Trump and Twitter

.entry-header In December 2016, when then-President-elect Donald Trump summoned tech leaders to Trump Tower for a roundtable discussion, there was considerable debate about whether or not executives like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Larry Page, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella should accept the invitation. I argued that they absolutely should in this Daily Update […]

Justin Trudeau Falls Flat On His Blackface – Wonkette

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another blackface scandal. We’ve covered a variety of Al Jolson sightings while on the blackface beat, but this is our first with an international dateline. We learned last night that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore blackface to an “Arabian Nights”-themed party at the private school where he was […]

California can’t set higher auto emissions standards, Trump says – CNNPolitics

  “The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER,” Trump tweeted. The President made the announcement while visiting California for fundraisers. He was in his hotel in Los Angeles when he sent […]

This Fake Ikea Manual Explains the A$AP Rocky Case So Even Donald Trump Can Understand It – Adweek

  A pair of Swedish creatives are poking fun at Donald Trump’s involvement in rapper A$AP Rocky’s legal troubles with an Ikea-inspired manual that gives tongue-in-cheek instructions to the commander-in-chief. If you haven’t been keeping up with the case, here’s what happened: During a tour stop in Stockholm earlier this summer, the rapper—real name Rakim […]

Heat Wave in New York: More Than 27,000 Con Edison Customers Lose Power – The New York Times

  The New York Fire Department also said it was investigating whether an air conditioner contributed to a Queens fire that killed a mother and her daughter. ImageMilo Maimone, 8, and his dad, Tony, rest after working out at the McCarren Park track in Brooklyn on Sunday.CreditCreditGabriella Angotti-Jones for The New York Times [What you […]

Italian Police Seize Air-to-Air Missile, Dozens of Firearms in Raids on Neo-Nazis

The Italian General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS) seized an arsenal of weaponry ranging from bolt-action rifles and automatic weapons to a “combat-ready” air-to-air missile from a neo-Nazi group in a series of raids supported by police in Milan, Varese, Forli and Novara, the BBC reported on Monday. In a statement to the BBC, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rats Are Taking Over New York City – The New York Times

  Gentrifying neighborhoods are a key reason behind the vermin outbreak, which extends beyond New York — Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are also confronting issues. ImageCreditCreditStephen Speranza for The New York Times [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] So many rats regularly lurk on […]