Opinion | Tesla Turned the Streets Into a Lab. Guess What Happened Next.

One of the greatest tricks technology companies ever played was convincing their human guinea pig users that they were a privileged group called beta testers. From novel email software to alternative versions of Twitter to voice-enabled listening devices, such trials are cheap and easy to make available to thousands or millions of customers. It’s a great way to see how […]

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Opinion | 3 Questions That Must Be Answered for Mask Mandates to Work

By Jennifer Nuzzo and Beth Blauer Dr. Nuzzo is an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Blauer is the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact. Despite hopes of a summer free from Covid-19 worry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in […]

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Your Thursday Briefing

Vaccine delays in South Korea. By Amelia Nierenberg Good morning. We’re covering South Korea’s slow vaccine rollout, China’s overtures to the Taliban and the latest Olympics news. Long lines for South Korean vaccines Once a model in fighting the pandemic, South Korea has been slow to vaccinate. Supply problems plague the vaccine campaign, and the country only started inoculating people […]

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Opinion | When the Storming of the Capitol Met the Politics of Congress

By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens Ms. Collins and Mr. Stephens are opinion columnists. They converse every week. Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. I don’t think there’s much doubt among reasonably sane people about what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Do we really need a House committee to investigate it? Gail Collins: Well gee, Bret. Right after the debacle, […]

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Opinion | Should Big States Be Broken Up?

More from our inbox: To the Editor: “America Needs to Break Up Its Biggest States,” by Noah Millman (Opinion guest essay, July 8), presents a solution in search of a problem. Huge disparities in state populations have been a hallmark of the American system since its founding, when the three largest states (Virginia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts) possessed roughly half the […]

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Opinion | Cautions as We Move Beyond the War on Drugs

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “How Should We Do Drugs Now?,” by Michael Pollan (Sunday Review, July 11): Mr. Pollan rightly applauds the nation’s turn away from the drug war and its many toxic effects. Unfortunately, he has little to say about the ravages caused by the drugs themselves. From his article, it’s hard to tell that […]

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HomeToGo seals merger with Lakestar SPAC in German stock market first

BERLIN (Reuters) -Travel tech startup HomeToGo on Wednesday became the first company to seal a deal to float on the German stock market by merging with a listed shell company, as it tied up with venture capitalist Klaus Hommels’ Lakestar SPAC I. The merger puts an equity value of 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) on HomeToGo, a Berlin-based marketplace for […]

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Opinion | Why Is the Country Panicking About Critical Race Theory?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last month, the Florida Department of Education voted to restrict what public-school children can learn about the past. From now on, teachers may not define U.S. history “as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on […]

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Opinion | The Assault on Our Privacy Is Being Conducted in Private

“You have zero privacy anyway,” Scott McNealy, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems, infamously declared more than 20 years ago. “Get over it.” Well, you shouldn’t get over it. The rise of social media, Google and online shopping and banking has made us far more exposed than back in the internet’s infancy in 1999. Today, personal data like your Social […]

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Britain steps up high-stakes fight over financial services

Earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron attended the opening of the Paris headquarters of JPMorgan, an American investment bank. Although Mr Macron started his professional life as a banker and therefore may be assumed to retain some interest in this sector, it still seemed odd that a busy head of state would find the time to cut the ribbon […]

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