How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide – The New York Times

Uber’s Tactics to Avoid Law Enforcement Mike Isaac speaks on CNBC about Uber’s tool, “Greyball.” SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been banned. The program, involving a tool […]

Real Estate Is Latest Target for Would-Be Disrupters – WSJ

A real-estate startup called Compass Inc. has hired hundreds of sales agents away from older rivals, collected $225 million from marquee investors and amassed a valuation of over $1 billion, all with the pitch that its software can make brokers more efficient. Real-estate veterans say they’re baffled by how the four-year-old firm, active in only […]

Looking for a Left/Libertarian Alliance Against Trump? Maybe Rethink Reflexive ‘#DeleteUber’ Reactions – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Constantly looking for people to punish doesn’t square with a commitment to liberty. Everything went to hell over the weekend for the immigrants and refugees who had been legally approved to live and travel in the United States but were then caught up in President Donald Trump’s terrible executive order banning them from returning back […]

There’s No Security Backdoor in WhatsApp, Despite Reports

Image: AP This morning, the Guardian published a story with an alarming headline: “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.” If true, this would have massive implications for the security and privacy of WhatsApp’s one-billion-plus users. Fortunately, there’s no backdoor in WhatsApp, and according to Alec Muffett, an experienced security researcher who spoke to Gizmodo, […]

James Corden’s Apple Music Ad Is So Bad, I’m Cancelling My Subscription

Apple Music isn’t the most perfect music streaming service, but I like it fine. What I cannot tolerate, however, is shelling out $9.99 each month to a company which does business with the offensively mediocre James Corden. So with a heavy heart, I must announce that I am cancelling my Apple Music subscription. I just […]