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‘You have to be a moron to think libertarianism is real’

Could the coronavirus crisis — and the way different countries have responded — make Silicon Valley VCs more bullish on European startups? That’s the thesis put forward by Salman Ullah, co-founder and managing director of Merus Capital. As COVID-19 spreads globally, he argues that countries with national healthcare — along with fiscal and monetary policies …

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Government responds to request for temporary hold on “public charge” rule due to pandemic

Last week a group of state and local governments, led by New York, asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block the government from implementing the “public charge” rule governing the admission of immigrants to the United States. The motion followed a January ruling by a divided Supreme Court that granted a request by the Trump …

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Uber argues ‘fraud’ absolves it from paying star engineer’s $179M fine to Google

Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation to pay his legal bills, including a judgment ordering the star engineer to pay Google $179 million. The court filing was first reported by Bloomberg. Uber’s fraud claim was part of its …

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TURNING A SPLASH INTO A FLOOD

TURNING A SPLASH INTO A FLOOD Amid the craziness of living in an upside-down, don’t-know-what-time-or-day-it-is pandemic world, I’m absolutely thankful for the life lessons and kernels of truth that keep splashing me in the face like ice water. (I’m not saying I always enjoy these learning moments, just that I’m grateful for them.) One of …

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Supreme Court: PTAB Institution Decisions Cannot Be Appealed, Even on the Basis of Time-Bar Challenges

In an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, the Supreme Court ruled today that Section 314 (d) of the U.S. Patent Act, which bars judicial review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions to institute inter partes review (IPR), should preclude appeals of PTAB institution decisions, even where the appeal is based on Section 315(b)’s …

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An evolutionary perspective on human health and disease | Lara Durgavich

How does your genetic inheritance, culture and history influence your health? Biological anthropologist Lara Durgavich discusses the field of evolutionary medicine as a gateway to understanding the quirks of human biology — including why a genetic mutation can sometimes have beneficial effects — and emphasizes how unraveling your own evolutionary past could glean insights into …

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