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Netflix will spend a whopping $7 billion on content next year

Coming just a day after news broke that Apple would be spending $1 billion to create or obtain original programming in the next twelve months, Netflix today announced that in 2018 it will spend seven times that amount, reports Variety. Show More Summary

The Ad Agency Behind “Virginia Is For Lovers” Says “Virginia Is For Everyone”

The Martin Agency helped create the iconic state slogan more than 40 years ago, but wanted to update that message in reaction to Charlottesville. Back in 1969, a Richmond, Virginia-based advertising agency called Martin and Woltz created...Show More Summary

France’s Climate Science Grants Want To Make The Planet Great Again–And Thousands Have Applied

France’s response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord was to offer safe harbor for scientists and entrepreneurs who might lose funding in the U.S. For worried Americans, it might be a good deal. In the past, a young American climate researcher with a PhD might have applied to work at NASA or NOAA. Show More Summary

Facebook shut down an anonymous employee forum run by Trump supporters after harassment issues

The internal company forum was called Facebook Anon, and it was created in May 2015 as a way for employees to freely discuss subjects about the Facebook workplace. However, the forum soon became a hub for political discussions and was increasingly used by Facebook employees who were Donald Trump supporters, reports Business Insider. Show More Summary

Apple pulls Apple Pay support from white supremacist websites

The company has cut off support for Apple Pay on three white supremacist websites that sell hate-related merchandise. The websites in question sold “sweaters with Nazi logos, T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase ‘White Pride,’ and a bumper sticker showing a car plowing into stick figure demonstrators,” reports Buzzfeed. Show More Summary

Tim Cook’s Charlottesville email to Apple employees: “Hate is a cancer”

The Apple CEO sent an email to employees about the events that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend that saw one woman killed at a white supremacist rally, reports Buzzfeed. In the email, Cook said “hate is a cancer” and that...Show More Summary

Meet The Best Friends Behind Legendary The Fader Magazine

Rob Stone and Jon Cohen grew up together in Long Island before both working in the music industry. In 1996, Rob started the creative agency Cornerstone and asked Jon to join him. The Fader magazine was then born in 1999. Rob Stone and Jon Cohen grew up together in Long Island before both working in the music industry. Show More Summary

Amazon lost $5 billion in value after a sort-of accurate Trump tweet

All it took was 137 characters at 6:12 a.m. for Amazon’s valuation to drop more than $5 billion on Wednesday. Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt – many jobs being lost! — Donald J. Show More Summary

Sheryl Crow Wants You To Stop Ignoring Your Family And Start Singing Karaoke

The singer-songwriter is promoting an unusual music streaming box with a feature that lets you belt out your favorites in your living room. When she’s not soaking up the sun or otherwise trying to have some fun, Sheryl Crow can reliably...Show More Summary

Cloudflare And Squarespace Terminate Hate Sites In Another Tech About-Face

For Cloudflare, long steadfast in its neutrality, the decision about one site was simple, said the CEO: “the people behind the Daily Stormer are assholes and I’d had enough.” Squarespace and Cloudflare are the latest digital platforms to shift their approach to right-wing websites in the wake of violence in Charlottesville. Read Full Story

The “Freelancer” Hacker Who Could Be Key To Proving Russian Election Meddling

The Ukrainian hacker is a witness for the FBI, which has built up its cybersecurity presence in Kiev. A Ukrainian hacker who authored malware used in last year’s hack on the Democratic National Committee is now a witness for the FBI. Read Full Story

Ride-hailing roundup: Uber’s non-valuation, GM’s new app, and more

There’s been lots of news in the world of ride hailing this week. Uber is experimenting with several new features for drivers, including a system for alerting drivers when a rider is requesting an especially long trip before they accept, and the ability to choose destination areas. Show More Summary

The Myth Of The Neutral Silicon Valley Platform Is Crumbling

After the violence in Charlottesville, it’s getting harder to maintain the charade. The year was 2016, and despite what could be described as an epidemic of celebrities dying, things–compared to now, at least–seemed totally normal, somehow. Show More Summary

Watch Barack Obama’s record-breaking Charlottesville tweet spread around the world

Miss him yet? Former President Barack Obama set a record today with an inspirational tweet in the wake of the violent white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. “No one is born hating another...Show More Summary

Bill Gates Continues His Quest To Gamify Philanthropy With A Malaria Quiz

Answer a question, donate a bed net. Bill Gates latest effort to make people understand and more eage to participate in global philanthropy takes the form of “Mosquito Wars” a letter with an accompanying one-question quiz for readers to learn more about the great progress and continued challenges in the ongoing battle against malaria, a mosquito-borne disease. Read Full Story

Everyone was quitting Trump’s manufacturing council, so he shut it down

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. President Trump tweeted today that he’s ending his American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum. The move comes after a number of CEOs this week quit the council over Trump’s refusal to explicitly denounce white supremacist groups. Show More Summary

This Midwestern Greenhouse Has Perfected The Art Of Growing Quality Tomatoes Year-Round

No more ruining deli sandwiches–and no more shipping bad tomatoes across the country. MightyVine’s hydroponic technology produces ripe, red tomatoes, on land close to the city. A few years ago, as a food industry entrepreneur in Chicago, Gary Lazarski started to notice something that bothered him. Show More Summary

AMC Theatres is lawyering up to stop those $10 monthly movie passes

Movie lovers rejoiced yesterday over the news that MoviePass would let subscribers watch up to 365 movies a year for a monthly fee of $9.95–less than the cost of a movie ticket in most markets. Since every party needs its pooper, AMC...Show More Summary

Now you can make voice-activated phone calls with Google Home smart speakers

Back in May, Google said at its Google I/O developer conference that it would follow Amazon in enabling voice-activated phone calling on its smart speaker product. Well, it took a few months, but the service is going live for all Google Home owners over the next week, Google says. Show More Summary

A preservation group wants UNESCO-style protection for Apollo moon-landing sites

Sorry, moon-landing truthers, but when Neil Armstrong took his famous steps on the lunar surface, he left some evidence. Now, as reports, a group is working to preserve his tracks, as well as those of the other 11 astronauts...Show More Summary

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