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Dozens of musicians now let fans pay with cryptocurrency

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Starting today, fans can purchase music and merchandise from 35 music artists and several additional online stores using privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero. Artists accepting the currency include Mariah Carey, the Dixie Chicks, the B-52s, G-Eazy, and Weezer.

Why it matters: This is a notable attempt to help push cryptocurrencies into the mainstream—Bitcoin is currently accepted by only three of the top 500 merchants, as the WSJ recently noted. It's being led by a crowdfunded initiative called Project Coral Reef, which inked deals with e-commerce tech companies Shopify, Magento, and WooCommerce.

Steve LeVine 1 hour ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

Khorri Atkinson 54 mins ago
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Here's where the big redistricting court fights stand

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court last October during a hearing on a Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case. Photo: Olivier Douliery / Getty Images

Redistricting battles in key states are playing out in the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal courts that involve partisan and racial gerrymandering, stemming from voting maps drawn after the 2010 census.

Why it matters: Both Democrats and Republicans have legally designed maps to gain electoral advantages and capture majorities. But these cases could alter how lines are redrawn, and implement a concrete legal standard to determine when redistricting is infected with political bias and discriminate against voters of color.