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Love Facebook or hate it, you can't say the besieged company is shying away from new products or big thinking.
What's happening: In the past 18 months — amid Cambridge Analytica and all the other scandals — the company has launched bold new moves to help find you a date, to put cameras inside your home and, now, to encourage you to adopt a whole new cryptocurrency.
Driving the news:
Why it matters: On the positive side, Facebook isn't allowing privacy or antitrust concerns to thwart its ambitions. On the negative side, Facebook isn't allowing privacy or antitrust concerns to thwart its ambitions.
The big picture: The moves come as both privacy and antitrust regulators are taking a harder look at Facebook and other tech giants, while presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren and some other critics argue Facebook should be broken up.
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Former Snapchat chief strategy officer Imran Khan is today launching a digital marketplace for luxury goods, Axios' Sara Fischer reports. Verishop will feature more than 150 contemporary brands across multiple lifestyle categories.
Why it matters: 3 decades into the internet era, there still isn't a major e-commerce destination for department-store-quality shopping online. This is especially true given Amazon has chosen to focus on basic goods instead of luxury.
Between the lines: Traditional luxury department stores haven't been able to crack the digital marketplace in a meaningful way.
Be smart: Today's only luxury marketplaces have many risks for consumers, like receiving counterfeit goods or poor quality control on shipping and handling. This is why luxury is still often purchased in store.
Go deeper: Sara has more here.
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The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that constitutional protections from government censorship of free speech don't extend to a private operator of public-access television.
The case in question dates back to 2012 and involved the decision by Manhattan Community Access Corporation to refuse to air videos from producers it said had used threatening language, per Scotusblog.
Our thought bubble: If the Supreme Court holds that even public-access TV has the right to establish its own policies regulating speech, surely Twitter, Facebook and others do as well.
Want to see Steph Curry bust out of a still picture? Well, now you can, thanks to a new 3D animation algorithm from the University of Washington.
How it works: As Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports, the technology can allow any head-to-toe photo or painting break free of its flat confines and come sauntering out into the world.
To see other moving pictures, from Iron Man to Matisse to a lunar astronaut, watch this video from the University of Washington.
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