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Plant-based burgers are “ultra-processed” like dog food, meat-backed ads say

Enlarge / The White Castle Impossible Slider is significantly heftier than the White Castle Beef Slider. (credit: Eric Bangeman) A public-relations firm backed by meat producers has unleashed a savage marketing campaign that claims plant-based meat alternatives are unhealthy, “ultra-processed imitations” similar to dog food. The campaign rolled out in recent weeks from the industry-funded …

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Sundar Pichai becomes CEO of Alphabet and Google, as Larry Page steps down

Google co-founder Larry Page. (credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Google and Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are no longer executives at Alphabet or Google. The Alphabet CEO and president, respectively, have announced they are leaving their positions. Current Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take over as CEO of both Google and Google’s …

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Mobile industry has stifled eSIM—and the DOJ is demanding change

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Panuwat Sikham) The US Department of Justice has given its tentative approval to a wireless-industry plan to revise eSIM standards, saying that new safeguards should prevent carriers from colluding against competitors in the standards-setting process. But the DOJ warned the industry that it must eliminate anti-competitive provisions from the current …

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Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”

Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org. (credit: Kirk Walter) The courts have long held that laws can’t be copyrighted. But if the state mixes the text of the law together with supporting information, things get trickier. In Monday oral arguments, the US Supreme Court wrestled with the copyright status of Georgia’s official legal code, which includes …

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Natasha Romanoff gets the origin story she deserves in Black Widow trailer

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) has a score to settle with her past in Marvel’s Black Widow. Fans of the MCU have been clamoring for a standalone Black Widow movie for years, but the project kept getting pushed to the back burner, since Marvel was so heavily focused on bringing the long-running Avengers story arc to …

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