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban America with millions of new federal dollars meant to expand high-speed internet. But a 77-year-old law could block access to broadband for one of the poorest states.
Tags: Mississippi, America, Tech


Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and crony capitalism

Donald Trump’s Tweet dubbing Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s billionaire founder, “Jeff Bozo” reveals more than the locker room MO of our president. Our country’s roots are in England, where people of importance are knighted. In America, we now have our own version of knighthood: a nickname from Donald Trump. Amazon is this little hidden gem you may not have heard of where you can buy things.  It’s just like eBay except the Amazon stuff doesn’t show up at your house smelling like cigarette smoke and moth b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, England, New York, Washington Post, Opinion, Ebay, China, US, America, Sport, Turkey, Cnn, Soccer, Bill Clinton, Christian


Facebook to invest $300 million in news initiatives, focusing on local partnerships

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs. The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed at supporting local news. It will also be used for Facebook’s other, broad news initiatives such as news literacy programs and third-party fact-checki...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, New York, Australia, America, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Grants, Brown, Menlo Park California, Local Media Consortium, Campbell Brown Facebook, Local Media Association, Local-news


Facebook says it will invest $300M in local news

Facebook plans to make a significant investment in local news over the next three years, with $300 million going to a variety of initiatives and organizations. The company has had a rocky relationship with news publishers recently. While it’s funded programming from partners like CNN and Fox News, it’s also played a role in some of the industry’s most dispiriting trends, like the so-called “pivot to video” — and several of the digital publishers that bet big on the platform have been struggl...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Media, America, Tech, Cnn, Fox News, Brown, Pulitzer Center, Local Media Consortium, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Local Media Association, Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown, Knight Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, American Journalism Project


VW Investing $800 Million In Tennessee Factory To Make Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker's next generation of electric vehicles. "The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles," reports TechCrunch. "The expansion is expected to create 1,000 jobs at the plant." From the report: VW's Chattanooga expansion is just a piece of the automaker's broader plan to move away from diesel in the wake of the emissions cheating scandal that er...
Tags: America, Tech, Vw, Tennessee, Volkswagen, Audi, Chattanooga, North American International Auto Show, VW Group, Chattanooga Tenn, Volkswagen of America


A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

Is the chip company an abusive monopolist – or tough negotiator? The chip industry's strong-arm tactics have been laid bare this month in the anti-trust legal battle brought by America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Qualcomm.…
Tags: Apple, America, Software, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission FTC


For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die

Tim Merel Contributor Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor The Reality Ecosystem: What AR/VR/XR needs to go big China could beat America in AR/VR long-term The future of AR/VR could be bright, but only if it moves beyond where it is today. 2018 was the first of what look like two transitional years, with a potential shakeout in 2019 before an inflection point in late 2020. Let’s look at whe...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, China, America, Tech, Walmart, Sony, Pokemon, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Lockheed Martin


5 Tips for Building a Website, Best Marketing Practices, Are You Living the American Dream?, The Small Business Retirement Crisis and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

18 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—The State of U.S. Small Businesses Overall, American small business owners are approaching 2019 with economic optimism and increased confidence in this lucrative environment, according to a survey from small business financing company  Guidant Financial  and online credit marketplace LendingClub  Corporation. The companies surveyed current and aspiring small business owners about their views on the current state of small busin...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Ge, Time, Toronto, America, Canada, Bank, Montreal, Chamber of Commerce, Samantha, Jake Wood, TOMS, Ottawa, Alignable


A Fender Stratocaster Made Out of 1200 Colored Pencils

Alder and Ash. These woods have traditionally made up the body of the Fender Stratocaster. Crayola colored pencils? They were never part of the mix ... at least until now. Above, Burls Art gives it a go. In nine minutes, they take you through the making and playing of the Crayola Strat, from start to finish. Aficionados, feel free to argue over the tonal qualities of this new fangled creation. Related Content: Behold the First Electric Guitar: The 1931 “Frying Pan” Brian May’s Homemade G...
Tags: Google, Music, College, America, Willie Nelson, Brian May, Facebook Twitter


VW investing $800M in Tennessee factory to make next-generation electric vehicles

Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker’s next generation of electric vehicles. The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles, VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said during a presentation at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. The expansion is expected to create 1,000 jobs at the plant. VW’s Chattanooga expansion is just a piece of the automaker’s broader plan to move away from diesel in the...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Germany, Cars, US, America, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Manufacturing, Volkswagen


Trailer Round-Up: ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’, ‘White Dragon’, ‘Lorena’, ‘Holiday’, and More

We’re just a few days into 2019 and I’m already falling behind on my most important New Years resolution, which is to provide /Film readers with every single trailer that comes out the second it hits the internet. But this batch of film and TV trailers has already convinced me that I’ve once again bitten off more than I can chew. Thankfully, our trailer round-up is the perfect way to correct my over-eager resolution. Below, check out the trailers for White Dragon, Hotel Mumbai, Lorena, Little, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Movies, America, Holiday, Martin Freeman, Regina Hall, Movie Trailers, Mumbai, Hulu, Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Ruth, J Simpson, Lorena, Tonya Harding


Calabash Shows Just How Much 19 Million Is in Clever New PayPal Campaign

The old journalism adage “show me, don’t tell me” is visually appropriated cleverly in a new six spot online ad campaign for entitled “Ubiquity,” created by agency Walrus, New York, and featuring character animation from Calabash that visually highlights just how much 19 million actually is. That number is significant: it's the number of online retailers that accept PayPal, and as the :15 spots, animated in partnership with Chicago-based design house Run Kick Shout, show it’s also way more tha...
Tags: Technology, Featured, New York City, Advertising, America, Paypal, Chicago, Art and design, Bob, Hopkins, Erik Jensen, Calabash, Walrus, Calabash Chicago, Wayne BrejchaExecutive, Nick Hopkins


The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Jonathan Tepper and Denise Hearn. A review...

The Myth of Capitalism is a polemic about the reduction in competition in many industries in the US. And it starts in an entirely appropriate place. Dr Dao - a doctor with patients to serve the next day - was "selected" by United Airlines to be removed from an overbooked plane. As he had patients to tend the next day he did not think he should leave the plane. So the airline sent thugs to bash him up and forcibly removed him. The video (truly sickening) went viral. But the airline did ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Business, Microsoft, Australia, China, US, America, Walmart, Idaho, New York Times, Sydney, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Costco


Should America Build a Virtual Border Wall? Or Just Crowdfund It...

As America's government faces its longest-ever shutdown over the president's demands for border wall funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested "possible alternatives to a physical wall," according to one Silicon Valley newspaper: Among the president's justifications for a wall is to stop drugs from coming into the United States, so Pelosi proposed spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" for technology to scan cars for drugs, weapons and contraband at the border. "The positive, shall w...
Tags: America, San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, United States, House, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Nancy Pelosi, Air Force, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Pelosi, Anduril Industries, Department of Homeland Security s Office


The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent


The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley


Startups are betting that letting people work from home, an RV, or a New Zealand mountaintop will lure top talent away from Silicon Valley

Tech companies are increasingly adopting all-remote workforces. A few years ago, investors were hesistant about startups that don't even have a office — but the success of all-remote companies like Zapier and GitLab, as well as the increasing availability of chat tools like Slack and Zoom, have given them confidence.  Startups are fighting with Silicon Valley tech giants for the best talent, so hiring remotely can be a way to attract better talent who live in other parts of the globe. Startups...
Tags: Google, New York, Colorado, Russia, Nigeria, Time, America, San Francisco, Trends, Arizona, Portugal, New Zealand, New Orleans, Siberia, Silicon Valley, Quinn


Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

End of fast processing upsets the Apple cart (and workers at other Silicon Valley giants) Restrictions placed on US work visas by the Trump administration are upsetting employees in one of America's most profitable industries: technology.…
Tags: Apple, US, America, Software, Silicon Valley, Trump


Electronic Invasion of Privacy

Art by Michael Ramirez Electronic Invasion of Privacy USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Electronic Invasion of Privacy. Apparently, big brother is not the only one watching, say hello to big Google, big FB, big Alexa, big refrigerator, big microwave and on and on. Did you enjoy this cartoon? Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news! You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of these fine civil rights organizations: National Rifle Association (N...
Tags: Google, Guns, America, Alexa, Nra, Michael Ramirez, National Rifle Association NRA, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, Gun Cartoons, Citizens Committee, Invasion of Privacy, Electronic Invasion of Privacy USA Ammoland


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced they are divorcing. The pair have been married for 25 years, and MacKenzie drove across America with Bezos to start Amazon. The National Enquirer, a longtime ally of President Trump, says it's about to release scandalous photos of Jeff Bezos' alleged affair. Hours after Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce, the National Enquirer reported it tracked romantic inv...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, China, US, Samsung, America, Trends, Tesla, Li Keqiang, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Alexa, Trump, Jeff


Cancer in America Is Way Down, For the Wealthy Anyway

The good news is that cancer in America was beaten back over the 25 years ending 2016, with death rates plummeting, particularly when it comes to the four most common types of the dreaded affliction. From a report: There's a caveat, however. Those gains have been reaped mostly by the well-off. While racial disparities have begun to narrow, the impact of limited access to treatment for the poorest Americans has increased wealth-based inequality, according to the American Cancer Society's annual u...
Tags: America, Tech, Len Lichtenfeld


Income equality is getting worse. Can the co-op model solve this problem?

The cooperative model accounts for $154B every year in America.America leads the world with cooperatives, with over 30,000 businesses operating under this model. Co-op advocate Nathan Schneider believes this model can help level the economic playing field. What is a Co-operative? Nathan Schneider plays a game at strip malls. The activist-journalist and University of Colorado Boulder media studies professor tries to guess how many businesses were directly or indirectly inspired by co-ops. Th...
Tags: Work, Home Depot, Technology, Congress, Colorado, America, Investment, Bank Of America, Innovation, Manufacturing, Consumerism, Derek, Schneider, America America, Nathan Schneider, Dee Hock


A look inside the 25-year marriage of the richest couple in history, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos — who met at work, were engaged in 3 months, and together owned more land than almost anyone else in America (AMZN)

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday that he and his wife MacKenzie will file for divorce. They were married in 1993, after meeting at D.E. Shaw & Co, and shortly afterward relocated to Seattle to found Amazon, where MacKenzie was one of the company's first employees. Today, Jeff Bezos is worth $137 billion, making him the richest person in history. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of online retail giant Amazon, announced Wednesday that he and his wife of 25 years...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, US, America, Trends, Cnn, Vogue, Warren Buffett, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Princeton, Melinda Gates, Jeff, Bezos, MacKenzie


CES rescinds own award from sex toy because sex toys are obscene

The Computer Entertainment Show gave a digital sex toy an award. Then it rescinded the award because sex toys are "immoral, obscene, indecent [or] profane" and banned it from the trade show floor. Katie Notopoulos reports, however, that they've given such toys awards in the past. It’s unclear why the CTA made the Osé an honoree in the first place, before backtracking on its decision to include an adult product. The trade show gave a sex toy a similar award three years ago, and other companies h...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, America, Cta, Bbc, Mistakes, BuzzFeed News, Shapiro, Gary Shapiro, Katie Notopoulos



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