Feb 5, 2017

Assange: I have "interesting info" for French election

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Julian Assange has told the Russian newspaper Izvestia that Wikileaks has "interesting information" on French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, the chief opponent of Marine Le Pen in this spring's election.

But wait: The "interesting information" was apparently already released in a Wikileaks tweet that attempts to paint Macron as attempting to hide his prior background in finance. That information can be found on his Wikipedia page.

Even still: This is Wikileaks implicitly backing another right-wing populist, just months after the organization acted as a conduit for Russia to release documents detrimental to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Le Pen just kicked off her campaign with a decidedly Trumpian tone.

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Facebook spending $100 million to help news outlets in coronavirus crisis

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Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Whatever Facebook's motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry.

The next American struggle: Waiting out the coronavirus

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There are now a lot of known knowns about the coronavirus: It's here, it's spreading, it's stressing hospitals, it's crippling the economy, it's slowed only by distance and isolation — and it's sure to get much worse before it gets much better. 

Why it matters: Similarly, there is a sameness to the patterns and known unknowns. So now we hit the maddening stage of waiting.

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Coronavirus pushes traditional businesses into the digital age

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A slew of old-line industries that once hesitated to embrace digital technologies are now being forced to do so for the sake of survival.

Why it matters: Once consumers get used to accessing services digitally — from older restaurants finally embracing online ordering, or newspapers finally going all-digital — these industries may find it hard to go back to traditional operations.