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New guild aims to tackle diversity in tech through roundtable discussions

We know that people of color are vastly underrepresented in the tech sector; one recent stat shows that the number of black women in the industry has declined 13% since 2007 despite diversity initiatives aimed at hiring more underrepresented minorities in tech. Show More Summary

Does Your Boss Secretly Hate You? Ask These 5 Questions To Find Out

Maybe you have a toxic boss who’s mean and standoffish for no reason. Or maybe it’s you. Do you ever get the feeling that your boss hates you? Chances are you have good reason to feel that way–even if it’s not as bad as you suspect.Show More Summary

Apple’s Elk Grove repair facility keeps accidentally dialing 911

Since October the repair facility has called 911 at least 1,600 times, reports CBS Sacramento. Thankfully, this isn’t a case of a true emergency (although accidental calls can divert the attention of first responders). The accidental...Show More Summary

Elon Musk disses Uber’s flying car goals

The Tesla CEO has responded after a journalist asked him on Twitter something Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi had pondered: Why do you need to bore tunnels for things like the Hyperloop when you can just fly? Musk didn’t take kindly to the...Show More Summary

Former Comcast employees say sexual harassment is rampant

Several Comcast employees working at a variety of call centers allege that sexual harassment at the company is a common occurrence, reports Jezebel. Six former employees spoke with the site, which verified their stories with friends and former coworkers who witnessed some of the abuse. Show More Summary

The CD Business Isn’t Dying—It’s Just Evolving

As streaming takes over the music business, there are signs that the CD is still going strong–just not at Best Buy or Target. When the Los Angeles-based indie rock group Sure Sure left home for a nationwide tour last month, the band members didn’t think to take a lot of CDs with them. Show More Summary

How Much Money Do You Need To Be Happy? Less Than Most People Are Making

A new study finds that different salaries bring day-to-day happiness versus overall satisfaction with your life–but anything extra doesn’t do much at all for your emotional well-being. If you thought earning more money would make you happier, you were only partly right. Show More Summary

Welcome To The Era Of Self-Destructing Gadgets, From Phones To Drones

The race is on to develop electronics that explode, melt, liquify, evaporate, or otherwise self-destruct on command. Here’s why. The old Mission Impossible TV series was 1960s cool. But star Peter Graves never told us how those recorded messages were able to “self-destruct in five seconds.” Neither did Tom Cruise. Read Full Story

Evan Spiegel gave himself a $637M stock award

Snap released its Form 10-K, detailing the company’s financials for 2017. There’s a bunch to digest in the lengthy document, but one thing certainly sticks out: CEO Evan Spiegel’s compensation. According to the tax form, Spiegel’s total compensation was $637,790,892. Show More Summary

Now an ex-Googler critical of James Damore’s memo is suing Google for getting fired

The culture war rages on at Google. James Damore, who penned the infamous anti-diversity memo, finally slapped Google with a lawsuit last month. Now, another former engineer, Tim Chevalier, is suing Google, accusing the tech giant of firing him for advocating for diversity efforts and criticizing Damore’s memo. Show More Summary

Joss Whedon Exits “Batgirl.” It’s Time For A Woman To Take Over

Author Roxane Gay tweeted that she’s down to write the script. Warner Bros. and DC Comics, you’d be wise to take her up on it. Joss Whedon announced he’s stepping down as the writer and director of Warner Bros.’ Batgirl project. Read Full Story

Trading debt for dolphins? It seems to be working here

The Nature Conservancy is playing “let’s make a deal” with the Seychelles government. The NGO helped the island nation trade debt for dolphins, according to the Guardian, in what is being hailed as the first-ever debt-swap deal for marine protection. Show More Summary

The American Household Is Evolving–And Our Housing Should Too

Why are we still building so many three-bedroom, single-family homes when most households in America can’t use them? In the middle of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., visitors walk through a full-scale, 1,000-square-foot...Show More Summary

Ted Cruz Proudly (And Cluelessly) Says Dems Are Lisa Simpson, GOP Is Homer

Amazingly, he considers this to be a compliment. The Simpsons may have accidentally predicted the rise of Donald Trump, but they never saw Ted Cruz coming. The senator from Texas and unofficial King of Self-Owns, underscored a point that the universally beloved animated show has been making for years–and misconstrued it as a compliment. Read Full Story

Apple will pay up to $16 billion in back taxes within months, Ireland says

Irish Revenue Commissioners chairman Niall Cody told a parliamentary committee his office will likely tally up a tax bill for Apple of around $16 billion, Reuters reports. “It’s in that ballpark,” Cody said. “Over 95 percent of the calculations...Show More Summary

Military maps are about to get smarter with help from Esri

Spacial-analytics firm Esri is looking to supercharge its mapping capabilities. The company said today it has acquired location data-extration tools from ClearTerra, a company that specializes in geospatial software products. The tech,...Show More Summary

This company is using AI to make personalized skin care

Proven, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to put artificial intelligence to work on something that everyone can agree is a worthy goal: good skin. The startup is using AI to help create custom skin care lines that adapt to the changing needs of their customers. Show More Summary

Soon your phone will be able to detect food poisoning

A night out at a questionable oyster shack will soon be less anxiety-inducing. NPR reports that food scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found a way to combat food poisoning–a smartphone app. At the moment, sourcing out the culprit–E. Show More Summary

“Rick and Morty” Fans Will Now Finally, Finally Taste the Szechuan Sauce

McDonald’s has ordered 20 million cups of the sauce featured in an episode of “Rick and Morty,” thus closing a painful chapter from the brand’s recent past. It was supposed to be so simple. Instead, it was a brand disaster.  Late last...Show More Summary

Made In Space nabs Guinness world record for longest-ever 3D-printed object

If you haven’t heard of Made in Space, you should. The Silicon Valley company’s raison d’etre is to make it possible for astronauts aboard the International Space Station to 3D print parts and other objects they need rather than having to bring everything with them, or have things sent up on rockets. Show More Summary

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