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VC admits he doesn’t hire women out of fear he’ll get sued

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 On KQED’s Forum show today host Queena Sook Kim discussed venture capitalism’s sexist culture. But there was a shocking revelation from one VC who emailed in a response this morning, saying he would not hire a woman “out of fear that we will get sued.” However, not hiring women capable of filling a role at your workplace simply because they are a women is illegal.… Read More

In a setback for Netflix, China's iQiyi streaming service takes down sitcom BoJack Horseman just 2 days after debut, the first show licensed after April's deal (Bloomberg)

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In a setback for Netflix, China's iQiyi streaming service takes down sitcom BoJack Horseman just 2 days after debut, the first show licensed after April's deal  —  IQiyi had debuted Netflix original ‘BoJack Horseman’ in China  —  Netflix, iQiyi reached landmark deal in April on licensing

Ford GoBike launches in the Bay Area starting tomorrow

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 Ford’s GoBike dock-based bike-share program kicks off tomorrow, June 28 in the Bay Area. The program is being run in collaboration with Motivate, a platform operator and service provider for bike-sharing networks, and will offer up 3,500 bikes by summer’s end throughout San Francisco, the East Bay and San Jose. By the end of 2017, the plan is to have the network cover 546 stations… Read More

Huawei Honor 9, which launched in China earlier this month, debuts in Europe with 20MP/12MP dual-lens camera, starting at £380; no US pricing or release date (Ryan Smith/AnandTech)

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Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Huawei Honor 9, which launched in China earlier this month, debuts in Europe with 20MP/12MP dual-lens camera, starting at £380; no US pricing or release date  —  A couple of weeks back at an event in China, Huawei's Honor sub-brand announced their flagship smartphone for 2017: the Honor 9.

Twitter hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton, formerly of Motorola and Sun, as new VP of inclusion and diversity, following Jeffrey Siminoff's February departure (Jessica Guynn/USA Today)

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton, formerly of Motorola and Sun, as new VP of inclusion and diversity, following Jeffrey Siminoff's February departure  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has hired Candi Castleberry-Singleton as its new vice president of inclusion and diversity in the latest bid …

Experts from Eset and Recorded Future say today's ransomware scans systems for passwords to send to server, uses NSA "EternalBlue" exploit, is "Petya" variant (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

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MIT’s gas-powered drone is able to stay in the air for five days at a time

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 Last month, a team of MIT engineers launched Jungle Hawk Owl from the back of a compact car. It was the first flight for the 24-foot-wide drone, which the team believes is capable of staying in the air for five days on a single tank of gas. The craft was designed to address a challenge posed by the U.S. Air Force. The teams were asked to design a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) powered by… Read More

US House committee debates 14 bills regarding self-driving car rules, as 22 states have enacted their own, often conflicting, regulations (Tony Romm/Recode)

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Tony Romm / Recode:
US House committee debates 14 bills regarding self-driving car rules, as 22 states have enacted their own, often conflicting, regulations  —  It's one of 14 bills that House lawmakers debated Tuesday.  —  Greg Walden recently was riding comfortably in his Subaru Outback …

German email host closes account of hacker behind today's ransomware outbreak, but because victims can't reach hacker, they can't decrypt files even if they pay (Joseph Cox/Motherboard)

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
German email host closes account of hacker behind today's ransomware outbreak, but because victims can't reach hacker, they can't decrypt files even if they pay  —  On Tuesday, a new, worldwide ransomware outbreak took off, infecting targets in Ukraine, France, Spain, and elsewhere.

Dating apps are embracing video

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 Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a… Read More

Florida man who ran the illegal bitcoin exchange Coin.mx and was tied to JPMorgan Chase hacks gets 5.5 years in US prison after pleading guilty on many charges (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Florida man who ran the illegal bitcoin exchange Coin.mx and was tied to JPMorgan Chase hacks gets 5.5 years in US prison after pleading guilty on many charges  —  A Florida man was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 5-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to operating an illegal bitcoin exchange suspected …

Microsoft patches the third critical remote exploit in Windows Defender found by Project Zero in seven weeks, after a "quick stab" at fuzzing by Tavis Ormandy (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patches the third critical remote exploit in Windows Defender found by Project Zero in seven weeks, after a “quick stab” at fuzzing by Tavis Ormandy  —  Is there a fuzzer in the house?  —  Microsoft recently patched a critical vulnerability in its ubiquitous built-in antivirus engine.

App Annie report: global app economy to grow to from $1.3T in 2016 to $6.3T in 2021, user base to nearly double from 3.4B to 6.3B (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie report: global app economy to grow to from $1.3T in 2016 to $6.3T in 2021, user base to nearly double from 3.4B to 6.3B  —  The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a new report this morning from app analytics firm App Annie.

StdLib just raised $2 million to connect businesses via APIs

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 Six years ago, Keith Horwood was known in his native Toronto as a former graduate student who’d hacked into his school’s student union election site, changing candidates’ titles for comic effect. (He was given what’s called a conditional discharge after paying a fine and performing community service.) He also determined that he’d rather become known in tech circles… Read More

As Facebook reaches the 2B MAUs milestone, a look at its growth strategy over the years with interview of VPs of growth, growth marketing, social good, others (Harry McCracken/Fast Company)

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
As Facebook reaches the 2B MAUs milestone, a look at its growth strategy over the years with interview of VPs of growth, growth marketing, social good, others  —  Facebook's growth team has a methodical approach to understanding what new users want and a surprisingly broad mandate.

Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users…and responsibility

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 “We’re getting to a size where it’s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible,” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told TechCrunch about the company’s new milestone. 13 years after launching and less than 5 years after hitting 1 billion, Facebook now has 2… Read More

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