Hoo-boy! This damning Uber letter is a wild ride

Hoo-boy! This damning Uber letter is a wild ride

The disasters that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left in his wake at his popular ride-hailing app company was one of this year’s biggest tech industry stories. Now, as we wrap up the year, Uber (through a court case) has gifted us a letter detailing many of the company’s alleged wrongdoings and spy tactics.  The so-called Jacobs letter was written by an attorney representing Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security analyst. It alleges shady and potential illegal operations, including how Uber employees monitored the competition and acquired trade secrets.  SEE…

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7 words the CDC is reportedly banned from using include ‘transgender’ and ‘science-based’

7 words the CDC is reportedly banned from using include ‘transgender’ and ‘science-based’

Here are the words Donald Trump’s White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year’s budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post:  vulnerable entitlement diversity  transgender  fetus evidence-based science-based The analyst learned of the directive at a “meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials,” the Post reported.  SEE ALSO: Journalists are being jailed for ‘fake news,’ and critics blame Trump “The reaction of people in the meeting was ‘incredulous,’” the analyst said. “It was…

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Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology came with a cinnamon roll recipe

Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology came with a cinnamon roll recipe

Here’s how not to apologize for years of sexual misconduct.  People who subscribe to Mario Batali’s email newsletter said they received a questionable apology that started off normal enough.  SEE ALSO: Mario Batali stepping down from his business after sexual misconduct accusations “As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” read the email, according to several people, including BuzzFeed’s global news director Lisa Tozzi, who posted it on Twitter.  “I have made many mistakes and I am so very…

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The White House website redesign makes it — surprise! — even less transparent

The White House website redesign makes it — surprise! — even less transparent

The White House revamped its website Friday, and its new look proves it’s possible for the Trump administration to make things even more opaque. The White House website is where the public comes to watch live videos of the president and press briefings, as well as access media statements and position papers. But the new design makes all that difficult to do. The previous iteration of the site wasn’t anything amazing, but it was at least navigable.  SEE ALSO: A toilet seat for Trump and a coin case for Spicer:…

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The White House website redesign makes it — surprise! — even less transparent

The White House website redesign makes it — surprise! — even less transparent

The White House revamped its website Friday, and its new look proves it’s possible for the Trump administration to make things even more opaque. The White House website is where the public comes to watch live videos of the president and press briefings, as well as access media statements and position papers. But the new design makes all that difficult to do. The previous iteration of the site wasn’t anything amazing, but it was at least navigable.  SEE ALSO: A toilet seat for Trump and a coin case for Spicer:…

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Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

We knew it was likely, but that hasn’t made it any more popular. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality Thursday, ushering in an era of new power for internet providers. Now people are calling for the head of the FCC’s head. SEE ALSO: Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse An online petition demanding the resignation of Ajit Pai, the organization’s chairman, pulled in over 100,000 names by Friday, just over 24 hours after the vote. The…

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Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

We knew it was likely, but that hasn’t made it any more popular. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality Thursday, ushering in an era of new power for internet providers. Now people are calling for the head of the FCC’s head. SEE ALSO: Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse An online petition demanding the resignation of Ajit Pai, the organization’s chairman, pulled in over 100,000 names by Friday, just over 24 hours after the vote. The…

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Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

We knew it was likely, but that hasn’t made it any more popular. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality Thursday, ushering in an era of new power for internet providers. Now people are calling for the head of the FCC’s head. SEE ALSO: Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse An online petition demanding the resignation of Ajit Pai, the organization’s chairman, pulled in over 100,000 names by Friday, just over 24 hours after the vote. The…

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Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

Google Chrome just made surfing the web way less annoying.  Chrome developers announced Thursday that the newest Chrome update, Chrome 64 Beta, will allow you to mute annoying autoplay videos. This is one of several features intended to help users circumvent obnoxious advertisements in the new update, reports Gizmodo.  To use the feature (once you’ve downloaded the new update), click the green lock icon next to the url on the page you’re trying to mute. In the drop-down menu next to the sound icon, select “Always block on this site.” …

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Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

Google Chrome just made surfing the web way less annoying.  Chrome developers announced Thursday that the newest Chrome update, Chrome 64 Beta, will allow you to mute annoying autoplay videos. This is one of several features intended to help users circumvent obnoxious advertisements in the new update, reports Gizmodo.  To use the feature (once you’ve downloaded the new update), click the green lock icon next to the url on the page you’re trying to mute. In the drop-down menu next to the sound icon, select “Always block on this site.” …

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