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Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery
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Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery

USA Today undertook a year-long investigation into southern California truckers, so-called "independent contractors" who form a critical link from America’s busiest port to the rest of the country, and found that drivers are sunk into deep pits of debt due …

Twitch Prime members will get special loot boxes thanks to an exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard
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Twitch Prime members will get special loot boxes thanks to an exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard

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Twitch has made itself the de facto home of live esports events over the years. But other platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have been making exclusive deals with tournament organizers in recent months to …

Dear @Jack, I don’t love Twitter anymore
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Dear @Jack, I don’t love Twitter anymore

This isn’t an easy letter to write. I mean, we’ve been through so much together… Remember the good old days, back when everything was new and exciting? You were even trying to disrupt vowels then!

Oh how innocent we were. …

Mastodon the band’s response to Mastodon the platform is metal AF
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Mastodon the band’s response to Mastodon the platform is metal AF

Rock and roll and social media

As the buzz about new open-source social platform Mastodon spread round the internet, some not in the know might have been puzzled and asked themselves, "Wait, noted metal band Mastodon has their own social …

Market research tech startup Attest raises $3.1M
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Market research tech startup Attest raises $3.1M

Attest, a London startup that has built a market research platform to enable companies to get market insights quicker and more often, has picked up $3.1 million in further funding.

Oxford Capital, and Episode 1 led the round, with participation …

RBmedia launches with focus on digital media, acquires Audiobooks.com
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RBmedia launches with focus on digital media, acquires Audiobooks.com

A new digital media company is making its debut with a splashy acquisition: RBmedia, a new entity formed by combining eight brands focused on digital magazine and audio content, will acquire Audiobooks.com, the audiobook streaming and download service the offers …

Alphabet’s Verily offers a more serious take on health monitoring wearables with the Study Watch
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Alphabet’s Verily offers a more serious take on health monitoring wearables with the Study Watch

Designed with long-term medical research in mind, the Study Watch has a vastly different set of hardware requirements than your standard smart watch. The device was designed by Verily, the “V” in Google’s Alphabet, which is devoted to serious medical …

Sapho gets $14M more to make legacy software more useful with ‘micro apps’
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Sapho gets $14M more to make legacy software more useful with ‘micro apps’

In recent years, Microsoft, Facebook and Slack (and many more) have all built new productivity platforms for workers to integrate and communicate about dozens of other API-enabled enterprise apps, but what about productivity tools for those enterprises that have no …

This classy one hitter is a major upgrade from the classic
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This classy one hitter is a major upgrade from the classic

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With seemingly endless ways to consume cannabis, the classic one hitter still remains a staple in most stoner’s collection of pieces.

Typically a metal or ceramic pipe about the size of a cigarette, a one hitter is one of …

Flying cars are never going to happen
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Flying cars are never going to happen

Keep dreaming.

No, you will not one day take a flying car to work.

Flying cars — thrust back into the spotlight thanks to the unveiling of Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk Flyer — have long resided in the realm of …