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Why I’m a digital reactionary

I was born in the house my father built, but it was ruled by my mother, Ann. It was 1998, and the analog world was crumbling in the face of the digital revolution. Most saw this impending shift as an accomplishment to be heralded. A few saw it as an inevitability to be managed. But Ann saw the digital age for what it would be—a siege upon the human psyche. 

Guided by raw instinct, Ann defended her children, launching into the breach with a crusader’s zeal. There was to be no TV on weekdays. Video game consoles were verboten. Computer time was strictly limited to two hours per week of Freddi Fish or similar CD-ROM games. Relative to my surroundings, to my friends who had Game Boys in their pockets and televisions in their rooms, my upbringing was austere in a way that felt personal. “Why me, why do I

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Amazon Drivers Say Smartphones-In-Trees Scheme Has Been Thwarted

Amazon.com Inc. contract drivers have noticed a sudden change this week in how the company assigns delivery routes, a sign that it has found a way to prevent rogue operators from gaming the system to snatch orders first.

Bloomberg on Tuesday revealed that drivers were putting smartphones in trees outside Whole Foods and Amazon delivery stations in the Chicago area to get a jump on rivals. Drivers in Las Vegas and the Washington, D.C., area also reported spotting mysterious phones outside Whole Foods locations.

Several drivers in cities around the U.S. said they’re now getting more routes even when they’re several miles from Whole Foods locations, an abrupt change from the past several weeks when they said such work was scarce. One driver said the phones once placed in trees near a Chicago-area Whole Foods have disappeared, along with the people who lurked nearby. A driver in Tennessee who lives

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Revlon Sees Suit Over Flawed Software Rollout Tossed

Law360 (September 18, 2020, 8:17 PM EDT) — A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed a proposed class action that alleged cosmetics company Revlon and its executives misled investors about problems with its new software, citing the “abundant disclosures” Revlon made about the flawed rollout.

In dismissing the suit, U.S. District Judge Rachel P. Kovner said investors didn’t show Revlon or its executives intended to deceive them about how poorly its new software was running and how it had hurt manufacturing operations, sales and, ultimately, stock prices.

Citing the many cautionary statements made before and after the software rollout, Judge Kovner said the “steady stream of warnings renders…

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