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FCC tells Paypal to knock it off with the robocalls

Although Paypal's new take-it-or-leave-it terms-of-service give it the right to give robocallers your phone number for endless harassment, the FCC has warned the company that this idea isn't just stupid and evil, it's also illegal.

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Terry Pratchett's daughter says she will not write or authorize more Discworld books

Rhianna Pratchett's announced that The Shepherd's Crown will be the last Discworld novel, because "They are sacred to dad."

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Man who channels alien from the future bombards Tumblr GIF artists with takedown notices

Darryl Anka telepathically channels a space alien from the future named Bashar who lives on the planet Essassani; on this basis, he has claimed many copyright infringements in the creations of Tumblr's GIF artists.

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A tempting offer


Spotted outside Fix Coffee on Whitecross Street in London.

Rupert Murdoch stepping down as Fox CEO


The media titan ran the company like a family business while enjoying access to titanic quantities of capital from investors who were denied access to the decision-making apparatus.

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Inside Columbia House's old "8 CDs for the Price of 1" deal

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Remember this ad? Four former Columbia House employees reminisce about the best worst deal in music buying history.

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Haunting science fiction about personal obsolescence


Paul Ford's story for Motherboard, "The Last Museum," concerns the obsolescence of a tech exec who's self worth was tied up in streaking past the Zucks and Jobses and Evs and Marissas of today, and is now confronting his own passing strangeness.

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Internet users care about their privacy but have given up on safeguarding it

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XOXO opens a community space for events, indie art and tech


The brilliant, Portland-based festival is now a year-round phenomenon, housed in a 13,000 sqft refurbed WWII ship-building factory that will incubate and nurture independent art and technology and house events year round.

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CVS security guards sue: "they made us tail black and Latino customers"

Four former CVS security employees in NYC have sued the company for making them enforce a "shopping while black" policy that had them tailing black and Latino customers around the store, watching them for theft.

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A startup that will feed you while making airplane noises


The startup that will come to your house and put your trashcans out and bring them in again implies a dystopian world of entitled one percenters and vast, desperate piece-workers, but I never dreamed it would go as far as Here Comes the Airplane.

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Pornoscanner lobbyist's new job: overseeing TSA spending


Christopher Romig was the top lobbyist for the aptly named Rapiscan, but now he's got a better gig: staffer for the House Appropriations Committee's Homeland Security Subcommittee, which controls the TSA's spending.

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How musicians can piece together a record label from pieces of the Internet


Rutgers law prof Michael Carrier rebuts the RIAA's assertion -- backed by laughably cherry-picked bad stats -- that the number of working musicians is in decline.

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Business lessons from "pirates, hackers, gangsters and other informal entrepreneurs"

Amidst all the business books lionizing the likes of Steve Jobs (while minimizing his start as a blue-box peddling criminal) comes The Misfit Economy, a history of the business-practices of "pirates, hackers, gangsters and other informal entrepreneurs."

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Real estate bubble drives urban blight


The West Village's unique identity made it one of the most valued real-estate spots in the world, which is why its bohemian tenants are being forced out by landlords who jack up the rent and leave the place empty until they can convince a multinational to sign a lease -- it's Mark Jacobs versus Jane Jacobs.

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Swiss cops' dawn raid snags top FIFA officials


Six top executives of international football's (notoriously corrupt) governing body were arrested at the crack of dawn in their Zurich hotel by Swiss police acting on a US criminal corruption warrant.

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Charter to buy Time Warner Cable

asdfasgs Charter Communications plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $78.7bn deal. The acquisition follows an earlier attempt by Comcast to buy TWC, a plan foiled by regulators worried about lack of competition in the market for high-speed internet.

The combined company will be the second-largest U.S. cable operator and the largest in Southern California. It will be the third-largest pay TV company in the U.S. behind Comcast and the planned AT&T-DirecTV. It would be the biggest player in such major markets as New York and L.A. Overall, the combined cable company would have 23.9 million total subscribers in 41 markets, compared with Comcast’s roughly 27 million customer relations as of the end of the first quarter.

Tl;dr together they will account for 34 percent of the US cable market, and still not be as big as that beast, Comcast, with 42 percent.