Plant-based burgers are “ultra-processed” like dog food, meat-backed ads say

Enlarge / The White Castle Impossible Slider is significantly heftier than the White Castle Beef Slider. (credit: Eric Bangeman) A public-relations firm backed by meat producers has unleashed a savage marketing campaign that claims plant-based meat alternatives are unhealthy, “ultra-processed imitations” similar to dog food. The campaign rolled out in recent weeks from the industry-funded firm Center for Consumer Freedom, according to The New York Times. So far, it has included full-page ads and opinion pieces in mainstream newspapers, including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. All the marketing material raises health concerns about trendy meat alternatives, such as the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger.… Read More

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Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change.

Instagram dodges child safety laws. By not asking users their age upon signup, it can feign ignorance about how old they are. That way, it can’t be held liable for $40,000 per violation of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act. The law bans online services from collecting personally identifiable information about kids under 13 without parental consent. Yet Instagram is surely stockpiling that sensitive info about underage users, shrouded by the excuse that it doesn’t know who’s who. But here, ignorance isn’t bliss. It’s dangerous. User growth at all costs is no longer acceptable. It’s time for Instagram to step up and assume responsibility for protecting children, even if that… Read More

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Sundar Pichai is taking over Google parent company Alphabet at a pivotal moment. Here are the key challenges he faces. (GOOG)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is now becoming CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, as well. His promotion comes at a pivotal moment for the $893 billion company. Alphabet faces an array of challenges, from ongoing employee unrest to mounting political and regulatory scrutiny. And Pichai will also have to ensure that its booming business continues to grow and please investors. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, is now officially becoming the CEO of the search giant’s parent company, Alphabet, as well — and he does so at a pivotal moment for the company. The $893 billion tech giant’s business is booming: Revenues are trending… Read More

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