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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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Tesla is looking to raise $1 billion in stock and debt

Tesla is looking to raise up to $1.15 billion in funding ahead of producing its first mass market vehicle, the Model 3. The company will sell $250 million in stock as a secondary offering, along with $750 million in debt. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is participating in the round and will buy $25 million in shares of common stock, the company said. The company is raising the round in the midst of prepping for production of the Model 3 and after the......
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The exec at the center of Alphabet’s Uber lawsuit worked for Uber earlier than we thought

In a lawsuit that pits two tech giants against each other, Alphabet is alleging that one of Uber’s top executives stole proprietary designs for a self-driving system. The executive at the center of that suit is Anthony Levandowski, who joined Uber in August 2016 as part of Uber’s acquisition of his self-driving startup Otto. Prior to that, Levandowski was one of the top engineers at Alphabet’s car division, now called Waymo. To bolster its......
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How to watch Recode’s live SXSW interview with the cast of HBO’s ‘Veep’ today

Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher will be live from SXSW today at 1 pm ET/ 12 pm CT/ 10 am PT with a special edition of her Recode Decode podcast. Joining her will be special guests David Mandel, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh from HBO’s “Veep.” If you’re in Austin, you can join us at the Nat Geo Further Base Camp at the Vulcan Gas Company (418 E 6th St). The show is free and open to the public. Not in Austin? Don’t worry. We’ll be livest......
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For the U.S. to stay on top, we can’t just keep funding innovation in Silicon Valley and New York

The digital boom has helped the United States maintain its status — for now — as the world’s political and economic leader. But it has also increasingly created a divide within the U.S. — one of the themes that led to Donald Trump’s election as president. “This issue of people feeling left behind — it’s not just a feeling,” says Steve Case, the internet pioneer who was AOL’s long-time CEO and now runs investment firm Revolution. “They have ......
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eBay is doubling down on its advertising business, just like Amazon

For years, eBay’s advertising business was something of an afterthought compared to its core commerce operation — so much so that eBay had another company selling ads on its behalf. Company executives say that is all changing. eBay is in the process of building up its own internal advertising sales team, cutting ties with the outside sales firm along the way. eBay is also eliminating product ads that link to other websites, and replacing th......
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Live now: Recode’s interview with Mary Lou Jepsen from SXSW

Recode executive editor Kara Swisher and The Verge senior editor Lauren Goode are interviewing Mary Lou Jepsen, one of the most interesting people in tech, live from SXSW today at 12:30 pm CT / 1:30pm ET in a special edition of our Too Embarrassed to Ask podcast. Jepsen, whose jam-packed resume includes One Laptop Per Child — which she co-founded — Facebook and Google, is also the co-founder of Openwater. We’re hosting her live interview on......
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SoundCloud needs more money, or it may sell at a firesale price

SoundCloud needs more money, or it needs a buyer. Sources say the streaming music service has been trying to raise more than $100 million since last summer, without success. It has also talked to potential acquirers, including Spotify, without closing a deal. The upshot, according to people familiar with the company: SoundCloud is now at a point where it may sell for less than the $700 million investors thought it was worth a few years ago.......
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Recode Daily: Amazon’s brick-and-mortar bookstore strategy is a real thing

Amazon is planning to open its tenth brick-and-mortar bookstore, a shopping-center location outside of Seattle. If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: This isn’t just an experiment anymore. Amazon really likes the traction it has seen in the four stores that have opened so far and is committed to becoming a physical retailer at scale — in part because it can use the stores to sell its other devices, including the Echo and Kindle. — [Jason De......
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Weeping Angel, Brutal Kangaroo and other secret CIA code names from the WikiLeaks surveillance leak

WikiLeaks shared nearly 9,000 pages of leaked documents from the Central Intelligence Agency today. The new cache details covert mass surveillance programs that appear to undermine encryption in iPhones, Android smartphones, Samsung smart TVs and other internet-connected devices. The documents also describe a number of malware attacks used by the CIA to survey users on Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems. Similar to the disclosures......
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Full transcript: Your questions about cloud services, answered on Too Embarrassed to Ask

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode bring on Chris Bourdon, CEO of cloud service Upthere, to help answer reader and listener questions about the cloud. You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, or listen to it in the audio player above. Below, we’ve posted a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe ......
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Facebook has started to flag fake news stories

That bogus story about Donald Trump your uncle posted on Facebook? It’s still staying on Facebook. But now it’s going to get a warning label. Eventually. Sometimes. Facebook has started pinning a “disputed” tag on fake news, as it promised it would back in December, as part of its “we’re going to fight fake news but there’s only so much we can do” campaign. Here’s an example we can see in the wild, spotted by Gizmodo and others yesterday: ......
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Trump’s possible pick for FTC chair might have to recuse himself in cases involving Google, Facebook or Microsoft

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, considered one of the leading candidates for chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, has over the course of his campaigns received more than $60,000 in contributions from tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft and Google. That means if President Donald Trump appoints Reyes to the FTC, there’s a chance Reyes would have to recuse himself from cases involving those companies, according to a source close......
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This AI startup wants to help robot assistants ask people the questions

Artificial intelligence startup Ozlo thinks it has a solution for situations where virtual assistants fail in their responses: Getting the bots to ask questions back. Ozlo is launching a trio of software packages for other companies to enhance the virtual assistants they build. They’re aimed at making those assistants more sophisticated, including getting them to ask clarifying questions when they don’t understand a user request. Current vi......
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Full transcript: The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern talks wireless data plans on Too Embarrassed to Ask

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge’s Lauren Goode and the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern discuss the finer points of wireless phone plans. You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, or listen to it in the audio player above. Below, we’ve posted a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Too Embarrassed to Ask on iTunes, Google Play ......
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Uber’s SVP of engineering is out after he did not disclose he left Google in a dispute over a sexual harassment allegation

Amit Singhal has left his job at Uber as its SVP of engineering because he did not disclose to the car-hailing company that he left Google a year earlier after top executives there informed him of an allegation of sexual harassment from an employee that an internal investigation had found “credible.” Singhal was asked to resign by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick this morning. Uber execs found out about the situation after Recode informed them of ......
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A series of U.S. state laws could prevent Uber or Google from operating self-driving cars

A series of bills introduced in at least four U.S. states — Georgia, Maryland, Illinois and Tennessee — would restrict the deployment of autonomous car technology on public roads to automakers — that is, companies that make cars. As written, the bills — modeled after the SAVE Act, Michigan’s pioneering self-driving car regulations — would only allow a network of self-driving cars to operate on public roads if the cars are owned by an automa......
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Alphabet’s Waymo is suing Otto and Uber for allegedly stealing the design of a key self-driving system

Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car unit, is suing Otto — the self-driving trucking company co-founded by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski and quickly acquired by Uber — for allegedly stealing the company’s proprietary design for its laser-based radar system. According to Waymo, before Levandowski left what was then a part of Google’s moonshot labs, he downloaded 14,000 “highly confidential” files to an external hard drive, i......
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Full transcript: The Too Embarrassed to Ask team answers listener questions about Apple’s AirPods

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge’s Lauren Goode and Recode’s Kara Swisher discuss the finer points of Apple’s wireless headphones, the AirPods. How do they work? Why did Apple delay their release? Do they fall out of your ears? Are they a pain to sync up with other Apple products? In short, is it a must-have purchase? You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, or listen to it in the audio pl......
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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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