Happy Monday, Austin! Back to work we go. Here are some tech stories you may have missed this morning or over the weekend:
Whole Foods under the microscope with Amazon deal
You probably didn’t miss Friday’s huge news, that Amazon is buying Whole Foods and its 465 stores for $13.7 billion. But over the weekend, there was much more, including delivery service Instacart saying Amazon “Just declared war” on grocery stores, some in-depth looks on what led Whole Foods and its founder John Mackey to this point, how the move made $22 billion in market value of Whole Foods rivals disappear and how this all might work out. Most amusingly, ReadWrite wonders, “What will Amazon’s buying of Whole Foods mean for our smart fridges?” Do you know a single person who owns a smart fridge? Me neither.
How Google wants to fight extremism
In an article that appeared Sunday in the Financial Times and reprinted on a Google blog, Google’s general counsel Kent Walker detailed the ways that the company wants to battle extremism online. They include automated ways to stop the spread of terrorist-linked videos on YouTube, the addition of more staff to review videos, more cracking down on videos that don’t specifically violate policies but could inflame matters, and a move to create move positive, counter-extremism content.
Get that two-factor
The Verge has a handy guide for setting up “Two-factor authentication” on various kinds of accounts, including Google, Facebook and Slack. If you’re worried that your accounts online aren’t as secure as they should be and you’re not great at making passwords (or using password software), two-step security is probably a good thing you should try.
10 dumb Toys “R” Us toys
This trending video is a lot of fun. Check out 10 very weird and unusual items you can get at Toys “R” Us.
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