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Hundreds of Uber Drivers in Toronto Are Joining a Union Hundreds of Uber Drivers in Toronto Are Joining a Union

In a growing number of cities where rideshare platforms operate, drivers are fed up with the low pay, long hours, and lack of basic worker protections that shlepping strangers around entails. In the U.S., this has led to large, coordinated protests and attempts to game the system to achieve a living wage. Canadian…

Reddit Quarantines Its Biggest Pro-Trump Community Reddit Quarantines Its Biggest Pro-Trump Community

With three-quarters of a million subscribers, r/The_Donald has been a gleefully pro-fascist eyesore on the larger Reddit community, which, for reasons no one seemed able to justify, had evaded any sort of meaningful enforcement of site-wide policies. Well, the needle finally budged today, and all it took was anonymous…

This Is How You're Being Manipulated This Is How You're Being Manipulated

At a preliminary Senate hearing today on the subject of potentially putting legislative limits on the persuasiveness of technology—a diplomatic way of saying the addiction model the internet uses to keep people engaged and clicking—Tristan Harris, the executive director of the Center for Humane Technology, told…

New Yorkers Are About to Lose the Best Kept Secret in Movie Streaming New Yorkers Are About to Lose the Best Kept Secret in Movie Streaming

The New York library system is one of the largest and best-stocked in the country. Among the many perks for members (spot-on recommendations, more books than you can read in several lifetimes, someplace where the air conditioning actually works) is access to free movie streaming service Kanopy—at least for the next…

No, This Not-a-Law Probably Won't Ban Elon Musk's Stupid Not-a-Flamethrower No, This Not-a-Law Probably Won't Ban Elon Musk's Stupid Not-a-Flamethrower

Earlier this month, New York’s state senate passed S1637, a bill to establish “the crime of criminal possession of a flamethrower,” described by some as a ban on Elon Musk’s Not-A-Flamethrower. Here are some things you should know about that proposal:

Facebook Still Working On the Whole Genocide Thing Facebook Still Working On the Whole Genocide Thing

In a blog post yesterday evening, social media giant Facebook announced several changes meant to mitigate the effects of misinformation and hate speech causing real-world violence, including the formation of a Strategic Response team meant to stop a repeat of what happened in Myanmar.

Slack's Direct Listing Makes Uber and Lyft Look Like Absolute Chumps Slack's Direct Listing Makes Uber and Lyft Look Like Absolute Chumps

In its first day on the New York Stock Exchange, workplace messaging company Slack leapt over 50-percent above its reference price of $26 per share despite employing an unusual, less costly strategy to debut on the market. The past few hours of trading have sent Slack’s total value soaring to $23.1 billion, while…

This Remarkably Bad Bill Would Force Tech Platforms to Be 'Politically Neutral', Whatever That Means This Remarkably Bad Bill Would Force Tech Platforms to Be 'Politically Neutral', Whatever That Means

The guy depicted above is Josh Hawley, a freshman Republican Senator representing Missouri, and he fundamentally does not understand how the internet works. How do we know this? Look no further than his fully ridiculous Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, which seeks to overhaul a key feature of online…

I'm Sure Austria Is Really Scared by Uber's Threats to Pack Up Its Toys and Go Home I'm Sure Austria Is Really Scared by Uber's Threats to Pack Up Its Toys and Go Home

Spurred on by looming unfavorable legislation and stock market disappointment, Uber is reportedly playing hardball again, this time with the entire country of Austria.

Lawyer Gets 14 Years in Prison for Extorting Millions From Porn Pirates Lawyer Gets 14 Years in Prison for Extorting Millions From Porn Pirates

So ends one of the strangest piracy cases of the past few years, with lawyer turned lawbreaker Paul Hansmeier catching a whopping 168-month sentence for his role in a bizarre extortion scheme targeting internet users who downloaded porn.

Target Has Some Shipt to Sell You Target Has Some Shipt to Sell You

The shipping wars rage on across retail, where expedited shipping is rapidly becoming the norm. Target announced today that it, too, will be joining the fray, offering same-day delivery on around 65,000 items with a service called “Shipt.” Yay?

Judge Rules Neo-Nazi Publisher Andrew Anglin Must Hand Over $4.1 Million to Comedian Judge Rules Neo-Nazi Publisher Andrew Anglin Must Hand Over $4.1 Million to Comedian

Comedian and radio host Dean Obeidallah first sued Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin for libel nearly two years ago in a case that has dragged on largely due to Anglin’s intentional absence from the trial and the country. Finally, in Ohio’s Southern District Court today, a judge ruled the neo-Nazi publisher owes…

I Used Cash at Amazon's Cashless Store and I'm So Sorry, Rahim I Used Cash at Amazon's Cashless Store and I'm So Sorry, Rahim

“Welcome to Amazon Go,” a cheery man told me, explaining that there were two ways I could shop at the retail giant’s automated convenience store—both of which involved downloading an app. “Oh, I was going to pay cash,” I said. And then it got weird.

Is Twitter Notifying Users When Their Tweets Are Shared in DMs? No. What? Of Course Not. Is Twitter Notifying Users When Their Tweets Are Shared in DMs? No. What? Of Course Not.

Twitter is a lot of things, but where it consistently excels is as at being a petri dish to watch context collapse in real time. Take, for example, a very obvious joke turned nightmare scenario circulating credulously across the platform today via a celebrity news account.

'We Want YouTube to Remove Crowder': Googlers Gear Up to Protest at Pride Events 'We Want YouTube to Remove Crowder': Googlers Gear Up to Protest at Pride Events

YouTube dug a great big hole for itself earlier this week when its PR bungled its response to the ongoing harassment of a journalist by a far-right pundit. Internally, the backlash from employees at its parent company is growing as LGBTQ and allied workers mobilize to demand a satisfactory response.

Will Amazon or Walmart Be the First to Dribble Pre-Chewed Steak Directly Into My Mouth? Will Amazon or Walmart Be the First to Dribble Pre-Chewed Steak Directly Into My Mouth?

On Friday, Walmart fired its latest salvo in the retail wars, announcing a bizarre scheme where a worker will physically stock your fridge while you watch from afar via livestream. This poses an obvious question: Which company will be the first to baby-bird a chewed-up, eight-ounce steak directly into my mouth,…

YouTube Clarifies Harassment Policy by Flailing Around Like a Big, Dumb Noodle YouTube Clarifies Harassment Policy by Flailing Around Like a Big, Dumb Noodle

Less than 24 hours after determining that far-right buffoon Steven Crowder’s anti-gay harassment of Vox journalist Carlos Maza was basically fine, YouTube has reversed course—or, more accurately, has continued to fishtail around the road. This afternoon, the platform announced that it has now decided to demonetize…

YouTube Bravely Bans Nazis Hours After Throwing LGBT Users Under the Bigot Bus YouTube Bravely Bans Nazis Hours After Throwing LGBT Users Under the Bigot Bus

The best place online to lead us unsuspecting sheep from an innocent recipe video to either a defense of racialist pseudoscience or pushes pedophiles towards videos of kids has decided maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t want to be known for those things anymore. So it’s taking the most obvious step there is: banning…

FTC Claims Potential Facebook Antitrust Probe as DOJ Snags the Right to Ruin Apple's Day FTC Claims Potential Facebook Antitrust Probe as DOJ Snags the Right to Ruin Apple's Day

In a flurry of headlines late last week, U.S. government bodies were reported to be looking into antitrust cases against tech giants. The Department of Justice planted its flag in Google on Friday, according to reports, while the Federal Trade Commission seemed keen on Amazon.

Workers Came Up With a Brilliant Plan to Use Postmates' Exploitative Platform Against Itself Workers Came Up With a Brilliant Plan to Use Postmates' Exploitative Platform Against Itself

Food and beverage delivery platform Postmates has been hard at work making enemies, mainly out of its own contractor workforce.

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