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To fight ‘evil’ ICE, an engineer pulled his code off Github [The Verge] Engineer Seth Vargo pulled his open source project off Github when he learned Chef, a company that relied on the code, had a government contract with ICE. Chef’s operations ground to a halt.

PayPal reinstates controversial policy of pocketing fees from refunds [The Verge] PayPal is reinstating a controversial policy around its handling of fees in the event of a refund. Starting next month, PayPal will begin pocketing the initial 2.9 percent commission fee sellers forfeit during a transaction even when the seller is refunding a…

Airbnb Isn't Just Any Unicorn About to IPO. It Actually Makes Money – CCN.com [Crypto Coins News] Airbnb announced its intention to IPO next year. The company makes money, so its valuation may not be out of whack.

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE [Wired] Seth Vargo removed a tool used by customers of his former employer, Chef. The company quickly restored it, because the software is open source.

'Inside Bill's Brain' Calls BS on Malcom Gladwell's 'Outliers' Theory [Wired] The author and pundit claimed he knew the formula for the Microsoft cofounder's genius. Davis Guggenheim's Netflix doc shows a much more logical equation.

CHEAP: Get 30% off this souped-up Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 [The Next Web] Google’s Chromebook laptops are no longer “cheap and cheerful” toys only good for light browsing. They can actually do serious stuff, like run Android applications, as well as run fully-fledged Linux distributions.  But to make the most of that, you need a re…

YouTube backtracks on taking badges away from creators after outcry [The Verge] All YouTubers who are currently verified will get to keep their verification status, and YouTubers who are not yet verified will still be able to apply for it once they hit 100,000 subscribers, as creators have in the past.

Chef CEO says he'll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests [TechCrunch] Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from…

Images from New York City’s Global Climate Strike [The Verge] Thousands of people gathered in New York City for the Global Climate Strike, as similar scenes had already played out in Australia, South Africa, Germany, Indonesia, and other countries.

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO [Wired] Dozens of revelers gathered near the top-secret base, purportedly hoping to glimpse some extraterrestrial life—but all they got were memes and selfies.

These are the 17 Crypto Assets, Telegram Included, Coinbase Wants to List – CCN.com [Crypto Coins News] Coinbase crypto exchange has announced that it is coinsidering listing 17 new cryptocurrencies, a day after offering support for Dash.

Get advice on the latest growth tactics from Demand Curve at Disrupt SF [TechCrunch] We’re going to try something new at Disrupt this year, based on the great response we’ve been getting to our startup how-to coverage. We’re going to put service provider experts on our Q&A stage, where you can talk to them directly in-person about key topics …

Netflix Bloodbath: Why NFLX's Market Cap Plunged $12 Billion in 3 Days – CCN.com [Crypto Coins News] Netflix stock (NLFX) plunged by more than 6 percent within hours, wiping out $12 billion from the market cap of the company in 3 days.

Matchstick Ventures raises $30M to back startups in the northern U.S. and the Rockies [TechCrunch] Matchstick Ventures, a seed-stage firm that says it invests in “rapidly growing, yet underserved startup ecosystems,” announced this week that it has raised $30 million for its second fund. That’s a lot more money than the firm’s $5 million seed round. This t…

Why It Matters That YouTube Changed Its Verification System [Wired] For creators, the move is just another example of a giant corporation forcing its whims and experiments on their work.

Take cover, it's a drone with a nail gun! [TechCrunch] The FAA has warned against equipping your drone with weapons such as flamethrowers and handguns. But can a nail gun really be considered a weapon — that is, outside of Quake? Let's hope not, because roboticists at the University of Michigan have made a roofin…

Publicis Sapient's John Maeda explains how big companies can think like startups [TechCrunch] John Maeda has been a professor at the MIT Media Lab, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, designer partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins and most recently served as the head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic. So perhaps it’s no…

Tech CEO tells employees he's obligated to accept any government contract regardless of morality [The Next Web] “I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with the purpose of selecting which U.S. agencies we should or should ...

Facebook Kisses up to Banks as Pushback Threatens Libra Crypto – CCN.com [Crypto Coins News] Facebook crypto chief David Marcus says Facebook would LOVE to have banks join the Libra Association. Banks aren't as excited about the idea.

Epic seems to have paid $10.5 million for Control’s PC exclusivity [Ars Technica] Money likely came as advance against earnings ahead of Epic Games Store sales.

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