Indiegogo’s CEO steps down amid layoffs

Indiegogo’s CEO steps down amid layoffs

David Mandelbrot is out as CEO of crowdfunding site Indiegogo, citing “personal reasons” in his farewell LinkedIn post. The company also laid off some employees, according to sources familiar with the matter. Andy Yang will begin his tenure as the next CEO tomorrow, Mandelbrot said in his post. Yang was most recently “leading core product at Reddit,” and had previously been the CEO of 500px, an online platform and community for photographers. “I’m thrilled to…

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Why protesters are throwing milkshakes at Nigel Farage

Why protesters are throwing milkshakes at Nigel Farage

The Brexit champion is a divisive candidate in the European parliamentary elections. Protesters are hoping dairy products can stop him. “We will not be selling milkshakes or ice cream tonight,” the sign in the window of a McDonald’s near Edinburgh, Scotland, read. “This is due to police request given recent events.” Those “recent events” are the scourge of milkshakes being flung at European parliamentary candidates across the United Kingdom, specifically those of a certain persuasion:…

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What the leaked IRS memo does and doesn’t say about the Trump tax returns controversy

What the leaked IRS memo does and doesn’t say about the Trump tax returns controversy

The draft memo, written last year, is awkward for the Trump administration. The standoff over President Trump’s tax returns took another turn this week, as news broke that IRS staffers prepared an internal draft analysis that seems to argue the agency is obligated to hand over the president’s returns to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA). The draft IRS memo, first reported by Jeff Stein and Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post,…

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Las Vegas approves a $48.6 billion contract with Elon Musk’s Boring Company

Las Vegas approves a $48.6 billion contract with Elon Musk’s Boring Company

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority held a vote today, where it approved a $48.6 million contract with the Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling venture. The Boring Company’s underground “people mover,” the LVCC Loop, will consist of two tunnels for vehicles and three stations, as well as a pedestrian tunnel. The project is expected to be complete in time to be used at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021, LVCVA told me in…

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‘Skyborg’ could let F-35 and F-15 fighter jets control their own companion drones

‘Skyborg’ could let F-35 and F-15 fighter jets control their own companion drones

The US Air Force hopes that the XQ58-A Valkyrie drone wingman might someday accompany the F-35 and a new version of the F-15 fighter jet, according to Defense News. The aircraft is designed to fill a role known as “loyal wingman” — imagined as a low-cost platform that would be controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish a variety of tasks, such as flying ahead to scout out terrain, or absorb enemy fire in the…

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Playdate is an adorable handheld with games from the creators of Qwop, Katamari, and more

Playdate is an adorable handheld with games from the creators of Qwop, Katamari, and more

Panic made its name through high-end Mac software, but more recently, the company moved into gaming, publishing indie hit Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game. Now, the developer is expanding its work in games and moving in a very unexpected direction. Today, Panic unveiled Playdate, a tiny, yellow Game Boy-like device with a black-and-white screen, a few chunky buttons, and… a hand crank for controlling quirky games developed by indie stars like Keita Takahashi…

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Huawei executive accused of helping steal trade secrets

Huawei executive accused of helping steal trade secrets

A Huawei executive was involved in a plot to steal trade secrets, claims California-based electronics startup CNEX Labs. Chinese telecommunications company Huawei and CNEX — which was co-founded by a former Huawei employee — have filed dueling lawsuits over trade secret theft. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that high-level Huawei figure Eric Xu has been accused of helping oversee an alleged conspiracy. The Journal quotes a newly released hearing transcript that offers some details…

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