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August 2, 2021


The App With the Unprintable Name That Wants to Give Power to Creators

New York Times
In October, Ms. Lugrin posted a blog post announcing FYPM, which, she wrote, was “birthed out of rage.” Taking aim at influencer marketing platforms, she said most were “really just another platform designed to help more business owners exploit influencer talent, but in a new ‘innovative’ way!” After building a......

Zoom Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Zoombombing’

New York Times
Zoom Video Communications, the videoconferencing company whose internet app became a mainstay of American life during the coronavirus pandemic, has agreed to pay $85 million and improve its security practices to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated the privacy of its users. Filed in March 2020, not long after the......

How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics

New York Times
One radio show that appears to have been part of that effect is Coast to Coast AM, which is syndicated on 640 local stations and reaches nearly three million weekly listeners. Its host, George Noory, has in recent years interviewed Dr. Tenpenny, Robert Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and anti-vaccine activist,......

To Fight Vaccine Lies, Authorities Recruit an ‘Influencer Army’

New York Times
In March, the White House also orchestrated an Instagram Live chat between Dr. Fauci and Eugenio Derbez, a Mexican actor with over 16.6 million Instagram followers who had been openly doubtful of the vaccines. During their 37-minute discussion, Mr. Derbez was upfront about his concerns. “What if I get the......

‘X’ Marks the Spot: Officials Map a Route Out of the Pandemic

New York Times
At their regular pandemic response meetings over the past year, officials in Suffolk County, N.Y., found themselves returning, again and again, to questions of geography. “One of the common questions I used to get was, ‘Where is it bad?” said Dr. Harsha Rajashekharaiah, the senior project coordinator for the county’s......

Can Paramount+ Succeed? One Producer Hopes to Make It So.

New York Times
Like so many other writer-directors, Alex Kurtzman grew up worshiping film. But he is adaptable — and in the streaming era, that is a very lucrative trait. Mr. Kurtzman, the onetime writer of the “Transformers” movies and the director of the 2017 film “The Mummy,” recently renegotiated his deal at......

A Fire in Minnesota. An Arrest in Mexico. Cameras Everywhere.

New York Times
The A.T.F., which is tasked with investigating arson cases, released photos of suspects, offering $5,000 for helpful tips from the public. A video of Mr. Felan “went viral,” leading to “several tips, including from individuals who wish to remain anonymous,” an A.T.F. agent said in a court document. (The A.T.F.......

Social media platforms are failing to monitor anti-Semitism, two reports say.

New York Times
July 30, 2021, 5:51 p.m. ET July 30, 2021, 5:51 p.m. ET On Instagram, a detail from a medieval painting was superimposed with words suggesting Jews were responsible for the deaths of children. On Twitter, a photoshopped image of world leaders with the Star of David on their foreheads was......

Bezos’ Rocket Company Loses Challenge to NASA SpaceX Moon Contract

New York Times
The G.A.O. also said that NASA had fairly evaluated the three proposals, and although it agreed that NASA had improperly waived one requirement for SpaceX, that mistake was not serious enough to merit redoing the competition. “Despite this finding, the decision also concludes that the protesters could not establish any......

Nooses, Anger and No Answers: Inside the Uproar Over a Future Amazon Site

New York Times
Representatives for Amazon and the other companies involved say they have done everything they can, delaying construction twice, adding security and cameras at the site and putting up $100,000 in award money for anyone who can provide information about the nooses. Those are unusual steps, particularly for Amazon, which often......

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

New York Times
Disney, citing the ongoing coronavirus threat, ultimately decided to release several major movies simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access. It used the strategy in May for “Cruella,” which starred Emma Stone and took in $221 million worldwide. (Disney has kept Disney+ revenue for “Cruella” a secret.) On Friday,......

Activision, Facing Internal Turmoil, Grapples With #MeToo Reckoning

New York Times
More than 1,500 workers for the video game maker Activision Blizzard walked out from their jobs this week. Thousands signed a letter rebuking their employer. And even as the chief executive apologized, current and former employees said they would not stop raising a ruckus. Shay Stein, who used to work......

Robinhood’s shares fall in its public trading debut.

New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Robinhood helped propel a “meme stock” frenzy earlier this year that sent stock prices of small companies on a roller-coaster ride. On Thursday, its own initial public offering was far more subdued. Shares in the stock trading start-up opened trading at $38, the same price as its......

Trevor Milton, the Nikola Founder, Is Charged With Securities Fraud

New York Times
Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed securities fraud charges against Trevor Milton, the former chief executive of the electric vehicle start-up Nikola, the most prominent case against an executive with a business that listed its shares on the stock exchange through a merger. An indictment by the U.S. attorney’s office in......

Why Turkey’s Regulators Became Such a Problem for Google

New York Times
Type “running shoes,” “best laptop” or “camping equipment” into Google from just about anywhere in the world and the top of the screen will show a carousel of ads from websites promoting products to browse and compare. Not in Turkey. Google eliminated those advertisements last year after Turkish antitrust officials......

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