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Google sells the future, powered by your personal data

“We may analyze [email] content to customize search results, better detect spam and malware,” he added, later noting Google has customized search in this way since 2012. How Google collects data from Gmail users and what it uses that data for has been a particularly sensitive topic. In June 2017, Google said it would stop […]

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The Eurovision Song Contest Is An International Pop Music Extravaganza That You Have To See To Believe

If you thought American Idol was a relatively long-running musical reality TV show, think again. Across the pond, Europeans have been at this game since 1956, the inaugural year of pop culture juggernaut, the Eurovision Song Contest. So though Americans may just becoming familiar with the musical extravaganza, it has a long and illustrious history. […]

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Instead of getting a Mother’s Day gift, try listening to your mom for once

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Quartz staff collected story ideas from our mothers and sought to answer them. This mother asks: How can kids meaningfully honor Mother’s Day? Ah, Mother’s Day. It’s the one day a year when moms are explicitly fêted and appreciated for their boundless love, sacrifices, and wisdom. But are we celebrating moms […]

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik on First Making Waves in 1988’s ‘Beaches’

Like the character she plays on “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik is a neuroscientist — she earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007. Though as Amy Farrah Fowler she’s won the hearts of millions of fans, not to mention Sheldon Cooper, her fiancé on the hit CBS sitcom, acting wasn’t the career she always […]

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Starbucks: No Purchase Needed To Use The Restroom

Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz participates in a discussion at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He said the arrest of two black men was the company’s responsibility. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz participates in a discussion at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., on […]

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Facebook is getting into blockchain — here’s what crypto insiders say it might be building

Facebook executive David Marcus. Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired Facebook is getting into the blockchain business. On Tuesday, news broke that the social network was undergoing a massive reorganization. The company’s assorted product execs were reshuffled into three major categories, and a handful of apps got new leaders. But perhaps most intriguingly, the company now […]

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That time change of address really worked: A Chicago man redirects all of UPS’s mail to his one-bedroom apartment

A Chicago man has been charged in a scam that redirected mail intended for UPS’s corporate headquarters to his one-bedroom apartment. (David Ryder/Reuters) There are apparently some people who want more mail. In a massive scam against one of the world’s largest shipping companies, one of those people got just that. Dushaun Henderson-Spruce, 24, has […]

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Accused robocall ‘kingpin’ fined a record $120 million

The Federal Communications Commission has imposed a record fine on a Florida man who is accused of placing nearly 100 million robocalls. The FCC said on Thursday that it was fining Adrian Abramovich of Miami $120 million for posing a threat to public safety with the “illegal” calls. The FCC, in a citation from June […]

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White people keep calling the cops on black people for no reason. That’s dangerous.

A black Yale student was taking a nap in a common room in her dorm earlier this week when a white student saw her sleeping and decided to call the police. Lolade Siyonbola, who is a graduate student at Yale, was woken up by the classmate and interrogated by law enforcement for 15 minutes. According […]

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Outrage as video shows police officer choking black man in tuxedo at Waffle House

Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee said his office is also investigating the case, and has asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for its help. Footage from Wall’s arrest has prompted complaints from both the local NAACP chapter and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which noted in a statement that the […]