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Uber Interviews Heavyweights for a Crucial Job: Handling Travis Kalanick (The Wall Street Journal)

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Facebook Says It Will Battle Disinformation Operations

Facebook acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries and …

Facebook

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Everfi raises $190 million to teach life skills and touchy subjects online

EVERFI Inc. has raised $190 million in Series D funding to teach students online the life skills and touchy subject matter that they never learned in school. A sampling of courses offered by Everfi range from “Harassment Prevention Training” for the workforce, to “Alcohol EDU” for college students …

Startups

Google’s and Intertrust’s new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity

Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies.<p>The basic idea here is to give startups that join the program ownership of a selection of patents from Google’s and …

Patents

New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn

“Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634.<p>But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in …

The Brain

Iris Scans Come to Nursing Homes. Next Stop, Your Phone

The residents of Brevillier Village love living there. The retirement community in Erie, Pennsylvania overlooks Lake Erie, and paths dotted by …

Big Brother

Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air

A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into …

Engineering

Fusion reactors: Not what they’re cracked up to be

Fusion reactors have long been touted as the “perfect” energy source. Proponents claim that when useful commercial fusion reactors are developed, …

Energy

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook’s headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. The Frank Gehry-designed building has a pristine nine-acre rooftop garden, yet much …

Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links

Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the …

Facebook

Facebook under pressure after man livestreams killing of his daughter

Distressing footage of murder of 11-month old in Thailand was accessible to Facebook users for approximately 24 hours before being taken down<p>Facebook is coming under fresh pressure over its Facebook Live service after a Thai man broadcast a video of himself killing his 11-month-old …

Facebook

Hijabs meet high fashion: Amaliah helps Muslim women find style – and a voice – online

Almost 18 months after launching, the part blog, part online clothing store Amaliah attracts 30,000 visitors a month<p>What would Elon Musk do? …

Muslim Women

Your Keyboard App Is Hoarding Your Data - Motherboard

These days, there's a keyboard for everything. You can swap out your iPhone or Android keyboards with more colorful options, with Gif keyboards, with keyboards that let you swipe instead of type or with keyboards that offer expanded lists of emoji. But just how safe are these pieces of software?<p>On …

Privacy

Why the WikiLeaks CIA dump was the most damaging one yet

It’s impossible to keep up with the nonstop news coverage and multiple storylines around the recent WikiLeaks CIA dump. The initial Vault 7 data drop led to Assange’s press conference about “helping” private companies patch vulnerabilities, all while fear started to spread around the intelligence …

Security

Why tech workers showed up to March for Science

Science itself may be nonpartisan, but the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be.<p>Demonstrators, many tech workers among them, turned out in an estimated 600 cities around the world to rally for science and its role in policy-making. The march was organized after the Trump administration …

Science

Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, visited Apple’s headquarters in early 2015 to meet with Timothy D. Cook, who runs the iPhone maker. It was a session that Mr. Kalanick was dreading.<p>For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to …

Uber

Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations.<p>Apple was granted a permit to test self-driving cars on April …

Transportation

Bridgestone's Airless Tires Will Soon Let Cyclists Abandon Their Bike Pumps

First revealed way back in 2011, Bridgestone’s airless tires use a series of rigid plastic resin spokes to help a wheel keep its shape as it rolls, …

Bicycling

This Is an H-1B Visa. And Here's How President Trump Wants to Change It (FORTUNE)

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Meet the Foreign Tech Workers Left in Limbo by Trump

At dawn in California’s Bay Area, the river of commuters begins to flow. It is filled with the people who help make our smartphones, our favorite games, the apps we download.<p>But many have also come to make something else, perhaps — a new life in America.<p>These are just a few of the 85,000 people who …

Immigration

TCS, Infosys, Cognizant violated H-1B visa norms: US

All the three Indian firms refused to comment on the US administration comment<p>All the three Indian firms refused to comment on the US administration …

Employment Law

Immigration of the legal sort: H-1B visas do mainly go to Indian outsourcing firms

Immigration of the legal sortH-1B visas do mainly go to Indian outsourcing firms<p>That is not a good argument against them<p>print-edition iconFrom the …

Employment Law

Hillbillies who code: the former miners out to put Kentucky on the tech map

‘A hillbilly is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and loyal,’ says Garland Couch, a miner turned coder. His employer’s ambition? To turn coal country into ‘Silicon Holler’<p>As Highway 119 cleaves through the mountains of eastern Kentucky, exposed bands of black gold stretch on for miles – come …

Silicon Valley

When Entrepreneurs Turn Investors: The Pros and Cons

Everybody, at some point in life, needs a guardian angel to lend a helping hand and steer them through the pitfalls. Startups also need a guardian …

Entrepreneurship
Google

Facial recognition is coming to US airports, fast-tracked by Trump

New Biometric Exit system would track visa holders’ faces as they leave the country<p>Soon, it may be hard for visa holders to board an international flight without submitting to a facial geometry scan. Customs and Border Protection began testing facial recognition systems at Dulles Airport in 2015, …

Big Brother

Palmer Luckey reportedly hid $100,000 donations to Trump behind Chrono Trigger references

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey donated $100,000 to fund Donald Trump’s inaugural celebrations through shell companies named after elements from classic video game <i>Chrono Trigger</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i> and <i>Mother Jones</i> report. News of the donation broke today, almost a month after Luckey announced he was …

RPGs

Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing

Today at F8, Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. The team plans to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in …

Facebook