Julián Castro has an ambitious plan to fix American policing

Julián Castro has an ambitious plan to fix American policing

The 2020 democratic candidate is the first to release a comprehensive policing reform platform. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has unveiled a comprehensive new policing reform plan aimed at addressing police violence and its effects on communities of color — making him the first and only candidate to present such a detailed proposal to date. Castro’s “People First Policing” plan, released Monday, focuses on ending “over-aggressive” and “racially discriminatory” policing with a series of…

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House Democrats just passed a bill to give DREAMers a pathway to citizenship

House Democrats just passed a bill to give DREAMers a pathway to citizenship

The bill, which would give 2.5 million unauthorized immigrants a pathway to citizenship, is dead on arrival in the Senate. The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would give permanent citizenship to 2.5 million undocumented immigrants on Tuesday, on a final vote of 237-187. Like most of the rest of the Democratic agenda, it’s likely headed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dustbin. House Democrats’ Dream and Promise Act, introduced in March, is…

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Amazon may soon face an antitrust probe. Here are 3 questions the FTC is asking about it.

Amazon may soon face an antitrust probe. Here are 3 questions the FTC is asking about it.

The government regulator has been questioning Amazon’s competitors about its Prime service and how it competes with its own marketplace sellers. Over the past few days, news reports have made it clear that Amazon and its fellow tech giants will soon find themselves the focus of increased antitrust scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, and Congress. On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that the FTC would take on oversight of Amazon, after…

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Apple will permanently remove Dashboard in macOS Catalina

Apple will permanently remove Dashboard in macOS Catalina

Apple’s Dashboard is getting quietly removed from the company’s upcoming macOS Catalina update, as first noted by Appleosophy and later reported by MacRumors. The Dashboard first launched seven years ago with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger in 2005 and saw its final update in 2011 with the launch of OS X 10.7 Lion. The app first introduced the concept of widgets to Apple’s desktop operating system and became a hallmark of OS X design for…

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When US regulators investigated Google before, they gave it a pass. What about now?

When US regulators investigated Google before, they gave it a pass. What about now?

When the European Union looked at Google, it hit the company with about $9 billion in fines. The US government is starting to scrutinize Google, along with the other big tech companies. What will it find when it looks? We can’t predict the future, but we can tell you what regulators have focused on when they’ve looked at Google in the past, because they’ve looked at Google several times, both in the US and in…

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Hertz launches $1,000-per-month car subscription service

Hertz launches $1,000-per-month car subscription service

Hertz is now the latest in an increasingly long line of companies piloting car subscription services. The rental car giant announced Tuesday that it is launching a pilot version of a subscription service called “Hertz My Car” in Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. The Hertz My Car subscription service will be offered in two tiers, both of which include full vehicle maintenance, roadside assistance, damage to the vehicle (though with a $1,000 deductible), and limited…

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Senator calls for FTC investigation into ‘dangerous detox teas’ on social media

Senator calls for FTC investigation into ‘dangerous detox teas’ on social media

On Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote to the FTC requesting a federal investigation into the sale of “detox teas” on social media that are pervasively marketed by influencers on social media. Online influencers like the Kardashians have long peddled weight loss teas to their millions of followers on Instagram and YouTube. Companies like Flat Tummy Co use brand ambassador programs that pay influencers to post a certain number of photos and stories to their…

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