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Did the Uber protest hurt business? Ratings tanked, but downloads of Uber and Lyft are up

Uber stepped into a front-page-headline public relations disaster this week, after one of its executives hinted at deploying opposition research to destroy the reputations of critical journalists. The scandal sparked an online protest to boycott Uber and switch to its mustachioed competitor, Lyft. VentureBeat’s editor-in-chief, Dylan Tweney, chimed in, Mashable ran an entire op-ed on boycotting the ride-sharing company, and New York Times columnist Justin Wolfers tweeted:

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Surgeon develops an image of how texting warps your spine. We have a quick solution

Texting has some nasty effects on the spine. Craning our heads downward to stare at a screen creates an additional 60 pounds of pressure on our delicate spines, threatening the body with permanent injuries. This is according to new report from Kenneth Hansraj, a New York-based surgeon, who developed a computer model of how poor texting posture distorts the spine (image above).