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  • Jim Keller’s last day with the company was this week, reports Electrek. Keller, somewhat of a legend in the chip architecture field, was hired by Tesla from AMD in 2015 and began working on a custom AI chip at the automaker. Later he was also put in charge of Tesla’s Autopilot program. A Tesla spokesperson … Continue reading “Tesla’s Autopilot VP and chip expert has left the company” Jim Keller’s...

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  • This afternoon, Facebook will release its first-quarter earnings. Here are five things we’ll be watching for from the social-networking giant: This is Facebook’s first earnings report since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke last month. It will be interesting to see how the controversy–which involves the misuse of over 87 million users’ data–affects the company’s bottom … Continue reading “Fac...

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  • Apple appears to be actively winding down its modem chip relationship with longtime supplier Qualcomm. Apple is expecting Intel to supply 70% of the modem chips inside the new iPhone models which will debut this fall, and–if all goes well–plans to rely on the company for 100% of the modems in next year’s iPhones, a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans says.Read Full Story

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  • A new shot has been fired in the war of the crowdfunding platforms. Today Kickstarter executive Julio Terra published a Medium post, “Indiegogo’s Odd Numbers,” that essentially accuses the rival platform of taking credit for campaigns that began on Kickstarter, before the campaign owners transferred them to Indiegogo. Terra, who is Kickstarter’s head of technology … Continue reading “A Kickstarte...

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  • Last quarter, Facebook said it was focusing its platform going forward on more meaningful interactions, changes that would reduce the time users spend on the service. Today, during its first-quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said changes that emphasize those kinds of connections have resulted in a decline of passive consumption of video. “We’ve observed … Continue reading “Facebook says ...

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  • It’s been an emotional roller-coaster of a day for fans of Kanye West. Roller-coasters usually start off low to the ground and then plunge straight down into the Earth’s core, yes? Picking up where he left off over the weekend, the freewheeling artist began the day tweeting his second of three eventual references to “the … Continue reading “Jordan Peele jokes that Kanye’s tweets just inspired “Ge...

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  • A month after Digg Reader shut down, sources tell Fast Company that Digg has been sold. Its new owner confirmed the sale but did not disclose the terms. Last month, Digg, an old beloved content aggregation destination, made the sad announcement to its loyal following that it was shutting down its RSS platform, Digg Reader. This wasn’t merely a product decision, it turns out, but a development as ...

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  • Volkswagen, with the help of an ad agency, made a batch of phone cases made from the crumpled metal of crashed cars. “We believe a phone case made by damaged vehicles will make you think twice before you pick up your phone [in the car],” says Johan Karlson, brand manager at Volkswagen Stockholm. Well, maybe, … Continue reading “Would a phone case made of mangled car metal make you stop texting an...

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  • Facebook may still be mired in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but if all you were looking at is its bottom line, you might never know anything was wrong. Today, Mark Zuckerberg’s company released its first-quarter earnings report, and it handily beat analysts’ estimates, posting revenues of $11.97 billion, and earnings per share of $1.69, well … Continue reading “What scandal? Facebook easily b...

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  • Researchers at security firm Checkmarx say they built a proof-of-concept skill for Amazon’s Echo devices that in theory could have voice assistant Alexa listen to, transcribe, and report what users said after they thought they had finished using a legitimate service. They took advantage of a feature that allows a skill to extend the time … Continue reading “Researchers say they tricked Alexa into...

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  • Women-led movements in France and South Africa exposed damaging environmental policies–and won the presitigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2018. In South Africa, the government cut a $76 billion nuclear power deal between South Africa and Russia that was poised to decimate South Africa’s environment and jeopardize its efforts to build out clean energy. In France, the multi-million dollar deep...

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  • Internet trolls are the bane of our existence on social media. Write one little tweet about Russian bots, the insanity of #Pizzagate, or Ed Sheeran’s smarmy smile, and the trolls come out to harass you as fast as you can block them. Now a new podcast is spinning those stories of online malaise and digital … Continue reading “This podcast turns internet trolls into comedy gold” Internet trolls are...

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  • The quest for firewood decimated the environment around this camp for people displaced by Boko Haram. A new project wants to reforest the area, creating work, food, and a better environment. When refugees from Nigeria first started arriving at the Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon, fleeing from Boko Haram, the area was surrounded by trees. As the camp’s population swelled to more than 60,000 people...

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  • If you love going to the movies, you’ve no doubt been tempted to buy a MoviePass, the card that lets you see numerous movies a month for less than the price of a single ticket. Originally, MoviePass allowed customers to see a movie every day–though you weren’t able to buy tickets in advance, or go … Continue reading “MoviePass’s new watch restrictions don’t match the terms of service” If you love...

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  • Looking for something to do with all your bitcoin profits? Shake off your Fyre Festival hangover, head to Iceland for the Secret Solstice music festival from June 21-24, and celebrate 96 hours of continuous daylight by burning through a million dollars in style. The festival’s Million Dollar Package includes: A private jet to and from … Continue reading “Think Coachella is bad? This music festiva...

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  • BuzzFeed and Netflix have announced a new partnership in the form of a streaming television series. Starting in early July, Netflix will stream a show called Follow This, which follows BuzzFeed News journalists as they do their reporting. Netflix has ordered more than 20 episodes, and each one is about 15 minutes long, according to … Continue reading “Now you can BuzzFeed and chill with a new Net...

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  • Writing cover letters is a boring but necessary part of job hunting. Here’s are some tips on how to craft one that catches the hiring manager’s attention (in a good way). You’ve probably heard that many recruiters don’t always read cover letters when they review applications. Unfortunately, despite some grumblings about it being an antiquated practice, many companies still include it as part of t...

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  • Twitter more than exceeded expectations in its Q1 earnings report on Wednesday morning, clocking another profitable quarter and recording an additional six million monthly active users. In a nod to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal—and, possibly, the pressure he’s already faced since Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress—Jack Dorsey fielded questions about Twitter’s new privacy policy and …...

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  • It’s good, cheap fun to blame millennials for the rise of selfies, spending all their money on avocado toast, and ruining brands, but there’s a growing consensus among millennials and gen Xers that it’s the baby boomers who deserve the blame. Thanks to boomers, loosely defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, millennials face massive … Continue reading “Let’s all blame the baby boomers for ev...

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  • Philly cable giant Comcast reported first-quarter earnings this morning, and the results for its NBCUniversal unit were mostly magic—with a little bit of horror thrown in for good measure. The company’s “filmed entertainment” division, which includes Universal Pictures, saw decreased revenue of 16.3% to $1.6 billion. The lower results were largely due to tough comparisons from … Continue reading ...

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  • Why bother using LinkedIn when you don’t have much job experience to put on your profile page? Here’s why–and how to do it. LinkedIn is a great place to build a network, diversify your knowledge, and find new career opportunities–even when you’re early in your career. Students and recent grads may neglect LinkedIn, thinking it’s premature to start investing time into the platform before actually b...

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  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe is labyrinthine and confusing and you need to have seen 18 movies to understand it. Or you could just read this instead. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for 18 films now, so it’s easy to forget how revolutionary it is in scope. Starting with Robert Downey Jr.’s first AC/DC-fueled turn as Iron Man back in 2008, the MCU has expertly translated the cr...

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  • You don’t always need to be “inspired” to create. Here’s how to prod your creativity into motion. There are times when you really have to be creative. In many of these situations, you may feel stuck. Nothing is coming to mind. Every time you think about the problem, you get frustrated. And since frustration is painful, you procrastinate. Time ticks by. The deadline creeps closer. Still, inspiratio...

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  • Slack chats can inadvertently undermine and belittle and cause confusion at work. Here’s how to introduce empathy in these “casual” written communications. Most of us who use Slack (or other instant messaging platforms) to communicate with colleagues don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how we are saying what we say. It’s just quick chat, after all. But according to Anna McGrath, a partner in ...

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