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August 9, 2018

IN THE NEWS: TWITTER DEFENDS SELF AGAINST MOVE NOT TO BAN ALEX JONES

LONDON (AP) — The head of Twitter is defending his company’s decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his “Infowars” show — a move that goes against decisions made by several other high-profile online portals. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says his decision to keep Jones and his show on is a simple one for him: Jones, Dorsey says, didn’t break any rules. So far, Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have taken down material published by Jones. They say the move reflects their more aggressive enforcement of their existing hate speech policies.

IN THE NEWS: NYC TO REGULATE RIDE-HAILING SERVICES

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is taking steps to curb the spread of app-based ride services. The City Council has approved a temporary cap on new licenses for ride-hailing vehicles. During the moratorium, the city says it will study the rapidly changing livery industry. Backers of the proposals say both traditional yellow cabbies and drivers for services like Uber and Lyft are suffering as ride-hailing apps have flooded already-congested streets with vehicles. New York City is the largest American market for Uber. It is now the first U.S. city to attempt to regulate the growth of app-based rides.

ON THE WEB: FORD MUSTANG 10,000,000

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang. The automaker threw itself a party at its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan and the assembly plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the present day rolled into the parking lot at headquarters before making a 30-minute drive, with police escort, to the Flat Rock complex. There, the cars put into a formation that spelled out “10,000,000.” Mustang is the best-selling sports car of the last 50 years in the U.S. — and the world’s top-selling sports car for three years in a row. The company’s website has part of its home page dedicated to the 10 million Mustang milestone.

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Ford site: http://www.ford.com

IN STORES: CASPER STORES

NEW YORK (AP) — It has already made a name for itself by selling mattresses online. Now, Casper is trying to create a resting place for itself in neighborhoods, too. The company plans to open 200 stores in the U.S. over the next three years. The 4-year-old company has been testing locations by opening 20 stores with short-term leases the last few years. And it opened its first permanent store in New York. The company is among a growing number of online retailers like Untuckit and Warby Parker to step up the pace in creating brick-and-mortar locations.

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Casper site: http://www.casper.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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