This country is taking the fight against Facebook to the next level

July 4, 2017

It's Germany vs Facebook. Facebook beware Germany is finally getting serious on fighting hate speech, and that has wider consequences. SEE ALSO: This country is waging a war against Facebook For some time, the European country flagged the possibility it could impose a heavy fine on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks for allowing fake news and hate messages to proliferate. On Friday, German lawmakers passed the Network Enforcement Act,…


Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 24, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/ REX/ Shutterstock (8 875114 h) President Donald Trump is was welcomed by adherents during a revival, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/ REX/ Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners . In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For instance: It’s how Donald Trump supporters apologize subsidizing Donald Trump. And it’s likewise how Travis Kalanick followers…


With Whole Foods, Amazon is going to eat the grocery industry

June 22, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Dmitry Guzhanin News broke last week of Amazons plans to acquire supermarket chain Whole Foods for a reported $13.7 billion. The purchase of the Austin-based grocers more than 450 stores marks Amazons most ambitious step into the brick and mortar retail space, giving them immediate access to a large network of physical locations. While Amazons Prime Now offering has already begun shaking the U.S. retail industry, their…


Square released its first-ever diversity report, and we’re impressed

June 21, 2017

Image: square Silicon Valley is known for being grey and male. Square isn’t different. It is, however, different in how it’s talking about addressing that issue. The payments corporation, led by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, released its first-ever diversification report Tuesday that vindicated the same-old narrative, with numbers. Overall, 63.3 percentage of the corporation is male and 57.3 percent is white. The company isn’t letting that get or vindicating the…


What will Amazon do with Whole Foods? Here are 5 possibilities

June 18, 2017

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos comes out on top once again.Image: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES On paper, Amazon just bought a struggling overpriced grocery chain for more than $13 billion. But the online retail giant sees much more in Whole Foods than a simple supermarket. Jeff Bezos’ sprawling retail empire will no doubt squeeze every last cent out of Whole Foods’ various assets in ways that only a company as large as…


Does Amazon’s Whole Foods even need cashiers anymore?

June 17, 2017

Owned by Amazon.Image: julie Jacobson/AP/REX/Shutterstock Six months ago, Amazon caused fear for the long-term future of grocery store jobs with Amazon Go, its first experimental cashier-less grocery store. But it was just one store. Amazon didn’t have much of a presence in the real world. It’s something to worry about but maybe not immediately. On Friday, those concerns suddenly become a lot more tangible when Amazon announced that it had…


Amazon will probably kill the crazy lines at Whole Foods

June 17, 2017

There’s no greater hell than waiting in a long line at Whole Foods on a Saturday afternoon. Luckily, there could be some sweet relief coming soon. Alexa to the rescue? Maybe. Amazon announced on Friday its plans to acquire the grocery store chain in a deal valued at $13.7 billion. So why in the world is America’s biggest online retailer suddenly trying to get into the grocery industry? SEE ALSO:…


Is it time to start using Uber again? (nah)

June 15, 2017

Uber refugees who fled to Lyft now have to consider making a U-turn.Image: mashable, christopher mineses I hailed my last Uber ride in November 2014. That was the month the company took what we would now think of as a Trump-like turn, with a bizarrely self-sabotaging threat by one of its top executives to spend $1 million investigating the private life of a female journalist who’d raised questions about the…


Ex-Twitter CEO says meeting Trump is like ‘waterboarding yourself’

June 12, 2017

Don't expect Dick Costolo at Trump's next meeting with Silicon Valley leaders.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Let’s just say former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had a really unpleasant visit with President Donald Trump. Costolo dramatically likened Trump’s meetings with Silicon Valley leaders to alcohol poisoning and extreme water torture. “If you don’t get invited to this meeting and want to know what it was like, just drink a bottle of gin…


Tim Cook has an idea of who’s sending Trump’s 3 AM tweets

June 11, 2017

It's *obviously* college kids.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock UPDATED (4:00 p.m. ET) to include a few more quotes from Cook President Donald Trump’s tweets are finding their way into everything nowadays … even Tim Cook’s commencement speech at MIT. SEE ALSO: Trump Twitter bot reminds us that all his tweets are coming from the White House The Apple CEO took a swipe at Trump’s infamous Twitter habits Friday, just a few hours after…