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January 17, 2021

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Peloton’s Rapid Rise Is Threatened by Its Slow Delivery

New York Times
“It’s like telling somebody you’re going to get a puppy and now you’re not,” Ms. Sinclair said. She gets frustrated now when she sees ads for Peloton and articles about the company’s founders and their lifestyles, she said. “They grabbed all of our money, and here they are getting put......

A QAnon ‘Digital Soldier’ Marches On, Undeterred by Theory’s Unraveling

New York Times
Despite these delusions, Ms. Gilbert — a self-described mystic who has written four books, with titles like “Swami Soup” — mostly struck me as a New Age eccentric who could use some time away from screens. She disdains the mainstream media, but she agreed to be profiled, and we kept......

Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says

New York Times
Military experts call hypersonic warheads the next big thing in intercontinental warfare. They see the emerging arms, which can deliver nuclear or conventional munitions, as zipping along at up to five miles a second while zigzagging through the atmosphere to outwit early-warning satellites and interceptors. The superfast weapons, experts say,......

As Trump Clashes With Big Tech, China’s Censored Internet Takes His Side

New York Times
After Twitter and Facebook kicked President Trump off their platforms, and his supporters began comparing his social media muzzling to Chinese censorship, the president won support from an unexpected source: China. “Legally he’s still the president. This is a coup,” said one comment, which included an expletive, that was liked......

TikTok Is Poised to Outlast Trump, and to Test Biden

New York Times
TikTok is about to outlast President Trump. Now, the company could become an early test of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stance toward Chinese tech companies. Mr. Trump demanded last year that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, sell the viral video app. He said TikTok raised urgent national security concerns, on......

Consumer Groups Target Amazon Prime’s Cancellation Process

New York Times
LONDON — Those who have tried ending a membership in Amazon Prime, the technology giant’s digital subscription service, may be familiar with the multi-click process: warnings that cancellation will mean losing “exclusive benefits,” and prompts to reverse course, or switch to an annual membership instead. Consumer rights groups in Europe......

After Barring Trump, Facebook and Twitter Face Scrutiny About Inaction Abroad

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LONDON — In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Facebook kept up posts that it had been warned contributed to violence. In India, activists have urged the company to combat posts by political figures targeting Muslims. And in Ethiopia, groups pleaded for the social network to block hate speech after hundreds were......

Connecticut is investigating Amazon’s practices in the e-books market.

New York Times
Connecticut’s top law enforcement official said on Wednesday that he was conducting an antitrust investigation into how Amazon runs its e-books business. William Tong, Connecticut’s attorney general, said in a statement that the state “has an active and ongoing antitrust investigation into Amazon regarding potentially anticompetitive terms” in the distribution......

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

New York Times
Neeraj Agrawal, a spokesman for a cryptocurrency think tank, has typically used the encrypted messaging app Signal to chat with privacy-minded colleagues and peers. So he was surprised on Monday when the app alerted him to two new users: Mom and Dad. “Signal still had a subversive shine to it,”......

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