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Brian Merchant: What a utopian experiment in government by computer can teach us about building a humane future

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This month marked the 50th anniversary of the so-called "other 9/11" — the military coup in Chile, led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, that ended in the death of the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende.

The milestone has spurred difficult retrospectives, commemorations and reexaminations of the ensuing decades of violent dictatorial...Read more

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California workers who cut countertops are dying of an incurable disease

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Inside the row of workshops in an industrial stretch of Pacoima, men labored over hefty slabs of speckled stone, saws whining over the sounds of Spanish-language rock.

Pale dust rose around them as they worked. Many went without masks. Some had water spurting from their machines, but others had nothing to tamp down the powder rising in the air....Read more

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Why green air travel will save US corn farmers from extinction

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For U.S. corn farmers, the rise of green jet fuel is their best hope of staving off an existential threat.

With battery-powered cars poised to slash gasoline demand by 2040, corn-ethanol makers need to find new markets, and fast. After all, roughly 40% of the country’s output of the grain is used to make the biofuel that’s blended into ...Read more

Silicon Valley tech giants HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise agree to pay $18 million over age-bias claims

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After a seven-year legal battle, technology industry icon HP and its spinoff Hewlett Packard Enterprises have agreed to pay $18 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing them of purging older workers, according to a court filing.

The lawsuit went on so long that lead plaintiff Donna Forsyth, a manager laid off at age 62 after 17 years ...Read more

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Khan seeks to end Amazon 'illegal conduct,' quiet on breakup

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Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan stopped short of explicitly calling for a breakup of Inc., but said that her agency would ask a judge to halt the company’s “illegal conduct” if its antitrust suit succeeds.

In her first public comments after the FTC filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon of monopolizing online marketplace ...Read more

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'Unprecedented' theft contributed to $112 billion in retail losses last year

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Losses from retail crime ticked up in 2022, causing many retailers across the country to change the way they do business, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the National Retail Federation.

"Retailers are seeing unprecedented levels of theft coupled with rampant crime in their stores, and the situation is only becoming more dire," ...Read more

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Apple, Google agreed to 'defend' search deal from regulators

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Apple Inc.’s lucrative agreement to use Alphabet Inc.’s Google as the default search engine for the iPhone includes a provision that the two tech giants will “support and defend” the deal against government scrutiny, a top Apple executive said at an antitrust trial.

Their longtime contract was renegotiated in 2016 to include the ...Read more

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Elon Musk says auto union's demands would bankrupt Big Three carmakers

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Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk blasted the United Auto Workers Tuesday, saying the union’s demands would “drive GM, Ford and Chrysler bankrupt in the fast lane.”

President Joe Biden endorsed the UAW’s demand for a major wage increase during a visit to a picket line at a General Motors Co. plant in suburban Detroit earlier...Read more

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California's new oil watchdog questions price spike as gas crosses over $6 in San Diego

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The director of California's new Division of Petroleum Market Oversight has raised some questions about the surge in gasoline prices that has socked drivers across the state.

In a four-page letter sent Friday to Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders in Sacramento, Tai Milder pointed to the rising cost of crude oil but said, "Those increases...Read more

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NCR announces timing, stock details of impending split

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The split of automated teller and financial technology company NCR is expected next month, and both new entities will continue to operate out of Atlanta.

NCR, one of Atlanta’s largest public businesses and long-rumored as a potential acquisition target, has said dividing the businesses will spur further value for shareholders. The company ...Read more

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MGM, Caesars face class-action lawsuits over cyberattacks

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Lawsuits filed against some of the biggest names on the Las Vegas Strip allege the gaming companies failed to protect customer data during recent cyberattacks.

Five class-action lawsuits filed in Nevada District Court last week say that Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International failed to protect the personal identifiable information ...Read more

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The writers' strike deal is a big step, but roadblocks remain for Hollywood's return to work

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Hollywood breathed a collective sigh of relief Sunday night when the Writers Guild of America and the major studios announced a tentative deal for a new contract.

The nearly five-month strike — among the longest in the union's history — secured what the guild described as significant wins for writers, but also had a devastating effect on ...Read more


Uber strikes deal to partner with Yellow Cab, other taxi fleets in Southern California

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Uber took another leap forward in its plan to pull more taxis onto its platform, announcing a partnership on Tuesday with Los Angeles Yellow Cab and other taxi fleets in Southern California.

The deal gives six taxi fleets operating in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties access to trip referrals from Uber.

Uber, soon after it was ...Read more

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Seattle tops major cities for share of workers in tech

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Has the tech industry, and the preponderance of tech workers, had a positive or negative impact on Seattle?

There's a wide range of feelings among city residents, but overall, it seems most folks think it's been positive. A Seattle Times/Suffolk University poll this year found 67% of Seattleites think the tech industry has generally improved ...Read more

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Atlanta-area girls who want to be pilots get VIP intro from Delta

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ATLANTA — Gatlyn Ligon was just a teenager when she took a special charter flight that was flown by an all-female Delta Air Lines crew who aimed to inspire girls to consider a career in aviation.

Now, just eight years later at the age of 25, Ligon is a Delta pilot flying the Airbus A320.

“I love flying,” Ligon said. She started taking ...Read more

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Need a side gig? UPS says it needs 100,000 workers for the holidays

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UPS said Tuesday it plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers for the peak holiday shipping season this year.

The volume of packages UPS delivers on a daily basis can nearly double during the holiday season, driving the need to ramp up staffing significantly.

The company plan to hire full-time and part-time drivers and package handlers ...Read more

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Tesla's China exports in crosshairs of EU anti-subsidy probe

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One automaker is looming larger than any other in the investigation of electric vehicles flowing into the European Union from China: Tesla Inc.

During the evidence-gathering that precipitated this month’s surprise announcement of an EU anti-subsidy probe into Chinese EVs, the U.S. carmaker was among the companies found to have likely ...Read more

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Parts falling into place for NASA's next moon rocket for Artemis II

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The reigning title holder for world’s most powerful rocket saw action on both its center core and its two solid rocket boosters this month, with pieces for the Artemis II launch coming together as NASA aims to send humans on a trip around the moon next year.

Arriving by train to Florida on Monday were all 10 segments for the two side boosters...Read more

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Brian Merchant: The writers' strike was the first workplace battle between humans and AI. The humans won

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The historic, 146-day writers' strike finally appears to be over. Details are scarce, but the Writers Guild of America sounds triumphant: It's calling the deal "exceptional" and heralding gains in just about every arena. And though there are many reasons that the union ultimately won out — smart organizing and a memeable picket line, strong ...Read more

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US consumer confidence drops to a four-month low on outlook

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U.S. consumer confidence slumped to a four-month low in September, dampened by a deteriorating outlook for the economy and labor market.

The Conference Board’s index declined to 103 this month from an upwardly revised 108.7 in August, data out Tuesday showed. The figure fell short of the median estimate of 105.5 in a Bloomberg survey of ...Read more