The growing, dangerous US-Iran standoff, explained

The growing, dangerous US-Iran standoff, explained

The Trump administration worries about Iranian attacks on Americans. The United States seriously fears an imminent attack on its troops by Iran or its proxies. Iran signaled it may restart parts of its nuclear program in direct defiance of a landmark 2015 deal. If tensions between Washington and Tehran were already high in the Trump era, they just increased substantially. Starting on Sunday, the Trump administration indicated it had credible intelligence that Iran and groups…

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How Barilla used its CEO’s homophobic comments to reshape the company’s image

How Barilla used its CEO’s homophobic comments to reshape the company’s image

Unlike Chick-fil-A, Barilla used its anti-LGBTQ scandal as a catalyst for conversation and inclusivity. In 2013, the CEO of Barilla, one of the world’s biggest dried pasta brands, marred an otherwise anodyne interview about the company’s legacy with an egregious homophobic comment. “I would never do a commercial with a homosexual family,” Guido Barilla said live on the Italian station Radio 24, “not for lack of respect, but because we don’t agree with them.” Bloomberg…

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Senators on Facebook’s potential $5 billion fine: not good enough

Senators on Facebook’s potential $5 billion fine: not good enough

Lawmakers are calling for the FTC to bring down the hammer on Facebook — and potentially Mark Zuckerberg. A bipartisan pair of US Senators is calling for federal regulators to crack down on Facebook. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Monday sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, which is currently investigating Facebook’s handling of user data and potential privacy violations. In it, they called Facebook’s expected settlement of $3 billion…

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China’s secret internment camps

China’s secret internment camps

And the internet detectives working to find them.  New large-scale construction has been popping up in the deserts of western China. From the sky, these buildings look much like factories or schools. But closer inspection reveals watchtowers and perimeter walls lined with barbed wire — they’re internment camps. Inside these camps, China is detaining as many as 1 million Uighurs, the country’s predominantly Muslim minority. China sees its Uighur population as a separatist threat —…

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The Uber strike shows how drivers remain one of the company’s biggest liabilities

The Uber strike shows how drivers remain one of the company’s biggest liabilities

As long as the company continues to reduce driver pay, it’s going to face an increasingly frustrated workforce. Thousands of Uber drivers around the world plan to protest for better working conditions on Wednesday, May 8, ahead of the company’s hotly anticipated IPO on Friday, which is slated to be one of the largest in recent history at an estimated $90 billion valuation. In at least eight cities in the US, including San Francisco, Chicago,…

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We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge.

We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge.

Satellite data plus artificial intelligence equals no place to hide. Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. This is a very big…

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