Wired: This Clever New Service Auto-Cancels Your Free Trials. “The Free Trial Card is a virtual credit card you can use to sign up for free trials of any service anonymously, instead of using your real credit card. When the free trial period ends, the card automatically declines to be charged, thus ending your free trial.”
ProMarket: Protecting the Independence and Integrity of Research: Introducing the Academic Capture Warning System. “Inappropriate financial donor influence at institutions of higher education appears to be on the rise and risks eroding public trust in academic research. In order to defend academic freedom and institutional independence, we have decided to create a new database to document clear violations of well-accepted norms involving financial donations.” The database will launch in approximately three months, but the creators are looking for feedback (and any material anyone has for the database) now.
Veterinary Practice News: AAVMC releases updated cost comparison tool for future veterinary students. “The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is now making it easier for prospective veterinary students to see how much it really costs to fund a veterinary education. To do that, the association has released an updated version of its Cost Comparison Tool (CCT).”
NBC News: Just how much is $250 billion in tariffs?. “To show the economic stake of each of the $250 billion in items already being taxed, NBC compiled a searchable database of the tariffs along with their import values for 2015-2017. The bigger the dollar amount, the more the U.S. economy spends on these goods.”
Ars Technica: Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics. “Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today announced plans to introduce ‘The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act,’ which would target ‘the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot box’ monetization practices by the video game industry,’ according to a summary released by Hawley’s office.”
ValueWalk: Issue With Google Fi Draining Users’ Bank Accounts, And Google Knows It. “Google’s MVNO service, Google Fi, celebrated its fourth anniversary last month. To mark the occasion, the service came out with 50% off on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, making many buyers happy. Now, it is resulting in a disappointment for users who say that they are being charged full price even if they have financed their purchases.”
The Atlantic: Stock Picks From Space. “There is an old story about Sam Walton: In the early days of Walmart, its founder would monitor how stores were doing by counting the cars in the parking lot. After seeing the power of satellite imagery in his factory deal, Tom [Diamond] had a similar idea, but on a scale Walton could not have imagined. He asked his brother, ‘What if we could count the cars at every Walmart?'”