Why SoFi would be interested in buying naming rights to the LA football stadium

Why SoFi would be interested in buying naming rights to the LA football stadium

Marketing. Marketing. Marketing. The finance startup SoFi still won’t confirm that its name will adorn a new football stadium in Inglewood, California, that will be the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. But it is beginning to explain why an unusual deal like this would make sense. Onstage at Code Conference on Tuesday, Anthony Noto, the CEO of SoFi, said that — hypothetically, of course — the company might want to get into…

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Rockefeller Foundation’s Rajiv Shah explains how tech can actually help save the world

Rockefeller Foundation’s Rajiv Shah explains how tech can actually help save the world

Simply working at Facebook doesn’t cut it. “Five to seven years ago when I was in government and I’d come to the Valley and visit with CEOs and companies, there was this explicitly stated assumption that ‘because we’re at Facebook, we’re saving the world,’” Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah told the audience at Code Conference on Tuesday. “They don’t say that now.” Now that Silicon Valley is facing a critical reckoning of sorts, the head…

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Activists see NBC’s Democratic debate moderators as a win for representation

Activists see NBC’s Democratic debate moderators as a win for representation

Four of the five moderators that have been announced are women or people of color. NBC on Tuesday announced the five anchors who will be moderating the first Democratic primary debates in June. They are Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Maddow, Jose Diaz-Balart, and Chuck Todd. Four of the five are women or people of color, and it’s a dynamic that activists are cheering. Given how historically white and male this space has been, greater…

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Support for Black Lives Matter cost church its polling place designation, lawsuit claims

Support for Black Lives Matter cost church its polling place designation, lawsuit claims

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno and the ACLU of Northern California argue that local election officials violated the church’s right to free speech. In recent years, chants of “black lives matter” have served as a rallying cry for activists and communities of color looking to call attention to a number of racial disparities. But a California church’s decision to put up its own Black Lives Matter signs in a predominantly white area allegedly drew…

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How the US women’s team World Cup 13-0 win became about pay equity

How the US women’s team World Cup 13-0 win became about pay equity

US women’s soccer scored more goals in one game than the men’s team has in every World Cup since 2006 combined. The US national women’s soccer team beat Thailand’s team 13-0 Tuesday. In doing so, they scored more goals than the men’s national soccer team has scored in every World Cup series since 2006 combined. And the achievement has led to increased calls for the women to be payed the same as their male counterparts….

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Instagram will leave up deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg

Instagram will leave up deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg

A deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg was uploaded to Instagram earlier this week, as first reported by Motherboard, leading to heated speculation as to how the company would react to apparent defamation against its founder and CEO. But according to a spokesperson, Facebook will not be removing the video, following the same policy applied to a distorted, viral video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi only a few weeks ago. “We will treat this content the…

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Alabama’s law forcing sex offenders to get chemically castrated, explained

Alabama’s law forcing sex offenders to get chemically castrated, explained

The law is supposed to keep children safe. Critics say it won’t work. A new Alabama law will require some sex offenders to undergo chemical castration, a forced medical treatment that critics say is both inhumane and ineffective. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday, requires people convicted of a sex crime against a child under 13 to begin chemical castration treatment before their release, according to CNN. They must continue the…

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