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Michelle Cheng / Quartz:
Judge rules that DoorDash must arbitrate 5,000+ workers' labor disputes, which may cost the company millions, denying its attempt to move to a class-action suit  —  How to Manage People  —  Advice, observations, and real-life examples.  —  A federal judge in San Francisco …

In this election there are two sides. One side believes in the rule of law, the other doesn't. Everything else, to be settled later, once the rule-of-law is re-established.

It's great that Bloomberg is spending huge money on good advertising that correctly positions the Dems vs Trump. But it's only half the job. The other half is organizing the electorate so we are always mobilized and ready for action

My guess is they don't want to mobilize us because it isn't really about "us" -- it's about their power. An electorate that was organized could overthrow whoever it was that organized us.

I don't blame them btw. I experienced this myself. In the early days of the net, I started an open mail list with my customers on it. So they could help each other, and ask questions of us. One of my competitors got the idea that they could join the list and market to our customers. Then they got the idea they could blow up the community by throwing huge flaming turds into the list. Since then I've struggled with how to create collaborative communities that don't have this vulnerability.

But the fact that Obama didn't keep the organization going after he got elected meant that the Repubs could stonewall him, and he had no effective way to appeal to the electorate to stand by him, even though a lot of us would have done so happily. His humiliation was ours.

Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Google's Project Zero explains how the practice of altering the Android kernel by phone vendors like Samsung lessens security by adding attack surface  —  Google Project Zero scolds Samsung and other vendors for adding features that undermine Android security.

Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Innovaccer, which pulls data from health records datasets, insurance firms, and pharmacies, to provide a single source of info on patients, raises $70M Series C  —  The holy grail for technology companies working in the healthcare industry is becoming the gateway for all healthcare data.

Chris Stokel-Walker / WIRED UK:
Former BBC execs and sources detail Project Kangaroo, BBC's 2007 attempt to create a Netflix-like service which was blocked by UK's Competition Commission  —  Insiders reveal just how close the BBC came to launching a credible Netflix competitor - only to have the door slammed in its face

Annie Musgrove /
Oxford VR, a spinout from Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry that wants to use VR simulations to treat mental health problems, raises £10M Series A  —  Oxford VR, the UK developer of virtual reality therapy, has secured a £10 million Series A round led by Optum Ventures with support from Luminous Ventures.

Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Profile of Chainalysis, a crypto analytics startup helping government agencies like FBI, IRS, DEA, and ICE in tracking illicit cryptocurrency transactions  —  It started with a $9,000 data software contract for the FBI in 2015.  —  But just five years later, Chainalysis …

The term No Breakage Club has four hits on Google before this piece was posted.

BTW, as I mention in the cast, the new Concord, the one I just released, includes the latest version of Font Awesome. Since they're now a member of No Breakage Club, he's a friend, and it's worth helping him get the very latest stuff out there.

I've been chatting about breakage with Dave Gandy, the founder of Font Awesome. I recorded a 15-minute voicemailcast to Dave, with a very small slice of my experience with breakage in tech. Dave is now a member of the No Breakage Club. Up until now I thought I was the only one. They learned the hard way by shipping a version of their product that basically broke everyone. It broke me. Squared the complexity of using FA, which ideally would require zero thought, it should "just work" as it did when I first adopted it in 2013. Now they're putting the pieces back together, and I'm guessing it will work. It doesn't always, sometimes you're stuck forever supporting both versions. At least if you care about your users. Not sure where this will go, but it's nice to have a friend on the frontier. In the cast I talk about Python's breakage, it came with v3.0.

Here's a screen shot of what my tab list looks like. This gives you an idea of what you can do.

A couple of LO2 user tips. 1. Keep your tab list neat. Close files. They're easy to re-open and 2. Change the title of files to make the tab display more esthetic and usable.

Monica M. Ruiz / Wired:
Estonia, which created a volunteer Cyber Defence Unit after cyberattacks in 2007, offers key lessons to the US in attracting tech talent and educating citizens  —  The tiny European nation has come a long way after crippling cyberattacks in 2007.  Now, it offers key lessons in attracting tech talent and educating citizens.

Yesterday I released a new version of Concord, the outliner core of LO2. This broke the then-current release, v1.8.6. After a report by Andy Sylvester, I quickly released v1.8.7, which works with the new Concord. The problem was that the name of the CSS file changed. The result is that the outlines looked pretty horrible. To get the latest version reload the page. If that doesn't get you 1.8.7, here are tips for getting the browser to do a full reload.

Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
Court filing sheds light on how US was able to attribute the Equifax hack to China and the techniques alleged state sponsored hackers used  —  Even for U.S. law enforcement, the Equifax hack was different.  —  Unlike in previous examples of apparent Chinese government-backed cyber-operations …

Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
How AI is being used to detect and fight ransomware attacks, and how criminals could use AI to plot more efficient ransomware attacks  —  Imagine getting to a courthouse and seeing paper signs stuck to the doors with the message “Systems down.”  What about police officers in the field unable …

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India-based social commerce startup Simsim, which supports local languages like Hindi and Tamil, raises $16M across seed, Series A, and Series B in seven months  —  Simsim, a social commerce startup in India, said on Friday it has raised $16 million in seven months of its existence as it attempts …

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Pakistan approves new restrictions for social media companies, requiring local offices, removal of content deemed unlawful, providing decrypted content, more  —  Pakistan's government has approved new rules for regulating social-media content that critics say would give the authorities unflinching powers …

Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Palantir is changing employee compensation, moving from cash bonuses toward restricted stock units by next year, to cut costs and prepare for an IPO  —  Palantir Technologies Inc., a data mining company co-founded by Peter Thiel, is changing its employee compensation in a bid to cut costs …

Someday you'll tune into Maddow and it'll be like this.

Podcast here. And there's an outline.

Hunter Walk:
Tech leaders should stop glib comments on media and acting like underdogs, and tech media should stop “Red Teaming” tech, overusing anonymity, and passing blame  —  Lots of mutual bad faith.  Reporters I respect indulging themselves in screenshotting and quote dunking tech folks, performative for their tribe.

When Jon Stewart went on CNN to plead that they give a shit. It's hard to watch because it was 2004, and it's gotten so much worse since then. Makes you realize that we wouldn't be in this mess if we had journalism instead of this garbage. Also fascinating that everyone thought he was joking, but everything he said was serious. The "news" was and is an emotional release.

Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:
Interviews with 40 police departments in eight states that partnered with Ring for at least three months show there is little evidence that Ring reduces crime  —  Hundreds of police departments have signed agreements with Ring to gain access to footage filmed on home surveillance cameras

At the Munich Security Conference, Zuckerberg says harmful content should be regulated with a system somewhere between existing frameworks for telcos and media  —  MUNICH (Reuters) - Online content should be regulated with a system somewhere between the existing rules used for the telecoms …

I just released a new version of Concord, the first since 2013. This is the core outliner of LO2. Native file format is OPML.

It's great that Bloomberg is spending huge money on good advertising that correctly positions the Dems vs Trump. But it's only half the job. The other half is organizing the electorate so we are always mobilized and ready for action.

Questions for all Democratic candidates, esp Bloomberg. Do you feel the president is above the law? If you are elected, will you use the new powers Trump has taken for himself? What will you do if Trump refuses to leave?

I don’t miss Obama. When I see Obama I think of how we lost the war and he didn’t put up a fight. I think of how he let McConnell terrorize us without trying to organize us. I think history will judge him a failure. PS: This is btw why Biden has no chance.

Something I learned a long time ago. Telling a nasty asshole bully troll what you really think of them might be satisfying, for a moment, but you end up with all the nasty shit in your heart and it doesn't go away. It's hard to hold back, but you must.