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Naomi Klein.

Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic | News | The Guardian

No real surprises, but some less than pleasant reminders.

She covers quite a lot, but focuses on Cuomo and New York state and Eric Schmidt
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who joined the governor’s briefing to announce that he will be heading up a panel to reimagine New York state’s post-Covid reality, with an emphasis on permanently integrating technology into every aspect of civic life.
Lots about earlier ("That was the ancient past, also known as February.") talk from Schmidt about China getting the lead in all this AI tech-everywhere stuff and laying out his case for lots and lots of government money and freedom from regulation.
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A pizzeria owner made money buying his own $24 pizzas from DoorDash for $16 - The Verge

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Yesterday, Ranjan Roy, a content strategist and writer, wrote about the latter in his newsletter The Margins; one of his friends who owns a few pizza restaurants suddenly got an influx of customers complaining about delivery when the restaurants didn’t offer delivery. “He realized that a delivery option had mysteriously appeared on their company’s Google Listing. The delivery option was created by Doordash,” Roy wrote.

Apparently, this is one way that DoorDash does customer acquisition — by bullying restaurants. But what’s funnier about Roy’s friend’s problem (and it was a real problem because of Yelp reviews and angry customers) is that DoorDash priced the pizzas incorrectly. “A pizza that he charged $24 for was listed as $16 by Doordash,” emphasis Roy’s. And then: “My third thought: Cue the Wall Street trader in me…..ARBITRAGE!!!!”

And so the story unfolds. “If someone could pay Doordash $16 a pizza, and Doordash would pay his restaurant $24 a pizza, then he should clearly just order pizzas himself via Doordash, all day long.
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