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3 Days Ago   If you’re on social media this morning and see the hashtag #bocyottABC everywhere, here’s why: During Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, broadcaster ABC ran a political ad for a Republican-supporting PAC, New Faces GOP.

3 Days Ago   Beginning January 1, 2020, Amazon-owned Whole Foods will end healthcare benefits for some of its employees, Business Insider reports. The company will cut medical and health benefits for up to 1,900 of its workers.

4 Days Ago   The heads of 145 American companies have written an open letter to Senate leaders urging stronger “red flag” laws and the expansion of firearm background checks, reports the New York Times.

4 Days Ago   France’s powerful finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has announced the country will block the development of Facebook’s upcoming libra cryptocurrency in Europe due to fears it threatens the “monetary sovereignty” of governments, reports the Guardian.

4 Days Ago   In honor of National Recovery Month, Google has announced it is launching a new site aimed at helping the 23 million Americans with an opioid addiction.

5 Days Ago   The video game store chain GameStop has announced that it will shut between 180 and 200 of its stores worldwide. The news comes after the company suffered from a 14.3% decrease in global sales during its second quarter.

5 Days Ago   The California Senate has passed an historic bill that brings gig economy workers within a hair’s breadth of being reclassified from independent contractors to employees, reports Reuters.

6 Days Ago   There’s another nasty strain of malware floating around on Android that could cost users a lot of money. The malware is known as “Joker” and is hidden inside at least 24 apps.

6 Days Ago   China’s richest man and the poster boy for Chinese entrepreneurship, Jack Ma, has officially retired, reports the BBC. Ma cofounded Alibaba in 1999 when he was just 35 years old.

7 Days Ago   Getting a Guinness World Record is usually something to brag about—except if you’re Electronic Arts. The gaming giant, who is the most hated company in the games industry, has received the Guinness World Record distinction for the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.

7 Days Ago   Amazon has announced an Amazon Career Day on September 17 in which it seeks to hire 30,000 permanent workers for jobs in the U.S. The permanent jobs will be for both full-time and part-time positions and pay at least $15 per hour and include “competitive benefits” and skills training.

7 Days Ago   British Airways has announced that is has canceled virtually 100% of its flights worldwide today and tomorrow, Monday, September 9, and Tuesday, September 10. The flight cancelations are due to the planned British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) strikes, which are now in effect after British Airways and the pilots’ union could not come to an agreement.

7 Days Ago   Apple and Foxconn have admitted to breaking a Chinese labor law after an investigation by China Labor Watch reported the violation, reports Bloomberg. Both Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn admitted that in August Foxconn hired more temporary workers to assemble iPhones than were allowed by law.

10 Days Ago   Later today India hopes to make an historic achievement: becoming only the fourth country in history to make a soft landing on the surface of the moon.

10 Days Ago   More than 40% of e-commerce sales in America take place on Amazon’s website, yet the site has long been criticized for its “discoverability”—that is, the ease in which people can discover new products they might not have known they’ve always wanted.

11 Days Ago   In recent years Apple has embraced digital payment technology. First the company introduced Apple Pay in 2014, and most recently it debuted its Apple Card credit card.

11 Days Ago   Apple will likely be bringing its beloved Touch ID biometric authentication sensors back to the iPhone in 2020, according to a report from Bloomberg. However, as has been rumored for some time, Apple will embed the Touch ID sensor under the iPhone’s display instead of having a physical button along the bezel of the phone.

11 Days Ago   In a devastating blow to almost 20% of Facebook’s 2.3 billion users, several unprotected databases were discovered online that contain 419 million records of Facebook users, reports TechCrunch.

12 Days Ago   In a surprising move, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced that she will withdraw the controversial extradition bill that has resulted in months of protests in the special administrative region, reports the BBC.

12 Days Ago   Amazon is testing a new biometric payment system that will let Whole Foods shoppers pay for their shopping simply by waving their hand in front of a scanner, reports the New York Post.

13 Days Ago   Despite the disastrous launch of its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, earlier this year, Samsung is working full steam ahead on its next folding gadget, according to a report from Bloomberg.

13 Days Ago   For the second day in a row, the number of flight cancellations in the United States has reached the thousands. At the time of this writing, FlightAware says at least 1,667 flights have been canceled today.

13 Days Ago   Jane Manchun Wong, the researcher and developer who first discovered that Instagram was testing a feature that would hide a photo’s number of likes from other users, has now made another discovery that is sure to strike terror in the hearts of influencers everywhere.

13 Days Ago   Elon Musk’s SpaceX apparently doesn’t play well with others when it comes to space traffic. As Forbes reports, on Monday the European Space Agency (ESA) said it had to perform collision avoidance maneuvers with its Aeolus Earth observation satellite when it detected that it had a 1 in 1,000 chance of hitting “Starlink 44,” one of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites.

17 Days Ago   Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash–companies that have raked in billions on the backs of workers that don’t have legally protected minimum wages, guaranteed sick days, or traditional health benefits–have announced they will spend almost $100 million fighting legislation in California that attempts to designate those workers as employees instead of independent contractors, reports the New York Times.

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