Tag: Business

Anonymous stock-market manipulators behind $20B+ of “mispricing” can be tracked by their writing styles

In a new Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper, Columbia Law prof Joshua Mitts uses “stylometry” (previously) to track how market manipulators who publish false information about companies in order to profit from options are able to flush their old identities when they become notorious for misinformation and reboot them under new handles. […]

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Telltale Games is reportedly closing down and cancelling most current projects

Telltale Games has won critical praise for titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, but that was not enough to keep the lights on. A flood of now-former employees report that Telltale is closing its doors in the near future after laying off most workers. Telltale has not officially confirmed any changes […]

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Undercover report details how Ticketmaster is shadier than you could possibly imagine

Ticketmaster is one of the few companies that can compete with Comcast or payday lenders in the stakes to be America’s most-hated company, and a new report really isn’t going to help. Canada’s CBC sent a pair of investigative journalists to a ticketing industry conference in Las Vegas earlier this year, and what they discovered is legitimately […]

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Google’s censored Chinese search engine links every search to the user’s phone number

Google’s Project Dragonfly was a secret prototype search engine intended to pave the way for the company’s return to China; it featured censored search results that complied with Chinese state rules banning searches for topics like “human rights,” “student protest” and “Nobel prize.” Leaked details of Dragonfly, reported in The Intercept, paint a […]

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Google’s search engine for China censors results for ‘democracy,’ ‘human rights,’ or ‘free speech’

Early in August, a report from The Intercept claimed that Google was working to make a China-friendly version of its search engine that would censor results to make the government happy. A number of Google engineers quit the company after learning about this particularly egregious breach of Google’s “don’t be evil” policy, and now yet another report from The […]

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“Spread Pricing” transparency reveals the millions CVS rakes in by gouging Medicare and prisons on prescription markups

CVS isn’t just in the business of operating retail pharmacies: equally important is its prescription administration services, where it buys drugs from independent pharmacies, marks them up, and sells them to government-run programs like Medicare and prisons, using “spread pricing” to determine the markup that it applies to generic drugs. The actual sums […]

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Apple Watch Series 4: A Closer First Look [PHOTOS]

At today’s Apple Event in Cupertino, the company unveiled a Series 4 of its watch, and repositioned it as more of a health device. The Apple Watch Series 4 now packs an electrocardiogram, fall detection, and an impressive updated display. Photos and official launch day details, below. The promise, from Apple: “help users stay connected, […]

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Apple kills Watch Series 1, cuts Series 3 starting price to $279

Today marks the end of an era: the Apple Watch Series 1 has been officially discontinued. Apple confirmed the news at an event in Cupertino, California, where it also announced that it’s dropping the price of the Apple Watch Series 3 from $279. Oh, and it launched the fourth generation of Apple […]

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HackerRank launches AI-powered tool that helps companies assess how they hire developers

HackerRank today announced the launch of the Tech Talent Matrix, a tool that uses artificial intelligence informed by more than 7 million developer skill assessment tests. The Tech Talent Matrix is designed to help businesses attract developers by improving the tests they ask developers to take before being hired. Through […]

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PerceptIn’s self-driving vehicles go on sale in November for $40,000

Despite high-profile accidents, unresolved regulatory ambiguities, and looming debates about liability, the autonomous vehicle market has made real progress in the past decade. You needn’t look further for evidence than Google spinoff Waymo, which announced in August that its self-driving cars have racked up eight million real-world miles. But cost […]

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