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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Toilet charity renames Indian village after Trump to raise awareness

June 24, 2017

… heavy dose of irony that this charity effort is centered around a man who has at one point in his life likely sat on a solid gold toilet, the toilet charity’s founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, explained to The Associated Press, “Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him.” Indian village women stand next to a photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump displayed in Trump Sulabh Village, in Maroda, India. Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock …

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 21, 2017

… leaders. South Carolinians still have not gotten to the point where they can look at issues versus keeping it strictly partisan politics, said Horne, a co-founder of the progressive #DemEnter group. On the issues, Archie is clearly a better choice for anybody who lives in the state other than very wealthy people. Norman campaigned heavily on his commitment to helping Trump enact his agenda, including the repeal of Obamacare. He has also embraced raising the Social Security retirement age …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… entrepreneurs concede that Google and Facebook have won and everyone else has lost,” Wilson wrote. Terry Kawaja, founder of investment bank Luma Partners, predicts that nine out of 10 current ad tech companies will disappear without successful exits. Publishers are in a similarly grim position. Most legacy magazines and newspapers still rely on print for the bulk of their ad revenue, and their online share is becoming even more marginal as their audiences shift from desktop to less …

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Please wish Donald Trump a ‘Happy Birthday’ on his totally real MySpace profile

June 15, 2017

… thoughts about books, music, movies, whether or not Comey is a leaker, and so much more. This thing is so tremendous, there’s no doubt that even MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson is super jealous. Tom? Where are you, man? Image: mashable/ ambar del moral Despite Trump’s rising age, his classically maintained MySpace profile keeps him young at heart. And today, we can think of no better social media platform on which to leave this man some heartfelt birthday wishes. Bet he’s …

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

June 15, 2017

… The whole push has been in the works for more than a year. “We hope that it sort of legitimizes professional artistrythe modern version of professional artistry,” CEO and founder Jack Conte said. “It is the future for creators in terms of how they’re going to make money and scale businesses going forward.” The announcement was punctuated by news that a handful of high-profile performers recently decided to take their talents to Patreon, including surrealist comedian …

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Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

… broken. Winner already has some high-profile fans. Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, said Winner must be supported. Talk show host and frequent Trump critic Rosie ODonnell donated money to her legal defense. Its easier than ever for prosecutors to go after leakers. Computer records show which files employees access and whom they emailed or called. The Obama administration used the Espionage Act to target leakersmore than all previous presidents combined. If Winner acknowledges being …

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Oculus founder plots surveillance tech startup to help Trump build border wall

June 5, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer LuckeyImage: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Dell If you thought the pioneering founder of virtual reality company Oculus, Palmer Luckey, was just going to fade into the shadows with his Facebook money, think again. While recent reports indicated that his second act might be a gaming company, it turns out that he’s also working on a security company that has an ominously familiar mission: policing immigration border walls. SEE ALSO: Oculus founder thinks this wild …

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

June 5, 2017

… who buy public and private oil and gas companies. “The endowments have done a remarkably good job in picking managers,” says Ashby Monk, executive director of Stanford’s Global Projects Center and chairman and co-founder of Aligned Intermediary. “That will inevitably shoehorn them into the types of strategies where that access point is the most efficient. To invest in these kinds of innovative assets, you have to be innovative in your investment organization.” …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

… AOL, Cisco, Microsoft, and Yahoo in their early days. “My approach to being a technology founder, which I pretty much have always been, is starting with the user experience and then using that to do product design development,” she says. That’s exactly what she’s doing with her latest project, albeit with a more humanitarian twist. Taylor is behind the Refugee Aid app, or RefAid, which connects refugees with crucial services when and where they need them most. More than …

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Trump clutching this glowing orb has Twitter coming up with amazing theories

May 22, 2017

“By touching this glowing orb, you hereby swear your eternal allegiance to the international Legion of Doom, got it?” That’s just one of the many theories that began swirling around social media on Sunday when Donald Trump appeared in photos clutching a mysterious, illuminated globe in a darkened room alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. SEE ALSO: Twitter’s co-founder is totally sorry for helping Trump get elected …

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Twitter co-founder: ‘Yeah, I’m sorry’ if Twitter helped Trump get elected

May 21, 2017

Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Twitter co-founder Evan Williams wants you to know he’s super sorry for any role the social media platform played in the election of President Donald Trump. The sort-of apology was made in an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday. Williams’ remorse for possibly helping to create a political monster comes after Trump’s claims that Twitter was key in helping him clinch the election. I think that maybe I wouldn’t be here …

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Patreon grows like crazy as creators sour on ad-driven platforms

May 20, 2017

… shutting down his channel to start a “news and entertainment network.” His Patreon is currently listed as the site’s most popular. The company has raised $47 million from its own investors to date and is reportedly considering another round. WATCH: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is waging a war on fake news More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsEmail Jeet 2 LITE Annual Email Jeet is your captive email marketing autoresponder.Vidify Basic – Lifetime FE Vidify …

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What Snapchat vs Facebook means for the media

May 20, 2017

… secretive about when and how the benefits would flow in. It seems that, no matter how much Snapchat and Facebook claim to fight for the benefit of publishers, the only winners – for now at least – will be themselves. Raghav Bahl is the founder of Quintillion Media and board member at Silicon Valley based Quintype, a data-driven platform for publishers. WATCH: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is waging a war on fake news More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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Former Fox News exec Roger Ailes has died at 77

May 19, 2017

… served as an advisor to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, assisting both in election and re-election campaigns. Ailes was also close with current president Donald Trump, though the two reportedly had a falling out late in the 2016 campaign. In 1996, he was appointed CEO of Fox News by the network’s founder, Rupert Murdoch. For better or worse & the ignominious end 2 his reign at Fox News, the impact of Roger Ailes on American politics & media was indisputable. …

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Monday Could Bring More Disruptions From Global Cyber-Attack

May 16, 2017

… the present with tools from the past. “This attack is a powerful reminder that information technology basics like keeping computers current and patched are a high responsibility for everyone, and it’s something every top executive should support." Matt Suiche, founder of United Arab Emirates-based cyber security firm Comae Technologies, said he’s seen a variant on the original malware that still contains a kill-switch mechanism — though future versions could find …

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