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uber buys postmates, ups delivery game in $2.65 billion deal

Uber has widened its reach in the fiercely competitive delivery market by acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the company said. The acquisition enables the ride-hailing giant to increase its delivery offerings at a time when the global pandemic has suppressed customers’ desire for rides while boosting home delivery needs. While Uber’s meal delivery business, Uber Eats, has mostly focused on restaurants, Postmates delivers a wider array of goods including groceries, pharmacy items, alcoholic drinks and party supplies. “The vision for us is to become an everyday service,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, in a conference call with investors Monday. “Postmates is a great step along that vision. Anyplace you want to go, anything you want delivered to your home, Uber is going to be there with you, and…

facebook civil rights audit: ‘serious setbacks’ mar progress

A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias. Facebook hired the audit’s leader, former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy, in May 2018 to assess its performance on vital social issues. Its 100-page report released Wednesday outlines a “seesaw of progress and setbacks” at the company on everything from bias in Facebook’s algorithms to its content moderation, advertising practices and treatment of voter suppression. The audit recommends that Facebook build a “civil rights infrastructure” into every aspect of the company, as well as a “stronger interpretation” of existing voter suppression policies and more concrete action on algorithmic bias. Those suggestions are not binding, and there is no formal system in place to…

louisiana aid paying for student computers, internet access

Gov. John Bel Edwards is using much of the $50 million in discretionary education aid awarded to Louisiana to help with the coronavirus response to buy computers and expand internet access for public school students. The Democratic governor has agreed to spend $32 million for the effort to bridge the digital divide at K-12 schools. Another $15 million will go to higher education, with two-thirds of that money paying to accelerate training for students to get them to work. Louisiana’s governor received $50 million from the federal CARES Act to divvy up among K-12 schools, colleges and universities. That money is on top of $287 million directly sent to public schools and $147 million sent to colleges and universities earlier this year. The Advocate reports the governor said as he sought input from…

supreme court upholds cellphone robocall ban

The Supreme Court upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of government debt. Political consultants and pollsters were among those who asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire 1991 law that bars them from making robocalls to cellphones as a violation of their free speech rights under the Constitution. The issue was whether, by allowing one kind of speech but not others, the exception made the whole law unconstitutional. Six justices agreed that by allowing debt collection calls to cellphones Congress “impermissibly favored debt-collection speech over political and other speech, in violation of the First Amendment,”…

samsung projects profit jump for 2nd quarter

Samsung Electronics Co. said this week its operating profit for the last quarter likely rose 23% from the same period last year. The growth was apparently driven by increasing demands for memory chips used in personal computers and servers as the COVID-19 pandemic forces more people to work from home. The South Korean technology giant, which will release more detailed information when it announces its finalized earnings later this month, projected its operating profit during the April-June period to come in at 8.1 trillion won ($6.8 billion). The company’s revenue for the quarter was expected to fall 7% to 52 trillion won ($43.6 billion). After reporting a 3.4% increase in operating profit for the first three months of the year, Samsung had said in April it expected its second-quarter profit to decline with…

macos: taking leaps forward with big sur

Despite the coronavirus pandemic causing the world’s biggest tech events to be canceled, Apple powered through with a virtual alternative, with Craig Federighi taking to the stage to lift the lid on an all-new macOS. To the surprise of developers and consumers, this year’s release is one of the biggest in macOS history, introducing an all-new look, a bunch of new features, and, of course, signaling the start of a new era for Macs with custom Apple chips. STUNNING NEW DESIGN Though Apple has had some subtle design tweaks to its operating systems over the years, macOS Big Sur represents the first major redesign since Mac OS X. With a design language that’s modern yet familiar, Apple has placed greater emphasis on your content, with all-new translucent toolbars and sidebars, keeping the…