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Here’s Tim Cook’s note to Apple employees denouncing neo-Nazis in Charlottesville

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Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY Apple CEO Tim Cook has no time for white supremacists and neo-Nazis. SEE ALSO: Trump blames 'many sides' for violence in Charlottesville He made it pretty clear in a powerful note to Apple employees, which also slams Trump's "moral equivalence" between Nazis and human rights demonstrators. In the email, obtained by Recode, Cook also announced the company would make contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League. Apple plans to match its employees' donations to these and other human rights groups on a 2-for-1 basis, until September 30. Moreover, [...]

A Donald Trump tweet knocked $6 billion off Amazon’s value

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Image: alex wong/Getty Images Donald Trump knocked $6 billion off of Amazon before most of the country was awake. In a tweet sent at 6:12 a.m. EST, Trump claimed Amazon was "doing great damage to tax paying retailers," resulting in the loss of jobs. The @washingtonpost, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015 That was just the beginning. Since then, Trump has on three other occasions launched tweets at Amazon, including the time the president threatened Amazon with an 'internet [...]

What’s next for Amazon’s private labels? Possibly motor home supplies and auto parts

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Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Do you wear Amazon? You may not even know it if you do. Amazon has long sold commodity-type goods like batteries and baby wipes through its own prominently marked brands. But as it's branched into more variable categories like food and fashion, it's quietly launched a stable of satellite in-house labels that make no mention of their giant parent company. SEE ALSO: Amazons homegrown products are moving beyond batteries and baby wipes And several more of these sorts of secret Amazon brands may be in the works. A Quartzdeep dive into the company's hundreds of trademark [...]

Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

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Ideological diversity is all that matters, right? Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there's a document circulating called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with conservative political beliefs face discrimination at Google and that ideological diversity is more important than racial and gender diversity. SEE ALSO: So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused [...]

Read a Google engineer’s treatise on why biological differences actually cause the gender gap in tech

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Yikes. Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Early Saturday morning, a report in Motherboard revealed the existence of a 10-page document written by a Google engineer that said that inherent differences between men and women accounted for the gender gap in tech and opposed diversity initiatives at the company. Now, the full text of the document is out via a report in Gizmodo. And, unsurprisingly, it's not great. SEE ALSO: This VC firm just made its 50th investment in underrepresented founders The stilted, bullet point-heavy memo argues that Google is biased against conservatives and doesn't accept criticism of its approach to diversity. Maybe, [...]

Tesla’s Model 3 uses a phone instead of a key

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Image: tesla This might take a little getting used to. After months and months of anticipation, Elon Musk has finally answered almost all of our questions about the Model 3. But there's one aspect of the electric car that might take a little more adjustment: there is no key for the Model 3. SEE ALSO: We finally know what the inside of Tesla's Model 3 looks like, and it's stunning To be clear, this is not the same as the "keyless" systems, which require some kind of key fob, and it's not the app-enabled remote starting some automakers offer. No, [...]

Tesla finally shows off the Model 3’s stunningly minimalist interior

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That dashboard though. Image: tesla The wait is finally over. After months of hype and anticipation, Tesla has finally given us our first peek at the interior of the Model 3 and, well, it was worth the wait. The interior is every bit as sleek and minimalist as we expected. The most prominent feature is the 15-inch digital display, which has more of a landscape orientation than Tesla's other cars. Note that, as Musk confirmed to a disappointed Tesla fan earlier this year, there is no speedometer (or any kind of gauge, for that matter) behind the wheel. SEE ALSO: [...]

The unsexy source of most of Amazon’s cash

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Image:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images Amazon may swallow up nearly half of every dollar spent on online shopping, but that isn't what's fueled its nine-quarter profitability streak. The real money flows from a northern Virginia server compound from which the company powers Netflix, Slack, Pinterest and thousands of other sites that make up close to half of the web. SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos was the world's richest human for all of 6 hours Amazon Web Services (AWS) once again lifted the company's quarterly earnings into the black in an otherwise lukewarm report in which it fell short of Wall Street expectations [...]

Jeff Bezos just leapfrogged Bill Gates to become the richest human on Earth…for about 6 hours

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Update Thursday, July 27 4:30 p.m. EST: Jeff Bezos' claim to the title proved short-lived Thursday afternoon when an earnings miss dragged Amazon's stock down. As of market closing time, Bloomberg's billionaire wealth index had Bill Gates back on top with Bezos down to $89.8 billion from $90.6 billion earlier in the day. We'll be sure to update this space again if Gates happens to announce any surprise charity mega-pledges tonight. Original story: In 1998, The New York Times wrote a little story called, "Amazon.com is Expanding Beyond Books." Nearly two decades later, the founder of that company has more [...]

How to set up iMessage on your Mac

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Don't miss any messages. Image: lili sams/mashable There's nothing worse than missing out on a text message because you didn't see it. Luckily, you can now start getting your texts sent to iMessage on your Mac, but the setup process is a little tricky. Here's how to do it. SEE ALSO: Siri-powered wireless charging dock could be the iPhone's ultimate companion First of all, you'll need to have OS X Yosemite on your Mac. If you bought a computer in 2014 or after, you should be all set. You can check your version of macOS by click the Apple icon [...]