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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 of […]

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, the […]

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: Driving […]

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 in […]

Are Amazon’s prices too good to be true? The U.S. government wants to find out.

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Amazon CEO Jeff BezosImage: Getty David Ryder/Getty Images As Amazon prepares to lock down its mega-merger with Whole Foods, one of its most controversial sales practices may be coming back to haunt it. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating claims that the online shopping giant misleads customers with the price comparisons it lists on its products, Reuters first reported. The unofficial probe concerns the listed price on items, that retailers use to demonstrate how much their customers are supposedly saving. SEE ALSO: Yes, Amazon is convenient, but is it just too damn powerful? The group behind the complaint, Consumer Watchdog, […]

Sears and Amazon cross paths at opposite ends of the same trajectory

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The tower formerly known as SearsImage: Scott Olson/Getty Images A giant company crushes an outmoded and overpriced retail industry by pioneering a new mode of shopping in which people never have to leave their homes. Yes, that narrative applies to Amazon, but it is a trail blazed by a far older companySears. SEE ALSO: Regulators are looking into complaints that Amazon is misleading customers about their savings The crossing of their paths this weekAmazon announced it will now sell Sears’ Kenmore appliancespaints a stark picture of two transformational businesses on opposite ends of their business lives. Sears is now a […]

How much waste do meal kits actually generate?

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Image: Scott Eisen/Getty Images People who opt into the regimens of self-assembly gourmet meals pushed by the likes of Blue Apron tend to be the kind of conscious consumers who care about how their fish was caught or their vegetables farmed. Most of these companies offer food that lives up to those ideals, but they also deliver something else: lots and lots of tiny plastic bags, freezer packs, and styrofoam that ends up in the trash. SEE ALSO: Sorry, Blue Apron: Amazon is already selling its own meal kits The waste inherent to meal kits has become a frequent topic […]