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'Facebook has a black people problem': a former employee posted a 2,500-word memo about racial discrimination at the company

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A former Facebook employee has accused the company of failing to deal with racism and failing to build an inclusive workplace. In a goodbye note to colleagues he subsequently shared publicly, Mark S. Luckie wrote: “Facebook has a black people problem.” The former Twitter and Reddit employee said that “racial discrimination is […]

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Microsoft (briefly) passed Apple to become the most valuable US company today

Enlarge / Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft For a brief period today, Microsoft achieved greater market value than Apple, which is often called the world’s most valuable company. The temporary shift recalls a long, up-and-down history of a rivalry between the two companies—though they are partners in many areas today. Microsoft reached a market capitalization […]

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Facebook investors are starting to wonder if COO Sheryl Sandberg will leave the company

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Blizzard president J. Allen Brack interview — Designing a company to last for generations

J. Allen Brack has been president of Blizzard Entertainment for just a few weeks. But I wouldn’t call him a whippersnapper, as he has worked in games for 24 years and he’s a black belt in a Korean martial art, Tukong Moosul. Brack took over from Mike Morhaime, who cofounded Blizzard in the 1990s and […]

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IBM is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire Red Hat, the software company valued at $20 billion

Joe Scarnici/Stringer IBM is in talks to acquire Red Hat, the open source enterprise software company, according to Bloomberg. It’s unclear how much the deal is worth, though a source tells Business Insider that it’s in the tens of billions of dollars. Red Hat, which is publicly traded, has a market cap of $ 20.5 […]

Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers free rides through first Boring Company tunnel from December

[embedded content] Elon Musk says the Boring Company’s first test tunnel for its high-speed transit system will open to the public in a matter of months. In a tweet announcing the news, the billionaire entrepreneur said that free rides will be offered to the public on December 11 after a launch event on the previous […]

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Microsoft could be the next company to join the $1 trillion club – here's what will get it there

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Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog

Apple is adding 300 computer chip engineers to its team after striking a deal to hire them from one of its British suppliers. It is paying Dialog Semiconductor $ 300m (£227m) for the acquisition, which also includes some of the Reading-based company’s patents and facilities. Apple has long used Dialog’s products to monitor and control […]

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Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse

Enlarge / I’m glad I got to see this with you. After Bethesda revealed the “entirely online” Fallout 76 at E3 earlier this year, some franchise fans worried the new game would feel uncomfortably different from the story-driven, single-player post-apocalyptic action they know and love. After playing the game for about three hours at a […]

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Facebook Content Moderator Says Job Gave Her PTSD, Sues Company

Imagine the worst, most traumatic content the internet has to offer. Now imagine a job that inundates you with it all day, every day. Such was the life of Selena Scola, a former Facebook content moderator who, along with 7,500 or so other people, collectively screened around 10 million posts a week. Now, after being […]

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Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company

Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company ImageKevin Systrom, left, and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram.CreditCreditChristie Hemm Klok for The New York Times By Mike Isaac Sept. 24, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, have resigned and plan to leave the company in the […]

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Instagram’s co-founders have resigned from the Facebook-owned company

Systrom, right. Krieger, left. Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are leaving the company. Reports suggesting that the pair had resigned their positions as CEO and CTO, respectively, first appeared in the New York Times on Monday, but a statement issued by Systrom a short while later confirmed their departure from […]

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From Nazis To Incels: How One Tech Company Helps Hate Groups Thrive

By all standards, the forum Incels.me is a hate group. Littered through well over 1 million messages is a cascade of posts calling for women to be raped, decapitated, stabbed, starved, poisoned, skinned, cannibalized, blinded, mutilated, sodomized, tortured, beaten, burned, enslaved and otherwise brutally killed, simply because they are women. (Unedited excerpts from some of […]

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This $610 million real estate company doesn't have an office for its 8,000 employees – instead, everybody works from this completely virtual island

Screenshot If you’ve ever wondered what the next phase of working remotely could be like, look no further than eXp Realty. In most respects, eXp is your typical real estate brokerage company. It employs thousands of licensed agents to help clients buy and sell their homes. And business seems to be good: eXp’s stock price […]

Emerging Tech

Elon Musk sends SpaceX and Boring Company engineers to aid in a rescue mission

The rescue team dedicated to saving the Thai soccer team that has been trapped in a cave for nearly two weeks is growing larger by the day, and its latest members are coming from SpaceX and the Boring Company. According to Elon Musk, who took to his favorite medium (Twitter) to announce the news, engineers […]