Google warns its employees that Pride protests are against the company’s code of conduct

Google warns its employees that Pride protests are against the company’s code of conduct

Employees are allowed to peacefully protest YouTube or Google during the Pride parade — as long as they are not marching with Google in an official capacity. According to internal memos sent to employees, anyone who chooses to walk the parade as a representative of Google and voice any protest will be considered in violation of Google’s code of conduct. One employee tells The Verge that some discontented employees within the company considered joining official…

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Apple doubles planned Seattle expansion to 2,000 employees

Apple doubles planned Seattle expansion to 2,000 employees

At a press conference today, Apple and Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, announced that the company would bring 2,000 employees to the city over the next five years. That’s double the number of employees Apple had originally planned when it announced Seattle was part of a major US expansion this past December. Apple plans to occupy two 12-story towers, both powered by renewable energy. GeekWire reports that it will total 630,000 square feet of floor space….

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Gigi Hadid wants to rewrite copyright law around her Instagram account

Gigi Hadid wants to rewrite copyright law around her Instagram account

Model Gigi Hadid believes she should be able to post paparazzi pictures on her Instagram account because her participation in their photos — from posing to choosing her outfit — invalidates a photographer’s ownership claims. In a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in January this year, an agency, Xclusive-Lee, alleges that Hadid posted one of its images to her Instagram, which it claims violates the company’s copyright. In a motion to dismiss filed earlier this month,…

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Watch Mike Pence pack 2 big lies about the environment into a single 20-second clip

Watch Mike Pence pack 2 big lies about the environment into a single 20-second clip

Gaslighting in the service of climate denial. Vice President Mike Pence once described global warming as “a myth,” so his refusal to acknowledge climate change as a threat to the United States during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday wasn’t shocking. But what was somewhat surprising, even by Trump administration standards, was how effortlessly and rapidly Pence lied to make his case. During a single 20-second stretch, Pence pushed two big lies about…

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The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month

The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month

A new bill would tell you how much the ad-targeting data you give to companies like Google and Facebook is worth. Nothing is ever free, especially on the internet. Internet companies collect data about you — what sites you visit, what you buy, what demographic you fit into — in exchange for “free” use of their products, like Google’s Gmail and Maps or Facebook and Instagram. They use that data in part to make your…

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2020 Democrats’ campaign finance pledges, explained

2020 Democrats’ campaign finance pledges, explained

Democratic presidential candidates are rejecting special interest campaign donations. But there is usually a catch. Democrats running for president in 2020 are making a big show of turning away top-dollar donors. Most of these campaign finance pledges sound good, and they are certainly better than not making such a promise. But these are not necessarily airtight safeguards against money buying influence with presidential candidates. “For years, candidates for both parties publicly declared support for limiting…

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Russell T. Davies’ miniseries Years and Years is Black Mirror with a heart

Russell T. Davies’ miniseries Years and Years is Black Mirror with a heart

The easy pitch for the new HBO / BBC co-production Years and Years might be “What if Black Mirror, but a family drama?” But the more accurate pitch might be “What if Black Mirror, but with a full and beating heart?” That isn’t intended as a slam on Charlie Brooker’s anthology series about dystopian futures. It’s more of an appreciation of what creator Russell T. Davies has been able to achieve with his six-episode limited…

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