‘We called it Amazon heroin’: Congress makes Jeff Bezos listen to stories from crushed businesses

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At a congressional hearing today, Jeff Bezos rejected claims that his company unfairly crushes competition: “That’s not how we operate the business.” It’s hard to say if anything productive will come out of today’s congressional hearing on big tech companies and their marketplace dominance, but if there is even a sliver of societal value in watching the world’s richest man squirm, then you can’t say it was all for nothing. Read Full Story

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Tim Cook would like to remind you that Apple does not dominate any of its markets

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Tim Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook were among the tech CEOs who downplayed their market dominance in front of Congress today. Wednesday’s Congressional antitrust hearing convened the CEOs of four tech-industry titans: Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. And during their testimonies, each CEO was firmly committed to downplaying the size of his respective corporate behemoth. Read Full Story

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The leadership speech Americans needed to hear during COVID-19 came from the Irish PM

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While the American president bungled the coronavirus response, other world leaders were giving far more clear-headed guidance. Tuesday, on St. Patrick’s Day, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar gave a speech to his small nation that, in a normal world, might have been given by the leader of the free world, the president of the United States. But these are far from normal times. Read Full Story

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Which Big Tech CEO hurt his brand most during the antitrust hearing? The definitive ranking

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This largely ceremonial wrist-slapping of the leaders of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple was also an exercise in the ties between CEO and brand image. On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos all testified before Congress, as lawmakers investigate if and how these companies stifle competition and harm consumers. Read Full Story

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What I learned from talking to 20 diversity, equity, and inclusion experts

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Albrey Brown, head of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Airtable, wanted a fresh perspective in his DEI efforts in 2021, so he talked to experts across industries to find out what they’re thinking. I’ve worked in DE&I for nearly a decade, but I know I still have a lot to learn. So to prepare for 2021 I wanted to hear directly from my colleagues on the ground. I wanted to know what their pain points were and how they were innovating anyway. Read Full Story

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Trump wants to treat COVID-19 with UV light. Here’s why that wouldn’t work

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UV light is a powerful sterilizer against COVID-19. But its use cases are limited. There is no cure for COVID-19, no way to mitigate its virus in our bodies other than our own antibodies. But that hasn’t stopped people from suggesting otherwise. After writing about copper’s ability to kill the virus behind COVID-19 , I had a reader reach out, asking if consuming copper might cure the disease. (Copper is toxic.) Similarly, upon hearing that ultraviolet waves of light, which are projected by the sun, could kill the virus behind COVID-19, President Trump began speculating as to how it might purify our bodies at his press conference on Thursday. Read Full Story

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