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Microsoft teams with Baidu to help bring its self-driving car project to the world
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Microsoft teams with Baidu to help bring its self-driving car project to the world

Baidu is getting an assist from Microsoft to expand its self-driving sights beyond China.

Baidu, the company behind China’s largest search engine and other assorted Google-esque projects, just got a big hand from the West to expand its self-driving car …

WeWork will launch in Japan with the help of SoftBank
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WeWork will launch in Japan with the help of SoftBank

WeWork is gearing up to launch its co-working spaces in Japan, thanks to a joint-venture with SoftBank, SoftBank said today. As part of the arrangement, SoftBank and WeWork will each own 50 percent of the joint-venture, which will go by …

Life with Bixby is equal parts futuristic and frustrating
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Life with Bixby is equal parts futuristic and frustrating

In the future, the voice of Bixby — Samsung’s virtual assistant — will ring forth from refrigerators and smart speakers and who knows what else. No wonder the company is taking its time with it. For those who really can’t …

Postmates now allows drivers to opt out of mandatory arbitration
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Postmates now allows drivers to opt out of mandatory arbitration

In fall 2015, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against delivery service Postmates which challenged the legality of the company’s mandatory arbitration agreement between it and its contractors. In Postmates’ fleet agreement, which contractors must sign as a …

FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules
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FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules

As new FCC Commissioner Aji Pai telegraphed last week, the Commission voted today to stay a set of privacy rules for broadband providers, adopted last year, which would have come into effect tomorrow.

The stay is ostensibly because the rules, …

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

Image: Mashable composite, blizzard entertainment/twitch

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 …