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How Ted Lieu Became Google’s Accidental Champion

The Democratic lawmaker’s memorable moment during Sundar Pichai’s congressional testimony helped one party: Google.

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Why People Love Spotify’s Annual Wrap-Ups

Data collection to believe in

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What Google’s CEO Couldn’t Explain to Congress

Sundar Pichai struggled to explain the reality of his company’s power to a House committee convinced of a liberal conspiracy.

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Showering Has a Dark, Violent History

In the 19th century, cold rinses and days-long baths became a way to treat—and control—psychiatric patients.