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Punch Martin Shkreli - it's for a good cause — Please punch Martin Shkreli in the face. He wants you to. If not that, maybe dinner. The 33-year-old former CEO of drug companies Retrophin and Turing Pharmaceuticals became famous last year for raising the price of an antiparasitic drug vital to people with HIV, called Daraprim, from $13.50 to $750 a tablet.

Presidential debate breaks US ratings record in Clinton-Trump face-off — Ratings for the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are starting to trickle in, and while 83 million Americans watched, viewership is not quite as "yuge" as anticipated, the figures are enough to break the 80.6 million viewer record set by the Ronald Reagan's debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980.

How would Salesforce, Google and Disney benefit from buying Twitter? — Twitter is being sold to Disney. No, Microsoft. No, Salesforce. No, Alphabet. The troubled, often controversial microblogging service is suddenly the prettiest tech company at the dance, with suitors clandestinely announced through media outlets including Bloomberg and CNBC throughout the weekend and into Monday morning. None have yet confessed they are serious.

Airbnb raises at least $500m in new funding at $30bn valuation — Sleeping in other people's beds has turned out to be a goldmine for rental startup Airbnb. The controversial Silicon Valley company has raised another half a billion dollars from investors at a price that values the company at $30bn.

Enterprise car rental company leaves Alec after public outcry — Car rental giant Enterprise says it has resigned its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), an anti-regulation lobby group that has pushed against climate change legislation, effective immediately. The announcement follows last month's revelation by the Guardian of the publicly environmentally friendly company's contributions to the group.

US cities launch campaign to crack down on unsanctioned surveillance — Local officials in 11 cities around the US launched a campaign on Wednesday to crack down on the unsanctioned police use of surveillance equipment, especially devices that imitate cellphone towers. The coalition of officials and advocacy groups has said it wants to return authority over domestic spying to the townships and cities across the US that legally oversee police departments.

US to release driverless car guidelines and safety assessment — The White House will release guidelines for self-driving automobiles on Tuesday, as well as model legislation recommended to states that want to follow in the footsteps of California, Florida and Nevada, which have legalized automated vehicles.

Emergency mobile alert on New York explosion suspect sent after incident — New Yorkers were rattled Monday morning by an alert from the Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA) on their mobile devices, calling for their aid in a manhunt for someone suspected of terrorism, the first time the system has been used for such a callout.

HoloLens: the virtual reality headset for elevator repair — Passengers in a ThyssenKrupp elevator in the tallest building in the western hemisphere might have felt their ears pop on the way to the 63rd floor last Thursday. There, using Minority Report-style mixed-reality glasses, the German engineering behemoth had joined Microsoft to demonstrate the bleeding edge of elevator repair technology.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.9m vehicles over defect responsible for three deaths — Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of 1.9m vehicles worldwide on Thursday related to an airbag controller defect that has been linked to three deaths and five injuries.
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