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Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough

Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of Recode. In August of 2011, Steve Jobs, the tech icon who disrupted a string of traditional industries, called me and told me he thought he’d figured out a way to revolutionize TV. He invited me to come see it at Apple in a few months, but he died just six weeks lat......
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to probe allegations of sexism

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent a memo to his employees today, announcing a series of moves to quell the growing outrage over serious allegations of sexism and sexual harassment at the car-hailing company. In it, he said he hired outside counsel, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to investigate the charges by a former female engineer and also the wider cultural problems across Uber. It was already announced that board member Ar......
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People love GIFs — but turning GIFs into ad dollars is taking some time

About 15 months ago, Tenor was trying to get its GIF search engine onto as many phones as possible. So it did the logical thing — it partnered with businesses that were already on a lot of phones. The startup, which offers a universal GIF keyboard that you can download to your phone, also signed deals with Messenger, iMessage and Kik to put its technology inside their messaging apps so users could easily search through Tenor’s library of GI......
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Bill Gates says robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes

If robots are going to take over human jobs, that means fewer people will be working, which in turn means fewer people will be paying taxes. And that’s a problem, since taxes fund things that are important, like schools and roads and fire departments. Bill Gates has idea for solving this deficit: Have the robots that take human jobs pay their share in taxes. “Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, th......
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Mark Zuckerberg's vision for bringing the world together

Original author: John Murrell
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Why won’t Uber just add a tipping option?

Why doesn’t Uber just add a tipping option? A new petition from the Independent Drivers Guild — a pseudo-union created as part of a larger deal with Uber’s New York office — is asking the New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to mandate that Uber add a tipping option. Since the company’s inception, Uber has wrangled with drivers who have chastised its executives for not adding a tipping option when taxis and its main competitor Lyft......
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Is it time to separate the news from the Facebook newsfeed?

Social media scholars talk a lot about “context collapse,” the term that describes what happens when, on a platform like Facebook, users find that they can’t communicate freely with their friends while their relatives are reading the same posts, or with their relatives while the employers get to read, too, etc. The mix of audiences (on Facebook especially) has led to miscommunications, conflicts and, increasingly, self-censorship. In its dr......
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One in 10 U.S. readers consider Facebook a news outlet

Nearly half of Americans can’t remember where they got their news when they saw it online — and one in 10 people named Facebook as a news outlet when asked the name of the source of the story read online, according to a Pew study released earlier this week. (But remember: Facebook doesn’t want you to think it’s a media company.) As the way people consume news continues to move more and more online, this latest data shows just how difficult ......
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A Magic Leap investor says critics should stop 'gloating' and give augmented reality more time

Secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap suffered another PR blow yesterday when Business Insider published a photo alleged to be a recent prototype of the company’s futuristic tech. The picture, showing a large and janky computer hanging from a person’s back and wired to a pair of glasses, seemingly confirmed reports that Magic Leap — which has raised $1.4 billion to date — was struggling to shrink its product to a consumer-friendly......
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