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There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well.

Perhaps no other company in history has sold so many different products (354 million) while competing against so many other companies (hundreds). In the past, that power hasn’t lasted. Amazon is betting it will be different.<p>Amazon today is a retailer, a logistics network, a book publisher, a movie …

eCommerce

'There's no future for taxis': New York yellow cab drivers drowning in debt

Ride-hail services like Uber and Lyft have saturated the market, and an exodus of drivers from cabs has made medallion values drop – leaving many owing money<p>The premise is familiar: MD Islam left Bangladesh and came to the United States in search of a better life. He arrived in New York, became a …

Raids in New Jersey town target ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of welfare fraud. 'What is going on here?'

It was a spectacle nobody in this sleepy New Jersey town would forget.<p>Early one Monday morning, police and FBI agents in bulletproof vests bounded up the steps of suburban townhouses and split levels, threatening to break down the doors, hauling out in handcuffs husbands and wives in the …

New Jersey

The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?<p>1. The Madman Theory<p>The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York …

Inside the black market where people pay thousands of dollars for Instagram verification

"I mean if <i>Mashable</i> wants to pay for it, I can get you a blue check over night," reads a recent Twitter direct message.<p>This is a guy who knows a guy, …

Social Media

The Trouble With Ivanka’s Business Partner

The first daughter’s longtime friend and associate is falling afoul of his creditors—and the courts.<p>His vendors call him a “career grifter.” His father’s creditors claim he’s a fraud and a serial extortionist who shakes people down with trumped-up threats of criminal charges. With these and other …

Corruption

Beautiful Latin American Destinations That Are Better Than Europe

For Americans who want to take a trip, Europe has long held the big glamour spots. The beaches of the French Riviera, the ski chalets of the Swiss …

Hot Springs

The 7 Most Unique Restaurants in the World

Dining out can be fun and all (<i>Ooh</i>, look honey. They have a fish tank!), but we pretty much always know what to expect. That is, until we heard you …

8 Instagram Analytics Tools You Should Be Using

Instagram is known mostly for engagement.Simply put: People love interacting with brands and other individuals. Without engagement, social media …

How to use a password manager (and why you really should)

If for some cruel reason I was forced to rewrite that mid-‘90s viral essay / hit single “Wear Sunscreen,” I would replace the titular advice with a simple plea: use a password manager. Like sunscreen, it can be a hassle to apply, but it’s an easy way to stop yourself from getting burned.<p>The reasons …

Information Systems

Hobbyist developers will make $30 million via 'Roblox' this year

<i>Roblox</i> has exploded over the past two years. It's not quite a game and not quite a development platform, allowing players to boot up millions of user-made projects, or create their own games and immediately publish them across all supported platforms. In September 2015, Roblox Corporation was happy …

Behind a Chinese Powerhouse, a Web of Family Financial Ties

When Hainan Airlines wanted to expand in the 1990s, its top executives turned to a little-known businessman in his early 30s, who helped the Chinese upstart develop golf courses, resorts and seaside villas.<p>It was the beginning of a lucrative partnership for the businessman, Wang Wei, one that would …

China

Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism | Timothy Snyder

If Republicans do not wish to repeat the mistakes of the German conservatives of the 1930s, they had better find their courage – and their conservatism – fast<p>Timothy Snyder is the Levin professor of history at Yale University<p>In his committed mendacity, his nostalgia for the 1930s, and his …

Political Science

Why Some Online Video Stars Opt for Facebook Over YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — Laura Clery has the trappings of a YouTube star — seven-figure annual earnings, brand sponsorships and millions of fans who watch her comedy videos — except for one notable difference: She’s finding fame and fortune on Facebook.<p>With three million followers on the social network, Ms. …

Social Media

China's capital controls have delayed Chinese funding to UK startups

In early 2016, it was looking like there would be a big new pot of investment money for British startups, backed by China.<p>Last January, Chinese company Cocoon Networks announced a venture fund worth £500 million, along with a massive co-working space in east London and, apparently, a partnership …

India could become the first digital, cashless society

It's called India Stack.<p><b>The Foundations of a New Financial System</b><p>Before 2009, half of all Indians didn't have any form of identification, not even a birth certificate.<p>Without a form of identification, citizens couldn't access services like banking, insurance, or even get a driver's license. As …

A Refresher on A/B Testing

It’s all about data these days. Leaders don’t want to make decisions unless they have evidence. That’s a good thing, of course, and fortunately there are lots of ways to get information without having to rely on one’s instincts. One of the most common methods, particularly in online settings, is …

Columbia University

Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container …

Startups

Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays

A mysterious “Sponsored Content” opt-out setting recently appeared in Spotify, and now the streaming giant has confirmed to TechCrunch what it’s about. Spotify is now testing a new “Sponsored Song” ad unit that a company spokesperson tells us is “a product test for labels to promote singles on the …

How to rank on the first Google page if you have a low-authority site

The other day I was reviewing an archive of my client’s SEO articles and their rankings. A whole lot of articles didn’t even make the top-30 positions because the competition had much higher DA ranks.<p>Since we were syndicating more newsworthy content to high-profile publications likes Forbes, …

Marketing

Here are 3 things you should do if you want to start buying bitcoin

And because a many readers have said they are going to roll up their sleeves and enter the market themselves, we thought we'd offer three simple pieces of advice to bitcoin beginners.<p><b>Start small</b><p>Speaking from personal experience, I highly recommend that folks looking to buy some bitcoin start with …

Hollywood and TV put the squeeze on UK's low-budget film-makers

Small productions struggle to hit the big screen due to fashion for mega-budget TV dramas and risk-averse US studios focusing on superhero blockbusters<p>As the Cannes film festival rolled up the red carpet for another year, having garlanded a clutch of arthouse critical smashes, spare a thought for …

No More Unused Space: Fit More Storage in a Tiny Bathroom

When it comes to small space living, making the most of <i>all</i> of your available space is everything. Not everyone has sprawling bathrooms with expansive …

Craig Newmark Founded Craigslist To Give Back, Now He's A Billionaire

On March 1, 1995, Craig Newmark fired off an email to his friends. Having been laid off from his job at Charles Schwab, where he had explored the early promise of the internet as a computer engineer, he decided he had reached a time in his life to “give back.”<p>Using his severance package and …

Startups

Slack, an Upstart in Messaging, Now Faces Giant Tech Rivals

SAN FRANCISCO — Slack is the classic Silicon Valley accidental success. Born three years ago, with roots in a failed video game, the messaging software is now used by five million people.<p>The company behind it, Slack Technologies, found success by combining something that Silicon Valley fetishizes — …

Chatbots

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's controversial decision to turn down Yahoo's $1 billion early offer to buy Facebook

<i>This is an excerpt from the book "Becoming Facebook" by Mike Hoefflinger. It's the inside story of Facebook told by the former Head of Global Business Marketing, chronicling the 10 major decisions Facebook made that led from their disastrous stock drop in 2012 to one of the biggest companies in the</i> …

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network<p>Just over a week ago, Donald Trump gathered members of the world’s press before him and told them they were liars. “The press, honestly, is out …

Donald Trump

Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?

They’ve been squaring off for years. Now New York’s attorney general is emerging as the leader of the Trump resistance.<p>“I like you. You and me, we’re going to be best friends.”<p>It is early January, and Eric Schneiderman is sitting in his 25th-floor office above Lower Manhattan, doing his best Donald …

Donald Trump

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese Deal

On the night of Nov. 16, a group of executives gathered in a private dining room of the restaurant La Chine at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The table was laden with Chinese delicacies and $2,100 bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild. At one end sat Wu Xiaohui, the chairman of the …

civics