Sen. Susan Collins Comes Out Against Health Care Bill

June 27, 2017

… version of a health care bill, called the American Health Care Act. Medicine has long operated under the precept of primum non nocere, or first, do no harm. The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels, AMA CEO James Madara wrote in a letter to McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday. We believe that Congress should be working to increase the number of Americans with access to quality, affordable health insurance instead of pursuing policies that …

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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 the …

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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 led Zuckerberg to declare, …

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

… Space and big partnerships team. It’s the polar opposite of Vine, whose demise may be partially blamed to how they refused to let creators through their office doors until it was far too late. “[Facebook is] all about the artist at this point and they want us to have a successful business on the platform. They definitely listen, and I feel comfortable,” Clery said. That doesn’t mean she, or any other creator, has a direct line to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Clery was …

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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 or less dared the notoriously litigious coal boss by …

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

June 21, 2017

… Everyday employees within the Timberwolves organization will be encouraged to start using the wearables, too. Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson told Mashable that the organization was looking for more in a sponsor than just the highest bidder. “We’re excited about having a partner that wanted to collaborate and innovate together,” he said. The NBA’s framework for the new sponsorships only allows for three-year deals, but according to Casson and Fitbit CMO Tim Rosa, both …

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Instagram Stories is hurting Snapchat more than we thought

June 21, 2017

… June 2016 to June 2017,” says Delmondo CEO Nick Cicero, who looked at engagement across 50,000 Snapchat Stories from brands, publishers, and other influencers. SEE ALSO: I can’t be basic on Instagram anymore and it’s all because of Stories The new metrics highlight just how damaging the meteoric rise of Instagram Stories has been for the newly public Snap Inc. The company declined to comment on Delmondo’s findings. Delmondo’s report comes on the heels of a rough …

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

… Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, to drop out of the government’s business advisory council; he did not attend Monday’s events. Many of the world’s tech giants rely on the H1B visa program, which the administration has worked to dismantle. Trump’s travel ban drew ire from many in Silicon Valley, whose work force is made up of immigrants. No one from Facebook was in attendance, despite receiving an invite. A spokesperson for the world’s largest social network cited …

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

June 18, 2017

… registered as a benefit corporation, or B corp, meaning the company has committed to adhering to rigid environmental and charitable standards, submitting detailed annual progress reports, and giving 1 percent of its pre-tax profits to green causes each year. Patagonia donated $800,000 We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land. Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario We have such a close connection to the area, Hilary Dessouky, Patagonias general counsel, told HuffPost by phone this …

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Patreon is launching a bunch of new tools to help web creators build media companies

June 15, 2017

Patreon CEO Jack Conte rocks out in the 2013 music video that inspired the company.Image: youtube screenshot Patreon has fed a hotbed of homemade art and bootstrap media. Now it’s looking to get more professional. The crowdfunding platform launched a sleek brand overhaul and a host of new creator tools on Wednesday in a bid to cast itself as a serious business builder for scrappy bedroom artists and established entertainers alike. Among the new features are Patreon’s own paywalled …

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

June 15, 2017

… these options. Wahed Invest wants to be the first roboadvisor to allow American Muslim investors to go digital and at the same time meet Sharia standards for investing. While online investing may seem unorthodox to some Muslims across the globe, Muslim millennials in the U.S. have been interested in digital investment services and computer-generated, wealth management advice for some time, said Wahed CEO Junaid Wahedna in a press release. To date, they have been forced to use online investment …

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

June 15, 2017

… startups, the Clutter cofounder went after a big industry with a modern-day technology solution. People store their items, but oftentimes they leave them in a big room with little idea of what’s there and why. Clutter added an online inventory component. Image: clutter But that wasn’t the only change they brought upon the industry, worth $30 billion in the U.S. alone, according to IBISWorld. Clutter CEO Brian Thomas’s mom’s poor customer service experience with her …

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 14, 2017

… CEO is taking a leave of absence following release of investigation findings These changesall approved by the board of directors include dismissing Emil Michael, former senior vice president of business, and lessening the responsibilities of CEO Travis Kalanick, who is now on a leave of absence. But perhaps the people who remain at Uber are still, in part, to blame. Audio from Tuesday’s all-hands meeting, leaked to Yahoo Finance, revealed a cringe-worthy exchange between Uber board …

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Tim Cook has an idea of who’s sending Trump’s 3 AM tweets

June 10, 2017

It's *obviously* college kids.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock UPDATED (4:00 p.m. ET) to include a few more quotes from Cook President Donald Trump’s tweets are finding their way into everything nowadays … even Tim Cook’s commencement speech at MIT. SEE ALSO: Trump Twitter bot reminds us that all his tweets are coming from the White House The Apple CEO took a swipe at Trump’s infamous Twitter habits Friday, just a few hours after the president’s latest rant about …

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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 help …

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Snapchat snaps startup to help it with location tracking

June 6, 2017

… will do even more.” Like its peers in the social media industry, Snap makes the majority of its revenue from mobile advertising. If it hopes to get a significant cut of the duopoly between Facebook and Google, it’ll have to better prove its ads can work. The move appears to be a far step from Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s former disdain for online tracking. “We really care about not being creepy, Spiegel said during the advertising festival Cannes in 2015, in conversation with …

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

June 5, 2017

… endowment—provides an interesting glimpse into the difficulties. In September 2015 the Massachusetts school said it Ararat, a 75-turbine wind farm that opened earlier this year, becoming one of Australia’s largest, and in Toronto-based Firelight Infrastructure Partners LP, which focuses on wind, hydroelectric, and solar projects. Both are expected to generate double-digit returns, says Hugh O’Reilly, president and CEO of the Ontario-based pension fund, which has C$19 …

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Despite Elon Musk’s optimism, Trump is poised to back out of the Paris Agreement

June 1, 2017

Image: PAUL SANCYA/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Elon Musk takes on some of the biggest challenges in the world. But President Donald Trump might be too much for him. Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017 At least so far, however, even Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who has been pushing the world toward a future of renewable energy, has not been able to sway the Trump administration. This is based on multiple news reports on Wednesday …

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

June 1, 2017

… building strong media brands that go deeper with audiences. Weve proven that empowering the most talented creators is a successful model for growth,”said Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, in a press release. The move is bad news for Medium. The Ringer is undoubtedly its most high-profile independent operation. The company has struggled to figure out a way forward and has just about given up on an ad-supported model. It’s going to offer a subscription service, though …

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

May 24, 2017

… and consumers that Trump wouldnt enforce the mandate, which functions as a way to nudge healthy people into the insurance pool lest they pay a fine for being uninsured. Most of our CEOs and plans, based on communication from the IRS, are doubtful about enforcement, said Ceci Connolly, CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, a trade group including Kaiser Permanente and Geisinger Health Plan. Also in January, the administration intended to promote the end of the sign-up period on the …

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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

May 23, 2017

… Piper’s CEO, Richard Hendricks, is bemused. “I don’t understand,” he says. “How does Intersite have all this money?” “It’s pornography,” says the guy with the highfalutin facial hair. “Adult content has driven more important tech adoption than anything,” says another colleague. “The first fiction ever published on a printing press was an erotic tale. And from there: super 8 film, Polaroid, home video, digital, video on …

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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

May 20, 2017

… declines. Tech companies, with massive audiences, deep pockets, and advertiser relationships, are a good match. Major League Baseball has been particularly experimental this season, having already worked out a deal with Twitter to also stream Friday games. Facebook got the rights to different games. Facebook in particular has been somewhat coy about its interest in live sports. CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said he doesn’t see paying for live sports rights as a “long-term goal.” …

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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 Ailes’ television career spanned over 50 years and he also …

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

May 19, 2017

… herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Workers believe those injuries and conditions are the result of grueling forced overtime in an unsafe environment, conditions employees believe are the result of managers trying to speed up production so Tesla can hit CEO Elon Musk’s goal of rolling out 500,000 new cars in 2018, which would be close to a 500 percent increase on the number produced in 2016. …

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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 …

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

… lobbyists that blanket the capital like a plague of locusts to shape legislation and the corporations that bury public servants in an avalanche of nonsense in their efforts to undermine regulations. The president did not invent these problems but, boy, has he made them worse, Warren said. The CEO of Exxon Mobil is now the secretary of state. Goldman Sachs has enough people in the White House to open up a new branch office, she quipped, drawing laughs from the crowd. Do you get the feeling …

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