Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

… be clear: Kalanick is, in form and function, nothing like Trump. Kalanick is a legitimately successful entrepreneur who created a massive company out of thin air. Kalanick’s also got plenty of faults, but he hasn’t been accused of a fraction of the improprieties that Trump has (personally, and professionally). They share, however, in a cult of personality among their supportersas do other tech figures (see: Elon Musk). Their supporters look at these figures and their faults, and see …

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 24, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first released Facebook Live …

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Uber’s HR chief Liane Hornsey should be the next to go

June 23, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK When serious questions first began to emerge about Uber’s culture, Liane Hornsey didn’t see a problem. The chief of human resources for the company, the person who is supposed to be the top representative for Uber employees, just wasn’t worried, and she didn’t see what former Uber engineer Susan Fowler described in her viral blog post back in February. “(Fowlers) blog shocked me, Hornsey told USA Today in May. But, what did …

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom – BBC News

June 22, 2017

In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as 3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body image The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance, the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or negative ratings and the popularity of celebrity culture, complete with …

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Miley Cyrus and Dolce & Gabbana are in a political Instagram feud. Alright!

June 19, 2017

… Apparently, Miley has a brother named Braison, and he made his runway debut in the fashion duo’s show. Then things got political. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus singing about the bees dying seems about right Cyrus (the one who’s actually famous) Instagrammed a photo from the show congratulating her brother on his career milestone. She ended her caption with a note to the designers, “PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics…. but I do support your company’s effort …

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Patreon is launching a bunch of new tools to help web creators build media companies

June 15, 2017

Patreon CEO Jack Conte rocks out in the 2013 music video that inspired the company.Image: youtube screenshot Patreon has fed a hotbed of homemade art and bootstrap media. Now it’s looking to get more professional. The crowdfunding platform launched a sleek brand overhaul and a host of new creator tools on Wednesday in a bid to cast itself as a serious business builder for scrappy bedroom artists and established entertainers alike. Among the new features are Patreon’s own paywalled …

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 15, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will be more talking,” according …

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

… Democratic National Committee member who backed Perriello, took some comfort in the fact that Perriellos competitive bid had pushed Northam to the left. And Perriellos influence extends past the governors race, Taeb noted. His stand against Dominion has provoked a debate about the influential state-regulated monopoly, with more than 60 Democratic candidates for House of Delegates following his example in rejecting contributions from the company. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) lost his race to chair …

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

June 14, 2017

… subscription model is unsurprising, though. Subscriptions have been a boon for Apple, which has set multiple records since it opened up subscriptions to all developers (previously, only certain apps like music and video streaming, could charge a subscription fee). The move has also been good for developers, who can nab a greater share of subscription revenue than they did with standard in-app purchases. But the company should put in place more safeguards to prevent these types of developers from …

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Snapchat releases new research that says its for close friends

June 13, 2017

… plummeted over 40 percent, and total downloads fell 22 percent in the last two months compared to the year prior, according to app tracking company Sensor Tower. So, let’s say you’re an advertiser: How’s Snap still worth your money? Nearly 60 percent of interactions on Snapchat are between close friends, according to a Snap-commissioned study by research firm Sparkler. That research is saying that you and your close friends are about three times more likely to influence each …

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Watch Xbox’s E3 briefing live, right here

June 12, 2017

Are we finally going to find out what the next Xbox looks like? We’re expecting to get a look at that, along with an official price, name, and release date for Project Scorpio at Xbox’s E3 briefing in Los Angeles on Sunday. We’ve been hearing about Microsoft’s souped-up, 4K gaming machine for a year now, since the company’s last E3 showing. You can expect a closer look at their PS4 Pro competitor in the livestream today, as well as a peek at some of their …

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7 creepy AF videos from the robotics company Google just sold

June 10, 2017

Run, robot! Run!Image: youtube/boston dynamics Google has released the bots. And by that, we mean Google just sold off Boston Dynamics the company that designs and engineers all those creepy-looking, terrifyingly capable robots. After putting it up for sale in 2016, Japanese tech company Softbank finally purchased Boston Dynamics along with Schaft, a company that specializes in creating bipedal robots from Google for an unknown amount. SEE ALSO: Google’s plans for their new London HQ are …

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The top 5 most over-the-top employee benefits from tech companies

June 9, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Rawpixel.com Ive seen my fair share of company benefits after 10+ years recruiting for tech companies.Tech Startups in San Francisco are known for having extensive benefits from daily lunchesto paid gym memberships or free monthly massages. Before I share some of the coolest benefits Ive come across, I have a word of advice for new companies Before offering Ive learned from experience working withsmall startupsand fromfounding Bettsthat benefits can become a tricky …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… Roundup. His request was based on of documents released in the course of a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging glyphosate causes cancer, and that the company may have spun research and hired scientists to cover this up. As you are aware, there is considerable public interest regarding allegations of such collusion, in his response to Lieu, dated May 31 The EPA and Lieu did not immediately return requests for comment for this story. released in the lawsuitmentioning Jess Rowland, who was …

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

… world in it’s biggest conference yet. Tim Cook and company had six major umbrella announcements to share. If you couldn’t watch the keynote live or keep up with the live blog, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you missed from day one at WWDC. iOS 11 Among the most highly anticipated updates from WWDC 2017 was iOS 11. And Apple didn’t let us down. As was speculated, Apple finally decided to bring drag and drop into our iOS lives. In old the days, users had to …

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