Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

… is not perfect. But the positive impact youve had on this company, and the world, is truly inspirational,” she wrote. First of all, we’re talking about Uber, not the International Rescue Committee. Kalanick didn’t even invent the concept of ridehailing/ridesharing. He was just the guy who broke enough rules and played enough dirty tricks to win. And even then, nobody’s so sure that Uber’s a net positive for society, so, let’s cool it with the …

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How do you get over your home burning down? – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Image caption Maria De Vita’s neighbour died in the fire When Maria De Vita heard glass smashing at her home in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, she thought it was someone outside doing a spot of late-night recycling. She later discovered it was one of next door’s windows exploding in a fire in which her neighbour died. Ms De Vita woke her two young daughters and they left the house with nothing. The girls even had to go to school the next day dressed only in their …

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Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health. Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste. One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles 5,000 tonnes of waste every week from Edinburgh, which is …

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Tech now rules the world’s most valuable brands ranking

June 14, 2017

… dominance of technology and the disruptive impact of the global financial crisis, technological innovation, and changing consumer attitudes about health,” Kantar Millward Brown’s analysts conclude in the report. The firm calculates an estimate of each brand’s dollar value using data gleaned from more than 3 million consumer interviews across 51 countries. Participants are asked about their attitude towards and relationship with various brands in a survey that spans 414 …

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This hackathon wants to help destigmatize the sex tech industry

June 12, 2017

… communication would emerge as a theme as hopeful entrepreneurs many of them new to sex tech considered how tech can be used to enrich human sexuality. SEE ALSO: 8 meaningful ways you can make an impact this LGBTQ Pride Month Participants get to know one another before breaking into teams. Image: sextech.nyc For six hours on Jun 10 at New York’s ThoughtWorks, participants with a range of backgrounds from coding to design to sex therapy worked in teams to imagine products that fall …

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This chatbot took over Tinder to engage with young UK voters

June 10, 2017

… “Making a Tinder bot to get young people to vote progressively was an exciting technical challenge and felt like it would have a real, serious impact in a way that most tech projects dont,” says Buttner. As for the people who lent their profile, this was an way to directly reach peers and hopefully get them voting. “I basically did it because I knew how key youth turnout would be in Labour gaining seats and I wanted to do everything I could to encourage participation and …

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Actually, Mike Pence, Climate Change Has Nothing To Do With A ‘Liberal’ Agenda

June 3, 2017

… GOP donoralso urged Trump to uphold the U.S.s commitment to the international pact. Defense Secretary James Mattis Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today, he said in written testimony to the Senate Armed Forces Committee. It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning. Hagel has also said global warming should be considered a …

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Apple Newton is 25 today and boy was it horrible

May 30, 2017

… say: Yes, yes and yes. The tablet Sculley presented that year was the Newton, a device that had some potential, but essentially came out a decade and a half too early. The Newton proved to be a flop, but its impact was huge. The product marked the beginning of a dark era for Apple, one in which the company nearly went bankrupt. Without those struggles, there’s a good chance Steve Jobs doesn’t return to Apple in 1997. With no Jobs back at Apple, who knows what happens to products like …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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