Facebook says its FTC fine and impending regulation are actually good things

Facebook says its “historic” settlement with the FTC might help it to earn trust with users. | Keith MacDonald for Vox Media Facebook’s Marne Levine says regulation isn’t going to slow the company now — well, not exactly. Increased regulatory scrutiny isn’t going to slow down Facebook entirely. But according to Facebook’s vice president of global partnerships, business, and corporate development Marne Levine, this scrutiny is going to make it operate more prudently moving forward….

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Trump’s asylum ban may be a loyalty test for the Supreme Court

President Donald Trump speaks as Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch looks on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. | Eric Thayer/Getty Images Trump’s own appointee is in a special bind: sacrifice his principles or say no to Trump. As soon as this week, the Supreme Court could weigh in on a fraught battle over whether many victims of persecution may seek asylum in…

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Uber Eats doesn’t plan on eating its competition — for now

Unlike other food delivery companies, Uber Eats doesn’t have any plans to gobble up the competition. | Keith MacDonald for Vox Media Its competitors are consolidating, but Uber Eats says acquisitions aren’t in its near future. Food delivery companies might be buying each other up right and left, but that’s not on the menu for Uber Eats. “It’s not my strategy right now,” Jason Droege, vice president of Uber Everything, the vertical in charge of…

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A Virginia seminary is the first school to create a reparations fund

On September 5, 2019, Virginia Theological Seminary announced that it would spend $1.7 million on reparations. | SreeBot/Creative Commons Virginia Theological Seminary used enslaved labor. Now it is spending $1.7 million on reparations. For the past several months, reparations have been at the forefront of an ongoing national conversation about what America owes to the descendants of the enslaved. While much of this talk has led to little else, Virginia Theological Seminary is moving forward…

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John Bolton left because Trump wouldn’t let him start a war

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton, attends a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on September 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. He failed in his many attempts to get the president to go to war. | Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via Getty Images There was always going to be a conflict between Trump’s “America First” and Bolton’s “America Everywhere.” John Bolton’s ouster as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser reveals something important:…

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Donald Trump wants to cut the safety net. It kept 47 million people out of poverty last year.

Two women shop at Tropical Foods in Boston on Aug. 22, 2017. Most of the grocery store’s customers purchase food with food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits. | Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images That’s even more people than the previous year. The US Census Bureau dropped its annual load of statistics on American poverty and income, and the data shows Americans weren’t much better off in 2018 than they were a year…

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The Joker never needed an origin story, but especially not this one

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. | Courtesy of TIFF Joker aims to give the infamous supervillain a shocking stand-alone backstory. It’s not nearly as edgy as it thinks. Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, is uniquely chilling among supervillains for one very specific reason: He’s never had a definitive origin story. Since his creation in 1940, the Joker has simply been the personification of evil, reinterpreted by various writers to fit the story they want to tell on…

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Millions of young people will “storm the Bastille” if we don’t fix income inequality, 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson says

2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson speaks at the 2020 Public Service Forum on August 3, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images On an upcoming episode of Recode Decode, Williamson tells Recode’s Kara Swisher that no amount of money can protect you from “total chaos.” In August, 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson visited San Francisco to meet with “some big tech people,” and one of the topics they discussed was economic inequality in…

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