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Read the mud-slinging pitches Facebook’s PR firm sent us  – TechCrunch

Read the mud-slinging pitches Facebook’s PR firm sent us  – TechCrunch Facebook’s latest PR crisis has cast a lurid spotlight on a GOP-led publicity firm called Definers Public Affairs, after a New York Times investigation revealed last week the firm had sought to discredit Facebook critics by, in one instance, linking …

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How cities can fix tourism hell – TechCrunch

How cities can fix tourism hell – TechCrunch A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve …

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UN warns over human rights impact of a “digital welfare state” – TechCrunch

UN warns over human rights impact of a “digital welfare state” – TechCrunch The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns about the UK’s rush to apply digital technologies and data tools to socially re-engineer the delivery of public services at scale, warning in a …

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Facebook under pressure over Soros smear tactics – TechCrunch

Facebook under pressure over Soros smear tactics – TechCrunch Facebook is facing calls to conduct an external investigation into its own lobbying and PR activities by an aide to billionaire George Soros. BuzzFeed reports that Michael Vachon, an advisor to the chairman at Soros Fund Management, made the call in …

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Amazon did exactly what it should have with its HQ2 process – TechCrunch

Amazon did exactly what it should have with its HQ2 process – TechCrunch I love my colleague Jon Shieber, he’s a great guy. But his arguments against Amazon’s HQ2 process are just wrong, and are part of an increasingly poisonous atmosphere around employment growth and prosperity in America. Our normally-scheduled …

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London’s transport regulator looks to startups to help fix urban mobility – TechCrunch

London’s transport regulator looks to startups to help fix urban mobility – TechCrunch London’s transport regulator, TfL has announced a partnership with Bosch for its forthcoming co-working space in Shoreditch. The civic tech project is intended to run for 18 months as a pilot — though Bosch’s ‘Connectory’ co-working facility …

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How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities – TechCrunch

How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities – TechCrunch Earlier this week in a new experimental newsletter I’ve been helping Danny Crichton on, we briefly discussed transit pundit Jarrett Walker’s article in The Atlantic arguing against the view that ridesharing and microtransit will be the …

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