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Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Former Meetup employees describe how competition from Facebook, being acquired by WeWork, and a mandatory arbitration agreement weakened the company's culture   —  Meetup was supposed to be different.  —  While much of the tech industry struggled to create inclusive work environments …
Feb 18, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
Tech firms on mandatory arbitration agreements for employees: Amazon and Verizon have none, Facebook does, no comment from Google, Uber, Twitter, Apple, Lyft   —  Last year, after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published her blog post alleging the company was rife with sexual harassment …
Feb 11, 2018, 9:00 PMIn context
Gizmodo:
Waymo, Uber Settle Lawsuit Over Automated Vehicle Trade Secrets   —  Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven on Friday announced the self-driving car company had settled its lawsuit against Uber over its alleged use of stolen trade secrets, bringing a sudden end to a year-long legal battle.
Feb 9, 2018, 3:22 PMIn context
Gizmodo:
Experiment finds IoT devices, apps difficult to manage, inefficient; gadgets communicate to servers daily, even hourly; ISPs collect streams of personal data   —  In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.”  I connected as many of my appliances …
Feb 8, 2018, 4:20 AMIn context
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
California appellate court judge sides with man suing Tinder who argued that Tinder Plus' pricing, which is more expensive for users over 30, is discriminatory   —  Tinder introduced new pricing tiers in 2015, charging users a monthly fee in exchange for a few bonus features, like undoing a swipe or changing locations.
Jan 30, 2018, 10:35 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Ex-Google engineer claims senior Google execs pressured him to stop discussing pro-diversity initiatives on company forums, which motivated him to quit   —  A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company's human resources department and a senior vice president pressured …
Jan 12, 2018, 9:15 AMIn context
Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:
Qualcomm unveils Bluetooth chip that the company claims will reduce power consumption by 65% and give wireless headphones nearly 3X the playback time   —  There are currently two major annoyances with wireless headphones: the Bluetooth can cut out in areas with a lot of signal noise, and battery life is mostly terrible.
Jan 8, 2018, 7:10 PMIn context
Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:
Google's mixed 2017 hardware launches, from the stellar Pixelbook to the average Pixel 2 and awful Pixel Buds, highlight why it's not gaining on rivals   —  Compiling the best and worst gadgets list this year I took note of a very sad fact: Google was on both lists.
Dec 28, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
After slipping an unexplained promotional plugin for the TV show Mr. Robot into Firefox and angering users, Mozilla will move the extension to its add-on store   —  This week, Mozilla slipped a browser extension that promoted Mr. Robot into Firefox.  The goal was to give Firefox users access …
Dec 16, 2017, 3:40 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Sources and court documents shed light on Uber's massive data scraping program to monitor its competitors, spearheaded by its Marketplace Analytics team   —  For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives.
Dec 12, 2017, 2:30 PMIn context

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