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Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less:The Mueller Report is much worse for Trump than Barr let onThe full (but redacted) Mueller Report is finally here, in its 448 pages of glory. There are lots of takeaways,...

/ April 18, 2019

Netflix to open a production hub in New York and invest up to $100 million in the city

Start spreading the news. Netflix is coming to New York City in a big way. The streaming media service has committed to invest up to $100 million to build a production hub and hire hundreds of new staffers in the...

/ April 18, 2019

Why is this Seder different from all other Seders?

The idea of making a different type of Seder came about because of my discomfort with a ceremony that in many ways glorifies Jewish exceptionalism and also serves as a justification for the Israeli dispossession and suppression of the Palestinian...

/ April 18, 2019

Overstock’s tZERO Token Market Misses Closing Date for $100 Million Raise

Overstock’s tZERO security token trading platform has once again failed to close on a capital injection by the targeted date. In a letter to shareholders Thursday, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne said the $100 million investment led by Makara Capital and...

/ April 18, 2019

Overstock’s tZERO Token Market Misses Closing Date for $100 Million Raise

Overstock’s tZERO security token trading platform has once again failed to close on a capital injection by the targeted date. In a letter to shareholders Thursday, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne said the $100 million investment led by Makara Capital and...

/ April 18, 2019

A year into Nicaragua crisis: Women face ‘dramatic consequences’

Jinotepe, Nicaragua - Watching nervously for paramilitaries on motorcycles that stalked the street outside her door, Juana Lesage said she has lived "months of terror" since all three of her sons were imprisoned in Nicaragua's violent crackdown last year on...

/ April 18, 2019

The untold truth of Julian Assange

In December 2010, intense civil unrest in Tunisia exploded into a full-blown rebellion thanks in part to a series of U.S. State Department cables released by Wikileaks. The cables highlighted financial shenanigans by the family of Tunisian president and de...

/ April 18, 2019

Breaking Down the Legalese in the Mueller Report | NowThis

The Mueller report is full of legal talk and technicalities that can get confusing — so we’re breaking down what counts as ‘collusion,’ how exactly to define ‘obstruction,’ and why there are so many black bars over these documents. »...

/ April 18, 2019

What’s in the Mueller Report? Live Breakdown | NowThis

MUELLER TIME: What's in the Mueller report? A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is being released today. Trump's Attorney General William Barr has edited out portions he's deemed too sensitive for public release. Our team is working...

/ April 18, 2019

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change, a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal. And if the lawmakers and policy wonks who built the bills have their...

/ April 18, 2019

Huge Bible moments that completely disappeared

The Bible is an odd book. There are talking donkeys, incest, and prohibitions on eating shellfish. But the oddest of all has to be the curse of Ham, which is far less delicious than it initially sounds. In Genesis 9:20-27,...

/ April 18, 2019

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse For Trump Than Barr Let On

If Donald Trump isn’t guilty of obstruction of justice, who ever could be?Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report, made public Thursday in redacted form (on CD, natch), outlined over nearly half of those pages how the president reacted to and...

/ April 18, 2019

‘The War Paintings Are Certainly a Protest’: Artist Nancy Spero on How the Horrors of the Vietnam War Influenced Her Work

Nancy Spero—one of the preeminent feminist artists of the 20th century, whose politically and socially engaged work was born in reaction to the large-scale paintings made by predominantly white men in New York City—is now the focus of the first...

/ April 18, 2019

Facebook says it stored millions of Instagram passwords unencrypted on its servers

On the same morning Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference finally became public, Facebook dropped some troubling news: Millions of Instagram users’ passwords were accidentally stored unencrypted on Facebook’s servers, which means Facebook employees could access them....

/ April 18, 2019

Marijuana Laws Need to Go Beyond Simple Legalization

Marijuana legalization has become increasingly popular over the past few years. States like New Jersey and Wisconsin have contemplated legalizing recreational use in 2019 through state legislation, while others, such as Michigan, legalized it in 2018 through ballot measures. However,...

/ April 18, 2019

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There’s Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

By James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Artificial intelligence systems can – if properly used – help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however, the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s 1984 become more realistic....

/ April 18, 2019

Why is LinkedIn producing original journalism? LinkedIn editor-at-large Jessi Hempel explains.

The core business of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is helping professionals network and find new jobs — but unlike its social media peers, it’s unabashedly a media company, too. A team of 50 editors, led by editor-in-chief Dan Roth and editor-at-large Jessi...

/ April 18, 2019

Christie’s Is Riding the Modigliani Market With the Sale of a Sculpture That Could Fetch $40 Million This May

The prices paid for works by Amedeo Modigliani at auction have been eye-popping for most of the past decade, with his richly colored nudes achieving some of the highest sums ever recorded at public sales. Christie’s is betting the streak...

/ April 18, 2019