In December 2012, as part of a major redesign, SoundCloud introduced a feature called the repost. Similar to Tumblr’s reblog or Twitter’s retweet, reposts were designed as a way to help new music spread virally. But from the start, artists abused the feature by constantly reposting their own tracks, pushing them back to the top
LIA KLEIN–Student-loan giant Navient and Sallie Mae Bank argued in court Tuesday against a lawsuit accusing them of taking advantage of student borrowers struggling to repay their debts. Navient and SMB, which both spun out from under the Sallie Mae umbrella in 2014, backed up their motions to dismiss a complaint filed by Illinois Attorney
MICHAEL SNYDER–The push toward a cashless society is becoming more of a shove. Before today I had never heard of “The Visa Cashless Challenge”, but after reading about it I have to say that I am quite alarmed. Visa is trying to “encourage” businesses to go cashless, and one of the ways that they will
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber drivers have won a tentative victory in their long-running legal battle to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. A federal court in North Carolina gave conditional certification on Wednesday to a class-action lawsuit by several Uber drivers that was brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The plaintiffs can
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The University of California has announced it will no longer pay for the meals of its governing board after a newspaper reported lavish spending on dinners. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that UC President Janet Napolitano ‘s office reimbursed regents for more than $225,000 in dinner parties since 2012, including $17,600 for a banquet
The US army has failed to monitor over $1bn worth of arms and other military equipment transfers to Kuwait and Iraq, Amnesty International said in a report citing a 2016 US government audit. The now-declassified document by the US Department of Defence (DoD) audit, was obtained by the rights group following Freedom of Information requests.
Fox News last week fell into third place during primetime in the coveted advertising demographic of 25-54 year-old viewers, the first time it had done so in 17 years, as rival network MSNBC surged into first place. Adweek reported that last week was the first time that Fox finished third among cable-news networks in the coveted demo
Universal, Sony and Warner’s record labels turned over more than $1bn from streaming in the first quarter of this year – generating nearly $150 from the likes of Spotify and Apple Music every single second. Like, literally – chuck in some extra waffle between parenthesis here to postpone your arrival at the next full stop
MICHEAL SNYDER–After eight long, bitter years under Obama, will things go better for entrepreneurs and small businesses now that Donald Trump is in the White House? Once upon a time, America was the best place in the world for those that wanted to work for themselves. Our free market capitalist system created an environment in