GitHub is the latest tech company to face controversy over its contracts with ICE

ICE agents arresting an immigrant from El Salvador. Increasingly, tech companies’ contracts with the immigration agency are coming under fire by its own employees. | Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images Employees are demanding the company cancel its $200,000 contract with the immigration agency. GitHub, which hosts an important platform for software developers, is the latest prominent Silicon Valley company to be embroiled in controversy over its contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On…

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Two British footballers’ wives are feuding. It’s the perfect Brexit palate cleanser.

Coleen Rooney (bottom left, wearing sunglasses) and Becky Rooney (middle, also wearing sunglasses). | Jean Catuffe/Getty Images Everything you need to know about the Coleen Rooney-Rebekah Vardy scandal, even if you don’t know who they are. As Britain descends into an increasingly bleak political horror show, today the country is delivering on its most famous export: Shakespearean drama. On the morning of October 9, two famous wives of major football (i.e. soccer) players were embroiled…

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Turkey is attacking northeastern Syria, leaving US-backed Kurds at risk

Smoke from an apparent Turkish attack on the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on October 9, 2019. | Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images The Trump administration pulled US troops from the region. Now Turkey is moving in. Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria has begun, days after the Trump administration relocated US troops stationed in the region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday that the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army had launched…

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A woman says Matt Lauer raped her in 2014. She’s speaking out in a new book.

Matt Lauer on the set of Today on November 21, 2017. | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Brooke Nevils tells her story in a forthcoming book by reporter Ronan Farrow. Matt Lauer was fired by NBC in November 2017 after a colleague made a sexual misconduct complaint against him. In the days that followed, more allegations against Lauer emerged, including one by a woman who said he sexually assaulted her in his office….

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A spice retailer is spending more on pro-impeachment Facebook ads than anyone else

Penzeys Spices has spent more than $2 million since May 2018 on ads related to social issues and politics. | Rita Reed/Star Tribune via Getty Images Trump has spent the most money on impeachment-related ads. Penzeys Spices came in second. Penzeys Spices, America’s largest independent spice retailer, is the second-highest spender on impeachment ad purchases on Facebook, according to an Axios analysis from September 29 to October 5. The Wisconsin-based company has spent $92,000 on…

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Facebook is refusing to take down a Trump ad making false claims about Joe Biden

The Trump campaign is running a false ad about Joe Biden and Facebook says it’s a-okay. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images So are YouTube, Twitter, and most news networks. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is running a false ad about former Vice President Joe Biden on Facebook, and there’s nothing the company is going to do about it. It doesn’t bode well for what’s to come in 2020 and social media platforms’ willingness to act on…

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Are you supposed to tip your Uber driver?

How Uber made ride-hail tipping so confusing. If you’ve ever felt unsure about how much to tip your driver on apps like Uber or Lyft, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion around tipping etiquette on app-based rides. And only about 35 percent of riders report always tipping their driver. A lot of our tipping behavior on app-based rides can be traced back to Uber’s beginnings. Even though Uber wasn’t the first ride-hailing app,…

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