Sen. Susan Collins Comes Out Against Health Care Bill

June 27, 2017

In a series of tweets, Collins cited a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday that found the new bill would cause 22 million people to lose their insurance over the next 10 years. The Senates bill would also dramatically undercut federal funding for Medicaid and financial assistance for low- and middle-income people, all facts Collins said wouldnt fix ACA problems for rural Maine, referring to the Obama administrations Affordable Care…

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MashTalk: What is Uber’s future without Travis Kalanick?

June 25, 2017

After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals. Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There’s the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There’s the Greyball program that…

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Mark Zuckerberg loves Iowa in his latest Facebook story

June 25, 2017

A man who loves Iowa.Image: LISA HORNAK/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Everyone’s best friend, Mark Zuckerberg, has a new Facebook story and he’s having a great time in Iowa. Zuckerberg used Facebook storiesthat product Facebook introduced to add onto Instagram Stories but that hasn’t quite caught on yetto document his trip midwest. The Facebook CEO traveled to Iowa as part of his 2017 promise to visit U.S. states he’s never been to. That trip…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy. SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more…

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Fitbit will bring wearables to the NBA with brand new sponsorship deal

June 21, 2017

Fitbit enters pro basketball via a new sponsorship deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Image: fitbit UPDATE: June 20, 2017, 5:27 p.m. EDT This story was updated to better reflect how the Timberwolves players will use Fitbit’s technology. Fitbit is finally making the leap to the major leagues. Fitbit and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves have signed a deal to make the wearable maker just the seventh jersey patch sponsor in the NBA,…

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Instagram Stories is hurting Snapchat more than we thought

June 21, 2017

Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram Stories is still eating Snapchat alive, and we have fresh data to prove it. Instagram’s Stories now have 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, according to the company. At the same time, engagement with Snapchat Stories declined 50 percent in June compared with the same time last year, according to new numbers from social analytics company Delmondo. “We saw a decline…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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A new roboadvisor wants to make halal investing more accessible to Muslim millennials

June 15, 2017

Wahed Invest is bringing halal investing to roboadvising.Image: Shutterstock / nukeaf For anyone who wants to start investing for the first time or switch from an old-school system to a roboadvisor, there are a lot of options out there. Betterment, Wealthfront, and smart advisors from major banks all let consumers become serious investors and save for retirement without requiring as much money or time as personal financial advisors. But a…

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Clutter wants to store your stuff but help you not forget it exists

June 15, 2017

Image: clutter Clutter is disrupting its own name. SEE ALSO: This startup wants to be the QVC of your smartphone The two-year-old startup takes the stuff you don’t use out of your home and makes sure you don’t just put it in a disorganized storage unit. Clutter, based in Los Angeles, employs movers and software engineers who work together to build a sophisticated system of packing and storing, where each…

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 14, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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Facebook adds badges so your politicians know who you are

June 8, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Harvard's commencement in May 2017.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Facebook is turning into more and more of a Town Hall. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new Pride Month features celebrate the LGBTQ community with style The social network introduced three features Wednesday that are meant to help elected officials better connect with their constituents and vice-versa. The products provide a way for politicians to identify local constituents and…

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Snapchat snaps startup to help it with location tracking

June 6, 2017

Image: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES Snap may have lost a bunch of money last quarter, and by a bunch we mean $2.2 billion. But it’s just a young company trying to build a sustainable business modeland that means adding some “creepy” advertising. SEE ALSO: Snapchat’s new ‘limitless’ snaps will change everything Placed, its latest acquisition first reported by GeekWire Monday and confirmed to Mashable by Snap, may help on that mission….

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U.S. Colleges Have $500 Billion to Invest. Now Where Are All the Green Deals?

June 5, 2017

If you guessed that the University of California system would champion “sustainable” investing, you’d be correct. The catch is, the shelves in the sustainable investing aisle aren’t especially well-stocked with opportunities. U.S. college endowments altogether hold more than $500 ­billion in assets, a growing part of which they’ve allocated to sustainable or “impact” investing. Yet they also face something of a paradox: Where, exactly, does one invest that money? The…

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Vox could become a better version of Mediumand The Ringer could be its first step

June 1, 2017

Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Of all the horrible things the internet has brought us, the word “platisher” is among the worst. That’s the word used back in 2013 when Medium first launched. The brainchild of Twitter cofounder Ev Williams, Medium at the time was one of the most beautiful things onlinevery much the opposite of the word used to describe it. The company also launched with some of its own content,…

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Trump Threatened To Let Obamacare ‘Implode.’ That’s One Promise He’s Keeping.

May 24, 2017

President has been telling us all along that he believes his best course politically is to do what he can to ensure that Obamacare breaks. What you may not have noticed is that hes actually been executing that plan. The Affordable Care Act has had its share of problems, some them serious like health insurance premiums that middle-class families cant afford, and swaths of the country with among insurers. Since…

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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

May 23, 2017

Midway through the second season of Silicon Valley, the HBO series that so skillfully spoofs the Bay Area tech scene, the plot turns to porn. Inside the offices of Pied Piper, the fictional startup at the heart of the show, a shaggy-haired coder hacks into a rival company. The rival, he discovers, has landed a $15 million contract with a porn outfit called Intersite, also fictional, agreeing to build software…

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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

May 20, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American…

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Former Fox News exec Roger Ailes has died at 77

May 19, 2017

Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News who was forced out of that position in 2016 due to multiple sexual harassment allegations, has died at the age of 77. The Drudge Report was the first to report the story, sharing a statement from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. Breaking News: Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, his family announced. pic.twitter.com/AksPdNSZaI Fox News (@FoxNews) May 18, 2017…

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Tesla reportedly treats factory workers like many successful start-ups: Like afterthoughts

May 19, 2017

Tesla employees work on a Model S car in the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.Image: Jeff Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn’t see coming or would like to forget. Tesla, it seems, is no different. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says we’re only 2 years from being able to nap in self-driving…

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Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging – BBC News

May 18, 2017

A $2m prize for inventors to devise products that are practical and easily recycled will be launched by Prince Charles in London later. Simon Ellin, CEO of the UK Recycling Association, welcomed the competition, adding: “Improvements are desperately needed in product design.” Simon Ellin’s worst recycling offenders: Pringles (and products with similar packaging): “Number One recycling villain. These things are a… nightmare. Impossible to separate the parts.” Lucozade Sport (and…

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