Now in Tech: 1/3/2018

Telegram blocked amid intensifying protests in Iran

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Telegram, the most
popular encrypted messenger in Iran, has been blocked by the Iranian government
amid intensifying nationwide protests. The messaging app was used by activists
to coordinate and organize protests. Now the protesters are in a difficult place
with limited effective alternatives for communication.

 

When a thing is
scarce, it becomes precious.

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Very few have the
opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3.  Toro, a P2P car rental service has a few
Model 3 rentals nationwide, but at a pretty hefty price. The lowest is in DC
area for $232 a day and the highest goes up to $700 per day in California.

 LaVar Ball NBA founder?

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LaVar Ball has a
pretty big mouth, but he hasn’t leaped to saying something factually
ridiculous. For a short time on Tuesday, Google made the father of Laker’s
rising point guard the founder of NBA, as a Google search showed “LaVar
Ball” as an answer to “NBA founder” in a large box on the page.
But as a matter of fact, LaVar did found a league by himself: Junior Basketball
Association (JBA) according to Wikipedia.

 

Spotify in big trouble

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Spotify has been
sued by a song licensee company for copy right infringement for $1.6 billion in
damages. Spotify is allegedly using songs without acquiring proper license or
compensating music publishers. The music-streaming startup has a record high 60
million paying users and is expected to go public this year with a valuation of
$20 billion.

 

Airbnb won lawsuit against property landlord

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Airbnb won a lawsuit
against Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) as a California
judge dismissed Aimco’s case for arguing that Airbnb is deliberately
incentivizing tenants to breach leases. 

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