Author Archive for: ‘Josh Wolford’

Uber Sued Again Over Employee / Contractor Issue

Uber Sued Again Over Employee / Contractor Issue

Uber’s stance has always been that it’s a software company. Uber connects people wanting a ride to those offering a ride. It’s a logistics company. Uber simply connects third-party contractors with customers. Its drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That notion is being challenged quite a bit as of late, and it looks like Uber is facing another lawsuit over …

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Google Translate’s Awesome Visual Translation Feature Gets 20 New Languages

Google Translate’s Awesome Visual Translation Feature Gets 20 New Languages

When Google first unveiled its visual translation feature inside the Google Translate app, it seemed pretty damn cool. But after a recent trip overseas, it proved itself incredibly useful. Google has just made it even more useful by adding a bunch of new languages. Before, you could hold your phone up to a road sign, menu, or whatever and receive …

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Amazon Wants ‘High-Speed’ Zone for Its Prime Air Delivery Drones, 200 Feet Up

Amazon Wants ‘High-Speed’ Zone for Its Prime Air Delivery Drones, 200 Feet Up

Drones are coming. Commercial drones, that is. In so many years, the sky will be filled with small, unmanned aircraft delivering you pizzas. And new iPhones. That’s been Amazon’s vision for years now, as the company tries to get its Prime Air drone delivery service off the ground. Standing in its way are longstanding rules and regulations concerning commercial aircraft. …

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Twitter Earnings Beat Expectations, but User Growth Remains Flat

Twitter Earnings Beat Expectations, but User Growth Remains Flat

Twitter has just reported its Q2 earnings, and it’s beaten expectations. Twitter posted second-quarter earnings of $0.07 per share on $502 million in revenue. Wall Street expectations were $0.04 per share on $481 million in revenue. “Our Q2 results show good progress in monetization, but we are not satisfied with our growth in audience,” said Jack Dorsey, interim CEO of …

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Facebook Publishes Its Diversity Training Course So Others Can Use It As a ‘Framework’

Facebook Publishes Its Diversity Training Course So Others Can Use It As a ‘Framework’

Facebook, a Silicon Valley company struggling with employee diversity just like the rest, has just made public its own diversity training course. Now, anyone can watch what Facebook employees watch when it comes to what Facebook calls unconscious bias. “Managing bias can help us build stronger, more diverse and inclusive companies — and drive better business results. At Facebook, we’ve …

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Facebook Must Allow Fake Names, Says German Regulator

Facebook Must Allow Fake Names, Says German Regulator

Facebook’s real name policy, which prevents people from using the service with pseudonyms, has pissed off a lot of people – especially as of late. Facebook’s policy has drawn the ire of the transgender community, domestic violence victim, privacy advocates, and Native American groups. But in the States, the policy hasn’t gained any regulatory attention. Not the case overseas, where …

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The White House Just Responded to the Pardon Edward Snowden Petition – Two Years Later

The White House Just Responded to the Pardon Edward Snowden Petition – Two Years Later

It only took two years, but the White House has finally gotten around to providing a response to a petition asking for the pardon of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Official answer: nope. “As the President said in announcing recent intelligence reforms, ‘We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, …

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Is Uber Populating Its Map with Ghost Cars?

Is Uber Populating Its Map with Ghost Cars?

When you open the Uber app, the first thing you see is a map with (hopefully) a bunch of cars circling your location. Oh good, you think, there are plenty of drivers right next to me. I should be able to get a ride in no time. In theory, yes, if all those cars you see on the map are …

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Microsoft’s Flagship Fifth Avenue Store to Open This Fall

Microsoft’s Flagship Fifth Avenue Store to Open This Fall

Though Microsoft opened its first retail store in 2009, the company has never had a true flagship location. Last year, the company announced that it had singed a lease at 677 Fifth Avenue in New York City. That’s about five blocks away from Apple’s flagship NYC store, by the way. Now, that store will apparently open in the fall. The …

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LinkedIn Says It’ll Stop Sending You So Many Emails

LinkedIn Says It’ll Stop Sending You So Many Emails

Two things are true about LinkedIn emails. First, like any company that sends automated emails, there’s a way to unsubscribe and/or turn down the volume. Of course, ain’t nobody got time for that, which brings me to the second thing about LinkedIn emails – holy hell there’s a lot of them. LinkedIn knows that this is a running joke. What’s …

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Amazon Prime Music Launches in the UK

Amazon Prime Music Launches in the UK

More than a year after Amazon debuted its music streaming service in the US, the company has opened it up across the pond. Amazon Prime Music is now live in the UK. Prime Music isn’t a monthly subscription service, like Spotify or Apple Music. Instead, Prime Music is just another perk offered to Amazon Prime members alongside expedited shipping, Amazon …

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Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Hundreds More Call for Ban on Autonomous Weapons

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Hundreds More Call for Ban on Autonomous Weapons

According to Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Noam Chomsky, and hundreds of AI and robotics researchers, governments should ban autonomous weapons in order to prevent a “military AI arms race.” In a letter signed by over 1,000, Musk, Hawking and others say that most AI researchers “have no interest in building AI weapons, and do not want others to …

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