How AT&T’s plan to become the new Facebook could be a privacy nightmare

For years, AT&T and its primary competitor Verizon have looked green-eyed at the ballooning advertising revenues of Silicon Valley. Combined, Facebook and Google control more than half of the $88 billion digital advertising market in the US, and both account for around 90 percent of its growth. Digital advertising now surpasses TV advertising as the largest sector of the market. Telecoms don’t just see those companies’ domination of digital media, social networking, and search as an existential threat. Facebook and Google have dabbled in becoming internet service providers, and they both control global, distributed communications networks. Entities like AT&T also see digital advertising as a lucrative and untapped market it… Read More

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This adorable robot wants to make air travel less stressful

Finding your way through an airport can be an infuriating task. With cancellations, delays, and gate switches, you could find yourself running in circles forever before you board. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines wants to help make that jaunt from security to your gate a little less hectic with a little blue robot. The robot, Care-E, will meet you at the security checkpoint and take you wherever you need to go with your carry-on luggage on its back. To start your trip with the robot, it will prompt you to scan your boarding pass through nonverbal sounds and cues on its screen. KLM will launch the device at New York’s JFK… Read More

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Stranger things: Seattle newspaper has fun with Amazon’s Spheres and a banana on issue cover

(The Stranger / Steven Miller) The Spheres and free bananas. Two recognizable indicators that you’ve wandered into Amazonia in Seattle. Whatever you call those glass orbs at the base of the tech giant’s gleaming office towers, we’ve never seen them quite like this. But that’s the joy of still catching a print copy of The Stranger, Seattle’s alt-bi-weekly, around town. The cover of the issue on newsstands now features a photo illustration by Steven Miller titled “Ceci N’est Pas Une Banane,” or “This Is Not a Banana.” Clearly. And that’s not the cover of a Velvet Underground record either. Amazon’s community banana stands give out something close to 2 million… Read More

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Amazon just hit an all-time high as Prime Day kicks off (AMZN)

Amazon hit an all-time high of $1,830.99 on Monday morning. Prime Day, which kicks off Monday afternoon, could bring in $3.6 billion in sales, one analyst estimates. Follow Amazon’s stock price in real-time here. Shares of Amazon reached a new record of $1,830.99 on Monday morning, hours before the e-commerce giant’s annual Prime Day sale is set to kick off. The 36-hour event could bring in $3.6 billion in sales, one analyst estimates, up from $2.4 billion just a year ago. “There’s a much broader push this year, from discounts, to the type of inventory, and Amazon’s marketing push as well,” Daniel Ives of GBH Insights said in an interview.… Read More

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A facility giving marijuana to people with addiction has had a major shakeup after it felt ‘like walking into a cloud of smoke’

A rehab facility in Los Angeles that gave marijuana to patients dealing with addiction has had a major shakeup. After an internal dispute, the founder of High Sobriety has moved to San Francisco to open a new facility called Remedy Recovery. High Sobriety’s new clinical director said the old facility was “like walking into a cloud of smoke.” The treatment was unconventional. People addicted to everything from alcohol to opioids were given the option of using marijuana to help deal with withdrawal symptoms from their former drugs of choice. But nearly a year after the facility, a Los Angeles-based rehab center known as High Sobriety, opened its doors, a consultant… Read More

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