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New York Times’ Ben Smith interview about his move from BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith is leaving for the New York Times for many reasons. We can easily insert Trump into any conversation about anything, but this one happened organically during my chat with Smith

The DOJ Is Finally Suing US Telecom Providers for Robocalls

The US Department of Justice has filed lawsuits (PDF and PDF) against two small telecommunications providers that have allegedly connected hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls from Indian call

Trump Lawyer’s Impeachment Argument Stokes Fears of Unfettered Power

WASHINGTON — When a lawyer for President Trump suggested to senators this week that whatever a president does in pursuit of re-election is inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystalli

Trump Ally Held Event Handing Out Cash in a Black Community

WASHINGTON — A nonprofit organization run by one of President Trump’s most prominent African-American allies recently held an event in a black community where it promoted Trump administration poli

To Truly Move On, the Astros Needed Dusty Baker

When Dusty Baker flew to George Bush Intercontinental Airport last week to meet with executives of the Houston Astros, two reporters greeted him at baggage claim. They asked Baker if it would be tough

John Roberts refused to read Rand Paul’s impeachment question trying to name the whistleblower

Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday refused to read a question from Sen. Rand Paul that appeared intended to out the whistleblower whose complaint eventually led to the impeachment investigation. T

Opinion | When Will We See Bolton’s Book?

The National Security Council’s records office, which is coordinating the review, apparently intends to scour the book not just for classified material but for information implicating executive priv

Maze raises $2 million and adds Figma support to enable user testing at scale – TechCrunch

Maze wants to reinvent usability tests by letting you turn design prototypes into tests in just a few clicks. It could become the equivalent of a developing test suite for developers, but this time fo

Facebook privacy issue settled for $550 million

Facebook has agreed to pay a $550 million settlement over its use of facial recognition technology nearly a decade ago. This comes just days after a relatively unknown startup selling facial recogniti

Google says its new chatbot Meena is the best in the world

Google has released a neural-network-powered chatbot called Meena that it claims is better than any other chatbot out there.Data slurp: Meena was trained on a whopping 341 gigabytes of public social-m

You can now report voter suppression on Twitter ahead of the 2020 election

Twitter’s tool for reporting instances of voter suppression is now available for US users, just days ahead of the 2020 Iowa caucuses (via Politico). In its “report this tweet” drop-down menu, US

Mitt Romney, a Man Alone

By the same token, Mr. Trump has not been shy about heaping scorn upon Mr. Romney. It has created a situation in which some of Mr. Romney’s colleagues have taken their own shots at him, no doubt as