Facebook proves Elizabeth Warren’s point by deleting her ads about breaking up Facebook

Facebook proves Elizabeth Warren’s point by deleting her ads about breaking up Facebook

Today, Facebook removed a number of ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, according to Politico. The ads target tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook and were placed after Warren announced last week that she would work to break up the firms by reversing large acquisitions, if elected president in 2020. Shortly after reports surfaced, Facebook told Politico that it would be restoring the ads that it had taken down. “We removed the…

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Mophie’s Palm battery pack may be the most niche charging accessory ever made

Mophie’s Palm battery pack may be the most niche charging accessory ever made

The Palm phone is not a good phone. It is not a good replacement of a phone. But it is now a phone to join an incredible rare club: it now has a $59.95 Mophie Juice Pack battery case, making it the only device to get a custom case from the accessory company isn’t for an Apple or Samsung phone. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Mophie would take the time and…

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Pelosi isn’t ready to impeach Trump

Pelosi isn’t ready to impeach Trump

Pelosi on impeaching Trump: “He’s just not worth it.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t think impeaching President Donald Trump is a good idea. Pelosi said unequivocally she doesn’t believe the country should go through an impeachment process in a new interview with the Washington Post Magazine’s Joe Heim, saying Trump is “just not worth it” except in the case of bombshell revelations that both parties can agree are disqualifying. “I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told…

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Amazon silently ends controversial pricing agreements with sellers

Amazon silently ends controversial pricing agreements with sellers

Amazon will no longer require third-party sellers to price their products on Amazon lower than they price them anywhere else. It quietly eliminated a clause in its contracts today that critics have called anti-competitive. Price parity agreements, or most-favored nations clauses (MFNs), were formerly used by Amazon in contracts with third-party sellers to ensure that people selling products on the platform did not sell the same products for cheaper on any other platform like eBay…

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We could put humans on Mars in 5 years — if we’re willing to pay for it

We could put humans on Mars in 5 years — if we’re willing to pay for it

NASA’s former chief scientist explains why we should dream even bigger on Today, Explained. After President Donald Trump revealed his budget proposal Monday, NASA had a forward-looking event of its own. The agency plans to build a space station orbiting the moon, send humans back to the moon by 2028, and eventually send them all the way to Mars. NASA has been exploring Mars for more than 20 years with rovers, but Ellen Stofan, the…

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Andrew Yang, the 2020 long-shot candidate running on a universal basic income, explained

Andrew Yang, the 2020 long-shot candidate running on a universal basic income, explained

The “Yang Gang” is growing rapidly. The first Democratic presidential debate in June is likely to feature a lot of familiar faces: Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, maybe Joe Biden or Beto O’Rourke if they decide to run. It’s also likely to feature someone even few political junkies had heard of until very recently: Andrew Yang. Yang, a startup veteran and founder of the nonprofit Venture for America who has…

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John Oliver wants to fight robocalls by robocalling the FCC

John Oliver wants to fight robocalls by robocalling the FCC

Comedian John Oliver is fed up with robocalls and the Federal Communications Commission not doing enough about them — so he’s sent robocalls after the FCC in revenge. Oliver announced on HBO’s Last Week Tonight yesterday that he’s going to send robocalls to the five FCC commissioners — Ajit Pai, Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Geoffrey Starks — every 90 minutes to hopefully annoy the FCC into taking action. Oliver notes that it…

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Trump’s vision for American health care, explained by his budget

Trump’s vision for American health care, explained by his budget

Democratic presidential candidates have spent years building a new vision of American policy, one where a lot more of us get our health insurance from the government. I see President Trump’s newly released budget as his counterproposal to all that. It envisions a really different future, one where government-run health care shrinks — and public programs become more difficult to sign up for. Here are some key health policy features of the Trump budget (you…

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