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NYC Mayor and Presidential Hopeful Bill De Blasio Wants a Tax On Robots

In an opinion article published last week on Wired, New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio said as president he would issue a robot tax for corporations displacing humans and would create a federal agency to oversee automation. CNET reports: “The scale of automation in our economy is increasing far faster than most people realize, ... Read More »

YouTube Creators Are Turning the Site Into a Podcast Network

Several popular YouTubers — including including Logan Paul, Marques Brownlee, and Emma Chamberlain — have launched podcasts in the last year, “proving YouTube is a bonafide podcast network,” writes Alex Castro via The Verge. “They’re all available through traditional audio platforms, like Apple Podcasts and Spotify, but many also offer video versions that live on dedicated YouTube channels where they’ve ... Read More »

Web Scraping Doesn’t Violate Anti-Hacking Law, Appeal Court Rules

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Scraping a public website without the approval of the website’s owner isn’t a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an appeals court ruled on Monday. The ruling comes in a legal battle that pits Microsoft-owned LinkedIn against a small data-analytics company called hiQ Labs. HiQ scrapes data from the ... Read More »

Someone Just Moved $1B in Bitcoin

A $1 billion Bitcoin transaction has become conspicuous not because of its size but because its sender spent far too much on fees. From a report: Someone could have sent 94K BTC for $35. Social media users were guessing at the origin and destination of the funds on Sept. 6, which involved 94,504 BTC ($1.018 billion). According to Twitter-based monitoring ... Read More »