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A former employee says Tesla sells “lemons” in a new lawsuit

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:35:23 GMT

A former regional manager for Tesla is suing the company for demoting and firing him after he raised concerns that its practice of selling previously damaged cars was illegal. The plaintiff, Adam Williams, is bringing the suit under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act. The lawsuit, surfaced by the Verge, says, “During the course of Mr. …

A former regional manager for Tesla is suing the company for demoting and firing him after he raised concerns that its practice of selling previously damaged cars was illegal. The plaintiff, Adam Williams, is bringing the suit under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

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Barbie-branded coding classes are probably going to be counter-productive

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:21:15 GMT

STEM: Good for girls. Barbie: Clinically proven to lower girls’ self-esteem. So do the pros and cons of a Barbie-branded coding class just cancel each other out? Mattel just announced that it would be launching such classes at the International Toy Fair in New York. It will be partnering with Tynker, a company that makes …

STEM: Good for girls. Barbie: Clinically proven to lower girls’ self-esteem. So do the pros and cons of a Barbie-branded coding class just cancel each other out?

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In Puerto Rico’s Mountains, These Drones Helped Restore Power

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:00:14 GMT

Stringing power lines is much easier when a flying robot does it.

In the mountains near Ponce, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit, the terrain made it incredibly difficult to repair power lines that used to stretch from peak to peak. For four months, people in the area lived in the dark. In January, Duke Energy started using a new approach to cross 1,000-feet-plus wide ravines: drones.

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Twitter is trying to crack down on bot-masters that spam from multiple accounts

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:48:26 GMT

Twitter put out a developer blog post today reiterating its policies that prohibit users from posting similar content from multiple accounts. The long and short of it is this: Twitter is prohibiting applications that allow users to post “identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts.” The idea, of course, is to ward off bot accounts …

Twitter put out a developer blog post today reiterating its policies that prohibit users from posting similar content from multiple accounts.

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Signal created a nonprofit with $50 million from WhatsApp cofounder

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:41:04 GMT

Signal, the encrypted messaging app secure enough for Edward Snowden himself, just launched an umbrella organization called the Signal Foundation. WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, who left parent company Facebook last year, has invested $50 million in the nonprofit, and will act as executive chairman and financier. The funding will go toward improving Signal, expanding its …

Signal, the encrypted messaging app secure enough for Edward Snowden himself, just launched an umbrella organization called the Signal Foundation. WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, who left parent company Facebook last year, has invested $50 million in the nonprofit, and will act as executive chairman and financier.

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South-by-SouthWestworld: How HBO Is Bringing Its Hit Show To Life At SXSW

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:15:43 GMT

An ambitious “Westworld” activation at this year’s SXSW festival will let fans travel to Sweetwater and explore the space in greater depth than years past.

Westworld is essentially a show about interactive experiences, so making an interactive experience to hype the show is kind of a no-brainer.

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Missguided’s Body-Positive Mannequins Have Stretch Marks And Vitiligo

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:45:06 GMT

But they’re all still tall and thin–what gives?

U.K. retailer Missguided scored major feel-good points last year with #MakeYourMark, a campaign featuring unretouched models, influencers, and body image activists. Now those body-positive vibes are manifesting in Missguided’s mannequins.

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“Black Panther” Is A Tipping Point That Can’t Be Ignored Or Explained Away

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:20:40 GMT

Here’s what we can tell so far from the phenomenal success of Marvel’s record-breaking new hit.

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you would come out this strong,” director Ryan Coogler wrote in a letter thanking audiences for the astounding success of Black Panther.

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Blue Planet II is inspiring people to give up plastic—and you should join in

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:14:02 GMT

Nature documentary series Blue Planet II has convinced its parent company, the BBC, to ban all plastic cups, utensils, and containers by 2020–and others are joining in the cause. In the series, narrator Sir David Attenborough asked that people around the world begin taking plastic pollution more seriously, and the BBC is answering the call. “Like millions …

Nature documentary series Blue Planet II has convinced its parent company, the BBC, to ban all plastic cups, utensils, and containers by 2020–and others are joining in the cause.

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These Are The Transformative Technologies That MIT Says Will Shape Our Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:45:13 GMT

Dueling neural networks. Smart cities. Welcome to the world of tomorrow, according to MIT Technology Review.

Who doesn’t love a good list, especially when it’s about technologies that have the potential to shape our future?

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Global study shows gender diversity boosts the bottom line

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:44:56 GMT

Diversity–particularly among genders–increases a business’s bottom line, according to a new study from DDI, The Conference Board, and EY. The study, dubbed the Global Leadership Forecast, looked at demographic data from over 2,400 organizations in 54 countries. The upshot was that while women currently represent less than a third (29%) of all leadership roles–most of which are junior management …

Diversity–particularly among genders–increases a business’s bottom line, according to a new study from DDI, The Conference Board, and EY. The study, dubbed the Global Leadership Forecast, looked at demographic data from over 2,400 organizations in 54 countries.

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How Amazon’s Startup Fund Is Betting On An Alexa-Everywhere Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:05:41 GMT

Where a traditional venture capital firm might focus on helping companies find their markets and eventually exit well, the Alexa fund also promotes a cause.

Amazon had a significant head start in the voice-based personal assistant wars when it introduced its Echo speaker in 2014. That original Echo, it turned out, was just the first vehicle for Alexa’s artificial intelligence and natural language technologies. Three years later, Amazon is pushing Alexa in all sorts of directions, including new apps, platforms, and gadgets from both Amazon and third parties. And while much of that product vision comes from inside Amazon, the company is wisely looking for the service to be shaped by outsiders, too.

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Believe it or not, Snap and Twitter could eat into Facebook’s ad business

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:58:58 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg’s company may be a money-printing powerhouse, but Twitter and Snap may soon eat into Facebook’s ad dollars. As GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives told CNBC, there’s a number of factors that are boosting the prospects of both Twitter and Snap, at the expense of Facebook. By Ives’s count, about 15-20% of Facebook-exclusive advertisers …

Mark Zuckerberg’s company may be a money-printing powerhouse, but Twitter and Snap may soon eat into Facebook’s ad dollars. As GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives told CNBC, there’s a number of factors that are boosting the prospects of both Twitter and Snap, at the expense of Facebook.

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These are the worst states for women to retire

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:57:40 GMT

If you’re a woman hoping to retire in style or simply grow old in peace, you may want to avoid New York. According to a new study from Expert Market, despite what Taylor Swift would have you believe, New York is not welcoming to older women. American women are almost twice as likely as men …

If you’re a woman hoping to retire in style or simply grow old in peace, you may want to avoid New York. According to a new study from Expert Market, despite what Taylor Swift would have you believe, New York is not welcoming to older women.

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The Four Irreconcilable Foreign Policies Of Donald Trump

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:45:37 GMT

There isn’t just one Trump foreign policy. There are several that frustrate each other and add up to a gaping hole where a strategy should be.

Under Donald Trump, trying to predict, dissect and understand the U.S.’s attitude to the world has become almost impossible–not that plenty of observers aren’t giving it a go. Tellingly, they’re all coming to different conclusions.

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AI is coming for you, warns ominous new study

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:21:32 GMT

If you weren’t already worried about AI, the ominously named The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report has just been released to fuel your nightmares. Written by 26 authors from 14 academic and industrial institutions and think tanks including nonprofit research OpenAI, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the national security think tank, Center for a New …

If you weren’t already worried about AI, the ominously named The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report has just been released to fuel your nightmares.

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#MeToo Rocks The Boat: Cruise Lines See More Sexual-Assault Reports In 2017

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:15:31 GMT

New data from the DOT gives the first window into sexual-assault trends on cruise ships since the government imposed stricter reporting criteria.

The #MeToo movement is making waves on the high seas.

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The Best Marketing For “Black Panther” Was Making “Black Panther”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:26 GMT

The director, the cast, and the story are what built Marvel’s latest and most unique phenomenon.

When a movie makes $242 million at the domestic box office in its first four days, it’s not long before we all start dissecting the reasons behind that success. Black Panther obliterated the previous President’s Day weekend record set by Deadpool in 2016 ($152 million), and the only movie to ever make more money in its first four days is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Part of this post-opening weekend reflection involves the marketing strategy around the film and its role in fanning the flames of a phenomenon.

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Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:01 GMT

Anyone can now find infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand thousands in damages. Can the trolls be far behind?

Christy Turner will do a lot for a good picture of the night sky. The Calgary-based photographer feeds her passion for the Northern Lights by monitoring weather conditions at home and, whenever she flies over the Arctic Circle, by making sure to sit on the right side of the plane. Her diligence has paid off: Turner’s work has been featured by CNN, HuffPost, and the Canadian edition of Reader’s Digest. Like many photographers, however, she’s also discovered her work elsewhere, even in print, in publications that never contacted or paid her. Recently it was a shot she got on St. Helena, a remote, volcanic island in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

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