Subway Got Too Big. Franchisees Paid a Price.

A Subway in Queens.CreditCreditAn Rong Xu for The New York Times Operators say they’ve lost their stores to conflicted managers over petty infractions, like cucumbers sliced too thick and sabotaged meatball bags. A Subway in Queens.CreditCreditAn Rong Xu for The New York Times Manoj Tripathi couldn’t shake the feeling that someone had a vendetta against […]

Partisan gerrymandering is upheld by Supreme Court – Los Angeles Times

In February 2016, Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson review historical maps in an extra session of the North Carolina General Assembly. (Corey Lowenstein / Associated Press) The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the partisan gerrymandering that has allowed Republicans to control power in several closely divided states. A majority ruled that […]

Biden Has Not Changed. The Politics, Culture and Mood of His Party Have. – The New York Times

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in April.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times Joseph R. Biden Jr. was addressing an elite audience, describing how as a young senator he had learned to work with Jesse Helms, the right-wing North Carolinian known for his fierce opposition […]

Inside the Radicalization-Engine of AutismOne, the Largest Anti-Vaccine Conference in America

It seemed virtually inevitable that I would be thrown out of AutismOne, a yearly conference that has been accused of being a hive of anti-vaccine sentiments, bad science, scaremongering and worthless products. The conference has, after all, ejected several science bloggers who have previously attended, as well as a Chicago Tribune journalist, a filmmaker, and […]

Hundreds of NYC Taxis Are About to Go Programmatic Thanks to a Funding Boost From Google – Adweek

Investment brings Firefly’s total to more than $51 million Firefly founders Kaan Gunay (l.) and Onur Kardesler’s company emerged from stealth mode just a few months ago. New York’s taxi-top ads have been in vogue since the 1970s. Now, Firefly wants to give them a tech-forward twist. The company is mounting 300 of its programmatic screens […]

In Data-Driven World, Consumers Likely to Overestimate Their Information’s Value

Median average responses varied: On the lower end, a consumer’s email address, shopping history, full name, mailing address and employment history all came in at $50 a piece, while the most sensitive information — biometric data, banking information and Social Security number — garnered the highest average of $1,000. Experts say consumers don’t typically think […]

Can This Coalition Between Agencies, Brands and Tech Giants Make Our Online World Safer? – Adweek

CANNES, France—You’ve seen the play before, but this time around, its cast is a bit more impressive. Today in Cannes, a group consisting of some of the world’s largest advertisers (Adidas, Mars, Unilever, Mondelez, General Mills, Diageo, GSK, Mastercard, Nestlé, P&G, LVMH, etc.), five major media holding companies (Omnicom, Dentsu, Publicis, IPG and GroupM), a […]