SoftBank, the most powerful — and controversial — tech investor in Silicon Valley, explained

SoftBank, the most powerful — and controversial — tech investor in Silicon Valley, explained

Why Uber’s biggest shareholder, SoftBank, is so important to understanding Silicon Valley today. When Uber rang the bell to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, it ushered in the biggest win yet for a Japanese conglomerate that has upended Silicon Valley investing over the last two-and-a-half years. Uber’s largest shareholder is not one of its founders, nor one of the traditional blue-chip, old-guard venture capital firms that was behind generation-defining IPOs…

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Egg-laying hens live in horrific conditions. Washington state just passed a law to change that.

Egg-laying hens live in horrific conditions. Washington state just passed a law to change that.

Cages smaller than a sheet of paper are out. Perches and dust baths are in. On Wednesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill setting welfare requirements for egg-laying hens — the strongest such bill ever to pass a state legislature. By 2023, it will be illegal to sell eggs in Washington if the hens were raised in excessively small cages. The law will affect about eight million hens each year. The Washington law…

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Anita Hill: #MeToo could have started in 1991. Here’s why it didn’t.

Anita Hill: #MeToo could have started in 1991. Here’s why it didn’t.

She said Joe Biden’s judiciary committee failed to recognize the seriousness of sexual violence. Anita Hill has a stark assessment of her accusations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas in 1991: If Joe Biden had taken her seriously, the #MeToo movement might have started years earlier. In a New York Times op-ed on Thursday, Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court nomination process, wrote that the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Biden…

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