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Backlash Grows Against Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

You won’t find warnings on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the rising tide of violence in Honduras or the terrorist threat in Sydney, Australia, on travel advice site Gogobot. It leaves that to the U.S. State Department and other official agencies.

But vacationers considering a trip to Indiana will …


A Juror Speaks About His Vote for Kleiner Perkins but Still Wants the Firm to ‘Be Punished’

Jurist Steve Sammut, a 62-year-old office supplies representative who voted with the majority against Ellen Pao, reached out to Re/code over the weekend. If we were going to spend so much time covering this trial — Pao’s gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers – we …

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The Perils of Periscope (Comic)


Tumblr Hires Stephanie Dolgins As Its First CMO

Tumblr has hired its first chief marketing officer, Stephanie Dolgins, according to a company spokesperson. Dolgins joins Tumblr from her own marketing agency, Dolgins & Company, and was previously a senior VP at AOL. She will oversee a number of groups within the company, including brand and …


We May Have Just Uncovered Amazon’s Vision for a New Kind of Retail Store

Amazon perfected online shopping. It may now want to do the same with brick-and-mortar stores.

A recently filed patent application by Amazon reveals details about a new kind of retail establishment that would allow shoppers to pick items and leave without stopping at a cashier station or kiosk.

Based …


LinkedIn Doesn’t Have a Chat App, So Caliber Built One for Them

A lot of companies are betting big on private messaging. LinkedIn, at least so far, isn’t one of them.

The professional network has a lot of apps — seven by my last count — but none of them are considered a private messaging app. In fact, LinkedIn doesn’t have a messaging product beyond InMail, its …


HTC One M9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6: Which Android Flagship Is the Best?

If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, you’ll have no shortage of choices this spring. On April 10, three flagship devices — the HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge — will launch with all four major U.S. carriers.

But which one should you get?

I’ve been using all three …


Gogoro to Test Its Electric Scooter and Charging Network in Taipei This Summer

Gogoro, the electric scooter company backed by Cher Wang and led by former HTC executive Horace Luke, said it will test its electric vehicles and charging network in Taipei in a pilot program this summer.

The company has opened an “experience center” showroom in the Taiwanese city and plans to …


After Ellen Pao, Now What?

Anyone who has followed the Ellen Pao knows the data: The decline of women investors in venture from 10 percent to 6 percent; the 77 percent of venture firms who have never had a women partner; the 11 percent of tech board seats held by women, while that number hovers at 20 percent for Fortune 500 …

Auto Racing

Gamergaters Are People, Too, Says Gaymer X’s Matt Conn (Q&A)

Matt Conn, the founder of the LGBT gaming convention GaymerX, is conflicted.

“I haven’t been able to sleep, and it’s not because I’m scared of being swatted or doxxed,” Conn said of Gamergate. “I want the community to get better, and I feel like now, I’m in a position where I can actually do …


Amazon Formally Launches Handyman and Installation Listings With Help From TaskRabbit

Amazon has long sold you products. Now it wants to help you fix your sink, clean your home and mount your TV, too. Four months after the e-commerce behemoth quietly began posting listings for services such as TV installations, Amazon is formally announcing the new category of listings in …


Apple CEO Slams Anti-Gay Indiana Legislation

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Apple CEO Tim Cook trashed Indiana's recently passed anti-gay law and similar legislation nationwide, condemning such acts as un-American and anticompetitive. Apple joins a growing number of tech companies — including Salesforce, Yelp and Angie's List — that have strongly criticized the …


Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Pro-Discrimination “Religious Freedom” Laws

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook grew more vocal in his fight for equal rights, turning to the editorial pages of the Washington Post to condemn a wave of new legislation that he said would enshrine discrimination.

Cook writes that the newly enacted Indiana Religious Restoration Act, which allows …

Tim Cook

Apple Watch to Be Offered by Appointment

As Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch, details are starting to emerge that reveal how differently this most personal of the company’s products will be treated in stores.

The watch — whichever of the three models consumers purchase — will be available by reservation. That’s true of consumers …

Apple Watch

Capital Gains: Ayasdi, August and Cyanogen Announce Big Funding

Data analytics, smart home technology and Android software companies announced significant funding rounds in the last week. Here’s how much venture capital money changed hands in Silicon Valley this week:

Cyanogen, a startup that makes open-source Android software, raised $80 million in a Series C …

Capital Gains

GitHub Slammed by Denial of Service Attack that Some Experts Trace to China

The popular coding website GitHub has been hit by a days-long denial of service attack that some security experts believe may have ties to China.

The San Francisco company, whose site is used as a platform for software developers to share code, reported that it was experiencing outages early …


Re/code on TV: Talking About the Ellen Pao Verdict, Monica Lewinsky’s Views on Cyberbullying

The Re/code team took to the airwaves this week to discuss the verdict in the Ellen Pao gender discrimination case as well as the issue of cyberbullying.

Re/code Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher talked about the long-term implications of the Pao trial with CNBC.*

Senior Editor Liz Gannes, who along …

Monica Lewinsky

Angie’s List Halts Expansion Plans to Protest Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” Law

Angie’s List has joined a growing number of companies to protest a new law in Indiana that critics say could open the door to discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Indianapolis company said it would put a planned expansion of its campus on hold in the wake of passage of the Religious …


Guess How Many Women Made the Forbes Midas List? (It’s Worse than You Think)

In a bit of accidental perfect timing, Forbes just published its Midas List of top tech investors.

GGV Capital partner Jenny Lee is the first woman to crack its list of Top 10 investors, which is led by such well-known figures as Sequoia Capital’s Jim Goetz, who backed WhatsApp, the mobile messaging …

Women's News

Re/wind: The Ellen Pao Verdict, Facebook’s F8 and More

This week marked the close of the historic Ellen Pao-Kleiner Perkins gender discrimination trial, and a re-launch of Facebook’s commerce ambitions at its F8 developers’ conference in San Francisco. Here’s what went down:

On Friday, the jury in the Ellen Pao-Kleiner Perkins trial found against Ellen …


PopSlate: When a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Is Just the Beginning

Inventors Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon won over investors with their idea for a smartphone case that would act as a second screen — displaying images and useful information at a glance.

Their product, popSlate, exceeded its fundraising goal of $150,000 with an IndieGoGo campaign in 2013 that …

Crowd Funding

The Real Precedent in the Ellen Pao Case Happened Out of Court

“Is this the trial of the century?” asked Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal each time I went on his radio show to discuss Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against her former employer Kleiner Perkins.

I wasn’t sure how to answer that. In a sense it’s a ridiculous question (no offense …


Taking a Spin with FlyKly, the Bike Wheel that Does the Work for You

Niko Klansek’s resolution to get healthier several years ago didn’t last much longer than his first bike ride to work, which left him panting and sweaty at the front door to his office.

But the experience inspired an idea that the Slovenian engineer has been pursuing ever since: a motorized pedal …


Ellen Pao Suffers Complete Loss in Historic Gender Discrimination Suit

Defendant Kleiner Perkins emerged victorious today after being battered by a month-long trial, with a jury finding against Ellen Pao on every one of her claims of gender discrimination and retaliation.

In a case that has captivated audiences well beyond the tech industry, Pao filed suit in 2012 …

Gender Equality

What Is Silicon Valley’s Problem With Gender?

Like many people in our industry, I’ve closely followed the Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins gender-discrimination lawsuit. I have been a Silicon Valley entrepreneur for more than 30 years and have considerable experience working in startups, including one financed by Kleiner Perkins. I have seen and …

Silicon Valley

Google’s GIF Response to Wall Street Journal Lobbying Story

Google offered a more complete defense of its lobbying efforts Friday in response to a Wall Street Journal story earlier this week that suggested the search giant’s lobbyists seem to be practically living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

In a GIF-y post entitled “Really, Rupert?” Google offered up a …


If Intel Buys Altera, Look for Xilinx to Be Sold Next

If published reports that chipmaker Intel intends to acquire another chip company, Altera, turn out to be true, it would likely kick off a rush by other tech companies to acquire Altera’s primary rival, Xilinx.

Shares of Altera closed up by more than 28 percent after the Wall Street Journal reported …


FCC Plans a Vote on New Airwaves Sharing Plan

Federal regulators are set to vote next month on a plan to allow wireless carriers and companies including Google to share airwaves with the government, in an effort to make more airwaves available for future wireless devices.

It’s a novel new effort by the Federal Communications Commission, which …


Live: The Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Verdict

At 2 pm PT Friday, we’ll hear a verdict in the months-long gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins.

Since we last liveblogged two days ago, the jury has asked questions that would seem to indicate an interest in Pao’s side of the story: They wanted to hear the transcript of former …

Gender Equality

The Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Jury Reaches a Verdict

After 24 days of trial and more than two days of deliberation, the jury in Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination and retaliation suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is back with a verdict. It will be delivered at 2 pm PT.

The judge has given everyone 45 minutes to gather …

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