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Peter Thiel has backed a startup that makes it easier to sue - and win — Peter Thiel has backed a small legal startup that has developed an algorithm they say will allow a would-be litigant to learn if they are likely to win their case.

Activists call for Facebook 'censorship' change after Korryn Gaines death — A consortium of activist groups has sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to implement an "anti-censorship policy" at Facebook in its dealings with law enforcement officials in the wake of the death of Baltimore woman Korryn Gaines.

Same Russian hackers likely breached Olympic drug-testing agency and DNC — The cybercriminals who defaced the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) website after it triggered a ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics were likely the same hacking team behind the breach of the Democratic National Committee revealed in July, according to hacking experts.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car becomes paid Alec member despite green efforts — It's not easy enough being green for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Though the auto rental service has trumpeted tree-planting initiatives and its fleet of hybrid vehicles, the Guardian has learned that Enterprise recently became a paying member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), the business consortium that sends legislators prefabricated drafts of laws tailored to obscure scientific discovery that might damage its members' revenues, and help those members avoid environmental regulations.

Roger Ailes biographer: 'The impact could be greater than phone hacking' — When Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was deposed in a lurid sex scandal as the most powerful man in news last month last month, many expressed surprise and others disbelief. Not Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine's national affairs editor, and a man who has most doggedly chronicled the TV executive's reign.

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman to receive $72m payout as he departs — Philippe Dauman is leaving Viacom, according to multiple reports, but he isn't going cheap: the CEO will receive a $72m payout in exchange for his departure, leaving billionaire chairman Sumner Redstone uncontested in his control of the company. Viacom's interim CEO will be Tom Dooley, a 36-year veteran of the conglomerate that owns Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures.

Univision reportedly buys bankrupt Gawker Media at auction for $135m — Univision has purchased Gawker Media for $135m, according to multiple reports. The larger media company bought Gawker at auction after the troubled digital news organization went bankrupt amid a costly legal battle with professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who has funded several suits against Gawker.

Electric cars will need internal combustion engines, MIT scientists say — Electric cars could take over most driving necessities tomorrow, according to a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but they'll need the help of internal combustion engines to do it.

#MakeAmericaBrannigan: Futurama star performs Trump quotes in character — The prolific voice actor Billy West, who played more than 100 characters on Matt Groening's cult classic sci-fi comedy cartoon Futurama, has lent the voice of Zapp Brannigan to a real-world figure almost as audacious as the pant-less spaceship captain: Donald Trump.

Pentagon's Pokémon orders: game must go (outside) for security reasons — The Pentagon has a message for its staff: Pokémon stop. Anyone working at the Arlington, Virginia, headquarters of the US Department of Defense searching for Squirtles and Snorlaxes on the Pokémon Go app has been told to do it outside the building, according to a memo obtained by the Washington Times.
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Aug 26, 2016

RT @HeerJeet: Not something you want to hear about your campaign CEO 70 odd days before an election 

Aug 26, 2016

are chester cheetah and tony the tiger related

Aug 26, 2016

@zinoman yup. his project of always being outside the joke is kind of an amazing one, but it does require him not to have any beliefs.

Aug 26, 2016

@BCDreyer @PippinParker going on the dust jacket of the theoretical future book

Aug 26, 2016

@BCDreyer @PippinParker (wish I could say the awkward phrasing was intentional)

Aug 26, 2016

@BCDreyer @PippinParker the only authoritarians trump's not too big to defeat: the grammar police

Aug 26, 2016

@mccanner it also means having the emotional resources to spare, which (surprise!) tend to come with capital.

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