Google is giving users less reason to ever leave its sprawling walled garden

August 14, 2017

Image: mashable composite Google used to be about transporting you around the open web and connecting you with all the weird, wonderful stuff the internet has to offer. Not anymore. If it was up to Google, you’d never need to leave its growing internet real estate. It’s a scary proposition for just about everybody but Google. Between fast-loading AMP articles from major news brands hosted in its domain, full pages…

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Elon Musk says story about fired assistant is false

August 12, 2017

Elon MuskImage: MACMAHON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock In the last couple of days, a story lifted from Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk has been making the rounds on the internet, claiming that Musk fired his assistant of 12 years when she wanted a raise. The story portrays Musk as an unusually cruel (or extremely efficient, depending on your perspective) leader, but now Musk himself has taken to Twitter to explain that the story…

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Artist paints hate speech messages outside Twitter’s HQ

August 10, 2017

Facebook and Twitter are often under fire in Europe for failing to clamp down on hate speech on their platforms. Germany, in particular, has recently passed a legislation, nicknamed the “Facebook law”, under which social media companies could face a fine of up to 50m (43m; $57m) if they fail to remove “obviously illegal” content after receiving notification or complaint. But for German-Israeli artist Shahak Shapira, that isn’t enough. SEE…

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Take a look at updates to Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada

August 10, 2017

A recent aerial video is giving us a firsthand look at the updates to the new Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada … and once again showing just how huge the facility will be once its completed. As we already know, the factory, which is located in the middle of the desert, is humungous. Though the building is still under construction, the factory opened its doors in January, and it’s the…

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Google could face a class action lawsuit alleging sexism and gender pay disparity

August 10, 2017

Image: VIRGINIA MAYO/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Software engineer Erica Baker ignited a firestorm inside Google two years ago when she and coworkers listed their salaries in a spreadsheet. The sampling appeared to show that there were differences potentially based on gender and ethnicity. A firestorm, again, is occurring inside Google. It’s a different scenario with software engineer James Damore, but it once again involves a shared document and sexism. Damore published a 10-page…

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How Silicon Valley is talking about the ‘Google manifesto’

August 9, 2017

Image: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES  Twitter was buzzing this weekend over the so-called “Google Manifesto,” a 10-page document that opposed diversity initiatives and was written by a software engineer at Google. Motherboard first reported on document late Friday night. SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley’s secret app Blind opens the floodgates But if you want to hear how engineers and other members of the tech community feel about the document, you should turn…

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The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers

July 17, 2017

RIP health care.Image: GOMBERT/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the gig economy seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workersexcuse me, independent contractorsdidnt have to worry about going broke…

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Here are some of the weirder and more creative ad blockers on the market

July 9, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / underverse A host of niche ad blockers are helping web surfers trade annoying ads for cats, art, and inspiration. The tools are part of a burgeoning cottage industry of blocking software birthed by a popular frustration with disruptive digital ads in recent years. But where most of their ilk simply scrub pop-ups and promos from your screen, a handful of developers have tried to set their services…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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YouTube went offline worldwide, and internet had no chill

June 17, 2017

Image: Getty Images UPDATE: June 16, 2017, 10:16 a.m. EDT YouTube is back up, and life is ALL GOOD again. Carry on! The original story follows below. The world’s largest online video platform is not loading… and ahhhh… what the heck are we gonna do? YouTube went down on Friday morning and sent the internet into a tizzy. Instead of seeing the familiar YouTube home page, users were greeted with…

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Tech now rules the world’s most valuable brands ranking

June 14, 2017

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images It wasn’t long ago that classic American icons like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Marlboro were considered the pinnacle of branding success. But over the past decade, Silicon Valley giants have rapidly edged out legacy household names in terms of brand value, according to one of the industry’s leading indexes. Whereas tech companies occupied just three of the top 10 spots in research firm Kantar Millward Brown’s BrandZ…

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Shady developers are turning Apple’s app subscriptions into giant scams

June 14, 2017

Image: lili sams/mashable Apple’s App Store has a problem. Shady developers are gaming the App Store’s policies and its search ads to get users to download apps that trick them into paying for subscriptions for scam apps. While there have long been apps from less reputable developers in the App Store, one developer called attention to just how bad the problem has become in recent months. SEE ALSO: 10 classic…

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