Uber’s diversity is on par with the tech industry and that’s not great

Uber has published its much sought after diversity numbers for the first time since it was founded in 2009. Unfortunately for the company, the pressure to publish the numbers mounted after former employee Susan Fowler published her account of the sexism and sexual harassment she endured during her year working at Uber. The company has revealed that its diversity numbers are on par with much of the rest of the tech industry. That’s not gre......
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Twitter, United Airlines and girls in spandex leggings: How your Sunday #content gets made

It’s Sunday. Do you have a spare minute to watch a $36 billion corporation get swamped by Twitter? Here you go. This morning, Twitter user Shannon Watts reported that girls that were supposed to be on a Denver to Minneapolis flight weren’t allowed to board until they changed out of spandex leggings. Some of the girls changed their clothes, and others never got on the flight, Watts said: 1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in legg......
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Uber has grounded its self-driving cars in Arizona after one was involved in an accident

On Friday night, a self-driving Uber vehicle was involved in a collision with a human-driven car in Tempe, Arizona that caused the semi-autonomous vehicle to flip on its side. Uber’s car was being driven in autonomous mode but there were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to an Uber spokesperson, just a safety driver. The company has since grounded all its self-driving vehicles in Arizona while it conducts an ......
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There’s no easy fix for Google’s YouTube problem

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. Last week, U.K. advertisers — including the government, The Guardian newspaper, and various others — began boycotting Google’s ad products, including YouTube, over the fact their ads were appearing next to troublesome content, ranging from videos promoting hate to those advocating terroris......
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We need a software revolution for the greater social good

Five years ago, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously wrote, “Software is eating the world.” It’s hard to think of more prophetic words coming out of Silicon Valley, and new players that have software at their core continue to reinvent entire industries. Uber disrupting the taxi industry, and Airbnb, the hospitality industry, are just two examples. The social sector has not fully benefited from what Silicon Valle......
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We have too many passwords. We only need one trusted, strong online identity.

How many passwords do you manage? I have 295 digital versions of me to access online assets from my bank to Facebook and everything in between. That’s a problem. These credentials are all me. I’m the same person, no matter where I visit online. In addition to the hassles of managing these identities, the bigger problems are the lack of security, consistency and digital trust. Every digital account I create requires a new set of credentials ......
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eBay is overhauling its homepage again to personalize recommendations for each visitor

In late 2013, eBay unveiled a new homepage design meant to surface different goods based on the interests of each individual site visitor — but it required some work on the part of the shopper. Three-plus years later, eBay wants a do-over — one that doesn’t require visitors to do anything but browse and shop like they always do. The new design features horizontal image carousels stacked one on top of the other. Rows are organized by items ......
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Listen to Steve Ballmer talk about showing Clippers’ games from players’ perspectives

Steve Ballmer wants sports watchers to see Los Angeles Clippers basketball games from the players’ perspectives. “Software can figure it out,” he says. The former Microsoft CEO, now owner of the Clippers, chatted about his virtual-reality vision for his team on a recent podcast hosted by sports commentator and The Ringer CEO Bill Simmons. “Instead of a center-court camera; I want to see the game the way [Clippers point guard] Chris Paul see......
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Full video: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht at Code Media

At Code Media, Recode’s Peter Kafka and Star CEO Chris Albrecht discussed Starz’s plans to offer the premium channel independent of cable subscription. Soon, Albrecht said, you’ll be able to purchase a Starz subscription as a prepaid card. Check out the full video for more.

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