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The best things I bought in September to make working and living at home easier

My quest for making pandemic life a little less taxing through “Order Confirmed” emails continues. Courtesy of Apple AirPods Pro, $249 Bandwagon, I am here for you. In the pre-pandemic world, I liked having wired headphones as a signal that I was unavailable for conversations with random men who thought I might like to chat …

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U.S. antitrust investigation of Google is coming to a head. Here’s what you need to know

Google’s search engine, one of the most-profitable businesses in history, is about to face its biggest challenge as the U.S. government readies an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of crushing competition to protect and extend its monopoly. After a 14-month investigation, the Justice Department is homing in on whether Google skews search results to favor …

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Donald Trump is a master of hypnotism. How he used the power on America—and then himself

Among other things, Donald Trump’s a potent hypnotist. So reveals Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, the most brilliantly mordant cartoon since Charles Addams left the building. Adams is also an author and a social media influencer. And, as he frequently points out, a hypnotist. Adams presciently predicted Trump’s 2016 victory. He told Reason over …

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We need a million more volunteers for COVID vaccine and drug trials. Can Harrison Ford convince you to sign up?

It was Ashton Kutcher’s idea, originally. The actor and technology company investor was talking recently with David Agus, M.D., CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine at USC, about a formidable challenge in the battle against COVID-19: recruiting enough volunteers for the many clinical studies needed to test experimental vaccines and therapies. …

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Hype beasts, the ‘Yeezy’ problem, and $950 cassette tapes: How crypto startup Zora is helping musicians create new revenue streams

Andre Anjos, known to his fans as RAC, won a Grammy for his 2017 remix of the song “Tearing Me Up,” but this success has not made it easy for the Portland musician to make a living. He blames a digital economy that fails to value the labor of songwriters and other creative artists. “The …

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China is inching toward another trade war

Australia’s relationship with its largest trading partner is in rapid decline. Over the course of this summer—or winter, to Canberra—Beijing has imposed 80% tariffs on Australian barley, launched anti-dumping investigations into Australian wine, blocked Australian beef, arrested an Australian journalist, and reportedly banned two Australian academics from visiting China. But the seemingly sudden decline has, …

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Magic Leap tried to create an alternate reality. Its founder was already in one

Reality finally set in for Rony Abovitz in May. The augmented reality headset that had been under development for nine years inside his company, Magic Leap, had been a colossal flop. In a tearful address over video conference, Abovitz told employees that he would resign. Abovitz, whose infectious optimism helped Magic Leap secure total investments of about $3.5 billion, …

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