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Trump Acts Drive Civic Tech Startup Growth

The relationship between technology and politics has always been a somewhat uneasy one. At least, that’s how it used to be, but the 2016 Presidential election appeared to have woken a sleeping giant and energized the entire civic tech category. Now, there are a growing number of startups working to solve problems that can energize and activate voters, unleash the power of small-dollar donors, and reinvent the way lobbying and local civic engagement works. Two startups that are embracing this newfound engagement represent the tip of the growing civic tech moment. Ben Yee and Matt Casey are two founders building new businesses around what they perceive as critical unmet needs. Matt Casey describes his startup Act On This as a political action cheat sheet

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Here Are The Many Movies Netflix And Amazon Bought At Sundance

Every January, Hollywood executives huddle in Park City to acquire rights to movies that bow at the Sundance Film Festival . Relishing the energy of a (hopefully) euphoric premiere, indie-studio heads sometimes shovel out several million dollars per title, hoping to get their paws on whatever will become the year’s commercial hits and/or Oscar darlings. Fox Searchlight has lately been one of Sundance’s bigger spenders. The studio dropped a feverish $17.5 million for last year’s “The Birth of a Nation,” a record-setting sum that doesn’t look so hot in hindsight .

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#FredinChina: China boycotts Japanese hotel chain over Nanjing Massacre denials in a book

I’m Fred Raillard, Creative CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer with Farid Mokart of FRED & FARID, an independent creative boutique network based in New York, Shanghai and Paris. #FredinChina is an essential social media podcast to know and understand the world’s largest economy. I fell in love with China, and live in Shanghai with my wife and three sons since September 2012. With my teams at the FRED & FARID Shanghai agency we monitor, analyze and decrypt this ultra-connected China with nearly 800 million netizens by sharing what we see, hear and read on Weibo, WeChat, Huaban, Youku. I prepare this column with Zhuomin Qin from FRED & FARID Shanghai.

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Donald Trump Reeeeeally Needs To Stop Using An Unsecured Android Phone

As you may recall, over the past year or so, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had a problem ― one that at the time I deemed impossible to solve . You see, she’d opted at some point to use a private email server instead of the State Department email domain. This raised a host of concerns, including the question of  whether her private setup was properly secured .  Obviously, it led to many other things as well. An endless amount of criticism dogged Clinton throughout the campaign, trailed by an equally endless number of defenses of her behavior.

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Progressives Have A Secret Tech Weapon In The Fight Against Trump

It’s the left’s secret weapon in the continuing resistance. While Facebook is getting a lot of the credit for making last weekend’s Women’s March happen, a somewhat obscure tech platform called the Action Network was critical to organizers’ efforts. And in the wake of that worldwide protest, the platform is already helping to push the movement forward. A nonprofit created by progressives who hoped to build a political movement with staying power, the Action Network offers tools   for sending emails, organizing marches and events, fundraising, creating petitions, conducting surveys and connecting with other organizers. Activists who use the tools can keep all the email lists and other data they gather ― a feature that Facebook and most other platforms don’t offer

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Donald Trump’s Voter Fraud Fixation Offers Window Into Governing Via Twitter

WASHINGTON ― For Americans curious about how government-by-Twitter might look in the coming months and years, the Trump White House’s adventures with a non-existent voter fraud crisis is likely instructive. Not long after he won November’s election,  Donald Trump  began claiming Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ’s popular vote victory was due to millions of undocumented immigrants who had illegally cast ballots. He returned to the idea Monday night during a meeting with congressional leaders, saying there were 3 million to 5 million illegal votes, giving Clinton her 2.9-million ballot margin. That led to White House press secretary Sean Spicer explaining at Tuesday’s on-camera briefing that Trump has long believed voter fraud was a problem, but there was no real plan or need for a probe. “I think he was having a discussion with some folks and mentioned something in passing, which has been a long-standing belief that he’s maintained,” Spicer said, adding that while he couldn’t rule out a future probe, there was nothing in the works.

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Why All Those Samsung Phones Caught On Fire, According To Samsung

Samsung Electronics has finally revealed what caused all those Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch on fire last year, prompting flight bans and a multi-billion dollar recall . During a press conference in Seoul on Monday, the South Korean electronics giant announced that two separate sets of batteries used in the device had significant design flaws . The company, alongside three independent analysts, said it tested more than 200,000 phones and 30,000 batteries over the past several months to discover the errors. We’ve identified the cause of the Galaxy Note7 cases. Find out what happened and why it won't happen again. https://t.co/SBjhPoRhc3 pic.twitter.com/hFGlaJygJz — Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) January 23, 2017 “We are taking responsibility for our failure to identify the issues arising out of the battery design and manufacturing process prior to the launch of the Note 7,” Dongjin Koh, Samsung’s president of mobile, said at the event, according to several media outlets in attendance.

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Why You Should Leave Your Wireless Carrier Now

My “unlimited” data plan from AT&T seemed like a great deal when I signed up for it a decade ago. Then again, I didn’t have much of a choice. If I wanted a brand new iPhone ― which I really did ― I only had one choice for a wireless carrier. But then AT&T started throttling my “unlimited” data. Then it raised rates. And then, when I tried to take the phone overseas, it forced me to sign up for an overpriced international plan.

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