Elon Musk says story about fired assistant is false

August 12, 2017

Elon MuskImage: MACMAHON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock In the last couple of days, a story lifted from Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk has been making the rounds on the internet, claiming that Musk fired his assistant of 12 years when she wanted a raise. The story portrays Musk as an unusually cruel (or extremely efficient, depending on your perspective) leader, but now Musk himself has taken to Twitter to explain that the story…

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Tesla’s future will be funded by $1.5 billion in debt

August 12, 2017

Fueled by debt.Image: Yuya Shino/Epa/REX/Shutterstock The next part of Tesla’s future will be fueled by debt. Elon Musk’s automaker is issuing $1.5 billion in debt to fund its plans. That means that instead of raising funding from investors, the company will offer $1.5 billion of debt a a form of capital. It’s a new move for Tesla, which has always sold off pieces of the company to fund its operations….

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YouTube CEO slams Google engineers memo in deeply personal op-ed

August 11, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5226266bu) Susan Wojcicki Variety's Power of Women, Show, Los Angeles, America – 09 Oct 2015 Image: Lovekin/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Another Google executive has spoken out against the sexist memo written by a former engineer at the company. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote about how the memo brought up the pain associated with the sexism she and others in the tech industry have faced for years. The…

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Google could face a class action lawsuit alleging sexism and gender pay disparity

August 10, 2017

Image: VIRGINIA MAYO/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Software engineer Erica Baker ignited a firestorm inside Google two years ago when she and coworkers listed their salaries in a spreadsheet. The sampling appeared to show that there were differences potentially based on gender and ethnicity. A firestorm, again, is occurring inside Google. It’s a different scenario with software engineer James Damore, but it once again involves a shared document and sexism. Damore published a 10-page…

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Apple Music goes country in latest commercial starring Brantley Gilbert

July 26, 2017

The company that famously brags about designing things in California is looking toward Sweet Home Alabama. Apple set its sights set on the American heartland in the latest country-heavy commercial for its music streaming service. The Apple Music ad stars singer Brantley Gilbert waxing poetic about open roads and small-town life as motorcycles tear up farm fields and diner patrons smile at one another. It looks more like a spot…

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Don’t look now, but Apple’s OLED shift for iPhones could be even bigger next year

July 7, 2017

The iPhones of 2019 could all have bigger, brighter displays than the LED seen here on the iPhone 7 Plus.Image: lili sams/mashable Forget the iPhone 8. We already (kind of) know enough about what’s coming with this year’s upcoming slate of Apple smartphones you know, the ones we can’t even confirm the official names for yet to jump on the speculation train for the next slew of handsets coming from…

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Facebook scores biggest sports livestream deal yet

June 28, 2017

Marcelo of Real Madrid under pressure from Andrea Barzagli of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.Image: CameraSport via Getty Images Facebook’s live sports offer is taking a giant step-over. SEE ALSO: Facebook to stream MLB games, continues grabbing live sports rights Facebook will livestream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League, European soccer’s top tournament, as part of a new deal…

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Sweaty strangers yell at each other in Twitter’s most honest ad campaign yet

June 28, 2017

Shaq engrossed in Twitter debate in a new ad.Image: twitter Twitter is notorious for its fight club atmosphere. More than any other social network, it’s a place where users don’t hold back in debating one another, whether they be the president of the United States or a blank avatar with five followers. While that environment can easily veer into harassment or intimidate prospective users, it has some upsides too. That’s…

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The 2018 Olympics will have Intel all the way inside

June 22, 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showing off one of his Shooting Star drones.Image: lance ulanoff/mashable The next Olympic Games are gonna be lit… with technology. Intel, which became an official Olympic Partner on Wednesday (and makes most of the CPUs inside today’s PCs and all of them on Macs), promises to bring a wide array of cutting-edge technology to the Olympic games, beginning with the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,…

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Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

Gotta keep those goods moving.Image: VCG via Getty Images As the Amazons of China try to elbow each other out of the way, a couple of retailers are coming forward to reveal some of the lengths that China’s ecommerce players will go to, to get you to add items to your cart. Liebo, a mid-sized women’s apparel brand, accused the country’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com, of forcibly slashing Liebo’s product…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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