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Apple’s Diversity Chief Is Leaving After Six Months

Apple’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Denise Young Smith, is leaving the company at the end of the year, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, Cornell Tech announced Young Smith would be joining the faculty as an executive-in-residence in January. Read More >>

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It’s Hard as Hell to Raise Venture Capital as a Woman

The venture capital world is dominated by men—and for companies led by women, especially companies creating products FOR women, pitching to these male investors can be a demoralising experience. Women sitting on billion-pound ideas aren’t taken seriously simply because the people writing the cheques don’t understand their experience. Read More >>

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Amazon Employees Use Pikachu to Test Automated Grocery Store, Which Is a Weird Thing to Do

Amazon is still struggling to get its automated grocery store, Amazon Go, to function right. Who knew it would be so hard to build a brick-and-mortar store with sensors and gadgets instead of cashiers? But in a recent test of the company’s experimental Seattle store, some of Jeff Bezos’ employees got a little weird. They dressed up in Pikachu costumes to go shopping. Read More >>

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Paradise Papers Investigation Shows StubHub Rewarding Large-Scale Scalpers

In the most recent case of financial intrigue bubbling up following the leak of the Paradise Papers, an investigation by the CBC and the Toronto Star uncovered evidence of a multi-million-pound ticket scalping operation that StubHub not only permits but incentivises. And now the ticket reselling platform’s offices have been raided by authorities. Read More >>

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It Sounds Like Snap’s Spectacles Blunder Was Even Bigger Than We Thought

“Excess” camera sunglasses have cost Snapchat’s parent company Snap $39.9 million in the last three months. The news is not a great look for Snap, which—according to the Information—had “hundreds of thousands” Spectacles piling up in warehouses as of last month. We knew about the inventory; now we get to hear about the cancelled orders for more. Read More >>

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Everything Disney Would Own if it Really Did Buy 21st Century Fox

Yesterday word came out that Disney had been in talks with 21st Century Fox, with the topic of discussion being Disney buying nearly all of Fox's assets. Pretty much everything the company owns except Fox News and Sport, because anti-competition laws prevent one company from owning multiple news and sports outlets (Disney owns ABC News and has a stake in ESPN). Read More >>

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Broadcom’s £80 Billion Bid for Qualcomm Could Be the Biggest Tech Acquisition Ever 

In the competition to supply the world’s ever-increasing demand for wireless modems, a bid by Broadcom to purchase Qualcomm announced today could result in a major shift in power. Read More >>

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Billionaire Tech Investor, Arrested on Corruption Charges

Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest individuals and a major investor in firms including Citigroup, Euro Disney, Apple, Twitter, 21st Century Fox, and Lyft, was arrested on Saturday night as “part of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown that included detaining 10 other Saudi princes, four country ministers and dozens of other ministers,” USA Today reported. Read More >>

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A Japanese Company is Giving Non-Smokers Six Days Extra Holiday

It's one of those things that most people seem to have accepted about the working world. Everyone gets breaks at work, but smokers seem to get more because they're always off to light up every couple of hours. Well no more, says one Japanese company, and is offering extra holiday to make up for it. Read More >>

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Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Adds ‘Kung Fu Movie Star’ to CV

Jack Ma, the eccentric CEO of online marketplace Alibaba, has a well-documented flair for the theatrical. Now the South China Morning Post—a newspaper owned by Ma—reports their boss will assume a starring role in the upcoming short movie Gong Shou Dao. Read More >>

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Notorious Human Rights Abuser Saudi Arabia Is Pitching Investors on a £377 Billion Pivot to Techno-Utopia

Saudi Arabia—a key Western ally in the Middle East which also happens to be an armed-to-the-teeth absolute monarchy with a record of massive human rights abuses—is planning on moving forward with a $500 billion (£377.4 billion) plan for a “new city state that would also straddle Jordan and Egypt in the kingdom’s northwest,” Arab News reported. Read More >>

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The UK’s Fixation With Novelty Beers Remains Strong

Bearded men making local beers out of bread, potatoes, socks, old cereal boxes and more are helping salvage the UK's economy, with data showing that there are now nearly 2,000 registered breweries in the UK -- the highest number since the 1930s. Read More >>

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The AOL-Yahoo Merger Apparently Smells Like Grapefruit, Cedar and ‘Salty Ozone’

Oath isn’t just a cultishly-named agglomeration of Yahoo, AOL, and 12 other legacy web brands of varying relevance—it’s also a fragrance. Read More >>

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Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology

This summer, people got really frothy about the super-hyped Essential Phone from Android co-creator Andy Rubin. Then, Essential screwed up one thing after another, tainting the phone’s reputation as the company seemingly couldn’t get its shit together. And now, Essential is being sued. Read More >>

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Accidental Stock Market News Report Claims Google to Buy Apple for £6.8 Billion

The Dow Jones newswire reported some mind-blowing news today: Google is acquiring Apple for the relatively paltry price of $9 billion (£6.8 billion), thanks to an agreement revealed in Steve Jobs’ will. But the news—and the multiple alerts that the newswire blasted out—were bogus. Read More >>