A Google walkout organizer just quit, saying she was branded with a “scarlet letter”

A Google walkout organizer just quit, saying she was branded with a “scarlet letter”

Claire Stapleton’s disillusionment with Google captures America’s disillusionment with Silicon Valley. An employee who helped organize the worldwide Google walkout last year says she’s quitting — because her managers have been punishing her for her activism. “I made the choice after the heads of my department branded me with a kind of scarlet letter that makes it difficult to do my job or find another one,” wrote Claire Stapleton in a note she shared with…

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Foreign tech workers are turning to Canada as US immigration becomes more difficult

Foreign tech workers are turning to Canada as US immigration becomes more difficult

The share of foreign interest in Canadian jobs grew more than 50 percent in the past four years, according to job site Indeed. The tech industry in the US is booming. Foreign interest in tech jobs is not. That’s because despite the country’s acute need for highly skilled tech workers, its immigration system has become increasingly unwelcoming. Since the beginning of 2018, the share of interest from abroad in US tech jobs has remained about…

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YouTube’s new policies are catching educators, journalists, and activists in the crossfire

YouTube’s new policies are catching educators, journalists, and activists in the crossfire

YouTube’s new policies designed to more aggressively tackle supremacist content have also led to some creators claiming their videos have been improperly removed or hidden in the process. They argue that YouTube is not distinguishing between actual hate content and videos that document hate groups for educational or journalistic purposes. YouTube announced on Wednesday that it was taking stronger measures to ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation…

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The growing chaos at YouTube

The growing chaos at YouTube

There was so much news this week that we had to add another Vergecast episode to cover it all. Besides Apple’s WWDC, the most important story in The Verge’s coverage has been the various crises YouTube is facing over its moderation policies — problems with hate speech and harassment, pedophiles on the platform, and white supremacist content. Verge editor-in-chief and Vergecast co-host Nilay Patel invites Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton and senior reporter Adi Robertson…

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Automakers still want to lower emissions standards in the US

Automakers still want to lower emissions standards in the US

This week, a group of 17 automakers sent a letter to President Trump asking him to back down from his administration’s plan to roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions standards. But while the letter was framed as a rebuke, or a warning, it made something clear: many of the world’s biggest automakers still want to lower emissions standards at a time when the planet is experiencing a blooming environmental crisis brought on by humans. The Environmental…

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Microsoft pulls open facial recognition dataset after Financial Times investigation

Microsoft pulls open facial recognition dataset after Financial Times investigation

Earlier this week, Microsoft removed a database of more than 10 million faces, intended as a test and training dataset for facial recognition algorithms, according to a report by the Financial Times. Known as MS Celeb, the database contained more than 10 million images of roughly 100,000 people, largely scraped from publicly available online sources. While no individual photo in the dataset was difficult to find, the volume of images and the structured data accompanying…

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Uber’s chief operating and marketing officers are both leaving the company

Uber’s chief operating and marketing officers are both leaving the company

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has announced that chief operating officer Barney Harford and chief marketing officer Rebecca Messina are both departing the company. In a Friday email to employees, Khosrowshahi said, “over the years, I’ve learned that at every critical milestone, it’s important to step back and think about how best to organize for the future. Given that we’re a month past the IPO, now is one of those times.” The executives are stepping down…

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Here’s what creatives think of the new Mac Pro

Here’s what creatives think of the new Mac Pro

Apple’s new Mac Pro is its most powerful computer ever, with performance specs catered toward creative professionals like visual effects artists, musicians, and filmmakers who need a lot of processing power. Creatives have been asking for a new professional-level computer from Apple since the disappointment of the un-upgradable trash can-looking Mac Pro from 2013, and Apple finally delivered this week with something very pricey and very powerful. But is the new Mac Pro actually what…

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