How Amazon benefits from counterfeit books

How Amazon benefits from counterfeit books

A New York Times report finds publishers are giving more money to Amazon to protect themselves from plagiarists. Amazon has a counterfeit book problem. But it isn’t really a problem for Amazon itself, reporter David Streitfeld argued in an investigation published in the New York Times on Sunday. In fact, publishers and authors whose books are photocopied or otherwise plagiarized just come to rely on Amazon even more. Streitfeld starts by telling the story of…

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In Facebook we trust? (All others pay cash)

In Facebook we trust? (All others pay cash)

I wouldn’t trust Facebook to hold my house keys, and yet I think its libra cryptocurrency effort is exactly the right move for it to make. When Facebook unveiled its libra cryptocurrency effort last week, I thought two things at once about it: That’s got to be its most arrogant move ever, given the annus horribilis for the social networking giant over its mishandling of everything from disinformation to hacking to hate speech to ……

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LGBTQ Pride Month, explained

LGBTQ Pride Month, explained

A month of celebration, protest, and political activism. Get ready for the rainbows. June is LGBTQ Pride Month, which means Americans around the country should expect some colorful marches throughout the month as people make a stand for equality. In recent years, the month has been marked by celebration — over the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, as well as some of the other progress made in LGBTQ rights in broader…

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Jay Inslee has a radical plan to phase out fossil fuel production in the US

Jay Inslee has a radical plan to phase out fossil fuel production in the US

This is going to make some people mad. Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign has been releasing its climate policy — the central rationale for its existence — in pieces. Extremely large, detailed, and nuanced pieces. I covered the first piece, on getting to 100 percent clean energy in electricity, new cars, and new buildings, here. I covered the second, a 10-year, $9 trillion investment plan, here. The third was about how climate change would reshape foreign…

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