Dipping into the genetic pool; Airbnb regulations; Lyft & Uber’s bad business models; Bird is not the word; taxing texts; piracy gone wild on YouTube; crypto’s very bad year; Facebook screws up, again; employee spying; Taylor Swift facial recognition crowd monitoring; Boomoji boom; printers still suck; blue light is blinding us.
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