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To save the news, ban surveillance ads: No publisher will ever beat ad-tech at spying, but no tech company will ever understand a publisher's content better than they do.

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* Judge Makes History, Holding #BorderSearches of Cell Phones Require a Warrant…

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#20yrsago #Streisand suing environmentalists over California Coastline project…

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#10yrsago Turkish Spring: Taksim #GeziPark protests in Istanbul…

#10yrsago Mouldering city built of bread is a metaphor for Earth without humans…

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#5yrsago Vermont offers remote workers a $10,000 subsidy to relocate to the state…

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#5yrsago Oregon employers warn that the state has run out of workers who can pass a drug test…

#5yrsago Customs stole a US citizen’s life savings when he boarded a domestic flight, now he’s suing to get it back…

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#5yrsago The most interesting thing about the “#ThanksgivingEffect” study is what it tells us about the limits of data anonymization…

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#5yrsago #Uganda’s unenforceable #SocialMediaTax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases…

#5yrsago #Vanuatu will use drones to deliver #vaccines across its remote chain of tiny islands…

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#5yrsago Spain’s #austerity-loving, authoritarian Prime Minister loses no-confidence vote and is replaced by a socialist…

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#5yrsago At ex-CIA panelist’s insistence, #OxfordUnion reneges on promise to upload video of #whistleblowing debate…

#1yrago #Inflation is caused by too little capacity: Not too much money…

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